Berkeley Play Therapy works with children & adolescents ages 3-18 using play therapy, yoga, and mindfulness.

About Kristen

Kristen Hurvitz, LCSW, RPT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist.

Kristen’s clinical work is influenced by current research on play therapy, neurobiology, attachment, and the mind-body connection. Kristen incorporates body-based interventions such as yoga, mindful movement, and sensory awareness into treatment.

Kristen’s area of focus includes adoption (domestic & international), attachment, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder (SPD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), selective mutism, and trauma.

Families often want to seek therapy for their child, but the difficulty in doing so can be due to time constraints or a child that is uncomfortable/resistant to therapy. Berkeley Play Therapy provides sessions in the child’s home, which can be less stressful and time-consuming than office based visits.


Berkeley Play Therapy can provide services in the following communities: Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Kensington, Orinda, Piedmont, and Temescal.

Contact Information

Phone: 510.280.3811

Education / License

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, 74154

Master in Social Work (MSW)
University of Washington

Master in Human Services (MS)
Springfield College

Cultural Anthropology (BA)
Western Washington University


Registered Play Therapist (T3588)- Association for Play Therapy

Yoga Calm Youth Instructor

Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor-Yoga Garden SF

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT)

Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Program-Portland State University


Professional Affiliations

California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT), President Elect, Member at Large, Current

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

What does “Registered Play Therapist” Mean?

Many therapists with varying levels of training work with children and may utilize play as part of their therapy. Registered Play Therapists are credentialed through the National Association for Play Therapy. To be credentialed, a play therapist must go through a rigorous training program including 150 approved play therapy education hours, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience that includes 50 supervision hours by a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. Currently (2018), there are 173 RPT/RPT-S in the state of California.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy involves the use of play to communicate with children and to help children learn to solve problems and change negative behaviors. Children naturally engage in play to create meaning and organize experiences. This allows children to distance themselves from difficult feelings and memories through symbolic expression, using the toys as the medium to disclose these feelings.

To learn more about Play Therapy visit the Association for Play Therapy website

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Yoga, mindful movement, and body based awareness can assist in developing social/emotional awareness, sensory integration, regulation, communication, and attention.

School Consultation Services

At times your child may be struggling in school and may benefit from specialized school supports. With a signed release of information, I am able to communicate with schools to advocate for your child’s social, emotional, and behavioral needs.


$180 for the first 75-minute intake session and $130 for each 50 minute session thereafter. Payment is cash, check, or credit card and due at the time of service. Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis. Berkeley Play Therapy does not accept insurance but would be happy to provide you with a monthly invoice of services that can be submitted to your insurance provider.

Cancellation Policy

Because an appointment slot is saved for you, there will be a $50 charge for appointments cancelled or missed with less than 24 hours notice.

Thank you for your interest in Berkeley Play Therapy!  Please choose from one of our services below to get started and we’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible to schedule.  If you prefer to pay by check or cash, or if you have any questions about our packages or services, please contact us directly.