Carolyn Riviere-Placzek’s Story

Carolyn Riviere-PlaczekMy name is Carolyn Riviere-Placzek. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Registered Play Therapist TM (RPT),  and a Certified Sex Therapist (completion 12/18). My focal modality of expertise and training is in Emotional Focused therapy and trauma informed modalities of therapeutic interventions. I also have completed the training curriculum for a CACIII addiction certificate, working with individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of addiction issues.

My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing and a second major in Psychology. After spending 27 years climbing the corporate Fortune 500 ladder with organizations such as Xerox, SUN, Oracle and IBM, in a variety of Sales and technical positions I have now combined my career and life experiences into my private practice of helping individuals, couples and families balance their work, family and emotional health goals and expectations. I have also raised two children who are now 26 and 22 and have a beautiful 5 year old granddaughter who we have the privilege of spending as much time as possible with in our spare time! My life journey has included single parenting, marriage, remarriage, divorce, major illness and recovery, midlife career change, trauma, discrimination in the work force, on and off the “mommy track”, coaching and mentoring thru and up the corporate ladder of organizations while balancing home and health, and launching several successful businesses including a therapy practice which has been my passion in life.

My dedication to education, training, and years of life and therapeutic experience have given me the skills necessary to bring careful understanding, compassion, and expertise to each client’s unique needs. I take my responsibility seriously and find the therapy process meaningful, rewarding, humbling, always intriguing. I look forward to working with each new client and family system. Together we can create an experience that will help solve problems and encourage personal growth; it can be life-transforming when working in a Collaborative process.

My training, career path, and specialties have involved my own psychotherapy, intensive study in attachment theory, emotionally focused therapy, structural family therapy, neuro-affective biology and a number of integrative psychotherapy practices, ongoing supervisory and peer consultation groups. I have trained with Jim Thompson , a renowned couple therapist, who is an approved therapist and trainer with Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and studied his collaborative couple therapy work, as well as training in EFT both individuals and couples. In addition, I combine my Emotional Focus Therapy work with the work of Diana Fosha, PhD, the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapyl, neurobiology and emotional intelligence therapy to help couples structurally and practically build day to day practices and experiences and new neural pathways of connections to reestablish positive ways of being in relationships. My practice features a pluralistic approach designed to draw on the most effective methods of interventions for success in helping clients reach their goals as individuals, couples or within a family system.

Certified Sex Therapist (12/18)
Couples/Marriage and Families
Divorce/Blended families/Step-Families
Adolescent/Child/Play Therapy
COAMFTE Accreditation
The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education – COAMFTE

Carolyn Riviere-Placzek’s Credentials

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Regis University, Centennial, CO
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Concentration in Marketing; Second Major in Psychology, December 1983; Colorado State University, CO

Registered Psychotherapist; Registration #105057; Registered December 2014; State of Colorado, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, Centennial, CO

Somatic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Role of the Body, Sensation, & Movement in Counseling (15 Contact Hours) Noeticus Counseling & training Institute, September 2015
Shame & Self Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma (8.0 Contact Hours) Janina Fisher, PhD. PESI Training, September 2015
Motivational Interviewing (15.0 Contact Hours) Noeticus Counseling & training Institute, September 2015
Emotionally Focused Therapy(EFT) Externship Training: May 6-9- 2015(including trauma in relationships)
Experiential Play Therapy: Sexual Abuse: Training by Dr. Byron E. Norton: Office of Behavioral Health Community Behavioral Health, Colorado May 28, 2015
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C): Facilitating Emotional Intelligence in Relationships – 08/15 Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute (15.0 Contact Hours)
Transforming the Well-Intentioned Therapist: Understanding Trauma-Informed Counseling Practice Training (15.0 Contact Hours), January 2015; Noeticus Counseling Center & Training Institute, Centennial, CO
Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Facilitator Training (15.0 Contact Hours), February 2015 Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute, Centennial, CO
Working with the Void: Introduction to Existential Issues for Psychotherapists (15.0 Contact Hours), Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute, Centennial, CO
Introduction to Gestalt Therapy for Mental Health Professionals (15.0 Contact Hours), July 2014 Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute, Centennial, CO
Trauma Informed Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Training (15.0 Contact Hours), October 2012 Child Trauma Academy, Houston TX
Emotionally Focused Cor Skills Training: June, 2016/December, 2016: Centennial, CO
Mastering Sixteen Key Habits of Emotionally Resilient People, (6 CE’s) Kateri McRae, PhD. 2/19/16 Centennial, CO.
Complex Trauma: Brain body Spirit: (1.5 hrs.) CCA Conference, 4/2016, Centennial, CO

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (2013 – Present)
Association for Play Therapy (2014 – Present)
Chi Sigma Lota National Honor Society (2013 – Present)
Colorado Counseling Association (2014 – Present)

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor:
Misti Klarenbeek-McKenna, LMFT # 775; LCSW # 992993
Thriving Connections, LLC
7651 W 41st Ave., Ste. 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Play Therapist Supervisor:
Jane L. Johnson, LLC, LCSW, RPT-S
333 W. Drake Rd. Ste 141
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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