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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN DENVER, COLORADO

Denver is the most populated city in the Colorado state and shows increasing crime rates with drug addiction increasing to greater proportions. Statistics from SAMHSA show that Denver suffers from abuse of heroin, methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs that have recorded several deaths due to overdosing. The highest abuse of alcohol is also recorded by the State of Colorado. Most of the cocaine and marijuana in Denver is transported from Mexico and it is then distributed by couriers. Both cocaine and heroin pose call for serious Denver drug admissions services. Recent N-SSATS survey estimates shown in SAMHSA show that Colorado was ranked at the top of the scale for drug admissions during the year 2007 with more than 10% of the admissions being above the age of 12. Additionally, the number of cocaine deaths have accounted for the highest percentage of drug deaths during the years from 2003 to 2008 in Denver.

If you know anyone in need of help for Denver drug admissions, get the strength to break their addiction by availing rehab centers listed in our site. Help them in their battle to break away from the addiction and let them seek help. Their steps toward victory can start today with our directory of several Denver rehab centers.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN DENVER HAVE TO SAY
Beth S. Patterson
Beth S. Patterson
Denver, CO 80206

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?  

I use EMDR for PTSD, anxiety, phobias, traumatic grief, anxiety and performance enhancement.  I am fully train in EMDR with advanced training in EMDR and mindfulness.  I also utilize cognitive therapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy and solution focused therapy, all as appropriate.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?  

Therapy is an investment in, and commitment to, one's well-being, healing and growth.  Although it can help to get support from friends and family, it is a very different relationship than a therapeutic relationship.  A trained psychotherapist can offer unconditional presence and a safe place to express your feelings.  If you are feeling stuck, need help developing good coping skills, can't stop negative self-talk, or can't break out of habitual patterns, therapy can provide the support you need.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?  

Therapy can provide an avenue to express oneself freely, without fear of judgment.  Just from the therapist's unconditional positive regard, compassion and non-judgment, the client can gain self-esteem and self-mastery over habitual patterns.  It is an avenue for tremendous growth and healing.

What is unique about you as a therapist?  

I am unique in a number of ways.  As mentioned above, I am an EMDR specialist with advanced training in mindfulness and EMDR.  I am also a certified mindfulness meditation instructor.  As someone who was previously an entertainment lawyer, I have a unique understanding of musicians and others in the arts.  I changed careers in mid-life, from law to psychotherapy, and from New York City to Colorado, and I am an example that positive change is possible.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?  

People often turn to drugs and alcohol to numb their emotional pain.  This may be due to trauma, depression, anxiety, complicated grief, a family history of physical or emotional abuse, and a myriad of other mental health issues.  I understand substance abuse as a coping mechanism, albeit an ineffective one. Also, as a grief counselor, I see giving up or moderating the use of substances can be a grieving process, resulting from feelings of loss associated with giving up or changing the relationship with the drug, and letting go of the activities and people associated with the substance abuse.  We experience grief even when we make positive changes, because change entails letting go and loss.

Beth S. Patterson, MA, LPC provides Psychotherapy and Grief Counseling in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (303) 817-8571 or bethpatt@mac.com

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Beth S. Patterson
1604 Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80206
Bonnie L. Gertz
Bonnie L. Gertz
Denver, CO 80222

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?  

I combine many approaches when working with my clients to meet their individual needs including meditation, relaxation techniques, visualization, and breathing exercises to help them deal with depression and anxiety, anger and fear, and low self-esteem. I'm a trauma specialist trained in EMDR, a technique designed to treat PTSD and other emotional issues. I also use CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and DBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well as Art Therapy.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?  

Almost anyone can benefit from therapy in order to live a happier, more productive life.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?  

Therapy can help an individual heal emotional wounds, change their negative self-talk to positive beliefs about themselves, and regain a sense of hope and joy in their lives.

What is unique about you as a therapist?  

As a client-centered therapist, I work to create a safe and supportive environment in which clients can heal emotional wounds, and open to personal growth and self-discovery.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?  

