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.
I have always had an extreme passion for working with children. I furthered my Education by pursing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and specialized in all the Play Therapy Courses receiving a Certificate in Child and Adolescents at the University of Northern Colorado. The very first time I stepped into the play room 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 Play Therapist. I love to be a part of the magic and extravagance of the imagination in the play 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 Play Therapist I can be.
Brittney’s Approach to Counseling
As a counselor I take a humanistic approach to create a compassionate environment that lends to growth and change. My theoretical orientation for counseling and for play therapy is Person/Child-Centered. The role I take as a counselor is very collaborative in nature, supportive, empathic, and non-judgmental. I truly believe that children have within themselves what it takes to overcome the struggles in life, achieve wellness, and can develop resilient factors to help them cope. I promote respect for my clients and have complete confidence in their abilities to direct the process/session. I provide a safe environment where the child can explore emotional and behavioral difficulties and help develop more healthy coping skills to get through the challenges of life.
Trying new things can sometimes be scary, and all great things take time. I want you to know that I am right here with you to support you along the way.
Brittney Specializes in working with children ages 2-12 who struggle with:
- Grief & Loss
- Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
- Stress and Child Development
- Developmental Delays
My passion is working with children whom have experienced any form of trauma. 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. Childhood is such an important and impactful part of life, and if treatment is in place at a young age it can provide the opportunity for a corrective emotional experience that allows for healing. My goal is to provide a unique, trusting, and safe relationship where the child can explore any problem in a safe mental distance which can lower their anxiety, help them regulate their 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 in their language “play”.