Maurissa SzilagiLCSW

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If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

Is that it doesn’t have to be a punishment or something you are forced to do. It can be of great benefit and healing power to many of us. I also use a validating and strengths-based approach often which provides each client a way to feel just a little bit better before they came to session.

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

What I have been through in my personal life, directly influences the way I choose to practice and how I am able to be genuine to each one of my clients. Additionally, with my lived experiences I can often connect and understand what a client has been through without them needing to talk in very specific details, being validated and truly understood in this work is very conducive to the healing process.

Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

Yes, the theme I see a lot is that parents do not notice that the way they were responded to as a child directly relates to the way the get triggered or respond to their own child. Parenting magnifies are own experiences and may bring up things we aren’t realizing at the time.


Adoption & foster care

Attachment issues

Family issues

Step-family/Blended Family Issues


General Expertise



Relationship Issues


Borderline Personality Disorder

Social Anxiety


Adolescent mental health



First Session


Family Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Attachment-Based Therapy


Training / Certifications

EMDR Certification


CA, LCSW, 102000


MSW, Master's of Social Work, University of Southern California (USC) Ed.M., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Work History

For the last ten years I have specialized in working with families that have had disconnected attachment histories. Additional, families in the midst of divorce, issues around difference in parenting style and expectations, and of most abundant the foster care and adoption population.


1800 Bridgegate St, 108, Westlake Village, 91361, CA