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Play Therapy

Play Therapy is much more than fun and games. Play Therapy is a counseling approach used to help younger children explore their lives and freely express bottled-up thoughts and emotions through play. Therapeutic play normally takes place in a safe, comfortable playroom encouraging free expression and allowing the therapist to observe the child’s choices, decisions, and play style. The goal is to help children learn to express themselves in healthier ways, become more emotionally balanced, and develop new and more positive ways to interact with others.


Teletherapy can present a challenge for the needs of younger children. Kids ages 5-9 are not equipped to do direct talk-therapy online. Our office provides an alternative for effective child counseling online, using our published E-Books to create a bridge for pediatric expression. Our illustrated cast of characters allow children to use 3rd person narratives, much like using toys or puppets when in an office setting.


Our E-Books are fun to look at and can capture the visual attention of a younger child to allow the therapist to do effective clinical work. In addition to our E-Books, we offer weekly exercises from our workbook, for the parent and child to do in between sessions to rehearse new skills and to reinforce the parent-child bond.

Professional Therapy with a Client Focus

There are times in life when we can feel off balance and can’t seem to snap out of it. When our own natural support system just isn’t enough, it may be time to reach out to a professional counselor to start the process of therapy. We have created a safe, comfortable and professional environment to discuss the issues in your life. We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport. We treat each client with respect and dignity.


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Our Dedication To The Standards Of Play Therapy Is Important

Our program relies on many of the tenets of traditional play therapy. Play Therapy responds to the unique developmental needs of young children, who often express themselves better through play activities than through verbal communication. The therapist uses play and other creative activities to communicate with the child and observes how the child uses these activities to express thoughts and feelings that are not expressed in words. There are two approaches to play therapy, nondirective and directive:



  • Nondirective Play Therapy is based on the principle that children can resolve their own issues given the right conditions and the freedom to play with limited instruction and supervision.


  • Directive Play Therapy has specific goals in mind each session. Using a carefully developed Treatment Plan that focuses on target behaviors and issues. The therapist can introduce new skills and adaptive behaviors to rehearse during sessions. Play therapists use both approaches, depending on the circumstances.



Nondirective play therapists are trained to trust that children are capable of directing their own process rather than the therapist imposing their own ideas of what the child needs to do in therapy to work through any challenges they may be facing. This requires the therapist to enter the emotional world of the child rather than expecting the child to understand the therapist’s world, which is beyond their capabilities.


Play Therapy is based on the theory that play is a child’s language, and that a child uses puppets or toys to express their inner experiences and how they perceive and experience the world. We use a version of virtual puppets with our illustrated characters to achieve this kind of 3rd person narrative, helping a younger child to speak to the therapist and communicate their inner thoughts and feelings. Within a therapy session, and over the course of sessions, themes emerge in the child’s inputs, giving the therapist insight into the child’s experiences, thoughts, feelings, and interpretations of their world.

Parental Distress

Normal parenting includes concerns about the basic growth and development of their child, child behavioral and social issues, emotional well-being of the child, and financial responsibilities. These concerns alone can result in parental distress.  Additional stressors for parents of a child with emotional issues or behavioral problems, however, increase parental distress significantly. Challenges experienced by caregivers of children with mental health problems have been associated with parental distress and feelings of being stretched beyond their limits.


Parents caring for children with mental health problems are extremely challenged in getting both their child’s and their own needs met.



  • Parents with emotionally challenged children will report their lives being dominated by their child’s intense emotions and problematic behaviors.


  • Parents searching for direction, guidance, and practical advice can feel overwhelmed and confused.


  • Parents of dysregulated children often report anger, sadness, and guilt, which can result in abuse.


  • These parents also report being blamed for their child’s behaviors by family members, school staff, and even by mental health professionals, lowering their self-esteem and confidence.



Play therapy can also benefit a parent of a distressed child.  The parent or caregiver will receive support from the therapist while working on the symptoms of the child.  By participating in the development of new and more effective patterns of behavior, the parent can reduce friction in their life too. The parent starts encouraging and validating self-expression and emotional effectiveness in their child and can become the agent of change, as much or more than the therapist. The bond of parent and child can normalize and grow into a much happier and healthier relationship.

Our Team

Our mission is to improve the quality of lives for individuals with behavioral and emotional challenges by providing exceptional mental health services using the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices helping our clients to become more active and productive members of the community.

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Why choose a therapist at Abalance Client-Centered Counseling?

Our office is dedicated to providing the best mental health services to ALL people in our community regardless of income.

We have a team of professionals that are continually sharpening their skills as mental health providers and attend regular training from the Clinical Director. Having a competent and knowledgeable therapist is only part of it.

We are also a group of caring and compassionate people that strive to make your time with us a safe, comfortable and rewarding experience.

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression Disorders
  • Grief And Loss Issues
  • Child Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. ABALANCE CLIENT-CENTERED COUNSELING is accepting new clients ages 5-9. We are only offering Teletherapy Sessions to people in the Central Valley.

No. You can contact us directly and we will get your insurance eligibility established and schedule your first appointment. Your Health Plan may require an additional call to get a registration number after you have already established as a client in our office. We have a team here to help guide you through these things if you need assistance.

Yes, we currently accept HPSJ and CCAH MediCal Insurances only. For other insurances, we provide an out-of-network option for you to bill your insurance and get reimbursed for up to 80% of your therapy costs in our offices.

No, we treat mild/moderate symptoms for a variety of issues, but not alcohol and drug issues. If you have an addiction or are seeking sobriety, we refer out to a professional that treats substance abuse.

Weekly sessions are the best care option for mental health outcomes, but we also provide an every other week option, or Teletherapy if you have a hectic schedule.

We treat children with mild-moderate symptoms as early as age 5. We have a special online program for younger children ages 5-9. And we have weekly sessions for older kids and teens, utilizing our HIPPA Compliant Telehealth System.

why choose us

Abalance Client-Centered Counseling is dedicated to providing effective mental health counseling to our community in the Central Valley.


We have over 20 years of clinical experience to provide the most effective treatment options. Our team of therapists have specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Play Therapy.

About Us

Professional Counselors

We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport with each client. And we treat each client with respect and dignity.


Well Counselling

You will learn skills of mindfulness and how to balance thoughts and feelings; and begin to build insight into your issues and have a plan to reinforce your goals.



Teletherapy is provided by using long-distance technologies so that clients and therapists do not have to be in the same place at the same time.

Balanced Approach

We strongly believe in creating a balance of decreasing negative issues while at the same time increasing the positive things in each of our clients.

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Our office is dedicated to providing the best mental health services to ALL people in our community regardless of income.

Abalance Client-Centered Counseling
Offices Located Throughout The Central Valley California

Phone: (209) 262-4387


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SUNDAY: Closed

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