Addictive behaviors of any sort can have a negative impact on your life, family and job. If you're suffering from any type of addiction, be it substance-related or otherwise, I want to help. I offer addiction counseling in a warm, inviting environment, and my goal is to help you break free from your addiction to lead a happy, productive life. I will teach you how to live a contented life without addictive substances or behaviors.
Depression can be debilitating, affecting everything from your job and relationships to your physical health. But you shouldn't have to suffer with depression in silence. I can help
Family matters can be painful and frustrating, and sometimes it takes an outside person to help families work through the issues you're facing. If you are in need of family counseling, I offer services in a non-judgmental environment, and my goal is to help you digest and move past your family problems to live peacefully and harmoniously.
I use a compassionate, pragmatic, and goal oriented approach which can help you deal with personal and family matters that are affecting your mental and physical health. Patients in Golden and the surrounding communities will be welcomed into a supportive, solution focused environment.
The loss of a loved one, a marriage, or even a job can be emotionally devastating. Grief is a natural response to loss, but when feelings of grief linger they become overwhelming or begin to interfere with your daily life, it can be beneficial to seek help from a professional counselor. I can provide you with the tools you need to move forward toward a happier, healthier future.
Sometimes emotional issues, personal problems, or traumatic events can overwhelm you, causing you to go about your days feeling lost and alone. If you need help coping with life’s many challenges you don't have to do it all yourself. In fact, many people find that it helps to relate to others who have shared experiences. And that’s why I offer group therapy as requested to expedite movement toward your goals.
Sometimes conflict, mistrust, poor communication, and misunderstanding can interfere with our most important relationships. We often treat worst the person we want to treat the best and vice versa. You both want things to go better but don't know what to do and you've tried everything you know. This happens to most people even if all their other relationships are fine. People can't learn and do what they've never seen firsthand. In my office we focus on issues, solutions, and practice working on new ways to change your results for those goals the two of you agree to seek. Mostly it has to do with how we approach the conflicts in our primary relationships. I've been doing couples counseling for 32 years and my patients have achieved consistently good results.
I am considered an expert in Psychological testing, evaluation, and recommendations in six District Courts and three Municipal Courts in the Metro area, as well as five other states. I have done over 500 exams for the courts, Social Services, probation/diversion, medical decision making, schools, universities, and government institutions. These include Psych Evaluations, less expensive Mental Health Evaluations, and Substance Abuse Evaluations, which are available as requested by individuals as well as institutions. Areas of expertise include Child Custody/Visitation, Teen and Adult Correctional Recommendations, Cognitive Functioning, Behavior Change Solutions, and Substance Abuse.
Teen Substance Abuse Counseling
Teens often have difficulty with the transition from childhood to ‘almost’ an adult and can be like an emotional tornado in the home. School problems, angry back talk, lying, premature sexual behavior, legal issues, substance abuse, running away, and sneaking out can become new problems you never thought you’d have. I have extensive experience and training with teens who have these types of problems..
EFFECTIVENESS THERAPY IS A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE OF APPROACHES, TECHNIQUES, AND SKILLS, INCLUDING ITEMS EXCLUSIVE TO EFFECTIVENESS THERAPY. THEY ARE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE ANYONE'S QUALITY OF LIFE AND ASSIST IN RESOLVING SPECIFIC CHALLENGES. THERE ARE MANY SIMILARITIES AND IMPROVEMENTS TO DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY AS DEVELOPED BY MARSHA LINEHAN, PHD. I HAVE SPENT 15 YEARS REFINING AND AUGMENTING HER APPROACH TO MAKE ALL OF THE SKILLS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. YOU CANNOT CHANGE HISTORY, BUT NOR ARE YOU DOOMED TO REPEAT IT. YOU CAN DISCOVER AND REFINE NATURAL POWER YOU ALREADY HAVE AND IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE.