About Anya Beebe

Education and Training:

Anya Beebe earned her Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art therapy from Naropa University. There she was trained to  use a variety of therapeutic counseling and art therapy techniques and interventions.  The foundation of her training and approach is Person Centered and Transpersonal with a strong emphasis on Developmental Psychology.

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Anya has also received additional training in treating children and adults with AD/HD,  Sensory Processing Disorders, early Autism interventions, and is a certified COPE parent trainer.

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Experience:

Over the last 10 years, Anya has enjoyed working in the mental health field with children and adults with a variety of issues. She began her work with autistic adults in Boulder, Colorado and later deepened her work in this area with children and adolescents with autism, aspergers, and sensory processing issues. About eight years ago, Anya began working at an occupational therapy clinic that specializes in treating children with sensory processing disorders, ADD, autism, aspergers, learning delays and developmental disabilities.  Anya continues to enjoy helping this population of children and parents with the emotional, social and behavioral challenges that go along with these issues.

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For four years, Anya  gained invaluable training and experience working in an adolescent treatment center with teens with a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol issues, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and many other mental health issues. She also volunteered and worked with an at risk teen program that helped teens make positive changes and choices for their future.  Later, Anya  focused her training and work with children with ADD and ADHD and for two consecutive years, ran the summer art therapy program at a day treatment program for children and adolescents with these issues.

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Anya’s most recent position at a facility has been working as the art therapist on the pediatric unit of National Jewish Health.  Over the last five years she has received extensive training and experience working with children with chronic illness and many other physical and mental health issues. In this position, Anya currently runs groups for children with chronic illness and has also been involved in co-facilitating groups for anxiety disorders.

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In addition to these positions, Anya has built her own part time private practice over the last six years where she enjoys working with and helping children, adolescents, and adults.

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Achievements:

In May of 2010, Anya was published in the Journal of Asthma and Clinical Immunology for her research at National Jewish Health using art therapy with children with asthma.  The study was the first of its kind using a clinically randomized trial to test if art therapy could improve emotional health and improve quality of life for children with asthma.  The study found that art therapy was effective in reducing anxiety and increasing self-concept in these children and the benefits remained when retested six months after the study was completed.

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Anya has become a sought after speaker on the topic of art therapy and has been interviewed by TV stations such as Channel 7 News in Denver, as well as a number of both national and international TV and radio shows.