Counseling for Children, Adolescents, and Families
Counseling is based on an integrative approach to explore life’s challenges by identifying strengths and incorporating skills to create positive and effective solutions. Through a variety of complimentary therapeutic interventions, your child can learn “Life Skills” to make authentic changes, and embrace life with joy and purpose!
Social Emotional Support
Depression and anxiety in children
Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
Animal Assisted Interactions
Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) uses trained animals to enhance an individual’s physical, emotional, and social well-being, thus improving self- esteem, reducing anxiety, and facilitating healing.
Children and adolescents are generally attracted to the calming effect of animals and can often better express themselves. Animals used in the therapy environment help reduce anxiety and increase participation and motivation during the therapeutic process.
Animal Assisted Therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process.
AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.
Depression/Anxiety in children
Peer Relationship issues
By expressing yourself though art, an art therapist can help you see things about yourself that you may not have otherwise comprehended. Art therapists can help you process emotions and feelings that you are struggling with, so you can begin healing.
Art therapy sets itself apart as a means of therapy by utilizing the creative process of art and having a low barrier to entry (anyone can be creative in some form or another).
Art therapy can be especially beneficial to young children as they are often less capable of expressing themselves effectively through words.
Art therapy is a wonderful modality for adolescents who may have difficulty expressing emotions and who have difficulty identifying their inner-self and resolving conflicting feelings which may be contributing to anxiety, depression, and maladaptive behavior patterns.
Art therapy can be an effective modality to help identify and resolve conflicts within the family unit. It allows all members to contribute and participate in a meaningful way towards the process of healing, personal growth, and a sense of overall wellness.
It is the idea of self-exploration that can often lead a person to some insightful conclusions about themselves. Since art therapists are trained in both art and counseling, they are capable of guiding you through the art of creative expression.
Art therapists must have a master’s degree among other requirements in the United States. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is the national association of art therapists that oversees regulatory and licensure laws for art therapists. Art therapists must not only have graduate training in psychology, but also studio art.
Our Counseling Team
Suzie K. Jordan, MA-AT, NCC, AT, AAI
Licensed Professional Counselor
Suzie is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She received her bachelor degree in art studio from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, and her Masters in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling & Art Therapy from the college of Notre Dame, Belmont, California. After completing her internship through Stanford University at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alta, California, she has worked at The Children’s Hospital Colorado for the past 18 years. Most recently, Suzie earned her graduate certificate in Animal Assisted Interactions from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. This particular training allows her to incorporate her own therapy dogs in counseling sessions.
Suzie Jordan and her therapy dog, Hobbes, have completed certification through Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado and are also in the process of being certified through Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society).