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 child 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 kiddo, 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.
Danielle Caggiano Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern, Registered Psychotherapist
I am currently in my last year of graduate studies at Adams State University where I am pursuing a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. I have a passion for helping others achieve their goals. I hold a bachelors degree in K-12 music education and really enjoy working with both kids and adults alike!
I was born and raised a New Yorker but have lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Colorado. I believe that travel and experiences are some of the best ways to expand the mind and learn new things. In my spare time, you can find me on a paddle board at Cherry Creek reservoir with my future-husband and our dog, Jack. I also like to hike, camp, go to hockey games, and prepare extensive feasts that would rival any restaurant menu!
Christa Grauert Community Counseling Intern, Registered Psychotherapist
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in counseling since I was 12 years old. I took a couple psychology courses in High School and obtained my Bachelors degree in Psychology from Oregon State University. I am originally from Oregon and moved to Colorado in February of 2015. I have never been happier with that decision!
Since moving to this beautiful state, I applied to Graduate school and was accepted at Regis University where I will graduate in August of 2018 with a Masters in Counseling and certificate in Child and Adolescent Therapy. I will begin working toward being a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as soon as I graduate while at the same time working towards my registered play therapy credential.
I am passionate about working with children and adolescents because their way of communicating is nothing like that of adults. I believe play therapy and sand tray therapy are two incredible ways for individuals to express how they feel without using words. It is my job to create a safe space for these kids to navigate their world through playing. I look forward to my long future of children and adolescent therapy ahead. This is only the beginning and I could not be more excited!