Therapist Profile

Shirla De Magalhaes Pamp, M.A.
Professional Title:
5811 Amaya Drive, Suite 204 La Mesa, CA 91942 UNITED STATES
(619) 797-6595
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
MFT RPT (Registered Play Therapist)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I am very passionate about Play Therapy and working with children! I am the current President of the California Association for Play Therapy. Children are more limited in their ability to express themselves verbally, but through play therapy they can show what they think, feel and how they experience and understand the world in which they live. Just as adults talk things out, children play things out. Since play is the natural means of expression for children, toys become their words and play therapy becomes a safe and effective form of therapy for them. Family Therapy When working with children & their families, sessions will typically include some form of Family Play Therapy activity. What does that mean? It means that instead of having a family spend 50 minutes in a room simply talking, some form of play may be incorporated. Play helps remove barriers, relaxes tension and creates a fun and safe environment where we can address difficult emotions and challenges in non-threatening or blaming ways. Working together in a relaxed setting facilitates the discovery of creative solutions to on-going problems and stimulates deeper family connections. Play can be in the form of using toys, puppets, games, creating sandtrays, creating a collage, drawing, painting etc... it varies depending on the needs and comfort level of each family. Teen & Adult Therapy Although verbal counseling is the typical style of therapy utilized with adults and adolescents, at times it is challenging to explore difficult issues relying solely on the power of the spoken word. Talking about thoughts & feelings is a very important part of the process, however when words aren't enough, experiential activities can help an individual explore their internal pain and confusion. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, images can be created through sand tray, drawing, painting, collage, photography, and any other form of expressive art you may feel comfortable with. By utilizing visual images for self expression, unconscious feelings and attitudes emerge, the conscious mind becomes more aware and stimulated, facilitating psychological transformation and healing of past pain and trauma.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Mon-Thu: 11-6pm Fri: 10am-2pm
I am a child & family therapist who specializes in play therapy & sandplay therapy. I also utilize other forms of expressive arts and EMDR to help children and youth work through their fears and anxieties in a holistic manner. I work from a psychodynamic perspective, however I utilize an integrative approach to therapy sessions depending on the needs of each client.
Out-of-Network coverage, Sliding Scale
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


B.A. Communication Studies - Universidade Sao Judas Tadeu - Sao Paulo - Brazil M.A. Clinical Psychology - National University - San Diego - CA

Area of Specialty

Anger Management
Attachment Therapy
Childhood Trauma
Creative Solutions
Depression/Clinical Depression
Ethnicity/Multi-Cultural Relationships
Expressive Art Therapies
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Play Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Sand Tray Therapy
Women's Issues
Working With Therapists


Theoretical Orientation
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Object Relations
Certification in Play Therapy - UCSD Extension Registered Play Therapist - Association for Play Therapy
Languages Spoken
Portuguese, Spanish


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