Our Services

HEALING CHILDREN

Play Therapy

Adults communicate verbally. In difficult times we reach out to those closest to us, because talking to someone who really understands and cares can soften the blow of a painful experience. And the reverse is also true. Sharing positive experiences with those who care actually heightens our joy.

Children, however, have a limited verbal ability to communicate how they think and feel about the world. (You’ll know this to be true if you have ever asked a child to tell you about his or her day at school). They are not trying to annoy us – they simply do not have the cognitive ability to do so. Young children (ages 2-10) process and share emotionally significant experiences though play. Play is their language. 

Play therapy requires the therapist to go to the child’s most natural form of communication, instead of asking the child to come to ours. It is a respectful, effective, and developmentally appropriate way of being with young children. 

Child Parent Psychotherapy

Child Parent Psychotherapy is an intervention for young children from birth through age 5 and their parents/caregivers. It is used to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and helps families heal and grow after stressful experiences. This approach builds on family strengths, and respects family and cultural values.

HEALING GROWNUPs

Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)

When children are struggling, their grown-ups suffer. CPRT teaches parents how to use some of the same skills that play therapists use to help children experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral problems.

While play therapy focuses on the relationship between the child and the therapist, CPRT is designed to strengthen the parent-child relationship and empower parents to become the change agent in their child’s life. Due to the emotionally significant role of the parent, CPRT can be more effective than individual therapy with a highly trained play therapist.

CPRT can help parents regain control, discipline effectively, and understand and respond to their child’s needs. Parents experience increased confidence in their parenting skills, see improvement in their child’s behavior, and most importantly, enjoy an improved relationship with their child.

Circle of Security Parenting

Circle of Security Parenting is geared for parents with children 0-10 years old. The program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. It helps parents understand their child’s emotional needs, enhance the development of their child’s self esteem, and support their child’s ability to manage emotions.

Active Parenting for Preteens and Teens

Active Parenting provides parents with the skills needed to use effective discipline, teach responsibility, and strengthen communication with their tweens and teens. Parents learn skills for clear, honest communication, concrete strategies to prevent risky behavior, methods of respectful discipline, and gain insight into important issues such as social media, bullying, and depression. 

Cooperative Co-Parenting

Cooperative Co-Parenting helps parents shield their children from parental conflict and guides them in establishing a long-term relationship with each other for the child’s sake. It educates parents about the impact their conflict has on the children, guides them through parenting after a separation or divorce, and teaches practical skills to manage anger, increase impulse control, and resolve conflict without arguing. 

Healing Therapists

 

Licensure and Play Therapy Supervision

 

Anna L. Farrin, LCSW, RPT-S is a Qualified Supervisor for clinical social work interns and others working toward their Registered Play Therapist credential. Contact her directly at afarrin@thehealingplayroom.com for rates and availability. 

 

Lori Pinkerd, LMHC, RPT-S is a Qualified Supervisor for clinical mental health interns, and those working toward their Registered Play Therapist credential. Contact her directly at lpinkerd@thehealingplayroom.com for rates and availability.

FAPT Meet-ups

Tayler Papke, LCSW, RPT is the Regional Board Chair of The First Coast Chapter of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. This group meets monthly to provide networking and training opportunities for students, professionals, and all local play therapy enthusiasts. For more information contact Tayler Papke at tpapke@thehealingplayroom.com.

 

ABOUT THE PLAYROOM

The Therapeutic Playroom

While play is the language of children, toys are their words. The therapeutic playroom is an accepting, safe, predictable environment for children. It contains a wide variety of toys and materials chosen specifically to help children fully express themselves.

In the playroom children learn self-control, emotional awareness, and problem solving skills. They develop increased confidence and self esteem, and learn to take responsibility for their own choices and behavior.

Children often enjoy inviting their grown-ups to join them in the playroom. This fun approach to family therapy can help parents resolve behavioral challenges and enjoy an improved relationship with their child. Whether suffering from problematic behavior, a mental health diagnosis, traumatic events, or medical problems, the playroom is a therapeutic place where young children and their grown-ups can heal.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

The Therapeutic Playroom

What are your rates?

Rates for services vary by provider from $100-$125/session.

Do you take insurance? 

