Crystal Zelman, LCSW, CCLS, RPT is the owner and sole clinician of Morris County Play Therapy, utilizing play therapy in her work with children, families and adults. She has a playful and inviting spirit, greeting new clients with an open heart, helping them to feel comfortable and welcome. Crystal consciously chooses to be client-centered, whenever possible, allowing children and adults to lead and guide their work together through play, therapeutic art, sand tray, puppets or words. Crystal began her work with children in Early Intervention, working with children ages birth to 3 with developmental delays for over 10 years. She also worked with children who have a family member with cancer for 9 years at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. She received her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and is currently a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University, teaching clinical social work classes to masters level students.
Crystal has a strong background and interest in supporting both children and adults through grief, helping them discover a new normal. She facilitates the bereavement-specific art and craft groups at Camp Clover, a week long bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Child Life Council and Association for Play Therapy.
Crystal has various experience presenting workshops for clients, professionals and students, both in-person and through webinars, including for NASW-NJ, AOSW, & Child Life of Greater NY. She is a clinical supervisor, working with LSWs to support them toward their LCSW requirements. Crystal is also a KRI certified Kundalini yoga instructor, and is passionate about working with children & teens utilizing yoga & art in workshop series she offers throughout the year.