Danielle is thrilled to join the KidStuff team! She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and is in the process of getting her License Addiction Counselor (LAC) certification. Danielle has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver (2010), and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University (2015). Danielle also received two post-graduate certificates, one in Counseling Children and Adolescents, which qualifies her to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), as well as a post-graduate certificate in Depth Psychotherapy, that focuses on issues of meaning, values and a just existence from a community and cultural perspective.
Danielle has extensive experience serving children, adolescents, families, individuals, groups, and couples. Danielle completed her internship at Maria Droste Counseling Center where she worked in a middle school and private practice setting serving low-income individuals by providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy. Danielle also worked in a juvenile correction setting, as a Youth Corrections Social Worker, providing individual, group, and multifamily group therapy. Danielle also has experience in a community mental health setting, providing play therapy to elementary aged children. Danielle was also trained in Multisystemic Therapy (MST), with a substance use adaptation, which is an evidenced-based treatment for adolescents who meet criteria for substance use disorder, who also have behavioral problems. Danielle provided in-home therapy to this population that focused on individual, family, and caregiver sessions implementing structure and rules in the home to support parents with enforcing rules, rewards, and consequences. Danielle has also worked in an intensive outpatient and inpatient setting in a mental health hospital providing evidenced-based group therapy implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness groups with patients.
Danielle is very passionate about what she does and is in the process of attaining a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization with Children and Adolescents in order to become an expert, scholar, supervisor, leader, and teacher in the field. Danielle uses her experience, education, and passion to build rapport with clients, in order to have trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship by using a Client-Centered approach of being fully present with clients, coming from a non-judgmental stance, empathizing, and validating with a strength-based approach, as well as being trauma-informed by taking the client’s background and experiences into consideration when interacting and treating clients. Danielle believes the client has everything they need within them and supports clients to find their inner strength and wisdom.
Danielle loves working with children and adolescents using play and art therapy to help them express their thoughts and emotions. As well as including parents/caregivers in treatment to help make lasting changes in the child/adolescent and family’s lives. Danielle takes a systems approach to treating clients by using the ecology or system of the client. For instance, including the parents/caregivers, extended family, neighbors, community support, medical professionals, school, and any other systems present in the client’s life. Danielle believes it takes a team to help clients make a lasting change.
Danielle enjoys the outdoors, going to the mountains, snowboarding, traveling, laughing, and spending time with her family and friends. Danielle is a Colorado native and was born and raised in the Denver Metro area.