We take Tricare Insurance at the Riverside Location. 

We accept HSA/FSA cards and can provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement if you have an out of network mental/behavioral health benefit.

Do you offer a sliding scale fee?

Yes. Our graduate student counseling intern offers a reduced rate of $20/session while working toward licensure under the supervision of one of our licensed therapists.

How long are the therapy sessions?

Sessions are 45-50minutes.

Do you offer Telehealth?

Yes. We offer telehealth for grown up sessions, and for child sessions when clinically appropriate.

What should I say to my child about play therapy:

“Sometimes it is helpful for children to have a special place to play.”

Are you seeing clients in the office/playroom during the pandemic?

Yes. We are currently offering an in-person option with safety precautions based on local, state, and federal guidelines to protect the health and safety of our clients and therapists.

What is your office doing to protect clients from coronavirus?

We have taken the following precautions:

  • We have closed our waiting rooms, and are asking all clients to wait in their cars or outside until the therapist comes out to greet them.
  • Office seating in the therapy rooms has been arranged for appropriate physical distancing.
  • The therapists make every effort to maintain safe social distancing.
  • Restroom soap dispensers are maintained and everyone is encouraged to wash their hands.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is available in the therapy rooms.
  • Any toys used will be set aside and sanitized before returning to the playroom.
  • Appointments are scheduled at specific intervals to allow time for adequate sanitation between clients.
  • Credit card pads, pens and other areas that are commonly touched are thoroughly sanitized after each use.
  • Physical contact is not permitted.
  • Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of on a frequent basis.
  • Common areas are thoroughly disinfected at the end of each day.
  • Masks are required in all common areas and when social distancing cannot be maintained.

MEET THE THERAPISTS

Anna L. Farrin, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Anna Farrin received her undergraduate degree in Human Development, with a specialization in Health and Human Services, from Vanderbilt University in 1996. While working in the field of early intervention she was struck by the lack of mental health services for young children. Anna attended graduate school at UNC-Charlotte and received her Masters of Social Work degree in 2010, along with a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy.

Anna is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Qualified Supervisor for Social Work Interns. She has treated children with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral problems in a variety of settings including early intervention, residential treatment, foster care, and most recently in the day treatment program in Duval County Public Schools. She is on the board of the Florida Association for Play Therapy (FAPT), and provides trainings for FAPT, graduate students, parents of young children, local agencies, teachers, and foster parents. 

Anna opened The Healing Playroom in 2015 to provide developmentally appropriate counseling to children and families in the Jacksonville community. She has a client-centered approach to working with young children, and especially enjoys strengthening parent-child relationships through the language of play. Anna lives in Atlantic Beach with her husband and two children, who have graciously donated many toys to The Healing Playroom.

Email: afarrin@thehealingplayroom.com . •  Direct: (904) 853-6072

 

Lori L. Pinkerd, MS, LMHC, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Lori Pinkerd earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology in 1994, while serving in the United States Navy. While in the Navy she spent many years volunteering as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, providing crisis support to military and family members who were victims of sexual assault. Lori retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after serving 22 years on active duty.

Her passion for helping others led her to earn her Graduate degree in counseling in 2008. She spent 4 years working with victims and survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, both adults and children. Her love of working with children resulted in her achieving Registered Play Therapist certification in 2010.

Lori is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and a Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Interns. She is experienced in working with children with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Lori enjoys working with military families, and her experience as a veteran, a Navy spouse, and the mother of children raised in a military family gives her perspective into the unique challenges military families face.

Lori lives in Jacksonville with her retired-military husband, one of her sons, and 2 dogs.

Lori accepts TRICARE insurance and is currently accepting clients at our RIVERSIDE location.

Email: lpinkerd@thehealingplayroom.com  •  Direct: (904) 853-5417

 

Mandy Jo Moldehnke, MS, LMHC, Registered Play Therapist

​Mandy Jo Moldehnke received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 2006. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she began working with young children through early intervention work. The passion to continue to help these children further led Mandy Jo to seek and obtain a graduate degree. Mandy Jo attended graduate school at UNC-Charlotte and received her Master’s in Community Counseling degree in 2010, along with a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy.

