Therapists – Cary Schwartz, Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist (#35417)
Cary is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Registered Play Therapist and has been in private practice in Simi Valley for over 5 years. Cary’s speciality is in working with children and adolescents ages 3-17 dealing with such issues as abuse/neglect; grief and loss; behavioral problems; learning disabilities and divorce/blended family dynamics. He has worked extensively with children suffering from emotional, behavioral, developmental, learning and social difficulties since 1989 when he became a full-time preschool teacher. Since then, Cary has received specialized training in child therapy/behavioral therapy at a therapeutic school for children ages 3-7 as well as in a non-public school for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents where he worked as a school counselor/child therapist.
Cary specializes in Expressive Play Therapy and Sandtray Therapy in order to provide each child with a different way to acknowledge and express painful emotions, thoughts and events that are often too complicated and difficult to verbalize. He will also utilize EMDR when accepted and requested by the client or by parents of young children. In addition, parenting skills, behavior management and family therapy often become part of the overall treatment plan when he works with either children or adolescents.
He describes his main goal as “assisting each client toward developing a stronger sense of self-acceptance, self-worth, and self-respect along with the ability to cope with difficult emotions and finding solutions to problems.” By utilizing the various modalities of Play Therapy, children begin to take responsibility for their behavior, increase their communication and socialization skills and develop empathy and respect toward others as well as themselves. When a child begins to recognize their strengths along with their sense of uniqueness and ability to overcome life’s obstacles, they start to look at themselves not as “problems”, but as “people.”