Karen Wolfe, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Founder and CEO of SF Bay Play Therapy
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (California License # 53878) who specializes in supporting families with children who struggle with social and behavioral challenges, anger management, shyness, anxiety, and sensory/learning differences. I provide psychotherapy for adults, individual play therapy for children, parenting support, family therapy, social skills groups, and school-based support, including in-class coaching (aka "shadowing") and working closely with your child's teachers.
Whether working with individual adults, parents, or children, my style is warm, inviting, and proactive. I honor both exploration of what arises in the moment and goal-directed troubleshooting, tailoring therapy to what each unique individual needs.
My approach to therapy is strongly integrative. I have extensive training in many varied modalities including Parenting by Connection (Hand in Hand Parenting), Floortime, Applied Behavior Analysis, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Sandtray/World Play, Depth Therapy, Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Positive Psychology.
Regardless of what approach is called for with a client, I emphasize the importance of developing a caring and supportive relationship in therapy, as I believe true change can only come about through a deep understanding of one another.
I thank you for being on this path to awakening, to seeking the harmony and understanding you truly desire, and for taking the steps to make that a reality.
This path is not always easy, but it is certainly worth it. I would be honored to support you along the journey.
Jerrica Danhoff, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #97066 Supervised and mentored by Karen Wolfe, MFT #53878
Parenting is hard work. One of the biggest challenges about being a parent is feeling stuck or unable to help your child when you know they are struggling. Whether your child is struggling socially, going through family/life transitions, aggressive behavior, experiencing loss, or having difficulty regulating their emotions. I am here to help. I have worked with children in many different capacities. I enjoy working with families and making sure everyone’s voice is heard. I have worked with both neurodiverse and neurotypical children of all different ages.
I have experience working in many different settings including a child’s home, school, out in the community, a center for disability services, in the therapy office, and in social skills groups out in nature.
During my training in these multiple settings, I have had the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience with ADHD, ADD, Autism, sensory processing challenges, self-regulation, rigid behaviors, aggression, social anxiety, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, oppositional defiance, transitions, and self-esteem for all of which I welcome in my practice.
I have been asked the question,” What would your dream job be if you could do anything in the world?” You know what my answer was? My answer has always involved supporting and working with children. I am fascinated with each child’s imagination and getting to know their inner world. I strive to create an environment where they can be their true, authentic selves. A place where they aren’t being shamed for who they are, and a place where they are accepted and loved.
I have provided therapy for children and families who have been told that their child is doing something wrong or that has been labeled as “bad.” Unfortunately, so many families have been given this harsh, untrue feedback about their child. I am here to support you and your child, making sure to highlight their strengths and work on their challenges in a fun and loving way. Raising a child is a full time job and I want to support parents when they feel overwhelmed or stuck.
Being a child of divorce myself, I know how challenging every step can be when this is the reality of your family situation. I can empathize on a much deeper level with a child who is processing their parent’s separation. I feel so deeply connected to children who are feeling sad, confused, and struggling with the transition. I support children of divorce no matter how recent or distant the separation was because it is a constant growing and learning process for the whole family. If you are separating or have already separated from your spouse, I am here to support you. Your family doesn’t have to do it alone.
My style of therapy is warm, authentic, and unique to each client. I work with adults, adolescents, children, parents, and families. I really enjoy supporting children to find their own voice and helping them access their inner-strength. I believe healing comes from the therapeutic relationship with my clients.Building a relationship based off of safety and trust can allow healing to unfold. I look forward to connecting with you and having the possibility of supporting you along your journey. Please contact me with any questions or to set up an appointment.
At SF Bay Play therapy we believe in transparency in therapy and so we offer you our CV's below. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Modeling open communication is an important part of who we are and how we practice therapy.
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