Professional and Educational Background
Victoria has been in the field of mental health for thirty-five years. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (1985) in Education and Counseling. Victoria has over 2,000 hours of continuing education which is on-going. In 2014 Victoria became a “Certified Parent Educator” and is continuing her training in parenting this challenged and brilliant generation.
Prior to working with young children and their families, Victoria worked for eleven years in a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program with El Paso County Health Department in Colorado. During that time, Victoria worked primarily with women recovering from addictions, sexual abuse and other developmental trauma in groups and on an individual basis. In 1993, Victoria discovered experiential play therapy and set up a playroom in the then new Family Center. Victoria co-directed the Family Center, (working teen and adult women) at risk of substance abuse during pregnancy in “The Mom’s Project”) and worked with drug-affected babies. Victoria hired employees, scheduled activities, provided play therapy for the children of the clients, and cooked breakfast!
Victoria presented training at national conferences in experiential play therapy and methods for integrating EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with play therapy for many years. During those years, she served as a Director-at-large for the Colorado Association for Play Therapy and supervised up to six clinicians at a time toward obtaining their Colorado Licensure and becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Victoria also co-trained the EAP division of the Sheriff’s department in substance abuse related issues.
Victoria has worked with people of all ages and all walks of life. She has played therapeutically with over 3,000 children, has worked with teens, disabled and developmentally disabled adults, the deaf, children with CP, Downs Syndrome and other medical challenges as well as divorce, death, bullying, other typical childhood challenges.
Currently, Victoria’s practice welcomes children ages five and over, teens and adults. She specializes in experiential play therapy, EMDR, healing developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, inner child work, issues of death and dying, divorce and parenting focusing on personal growth for parents and improved communication and relationships with their children.
Victoria holds certification as a Parent Educator and a Trauma Specialist, Reiki II practitioner, and EMDR Level II. Victoria is also published in her field in several text-books and two self-published works.
Areas of Specialization
- Children’s Issues ages 8-12/experiential play therapy/CBT
- Parenting and CRP-T
- Grief and Loss/Death and Dying
- Trauma, abuse
- Sand Tray/Art