Child, Adult and Family Therapist 


As a psychotherapist my intention is to assist each person from a relational place of authenticity and honesty. I am eclectic in my approach, tailoring the treatment to each persons needs. My approach embraces not only processing the pain and the presenting issues, but also working towards a growth model where that person can proceed towards a happier, more meaningful and satisfying life.  This includes not only their relationships with themselves and others but also in their own personal development and life goals. 

A few psychotherapy approaches that I find supportive towards these goals are Positive Psychology, (exploring what is working, not what is not working), Cognitive Behavioral, (changing and improving responses) Solution Focused (exploring options) and yet will also use Experiential (the idea of experience being important). 

My emphasis is in assisting each person in discovering their own authentic self, which allows them a much deeper understanding of themselves and how they can now choose to be in their lives, rather than their lives being something that happens to them. Transforming your life into something amazing and meaningful

Professional Background:

·  I have been a practicing therapist for 25 years and licensed since 1996.

·  I have worked with all ages - But I love to work with Children.

·  I have worked with individuals.

·  I have worked with the chronically mentally ill; sexual abuse of both adults and children; parenting issues; separation and divorce; terminally ill, death, grief, bereavement; depression and anxiety; victims of crimes, domestic violence.

·  I have specialized training in Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral, and in the treatment of Trauma.

·  I have worked in various settings: 7 years w/ Riverside County’s Older Adult Services, Adult Services and Crisis Intervention; a small Orange County Children’s clinic; and the last 17 years for Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Psychiatry.   

Educational Background:

·  1986: USC; BA in Psychology and an Undergraduate certificate in Gerontology.

·  1992: USC; Dual Masters in Social Work and Gerontology.

Personal Background:

·  I have been married 25 years and I have two children.

·  I am bicultural and bi-lingual in Spanish.

·  I am an avid reader and love all kinds of music

·  I have been involved in the training of Social Work interns since 2000.       

·  I have a Catholic and Christian Background; I have worked with all faiths.

Margarita Calzadilla-Kishimoto, LCSW       California License # LCS 17920

20 Corporate Park
Suite 118
Irvine, CA 92606  

Office: (714)309-9035 * Fax: (714)558-6199




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