Majica Alba Phillips, LMFT, ATR

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy and Registered Art Therapist
(916) 835-9034

By creating a warm, open, safe, and confidential environment, my art studio practice is designed to help you have the right beginning so that you can meet your goals.  I work primarily with people who desire to work in the long term, intensive, deep areas – getting to the core of your problems and balancing that with your strengths, with or without the use of art. Most patients come wanting more than just temporary symptomatic changes.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#45502) and a Registered Art Therapist. I am a member of California Associate of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).  I have also been trained in Advanced Integrative Therapy and have taken both the Basics and the Masters course.  I have also been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and I am currently working on my certification in that coursework. I have been using art and it’s therapeutic effects for over 15 years in private and clinical settings (assisting adults, teens, children; autistic children and teens; and children and adults facing traumatic abuse). 

I grew up on the Mendocino coast with artistic parents—my mother is a professional painter and musician, and my father is a talented jazz pianist.  My household was constantly full of interactive creativity and interesting talent.  I used art, photography, theater arts, and choir to flourish through my childhood and adolescence.  I graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelors degree in Child Development.  I was on my way to become a teacher when I discovered art therapy.  Art therapy intrigued me because it took what I was currently studying, children and families, and combined it with my passion for artistic expression.  I set out to study and found a prestigious school in Belmont, California, called Notre Dame de Namur University.  NDNU is one of two schools in California that offers an accredited degree in Marriage Family Therapy and Art Psychotherapy.   
Throughout my education I have worked with children and families in many capacities and now find that my knowledge of child development and the developmental stages of art making make it easier for me to communicate  with parents and to work with children when they are dealing with developmental issues or emotional problems.  

Therapy can be conducted individually, with a significant other, with other family members, or in a group setting. I provide a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss if I can be of help to you with your unique needs and interests. You do not need to be an artist to work with me; not all of my clients do art therapy. Session rates are competitive with the industry.

Kate O'Malley, MA, AMFT, AT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and Art Therapist
(916) 382-2882

I am an artist and therapist with a Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy/Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. For 25 years I worked in education teaching children ranging from kindergarten to High School. I loved watching the children light up and how open they are to the world. I also raised four of my own children with my husband of 25 years. When I was a new mother, I moved to Spain with my husband and had to explore a new culture on my own with my new baby. I fell in love with being there after stepping out of my own comfort zone and having to learn the culture and ask for help from the community. 

I love working with children of all ages, particularly teens and young adults. I help them to open up by using a combination of narrative therapy, mindfulness, and art therapy. This is a particularly useful tool to get them out of their head and help quiet the critical voice of being judged. Art therapy helps to access a different part of the brain than talk therapy, therefore, giving them the potential to thrive internally and externally. I strongly believe that people are not defined by their problems and everyone has the capacity to achieve their fullest potential. My work focuses on building self-compassion through self-care. I will often give homework or strategies that help my clients thrive. 

What I love about being an art therapist is that it allows me to continue to dabble is all the creative arts. I love water colors, textile arts, clay, and collage. Art has the ability to heal, transform, soothe and create new insights. Art therapy is a guided creative process that can be used to enhance a person’s emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. 

While I work with people of all ages, I specialize in adolescents, young adults and women who are dealing with grief & loss, eating disorders, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and more.

Kate is supervised by Majica Alba Phillips, MFT, ATR (MFC#45502).

Kate is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFC#111819) and an Art Therapist.

To contact Kate directly, call 916-382-2882 or e-mail her at Kathleen.w.omalley@gmail.com.

