Sophia Berkley

1041 Lincoln Ave, Suite 120

Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Phone: 970-819-6751

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If your child is between 2 and 12 years old:

The language of hope. Play Therapy is to children what counseling or psychotherapy is to adults. Children are unable to understand and talk about their feelings like adults do. For children, play is their language. Using the language of play in a safe environment, children will:

  • Experiment with what they are feeling and learn how to cope with difficult emotions
  • Change the way they think and feel as they are able to make meaning out of what they are going through
  • Discover lasting resolutions that can be practiced, mastered, and adapted into lifelong strategies that build resilience beyond the playroom.

Becoming a therapist, I quickly learned that I didn’t just like to sit and talk. This led me to my passion, Synergetic Play Therapy (SPT) www.synergeticplaytherapy.com. SPT is the first research-informed play therapy model to blend together neuroscience, attachment/attunement, therapist authenticity, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness/mindsight. Together we explore how your child’s mind is wired in terms of regulation states, feelings and emotions, patterns of responding to events and thoughts, and self acceptance. SPT produces hard wired resiliency in your child that extends beyond the playroom.

If your child is 12-18:

I use many experiential activities as well as talk therapy as a different way of getting to the root of challenges and rewiring the brain for resilience and lasting change. Although Synergetic Play Therapy is called a model of play therapy, it is actually a way of being in relationship with self and other. It is an all-encompassing paradigm and can be applied to any facet of life and subsequently any current model of therapy or “ology” can also be applied to it. This means we don’t have to play to apply this model of therapy (although many teens love my sand tray while we talk). By exploring how the brain is wired and learning about self regulation and the nervous system in an engaging way teens:

  • Become aware of the roots of what they are feeling and learn how to cope with difficult emotions
  • Understand how their feelings affect them as they make meaning out of what they are going through
  • Discover lasting resolutions that can be practiced, mastered, and adapted into lifelong strategies that build resilience beyond the therapeutic setting.

If you are a parent or caregiver:

An important aspect to the therapeutic process with your child (regardless of his/her age) is parent and family support. Going beyond parenting advice...It’s not about what is right or wrong but about what works best. Working together we build a strengths based collaborative relationship. You will gain insights into yourself, identify your strengths, learn and practice new skills to promote relationships and respond to challenging behaviors your child may be exhibiting. Through parenting support and collaboration you will:

Increase your understanding of what your child is experiencing and learn how to respond to and support your child as he/she copes with difficult emotions

  • Understand how your child’s feelings affect him/her as he/she makes meaning out of what he/she is going through
  • Discover lasting resolutions that can be practiced, mastered, and adapted into lifelong strategies that build resilience beyond the therapeutic setting by learning a common language that you and your child can use

Children and Teens also may receive case management/consultation:

Being a former licensed school counselor, I believe strongly in not only focusing on the client as the identified patient but on the system that the client lives within (family, school, coaches and teachers) and believe case-management/consultation is central to creating a high impact with lasting change for some. I have worked hard to build relationships with pediatricians, psychiatrists, school counselors, Routt County Human Services, and other service providers to increase collaboration. I enjoy collaborating with schools on Behavior Support Plans, IEP’s, and ALP’s as well as working with Occupational Therapists and other professionals to surround your family and child with a team of support. I have a variety of experiences ranging from working in a residential treatment facility for at risk teens, school based counseling, working for the Day Treatment program in Routt County as a therapist, Program Director of a small non-profit providing therapy for families and children, providing Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, and providing Pyramid Plus coaching to parents and preschool teachers.

Teens, Adults, and Therapists may also benefit from IBSR:

Integration Based Stress Removal (IBSR) is a unique therapy technique that gets to the deepest root of stress and trauma. Research continues to support the fact that toxic stress and trauma are stored in your body and your “survival” center of your brain. IBSR’s unique approach targets the stress response system and allows your whole body to release the stress and reset to a regulated state. IBSR also increases your brain and body’s tolerance for a wider range of emotions and arousal states and you may find you can handle more stress and emotions than you previously could. IBSR alone is not a good fit for everyone and we will decide if and when it may be a good fit for you. IBSR sessions typically last from two to three hours. There is a follow up phone call the next day and then a post IBSR session to answer questions and further explain the process. You leave with your own tools to discharge stress on a daily basis so it doesn’t build up again.

Therapists and Interns:

My passion is helping others unlock their potential to thrive. Being able to supervise others is exponentially rewarding as I not only help professionals themselves, helping them transfers down to the client’s and children they also work with. I am a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor through the Association of Play Therapy as well as a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist. I supervise interns and new therapists all the way up to seasoned therapists that are looking for reflective supervision for their own self-care.

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