“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
– Fred Rogers
Children have an innate ability to work through their challenges with play. Play is their primary language and is the natural way they “talk” about what they are struggling with. It is also through play that they are able to work towards solutions. With reflection and guidance in play therapy, major shifts can occur in behavior issues and emotional expression. A child can move through feeling out of control to feeling a greater sense of empowerment and ability to handle the challenges of life.
My work is predominantly a child-centered approach, with some directive work when needed, usingSynergetic Play Therapy™ (SPT) as my primary model. SPT is a research informed play therapy model blending neuroscience, attachment/attunement, therapist authenticity, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness to get to the heart of the healing process for children.
I not only work with your child through their current challenges, but I also work with you, as the parent(s) or caregiver(s), on the best ways to support your child and their unique expression in this world.
“All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.”
– Asa Don Brown
The teen years are a crucial a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. The developmental task of the teen years is self-discovery and answering the question, “who am I?,” as they move more fully into their unique expression in adulthood. The biggest task before them is learning to connect to themselves and their truth from a secure and grounded place. When that isn’t happening, loved ones often see teens struggling with behaviors and moods that seem challenging to manage.
There are natural challenges of moving between the world of child and adult, and then there are the additional pressures of our world and advertising and social media that add even more pressure to the mix. Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, eating struggles, negative body image, low self-esteem, and a variety of other issues are common in these transition years.
In my work with teens, we collaborate to find the tools that work to manage the challenges that may be unchangeable in their lives. I blend talk therapy, creative arts, sand tray, and skills training (DBT and ACT). We work together to find the way to a well grounded sense of self. It is from this place that teens are able to more gracefully manage the challenges of their transitional years and become empowered young adults.
“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I love working with women who are ready to begin living the most authentic expression of themselves. I believe in those longing to bring their unique gifts more fully into this world. Our world needs you.
We will work together to co-create a sacred, non-judgmental, healing space as you delve into your deepest heart longings and uncover what has been blocking you on your path to living fully. I work creatively (and gently) to help you move beyond habitual patterns, unhealed traumas, challenging relationships, and anything that has been in the way of your truest self manifesting fully. My hope is through our work together, you are able to move toward your own inner wisdom, bone knowing, and an empowered self-love to live your life with vitality, passion, and purpose.
Art Journal Group for People with Eating Disorders
[sponsored by Eating Disorder Foundation, Boulder]
Come to this Art Journaling Group to work in your sketch book, connect with others, and gain tools to further your journey in recovery. This group will allow individuals to explore their relationship with food, discuss body image, self-worth, a healthy mindset and much more. All genders welcome. No registration required.
*Location: Offices are in a green house off Broadway. Parking on side streets and a rear parking lot. Entrance on North side of building down stairs. Call for assistance 303-322-3373.
Location: 2515 Broadway Street
Meeting: Second Fridays from 5:30-7pm
Facilitator: Rebecca Luttrell, MA, LPCC
More Information: EDF Website