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Fluent in Play Therapy

Helping therapists and families learn the language of play



Cristal Alvarado,


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I see therapy as a journey. I believe each client, individuals and families, know where they want to go and have the internal compass they need to get to their desired destination. As a therapist, I see myself less of a guide and more as a supportive presence walking alongside each client while they are on their journeys.

I provide short term and long term care for families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds; both in English and Spanish. I specialize in working with children ages 0-5 and have supported individuals and families with a variety of issues, such as: anxiety, depression, communication, and relationship issues.

I also have been invited by universities and organizations to provide trainings on topics regarding play therapy, working with 0-5 year olds, and providing culturally inclusive games in play therapy. I provide experiential trainings in order to facilitate a hands-on learning experience.


I studied at Santa Clara University, where I received an M.A. for Counseling Psychology and pursued the Corrections Emphasis to better serve at-risk populations. I am also a Registered Play Therapist and believe in the power of play when working with children and families.


Consultations & Trainings



Consultations can be planned on a one-time or ongoing basis depending on the needs of the individual. Ongoing consultations are centered around play therapy skills with clients and providing resources/support.


Trainings are provided for individuals who want to learn more about play therapy and received CEUs. Trainings are also provided to universities or organizations that want to provide experiential learning topics to their students or providers. Universities and organizations can choose among the topics I have prepared or request special topics to be presented.


Play therapy is provided for individual clients of all ages and/or families. Sessions are provided on a weekly basis.

Please note that new clients are not being taken at this time.

Famous Quotes

The Importance of Play

Jill Vialet

"Play matters because people matter. It reminds us of our interdependence and gives us a chance to really see other people. And in turn, to be really and truly seen."

Susan Linn

"Play is the foundation of learning, creativity, self-expression, and constructive problem-solving. It’s how children wrestle with life to make it meaningful."

Jane McGonigal

"Playing a game together actually builds up bonds and trust and cooperation. We actually build stronger social relationships as a result. "

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