Quint Paige, MFT, RPT-S
Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor
About Me and My Practice
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 36404) and a registered play therapist and supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy.  I received my bachelor and master degrees from California State University Los Angeles.  I have been practicing play therapy, sand tray therapy, and psychotherapy in Pasadena since 1998.  I am dedicated to working with children, including children with special needs, adolescents, adults, and families in different capacities in variety of settings - a child and family study center, in Head Start programs, in a community mental health center, in juvenile delinquent and diversion programs, and in a battered woman's shelter.  I had many roles at the Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center for nearly 18 years.  For 12 years my main role was that as a special education teacher.  I worked with the families and children along with the transdisciplinary treatment team including speech and occupational therapists, family therapists, and mental health trainees and interns.  I gained extensive experience working with families with their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).  As a clinical supervisor, I also provided clinical supervision and also play therapy specific supervision to agency interns and trainees.  

In addition to the clinical work, since 2012 I've been an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA.  In the School of Cultural and Family Psychology, I’ve taught courses throughout the graduate level program including courses in theories of marriage and family therapy, the essential and clinical skills necessary to work with groups and families, therapy with children and adolescents, personality theories, research methods, and practicum to the graduate level students.  I've created course syllabi to reflect current research and clinical practice.  I’ve also advised graduate students helping them successfully navigate their road to culmination. 

Play Therapy      

Therapeutic play is play with a trained clinician like myself in a safe and supportive environment that allows the child/adolescent the ability to communicate his/her struggles, solve problems, and get back on an appropriate developmental track.  Therapeutic play uses sound and proven therapeutic theories and techniques including the use of toys, creative and expressive materials (e.g., paper and markers, clay, paints, and puppets), games, activities, and our imagination.  Typically children and some adolescents do not have adequate communication skills nor the vocabulary and/or language skills - particularly the language of emotions - to adequately express themselves.  Play is the natural language for the child and/or adolescent to express him/herself.  Play is an important way that children learn about the world.  Play is an innate medium for most children and adolescents to work out their issues/problems in a safe therapeutic environment therefore making play therapy a very effective choice.  As children and adolescents acquire adequate communication skills and a richer vocabulary of emotions, play therapy is used in conjunction with psychotherapy.  

Sand Tray Therapy  

Sand tray therapy is a unique and powerful form of therapy.  With sand, a tray, a large variety of symbolic objects, sometimes water, and my professional guidance, the sand tray allows you to create a 3-dimensional picture of what is happening in your life.  There are times when you cannot find the words to effectively express what you are thinking and/or feeling.  The tray of sand and the assortment of symbolic objects provide access to the right hemisphere of the brain and the vital unconscious material that helps you express what you need to share.  This therapeutic medium is for all ages whether the work is done individually, as a dyad (couple), or in a group/family.  There is no right or wrong way to work in the sand and NO JUDGMENT.  THERE IS ONLY YOUR WAY!  Sand tray therapy can be used in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy and/or play therapy.  You can get an idea about sand tray therapy by viewing the photos of sand trays at the bottom of each page on this website. 


Traditional psychotherapy – that is ‘talk therapy’ – is generally used with adolescents and adult clients. We sit and you talk about what is important and significant.  I listen and as an objective outside observer help put together the pieces of the puzzle that are either not quite clear.  These pieces of the puzzle come together to help create a bigger and clearer picture of what is going on and solutions from within yourself begin to become more apparent.  Psychotherapy can be used in conjunction with play therapy and sand tray therapy.     

Consultation and Supervision    

I provide play therapy and sand tray therapy consultation to agencies and licensed and pre-licensed clinicians and supervision to pre-licensed trainees and interns.  My years of experience can help you explore your own individual process while working with your own clients.  As a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy (APT), I can provide you supervision for your play therapy cases gained for your RPT or RPT-S certification.   

Call or e-mail for an appointment or to inquire about my services

Quint Paige, MFT, RPT-S
130 S. Euclid Ave., Suite 3
Pasadena, CA 91101

(626) 676-3381

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Easily accessible from So Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, Eagle Rock, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Glendale, Burbank, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, La Canada, La Crescenta, Hollywood, and Los Angeles

"Often the hands will solve a mystery that the
intellect has struggled with in vain." - Carl Jung

Come let your hands solve some mysteries.