Play. Connect. Thrive.

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RUTH SETLAK, MSW, LCSW

As a parent of three children, I have a realistic understanding of parenting and family life. Change and challenge affect not just the individual, but often entire families and multiple relationships.  In my work with adults, I strive to be a place of safety and curiosity, where we explore desired areas for change together. In my work with children and families, I help them to navigate developmental and/or emotional challenges by providing support, coaching, and real-life strategies that make daily life more fulfilling.   I hope to bring authenticity and compassion to my work with all clients.   

Education and Professional Experience

I have a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky, with a specialty in mental health. My education and training have focused around child/parent attachment, neuro-developmental disorders (Autism, ADHD, sensory processing and regulatory disorders), adoption, medical disorders (PANDAS/PANS, chronic illness), trauma (PTSD and developmental trauma), neuroscience, social-emotional development, parenting strategies, development of the self, and building healthy relational dynamics.

Credentials

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado, License # 9925261.  I am certified in the DIR/Floortime (Professional Certificate, June 2015).  I am also certified in EMDR and have done  Level 1 and 2 trainings, as well as various advanced EMDR trainings focused on attachment and complex trauma, and EMDR with children and adolescents.   I have extensive training in child/parent relationships and in various parent coaching models.  I also have received training in sensory processing, speech development, Neurological Reorganization and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).  AEDP works experientially toward healing trauma and suffering by undoing aloneness, and together, working to address and deal with painful or challenging circumstances, vs relying on defensive tactics.

My Approach

I work relationally, experientially, cognitively, and developmentally as needed.  I prefer evidence-based approaches that support the growth of important neural pathways needed for strong cognition and social-emotional development, and for transformational healing.  I choose relational over behavioral approaches as I think we all grow in the context of a relationship, and often we need support to gain the best outcomes.  I find that people are more responsive when we meet them where they are and engage them in emotionally meaningful interactions, even if there are significant challenges.  Once trust develops, people are more capable of engaging, relating, overcoming fears and challenges, and moving forward to higher levels of thinking, feeling, and relating.  For children, my approach is unique in that, while supporting children to express emotionally, I am also working to facilitate healthy and robust developmental capacities.