yellowbutterfliesflowersI provide individual, couple and family counseling for adults, teens, couples and families.

In my work with couples, you will definitely improve your communication strategies and develop healthy boundaries. But I will also encourage you if you are ready to bring love back into your relationships through exercises in authenticity, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, unconditional love and present-moment awareness. There are also some bioenergetic approaches that can be used to get you in touch with each other's emotions, rather than simply talking about them.

Individual counseling is quite unique depending upon you! Some of you are struggling with self-doubt, fears, insecurities, anxieties, anger, grief, sadness or depression. You want to improve your ability to cope with such emotions, and to learn how to feel good in your life. Medication may not be helping, or what you choose. You need to set healthier boundaries with your boss, children, friends and partner. You may be ready to learn how to discipline your thinking, to develop your skills, to thrive personally, professionally and in relationship.

Others of you feel a spiritual calling. One that beckons you toward new horizons. But it feels scary to let go, and to allow yourself to follow your soul in a strong and steady faith.

As a higher consciousness soul, you’ve likely been told that you’re “crazy, weird, or whacko” because the way you see the world is not how others view the world. You know you’re not crazy. And you wonder about the findings of quantum physics that seem to be validating your more quantum and multidimensional experiences. Some of you have had near-death, out-of-body, or other life experiences in consciousness, and you yearn for someone who understands and can help.

Individual sessions are tailored to your individual needs. We work on your goals for your life, not my goals for you. We help you be nurturing and patient with yourself as you grow in mind, body and spirit. And we can bring in your family or other relationships here and there, in order to support you in your healing journey.

Check out below some of the more common issues I help with. And feel free to call me at 303-547-8327 to learn more and to schedule your free 30-minute initial consultation.


 

Self-Esteem

You may routinely feel self-doubt, and it seems to be holding you back in relationships, career and life. Perhaps you even feel inferior, incompetent, or like you are a nothing, completely worthless and undeserving.

Stop it, right now! Holistic counseling can help you recognize your strengths, celebrate your achievements, and love who you are. You can even learn to reconnect with your inner essence that inspires, creates, and lives fully with purpose and clarity.

Call me at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more!

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Anxiety

You may feel fearful about the future in many aspects of your life. Some people dread being in social situations. Others may experience intense reactions to places or things. Your heartbeat begins to race. Your palms may get sweaty. Breathing can become difficult. Your body's responses rage out of control and you suddenly feel limp. These are the varied faces of fear, anxiety, panic and phobia.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and danger. But when it begins to happen too frequently, take over your life or weaken your health, it is time to seek help from a professional. Holistic counseling can help you sort out your symptoms and heal the root causes of your anxiety. For instance:

  • You may have to rule out hypoglycemia, whose symptoms mimic anxiety, such as nervousness, sweating, palpitations, irritability, decreased concentration or mental confusion. If you do have hypoglycemia, nutrition therapy is essential.
  • Movement or exercise can help anxiety by balancing out the body's oversupply of energy and stress hormones.
  • Guided imagery, meditation, yoga, biofeedback and other mind-body relaxation strategies can often be as effective as anti-anxiety medication.
  • As you learn how your thoughts, and the meaning you attach to events, are creating this mind-body physical reaction, you will feel increasingly empowered to prevent anxiety reactions from occurring.
  • Bioenergetic techniques can help you unblock energy from areas in your body that tend to hold fear and panic responses. It's similar to resetting a biological clock.

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more!

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

You struggle to keep your focus and attention on the task at hand, even with topics that interest you. You may feel that job after job bores you, so you switch around frequently, perhaps making the decision impulsively.

Some of you appear hyperactive to others. You might find yourself jumping from one thing and bounding to the next. In relationships, you find yourself leaping from partner to partner; maybe they tend to be the ones that leave, complaining you aren’t ever reliable, or you seem to be the one who cuts the relationship short out of boredom, and off you go to the next love interest.

