Marianne Von Michalofski

Marianne Von Michalofski

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - 85856
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 25877
Office 1
4966 El Camino Real, Ste 216
Los Altos, California 94022
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Childhood and adolescence can bring difficult and painful times that have effects lasting well into adulthood. My passion is helping children and teens with the stress in their lives while they are young so that they become empowered to cope with life as they get older.
By providing children with a warm and nurturing relationship I help them to recognize their strengths and build the resilience they need to cope with the challenges in their lives. A sturdy self-concept can help sustain social-emotional well-being. Ultimately, this sense of competency supports children as they learn, grow and succeed.

Email or Call Marianne Von Michalofski at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 25877

More Info About My Practice

Play therapy and Sandplay are two modalities used in our sessions together. These approaches are developmentally appropriate as children tend to communicate using play and actions more readily than using words. Often less verbal adolescents and adults will find comfort in working in the sand as well.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

As a former elementary school teacher, I understand the academic and emotional demands of childhood. I have a solid foundation in developmental theory as well as training and personal experience with children with special needs.

Teachers will refer students to me when their personal lives interfere with learning in the classroom. They recognize children who are coping with divorce, grief and loss, anxiety or sadness. Sometimes students struggle to make friends or to understand appropriate social behaviours. Occasionally unidentified learning disabilities or self-esteem difficulties will interfere with a child's day to day functioning and wellness. My goal is to help parents and children cope with all of these challenges and support their social-emotional growth. This is the foundation of mental well-being and resilience as adults.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Rejection
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Journal Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Play Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray / Sand Play Therapy

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