Carolyn  Riviere-Placzek
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Carolyn Riviere-Placzek

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Registered Play Therapist, RPT
Colorado Accepting Online
Centennial Accepting In-person
Updated December 9, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Sexual health & dysfunction
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Background, training and areas of expertise are extremely important when choosing your therapist. Carolyn has an extensive background in trauma informed care and recovery; couples and family therapy; addiction, anxiety and depression in individuals. Her modality of therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, (EFT) for couples is empirically based and offers long lasting change when implemented. In addition, she is an attachment based therapist in which the client-therapist relationship is based on developing or rebuilding trust and centers on expressing emotions. An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between an infant’s early attachment experiences with primary caregivers, usually with parents, and the infant’s ability to develop normally and ultimately form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. Attachment-based therapy aims to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help prevent or treat anxiety or depression.

As a Certified Sex Therapist, the intricate connections of emotional, physical and intimacy concerns are explored, and discussed based on the client's desire and needs. The systemic layering of family of origin, trauma, addiction, divorce, abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment are interwoven to create our own individual stories, pain and histories.

Carolyn proudly holds the following certification or association membership:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Registered Play Therapist

Association for Sandtray Therapy

Commission on Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

Certified Sex Therapist


Message to clients

My name is Carolyn Riviere-Placzek. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Registered Play Therapist TM (RPT), and a Certified Sex Therapist. My focal modality of expertise and training is in Emotional Focused therapy, attachment based therapy and trauma informed care and recovery 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 obtain work and family balance, recovery from childhood or adult trauma and addictions.

I am also a mom to a 27 year old son, 31 year old daughter and 10 year old granddaughter. 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.


Specialties

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Sexual health & dysfunction - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Tricare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Hour & half for couples, families: $240 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

$150 session for 50 minutes


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Colorado)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Centennial practice
6075 South Quebec Street, Suite 203, Centennial, Colorado 80111
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Collaborate Counseling, Owner/Therapist, 2014 - Present
Xerox, Account Manager, 1985 - 1990

Association Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist, 2018
Family Insitutie, Certified Sex Therapist, 2018
Regis University, MA Marriage & Family Therap, 2015
Colorado State Univerisstsy, BS Business Admin/Marketing; second major Psychology, 1983


Licensure

Colorado: MFT.0001460


Languages

English