Shalaka Gupte, M.A., LPC, ACS
Licensed Professional Counselor
Director of Training and Operations
Play Therapy Program Director
Licensed to provide telehealth in NJ, TX, CA, and FL
I love being a therapist. I began my career in the corporate world, and though I learned some great skills, I was not personally fulfilled. I made the career switch to counseling by going to graduate school, and I was so glad that I did! I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2004 from Texas Woman’s University. My original plan was to work in the area of Domestic Violence, but during one of my practica I was introduced to play therapy. I began working with children and families and found the fulfilling career that I was looking for.
I have been working with children and families for the last 18 years. I have worked in a variety of settings, as an Elementary School Counselor, in community agencies, and with a variety of clients from social and cultural backgrounds. I strive to connect with my clients and help them develop skills for lasting change. I also use a variety of techniques with my clients to help them achieve their goals. With my youngest clients, play therapy is most effective, but I believe clients of all ages can benefit from play!
APPROACH TO THERAPY
As a therapist, I work first to develop a safe and honest relationship with my clients. From there, I use a variety of techniques to help clients achieve the goals that we develop together. I work from a holistic and systems perspective, looking at all areas of a client’s life (nutrition, sleep, physical health, and relationships) for a positive outcome. I believe my role as a therapist is one of guide and teacher so I like to empower my clients with psychoeducation and skills that they can use in all areas of life.