Shirla de Magalhães, LMFT, RPT-S, RSP
Welcome to my Practice!
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), Registered Sandplay Practitioner (RSP), SoulCollage® Facilitator & Immediate Past President of the California Association for Play Therapy. I offer a holistic, trauma informed approach to therapy that focuses on the underlying issues instead of just treating the surface symptoms. I offer creative therapeutic modalities to assist unconscious material to come up to the surface for processing, regardless of your age, I will follow my client's lead and meet them where they are emotionally. I consider myself an Integrative Therapist with emphasis on Attachment Theory & Jungian Psychology.
I am very passionate about my work and enjoy witnessing the healing powers of play therapy, sandplay therapy and expressive arts as a complement to talk therapy. I specialize in working with children 8 & up, teens, as well as adults seeking personal self growth.
I have particular interest and experience in the following areas:
- Trauma (emotional, physical, sexual)
- Low Self Esteem
- Grief & Loss
- Women Empowerment
- Single Parenting
- Empty Nest Syndrome
- Divorce & Blended Family Life
- Immigration & Cultural Shifts
- Life Transitions
I have experience working with intact, divorced or separated families, military, blended, adoptive and foster families, immigrant and multicultural families, same sex couples, as well as single parents and children raised by their grandparents.
My practice is LGBTQIA+ friendly.
Sessions can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
"Inviting our thoughts and feelings into awareness allows us to learn from them rather than be driven by them"