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 various disabilities 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. Kate is also passionate about working with adults utilizing inner child work, attachment-based therapy, mindfulness, and creativity. Besides creating music, she loves to knit, needle felt, read, play video games, and spend time with her family.

Hi! I’m Kate!

Supporting mental health through music, creativity, relationship, and play is one of my greatest joys. By serving as a therapist for children and adults, I believe that the relationship is one of the most important aspects of therapeutic change. When serving children and adults in therapy, I utilize a humanistic and client-centered approach where we can create a unique path to healing that suits your particular needs. You can read more about my services here.

While providing therapy services is my calling, I am also passionate about creating resources for therapists looking to support their child clients through creative modalities. 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.


Therapy Specializations

Stress

Quality Of Life

Trauma

Life-Limiting Diagnosis

Medical Trauma

Anxiety

Self-Esteem

Life Transitions

Developmental Differences

Palliative Care


Experience

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Private Practice – Creative Therapy Services, LLC
(2020-current)
– Supporting adults with emotional processing relating to symptoms of anxiety, trauma, life transitions, stress, and more.
– Utilizing inner-child work, mindfulness, relational approaches, and creativity to support the therapeutic progress

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 disabilities 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 and adults with creative expression while working towards a variety of goals depending upon their unique needs.

I’ve found that working with adults using attachment theories, inner child work, mindfulness, and creativity has been a wonderful adventure that I am humbled to be on.

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


Fun Facts

When I’m not reading the next 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, and needle felting.

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!