We all get bored at times and find ourselves distracted. But if your problem with inattention has significantly affected your life, then it is time to get help. Holistic counseling offers the following solutions:

  • Assessing for giftedness is important. I believe that many clients who have been diagnosed by others as ADHD are actually gifted, and need the appropriate level of stimulation. You may need to learn how to channel your creative energy.
  • You may need to learn how to deal with higher consciousness, which brings along with it a higher set of values and creative urges. Some of you in higher consciousness test to be gifted, but others of you don't because you need a "different chart", so to speak.
  • Nutritional assessment is essential. Many clients who have struggled with ADHD have been found to be addicted to sugar. Their diets are largely simple refined carbohydrates, and are deficient in needed vitamins and minerals. This can affect the nervous system, lead to hormonal imbalance, and result in mood and behavioral symptoms.
  • Psychoeducation and behavioral therapy are primary. You will need to learn how the brain rehardwires itself continuously (i.e. brain plasticity) to meet the demands placed upon it, so that you can retrain it. In our society, with so many people reared with wild special effects television, highly interactive video games/computers, and the like, it is no wonder that the brain can no longer relax. You will have to reprogram it and I will teach you how. My clients have found significant relief from this treatment alone, though it does take some time.
  • Behavior management and social skills are essential for helping young people to manage school and home tasks, and adults to organize and perform better especially at work.
  • You will want to rule out concussion or other brain injuries, perhaps from sports you have played in or accidents you have had. Some neurofeedback modalities can help, even when the usual hospital care can't. And hospital staff regularly seem to miss concussion diagnosis.
  • Coping skills can help you deal with frustration and stress.
  • Mind-body techniques and counseling can help with the accompanying depression, anxiety, or self-esteem issues that tend to arise.
  • Bioenergetic techniques may be useful in “resetting” your biology.
  • If you feel you must, medications are available to help. They can provide relief until new “reprogramming” skills and bioenergetic exercises help you rehardwire your mindbody, and your neurotransmitters (e.g. dopamine) adjust. Because long-term effects have not been studied, most of my clients prefer to not medicate their children or teens due to the risk of side effects or suicide, except in cases of extreme aggression. Adult clients have sometimes chosen to use medications temporarily to be able to function better at work.
  • Family treatment is extremely important. Most parents of ADHD children are overwhelmed. Families benefit from communication in a structured setting. Parents can learn more helpful techniques for setting boundaries and limits, establishing age-appropriate rules and following through. In addition, parents often need help becoming more consistent and calm in the home, since chaotic energy is passed around from parents to children, as well as from children to parents.

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more! 

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Chronic Stress

Living with chronic stress is the way of our times. Hectic schedules, high expectations to do more in less time, messages that we are supposed to be perfect and please others, job performance anxiety, apprehension over being laid off, worries about paying the bills, fear for the safety of those we love, concern that others will criticize and laugh at us when they find out we’re “not good enough”…these are the daily stressors that we live with, and they pile up over time. Pushed beyond our limits, we still don’t find time to relax and enjoy ourselves. We develop aches and pains, and the next thing we hear is that we have a medical condition that requires extensive treatment. Coping with chronic pain and the stress of multiple doctors telling us we need one more drug or one more surgery is often more than we can bear. This does not have to be.

Through cognitive-behavioral methods, biofeedback, mindfulness and relaxation strategies, stress-reduction and other holistic approaches, learn how to:

  • Bring yourself into a state of relaxation
  • Reduce existing pain and stress levels
  • Discover the root issue that for you created this exhausting way of life in the first place
  • See things from a fresh perspective
  • Change your mental and emotional  reactions to stressful situations
  • Use movement/exercise to release natural endorphins
  • Support your body’s ability to relax using food and nutrition

I can support you as you create a new way of being that feels not only realistic to implement, but also authentic, balanced and energized.

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more!

