Specialties:

Specialties:

  • Couples/Marriage and Families
  • Divorce/Blended families/Step-Families
  • Individuals
  • Adolescent/Child/Play Therapy

COAMFTE Accreditation

COAMFTE Accreditation

The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education - COAMFTE

112 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 838-9808
coa@aamft.org.



Background, training and areas of expertise are extremely important when choosing your therapist. I have an extensive background in trauma informed care, couples and family therapy supported by the most empirically based therapy modality, EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and attachment therapy which helps us understand our strengths and vulnerabilities in a relationship. I proudly hold the following certification or association membership:

  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Registered Play Therapist
  • Association for Sandtray Therapy
  • Commission on Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

My Story

My name is Carolyn Riviere-Placzek. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Registered Play Therapist TM (RPT), and a Certified Sex Therapist (completion 12/18). My focal modality of expertise and training is in Emotional Focused therapy and trauma informed modalities of therapeutic interventions. I also have completed the training curriculum for a CACIII addiction certificate, working with individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of addiction issues.

My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing and a second major in Psychology. After spending 27 years climbing the corporate Fortune 500 ladder with organizations such as Xerox, SUN, Oracle and IBM, in a variety of Sales and technical positions I have now combined my career and life experiences into my private practice of helping individuals, couples and families balance their work, family and emotional health goals and expectations. I have also raised two children who are now 28 and 24 and have a beautiful 8 year old granddaughter who we have the privilege of spending as much time as possible with in our spare time! My life journey has included single parenting, marriage, remarriage, divorce, major illness and recovery, midlife career change, trauma, discrimination in the work force, on and off the "mommy track", coaching and mentoring thru and up the corporate ladder of organizations while balancing home and health, and launching several successful businesses including a therapy practice which has been my passion in life.

My dedication to education, training, and years of life and therapeutic experience have given me the skills necessary to bring careful understanding, compassion, and expertise to each client's unique needs. I take my responsibility seriously and find the therapy process meaningful, rewarding, humbling, always intriguing. I look forward to working with each new client and family system. Together we can create an experience that will help solve problems and encourage personal growth; it can be life-transforming when working in a Collaborative process.

My training, career path, and specialties have involved my own psychotherapy, intensive study in attachment theory, emotionally focused therapy, structural family therapy, neuro-affective biology and a number of integrative psychotherapy practices, ongoing supervisory and peer consultation groups. I have trained with Jim Thompson , a renowned couple therapist, who is an approved therapist and trainer with Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). In addition, I combine my Emotional Focus Therapy work with the work of Diana Fosha, PhD, the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapyl, neurobiology and emotional intelligence therapy to help couples structurally and practically build day to day practices and experiences and new neural pathways of connections to reestablish positive ways of being in relationships. My practice features a pluralistic approach designed to draw on the most effective methods of interventions for success in helping clients reach their goals as individuals, couples or within a family system.


SPECIALTIES-
Certified Sex Therapist (12/18)
Couples/Marriage and Families
Divorce/Blended families/Step-Families
Individuals
Adolescent/Child/Play Therapy(Registered Play Therapist)
The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy program from Regis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education - COAMFTE


Collaborate Counseling is serving clients in:

Centennial | Greenwood Village | Englewood | Aurora | Highlands Ranch