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Serving children 3-12 and families

Child therapy is available at our office in Vancouver Washington. Parenting and family services are offered through telehealth or at our office.

Child and Family Therapist

Kristina Hargie, LMFT

Child and Family Therapist

  • ADHD

  • Parenting

  • IEP/504 plan support

  • Anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Social struggles

  • Autism

  • Asperger's syndrome

  • School issues

  • Behavioral issues

individual therapy for children


Parenting services


Family Therapy


Why play and art in therapy for children?

Unlike adult therapy where talk is the main way of processing, at Silver Star Counseling we use play and art as the primary means of helping your child process what’s going on inside. Violet Oaklander, a Gestalt child therapist, states that play is like a map to the child’s inner self. Play honors a child’s unique way of looking at the world. It is a child’s primary language. Play also helps the client and therapist develop a relationship, one that is natural to the child.  In the book Playing and Reality, Winnicott says, “It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child [or adult] is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”

The benefits of play in therapy are:

  • taking more responsibility for certain behaviors

  • developing coping strategies and creative problem-solving skills

  • self-respect and self-esteem

  • empathy and respect for others

  • alleviation of anxiety

  • learning to fully experience and express feelings

  • stronger social skills

  • stronger family relationships

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Contact Us

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Monday and Wednesday

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours vary per day. Please contact us.


7700 NE Parkway Suite 130

Vancouver, WA 98662

Office Line: 360-207-9218


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