Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. -- Joseph Campbell
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Congratulations on initiating this step toward greater happiness and quality of life. Exploring those possibilities takes courage, as does meeting the challenges along the way. Wherever your mental health journey leads you, I wish you well!
We've all probably thought at one time or another, "I don't need counseling--that's what friends are for!" So we bend their ear over lunch or a beer, and maybe feel better for a little while. Yet when our problems persist, it's likely because our amateur therapist lacks the training, education, insight, knowledge, objectivity, and experience to help us. When we're sick, do we go to a friend or a doctor?
For over a decade, I have helped people from varied backgrounds improve the quality of 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 first-hand. I am also a former U.S. Marine who understands the unique challenges that military veterans sometimes face.
More, I offer a SLIDING SCALE to help you afford treatment, and daytime as well as EVENING HOURS so you don't have to miss work. My office is conveniently located near I-225 and I-25, and within minutes of DTC/Greenwood Village, Lowry, Cherry Creek, University Hills, and Downtown.
For many, the 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! This rendition has cast both the profession and process of mental health in a poor light, in my view. And while many counselors defy this typecasting, the misnomer persists. In contrast, my style is interactive and encouraging toward the client's acquiring insights and skills that result in psychological healing and growth. Homework assignments are a vital part of helping clients build on what is covered in session. At the same time respect, empathy, compassion, and patience are always part of the therapeutic experience.
I believe this approach is vital 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 noted above, you could also say it has an edge to it. While some clients might prefer the old way, those seeking an evolved alternative to what has become the butt of cinematic parody and late night mockery will find me refreshing and precisely what the doctor ordered.
MY COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
In the 21st Century, psychotherapy is more researched, knowledgeable, methodological, and structured than ever before. In the case of counselors who have acquired a Master's degree (MA) with State licensing (LPC) and National Certification (NCC), thousands of hours of theoretical understanding, clinical experience, and professional supervision/development have been gained prior to even starting a private practice. This makes today's mental health practitioner a highly skilled professional who possesses exceptional knowledge about helping people heal their psychological functioning. This is no trivial thing. Such healing ultimately allows us to live happily, enjoy peace of mind, dare to hope and dream, achieve our goals, enjoy satisfying relationships, and treat others (as well as ourselves) with dignity and respect.
Finally, the achievement of good mental health involves skills we all can learn. Implicit in this view is the recognition that becoming our own best counselor is the ultimate goal. In that sense, psychotherapy is about cultivating 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 beyond our sessions equipped with psychological tools that will help them achieve their greatest happiness and well-being.
YOUR FIRST SESSION: WHAT TO EXPECT
My office sits inside a safe, well-maintained professional tower. Upon arrival, you will be seated comfortably in a well-appointed, climate-controlled, softly-lighted sanctum to complete standard intake forms. Both sparkling and still water are offered for your refreshment. Soothing music plays in the background, conducive to conversation and introspection. Once the legal and ethical preliminaries are concluded (which ensure that you fully understand your rights as a client as well as the framework of our counseling relationship), we begin to talk. Sharing only what you are comfortable with is your privilege, even as I will ask you relevant questions intended to aid the counseling process. Gradually the reason for your visit will take shape for our viewing, as will my therapeutic entree` into how it might best be addressed. By the end of the session, you will have gained important clarity about what you are facing. You may also feel hope, perhaps for the first time, that help has arrived and resolution is not just possible but within reach.
Are you ready to begin?
The Child In The Desert
Brian M. Keltner
So the child set out. Days became weeks, and weeks months, until finally he reached the threshold of a gnarled, scoured, barren landscape. The soil was baked by a relentless sun, the rocks misshapen from hellish heat. "This must be the desert!" the child thought, and was filled with excitement. He could nearly taste the nectar on his tongue, like dew on green leaves. Forward he ran, faster and faster in anticipation as he went. But atop the lonely ridge, within the parched valley, across the stone-fired lake of earth he found no sign of what he sought. "I must have overlooked it" he muttered, and retraced his steps again and again until he'd marked in vain the whole wide desert with his footprints.
As the years lengthened into a lifetime, the child grew gnarled and scoured and barren like the desert that had become his home, searching for that nectar of the gods. And still he searches--because hadn't everyone he knew and trusted told him it was there?
POINT: Clinging to others' notions of how to live inevitably leaves us wanting.
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