Licensed Marriage Family Therapist #MFC40757
Registered Play Therapy Supervisor
Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer
Lyla Tyler, LMFT, RPT-S, owner of Kid Counseling Sacramento
I started my career working with children in Residential Treatment Centers and have never looked back! I love working with children and families and know how important it is for kids to grow up in a home where they feel loved and cared for. At the same time, I understand how intense children can wear us down and make family life chaotic and difficult. I believe in early intervention for kids to get them on track as soon as possible. I also know that children do not just open up and talk about their feelings or know how to express what is bothering them. That is why I am so passionate about the use of play therapy to help children express their emotions, fears, and desires. With older tweens and teens I use games, art and creative interventions to help them express themselves.
I also focus on helping parents get the help they need to parent their child and help them through whatever difficulty they are facing. I see us working as a team to help your child and family.
I love what I do and try my best to be kind and creative in the work I do. I always bring my playfulness and sense of humor to every session.
My education and experience:
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Chico State University. While there I worked at a child abuse agency and decided this is what I wanted to do when I grew up! I worked at 2 large Residential Treatment Centers in Sacramento as a Manager for over 25 years. During that time I returned to school to get my Masters in Counseling at Sacramento State University. I then worked as a Clinician with an infant mental health program. I also was a Clinician at Sutter Health for the Children’s Bereavement Art Therapy Program and the Children’ s Art Therapy Support Program. About 15 years ago I started my private practice working with children and families. I was the founder of the Sacramento Chapter of the California Play Therapy Association. I provide training and consultation for other therapists, parents, teachers, and other agencies so they can provide creative therapy to the clients they serve. I am a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, a Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Approach® trainer, trained in Art Therapy, Trauma Response Method, EMDR, Theraplay®, TF-CBT, and Grief and Critical Illness.
A little more about me:
I am married and have 1 adult daughter. I love to play in my spare time, as much as I do in my office. I am part of a running group and often say I’m just like Forrest Gump, I’m slow but I keep going! I also have 2 sweet little dogs named Sam-I-Am and Maisy-with-the- Daisy-on-Her-Head.
Licensed LMFT 96733
Rita McCampbell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families facing challenges ranging from crisis to the normal transitions of life. She holds a BS in Child Development from UC Davis as well as an MA in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University and has recently had the pleasure of serving as President for the Sacramento Chapter of the California Association for Play Therapy.
Rita's heart lays in her specialization of using play therapy as a modality to help her clients express themselves in a safe and relaxed environment all while making therapy fun! Rita understands the developmental and emotional needs of children and teens, as well as the demands placed on caregivers to meet those needs. She focuses her warm and inviting energy on building a trusting therapeutic relationship, so regardless of age her clients feel supported while the needs of all members of the family are being addressed. Rita has specialized training in art therapy and sand-tray therapy. She also has extensive experience working with anxiety and trauma in children and teens and is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her other focus areas include parenting issues, family therapy, divorce/separation, ADD/ADHD, depression, behavior problems, grief and loss, and medical issues/trauma.
Rita lives with her husband and together they are navigating the joys of simultaneously parenting a teenager and a toddler! Rita personally understands blended family life, and is focused on her life as a mom when she’s not working. Rita loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking, taking walks, trips to the beach, camping, and watching the NFL--she’s a diehard 49er Faithful!
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families primarily in a community-based setting. I hold a BS in Psychology as well as an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy both from George Fox University. During my internship while a student at school I developed a passion for working with children and their families and decided it would be my primary focus. After I graduated from college, I relocated to California where I spent the last fourteen years working for a private non-profit agency providing individual, family and group therapy in a variety of settings. I am working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). I also have training in Sandtray therapy, Art therapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Recently I have been working on learning more about Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) and have been integrating my Chocolate Labrador, Theo, into my practice. Theo is a registered therapy dog through Pet Partners and has an AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
I began my work with children and families early on in my career and decided it was where I wanted to focus my practice. I have a passion for working with children and families as I recognize the importance of them growing up in a loving home. During my early work I fell in love with play therapy recognizing that kids often don’t want to sit down and talk through their feelings, but rather they play out their feelings and experiences. With the tweens and teens I will use games, art, or other inventions to engage them and help them express their feelings and experiences.
I also believe in not only focusing on the child, but the whole family, which is why I include the parents as part of the process recognizing the family is a system, not just individual parts. My experience is parents often need support and ideas about how to support their child with whatever they might be struggling with. I love what I do and strive to meet the needs of the child and their family believing they have the strengths and resources they need to solve their problems, as they are the experts of their lives, family, and experiences.
I grew up in a little town in Montana where most of my family still lives. Theo and I get back to Montana to visit a few times each year. I love to read, put together jig saw puzzles, ride my bike and go for long walks by the river with Theo.