Allegra Magrisso, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Masters of Social Work from Loyola University
Chicago, Illinois, received 1992
Registered Play Therapist
Certified by Association of Play Therapy since 1995
Masters in Infant/Parent Development
Bank Street College of Education
N.Y.C. N.Y., 1982
Teacher of young children and teachers-in-training
N.Y.C. and Chicago
School Social Worker
Chicago, Evanston and Winnetka Public School Districts
1986 to 2012
Private Psychotherapy Practice for Adults, Couples and Children
My theoretical framework is grounded in Humanistic and Resilience-Based Practice.
Humanistic theory understands behavior as motivated toward self-actualization. The way each individual views life is dependent on unique history, personal characteristics, experiences and relationships. As an aide to the client’s self-actualization, I guide the client in exploring thoughts, feelings, motivations, inner-conflicts and relationships.
As a Resilience-Based practitioner I recognize the impact on clients’ lives of external demands, inner struggles and feelings such as depression or anxiety. But I also identify and encourage clients to build on strengths and positive potential.
As An Author
In my professional role as teacher and child therapist spanning over 40 years, as well as a parent and grandparent, I have read countless books with children. Love of sharing the magic of story with children has flowed naturally into writing books for children.