Minnesota Association for Play Therapy

Local Play Therapists

Below you will find a list of Play Therapists who are members of the MN Association for Play Therapy and have chosen to be listed on our website.  Please contact them directly with questions about their services.  You will also see a variety of acronyms, here is a list of many of their definitions. 

RPT = Registered Play Therapist
RPT-S = Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
MA = Master of Arts
MS = Master of Science
MSW = Master of Social Work
Ed.D. = Doctor of Education
LP = Licensed Psychologist
LICSW = Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
LGSW = Licensed Graduate Social Worker
LMFT = Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LAMFT = Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
LPP = Licensed Psychological Practitioner


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Joyce Arendt, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S
Family Connections Counseling Center LLC
11708 Wayzata Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 544-0964

(952) 544-6405 (fax)

Areas of Specialty: Experiential Play Therapy, Filial Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and EMDR are different approaches used for children, adolescents and families to treat a multitude of issues related to trauma, attachment -- adoption/foster care issues, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, adjustment issues such as death and divorce. 



Jill D. Boike, MSW, LICSW
Therapy Connections, LLC
5200 Willson Road, Suite 210
Edina, MN 55424

12760 Aberdeen Street, Suite 204
Blaine, MN 55449

(763) 370-7810
(763) 208-6371 fax


Areas of Specialty: Counseling for Adults - anxiety, depression, relationships/marriage, grief & loss, spirituality, parenting, trauma, adoption, infertility, personality disorders, life stage/coaching; Counseling for Children/Adolescents - adoptions, cultural issues, anger, anxiety, depression, friendships, school issues, ADHD, art/play therapy, trauma, attachment



Linda Budd, LP, LMFT, RPT-S
2301 Como Avenue, Suite 204
St. Paul, MN
(651) 644-8235

Areas of Specialty: I wrote Living With the Active Alert Child (Seattle, WA: Parenting Press) and specialize in active children and parenting.  Within this I am known for working with children who have anxiety issues, ADHD, Tourette's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome and selective mutism.  Given my specialty in parenting I also assist children and family through death, divorce, and other life events.


Heather Cargill, PsyD, LP
7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 430
Edina, MN 55439
(612) 386-2403

Areas of Specialty: Attachment disorder, early childhood trauma, including abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) and neglect.  Adoption, Attachment and bonding evaluations, parental capacity evaluations.


Sarah Coleman, MA, LMFT, RPT-S
Family Innovations
1833 3rd Ave
Anoka, MN 55303
(763) 421-5535

Areas of Specialty: Play Therapy; Domestic Abuse; Sexual Abuse/Physical/Emotional/Verbal Abuse Survivors; Divorce Recovery; Depression; Anxiety; Trauma Recovery; Ages 3 years and up


Libby Collins, MA, LMFT
St. David's Child Development and Family Services
3395 Plymouth Road
Minnetonka, MN
(952) 548-8673
Northwinds Counseling Services
21000 Rogers Drive, Suite 100
Rogers, MN 55374
(763) 354-0508


Judy M. Dawley, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S
ABC Child & Family Therapy Center
PO Box 894
Rochester, MN 55903-0894
(507) 536-7662

Areas of Specialty: Child-Centered Play Therapy; Attachment Issues; Trauma Work; Adoption Issues; Pet-Assisted Therapy


Linda Fliss, MA, LAMFT
1937 Woodlane Drive, Suite 204
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 731-9191

Areas of Specialty: I work with families effected by divorce, past abuse, and chronic illness.  I am trained in EMDR for the treatment of trauma in adults and children.


Eric Hansen EdD, CFLE, LGSW
Minnesota Family Center
5407 Excelsior Blvd., Suite B
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Cell: [651] 395-9972
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Areas of Specialty: Parent Education; Early Childhood


Amy Joyce, MA, LMFT
Rum River Counseling, Inc.
2705 Bunker Lake Blvd, Ste 100
Andover, MN 55304
(763) 482-9598
Areas of Specialty: I provide both child-directed and directive play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy; specializing in issues regarding trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, anger and adjustment issues, i.e. foster care, divorce.  My goal is to help children heal and grow towards healthy empowerment and change in an open and creative environment.  In addition to working with children, I provide parent consultation/support, and also work with adolescents, families, adults and couples. 


Naomi Kahn, MSW, LICSW
4601 Excelsior Blvd, Suite 400
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 925-3533 phone

(952) 915-1545 fax



Katie Kaminski, MSW, LICSW
Allina Hospitals & Clinics
440 Elm Street
Annandale, MN 55302
(320) 274-3744
Areas of Specialty: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Attachment, Adjustment Issues related to grief and loss as well as divorce.  I am trained in Experiential Play Therapy, and am a Level II trained EMDR clinician.  I work with children ages 3 and up.


Stephen Lander, M.A.L.P., LMFT, RPT-S
Child Therapy Institute
1516 West Lake St., #202
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 824-0444
Areas of Specialty: Play therapy supervision and consultation, sandplay training, workshops.  Adoption, attachment, grief and loss, ADHD, parent consultation.



