Counseling Services in Louisville, Colorado
It can be hard to take that first step: deciding to seek counseling. As we grow up, many of us are told that we should keep our problems within the family or believe that we should be able to work things out “on our own”. The truth is that everyone could use an objective, compassionate perspective at some point in his or her life, and assistance from a counselor skilled at helping others can be enormously effective and rewarding. If you feel like you’ve hit a wall within a relationship, feel stuck, or have concerns about your teen or another family member, I can help. I will work with you on gaining insight into the areas of your life that feel stuck, processing what is happening for you in your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and getting you un-stuck on your journey, with new choices and opportunities available to you.
How Therapy Works
Often, when I speak to clients who are new to therapy, they will ask me, “So how does this therapy thing work?” It is normal to be nervous when you start therapy. I strive to make the process as comfortable as possible. The first thing I focus on is laying the groundwork for successful therapy: essentially, develop a relationship with you and/or your child that feels comfortable, collaborative and not intimidating. My approach to counseling incorporates acceptance, compassion and a sense of humor into our work. I utilize games, artwork and other aspects of play therapy when working with teens, which helps kids feel more comfortable opening up about feelings and experiences. In the initial phase, I also work with you and your family to identify areas of difficulty and to get a sense of your personal family dynamic and history.
I then assist you in addressing aspects of your life that you would like to improve: do you want to resolve a past trauma or come to terms with a difficult childhood? Do you have difficulty believing in yourself and wish you were more confident? Do you feel like your family has grown apart and wish you could all be closer? Or do you want your teen to have more coping skills so that he or she can thrive during those difficult years? These are a few examples of issues I have assisted clients with. Depending on what you and/or your family would like to achieve in therapy, I can help you work through painful issues, while giving you tools to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors that arise from or are associated with difficult relationships, trauma, anger, anxiety and depression.
Therapy as Teamwork
Through experience, I have learned that you and your family gain the most from a collaborative approach with your therapist. You do not want solutions thrown at you, but rather, would like therapy to be tailored to you and/or your particular family. I strive to create a therapeutic team with you which incorporates principles of acceptance and empathy, balanced with the right amount of tools/actions you can employ to achieve results in your life.
The following is a list of services I provide:
- Individual therapy for adults and teens
- Family therapy
- Therapy for trauma and PTSD
- Parenting education and support
- Therapy for anxiety
- Therapy for depression
- Grief and loss counseling
Choosing a Therapist that "Fits" You
Research has shown that the most important component of successful therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client. Therefore, I provide free 30 minute consultations by phone so that you can get a good sense of who I am as a therapist, and I can give you feedback on how I can help you. Please call (303) 518-1335 or email me to set up your free consultation. If you are looking for a therapist in Louisville, Colorado, contact me today.