Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA

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Hayley Casselman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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Counseling that Kids and Teens Enjoy!
I specialize in helping children, teens, and parents work through life's challenges to come out on the other side happier, healthier, and more successful in school and relationships. I use play therapy to make the experience of counseling positive and comfortable. Children and teens come to counseling for many reasons and I have had a wide range of experience in treating different types of challenges.

Some of the more common reasons I have seen for parents to bring their children to counseling include:

- Attentional and organizational issues, including AD/HD
- Mood issues, including depression and bipolar disorder
- Trauma, including experiences of abuse, PTSD, etc.
- Anxiety/stress issues, ranging from "everyday life" stress to panic attacks or OCD
- Family/life transitions, including divorce/separation, loss/grief, new school/job, etc.
- Behavioral and/or academic problems in children

In addition to my work with children and adolescents, I also reserve part of my practice for working with adults. With adults, I specialize in past trauma (often childhood) and ADD/ADHD. While I do not use "play therapy" with adults, I do often integrate creativity, humor, and activities into our work together.

My office is located conveniently for families in Torrance, Rolling Hills, PV peninsula, San Pedro, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Lomita.
My Style as a Therapist:

I approach treatment with the belief that all people, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, want to grow to be their best selves but sometimes things get in the way. I work collaboratively to determine what your goals are and how we can best work together to help you reach them.

There is no "one size fits all" model of therapy; every person is different and so my approach with each client is customized to his/her specific situation, personality, needs, and goals.

Do not check your sense of humor at the door! While sometimes therapy can be challenging or even deal with painful things, it should also often be uplifting and even fun sometimes. Particularly with children and teens, I frequently use humor, games, and activities to make therapy a positive experience.

I believe that our experiences and relationships shape who we are. In therapy, it is often important to explore significant experiences and relationships, both current and past, in order to see how we have been changed and to help us determine how we want to be moving forward.

It is always okay to say "no" and "stop." Your therapy time is for you; if we start to discuss something that you realize is outside of your comfort zone, you have the power and authority to decide to stop and discuss something else at any time. I have had feedback from many clients that they find my office to be a safe place to discuss subjects they may not otherwise be comfortable with. However, sometimes we find that we are not ready for certain subjects or conversations; I always strive to honor your feelings and comfort level.

While therapy is confidential (with certain legally mandated exceptions), with your permission, I will gladly coordinate your treatment with other professionals (such as psychiatrists, doctors, nutritionists, attorneys, teachers, etc.) who may be of assistance in reaching your goals. This also includes attending school IEP and 504 meetings, when appropriate. I am also always happy to provide referrals for additional or supplemental services, as they are needed or desired.
Practice Areas
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  Psychotherapy (MA)
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
Pepperdine University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minors in Cinema-Television and Performing Arts
University of Southern California
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

CAMFT, Long Beach – South Bay Chapter
Currently serving on the Board as the Director-At-Large for Pre-Licensed Members

Association for Play Therapy

University of Southern California (USC) Alumni Association

Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, out-of-network insurance, ILWU insurance, superbills provided for FSA/HSA reimbursement
Hours:After school and evening hours offered
License:Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC52818
25550 Hawthorne Blvd.
Suite 316
TorranceCA 90505
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