Raphaella Croccia, LMFT- RPT-S, SoulCollage® Facilitator
MFT 52988 - RPT-S S52223
* Not accepting new clients, wait list currently full *
I am native of the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology in the year of 1996. I followed a rigorous psychoanalytic training while working with adults, children and families in private practice, outpatient and inpatient clinics, as well as in residential settings.
During my psychoanalytic training years I had the opportunity to work with children and adolescents who experienced trauma. These children were from the underprivileged communities, slums or "Favelas" in Rio de Janeiro. That was my first experience as a Trauma-Informed Child and Adolescent Therapist and it spoke strongly to me.
After moving to the U.S in 2001, and deciding to embrace this country as mine, I worked as a volunteer at the San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care offering emotional support to hospice patient and their families. I subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a license to practice Psychotherapy in California.
I started my career in San Diego working as a therapist in the inpatient unit of a Psychiatric hospital, while simultaneously working at a non-profit agency partnered with the Child Welfare Services (CWS). At this non-profit agency I worked with children who had suffered many forms of abuse and neglect and with their reconciliating parents. I had the privilege of working for this agency for five years in several positions such as Therapist, Parenting Educator, and Clinical Supervisor to psychotherapy Interns and Trainees.
As my passion for working with children grew stronger over the past decades I decided to open a Private Practice dedicated exclusively to children and adolescents. Since the work with children differs from the traditional "talk therapy" utilized with adults I decided to learn about Play Therapy. Following additional years of specialized training in the field of Play Therapy with children and adolescents I became a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and later on a Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S).
Currently I divide my working hours between my clients and the supervision of professionals working towards their Play Therapy and Psychology credentials.
On a personal note I love collage art, music, decorating and playing cards with my husband. I have (too) many plants, two cats and a lovely freshman at home.