There is a high correlation between addiction and childhood trauma. Growing up in a dysfunctional family environment creates stress and negative core beliefs that can cripple someone emotionally. Many addicts and alcoholics also deal with mental and emotional illness such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety. These are referred to as co-occurring illnesses.

Bonnie L. Gertz, MA, LPC, CAC II is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (303) 910-1148.

Second Location: 950 Wadsworth, Lakewood, CO 80215

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Bonnie L. Gertz
1600 S. Albion St
Denver, CO 80222
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross
Denver, CO 80246

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive therapy in working with my clients. I am a Suboxone prescribing physician and use this treatment for opiate dependence.  I also treat alcoholism and other addictions including eating disorders and obesity/ food addiction with a combination of therapy, medication and integrative medicine.  I do testing on my clients for amino acids to determine the level of brain neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, etc.) and use dietary supplements to help balance the brain chemistry.  I also treat underlying depression and anxiety with medication and / or dietary supplements.  For many clients with eating disorders it is appropriate to test for thyroid disorders and food sensitivities which can be an underlying cause of some behavioral issues.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If you are ready to get help and you are interested in a holistic / integrative medicine approach.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

A better understanding of the underlying causes of your addiction, eating disorder or weight problem.  Strategies, tools to help you prevent relapse and to repair any consequences from your disease.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am a physician who does therapy.  So I offer both for most of my patients.  I offer the best of both alternative and western medicine - a holistic approach for treating addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and obesity.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Adverse experiences in childhood, your relationship with parents and family members, the diagnosis of depression or anxiety and a history of trauma, abuse or neglect all predispose to the development of substance use disorders, eating disorders and obesity.

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is a suboxone doctor and addiction therapist, helping people with opioioid addiction treatment, weight loss therapy and eating disorders in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (303) 355-2445.

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Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross
400 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 250
Denver, CO 80246
Dr. David Shanley
Dr. David Shanley
Denver, CO 80210

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) orientation for psychotherapy.  ACT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that utilizes exposure, mindfulness, and acceptance techniques to help individuals approach rather than avoid the things that feel scary, sad, or painful to them.  This approach to therapy encourages individuals to accept the difficult thoughts, feelings, memories, sensations, and urges that are beyond their control, and instead focus their energy on going after the things they care about most in their lives.  I specialize in working with adults with Anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, specific phobia, Panic Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If you feel like you are not living your life to its fullest and instead are hung up or stuck on painful thoughts, feelings, and memories from the past or about the future, it might be time to speak to a therapist who can help.  Often times these negative thoughts and feelings that we have about ourselves and the world can impact our relationships, job performance, or ability to have fun and enjoy life.  If you're feeling stuck and want to change your behavior and your life, therapy is a great place to start.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Frequently, the things that make us anxious are also the things we care about most.  When we avoid them, we may feel some temporary relief in the short term, but we are missing out on the things we value in the long run, leaving us feeling depressed, anxious and hopeless.  Thus, in therapy you can expect to learn how to approach these situations, face your fears, and live a life of purpose; and, the More you do it, the Easier it gets.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am a behaviorist who takes an active, directive approach with clients.  I give honest feedback, homework assignments, and help clients get moving quickly and effectively.  I help individuals discuss things they may think are too scary or shameful to even talk about.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I believe most substance abuse issues stem from an attempt to cope with some underlying mental health issues that the individual feels unable to handle in any other way.  By mental health issues, I do not necessarily mean that the individual has a diagnosable disorder, but rather, the person is often attempting to control painful or distressing thoughts, emotions and memories that are largely uncontrollable, which can lead to a pattern of substance abuse.

Dr. David Shanley specializes in Anxiety Disorders in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (720) 515-1637.

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Dr. David Shanley
1776 S. Jackson St, Suite 204
Denver, CO 80210
Dr. Linda Baker
Dr. Linda Baker
Denver, CO 80203

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Although I am formally Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) trained, I am currently working from an Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective.  I have found that the practical and relatable nature of ACT benefits a broad range of individuals.  I offer treatment for adults, couples, and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, peer relationships, grief, trauma reactions, men’s issues and other gender-related concerns.  I also specialize and provide discounted fees to our public service providers including police officers, first responders, firefighters, and EMTs/paramedics.  