Laurie B Richardson, MA, AFMT, AT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and Expressive Art Therapist
(908) 442-3396

Let’s sit down, giggle, talk deeply, breathe softly, meditate and have fun creating art together. The environment I strive for is one of complete authenticity, committed to your growth and unfolding, while being held in the strictest of confidence. As I see it, trust and relationship are the key to creating a successful partnership between a therapist and client. As an Expressive Arts Therapist,  I love to delve into all kinds of arts practices, which translates to cooking, gardening, dramatic arts, any kind of movement, meditation, mindfulness, every single possible modality of visual arts from sculpture, puppets and doll making, to pastels, watercolor, calligraphy, collage, mural, acrylic, fabric painting, etc. I also have experience with sandtray, cinema and book therapy and animal therapy with cats, dogs, goats and yes, chickens. One of my favorites is exploring how music and poetry can shift our self-perceptions and so, I always have my djembe drum with me in the office. Other lens that appeal to my way of working are solution-focused therapy, person-centered and Feminist-inspired Narrative Therapy. Why do I delve into so many artforms and therapeutic approaches? Because no two people are the same, nor are their modes of expression or needs are the same. Some bring out our strengths and our weaknesses, both of which can be valuable tools to help us see the many stories that make up our collective identity.

As a seasoned artist for thirty plus years, who has taught multiple grades in multiple school districts and been an art teacher at a local synagogue, CSU Sacramento and Sacramento Food Bank and Women’s Wisdom Project, I believe art has the potential to heal and help us delve into our inner depths. Given my extensive background in child development, my penchant for mindfulness and my love of all things artistic, finding the niche of being an Expressive Arts Therapist from San Francisco’s California Institute for Integral Studies was a perfect fit. Not only did I hone my therapist skills, I also practiced them in a setting rooted in social justice, where people from every walk of life began to wake up to the injustices of life in our current culture. Prior to CIIS, I earned Masters Degrees in Art and Curriculum from Sacramento State, BFA in Graphic Design and Photography from San Jose State, a Waldorf Teaching Credential from Rudolf Steiner College and a BFA in Art History from UCLA. My goal? Simple, really. Gardens in every backyard, bikes in every garage, solar panels on every roof and art supplies on every desk. In my world, imagination rules supreme! 

While my background with individual children from preschool to college is extensive, I can easily accommodate family and would welcome doing more work in a group milieu. In my school-site practicum, I specialized in helping adolescent girls acknowledge and come to grips with their family traumas. Now that I am back home in Sacramento, I am delighted to provide even more. Let’s begin with a free fifteen-minute telephone conversation to investigate if we are a positive, productive match with one another. Not all my clients do art therapy, some love to just chat, let their hair down or play games. Others do what spirit guides them to do. I look forward to hearing from you and exploring what is next. I am also bilingual in Spanish and English.

Laurie is supervised by Majica Alba Phillips, MFT, ATR (MFC#45502).
Laurie is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFC#114068) and an Expressive Arts Therapist.
To contact Laurie directly, call (908) 442-3396 or e-mail her at lbrichard9@gmail.com.

Call now to see if we are a good fit for your journey: (916) 835-9034

Prefer to see faces and hear voices to see if we would be a good match?

Are you tired of the same old therapy? Many of my clients have been underwhelmed by their past experience in therapy and are now interested in doing a more creative, direct kind of work on themselves. I use Cutting Edge therapeutic techniques that offer permanent results for people with a wide range of issues or concerns. I am an experienced therapist specializing in working with people who desire to cultivate their true identity and connect on a deeper level with humankind.   

We will find the root of your discomfort and wounds together. I will help you find peace, unleash your creativity, and heal old pain.  Clients say I am able to "see them for the first time" and I help eliminate unresolved issues permanently.

Starting therapy means that you get to begin living more consciously, you will begin to see your own patterns of self-harm and learn ways to avoid those mishaps without the common errors of emotions.  To help you obtain this blissful life I will be your guide, mentor, and friend but mostly, your therapist.  

Majica Phillips, MFT, ATR and her team facilitate counseling for children, teenagers, adults, couples, families, and groups. Her practice can offer help with pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, family divorce therapy, child counseling, teen counseling, and so many other issues.  Call today for a free consultation.