About Me

Eli Ko, LMFT Marriage & Family Therapy #94549

About Eli Ko

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 94549), specializing in working with children and adolescents. I also work with adult individuals who have experienced trauma, dealing with depression and/or anxiety, and other life stressors. My practice is in Costa Mesa, CA in "The Esplanade" complex. My secondary office is located in Santa Ana, CA. 

I am a graduate of California State University of Fullerton and have extensive experience in working with children and adolescents in foster care, adoptive families, and children who have experienced multiple trauma (i.e., Sexual Abuse, Emotional/Psychological Abuse, Neglect, Domestic Violence, etc). 

I am a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), credentialed through the Association of Play Therapy.  I am also a certified Experiential Play Therapist (EPT), which is my main  approach in working with children who have experienced many kinds of psychological issues including neglect, trauma, sexual abuse, aggressive outbursts, and physical abuse by allowing children to express their feelings through play. Play is the language of children in therapy same as words are the language for adults in therapy. Children act out problems/concerns through behaviors because children are not able to fully communicate their needs in words. I have received both supervision and training from Dr. Byron and Carol Norton, developers of the Experiential Play Therapy Model in Greeley, CO. 

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Additional Training and Certification/Credentials

  • Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through Association for Play Therapy
  • Certificate in Play Therapy through University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Extension Program
  • Certified Experiential Play Therapist (EPT/C)  (*endorsed by the Center for Experiential Play Therapy) 
  • Certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Certified in Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) Therapy
  • Trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • 4-Day Intensive Training in Infant Massage

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Orange County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OCCAMFT)
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
  • Infant Massage USA