Karen Wheeler, LCSW, RPT-S, CST-T

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

The Office

Highwood Park Plaza

3173 Wrightsville Ave.

Wilmington, NC 28403

(corner of Wrightsville and Wilshire)

Phone (910) 251-7950

Fax (910) 251-7980

After 18 years of practicing in agencies and psychiatric hospitals Ms. Wheeler moved her practice from a small garden office to a more spacious environment . Her current location satisfies her vision of a healing sanctuary, with a fairy garden by the front door.

Highwood Park Plaza was built in 1945 as a horse stable. Recently remodeled, clients can feel nourished and supported 

in their journey toward inner peace and personal fulfillment in the quiet environment of Ms. Wheeler's office and therapy room. Younger clients find emotional release in the water tray or through being held in their caregiver’s lap during sessions. Adults may use guided visualization and breathe aromatherapy oils to support emotional "presence” or place figures in the sand to access unconscious material through the use of archetypes (figures).

This is the waiting area where therapy groups, support groups and trainings are also held.

This is the area of the therapy office where parent/child attachment work occurs. It is also where Ms. Wheeler see adults, does intakes, uses EMDR, plays developmental games with the children, engages clients in discussions and visualization exercises.

This is the play area of the therapy office . There are hundreds of toys for the children to play with. The play room includes sand tray figures, wet and dry sand trays, water and mud trays, puppets and much more!

Mud and Water Trays

Wet and Dry Sand Trays

Ms. Wheeler is also trained in various forms of energy healing, some of which utilize crystals. Clients are shown how to use crystals and aromatherapy oils as coping skills to manage their difficult emotions.

Puppets can be used for Gestalt play therapy which allows client to work through feelings and relationships in a way that feels safer than talking. This is especially effective with child clients who have trauma and very intense emotions. They can make stories with the puppets while using the tactile sensors ("buzzies") to release and process negative emotions about events in their lives.

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