Where is the office located?

My office is north of Fillmore Ave. and Union Blvd.

3225 Templeton Gap RoadColorado Springs, CO 80907

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When do you see clients?

Currently, I have hours available Monday through Friday, morning, late afternoon, and early evening.

How long are your sessions?
The length of your session will be between 50 and 55 minutes.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
We can meet during a phone consultation to decide whether we are a good fit, and then we can set up the first session.
What do we do in a session?
I’ll invite you to bring one deep dive issue or a couple of your goals and concerns to talk about in the session.
What is your training?
I have a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. The program there is credentialed, and I am a licensed professional counselor in Colorado. I also have training and experience as a Certified Addiction Specialist working in a hospital and residential setting with those struggling with substances and their families.
How do I know whether I need counseling?
The quick and simple answer is, do you want to change something, understand something better, or enjoy your life more? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to speak to someone uninvolved and unbiased about your life? If this is the case, then counseling is for you.
I didn't like my previous counselor. How are you going to be different?

Many clients have shared that same concern. People typically think I’m approachable, understand them, work hard for them, and care about them. I am honest and down to earth, and I make genuine connections.

I’m 100% committed to respecting, understanding, and helping you solve your problems. I don’t hide behind my credentials. I am truthful and open-minded. Your feelings about our partnership are a key factor in your success in counseling. Having the right collaboration is a significant factor in whether counseling succeeds.

What's the difference between counseling and coaching? How do I know if coaching is right for me?

There’s not always a huge difference between the two when it comes to what we do. Because coaching enables me to work with anybody, regardless of geography, and people who may have had a past connection with me, there is a little more freedom in coaching than in counseling.

There are numerous similarities between coaching and counseling, although the emphasis of coaching is not on mental health. As a result, we’ll focus more on the present, future, and problem-solving. We can chat about your situation and see if we can find a way to help you.

How do I achieve success in counseling?
It’s super simple. Please show up regularly, be open and motivated to try new things, practice in your daily life the things you learn, and stay with it. Change might take time, but many of the individuals I deal with improve considerably quickly.
How long will I be in counseling?
The time in counseling depends mostly on you. You are free to continue or leave at any time. With a few rare exceptions, if you only want to stay in therapy for a set time, I’ll need to know so we can build an effective plan.
I'm nervous about counseling. How will I know I'll be okay?

I want to acknowledge your feelings and reassure you that you are in control. I also want to tell you that counseling is not as frightening as you imagine. I’ve seen clients cry in our first session because they’re so uncomfortable, only to feel relieved and at peace by the next.

I strive to create an environment where you feel at ease throughout our sessions. It’s also your session. Please let me know if you don’t like anything.

In terms of being okay in the long run, you are already okay, which is what I help you realize in therapy. Many of the individuals who work with me begin to discover that they are alright, significantly influencing their overall well-being.

However, we don’t know if all your difficulties will disappear. There is always a slight risk that things may not improve if you seek counseling. We do our very best. If I cannot help you, I will find someone else to help you.

What is the best therapy for stress and anxiety?

In order to find the most effective therapy for reducing stress and anxiety, it is vital first to understand what type of treatment might be best for you. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a great way to begin reducing stress and anxiety, as it helps you become more aware of how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is another great option for reducing stress and anxiety, as it helps you to identify and address negative thinking patterns that can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Ultimately, the best therapy for reducing stress and anxiety is the one that works for you! 

Does relationship counseling really work?

The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes.” 

You can improve your relationships and break destructive behavior patterns by using the communication tools and strategies that relationship counseling can teach. 

What exactly is criticism sensitivity?

Criticism sensitivity is the tendency to be easily upset or emotionally affected by negative feedback, criticism, or judgment. 

What hobbies help with stress?

A hobby can help you calm down and give your worries and stress a place to go. Stress-relieving hobbies include yoga, meditation, reading, running or jogging, and playing sports like tennis or basketball. 

Can a therapist help with stress?

Absolutely! A therapist can help an individual understand the cause of their stress, gain insight into the factors that may be contributing to it, and provide strategies for coping with it. 

Is virtual counseling effective?

Research demonstrates that virtual counseling is an effective therapy with similar positive outcomes to traditional face-to-face counseling. 

How can I get the most out of virtual counseling?

It’s essential to be open and honest about your thoughts and feelings, ask questions proactively, and use any tools your therapist may offer if you want to get the most out of virtual therapy.

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