Sonya Riffel, MA, Intern Therapist

Pronouns - She/her/hers

Currently Accepting New Clients
Not Accepting New Clients at This Time
Accepting Testing Clients Only
No Longer Accepting New C4VL Clients
No Longer with C4VL

Sonya specializes in working with a variety of different clients including children and youth of all ages, parents, and families. She utilizes several modalities such as CBT, DBT, Play-based, and Faith-based therapy to address parenting, neurodivergent children with special needs, family dynamics, and children/youth experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

Insurances Accepted

Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield (now called Elevance)
Beacon / Carelon Medicaid (Health Co Inc. / Northeast Health Partners)
CCHA Medicaid
Cigna (now Evernorth)
Colorado Access (Medicaid / CHP+)
Denver Health Medical Plan (DHMP commercial)
First Health Network
RMHP Medicaid
Rocky Mountain Health Plans (A UnitedHealthcare company)
United Healthcare / UBH (Optum)

Current Practice

When children are conceived, parents and family members begin to imagine the life the child is going to live. Sometimes that life does not look like what was imagined due to medical or developmental diagnosis, trauma, abuse, and/or loss.

Sonya is passionate about helping children and families navigate the resulting behavioral, emotional, and social challenges from a strengths-based perspective. She has worked with families from infancy in the Early Intervention Program as well as through preschool aged children in both home and school settings. Sonya has experience working with all ages of clients diagnosed with developmental disabilities such as autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and other IDD. She offers a unique perspective to parents and siblings of youth with disabilities, as she has walked with many families through the process. This process entails helping families with their initial evaluations, setting up in-home and school-based services, navigating medical appointments and community outings, and assisting with post-secondary transitions through adulthood.

In addition to working with youth and families of those with disabilities, Sonya is also passionate about working with typically developing children and youth who need help with social emotional regulation, or are having difficulty with school or relationships with peers or adults. Her experience as a volleyball coach and substitute teacher has also provided insight into working with adolescents and teenagers who are navigating anxiety, depression, and/or experienced life stressors and other traumatic events. She knows that sometimes this age simply needs to speak with an understanding and compassionate adult.

Sonya is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work as an Intern Therapist from Grand Canyon University, under the Supervision of Emilia Ealom, LCSW. She sees clients in Aurora, CO, as well as telehealth appointments for Colorado residents.

Client Focus

  • Children 3-5
  • Children 5+
  • Adolescents 10-12
  • Teens 13+
  • Adults 18+
  • People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Transgender
  • LatinX
  • Group Therapy

Areas of Focus

  • ADHD/Neurodivergence
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism in Adults (skills, etc.)
  • Autism in Children (skills, etc.)
  • Caregiver Support
  • Child Behavior Problems
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Crisis Management
  • Depression
  • Divorce / High Conflict Family
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting

Treatment Approach

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • DBT
  • Faith-based
  • Family/Systems Theory
  • Strengths-Based Therapy

Past Work Experience

  • Behavioral Health Specialist, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • Registered Behavior Therapist, Behavior Services of the Rockies, Lafayette, CO
  • Early Childhood School Social Wok Intern, Douglas County School District, Castle Rock, CO

Education & Licensure

  • Currently in MSW program through Grand Canyon University, expected August 2024
  • MA in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences from CU Denver Dec 2020
  • BSW from Metro State University 2014
  • BA in Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University 2011