Therapeutic Play Groups


Building Social Skills

Young children love to be with their peers, but certain abilities are required for successful group experiences, such as:

  • taking turns 
  • agreeing on rules
  • sharing space
  • communicating needs
  • reading non-verbal social cues 

Some children need more practice then others. Therapeutic group experiences offer a safe, structured environment for developing strong social-emotional skills. Social and emotional skills are the foundation for success in school and in life.


Parent-Child Groups


Preschool children learn best with their parents and caregivers close by so that they can have emotional support to translate new social skills to other environments.  

Join a twelve-week interactive attachment-based child therapy group. This group is for children ages 4-6 with emotional, behavioral and /or developmental challenges. This parent participation group supports positive social-emotional development through joyful, playful peer and child and parent interactions . We will work on staying engaged, following routines and limits, social skills, managing frustration,  impulse control and feeling secure and confident. A child therapy and support goup rolled into one!

Parent Groups


Parent Support Group


Parenting is hard work, but when your children are very young the challenge can at times be overwhelming.  This ongoing group is designed to offer a nurturing space for you to reflect on the experiences of parenting toddlers and preschoolers. Come prepared to listen and share at your own pace.

 We will explore immediate parenting issues and connect them to your own childhood experiences and to your dreams for your child. This experience will inform your parenting practices. You will have the opportunity to envision the parent you want to be, your best self, and work toward that goal. Specific situations and current dilemmas will be carefully addressed by group members and the facilitator, an experienced marriage and family therapist who specializes in parenting and early childhood.

Circle of Security® Parent Group


Are you searching for help in parenting your young child? Do you find yourself being overly restrictive, and yelling a lot? Or maybe family members say that you’re spoiling your child or that you’re over-protective. Circle of Security® is a nurturing, yet structured, approach to learning more about your parenting style, and developing more effective parenting skills. Explore parenting dilemmas and challenges, discover the balance between protection, nurture and limit-setting in a supportive group setting. The group is facilitated by a Marriage and Family Therapist certified as a Circle of Security® parent educator.

Child Therapy and Support Groups in San Mateo

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Peninsula Play Therapy

Leslie Baxter, LMFT 51997

(650) 703-3288