Malia Rabatin-Aguilar, PsyD
My practice primarily focuses on children 3 to 21 years old. I am trained in a number of evidence-based treatments, and tailor therapy to each individual and family’s needs, especially keeping developmental level in mind. My clients find me when they are struggling with anxiety or have had traumatic experiences; both little t trauma like a bad breakup or big T, like a car accident. I have specialized experience in helping children and women overcome sexual abuse.
When reaching out, you might describe stress at home, school, or with family. Maybe you are feeling uncertain about the future, or what to do next. Or, perhaps you struggle to feel likeable or worthy, and your self-esteem is suffering.
In our sessions, we may learn structured techniques like teaching ways to handle big feelings, while combining time to play or talk openly. I love the effort my clients put into fighting their own battles and seeing them overcome those struggles.
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and play therapy for children, teens, and young adults who experience various mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression. I use Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and behavior therapy for parent-child relationships and behavioral concerns. I also use Trauma-Focused CBT and play therapy for those who have experienced trauma.
Starting from a young age, I always knew I wanted to help others. My parents often noted that I was always very kind and caring. As I grew older, I was the one my friends would talk to when there was a problem in their lives. I would set aside time, listen to them, and comfort them with a hug. It wasn’t until high school that I discovered the field of psychology.
I was watching a show that had a therapist (I no longer remember the name of the show as it only aired a season), and I decided to take the psychology/sociology course available at my school. It quickly became my favorite subject, as I applied techniques I was learning into my life and had even been using them without realizing. From there, I took the AP Psychology course, majored in psychology in college, and then pursued my doctorate in psychology right out of college.
My practicum and internship experiences involving all age ranges has solidified my passion for helping children and adolescents, and their families. I have lived through the challenge that comes about from mental health problems, and I want to provide tools for others to overcome their struggles and thrive.
I was born and raised in California, and my fiancé and I love visiting when we can, as both of our families still live there. I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, usually watching some show or anime, and cuddling and playing with our dog. Occasionally, I will play video games either solo, with my fiancé, or with friends. My true passion is for reading and books, which I can talk for hours about if given the opportunity! I love collecting signed books and exclusive additions when possible. While I haven’t been able to do this as much in the past few years, I love to travel. I enjoy learning the history of a place, and experiencing their culture, food, art, and worldviews. My fiancé and I cannot wait to start traveling together.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Accepts: Blue Cross & Blue Shield (Testing Only), Aetna, Cigna, Sana Insurances
Rates: $145 Hourly
Tuesdays 2pm-7pm (last appointment at 6pm)
Wednesdays 9am-2pm (last appointment at 1pm),
Thursdays at 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, and 6pm
Fridays 1-6pm (last appointment at 5pm)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am