Expressive Arts & Play Therapy

for your child:

    Society does not always provide appropriate and well designed environments for children to thrive.

    As a result, kids have to cope with many situations 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.

Playtherapy | Maria Lentzou, MA, AMFT
Playtherapy | Maria Lentzou, MA, AMFT

There are numerous other reasons why a child might benefit from therapy, a number of these 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.​

Expressive Arts & Play Therapy

for your inner child:

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

In our sessions we work together,

with expressive tools and assigned activities, to heal your inner child wounds.

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

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


About Maria Lentzou, MA, AMFT

I want to help your child and inner child to be happy and thrive.

I have been working with children and adults for over 15 years, first as an expressive teaching artist, and since 2011 also in therapy.

Through their play, children taught me how to understand and appreciate their world that is different from the adults’ world. Now, I am honored to support your child,

and inner child, navigate with more ease the challenges of the adults’ reality,

in order to recover their joy and to enhance their cognitive, social and

emotional well-being.

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a licensed psychologist from Greece (2004). I speak fluent English, Greek, and Spanish, I hold an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS (2017), and I have been working for the Child Therapy Institute, in preschools and in individual therapy sessions since 2015.

Maria Lentzou, MA, AMFT / Psychogy Today
Child Therapy Institute | Maria Lentzou, MA, AMFT | Integrative & Somatic Psychotherapists | San Francisco

Maria Lentzou, MA, AMFT

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #101671
Supervised by Kathy Buys LMFT #34173

​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 ; a professional group of Integrative

and Somatic Psychotherapists


Please contact me with any questions, to schedule a phone consultation, or to set up your initial session.

I look forward to meeting you!




3195 California Street, #D

San Francisco, CA 94115