Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards, MA | 720-923-2326

Sarah Richards, MA is a registered psychotherapist working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor in Colorado. She studied international disaster psychology at the University of Denver and holds a master’s degree. Sarah’s clinical training has primarily been with children who have experienced trauma and childhood adversity. Much of her work has focused on childhood bereavement and how to support grieving children. She uses a trauma-informed care lens to support her clients and meets them where they are. She has experience working with children as young as three years old through young adulthood. She utilizes individual therapy, play therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.

Sarah strives to be culturally competent by applying the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) meaning of the term, “…the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures,” and referring to culture as “… a term that goes beyond just race or ethnicity. It can also refer to such characteristics as age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, income level, education, geographical location, or profession” (SAMHSA, 2016). She believes this is especially important to keep in mind when working with children and adolescents who are discovering themselves and the effects of the world around them.

During her time at the University of Denver, Sarah had the opportunity to work in Johannesburg, South Africa with survivors of trauma and torture. This experience has given her a unique perspective to mental health counseling and the experiences of people from a variety of cultures. This widened her knowledge of interventions and ways to support people experiencing a wide range of needs.

She believes children process the world differently than adults, and using play therapy can be a way for children to express themselves in their own language. She uses play to allow children to feel comfortable in their environment, share at their own comfort level, and to observe patterns and themes going on in a child’s life to increase different ways to support them. Sarah integrates both non-directive play (child lens) and directive play (therapist lens) in sessions. She believes this fosters autonomy and exploration while encouraging and challenging children to grow. Sarah will be perusing becoming a Registered Play Therapist.


MA – International Disaster Psychology University of Denver

Focus is to provide effective mental health and psychosocial services to individuals and communities in the US and globally who are affected by traumatic events, acute and chronic civil conflict, natural disasters, and health-related pandemics.

BA – Psychology with a minor in Education and a Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Licenses and Certifications

Registered Psychotherapist – Colorado NLC.0108227

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Emergency Management Institute (FEMA)

National Response Framework

Introduction Command System (ICS-100)

Psychological First Aid Training (PFA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA)

Mental Health First Aid

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Children

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