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Insomnia

Over time, not getting the right kind of refreshing sleep can result in mental and emotional imbalances. But it can also work the other way, for instance, when anxiety, fears, and traumas keep you awake at night. Together, we can help you discover what is at the root of your sleeping difficulties and come up with a plan that feels right for you. After ruling out medical conditions that cause insomnia, there are many intervention strategies you can use as an alternative to medication. I can assist you with:

  • Stress reduction and relaxation techniques
  • Environments and routines that promote faster and deeper sleep
  • Changing behaviors that affect the brain's ability to wind down
  • Foods to choose and to avoid
  • Tools to keep your emotions regularly in the "feel good" states, and to bring you back there when you feel yourself getting stressed or feeling "bad"
  • Ways to interpret dreams or nightmares, especially those that are recurring and trying to communicate messages to you
  • Methods to help you go deeper, if ready, to uncover hidden stressors you may have repressed or suppressed, or may be minimizing as a part of your sleep issues
  • Additional complementary methods to consider

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn even more!

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Young Adults and Teens

Holistic counseling can help your son or daughter address concerns about anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, divorce or parental separation, insomnia, nightmares, bullying, poor school performance, trauma, distractibility, short attention span, hyperactivity, impulsivity, identity struggles, life skills, relationships, or teen parenting.

Severe Depression or Aggression

If your son or daughter is suicidal or homicidal, please call 911 for immediate medical care since I do not provide emergency services. I provide only outpatient level of care. I do send you and your family special blessings for healing and love. Know that sometimes we do need to intervene on behalf of someone we care about, and that sometimes we need the blessing of medicine, hospitalization or residential treatment during critical moments.

For Parents:

Family sessions can help you improve your relationship with your teen; structure activity as well as down time for your children; prevent video game, internet, cell phone and other technology addictions; and learn how brain plasticity, nutrition, and exercise affect mental health.

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more.

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Mood Swings/Bipolar

If you experience moods that fluctuate from feeling really low to really high, you may be experiencing bipolar mood shifts. Some people bounce from depression to high irritation or anger. Others may feel extreme impulsivity or a mania that feels like being in fast motion.

If this sounds like you, you may first want your physician to rule out the following:

  • A medical condition may be creating these symptoms
  • Certain types of eating and digestive patterns, nutritional deficiencies and food allergies can actually lead to symptoms such as depression, irritability, anger and anxiety

Holistic ways of treating bipolar causes and symptoms without medication include:

  • Bioenergetic methods, which may be particularly helpful for insufficient movement and circulation that can lead to depression-like fatigue and biochemical imbalance (e.g norepinephrine). Through these tools, you can also learn how to see yourself and your relationships in terms of energy flow, a flow that is usually too little, then pendulum swings to too much, and rarely feels balanced.
  • Training in mind-body relaxation strategies, including yoga, biofeedback, and mindfulness meditation.
  • Psychoeducation and behavioral therapies can help you retrain your brain, which rehardwires itself continuously (i.e. brain plasticity) to meet demands placed upon it.
  • When needed, cognitive-behavioral therapies help you realistically assess others' motivations/behaviors, and choose more useful social/behavioral responses.
  • Nutritional support.

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more.

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Life Transitions

Most of us will face some level of difficulty as we transition into a new phase of our life. Perhaps you are adjusting to a new life without your former spouse. Maybe you are seeking a new career, or are retiring from the work you performed your entire life. You may be having a new baby, and are struggling with the changes a growing family brings.

Holistic counseling can help support you through the discomfort that transition brings, and offer you new perspectives that may transform an ending into an inspiring new beginning.

Call me at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more. 

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Obsessions and Compulsions

Perhaps you find yourself ruminating on certain thoughts over and over, and you can’t let it go. Maybe you find yourself repeating certain behaviors ritualistically because it makes you feel better. You tend to feel highly anxious, and may begin to be depressed because of the time these rituals are taking in your day.

