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About the Mariposa

The mariposa (“butterfly” in Spanish) signifies our inherent capacity to transform. Even in darkness, we possess the ability to grow into something more beautiful than we ever imagined.

Emily McNeil Emily McNeil, LPC, BC-DMT, CIMI, EMDR cert., is the owner of The Mariposa Center for Infant, Child, and Family Enrichment. She is an early childhood and family therapist, with specialties in infant mental health, maternal pre- and peri-natal mental health, trauma, adoption/foster care, and developmental delay. She received her Master of Arts degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University. She is a registered Dance/Movement Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She also is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and holds advanced training in EMDR – a trauma-treatment modality and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She co-founded the Adams County NICU Task Force and Team in order to improve the support and therapeutic services premature and medically fragile babies and their families receive post-discharge. She has trained extensively with Drs. Joy Brown and Ayelet Talmi in the BABIES Model – a specialized approach to working with NICU grads and their families. She is a member of The American Dance therapy Association and the Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health. She has worked with children and families for over 11 years.

Emily’s approach to therapy is warm, honest, playful, and creative, while also being grounded in theory and best-practices of the field. She has a deep affection for the families with whom she works and is committed to being a “family helper” for the long haul, if need be. Emily welcomes family members into the therapy session as she recognizes that a child’s mental health is directly tied to his caregiver’s wellbeing. She values coordinating care with outside agencies and professionals in order to provide consistent support to her clients. Emily is committed to finding what really works for a family in order for the child and family to achieve a greater sense of well-being and better mental health. Emily also enjoys teaching, early childhood mental health consultation, and providing supervision and training to students and new therapists.

Contact Emily: emily@mariposacenterdenver.com

Jenn PlattJennifer Platt LPC, R-DMT, EMDR cert., is the owner of the Mariposa Center. She is licensed professional counselor, registered dance/movement therapist, and certified EMDR therapist with over ten years of professional experience working with children and families in a variety of mental health and educational settings. She is the co-owner of the Mariposa Center. Through the Child Trauma Academy, Jennifer has received extensive training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics developed by Dr. Bruce Perry. Utilizing Dr. Perry’s model and research, Jennifer has created unique trainings on the therapeutic benefits of the creative arts to support healthy development in children and families. Additionally, Jennifer was the co-creator and supervisor of the Creative Art Therapy program at Mt St Vincent Home from 2008-2012, a residential and day treatment program for children. She has presented nationally on the topics of child development, trauma, and creative art therapies. Jennifer is on the board of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association, and is a member of the Colorado Association for Play Therapy, National Association for Play Therapy, American Psychological Association, American Dance Therapy Association, and the EMDR International Association.

Her specialties include: trauma, bonding and attachment, grief and loss, adoption, depression/anxiety, and developmental delays in children. Jennifer’s approach to working with children and families is playful, holistic, strength-based, incorporates a variety of creative expressions, and values the inherent wisdom of the body and mind to move towards balance, health, and wholeness.

Contact Jenn: jenn@mariposacenterdenver.com

Megan HallMegan Hall, MA, LPC, R-DMT, is a licensed professional counselor and registered dance/movement therapist with a wide variety of experience and training in mental health for the last 7 years. After receiving a Master of Arts degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago Megan pursued 4 years of extensive training and application in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a structure and concrete form of behavior therapy. She interned at Rush University Medical Center in the Child Life Program and has worked with children and adolescents with special needs in the home, community, classroom and inter-disciplinary therapeutic settings. She sought additional training in trauma counseling (specifically Judith Herman’s model of trauma recovery), couples counseling, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Love and Logicä curriculum as an extern at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute in Denver. Megan combines structured interventions from ABA with creative arts therapies to build a therapeutic relationship and to help children self-regulate. Her approach to therapy involves a calm and playful demeanor, tending to the sensory needs of the child as well as the needs and values of the family system.

Contact Megan: megan@mariposacenterdenver.com

Dafnah MeronDafnah Meron, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is a child and family therapist and has worked in the outpatient, day treatment and inpatient psychiatric settings. Dafnah has experience with diverse populations, including individuals and groups who have experienced trauma in their lives. Through a psychodynanmic, attachment-based orientation, she sees every individual and family as unique and honors the significance that past and present relationships, and early experiences, play on development throughout life.

Dafnah has studied Experiential Play Therapy (EPT) with Dr. Byron Norton and utilizes these play and non-directive approaches to invite self-exploration in an individualized, nonjudgmental environment. She is passionate about hearing people’s unique stories and providing individuals and families with the space and time to express themselves authentically. Dafnah has also worked in the field of wilderness therapy and loves finding ways to incorporate the natural world and our connection to it, in her practice.

Contact Dafnah: dafnah@mariposacenterdenver.com

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