Valerie Rudden, MA, LPC, GLCMA

I know one thing for certain, relationship and connection is the one thing that all people need. Throughout my life I have been touched by so many wonderful people. I was drawn to counseling as a way to continue to pass this wisdom, love, and value in "being with" on to others. Being a parent is an incredibly overwhelming and rewarding role and in the same breath, sometimes it is not very easy to be kid trying to communicate with your parent either. Subscribing to the notion that no one child or family can "fit" into a box, I encourage confidence in individuality and assisting children and families in exploring their shared values and finding a way to use their "differences" as strengths. In family therapy, I strive to increase acceptance, understanding, and enjoyment in the family dynamic.

In order to assist both children and their parents in self discovery, I utilize both traditional talk therapy techniques as well as creative arts and play therapy interventions. I have recently completed Child-Parent Psychotherapy training and Circle of Security Parent training. Both models are based in reliance to attachment and increased positive family relationship as the answer to the family healing together. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I received a Bachelor's in Performing Arts with a Dance concentration in 2004 from Colorado State University and a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT)and Graduate Level Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis in 2006 from Columbia College Chicago.

My work experience includes an internship in a Children's hospital where I conducted dance therapy groups, individual, and family sessions for children facing life-altering medical diagnosis. I also completed an internship at a pre-school where I utilized dance therapy and play therapy to assist children in healthy emotional development. I have spent 2 years as a child and family counselor for a Battered Women's shelter in the extended stay program focusing around the themes experienced by children exposed to and then fleeing a violent home. I also spent 3 years working in-home with families as a Multi-Systemic Therapist in Denver treating family and adolescent issues that put the youth at risk of out of home placement. Most recently, I completed a full time position in multiple locations of a community mental health center conducting individual and family outpatient psychotherapy services for ages 0-18.