Angela Prast, B.S.
I have lived in Colorado my entire life and my family has lived here for over 100 years. My husband and I have been married for over twenty years and we have a son and daughter. Our son is currently in college and our daughter is a couple of years into her career.
When not at work, I love spending time with my family watching movies, playing games and traveling. I love being outdoors, hiking, camping and skiing. I have been skiing since I was a toddler!
I love dogs and currently have three dogs that we adopted. A couple of our dogs have unknown histories and one lost her leg after a car hit her before we got her. I have been a long time Harry Potter and Doctor Who fan, and was able to visit London to see the Harry Potter set and many locations that Doctor Who was filmed.
“As an ECE leader, my most cherished roles have been building relationships through empathetic listening and working with families as they navigate life transitions and traumas.“
I earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Arapahoe Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. In addition, I am Colorado State Child Care Director Certified and I’m also currently working on my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University.
Most recently I spent nearly twenty years in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field, and I am making the natural progression into mental health counseling. I want to work with all populations, but I have a background in working with young children and families. Working with parents as they face social-emotional and behavioral challenges with their children is something that I am passionate about.
Each client is different and the expert in their own lives and they know what they need best. I use a person-centered approach, building relationships and utilizing the clients strengths to work towards their goals. When working with children, I believe that it is beneficial for the child to involve the entire family system to bring about lasting changes.
My sessions are a safe place for clients to express their emotions and process their inner struggles. This may be through play, talking, and building coping skills like grounding in the present moment, and breath work.
“I believe that all people have the ability to make positive changes and all humans are deserving of love and care without hate, without fear, and without discrimination.”