About Cathi

I have enjoyed a long career of helping children and their families since the early 1980’s first as a special educator and then as a mental health professional.  Since childhood, I have dreamed of helping families overcome life’s challenges to learn how to thrive.  Over the course of my career working with children and their families as a special educator and mental health professional working in outpatient and residential settings, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families who struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, attachment issues, divorce/separation, grief/loss, major life transitions, behavior problems, anger problems and relationship issues.  My vast experience has allowed me the privilege of helping other professionals to increase their skill level to more effectively help their clients.  I have supervised master’s level clinicians pursuing clinical licensure and mental health professionals seeking to learn and implement play/expressive arts therapy to help them achieve this goal.  I have provided clinical consultation to organizations working with juvenile offenders and traumatized families.  I have worked with community based organizations to better understand and address the mental health needs of children and families through workshops and consultation.

Consultation

It is my firm belief that the more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to learn.  As mental health professionals, I believe it is imperative that we continue our learning to ensure we are keep up with current research and learning effective strategies to hep our clients. My expertise with expressive arts modalities has helped mental health professionals implement successful strategies to help their young clients and families resolve their challenges in a developmentally supportive manner.  I have worked with foster care/adoption and CPS agencies, community based agencies addressing the mental health impact of trauma and homelessness, schools and parents, and juvenile justice agencies.

Clinical Licensure Supervision

It has been a privilege to work with numerous mental health professionals pursing their clinical license.  As a life long learner, I love sharing ideas and research with professionals that I supervise.I am currently licensed as a licensed clinical social worker in Utah.  My family and I relocated to the area in 2016.  While living in Virginia and owner of a small mental health outpatient clinic, I supervised numerous master’s level interns and clinician pursuing their clinical licensure.   My expertise includes helping mental health professionals  professionals provide individual, family and group counseling to children, adolescents, adults and families.  I utilize a predominately attachment theory approach and integrate additional theory models, such as CBT, DBT, Choice, and play/expressive arts, to help professionals find solutions that work effectively with their  clients’ specific treatment needs.

 

Play Therapy Supervision

Play therapy provides one of the most effective ways to work with children and adolescents.  Plus, it has the added benefit of being fun!  Play and expressive arts allows clincians to engage in ways that help to build therapeutic rapport with their clients while also helping to overcome their emotional difficulties.   I have been an active member in the Association for Play Therapy (APT) since 2003.  I am a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor through APT and provided play therapy supervision to many mental healthy professionals since 2007.  My experience and training include Child-Centered Play Therapy , Filial Therapy, Using art and sand tray therapeutically as well as numerous directive play therapy interventions  for individual, family and group therapy sessions.

Contact me to discuss your professional needs

I work with individuals and agencies to develop successful strategies to help meet your needs and the needs of your clients.

Feel free to contact me via email at cathispooner@gmail.com or call me at 702-377-9733

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