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may your child be happy and thrive

Play Therapy & Parent Coaching

Sessions in English, Greek, Spanish

Maria Lentzou, MA, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist #125237

Child Therapy Institute

Maria Lentzou, MA, AMFT / Psychogy Today

Play Therapy for your child

Happy Children _ Play Therapy with Maria

    Society does not always provide appropriate and well designed environments for children to thrive, and life can present unexpected situations.

    As a result, kids have to cope with experiences that are hard for them to make sense of. In their effort to do so, BIG feelings arise that affect their behavior and their social life.

    In addition, children can struggle in home or at school as a response to challenging transitions such as the birth of a sibling, divorce, a move or a death in the family etc.

    What I do is to help your child process their big feelings, regulate their behaviors, and express their unique creative voice.

    My goal is to facilitate their emotional and cognitive development, to help them gain better social skills,

and to support them in challenging transitions.

Some other reasons why your child might benefit from therapy are listed below:

  • irritability in the child’s mood

  • defiance, i.e. refusing to follow the rules, “talking back”

  • an increase in physical or verbal fighting at home or at school

  • sadness and isolation

  • a lack of interest in things they used to enjoy

  • sleeping and eating problems

  • problems focusing on their school work

  • regression to an earlier developmental stage, i.e. bedwetting etc.

  • an increase in fears and worries

  • avoidance of specific places, people or things

  • excessive clinging and difficulty separating from a parent or caretaker

  • difficulty with transitions such as going from home to school, leaving play dates etc.

  • repetitive behaviors that severely impact the child or family


I use a relational, dynamic, and deep play therapy approach; making art and play is the inherent way of kids to communicate, express, regulate, learn and cope with their inner and outer reality. 


I meet weekly with your child, and I collaborate as needed with parents and significant others.​

Lovingly embrace _ Play Therapy with Mar
Grow together _ Play Therapy with Maria
Parent Coaching

In our sessions, my desire is to help you understand your intense child's behavior and learn what to do to help it improve dramatically. 

We work together as a team , to better manage your parenting challenges by offering alternative perspectives around family situations, uncovering strategies to shift behavior and family dynamics and support you into achieving your parenting goals.

I can assist you create a better relationship with your children by addressing power struggles, meltdowns, separation anxiety, anger and discipline.

Parent coaching sessions can happen while I meet weekly with your child or independently.

Play together _ Play Therapy with Maria
Play Therapy for your Inner Child

We all have been once, in our own way, a curious, carefree, creative, joyful child but struggles, challenges and traumas may have hidden our sparkle.

No matter your age, I can support you to reconnect and become again lovingly responsible of your inner child, to recover the sparkle of enthusiasm.

As George Bernard Shaw says, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

In our sessions we work together as a team, to heal your inner child wounds and help you find more joy in every day life.

My work is primarily with high functioning adults who desire to reduce stress and lighten up the heavy feeling of responsibilities, to keep expanding with more ease.

Let your child thrive _ Play Therapy wit
Maria Lentzou _ Authentic Movement SF _
My philosophy

I am a relentless advocate for the emotional wellbeing of our children, whose first and foremost right is to imagine and to play. I love the curious, authentic, and inhibited nature of children, the ones who live out in the world, and the ones who reside inside our hearts.

I trust our inherent capacity to be creative and I believe in the power of play and the expressive arts to help our children thrive, and to heal our inner child wounds so as to recover the sparkle of enthusiasm in our lives.

I am honored to support your child, and inner child, navigate with more ease the challenges of everyday life, in order to recover their joy and to enhance their cognitive, social and emotional well-being.

I speak fluent English, Greek, and Spanish and I hold an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS. I have worked with children and adults for over 15 years and I have been working for the Child Therapy Institute since 2015. 

Maria Lentzou, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #125237

​Practicing through the auspices of the Child Therapy Institute,  a nonprofit organization providing affordable psychotherapy and school based services to children and adults throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


Member of Therapy4u.org ; a professional group of Integrative

and Somatic Psychotherapists


Please contact me with any questions,

to schedule a free 20min phone consultation,

or to set up your initial session.

I look forward to meeting you!


3195 California Street, #D

San Francisco, CA 94115

+1 - 415 - 862 - 1656