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Of course I am biased, but I believe that therapy can be right for anyone, as long as the relationship between the client and the therapist is a good fit.  I also think that seeking therapy services is an appropriate avenue when we are feeling stuck and overly burdened by a particular issue or set of issues that are impacting our quality of life.  My best advice for those considering psychotherapy is to be proactive in securing treatment.  I say this because it seems that the longer we wait to address our issues, the more overwhelming they become.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The answer to this question depends on the individual’s particular concerns and the provider’s clinical style. However, generally speaking, I think that people can expect to gain self-acceptance, improved decision-making, confidence, and a sense of purpose from therapy treatment.  In my experience, these changes also trigger residual effects like better communication, enhanced relationships, and improvements in mood.        

What is unique about you as a therapist?

What makes me unique as a therapist is my profound understanding and compassion for human suffering.  I work hard to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere for my clients and I have a strong commitment to the ethical principles that guide my practice.  Every day I am honored by peoples’ stories and I ensure that I respond with warmth, humor, and open collaboration to help my clients find fulfillment and meaning in their lives.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

We know that there is a strong relationship between mental health and substance abuse and I think that it is incredibly difficult (maybe impossible) to improve one’s mental health without first addressing the addiction/abuse.  For instance, substance abuse robs individuals of their ability to reason, engage in secure relationships, and find contentment, and without these things intact, one’s mental health would certainly pay the consequences.

Dr. Linda Baker of Unstuck Therapy provides Psychotherapy and Assessment in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (303) 860-2716.

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Dr. Linda Baker
190 E. 9th Ave, #350B
Denver, CO 80203
Erin Amundson
Erin Amundson
Denver, CO 80211

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a depth psychotherapist - meaning that I believe all experiences of suffering have a root at the soul level. I work with clients to go to the deepest levels of their psyche in order to bring about a more rapid and lasting transformation in life. When my clients transform one issue, they often report improvements in their overall quality of life, in areas they did not know were being impacted. I specialize in working with addictive behaviors and including eating disorders, substance abuse, self harm and sex addiction. I work with adults and adolescents and focus on a return to unconditional self love as a path to recovery.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I believe that therapy can work for anyone, however, finding the right therapist is often the key. I have unfortunately heard from many clients that they gave up on therapy for a number of years due to a mismatch with an early therapist. I would say that if you are suffering, you can benefit from therapy, but shop around like you would for a house or a car. Don't necessarily settle on the first therapist you meet - interview several and go with your gut.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

In therapy, you are able to develop a unique relationship with someone who's job it is to reflect yourself back to you.  This relationship carries unconditional positive regard for you, meaning there is no judgement or right or wrong.  Often we struggle to heal in life because we carry not only our own shame, but the shame of others' projections about our behavior.  In therapy you have the opportunity to break down those walls and achieve true healing so that you can live a joyful, fulfilled life.  You can expect that it may take a little time, and a little work, however, the outcomes I have seen with my clients far outweigh the investment.  Without therapy, suffering often only gets worse.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

Being a depth psychologist, I use the language of the psyche to get to the deeper rooted issues more quickly.  The psyche knows our blind spots and identifies them in dream imagery, synchronicity, image and story.  While my style includes talk therapy that addresses surface emotions, fears and successes, we will also work with some of the deeper, more intuitive experiences within that often hold the key to release and healing.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

In my experience, I see that many people who otherwise would not abuse substances turn to them when life gets really hard.  This is no surprise.  I have also seen clients who use substances or eating disorder behavior (or both) to dissociate from a past experience of trauma.  If life can be made manageable, or the trauma can be grieved and healed, the addictive behaviors can then be released as the client learns new coping skills.

Erin Amundson, MA is a Counselor in Denver, Colorado. For more information, please call (720) 425-3487.

