Kate Shannon, LPC, LCAT, MT-BC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Board Certified Music Therapist. She’s spent her career supporting children with life-limiting medical diagnoses, mental health needs, and developmental differences through music therapy, play, and creative expression. Kate is passionate about incorporating play therapy skills into the music therapy space and helps other therapists learn how to support healthy social and emotional development through these skills.  Besides creating music, she loves to design engaging and interactive visuals, create websites, knit, podcast, and spend time with her family. 

Hi! I’m Kate!

Supporting the mental health of children through music, creativity, and play is my greatest joy in life. I believe that every adult has the opportunity to make a child feel heard, validated, and supported, no matter what goals they are working towards. While providing therapy services is my calling, I am also passionate about creating resources for therapists looking to support their clients through creative modalities.


Child Therapy Specializations

Life-Limiting Diagnosis

Autism

Medical Trauma

Developmental Differences

Palliative Care

Parent Support


Past Experiences

Music Therapist
The Child And Family Therapy Center Of Denver
(2017-2020)
-Engaged children and adolescents in creative therapy interventions focused on increasing coping skills, improving emotional processing, and supporting emotional well-being 
-Additional training experiences including play therapy, EMDR, multiculturalism, and grief counseling
-Supported families of children with life-limiting medical diagnoses and/or special needs with at-home supports

Music Therapist
Spectrum Creative Arts
(2014-2017)
-Provided creative arts therapy services for all ages, including newborns through adults in geriatric care
-Created and facilitated a music development group for infants and caregivers to support bonding and interpersonal relationships
-Supervised therapists by offering direct and indirect learning opportunities throughout practicum and internship programs


A little more about me!

My career as a music therapist has focused on supporting children of all ability levels through music and play.  Most of my experience lies in supporting the emotional well-being, quality of life, and mental health of children with developmental differences and survivors of medical trauma. After working as a music therapist for several years, I decided to continue my learning journey and obtain my License as a Professional Counselor. These qualifications allow me to fully support children with creative expression while working towards a variety of goals depending upon their unique needs.

I have found my clients thrive in an environment where music and play are blended, where the relationship is at the forefront of care, and where each child is celebrated for their unique ideas. If you want to learn more about doing the same thing, then welcome!

You can learn more about the services I offer by clicking here.


Fun Facts

When I’m not reading the next child therapy related book or putting out another episode of the podcast, I am finding ways to create at home! Here are a few fun facts about me:

My latest rotation of crafts includes knitting, soap-making, cooking, and digital design.

I play DND almost every weekend with a super-duper bunch of friends.

Getting outside and moving is so important to me. I love hiking, walking, being on the water, camping, or just sitting on the porch.

I have an amazing husband, a spunky cat, and a crazy dog who endlessly support me on my creative crusades. I am so thankful for my family!

 I LOOOVE learning!