Christa Grauert, MA, LPCC
Hi all, my name is Christa and I am new to the Realistic Serenity team but could not be more excited to work among other inspiring therapists. I am originally from Portland, OR and moved out to Colorado three years ago. I am known to seek adventure and I thought with all of the outdoor activities and sports teams that Colorado would be a great new adventure. I have not been disappointed!
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Counseling since I was 12 years old. There was something about the mental health field that caught my attention at a young age and I have been chasing this dream ever since. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Oregon State University in 2012, where I took my skills back to Portland to work on an adolescent unit in a Residential Living Facility. During this time, I knew that I had picked the right line of work. I felt as if I had found my niche.
Working in this facility for two years, I felt my heart begin to yearn for adventure and new beginnings, so off to Colorado I went. Knowing I had to attend graduate school at some point to become a counselor, I applied to Regis University and was accepted to begin in the Fall of 2015. Through my time at Regis, I learned more about myself and about the population I wanted to work with. I fell in love with the art of play therapy and the power behind allowing children and adolescents the space to play. I attended the International Play Therapy Institute in 2017 and gained a new understanding about how other cultures play.
I completed my internship at Denver Children’s Advocacy Center where I worked with victims of trauma utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I feel that having a toolbox full of different approaches is beneficial as no two clients are the same. I graduated with my Master of Arts and Certificate in Children and Adolescent Therapy in 2018, eager to begin my journey to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist.
Danielle Maizel Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern, Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Behavior Technician
Danielle has joined our team as an intern and will complete her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this May! Danielle believes that when it comes to learning, experience is the best teacher. As such, she enjoys working with clients of all ages! She currently leads preschool groups that teach social and emotional skills building.
Danielle is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to work with clients who have an Autism diagnosis. Danielle is also trained in Psychological First Aid, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Synergetic Play Therapy. She is excited to be on the Realistic Serenity team as she works towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist!
Melyssa Stout, MA, 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.
**Melyssa is not currently accepting new clients**
Jennifer Shivey, MA, LPC, RPT-S / Accredited Clinical Supervisor
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. Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Accredited Clinical Supervisor in Colorado, having obtained my Masters of Community Counseling from Regis University. I completed additional studies in Play Therapy and Supervision 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, Colorado Association for Play Therapy 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).