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Erin Amundson
2855 North Speer Blvd, Suite C
Denver, CO 80211
J. Katie Graber
J. Katie Graber
Denver, CO 80203

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

My approach to working with every person is systemic; I view each of us as acting and reacting in ways that are impacted and impactful to the other individuals in our lives. We are all a product of our families’, our societies’, and our generation. I have an Existential approach in that I always wonder about the meaning of our actions and the purpose in every part of our lives. I find that resolution is often found with true understanding. I also am solution-focused in that I will always strive to ensure my clients leave with a something new to help in their journey, both large and small.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with couples, families, and individuals, but have a passion for working with romantic relationships, as it is these dynamics that create who we are and what we strive for. In my experience, I have found that couples mostly need assistance with communication, conflict management, and connection. I also have experience with addictions, adolescents, anxiety, depression, and divorce or separation.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I truly believe everyone can benefit from therapy, but I think someone will know it is a good fit when they leave the session feeling understood, accepted, and as if the weight of their mind has been reduced.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy is a means to self-exploration and the therapist is there to support you on your path. Therapy should help you become more authentically YOU.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

My uniqueness as a therapist is subjective, but what I can tell you is that I am comfortable with emotions big and small; I can sit with your feelings and not try to hide, erase, or change them. I believe it is these emotions and feelings that guide our actions and behaviors; I can help you choose the path that is most congruent with where you desire to be.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Mental Health and Substance Abuse go hand in hand, meaning it is often substances we all seek to calm our mental state. Therapy is key to breaking this connection.

J. Katie Graber, MA, CCT, CST is a Certified Sex Therapist and Certified Couple Therapist in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (720) 514-9702

Second Location: 33998 Meadowlark Drive, Elizabeth, CO 80107

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J. Katie Graber
679 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
Jessica Kimak, LCSW
Jessica Kimak, LCSW
Denver, CO 80211

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I specialize in seeing adolescents and working with a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Approach).  I also work with parents on parenting education and issues regarding troubled kids.  I treat adolescents and children with anxiety, severe depression, behavioral issues, ADHD and many other common issues.  I am also trained in EMDR which is an effective treatment for individual with past traumas.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Everyone is right for therapy is the easy answer.  How does one know what type of therapy is right for them is more complicated.  For individuals that are struggling with past trauma, childhood abuse or neglect, depression surrounded by negative thinking CBT and EMDR can be VERY effective.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

To be able to handle everyday stressors in a more enlightened way, change stuck behaviors and to find more joy in their life.  To be able to pursue passion and purpose with their life and relate better with others.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I love my job! I find joy in meeting with clients and my clients can tell.  They know that I want to be there with them and find me as a partner on their journey.  

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I find there are many reasons why adolescents START using substance but the reasons why the abuse it are all to common.  They typically are trying to find something to numb feelings and how to cope with stressors.  Adolescents are in the prime place to learn how to cope with life and need to find healthy ways that will last a lifetime.

Jessica Kimak, LCSW is Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (720) 446-6104.

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Jessica Kimak, LCSW
2855 N Speer Blvd
Denver, CO 80211
Julia White
Julia White
Denver, CO 80224

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?  

The therapy approaches that I utilize include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral, sensorimotor, systems, mindfulness, and psychodynamic.  I like to use emotional freedom technique and emdr when appropriate to help the brain relatively quickly process disturbing emotions and self-beliefs.  The issues I specifically treat are anxiety disorders and depression.  Often these issues are in part a result of past traumas which is where the eft and emdr can be helpful.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?  

Often people come into therapy during a crisis, when their usual coping mechanisms aren't enough to deal with their situation.  Crises can be wonderful opportunities for growth making us more open to trying something new.  It's a vulnerable time and a willingness to be vulnerable is important for psychological growth.  So, going to therapy is an act of courage and strength rather than a sign of weakness.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?  

One can expect to gain coping tools and perspective on their situation from therapy.  They can expect to gain an understanding of the emotional reasons they are engaging in maladaptive behaviors.  And, it they are willing, they can learn to allow themselves to experience their painful emotions in the safe and accepting environment of a therapist they trust so that real and lasting healing can take place.

What is unique about you as a therapist?  

