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Counselor / Therapist in Laguna Hills, CA

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Margaret Creek, MFT42815, ATR-BC

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Art Therapy in Orange County
Adoption specialist, EMDR trained
Art therapy in Orange County - benefits children, families, teens and adults when just words don't work. Absolutely no art experience or ability is needed.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art supplies, images and the creative process as additional tools to express thoughts & feelings and to resolve conflicts and confusions. You and I will work together to create goals that focus on your specific needs. Needs often addressed include reducing behavior problems, fears & anxiety, overcoming large and small traumas, improving social skills & self awareness, and lowering stress.
I have additional training and experience working with the unique challenges experienced by adoptive and foster families. Attachment issues are often pre-verbal and respond well to art interventions.
Bio
Margaret Creek is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified art therapist. She received her masters in art therapy at Loyola Marymount University where she was awarded the Helen Langarten Scholar award recognizing both clinical and leadership skills. Margaret is currently in private practice in Laguna Hills, CA, specializing in attachment and trauma issues. She is especially fond of middle-schoolers through young adults who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Having grown up the eldest of 9 siblings, Ms. Creek has a special sensitivity for family dynamics and enjoys working with families of all descriptions. For over 9 years, Margaret was a clinical supervisor and family therapist at Kinship Center in southern California, an agency that specializes in attachment based, experiential techniques that encourage healing through relationships. At Kinship Center, Margaret worked with foster, kin care and adopted children and their families using the art process to facilitate the expression and processing of difficult feelings. Margaret is a certified trainer of Kinship Center’s Adoption and Permanency Curriculum, The Incredible Years, and Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT). She enjoys educating parents and professionals about effective ways to reduce the effects of trauma on children and adults. She has published several articles and presents trainings and workshops, both locally and nationally, on art therapy and non-verbal interventions.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Adolescents  Life Transitions
 Adoption  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anger Management  Marriage Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Relationship Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Stress Management
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Trauma and PTSD
 Couples Therapy  Women's Issues
 Depression  Work and Career Issues
Certifications
 Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)  EMDR Part 1 and 2 (EMDRIA)
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  Registered Art Therapist (ATR)
Education/Training
Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (Clinical Art Therapy), with honors, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. May 2001
B.A. Psychology major, Art minor, Grey Key, Cum Laude, Chapman University, Orange, CA. May 1999

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 42815
Art Therapist, Registered-Board Certified (ATR-BC)
California BBS CEU Provider #PCE4597
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy™ Certified Facilitator and Trainer
Incredible Years™ Certified Facilitator and Trainer
Adoption and Permanency Curriculum™ Certified Facilitator/Trainer
Art for Healing™ Certified Facilitator

ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE
Eye Movement Desensitization Response (EMDR)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
AAMFT Equivalent Clinical Supervisor training
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training
Memberships
Member American Art Therapy Association
Member/Past Vice President Southern California Art Therapy Association
Member California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member Orange County Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member Saddleback Historical Society and Amigos de la Colina
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, MC, VISA, some insurance
License:CA MFC 42815
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Location
31897 Del Obispo #250
Additional Location
23272 Mill Creek #150
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