Maga Passos-Hoke, MA, ALMFT

Personal Statement

I believe that there is always hope for a family when there is the will to change. I am passionate about working with children, parents, and families, helping them to overcome the many challenges life brings. I like to equip families with resources that can facilitate a lifelong transformation. I value honest communication, interpersonal warmth, and have a direct approach when working with my clients. 

Who I Serve

I help kids from 0-18, families, and couples to address conflict, depression, anxiety, behavioral challenges, abuse, anger, sexual abuse, trauma, divorce, and significant life changes.

I also work well with blended families. As a stepdaughter and a stepmother, I understand well the difficulties that blended families can face as well as families with different cultures.

In addition to English, I speak Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. I work with immigrants who can speak these languages. I understand how hard it can be moving to a different country with a different culture, and have kids that are born and raised here.

Treatment Areas

  • Adopted, Multiracial or Multicultural Children and Families
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Blended Families
  • Body Image and Belonging
  • Bullying
  • Co-parenting
  • Grief and Loss
  • High Conflict Families
  • Parenting Challenges
  • Self-harm
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Social skills
  • Spiritual Struggles
  • Suicidal Behavior
  • Trauma

Approach

I have a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and see the value of understanding individuals within the context of their families and communities. Healing broken relationships between members of the family is focus of mine, and have sought specialized training to build my skills in this area including: Theraplay® (for younger kids and their parents), Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gottman Method. I also make use of various forms of play therapy, and continue to receive supervision to build my skills with children. 

Experience

I served in Brazil and Thailand as a Teacher and Mentor to children, teens, youth, and adults. I have worked with children, couples, and families with a variety of issues such as family conflict, ADHD, anger management, depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, and so on. Mentoring and caring for children and their families has been a life project for me. 

Education

B.A. in English and Portuguese language (2005) From Universidade Estadual do Ceara, Brazil.

B.A. in Theology (2004) From Universidade Teologica de Fortaleza, Brazil

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy (May, 2019) from Wheaton College, IL

Emotionally Focused Therapy – Level One

Gottman Method – Level One

Basics of Play Therapy

Theraplay – Level One

Credentials

Emotionally Focused Therapy – Level One

Gottman Method – Level One

Theraplay – Level One

Affiliations

AAMFT: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

IAMFT: Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapy

Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy

Theraplay Institute

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