All therapists and people are unique so that's a hard question to answer.  I am a mid-life adult with enough life experience to have learned that I have more questions then answers.  This helps me be more comfortable with staying in the moment with a client and being attuned to whatever that moment has to teach us.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?  

Mental health and substance abuse are directly related in that we all try to avoid pain.  Using a substance is one way to numb the pain.  And, at first it works.  But, ultimately in trying to avoid pain, we increase it exponentially.  For mental health and expansion of self, there is no way around, only through.  But, keep in mind, going through the pain successfully requires great care and self-compassion particularly when trauma is at the root of the pain.

Julia White, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (720) 233-4073.

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Julia White
2121 South Oneida Street, Suite 332
Denver, CO 80224
Michael Zelman
Michael Zelman
Denver, CO 80218

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

What issues do you specify treatment for? I use an eclectic approach, beginning with  humanistic talk therapy. I then add cognitive therapy, Gestalt therapy and some Logo therapy. I follow Karen Horney's philosophy regarding marriage and family therapy. My approach depends on the individual needs and expectations of the client.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

We all feel stuck in life. The primary purpose of therapy is to have a non-judgmental ear to listen to and assess our conflicts. A therapist primary role is to help their clients feel empowered, relaxed and focused. Therapy is right for you when it feels right.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

You can expect an increase in confidence and positive attitude. The tools and resources necessary to live an independent life, with a positive outlook and a belief that this is one wonderful world. My job is to provide the tools and resources necessary to expedite my clients' gains in the direction they want to move.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I started out in life as a very different professional. I was an engineer for over 30 years. My experience was learned in the business world as well as the classroom. I realize that we have large differences in the way we think, yet deep down we all want the same things-love, respect, security, and family.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

As a former substance abuse counselor for Aurora Mental Health and Care Unit of Colorado, I recognize that substance abuse is a complicated and dangerous path for some of us. There is, strangely enough, a positive outcome for substance abuse- we initially use substances to make us feel better. Unfortunately, we continue to use  to prevent us from feeling worse. The challenge of substance abuse counseling is to help the client recognize that we are usually better off with long term happiness- relationships, health, family, sobriety, jobs.

Michael Zelman is a Counselor in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (303) 353-4903.

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Michael Zelman
1601 E. 19th Ave, Suite 5500
Denver, CO 80218
Rory A. Brown
Rory A. Brown
Denver, CO 80237

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

I mostly have an eclectic approach but I primarily use Traditional Talk Therapy as it helps establish a healthy rapport between myself and the client.  Person-Centered, again is utilized as I also believe this is great at establishing rapport within session.  It empowers the client to understand they innately have their own instincts and power towards growth. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy is also another great therapy because it helps us all understand that while even though our situation(s) may not change, How one act(s), Think(s), Feel(s), Respond(s) and Relate(s) to it certainly can.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

·         -Addiction

·         -Alcohol Abuse

·         -Anger Management

·         -Anxiety or Fears

·         -Coping Skills

·         -Depression

·         -Divorce

·         -Drug Abuse

·         -Entitlement

·         -Life Coaching

·         -Loss or Grief

·         -Relationship Issues

·         -Substance Abuse

·         -Trauma

·         -Gay Issues

How does one know if therapy is right for them?  

Therapy is a very personal and vulnerable experience for many individuals.  It has been my experience when someone has made a call or sends an E-mail the person is experiencing contemplation that he or she may believe they need assistance beyond what they may be able to manage on their own.  This may or may not be the case upon exploration but a client should also ensure they find a trustworthy therapist who will do what is in the best interest of the client.  I find very few clients ask questions outside of how much does it cost.  I always try to encourage more from those who I may encounter.  First the client should ask questions of the therapist about payments, educational background, experience, or whatever else may come to mind to assist in making a good determination of fit during the initial phase.  Second what does the flow of conversation feel like between the parties involved?  Does it ebb and flow naturally or does it feel uncomfortable and forced?  This may disappear over time but if it doesn't it should be reviewed.  At my initial consultation I try to be as upfront as I can to ensure there is a goodness of fit between all parties involved and also contract that at if anytime we should reevaluate the dynamics from time-to-time to ensure the client is receiving the best possible counseling experience that really meets his or her needs.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?  

