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Therapy for 

Individuals, Couples, & Families

Couple Therapy Session

About Me

Hello, my name is Angelena Gagliardi.  

I am Licensed in the state of California as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist. 

I work with individuals, siblings, couples, families and groups.  My private practice is located in Pleasanton, CA.

When I started college I did not declare a major due to multiple areas of interests.  Luckily, I was introduced to the concept of Art Therapy at one of the schools I was deciding between.  Once I learned that Art Therapy is a mix of two of my favorite subjects, psychology and art, I knew the direction of my career path. Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) was one of the few schools in the United States specializing in Art Therapy.  I graduated from NDNU with an undergraduate degree, BA in psychology and minor in art.  Then I continued my education and received a dual Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and Art Therapy.  In 2015, I began a PhD program at NDNU in Art Therapy.

Golden Hills Counseling Center
San Bruno School District
Private Practice

Currently, I serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients ranging in age from toddlers to adults.

My areas of specialized training include, but are not limited to, working with Highly Sensitive People (HSP), traumatized individuals, the anxiety spectrum: PTSD, OCD and anxiety treatment, alternative approaches to therapy: using art therapy and other creative approaches, combining EMDR and creative methods for treatment, and brain integration: the use of art therapy and sensory processing.

In addition to being at my private practice, I have presented at various counseling centers, child care facilities and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Art Therapy and Grief, Art Therapy and Trauma, Art Therapy: Using Art in Therapy, Child Abuse: Being a Mandated Reporter, Crisis Management & Response, and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & the Benefits of Using Art Therapy. 

As a client-centered therapist, my approach is to walk along side, educate, provide support and practical feedback to my clients. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.