My name is Malia and I am a therapist (LCSW-NJ & RPT-S) as well as a provider of quality continuing education, supervision, coaching and workshops for:
mental health clinicians
educators at every level
parents of kids ages 3-18
adults ages 18+
The most empowering element to my work is offering you the permission to do things your way; free from judgment and from a place of inner-knowing.
About Play Therapy
the modality that started it all for me...
Working with kids was a clear, early passion for me. Because I struggled as a student and had a challenging childhood, I was drawn toward helping children uncover their strengths and recognize their own capacity toward positive growth and change.
Play therapy is an evidence-based practice that facilitates pro-social development in children, fosters stronger attachment bonds with caregivers and has excellent implications for the future well-being of those who participate. Prospective families should know that I practice a hybrid of non-directive child centered play therapy and Synergetic Play Therapy in my work. Kids are permitted to be loud, messy, expressive in our therapy sessions. Parents are offered strategies & support to enhance their child's 1:1 work.
Those seeking in-person therapy for themselves or their children can work with me at The Therapy Institute, located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, USA.
How has Malia & her approach impacted children across environments; home, school, friends?
"After about 4 months of play therapy sessions, our child began to use the self-regulation skills that Malia modeled during their sessions together. We saw less meltdowns and heard more 'belly breaths'. My wife & I also learned how to step into our 'parenting power' with Malia's support & guidance."
"Malia helped my child with their anxiety symptoms that were affecting our sleep and day-to-day functioning. I watched their confidence grow in new & challenging situations. I received so many compliments about how much more polite and regulated they were."
"Malia has a true passion for student mental health services, enhancing self-awareness, reducing challenging student behavior & increasing adult understanding of the 'why' behind the things that drive teachers up the wall."
FOLLOW SHORE PLAY THERAPY