I believe one can achieve some sort of enlightenment even if it isn’t fully what we initially were seeking at first.  You don't have to have "large" events or issues to seek ways to better yourself or improve your life.  Life is about gaining knowledge and moving towards bettering ourselves as human beings; A life that works in a more harmonious way.  That to me would be a “take away” or “gain” if you will.  

What is unique about you as a therapist?  

I have a great quote on my website that really states this well.

"I am not an optimist, because I am not sure that everything ends well.  Nor am I a pessimist, because I am not sure that everything ends badly.  I just carry hope in my heart.

~Vaclav Havel"

I am not the everyday conventional psychotherapist; rather I am someone who understands one may be stuck seeing the flaws or imperfections within him or herself, their relationship, or lackluster career.  I work towards discovering the hidden potential within my clients to find a more rewarding and enriching life experience.  My approach is direct and they find me to be trustworthy as well as ethical.  I work as hard or harder for my client when they put in the same amount of work and effort.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

As economic pressures grow, family dynamics evolve and morph, educational standards change, and our overall inability to adapt in this rapidly evolving world,  we tend to begin losing the skills and tools to cope or manage in our everyday lives.  The basic foundations we once knew have somehow no longer become standard.   Anxiety, panic-attacks, multiple areas of mental health issues are popping up in younger generations and in older generations for that matter as many retired individuals are having to return to the workforce.  For many, an easy way is to self medicate our way to feeling better rather than pushing through and dealing with our issues head on.  We aren’t always born with the proper nurturing/caring family who has taught us amazing communication skills, listening skills, and relational skills that are necessary to move within our lives in a fluid way.  Even if we did have all these amazing things we might have been through too many struggles that our self-talk works us out of doing what is in our best interest.  Thus resulting in the needs for counseling at times while someone is seeking treatment for one or more addictions or mental health issues or co-occurring issues as well.  The bottle, pills, debting, food, or sexing for that matter is usually only masking something deeper that needs to be explored if the individuals is seeking to do themselves differently.

Rory A. Brown, MS, MHC is a Psychotherapist in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (303) 520-0496. 

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Rory A. Brown
4545 South Monaco Street, Villa 141
Denver, CO 80237
Steve Krautkramer
Steve Krautkramer
Denver, CO 80210

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a psychotherapist that focuses on healing traumatic events from your past.  I treat the underlying traumas that caused the addiction to happen.  I do not actually work with addiction itself because that is a symptom of a larger issue from a person’s past.   Of course being free of feeling compelled to use whatever substance is the goal, if the original injury is not addressed relapse is more likely.

PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety can all have unhealed traumas that cause those illnesses to severely affect a person even if it’s years after the event.  Simply put, when it comes to trauma time does not wash away the pain.  In fact, the longer we ignore those pains, the more severe the damage can become.  It’s not unlike having a broken bone that was never set correctly and then heals incorrectly and a person is actually weaker for it.

Therapy has to go beyond just talk.  I use techniques that include the mind and body in the healing process.  Trauma is not in our story, it is in our body.  Specifically it is in our nervous system.  This is why telling our story only helps briefly and the pain returns.  I have found EMDR and Somatic Experiencing to be some of the most powerful therapies that create permanent lasting change.     

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is right for you if you are ready and willing to have a better life and are willing to believe that you can get better from your situation.  You can heal; I have seen it happen for many people who were in dire situations where it appeared hopeless.  But it does take courage and as you heal, you’ll find your willpower will become stronger and you can have more choice over how to live and love life again.

The techniques I use can be very powerful and are not for everyone.  You will need to be sober when you arrive for therapy and not be suffering any withdrawal symptoms.  I also only see clients that want to do therapy and are willing to make a commitment to it for their own sake.  I do not see people who are being forced to get therapy either by court or family.  If you do not want to do this for your own sake, therapy is less likely to be successful.   