Mandy Jo is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Mandy Jo worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina providing intensive in-home services and outpatient play therapy services for the foster care and child welfare population. Mandy Jo and her family moved to Florida in 2013 and she obtained her licensure in the state of Florida. She specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma, children who have behavioral concerns, anxiety, or adjustment concerns. Her experience has ranged from direct care to a leadership position at the state Medicaid Health Plan.

Mandy Jo values the child-centered approach to working with young children. In her experience, she has witnessed the power of utilizing play together with the therapeutic relationship to provide a safe, consistent therapeutic environment in which a child can experience full acceptance, empathy, and understanding. This partnership opens a child’s potential to move toward integration and self-enhancing ways of being.

Mandy Jo lives in Jacksonville Beach with her husband and two children. She loves to travel in her spare time. “You can discover more in an hour of play than you can in a year of conversation” Plato.

Mandy Jo is accepting clients at our BEACHES location.

Email: mandyjo@thehealingplayroom.com  •  Direct: (904) 372-0848

 

Tayler Papke, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist

Tayler Papke received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the Florida State University in 2014 and continued to complete her Master’s in Social Work in 2015. After completing her graduate degree, Tayler worked in an outpatient setting with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder, attention difficulties, and other chronic medical diagnoses.

Tayler moved to Jacksonville in 2016 where she continued to work with children in the foster care system. Through a nonprofit, Tayler assisted children and families through the reunification and adoption process. She also has experience counseling children through Duval County Public Schools Full Service Schools Plus program. Tayler has experience working with children through adjustment issues, grief and loss, anger management, trauma, and other school based difficulties.

Tayler is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida, and a Registered Play Therapist. In her free time, Tayler enjoys traveling, going to the beach, walking her dog, and cheering for FSU football.

Tayler is accepting clients at our RIVERSIDE location.

Email: tpapke@thehealingplayroom.com  •  Direct: (904) 723-4982

 

Jessica Soto, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

Jessica completed her undergraduate education at Liberty University where she majored in Psychology. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and received a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy from Stetson University. 

Jessica is a member of the First Coast Chapter of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She has experience providing play therapy for children in the child welfare system and in Duval County Public Schools. As a certified Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator, Jessica is skilled at strengthening parent-child relationships by helping parents understand and respond effectively to their child’s emotional and behavioral needs.

Jessica’s specialty in play therapy allows her to work with children as young as 3 years old, but she also enjoys working with children under the age of 3 with active involvement from a parent, family member, or caretaker. Jessica lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two children. She loves to play board games and travel in her spare time.

Jessica offers a reduced rate and is accepting clients at our BEACHES location.

Email: jsoto@thehealingplayroom.com  •  Direct: (904) 746-7256

 

Erica Mitchell, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist  

Erica completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Florida where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies. She went on to complete her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at Florida State University. Erica also received a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy from Stetson University. 

In addition to her play therapy expertise, Erica is also trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Circle of Security Parenting. She has worked in partnership with the Early Childhood Courts to serve some of our most vulnerable populations, including children 0-5 and their grown-ups involved in child welfare/dependency. Erica is also a member of First Coast Chapter for Florida Association for Play Therapy.  

While Erica’s specialty in Play Therapy allows her to work with children as young as 3 years old, she can also work with children under the age of 3 with the use of Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), as long as a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his/her caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. 

 

Erica is accepting clients at our BEACHES location. 

Email: emitchell@thehealingplayroom.com   •  Direct: (904) 746-7255

 

 

 

 

 

The Healing PlayroomOUR LOCATIONS

BEACHES

Neptune Oaks Professional Park
804 3rd Street, Suite D
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
904-746-3320

RIVERSIDE

Park Street Suites
2105 Park Street, Suite C
Jacksonville, FL 32204
904-746-3320

Reach Out to Us

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Plato

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation.

– Plato

Virginia Axline

Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts and souls meet.

– Virginia Axline

Peggy O’Mara

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.

– Peggy O’Mara

Bessel van Der Kolk

Knowing you are loved and treasured is the most important part of a good brain and a good life.

– Bessel van Der Kolk

Friedrich Froebel

Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood – for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.

– Friedrich Froebel

Paul Tillich

The first duty of love is to listen.

– Paul Tillich