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About Rita Vatcher

About Rita Vatcher

Rita Vatcher provides outpatient therapy to children and families:

• Service Coordination
• Assessments
• Positive Parent Support
• Play Therapy and therapy based on Theraplay® Principles
• Development of Individualized Treatment Plans

Rita Vatcher was practicing as a Registered Play Therapist with Advocates Community Counseling in Marlborough, MA. Advocates is a trauma - informed agency whose mission it is to help people achieve their hopes and dreams within the fabric of their communities.

Rita Vatcher Smiling

Rita with a Group of Women

As a Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist, Rita Vatcher’s goal is to establish a mutually respectful therapeutic alliance in order to help children, adolescents, and adults, develop resiliency, create positive supports, and build a stronger foundation with which to go forward with their lives.

As a clinician, her emphasis is providing a working clinical formulation and an individualized treatment plan based on positive strength-based goals.

As a competent practitioner of person-centered methods, Rita will focus on empowerment, development of a positive profile, goal setting, building positive supports, and recovery planning.

All interventions are theoretically sound using Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment, Trauma-Informed approaches as appropriate to the child’s needs. In addition, therapy based on Theraplay® Principles is also available. They are all evidenced-based interventions ranging from art therapy, sand tray, drama, mindfulness, and many more. We work on problem solving, coping skills, emotion identification, emotion regulation, social skills, visualization, finding successful solutions, clarifying means of achieving them with validation and positive outlooks.

Rita has been an outspoken leader in the community for children and families

This is one of three videos created to promote the importance of outpatient services in the community. We are seeing a rise in bullying in our schools, opioid use among young people, and more anxiety in our children than ever before. Community mental health care can be a friend to families, parents, children, and adolescents  who seek a way to cope with increasing stressors in their environment. Outpatient providers teach individuals ways to be resilient and to give them the coping "toolbox" of skills to improve their sense of well being.