Erin Leach, MA, LMFT, RPT
Minnesota Counseling and Therapy Center
140 West 98th Street, #222
Bloomington, MN 55420
(612) 708-6491

Areas of Specialty: I work with individuals, couples and families from age 2+.  I use traditional talk thearpy as well as play therapy and art therapy techniques.  I work with Anxiety; Depression; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Trauma; Abuse; Behavior Problems, etc.  I specialize in Play Therapy and in working with blended families.



Kerry Mokalla, LICSW, LLC
5208 Bloomington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417


I provide holistic, body/mind-centered individual and family therapy.    I use Sand Tray, Art, Play Therapy, Movement, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques to help clients heal and build on their strengths.  I see clients for anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions.  I have over 20 years experience working with children and their families. I specialize in work with GLBTQ clients and have an interest and experience working with Gender Variant and Transgendered children and adults.


Stephen W. Olmsted, Ph.D., LP
Psychological Health Services
8 North Second Avenue East, Suite 304
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-1254

Areas of Specialty: Sandplay; Attachment-Trauma Issues; Sexual Behavior Issues; Child-Adolescent-Adults, various issues; Foster and Adoptive Children, EMDR, Expressive and Mult-Modal Therapy, Play Therapy

Joy Petermann, MSW, LICSW
5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
(651) 338-7321

Areas of Specialty: Trauma; Abuse; Adjustment Difficulty; School Adjustment Issues; Parenting Strategies; Anxiety; Depression

Tammy Rhine, LPCC-S, RPT-S
Counseling & Assessment Center
807 Main Street N.
Cambridge, MN  55008
I provide counseling and assessment services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Help with people who are working on various issues including depression, anxiety, anger, grief, loss, abuse, trauma, aging, relationship and divorce. Assessment services include ADHD, intelligence, achievement, learning styles, behavior, visual-motor, and self-concept.


Nicole Ross, MS
The Creative Therapy Center
657 Main Street, Suite 214 A&B
Elk River, MN 55330
(320) 980-5088

Areas of Specialty: Play Therapy; Art Therapy; Sand Tray Therapy; Social Skills Groups; Sexual Behavior Problems in Children; Autism Spectrum Disorders


Kelly Salzl, MA, LMFT
Family Prospective Resources
101 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 101
Big Lake, MN  55309
(763) 367-6080



Areas of Specialty: Children, Adolescents & Families; Trauma, Sexual behavior concerns, anxiety, depression, anger issues, concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Abuse


Constance Schweigert, MSW, LICSW
1660 South Highway 100, Suite 133
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 926-0436

Areas of Specialty: Individual Therapy with Children and Adolescents; Play Therapy; EMDR with Anxious and Traumatized Children and Teens


Mark W. Smith, MSW, M Div, LICSW
Crosstown Counseling, PLC
5939 Portland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 866-6100
Areas of Specialty: children, play therapy, trauma, abuse, divorce, family conflict, parenting skills, men’s issues



Tammy Starkey, MSW, LICSW
17819 Hutchins Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 470-1186

Areas of Specialty: anxiety, depression, disruptive disorders, relationship conflict, trauma, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing play techniques, sand tray


Sarah Stelzner, MSW, LICSW
ABC Child & Family Therapy Center, LLC
PO Box 894
Rochester, MN 55903
(507) 536-7662 or (507) 358-7863

Areas of Specialty: Children of all ages with a specific focus on children 0-8 years.  I use a combination of directive and non-directive modalities.  I provide individual Play Therapy as well as Family Therapy.  In addition to my work with children and families, I also work with adolescents and adult females.


Kim Surve, MA, LAMFT
The Play Therapy Place
Rum River Counseling
2705 Bunker Lake Blvd, Ste 100
Andover, MN 55304
(763) 482-9598

Areas of Specialty: Non directive Play Therapy; Filial (parent-child) Play Therapy, kids with trauma histories: sexual abuse, neglect, emotional and behavioral difficulties.


Heidi Waldoch, MA, LMFT
Bridging Hope Counseling
21000 Rogers Drive, Ste 200
Rogers, MN 55374
(763) 291-5505

Areas of Specialty: Children, adolescents, adults and couples, trauma, abuse, anxiety, dissociation, anger issues, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Skills groups with teens, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) technique



Sara Werner, MA, LP, RPT-S
Bachmann & Associates, Inc.
8669 Eagle Point Blvd
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
(651) 379-0444 

Areas of Specialty: Play Therapy, Truama and Abuse, EMDR, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, adults and couples, faith based counseling


Trisha Wohlfeil, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
Wohlfeil Counseling Services, LLC
Minnesota Renewal Center
3499 Lexington Avenue North, Suite 100 
St. Paul, MN 55126
(651) 486-4828
(651) 482-9119 (fax)

Areas of Specialty: Military Families, Sand Tray Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy with children, adolescents and adults


Barbara Zaeska, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S
Crossroads Counseling Centers
504 19th Ave SW, Suite 3

Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 220-1608

Areas of Specialty: Individual therapy, Play therapy and Family therapy.  I specialize in the areas of trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and medical trauma.  I also work with families with children who are experiencing adjustment issues, adoption, divorce, foster care and with military families.


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