Jennifer Shivey, MA, LPC, RPT-S
So, what can I say about myself? If you are looking for credentials, education, etc. keep scrolling down - it's all there! But you might be more interested in who I am as a person that could potentially share a close relationship with you. I have lived in Colorado all of my life, and while I dreamed of living elsewhere as a child, now that I have had an opportunity to travel to several other states I can honestly say that I love it here! I enjoy being outside (but not if it's cold) and might have a slight obsession with online shopping. I am a runner (which I find hilarious as I don't especially enjoy running), and have completed several half marathons. No, I have no interest in ev-er doing a full marathon. By mile 12 I start to seriously question my life choices and vow to never sign up for another race. I have an amazingly supportive husband and am mom to a little boy that pretty much rules my universe. I'm up to date on all of the Disney Junior shows and can recite details pertaining to all of the Disney princesses, thanks to my son, whose imagination knows no bounds. I enjoy baking, with sporadic success, and love trying new things. I am an avid sushi connoisseur, but I hate corn. I know, I know - how is that even possible, but it's a true story! Colorado Girl Tip: Yes, you should visit Casa Bonita at least once, and yes it is exactly as described in the South Park episode. No, you should not plan to really eat there, other than sopapillas. Remember, flag up for sopapillas - the platter is just your ticket in!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in Colorado, having obtained my Masters of Community Counseling from Regis University. I completed additional studies in Play Therapy while in school and after graduating. As part of my training I completed an internship at Judi's House, which specializes in helping children who have lost a loved one by providing grief counseling via groups, play therapy, family and individual counseling services. The Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credential involved an additional hundreds of hours worth of play therapy sessions, training and supervision. You can learn more about play therapy here.
In the past I have worked at residential treatment facilities that serve children and adolescents. I have also worked with the courts and schools to provide support for truancy reduction programs. I am a National Certified Counselor and member of the Colorado Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy. I recently served as a board member for the Colorado Association of Play Therapy and a member of the Arapahoe County Truancy Task Force.
When not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and our kids (our child and two furbabies, Charlie and Sushi).
Melyssa Stout, MS, LCSW
I have been practicing in the mental health field since 2002, and launched into private practice in 2011. I received my masters in social work from University of Denver. As an individual, group, and family therapist I have had experience working with adults, adolescents, and children and offer a strengths-based and empathic approach towards therapy. I have had experience in a variety of settings and have worked with a diverse group of clients. Beyond my passion to work skillfully and thoughtfully with all people, I have specialty training and experience and commitment working in the following areas for 15 years:
Grief & Loss Support (related to significant death loss)
Anxiety & Stress Managment
Teen & Young Adult Support Groups
I strongly believe that personal growth requires the development of meaningful connections and a willingness to heal through honesty, courage and acceptance. If you're looking for compassionate support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Melyssa is an Independent Contractor providing services to Realistic Serenity.
Amanda Cosel MA, LPC
I received my Master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2014, and am currently pursuing my License in Counseling through the state of Colorado. We as humans were not meant to face the joys or the struggles of life alone. That's why I have a passion to help others find wholeness and restoration, while guiding them to be the best version of themselves. My hope in the therapy room is to hold a safe space for healing to occur. I have worked with a range of issues in counseling consisting of crisis intervention, persistent mental illness, eating disorders and life adjustment issues. I have a special interest in working with children through play therapy, as well as helping individuals discover their authentic self. I hope to help others uncover the source of their aspirations and desires.
In my down time, I like to find new recipes to create or space to read and write. I love spending time with my husband outdoors, whether its skiing or hiking and finding new adventures that challenge and inspire me!
Amanda is an Independent Contractor providing services to Realistic Serenity.
Kari Randall MS, LPC
Kari believes that every individual has the strength within themselves to heal. Sometimes, navigating our healing self cannot be done alone. As your therapist, she will allow each individual to determine the direction of their own therapy by putting YOU at the center. As a holistic, trauma informed therapist it would be her honor to walk beside you through the healing process. Kari will provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment for you to explore parts of yourself that need to be unburdened.
Kari specializes in chronic/terminal illness, both in children and adults. Kari is committed to supporting individuals managing their physical illness through mindfulness, cognitive behavioral techniques, and other coping strategies. Kari empowers individuals to discover how the relationship between mind and body impacts both their physical and mental health.
Kari’s training in dialectical behavioral therapy and internal family systems allows her to work with individuals who have trauma-related symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and difficulties sleeping. Kari has adopted the use of creative expression with children to her work with adults. She had found that allowing space for creativity aids in the healing process.
Kari has extensive experience working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and with other developmental disorders. Kari provides a unique approach to treating behavioral challenges by incorporating her knowledge of Applied Behavioral Analysis and Creative Expression, which includes play therapy. Kari has a unique ability to counsel children with developmental disabilities by using a strength-based approach to promote individualized growth. Her playful personality draws in any child, which allows her to quickly build safe and secure relationships, even with children who struggle to form such bonds.
Qualifications: Licensed Professional Counselor
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Degree: Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
Year Graduated: 2012
Kari is an Independent Contractor providing services to Realistic Serenity.