Children, teens, women, and families have been the focus of my practice for 20 years. My desire is to come alongside you and offer Hope while encouraging you toward your goals. I believe it is important to find the right therapist that you feel comfortable with. As a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, I specialize in working with toddlers, children and teens experiencing attachment issues, anxiety, grief and loss, behavior challenges and family transitions. International Adoption is also a major focus of my practice and I am certified in Trust Based Relational Intervention Therapy (TBRI).
If you are feeling concerned for your child or frustrated as a parent, therapy is often helpful to gain support and tools to help yourself, your child and your family. I offer individual counseling for children, teens and women, play therapy, parent-child counseling, parenting support, and family therapy.
Transitions to parenthood, perinatal and postpartum issues are also a focus in my practice. Women's issues including depression, anxiety, and relationship challenges often improve with the relational style of therapy I provide. Please visit my website for more information.
Call or Email Malaika Clelland for a free phone consultation now - (949) 200-6801


  • Years in Practice: 15+ Years
  • School: Loyola University Chicago
  • Year Graduated: 1996
  • License No. and State: LCS21371 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $120
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Out of Network PPO
  • Superbill
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Association for Play Therapy/Registered Play Therapist Sup
  • Certificate Date: 2014
  • Certificate: TCU Child Development Program/Trust Based Relational Int.
  • Certificate Date: 2015


  • Child or Adolescent
  • Adoption
  • Parenting


  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Postpartum Anxiety/Depression
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders

Client Focus

Religious Orientation: Christian


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Systems
  • Parent-Child Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Sand Play
  • Trust Based Relational Intervention


  • Individuals
  • Family
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016
Malaika Clelland, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Mission Viejo

Malaika Clelland

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S