Play Connect Thrive

RUTH SETLAK, OWNER, MSW, LCSW

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

NICOLE VERSAW, MSW

Ruth has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky, with a specialty in mental health. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado, License # 9925261.  She is certified in the DIR/Floortime, a developmental, attachment-based play therapy.  She is also certified in EMDR and have done various advanced trainings focused on attachment and complex trauma, and EMDR with children and adolescents.   Ruth is currently working towards her certification in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP, Level 3) and AEDP for Couples (AEDPfc, Level 2). AEDP and AEDPfc are treatment modalities that rest on a deep faith in clients' innate capacities to self-right and heal into their authentic True Selves. These “sister” approaches privilege the power of new experiences of being seen and understood, to heal the deepest injuries and create a new platform for exploration and change, whether for an individual or a couple. AEDP works experientially (mind/body) by to heal attachment wounds, trauma. enhance relational capacities and heal unhealthy relational patterns. Ruth also has training in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensory-motor Psychotherapy, and Neuroaffective Relational Model (NARM) . NARM is a cutting-edge model that works with the (often unconscious) attachment patterns of disconnection that deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships.

Ruth has done extensive training in parent/child relationships and in various parent coaching models. She also have received training in sensory processing, speech development, and Neurological Reorganization. Ruth’s approach is unique in that, while supporting children to express emotionally, she is also working to facilitate healthy and robust developmental capacities. She helps parents shape behavior by understanding the underlying communication or emotion around it, and intervening in ways that will help the child grow developmentally and enhance/protect the parent-child relationship.

 Ruth is married and has 3 children. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, running, and hanging out on her deck or at the fire pit with her family.

Nicole is an attachment-based, trauma-focused therapist who graduated form the University of Denver with a Master’s degree in social work. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Colorado Christian University. Nicole has a wide range of experience in both in both in-home and outpatient therapy and has worked primarily with clients experiencing trauma, domestic violence, grief and loss, adoption/foster care, anxiety and depression.  Nicole has a special passion for working with women, teens, and children who have experienced trauma, attachment loss, or who may be feeling disconnected from themselves and their identity in the world. Nicole has a special passion for working with women, teens, and children who have experienced trauma, attachment loss, or who may be feeling disconnected from themselves and their identity in the world.

Nicole is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1) and is currently working on her certification in this model. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a deep, bottom-up approach to trauma that allows for healing in even less accessible parts of the brain by way of the body, often providing a more complete and lasting repair. Nicole uses various modalities with children, including play therapy, sand tray, and art therapy to support healing.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, hammocking, swing-dancing, and visiting various hot springs locations in Colorado.