Holly Shaw is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of
Colorado. She got her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision,
and her Master's in Community Counseling, both at the University of
Northern Colorado. She has been practicing in the mental heath field for
She taught classes as an adjunct professor for a total of ten years, mostly at the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught Counseling Children and Adolescents,
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect, Play Therapy Practicum, Legal and
Ethical Issues, and Theories of Counseling. She has also taught Abnormal
Psychology, Human Growth and Development, and Psychopathology in
Dr. Shaw has given numerous presentations on counseling children,
including five presentations at the state level and one at a national
conference. She gave a presentation called "Islands of Relief: Working with Children
with Trauma" at the 2015 Colorado Counseling Association Annual
Conference in Denver. Dr. Shaw is a Registered Play Therapist. She co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Sandy Magnuson in 2006 on working with parents while their children are in play therapy. This chapter is in the book Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, a popular choice among play therapy practitioners.
Dr. Shaw is a Certified EMDR Therapist. She provides EMDR to children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Shaw received Advanced training in EMDR with children with internationally known therapists Robert Tinker and Sandra Wilson. She also had trainings in treating children with early childhood trauma, including Early Trauma Protocol with Katie O'Shea, and Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children with Deb Wesselmann, Cathy Schweitzer and Stefanie Armstrong. Dr. Shaw also had Advanced EMDR training in Attachment Focused EMDR (healing clients with histories of child abuse) with Laurel Parnell, and Somatic Interventions with EMDR with Barb Maiberger and Arielle Schwartz. She also had trainings on working with adults with Complex PTSD, one with Joanne Twombly, and another with Jim Knipe.
Dr. Shaw did post-doctoral internship work at the
Austin Child Guidance Center in Austin, Texas. In addition to working at a non-profit, she has also worked for community mental health, a college counseling center. and private practice.