Brittney’s Journey to Becoming a Counselor
I was born and raised in a small town in Colorado. I love the diversity of the seasons and the state itself from the beautiful starry nights in the smaller towns to all the city lights. I started my educational journey at 17 years old taking my first psychology course as a senior in high school. During that class I realized how captivated I was with humans, how we develop and are impacted by experiences, relationships, environments, and everything in between. I wanted to know more so I received my Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Colorado Mesa University. During my time in my undergraduate program I decided to explore further into Play Therapy and working with children, adolescence and adults.
I have always had an extreme passion for working with and helping people heal from trauma and life’s adversities. I furthered my education by pursing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and specialized in Play Therapy and received a Certificate in Child and Adolescents at the University of Northern Colorado. The very first time I stepped into my office my heart fluttered, I got butterflies in my stomach, I felt this overall sense of belonging rush over my body and it was at that moment that I knew I was meant to be a Counselor and Play Therapist. I love to be a part of the healing and extravagance of the transformation in the therapy room. It is an honor for me to be a part of my client’s lives and their stories. My desire to learn, grow, and develop within the field of mental health counseling is something that drives me to be the best Counselor, Play Therapist, and person I can be.
Brittney’s Approach to Counseling
As a counselor I take a relational approach to create a compassionate environment that lends to growth and change. The role I take as a counselor is very collaborative in nature, supportive, empathic, and non-judgmental. I truly believe that people have within themselves what it takes to overcome the struggles in life, achieve wellness, and can develop resilient factors to help them cope. I know that sometimes we need someone to listen to our story, support us, meet us exactly where we are at, and help us tap into that piece that knows what is real and what is true in our journey to healing. I promote respect for my clients and have complete confidence in their abilities to direct their own healing journey. I provide a safe environment where people can explore emotional and behavioral difficulties and help develop healthier coping skills to get through the challenges of life.
Trying new things can sometimes be anxiety-provoking, and all great things take time. I want you to know that I am right here with you to support you along the way.
My passion is working with people of all ages who have experienced any form of trauma. Childhood is such an important and impactful part of life, and it carries weight within all of our experiences. If treatment is in place it can provide the opportunity for an emotional experience that allows for healing. My goal is to provide a unique, trusting, and safe relationship where you can explore any problem in a safe environment which can lower anxiety, help you learn to regulate overwhelming emotions, understand stressful situations, learn the cause and effect thinking, and develop life skills such as problem solving, in a more relaxed and comfortable environment.
Working with children provides specialized and unique skill sets. When working with children play therapy offers a safe mental distance where children can process through the complexities of their experiences. I completed a training on the impact of trauma and neglect on the developing child with Dr. Bruce Perry and that was such a pivotal moment in my development as a Play Therapist. Through this training I learned that children are resilient. No matter their circumstances and their experiences they have the ability to bounce back and play therapy is a pivotal piece of allowing a child to express their experience and emotion through the language that they speak best, play. That way their experience no longer has to define the rest of their life.