Professional and Educational Background
Victoria McGuinness is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Victoria received her Masters Degree from the University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs, CO in 1985. Victoria has been published in her field since 1997. Victoria has been practicing for thirty years and over the past twenty years, has played therapeutically with over 1,500 children ages 4-12 and their families.
After graduation, she spent eleven years as a chemical dependency counselor at El Paso County Health Dep’t, in CS, CO where she later created and established new programs for the children of the clients receiving therapy at the clinic. She created playrooms, ran the Family Center and hired and supervised employees for the Family Center. During this time, Victoria taught classes at Pike’s Peak Community College and worked on the EAP Task Force to educate Police Officers regarding EAP Programs. Victoria has over 1,200 hour of post-graduate training in experiential play therapy, EMDR, early childhood development, parenting, women’s issues, chemical dependency, dual-diagnosis, PTSD, trauma, abuse, adoption and divorce issues, anxiety/depression, cognitive therapy, sand tray and other expressive therapies. In 1996, after three years of intensive training, Victoria earned RPT/S through the APT, Inc. (Association for Play Therapy.)
Victoria is a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Victoria trained professionals at local and national conferences in the area of women’s issues and experiential play therapy and integrating EMDR w/play therapy. She served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Association for Play Therapy for five years, earning recognition for her work. She supervised MA level counselors individually and in groups for six years towards licensing and Registered Play Therapist. As a therapist, Victoria presents in a compassionate, knowledgeable and down-to-earth manner. By providing her clients with a therapeutic playroom for the optimal experiential journey designed to guide children through the maize of their social and emotional development. In doing so, children gain mastery over their struggles and life conditions and gain courage to master their next developmental challenge. “Children communicate primarily through metaphor and association.” “Play is the language of children and toys are their words.” Child-centered experiential play and/or Child-Parent Relational Therapy (CRP-T) helps families have happier children and enjoy their relationships as intended. This therapy allows parents to see the world through the eyes of their child by learning to enter their world.
Areas of Specialization
- Children’s Issues ages 4-12/experiential play therapy/CBT
- Parenting and CRP-T
- Grief and Loss/Death and Dying
- Trauma, abuse
- Sand Tray/Art