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Dakota Fry


My name is Dakota Fry, This is my second year with St. Louis Public Schools as a  trauma therapist. I can provide support for students with challenges such as, but not limited to anxiety, peer relationships, depression, and motivation. I am excited to spend this school working with you and your students.

  • About Dakota:

    I graduated with  a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Play Therapy from Antioch University in Seattle, Washington. Since graduated, I have obtained certificates in Trauma Focused CBT, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

    When I'm not using my training at St. Louis Public School I enjoy playing Volleyball, Skiing, reading and exploring the outdoors.

  • Why is Breating a Coping Skill?

    Our body regulates through the primitive brain. Breathing is innate, so when we stop and take deep breaths we engaged our parasympathetic nervous system which then affects out heart rate, digestion system, and out brain.



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  • Relational-cultural play therapy: Reestablishing healthy connections with children exposed to trauma in relationships.

    Relational-cultural play therapy: Reestablishing healthy connections with children exposed to trauma in relationships.

    Children who have experienced trauma in relationships, such as direct physical or sexual abuse, or who have witnessed crimes or domestic violence, often carry forward symptoms of traumatic stress. Children with posttraumatic stress may become withdrawn or aggressive, clingy or distant with caregivers, oversleep and overeat, or develop insomnia and eat too little (A. Banks, 2006, Relational therapy for trauma, Journal of Psychological Trauma, Vol. 5, pp. 25–47). These physical and psychological symptoms are further complicated when children have experienced trauma that disrupts their primary relationships. In this article, we will discuss and illustrate a relational–cultural approach to play therapy designed to help children who have experienced trauma in relationships to reconnect to others in healthy and emotionally beneficial ways. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • The Invisible String

    by Patrice Karst Year Published: 2018

     “What kind of string”? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, “An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it! THE INVISIBLE STRING is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we aren’t ever really alone and reminding children (and adults!) that when we are loved beyond anything we can imagine. “People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.”

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