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Meet The Therapist

Lily Ferreira, MSW, LICSW

Lily Ferreira

About Me:

Lily believes that one of the most necessary pieces of therapy is feeling seen and understood, so finding the right therapist for you and your child is an important step toward healing. Lily's goal is to help you and your child get past stuck points to establish a sense of well-being by creating a space where you can work through the tough stuff while saving room for playfulness and joy. To do this, she uses a blend of play, family work, and child-centered therapies, and it is not unusual to leave her office with a prize from the treasure box and funwork (her lighthearted alternative to homework).

Lily has experience working with children and adults across the lifespan. Most recently, Lily worked with children ages 5-12 as a clinical school social worker. Having spent the last few years of her career in schools, Lily is keenly aware of the concerns affecting children and families. She is drawn toward helping caregivers and children establish secure and trusting relationships. She is well-versed in treating children experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, behavioral challenges, family transitions, and attachment difficulties.

When not working, Lily can be found walking around one of Minnesota's beautiful lakes, enjoying a latte, or working on a never-ending list of craft projects. She is actively involved in the Twin Cities play therapy community and welcomes any opportunity to volunteer with animals. She is the proud cat parent of two adorable and opinionated felines: Alfie and Amelia Bedelia.


My Educational Background:

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Utah - Salt Lake City

Master of Social Work, University of Utah - Salt Lake City



Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Minnesota: License # 29838

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Utah (LCSW): License # 8785881-3501


Post-graduate Training:

Mind Body Bridging - Level 2 Trained

Theraplay - Level 1 Trained

Post-Graduate Training in Positive Psychology

Currently pursuing Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential


Professional Honors & Awards:

Edward Okazaki Memorial Award For Achievement and Promise in Gerontology University of Utah College of Social Work Publication: How Interprofessional Education is Changing the Shape of Complex Care

KSL News Publication: Refugees get help finding their professional footing in Utah


Clinical Specialties:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety: OCD, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, specific phobias
  • Behavioral Challenges including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Faith Transitions
  • Family Transitions (separation, divorce, and estrangement)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Group Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting and Attachment
  • Theraplay
  • Self harm and suicidality
  • School Related Difficulties
  • Trauma and PTSD


Services Offered at Sentier: Child/play therapy for children 11 years old and younger, family therapy, group therapy and workshops.

Lily works with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation.

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