Cappi is a marriage and family specialist
with twenty-plus years of experience in the counseling
field. Regarding work with children, she has educational
and treatment expertise in ADHD as well as Bipolar
I and II, and Oppositional Defiance Disorders.
Cappi started out in the Addictions/Substance
Abuse field at St. Lukes Outpatient Program in Denver
Colorado. The work entailed individual and group therapy
for alcoholics and substance abusers, as well as educating
and treating family members. While there she created
and implemented one of the first treatment programs
for cocaine dependence.
From St. Lukes, Cappi moved to private
practice in 1987. After obtaining a Master's Degree
in Social Work, her practice moved more towards family
and marriage counseling, as well as treating adolescents
and children. Her philosophy is that families are
systems that interconnect and work together either
in harmony or against one another. Much like a mobile
hanging on a tree, all the separate pieces effect
change and attempt to stay balanced. If one piece
becomes tangled or lopsided, the other pieces also
In working with families, whether it's
the marriage, the children or parenting issues, it
is most effective to envision and understand the bigger
picture; the dynamics and patterns of each member's
interactions with one another in order to create a
whole and healthy family unit. Her training, education
and experience have made her an expert practitioner
in the profession and in her field.
While at the University of Denver, Cappi
won the Dorethea Spellmann Award for Academic Achievement.
She is best known for her work with families and intimate
relationships, but also enjoys the versatility of
practicing with a wide range of people and areas of
expertise. The modalities she uses are a combination
of Family Systems theory, Gestalt therapy, Psychoeducation,
Child Development theories, Cognitive Behavioral therapy,
Play therapy, and Reality Therapy to name a few.
She also knows first hand how family
systems can easily become dysfunctional from her own
experience as a mother and parent. One of her own
children struggled in his adolescence and she and
her husband found themselves lost as parents. Eventually
they placed their son in a wilderness program, Monarch,
in Georgetown Colorado, and he concluded his Junior
and Senior year of high school at a "Therapeutic Boarding
School" named Carlbrook in Virginia. Through some
of her own mistakes in parenting she has learned humility,
compassion for other families and parents, and has
a world of knowledge now that unfortunately is not
taught in any post-graduate universities. She and
her husband attended months of family therapy, education,
intensive workshops in order to "get their son back,"
and reconnect. It has been a painful but meaningful
journey in which everyone has grown and benefited.
If anyone understands the pain and struggle involved
in raising children, Cappi certainly knows, and now
has the tools to educate and teach other parents.
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