Making a Personal Connection
For Change

Alisha Saucedo, LSCSW RPT

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist

Alisha Saucedo, LSCSW RPT specializes in play therapy for children and also has experience in acute psychiatric care, early childhood mental health, and working within the education and the foster care systems. Alisha works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She is skilled in play therapy, behavior modification, solution-focused brief therapy, and crisis

intervention. She is trained in EMDR protocol which can be used to treat children and adults with histories of trauma. Areas of interest include working with mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression, as well as with common life stressors like relationship issues, divorce, self-esteem, codependency, grief/loss, and occupational problems. She is skilled in working with families, focusing on increasing positive attachment between parents and their children, as well as helping individual's overcome issues in their past, giving them a sense of empowerment.

Scheduling

 

Exploring life through play...

My goal is to provide my clients with the opportunity for change. Whether that is exploring life through play, working with the individual, family or community, system or focusing on a solution. The journey makes us who we are, and I am here to take it with you."

 

Areas of Practice

1

Parenting Support
Alisha works with parents to create a healthy family system by helping to resolve issues of discipline and communication. Using positive parenting techniques, parents feel more connected and their children will feel supported and understood.

2
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Alisha is trained to provide EMDR a research-proven method to treat trauma and PTSD. There are 8 phases of treatment with EMDR using a three-pronged approach of addressing past memories, present triggers, and future response. EMDR can be combined with play therapy to improve symptoms of stress, anxiety, and negative memories experienced by children.
3

Play Therapy
Alisha is trained in play therapy, a structured and theoretically based process used to help children express and resolve a wide array of problems. Toys are the words and play the child's language. Children learn solutions as they become responsible for their own behavior. They learn empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings, thus developing a greater sense of self-efficacy. Alisha is trained in Sandtray, Nondirective and Non-directive Play, Theraplay, and Filial Therapy.

Here's an amusing, but important video that explains a little more about how play therapy works: