Child Therapy Services

Play Therapy

APT defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development." Mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, and private practitioners have utilized Play Therapy as a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for: Behavioral problems, such as anger management, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, and crisis and trauma. Behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders. Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.

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Parent and Child Therapy

Using behavioral therapy to help strengthen the parent and child relationship by increasing healthy attachment and communication. Behavior therapy for young children is most effective when their parents learn strategies from therapists and use those strategies to manage their children’s behavior. Parents learn to create structure, reinforce good behavior, discourage negative behaviors, provide consistent discipline, and strengthen the relationship with their child through positive communication.

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"Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct his or her own microcosm using miniature toys and colored sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self. Through creative expression, a person in therapy is able to manifest in sand the things they would otherwise not be able to vocalize or address in traditional therapy. The therapist treats the person as whole and healed, knowing that the process of sand tray therapy allows the person to find the answers that are already within them". - GoodTherapy

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Sarah Shrier, LPC - Lead Child Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

Sarah Shrier is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving clients of all ages in Denver, Colorado. She has experience treating toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with a myriad of problems, including trauma, anxiety, depression, phobias, panic disorder, grief, and difficulty with life transitions. She’s received specialized training in non-directive client-centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Sarah has additional training in specialized EMDR, like Group Traumatic Event Protocol (GTEP) and Recent Traumatic Event Protocol (RTEP) which she utilized in treating survivors and family members of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on 2/14/2018. Sarah previously worked as Director of Clinical Training at a nonprofit agency in South Florida where she taught clinicians, teachers, and childcare workers of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on brain development and physical health.