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Play Therapy Center for Children and Families

Play Therapy Center for Children and Families


Play is a perfect way to engage children in therapy. It is developmentally appropriate, allows children to express both comfortable and uncomfortable thoughts and emotions, and gives the therapist valuable insights into the child’s world.

Play therapy uses the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. One of only 18 approved centers for play therapy education in the country, Nazareth’s Play Therapy Center brings play therapy services, education, training, and research to the Rochester community and beyond.

Potential Clients

Play therapy is appropriate for children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including anger management, grief and loss, divorce and family dissolution, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, crisis and trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Session Schedule

The clinic offers 50-minute individual weekly sessions. Sessions follow the Nazareth College semester schedule. The clinic also offers one- or two-day training workshops on parent-child play sessions, child-centered play therapy, and clinical supervision.


Clients are referred to the clinic from any number of sources, including other clinics and clients, case managers, physicians, social workers, and teachers.

Eligibility and Fees

The clinic offers affordable services to individuals who are no longer eligible for services under their health care coverage. Please contact the clinic for the current cost of service. A sliding fee scale is available.


While Carroll Hall is undergoing renovation and expansion, the play therapy clinic is located in Founders Hall, Room 105.  The space is accessible to people with disabilities.


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