Kim Bonvino PhD, LPC, Certified CCPT

Kim Bonvino

Licensed Professional Counselor & Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist

I am returning to my therapy practice after taking time off to raise my son. I am most passionate about working with children from ages 3-12 and their caregivers, and am excited to add to my 20+ years of experience. I believe that children naturally express themselves through the concrete world of play and activity.

I utilize a child-centered approach in play therapy whereby a child plays out thoughts, feelings,
and emotions they might not otherwise be able to express meaningfully through their
words. I create a safe space for a child to process their emotions and experiences at their own
pace and comfort level. Using child- centered techniques helps children improve verbalizing
their feelings, social skills, self-esteem, and self-control.

Working collaboratively with parents to create more harmonious family connections, I regularly meet with a child’s caregivers to help them understand the
challenges their child may be facing.  Together, as a team, with unconditional regard, we can
explore parenting styles that are working, as well as
those that could be modified.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist. My previous experience included working with families and children in a variety of settings including in-home family therapy and outpatient therapy. I received my Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and trained with Dr. Garry Landreth who is the founder of the Center for Play Therapy in Denton, Texas. I earned a Master’s degree in Group Process & Organizational Dynamics from Hahnemann University (now Drexel).
Additionally, I trained in Structural Family Therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic
and trauma training from Bessel Van Der Kolk’s Trauma Research Foundation in Massachusetts.
I grew up in Plumsteadville and have lived in Bucks County most of my life. I enjoy hanging out
on the beach in OCNJ with my husband and son, my husband’s children, son-in-law, and

“Play is the language, and the toys are the words.”
-Dr. Garry Landreth, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship