Hello and welcome. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our practice and how we can help you. I began my practice in 2007 in Lone Tree and expanded to Castle Pines. We are a group of counselors with highly specialized experience and training. When you contact The Counseling Place at Lone Tree and Castle Pines, you will be connected with the therapist of your choosing or we will recommend a certain therapist who specializes in what you are experiencing. What you are wanting in your counseling experience is very important to us and we strive to help you at this time in your life.
Hello! I am so glad you here. Chances are you looking for some help and I believe you have come to the right place to explore how we can best meet your needs. I truly enjoy helping people discover more of their best self; strengths, capabilities and awareness. It is often thru life’s difficulties and struggles, be it relationships or circumstances, that we are challenged to grow in ways that we would not otherwise. As hard as growth and change can be at times, there is hope to be found and you are not alone!
I strive to provide a safe place for clients to share their story and discover meaning. When working with clients, I collaborate with them, look for their strengths and help them discover their solutions. I like to explore the whole family system; the one they are in and the one they come from to shed light on patterns, communication styles and relationships. I am passionate about restoration and reconciliation, healing and growth and how to grieve losses well.
My training comes from proven methods and therapies taught in a higher education setting. Currently, I am increasing my skill set by pursuing marriage and family therapy certification at the Denver Family Institute where I am supervised and receive feedback from well-trained therapists. Additionally, it’s been thru my own life experiences that have brought me to this place working with people. It would be my pleasure to journey with you and to care for you along the way. I offer a low fee scale so that all my clients can afford the help they need.
Heidi’s Therapy Specialties
Individual, couples and marriage therapy. Emotionally Focused Therapy, Trauma Therapy with includes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, violence and sexual trauma, domestic abuse, and personal triggers, Anger Management, Stress Management, Self-esteem, conflict resolution, choices/consequences, parenting classes, grief and loss, death and dying. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Reality Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Strategic Family, Therapy, and Multi-generational Family Therapy.
Using the above mentioned therapies, I have especially enjoyed working with couples and families, teens, depression/anxiety, grief and loss, parenting issues, faith/spirituality, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and women’s empowerment groups.
After I graduated from college I began work with an international mission organization that specialized on college campuses as well as overseas missions. I have worked with people from many cultures and have enjoyed learning how culture shapes family systems and world views. From there I became a wilderness instructor with Outward Bound and took troubled and court-ordered teens on 30-day wilderness expeditions which were very experiential in their design. On these expeditions we helped teens with anger management, communication, decision making and choices/consequences.
While I was in graduate school I concentrated on family systems therapy, as well as individual counseling. In doing so, I worked in foster care and was introduced to hospital social work where I interned at Denver Health. I have also worked at Swedish Hospital in Englewood as a medical social worker. I helped individuals and families who were experiencing crisis to navigate the hospital and medical system while they were at the hospital. I also provided community resources for after their hospital stay.
I am currently working with the faculty of the University of Denver to organize a curriculum for an Experiential and Adventure Therapy course. I have recently been a mentor at Denver Seminary in the Outdoor Leadership program. When I am not at work I enjoy hanging out with my friends, getting exercise, and getting away into the mountains.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about The Counseling Place at Lone Tree! If you’re currently considering therapy, you’re probably looking for someone who’s capable of both assisting you with your personal goals and someone you feel comfortable with. The work that I do with my clients is both clinically informed and relationship based. For several years, I’ve helped both adolescent and “twenty-something” clients address the process of gradually stepping into adulthood. From difficulties related to navigating high school, parent-teen power struggles, entering college, or the difficulties of entering the professional world, I work to help my clients walk through their current stage of life with confidence.
In therapy, my clients are provided a non-threatening environment to clarify their values, identify their feelings, consider their choices, and determine how they shape the nature of their relationships. Through the process of speaking about their lives, my clients experience relief and a renewed excitement about the future. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused methods in my practice. Over the last few years, my clients have reported that working together has been a primary factor in their stepping into adulthood successfully.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife in Denver, CO. I enjoy running, reading, writing, and traveling both domestically and internationally.
Please feel free to contact me through The Counseling Place at Lone Tree if you have any questions about the practice or if you want to schedule an appointment!
David’s Therapy Specialties
Individual, Couples, and Family therapy. Adolescent and Twenty-Something counseling. Self Esteem; Impulse Control; Anger Management; Oppositional Defiant Behavior; Anxiety; Depression; Crisis Intervention; Grief and Loss; Relational Problems; Parental Problems; Dating Problems; Premarital Counseling; Stress Management; Children of Substance Abuse; Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy; Motivational Interviewing; Solution Based Therapy; Person Centered Therapy.
Prior to working in private practice, David worked in Los Angeles with gang-involved teenagers on Skid Row in 2007. After moving back to Denver, David worked with clients struggling from severe and persistent mental health disorders as an intern at Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network.
After graduating from Regis University in 2011 with a Masters in Community Counseling, David worked as a therapist with The Division of Youth Corrections. In this role, David worked with Colorado’s incarcerated teenagers and was responsible for training other therapists as he chaired the violent offender department.
When not seeing clients at the practice, David is currently a crisis therapist with Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network where he conducts crisis evaluations in all emergency departments in Douglas and Arapahoe County. Also, David is currently an adjunct professor at Johnson & Wales University where he teaches psychology.
I am so happy that you have taken the time to find out more about The Counseling Place and how I might be able to personally help you on your journey. Sometimes we feel unprepared to deal with life’s challenges. We might need someone to offer a careful ear and a little help working through our situations and relationships. I am ready to listen without judgment and will offer guidance and refuge for those in pain. Personal growth can be a challenge, but it is one worth taking.
I use a client-centered, solution focused approach to therapy. I believe that no matter what the circumstance, every client has strengths to draw from and may just need a little help identifying what they are. I predominantly use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and EMDR to meet the needs of my clients. However, I believe each client is unique and make every effort to develop an individualized therapy plan that works best for the client.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family in Parker, CO. I like to ski, hike, camp, and spend as much time as possible in the mountains. I played competitive softball for nearly 20 years, so I have a love for sports of any kind. I am an avid football fan in particular!
Jayne’s Therapy Specialties
EMDR; Trauma Related Disorders, Attachment Disorders; Drug and Alcohol Counseling; Domestic Violence; Sexual Abuse; Women’s Issues; Anxiety; Depression; Post-Partum Depression; Grief and Loss; Relationship Issues; and Spiritual Guidance.
Prior to entering into private practice, Jayne was introduced to two areas of practice that she feels quite passionate about – addiction and trauma. During her first internship in graduate school, she worked in Denver with those struggling with addiction at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. It is here that she learned the impact that the disease of addiction has on the entire family system. Her second internship at the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center in Castle Rock (now known as the Crisis Center) introduced her to another passion – working with victims of domestic violence and those suffering from childhood trauma.
Following graduate school, Jayne worked for AspenPointe Mental Health Services in Colorado Springs, where she worked at the El Paso County Department of Human Services, offering mental health treatment to a predominantly indigent population. She also worked closely with the nurses at the El Paso County Health Department, acting as a mental health consultant and educating pregnant women on the warning signs of post-partum depression.
Following AspenPointe, Jayne worked for two years as a counselor and educator at Parker Valley Hope, a local residential substance abuse treatment facility. Many of the patients from Parker Valley Hope continue their recovery work and see Jayne in a private practice setting.
Kristal Watson Thank you for visiting the website and taking the time to learn more about me. You have many options to choose from as you search for the right therapist and I recognize the challenge that one faces when trying to find the right fit! Sharing your story with another person takes tremendous courage and vulnerability. I applaud you and admire your courage for taking this step. If counseling is new for you or you are returning to do some deeper work, I’d like to learn more about the challenges you face and share how I can help and support you. I provide a warm, empathetic, supportive environment in which you can grow. I’ll walk beside you and support you as you work through current and long standing life barriers. In my spare time, I treasure the time I spend with my husband and children. I enjoy reading, being outside and loving on all my pets (3 dogs and 3 cats!). Therapy Specialties Children (Pre-Kindergarten) through Adolescents; Play Therapy; Adult Individuals; EMDR; Emotionally Focused Family Therapy; Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy; Gottman Couple Therapy; Dialectical Behavioral therapy; Parenting; Relationship Issues; Trauma Counseling; Life Transitions; Grief and Loss Play Therapy Oftentimes we expect our children to have mastery of their emotions, before giving them the tools to help them with this process. I specialize in working collaboratively with children and parents to create change in family systems, working toward resolution of difficulties you may be facing. I utilize both direct and non-direct play techniques to help children prevent or resolve difficulties with which they are struggling. I believe in the healing power of play and the tremendous benefits it brings to children in therapy. Why? Because play is a child’s primary language! Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through play (Russ, 2004). The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship. New York, NY: Brunner-Ruttledge. Russ, S. W. (2004). Play in child development and psychotherapy: Toward empirically supported practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers. Parenting Support and Family Therapy Do you want to decrease conflict in your family? Do you want to strengthen your family relationships? I approach my work with families from an attachment-oriented perspective. This means that I believe the parent/caregiver – child relationship is of the utmost importance! I work with parents and children to understand their individual needs and from that, develop collaborative goals designed to help strengthen this relationship. Relationship Counseling You might be struggling in an existing relationship OR find yourself challenged to find a relationship in which you can connect authentically with another person. As a therapist with a relational focus, I approach my work from a trauma informed, attachment oriented and strengths based focus. This means I believe that each person in the therapy room has a unique story, characterized by personal experiences, past and current relationships and their family history. I believe that behaviors are adaptive, meaning they have served a specific purpose for you/your family/your child, and we will work together to discover what need this behavior is fulfilling. I work with all clients to learn your story, understand your needs and develop a healing therapeutic relationship. Work Experience Counseling is my second career. I spent over a decade working in higher education after earning my first Master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration. My work in higher education was fulfilling, but I truly desired to connect further with others and gain new knowledge and skills to promote healing for individuals, couples and families. That led me to seek advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy at Regis University. Most recently, I worked as a clinical intern at The Crisis Center in Castle Rock. At The Crisis Center, I found my passion - working with those that have experienced trauma of some sort – being engaged in a relationship characterized by violence, childhood abuse, emotional abuse, etc. In addition to my work with The Counseling Place, I continue to serve as a clinical volunteer at The Crisis Center, seeing clients on a pro bono basis. In additional to my education at Regis University, I have completed the following advanced trainings: • EMDR Basic Training – and integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy:Facilitator Training – a support orientated, collaborative, cognitive based treatment method emphasizing mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. • Gottman Couple Therapy, Level 1 Certification – a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically based therapy that helps couples achieve a healthy, long-term relationship. • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship – a structured approach to couples therapy based on the science of adult attachment.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my therapy practice. I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love – helping people to become happier, healthier versions of themselves. I work with my clients offering them a safe, understanding, non-judgmental space to discuss problems or issues they need guidance with. I believe that compassion is of utmost importance and I provide my clients with an accepting, caring and supportive space to work through difficult transitions and situations. I accompany my clients when they are experiencing pain, walking with my clients so that they do not have to face difficult life situations alone. Oftentimes we find that creating change in one’s life is too overwhelming to face alone. I help clients create change in their lives and to achieve goals. I enjoy empowering and supporting clients who are creating new paths and journeys for themselves. My approach is client centered and solution focused. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and include mindfulness techniques and stress management techniques when working with my clients. I spend my free time with my family. I enjoy being outside, painting, reading, skiing and golfing.
Jessica’s Therapy Specialties
Jessica specializes in working with individuals experiencing grief and loss, women’s issues, depression/anxiety, self-esteem, aging issues and in helping people through difficult life transitions.
Jessica graduated with honors from the University of Denver with a Masters in Social Work concentrating on Mental Health and is a Licensed Social Worker. Individual therapy made up the focus of her Masters work. Jessica worked at University Hospital Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic where she conducted psychosocial assessments and assigned DSM-V diagnosis to clients. There she provided culturally competent weekly therapy to a diverse patient population using CBT, DBT, trauma informed practices, and mindfulness techniques. Jessica also provided case management as necessary to increase patient’s access to services and to improve treatment outcomes. She learned diverse treatment modalities and the importance of individualized treatment for each patient as well as the development of treatment plans with an emphasis on specific and measurable goals. Jessica also was co-lead for a therapeutic women’s group with consideration of ethnic, cultural, religious, and sexual diversity.
Previously, Jessica worked at Colorado Access where she managed clients on the Home-Community Based Services - Elderly, Blind and Disabled waiver for Medicaid services. Jessica was responsible for assessing client needs and service plans for her clients.
How can the counselors at The Counseling Place at Lone Tree & Castle Pines help you?
We understand that for some people, entering therapy can be intimidating. Our genuine presence, strong therapeutic skills, extensive experience, and current knowledge assist in alleviating our clients’ fears as they travel on their path to life enhancement and positive change. It is a privilege and honor to be a part of our clients’ journeys towards life balance and emotional health.
Therapy facilitates self-discovery and change by unpacking one’s story, identifying the emotions and patterns, and then working towards change. We first learn about why the struggle is occurring, then work on how to create change. We start where you are and work towards where you want to go.
Finding the right therapist is important. We value staying at the cutting edge of therapy while continuing our education and certifications to bring you the most appropriate and effective therapy.
A trusted colleague
At times I have occasion to refer clients out to another therapist for a variety of reasons. Sarah is always on my "A" list for this. She is very professional and keeps current on the most effective therapy techniques.
As a professional colleague with 26 years experience in private practice I was privileged to be co-located with Sarah for several years. I referred several clients to her following my policy of only referring to others to whom I'd be willing to send one of my own family members. Clients who saw Sarah always reported that she was extremely helpful, sincere and solidly professional. Should you choose to visit Sarah, you'll find safety, privacy, comfort and solid professional assistance. Thomas C. Munnell, Ph.D.
Professional and supportive counseling!
I would highly recommend working with the Counseling Place at Lone Tree and Castle Pines! They have such a warm, caring, and compassionate approach that makes you feel safe and supported instantly. Professional yet down to earth. I'm so thankful to have them on my journey with me.
I saw a therapist in this practice, as well as my daughter. Both experiences exceeded our expectations. These therapists know what they are doing and care about their clients.
Great, talented therapists!
I recommend Sarah to anyone feeling stuck in their lives. She has a strategy for figuring out things that your never realized and moving you beyond this point.
Excellent providers to partner with!
Sarah James, LCSW and her team have always been diligent and prompt in their collaboration on our shared care teams. It is very important to provide integrated and coordinated care on multi-disciplinary teams and this is one of the reasons I always look forward to working with the Counseling Place and Lone Tree and Castle Rock!
Sarah is a highly effective career coach. She helped me move from a job where I felt undervalued and utilized to a company who saw my worth. I highly recommend her!
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