About

Hi, I’m Mary Ellen and this is my co-therapist pup, Annie.

We are passionate about helping kids and teens gain freedom and empowerment through the therapeutic process.

I first began working with children and teens in 2006 at Lost Valley Ranch. After years of working with youth, I decided to end my time as a Teen Program Director to pursue my master’s degree in counseling. In 2013, I received my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary, a CACREP accredited school. I served on the Colorado Association for Play Therapy board from 2012-2015.

I previously worked as a family and trauma specialist at The University of Colorado. In my time at the University I received my certification as an Advanced Trauma Practitioner through The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. I currently offer sensory based trauma  curriculum for survivors of trauma and stressful life events.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Trauma Practitioner. My passion and focus is helping children and teens. Treatment specialties include: trauma, anxiety, depression, abuse and neglect, self-esteem, school problems, and behavioral issues.

While I believe in integrating several methods and theories of counseling and catering to the clients’ needs, I have a bent towards cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, sensory based trauma interventions, Theraplay, and both directive and non-directive play therapy.

I am a Christian and will gladly integrate faith into counseling upon request, however, I also respect a client’s decision not to integrate faith.