Clara Rivers specializes in working with families with young children (0-10) who have experienced traumas, are on the adoption/permanency spectrum, or are having emotional, social or behavioral challenges (including any number of mental health diagnoses). She also is passionate about working with parents, whether on parenting specifically, or processing through how their own unique pasts impact them and their parenting styles today.
She will work with you to create a plan for how she can best support you and your family. Sometimes that may include family therapy, working together on parenting skills and challenges, doing your own therapy, or play therapy for your child. Clara primarily uses Child-Centered Play Therapy, family therapy and Theraplay techniques when working with children and their caregivers, but has experience with many other techniques as well.
She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist, with a Masters in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University, and eight years of experience working with children and families.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Adlerian Play Therapy
Adult Attachment Inventory
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Divorce / Co Parenting
Early Traumatic Experiences
Educational Consulting (IEP/504 Assistance)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Juvenile Justice Involvement
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Systems of Care Navigation
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)
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If your family is facing financial barriers to receiving care from an adoption-competent therapist in Minnesota, please reach out to our HELP Program: https://fosteradoptmn.org/help_program_overview/
Parents should carefully choose a therapist based on the individual needs of their family. For more information, please see the following: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f-therapist/