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy can be very empowering and it can help a person to finally be free of traumatic psychological pain.  My own journey using therapy has given me more freedom in my life by noticing behaviors that were so ingrained I never thought I could change or recover.  I was able to stop feeling depressed, sad, easily angered, and feel more pleasure and have hope again.  I have been able to provide the same experiences to my clients and I never tire of helping them become a more powerful and happier person.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I do many things differently from other therapists.  For one, I do not see anger as a negative emotion, or that it should be kept under tight control.  It does need to be expressed in a way that doesn’t injure other people.  But I have found disowning anger can be very damaging to people and not dealing with it honestly can lead to a lot of problems such as cutting, depression, or having uncontrolled violent outbursts.  If it is passive aggressive in nature, anger can compel a person to use again.

I work from a holistic perspective.  This means we work with the complete “you.” Mind, body, spirit, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors all play a part in our lives.  I do not prescribe drugs of any kind.  I am concerned deeply by how readily prescription drugs such as anti-depressants are given.  While I know many people need certain prescriptions to function, I think the goal should be to be free of them eventually.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

A person can abuse many things.  It’s not just illegal drugs.  In fact, death from prescription drug overdose has become a leading cause of death in this country.  Even if a person is addicted to eating junk food, they are hurting their body.  There is always something driving the behavior.  For example it might be the limiting belief of “I’m not good enough” or believing a loved one will never truly be there for them and will abandon them at a moment’s notice.  Or the cause of a mental illness may be from being victimized by another person.  Consequently, substance abuse happens as a way to cope with the pain.  Being able to temporarily escape that pain becomes irresistible.  Unfortunately, in the long run we end up in an even worse place from all the damage that happens over time.  Therapy can help you confront and overcome the true source of the pain and heal.

Steve Krautkramer, MA is a Registered Psychotherapist in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (720) 939-9379.

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1776 S. Jackson St, Suite 1007
Denver, CO 80210
Tad Lusk
Tad Lusk
Denver, CO 80209

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I utilize a blend of evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy, among others. These methods give you valuable insights, skills & techniques to modify your thoughts and feelings for the better. I like to take a flexible, strengths-based approach to tailor counseling to your unique personality and goals, and help you identify your innate strengths and resources. I am also a musician with many years of experience performing, recording and teaching. I sometimes like to offer insights that can help clients develop confidence, overcome performance anxiety, practice awareness, recognize the gradual process of self-improvement, and tap into their creativity and resources for solving problems. My work is also informed by my study and interest in wisdom traditions including Taoism, yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Most of all, I believe a supportive, collaborative and honest therapeutic relationship is the foundation for a successful and satisfying counseling experience. I always make sure to provide a warm, welcoming, safe & compassionate environment to talk about whatever you need to. Clients have said they feel safe sharing with me and appreciate that I listen and have a calm, accepting nature that puts them at ease. We work together to gain meaningful insights, identify goals, and develop new beliefs to overcome self-defeating patterns and foster healthy perspectives.

I offer therapy for issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, social anxiety, relationships/breakups, grief & loss, trauma, PTSD, stress management, anger management, men’s issues, teen issues, motivation, finding meaning, codependency, identity, spirituality, life transitions and overall wellness.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to have a safe and supportive place. It’s part of the human condition that we all struggle sometimes. While some issues may require the clinical support therapy provides, I believe anyone can benefit from therapy. It can be a healthy step to wellness for anyone interested in improving their overall health & life satisfaction, becoming a better parent, partner, child, friend, etc. or connecting with their true self. It provides the opportunity to be heard, understood and validated, to find solace and healing, discover solutions, and achieve your goals in a truly unique way that no other professional relationship provides. Whether you’re struggling with feeling discouraged, overwhelmed, stressed, worthless, hopeless, alone, stuck and want to make changes, or you simply would like more joy in yourself, your relationships and your life, therapy may be very helpful for you. If you are curious, please feel free to contact me anytime for a free consultation and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

