Growth Through Play Therapy

Karen Pernet, LCSW, RPT-S

A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn’t play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly. 

—Pablo Neruda

Upcoming Training

Would you like to increase your ability to utilize play therapy and sandtray with your child, adolescent and adult clients?  We offer informative and playful trainings to professionals.

Supervision & Consultation

Providing supervision and consultation is a significant part of Karen’s work and her passion. She will help new therapists find their special voice and for seasoned therapists to hone skills. 

Achieve Success.

Services for Professionals.

Work toward becoming a Register Play Therapist.

 

Play therapy

Filial Therapy

Sandtray

Supervision & Consultation

Achieve Success.

Services for Professionals.

Work toward becoming a Register Play Therapist.

 

Play therapy

Filial Therapy

Sandtray

Supervision & Consultation

Training

Play therapy, Sandtray Therapy and Filial Therapy training for licensed and pre-licensed  professionals, graduate students and others who work with children. We offer informative and playful trainings to professionals who are interested in learning or honing their play therapy and sandtray therapy skills, including the 27 hour Intensive Filial Therapy Training.

Sandtray Accessories

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Karen Pernet, LSCW, RPT-S, SEP

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor & Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Karen returned to school to obtain her MSW at Bryn Mawr College of Social Work and Social Research in mid-life after a career in child welfare. She is known for her encouraging and down to earth approach and has been described as knowledgeable, supportive and playful.

Karen’s postgraduate education includes certificates in Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Filial Therapy. She is a certified Filial trainer with the Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center.  Additionally she has had intensive training in Child Centered Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Internal Family Systems.

Sandtray Therapy

On one hand, a box, sand and miniatures—how can that create an in depth experience? On the other hand a three dimensional experience arising from our deeper selves emerges, no matter our age.  Sandtray is magical!

Psychotherapy for Adults


Whatever the form therapy takes, it is the power of a caring relationship, gently sprinkled with humor, that is the essential ingredient of healing and personal growth. Adults can benefit and heal using therapeutic modalities involving playful and experiential activities as well as conversation

Supervison &

Consultation.

Providing supervision and consultation is a significant part of Karen’s work and her passion. It is important that she creates a safe atmosphere for new therapists to develop their individual voice and for seasoned therapists to continue to develop skills. The work is always challenging and finding a  supportive space feeds us.

Enhance your play therapy skills!

Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

Oakland, CA 94602
510-923-0520
karen@growththroughplaytherapy.com

I would be glad to hear from you and to share information about my services: psychotherapy, general supervision for pre-licensed therapist, specialized supervision for therapists working becoming  Registered Play Therapists, consultations for experienced therapists and trainings in play therapy and sandtray therapy.