B.A.(Colorado State University); M.A.E. (University of Northern Colorado)
Early Childhood Specialist ages 6-12 years
Teaching and mentoring young children has been a passion for of mine throughout my life. I have been blessed to have raised two beautiful children and I have worked in primary education for over 12 years. Throughout my years of teaching, I have continued my education with post graduate work in the areas of academic struggles, cognitive development, play-based theory, social-emotional learning, and trauma informed teaching. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with many children and families with diverse backgrounds , experiencing struggles academically, socially and emotionally that are common in the early childhood years. When I am not seeing clients at Emery Counseling, I am working as an elementary school teacher in the Poudre School District.
In my practice, I take a child centered approach and utilize a trauma informed perspective. It is my goal to help children to identify emotions and develop strategies for working through them. Utilizing child centered play, with toys, music and art, allows children to express themselves in a safe and caring environment that is developmentally appropriate. Play helps children to find pathways to communicate their thoughts, experiences, and emotions, which may be difficult for them to articulate in a traditional “talking” session. As children are able to express their inner feelings, through the modality that works best for them, they release stress and are then, capable of learning new coping skills to regulate their emotions and behavior.
In my free time I enjoy being in nature and participating in activities that help me find balance and to center myself. I also enjoy the laughter and joy that come from spending time with family and friends. Working in my garden, hiking, river rafting, and riding horses are among my favorite outdoor activities. While during the colder months, I unwind with exercise such as yoga and Jazzercise.
Kara Lyons works with children ages 6-12 years old, as well as provides parental coaching to develop a cohesive parenting plan that you can implement with success at home.
Areas of Focus
Trouble In School
I love being in the outdoors with my dog walking new trails and exploring new places. Working with my hands is one of the most enjoyable activities for me. My new activity, working with my hands, I have started is sewing. It is really important for me to focus on my self-care so that I can be the best therapist possible for my clients.
Take the First Step
First time clients are welcomed in for a free 30 minute consultation with any of our counselors. This initial session will act as a meet and greet to ensure that you and the counselor are the right fit.