Play Therapy for Children and teens 

 Welcome to Peninsula Creative Counseling LLC in Newport News, VA.

I am a Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with almost 20 years of experience with

children and families. I specialize in Child Centered Play Therapy because  it is the Intervention most effective for children. 

Often the recommend Cognitive Behavioral Approach (helpful for adults at times) does not work for children because their brains are not full developed. CBT targets the pre-frontal cortex, which develops by age 25. Children, and anyone with a trauma history, are operating in the brainstem or primitive brain. Interventions must be targeted to this area of the brain. Play touches the primitive part of the brain, and that is why it works so well for kids and all of those with trauma.


Play is the natural language for the child.  They tell us so much through their play. We just have to stop and pay attention.  

Play Therapy helps children with a wide range of issues to include attachment difficulties, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Divorce, Autism, Anger, Social Skills, and Insecurity.