Play Therapy Center for Children and Families

Prospective and past clients

The Play Therapy Center is currently full. If you're interested in being considered for the fall semester, please email Lindsey Macaluso,, between July 1 and August 15, 2024.

If you are interested in play therapy resources in our community, please email Izzy Kimber at

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 children prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties, improve mental health, and achieve optimal growth and development.

The Play Therapy Center at Nazareth specializes in working with children ages 3-10 who have experienced trauma or distressing life events. The Center operates on Wednesdays and follows Nazareth University's academic calendar.

Potential clients

Serves ages 3 to 10.

The Play Therapy Center specializes in working with children who have experienced significant life stressors, traumatic events, or grief and loss.

Session schedule

The Play Therapy Center offers 45-minute individual weekly play therapy sessions during Nazareth's fall and spring semesters.

A child typically attends 12 to 20 sessions.

Student clinicians

Trained, supervised student interns from Nazareth programs such as creative arts therapy and social work provide most of the care.

Training for parents and professionals

For parents: The Play Therapy Center periodically offers training for parents as well as individual parent consultation sessions, on an as needed basis, if your child is receiving individual play therapy.

For professionals: The Play Therapy Center offers one- or two-day training workshops on parent-child play sessions, child-centered play therapy, and clinical supervision. Please visit the Creative Arts page for more information regarding our Continuing Education offerings.


Play therapy services are offered to individuals and groups free of charge. If you so choose, you can make a donation. Services will be provided regardless of your donation.


In the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute on the Nazareth campus. The Play Therapy Center space is accessible to people with disabilities.


Play Therapy Center parking spaces are located in front of the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute building and in G Lot at the end of the building.

You will receive a parking pass before you begin therapy or at your first session. Please make sure it's visible on your dashboard while you're parked on campus. If you receive a parking ticket, let your center supervisor know.

Play Therapy at Nazareth College