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Clara Rivers, MSW, LICSW, RPT

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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. 

Metamorphosis Family Counseling
2499 Rice St, Ste 70
Saint Paul, MN 55113
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Metamorphosis Family Counseling
2499 Rice St, Ste 70
Saint Paul, MN 55113

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
Optum Health
Preferred One
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Adlerian Play Therapy
Adult Attachment Inventory
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
DC 0-5
Developmental Repair
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Areas of Practice:
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Childhood Depression
Divorce / Co Parenting
Domestic Violence
Early Traumatic Experiences
Educational Consulting (IEP/504 Assistance)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Juvenile Justice Involvement
Mood Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Open Adoption
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Parent Coaching
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Suicidal Concerns
Systems of Care Navigation
Transracial/Transcultural Families
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Infant (0-2)
Parent Coaching
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)


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