The Therapeutic Play Foundation is a non profit organization invested in the betterment of low-income populations using play as the primary intervention to address their mental health needs. Therapeutic play is utilized to help improve the emotional well being of children by using creative arts, play and the usefulness of attention and focus. The end goal is to community build via the reduction of childhood trauma symptoms that can result from poverty and its associated stressors. Through the provision of quality research based mental health interventions, we aim to assist children and their families to improve resiliency and coping skills; thereby improving overall family health and by extension, overall community health. 

The Therapeutic Play Foundation offers mindfulness and play based therapeutic interventions (Mindful Play) in education and clinic based environments that may not be able to offer such a comprehensive program on their own. We offer these interventions to schools/agencies whose youth may have been exposed to trauma related to poverty driven stressors such as exposure to crime, domestic/gang violence, substance abuse, child abuse/neglect, frequent moves, an incarcerated parent, etc. 

Our philosophy is that we will support family units affected by poverty in an effort to stimulate the healthy, happy and secure development of the whole child: socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, morally and creatively. All of our providers are highly skilled licensed mental health clinicians who have provided similar services for well established programs in Southern California. 

To learn more about our contracted providers, visit

TPF Specialties:

  • Mental Health
  • Child Development
  • Social Services
  • Child Care
  • Therapeutic Play
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga for kids
  • Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Poverty

The Therapeutic Play Foundation is a contracted provider with the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP), which is a program that helps victims of violent crimes that occur in California to receive trauma counseling at little to no cost . You may be eligible to have your counseling covered by CalVCP if you have been exposed to the following:

  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Molestation
  • Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Drunk driving
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Human trafficking

For more information about CalVCP, please visit their web site at or by calling them directly to apply at 1-800-777-9229. Once you have applied and received your applicant number, please contact The Therapeutic Play Foundation and provide your applicant number so that we can begin services.