Special Interests

  • Adjustment issues
  • ADHD
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment concerns
  • Behavioral issues
  • Depression
  • Elementary-aged children
  • Grief/Loss
  • Out-of-Home placements
  • Parent support
  • Play Therapy
  • Preschoolers
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma

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Kristy Cavalli, LMSW, RPT-S

Licensed Master’s Social Worker | Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor

“As a Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor since 2008, I believe play is the most powerful language with which to build relationships and promote growth and healing in children and families. I specialize in working with kids 12 and under, with preschoolers and young elementary-aged children in particular, who need assistance coping with trauma, family change, behavioral, emotional, developmental, and/or relationship challenges. Play provides an integrative, co-regulating, rich and meaningful environment in which children can build a strong therapeutic relationship, inspiring courage to address challenges and concerns. Playful engagement also provides an ideal setting for enlisting caregiver support in new ways, utilizing interventions designed around children’s developmental needs, personalities, strengths, temperaments, and life experiences.”


  • MSW, Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • B.A., LS&A Honors Program, University of Michigan


  • Play Therapist, Child & Family Psychological Services, 2019-Present
  • Play Therapist, Play Therapy Zone (MI), 2018-2019
  • Play Therapist, Assessment & Therapy Associates of Grand Forks (ND), 2016-2018
  • Play Therapist, Play Therapy Zone (ND), 2006-2016
  • Outpatient and Hospital-based Therapist, Altru Health System (ND), 2004-2006
  • In-home Family Therapist/Outpaitent Therapist, Village Family Services (ND), 2003-2004
  • In-home Family Therapist/Outpatient Therapist, Starfish Family Services (MI), 2002-2003
  • Elementary School Social Work Intern, Royal Oak Public Schools, 2001-2002
  • Counseling Intern, HAVEN Domestic Violence Counseling Program, 2000-2001
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