Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. -- Joseph Campbell
Congratulations on taking this step toward greater happiness and peace of mind. Exploring those possibilities takes courage, as does meeting the challenges along the way. I wish you well on your journey!
Perhaps we've all thought at one time or another, "I don't need counseling--that's what my friends are for!" So we bend their ear over lunch or a beer, and then maybe we feel better--for a little while. Yet if our lives don't improve, it's likely because our friends lack the training, education, insight, knowledge, objectivity, and experience to help us. Would we go to a friend when we're sick if they weren't a doctor?
For nearly 10 years, I have helped people transform their lives through the cultivation of mental health. My Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology is from the University of Denver, and I am a fully licensed and credentialed psychotherapist using the most clinically proven approaches. In addition, I've had to work through great personal loss, relationship struggles, and self-defeating behavior patterns myself, so I know that process of personal transformation first-hand. I am also a Marine Corps Veteran who understands the unique challenges that military veterans face.
Finally, I offer a SLIDING SCALE to help you afford treatment, and daytime as well as EVENING HOURS during the week. My NEW OFFICE is conveniently located near I-225, I-25, and within minutes of DTC/Greenwood Village, Lowry, Cherry Creek, University Hills, and Downtown.
For many, the unfortunate stereotype exists of the bobble-head therapist who collects a steep fee for his "work" while the client vents and nothing changes--wash, rinse, repeat, see you next week! In my view, this has cast both the profession and work of psychotherapy in a poor light. And while many counselors defy this typecasting, the misnomer persists.
In contrast, my style is interactive and encouraging toward the client's acquiring those insights and skills that result in psychological healing. Homework assignments are a vital part of what I do to help clients build on what is covered in session. Yet empathy, compassion, patience, and respect are always part of the client's therapeutic experience.
I believe this approach is vital to client growth, as it utilizes the latest research, knowledge, and wisdom in the field rather than dated norms. In that sense, it is on the cutting edge. And contrasted to that milquetoast model of a couch-side manner previously mentioned, you could say it has an edge to it. While some clients might choose another way, those seeking an alternative to what has become the sad butt of cinematic parody and late night mockery will find it refreshing and precisely what the doctor ordered.
MY COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
In the 21st Century, the psychotherapeutic profession is more researched, knowledgeable, methodological, and legally/ethically structured than ever before. In the case of counselors who have acquired a Master's degree with State licensure and National Certification, thousands of hours of theoretical understanding, clinical experience, and professional supervision/development have been gained prior to starting a private practice.
This results in the counselor being a highly skilled Mental Health practitioner who has exceptional knowledge of how to help a person heal his or her psychological functioning. This is no trivial thing. Sound mental health allows us to live happily, enjoy peace of mind, dare to hope and dream, achieve our goals, enjoy satisfying relationships, and treat ourselves and others with basic dignity and respect. In my view, it is the most important work we can do for ourselves.
In addition, the achievement of good mental health involves skills that can be taught. Implicit within this view is the recognition that we all can learn to be our own best counselors as we master those skills. In that sense, the purpose of psychotherapy is to cultivate within the client not dependence upon a counselor but independence from him. One of my great professional satisfactions, then, is to see my clients move on from our sessions equipped with mental health skills that will help them achieve their greatest happiness and well-being.
Are you ready to begin?
"The Child In The Desert"
- an allegory -
ONCE THERE WAS A CHILD who yearned for the nectar of the gods. Distilled by fable and toasted by legend, it was what he wanted most in the world. One day he asked his parents where this treat lay. "It lies in the desert!" they said, because that's what they'd been told. Then he asked his teachers. "It lies in the desert!" they said, because that's what they'd been told. Finally he asked his friends. "It lies in the desert!" they said, because that's what they'd been told. And they drew a map to show him the way.
Lesson: If the way you were taught to live isn't fulfilling you, find a better way.
So the child set out. He walked for days, months, years until he came to a gnarled, scoured, barren landscape. The soil was burned red by the sun, the rocks twisted from furnace heat. "This must be the desert," the child thought to himself, and he was filled with excitement. He could almost taste the elixir on his tongue, like dew on the leaves. So forward he ran, faster and faster. With each step, he expected to see wellsprings of nectar flowing around his feet. But atop the lonely ridge, in the parched valley, across the stone-fired lake of earth he found no trace of what he sought. "I must have overlooked it," he muttered. So he retraced his steps again and again until he'd marked the whole wide desert with his footprints. But he found no nectar.
As the years lengthened, the child grew gnarled and scoured and barren like the desert that was now his home, looking for that nectar of the gods. And still he looks. Because hadn't everyone he'd known told him it was there?
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