You can expect to gain insights, awareness, hope, strength, skills and resilience. In addition, it is important to have a validating and supportive relationship with your therapist and a safe place to share whatever you need to, without fear of any judgment. For many, this type of interaction may be new, and it can be an uplifting and therapeutic experience in and of itself. Like anything worthwhile, counseling often requires tough work. It can be difficult delving into areas of ourselves we have long ignored, and making intentional changes in our thoughts and behaviors on a daily basis to modify long-held beliefs and habits. It is an ongoing process of growth. And by that same token, I believe therapy has the potential to be incredibly rewarding, and one of the best things you will ever do for yourself. It simply depends on what you would like to gain from therapy, and what you bring to it. Ultimately, if you are motivated and willing to invest in your therapy—in yourself—you can expect to gain whatever it is you seek. I will always do my best to help and support you in every step of that process.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

As someone who once struggled with depression, I know what it is like to be a client in therapy. In fact, going through that process myself and successfully overcoming those issues to not only survive, but also thrive, is one of the factors that motivated me to go into this profession—to return that gift to others. I remember that experience, and what is like to be in the client’s position, and I believe that perspective informs and deepens my practice by helping me to be a more understanding, empathic, and competent therapist. I am also a musician, which has given me unique insights into the creative process, artistic temperament, performance, learning, trusting yourself, mindfulness practice, and other topics that enrich my work with clients from all walks of life.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse has far reaching impacts on the mental health of the person using/abusing, but also on their family, friends, and other people in their lives. In addition to dramatically increasing the incidence of depression, suicidality, anxiety, shame, financial troubles, risky behavior, physical ailments and other adverse experiences for the person abusing, people connected to substance abusers are also impacted. Children in a home affected by substance abuse may not get the attention, love or care they deserve. Adult children of alcoholics for example, often contend with their own mental health difficulties stemming from growing up with an addicted family member, including guilt, difficulty forming relationships, confusion, and low self-esteem. Family and friends of those addicted may experience worry, undue shame or guilt, grief, hurt, confusion, and so on.  Substance abuse and mental health are inextricably connected. If this sounds familiar, or if you or a loved one is struggling with the effects of substance abuse on your life and mental well being, please feel free to contact myself, additional therapists, and/or browse the AllTreatment Colorado website to get the help & resources you deserve.

Tad Lusk, MA is a Registered Psychotherapist in Denver providing individual therapy to adults & adolescents. For more information, or for a free consultation, you can contact Tad at 303-815-2438 or tad@wayoflifecounselingservices.com

 
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50 S. Steele St.
Denver, CO 80209
Trisha Swinton
Trisha Swinton
Denver, CO 80203

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Typically I use an eclectic approach to therapy, mainly incorporating person-centered therapy, family systems as well as cognitive behavioral. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I see a wide range of issues however the majority of my practice is based around depression, anxiety and relationship issues.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If someone is struggling with an issue or a certain area in their life and they do not feel they have the proper tools to cope with this and/or the appropriate support; I believe therapy to be beneficial.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

It is my hope that clients who engage in therapy with me would gain insight to what is going on with them, as well as gaining tools to help them cope with stress and whatever issue are causing them distress. I also provide a nurturing non judgmental environment which I encourage my clients to feel safe and be able to express themselves freely.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

Although I work mainly with adults now, I have a background in elementary education and special education and have worked with children in the past extensively. I found this to be extremely useful in working with the family as a whole and also in working with adults who have had childhood issues. I am extremely non judgmental and I never have an agenda for therapy. I make sure we focus on whatever the client wants to focus on that particular session.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I find that people struggling with substance abuse issues are for the most part also dealing with a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety or PTSD. I think people self medicate because this is the coping mechanism that they have learned and are familiar with. I think it is crucial for people with substance abuse issues to receive the appropriate help from someone who specializes in that field; and also that they learn other ways of coping which include addressing any underlying issues that may be occurring.

Trisha Swinton, M.Ed, MA, LPC, LMFT is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist and a Special Education Generalist in Denver, CO. For more information, please call (720) 435-0147.

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739 Sherman St, #101
Denver, CO 80203
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