Katrina Zeljak Registered Play Therapist,
Marriage, & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT

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Registered Play Therapist,
Marriage, & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
LMFT 99775 RPT #T-3566

Katrina Zeljak Registered Play Therapist, Marriage, & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT

Our fast paced, media filled culture can make family life confusing and difficult. Getting through the day to day family routine can quickly become stressful, having a different impact on various family members. Families sometimes feel the need to explore new communication and coping strategies to evolve with the ages and situations of the family members. I have worked with children, teens, and families through volunteer organizations and schools for over 20 years, while raising my children. I enjoy helping families and children discover their ‘spark,’ strengthen their coping skills, and discover inner calm.

My therapy techniques focus on providing a child/teen a sense of trust and safe place to take a break from life. This space allows them to explore coping strategies that will work for them during difficult situations. I can provide support and coaching to parents as well.

I can work with children and families pre-school age and up. I offer art therapy, sand tray play, and many modalities of play therapy, in addition to family/parent coaching.

I am a guest lecturer at Cal State San Marcos University on “Therapy with Kids” for Survey of Clinical Psychology (Spring Semester, Psyc 340) and Developmental Psychopathology (Fall Semester, Psyc 328).

I am a Play Therapy Trainer for the City of Carlsbad GUIDE Program, advising on counseling techniques to use with students while traveling to various school sites.

Member since 2017

Member since 2017

Member since 2014

Member since 2014

Member since 2014

Member since 2014

Trainings Attended:

“Play Therapy with Families Adopting Children”
“Movement in Play Therapy”
“Law and Ethics: Dilemmas in Clinical Work with Children and Adolescents”
“Body and Mind in Sandplay”
“Integrating Caregivers in Play Therapy”
“Symbolic Imagery of Sand Play”,
“Sand Play in the Community”,
“Family Play Therapy,”
“Play Therapy for Children with Chronic Health Conditions”,
“Responding to Tragedy with Play Therapy”

“Neurobiology and Brain Basics for Play Therapists”
“Autplay:  Play Therapy for Autism”
“Play Therapy for Sensory Processing Disorders”
“Theraplay with Families”
“Selective Mutism”
“Substance Abuse in Families”
“When Family Time Becomes a Battle Zone”
“Building Resiliency in Military Families”
“Group Play Therapy: Magic in the Madness”
“Family (Filial) Play Therapy”
“The Use of Play Therapy in High Conflict Divorce”
“Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children”
“Connecting with the Disconnected Teen”
“Eating Disorders: Temperament Traits, Relationships, and Treatment” 

“Positive Behavior Support with Play Therapy”
“Play Therapy to Increase Children’s Emotional/Behavioral Regulation”
“Introduction to Theraplay”
“Play Therapy for Attachment Disorders/Adoption”
“Families Fighting and Changing, Working with Children of Divorce and Remarriage”
“Play Therapy for Children Affected by Illness and Injury”
“Play and Art Therapy with Adolescents”
“Play Therapy to Help Children with Grief and Loss”
“Using SuperHeroes in Play Therapy”
“Somatic Experiencing: A Body Oriented Approach to Trauma Resolution”
“Uses of Play with Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delay”

“Legal and Ethical Issues in Child Treatment with Play Therapy”
“Child and Parent Relationships”
“Developmental Play”
“SandTray Therapeutic Approach”
“Psychoanalytic Play Therapy”
“Can of Worms: Legal and Ethical Issues in Family Therapy”

“Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Assessment of Abused Children/Adolescents”
“Play Diagnosis and Assessment”
“Child Centered Play Therapy”

“Play Therapy – Effectively Diagnose and Assess Through Play”
“Cutting and Self-Injury in Adolescents”
“Trauma Across The Life Span”
“Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents”
“Self Regulation in Children: Keeping the Body, Mind, and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD, or Sensory Disorders”