Meaghan Sliva

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The Counseling Process

Scheduling an appointment for counseling services for the first time can be one of the most difficult parts in the counseling process, especially when you don't know what to expect.  Opening up to a stranger about private concerns may evoke feelings of intimidation and nervousness.  These feelings are OK!


Know that you are not alone if you are experiencing any hesitation, resistance, apprehension, or worry about starting counseling.  Vulnerability can be scary!  However, when you find someone you can relax with and open up to, you can begin to recognize your strengths and make positive changes in your life. 


Thank you for visiting my site.  Please take a look to learn more about myself and my practice.  I work with a range of clients from adolescents to young adults and families.

About Meaghan

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Professional Background

After graduating college, Meaghan accepted a position in Connecticut at Cooperative Educational Services, a special education school placement, as an Instruction Aide, and shortly after, an Educational Instructor.  During this time, she worked with middle and high school students who presented a variety of significant behavioral and emotional disabilities.  Her immediate connection with students inspired her to continue working in the classroom as a Teacher’s Aide in California at The Help Group, a multidisciplinary day school for students with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning autism, anxiety-related disorders, and non-verbal learning disabilities. 


With over eight years of experience working with adolescents, she has had the privilege of watching students grow and overcome many of the challenges school-aged children are presented with today. These career opportunities have not only been extremely rewarding for her, but have also allowed her to discover her own personal talents for building trust, establishing rapport, and creating a genuine positive relationship with students.  Meaghan's passion for helping others influenced her decision to return to school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling. 


Education & Training

Meaghan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Saint Anselm College, a small school located in New Hampshire, and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling here in Los Angeles, at Loyola Marymount University.


During the 2016-17 school year, Meaghan interned as a School Counselor at Parras Middle School, Beryl Elementary School, and Jefferson Elementary School in Redondo Beach.  Students were counseled individually and in groups to address social-emotional, educational, and college and career concerns.  She also led a Girl's Empowerment group for 7th and 8th graders examining self-esteem, body image, friendships, and self-confidence and conducted a group focusing on the concept of mindfulness.


Currently, Meaghan works within the Redondo Beach Unified School District as a School Counselor at both Tulita Elementary School and Birney Elementary School.  She also sees clients in private practice in Hermosa Beach.


Licensure Status

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Registration No. 4569


Supervised by Leah M. Niehaus, LCSW, License #21766

Therapy

My Approach

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I believe each person that comes into counseling is unique and valuable with their own set of goals to accomplish by the end of therapy.  Therefore, techniques used in counseling vary for each client.  While some counseling professionals take very specific approaches to therapy, I find my role as a counselor is to show respect and kindness, listen, and build a relationship of trust.  I provide a positive and caring space where you feel safe, heard, and are able to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgment. 


As we build our relationship and you become more comfortable discussing your wants and needs, you begin to build the skills that will enable you to grow, heal, and move forward. 

Services Provided For:

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Individuals 


Groups


Families

Treatment Specialization:

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Depression & Anxiety

Relationship Problems

Coping Skills

Family Concerns: Divorce, Health Issues

Social Skils

Friendship Problems

Bullying

Self-Esteem

Grief/Trauma

Girl's Middle School Counseling Group

Interested in group counseling?  Take a look at the flyer below.  
Group counseling can be a powerful, healing experience and a great way to connect with your peers!  If interested, please email or call me for availability. 

Adolescent Group Flyer (pdf)

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Questions?

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my services and/or the counseling process.  Please feel free to send an email in the box provided above or by phone at the number listed below.

Office Location

2200 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 206, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

(323) 540-4583

My Availability

Tuesday: 3:30pm - 8:00pm