If so, holistic counseling offers:

  • Mindfulness meditation strategies that help you change where you focus your attention and find immediate mind-body effects
  • Behavioral therapies, like exposure and response prevention, as well as skills training to help you learn to cope with your worries and anxieties with a new set of responses
  • Cognitive therapies that help you challenge beliefs that may no longer serve you
  • Bioenergetic and movement therapies that have been found to help balance out the body’s neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin) without the use of medication
  • Nutritional support that helps you decrease feelings of anxiety within the body
  • Somatic and spiritual therapies, which help you see how your outer attachment to certain thoughts and behaviors may reflect deeper difficulties at a spiritual level

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more.

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Career Issues

Confused about what kind of career you want to pursue? Tired of your old job, and seeking something more meaningful? Frustrated that you can’t seem to earn the money you feel you deserve? Feeling stuck and angry that you have been passed over for promotions time and time again? Thinking of starting your own business? Or, maybe you like your current job, but are completely exhausted from the stress.

When you are aligned with your soul consciousness, it feels imperative that your career be an extension of who you are, that it be meaningful to you and that it helps the greater good. Holistic counseling helps you become more clear about what you've been doing because of others' external influences upon you, and what your soul calls you to create in your life.

If you would like to learn more, call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation! 

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Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Whether you have experienced one significant traumatic event or a series of traumas over your entire lifetime, you can benefit from holistic counseling:

  • Bioenergetic methods can target the places in the body where trauma gets stuck, and move it energetically.
  • You can use imagery and somatic focus to listen to the body and give it what it needs to release the trauma.
  • You find new ways to cope and react to your distressing thoughts and emotions.
  • Your increased ability to be exposed to anxiety-producing events helps free your life.
  • Biofeedback and mind-body tools can help you gain conscious control of your stress response.
  • Foods and nutrition can rebalance the chronic stress environment of the body.
  • Mindfulness meditation and other stress-reduction strategies promote relaxation.

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more.

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Optimal Wellness

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? (Forgive the pun!) Let’s face it…it’s tough to take care of ourselves in this society. All around us are pressures and constraints – work more, eat quickly, transport children, check email, clean house, do errands, spend less money, make more money, find quality time to be with family…the list could go on. Stress on your body mounts, and you feel exhausted. With time, illness follows.

Holistic counseling can help you:

  • Differentiate your wants, needs, and have to’s so that you can set priorities for your time
  • Get 8 hours of sleep and still have 16 hours for your priorities
  • Improve restorative sleep
  • Eat to feel great
  • Maintain a healthy weight without restrictive dieting
  • Increase energy, as well as facilitate emotional and physical healing
  • Find movement exercises that you enjoy
  • Be happier in your work and social life
  • Connect with your soul essence, the primary source for your life energy
  • Find balance so that your mind, emotions and physical body are in service of your soul's highest callings

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more.

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Depression

Longing to sleep all day? Struggling to get up and face another day? Not sure why you are crying so much? Have your eating habits changed? Do you feel little energy or motivation?

Depression can take many forms. Some people have felt gloomy their entire life and don’t know why. Others have noticed more recently that they just can’t shake the sadness, and are beginning to feel hopeless that things will ever get better. Perhaps they wonder if the world would be better off without them.

Holistic counseling can help you do more than reduce your symptoms. Together, we can help you heal your depression.

  • A medical condition may be creating these symptoms.
  • Your depression may really be grief over loss. Not only loss of a loved one, but loss of a job, loss of your physical vitality, loss of a relationship, even loss of self.
  • Nutritional therapies can improve certain types of eating and digestive patterns, nutritional deficiencies (e.g. Omega-3 fatty acids) and food allergies that can actually mimic depression.
  • Bioenergetic exercises can improve movement and circulation, which appear to increase endorphins (feel-good hormones), energy levels and motivation, as well as rebalance other chemicals like norepinephrine and serotonin.
  • Light and other energy-based therapies can improve depression associated with seasonal changes, weather patterns and geomagnetic stress from fluctuations in the earth’s rhythms.
  • The inability to relax may lead the body to feel chronically drained, for which mind-body relaxation or meditation strategies are especially useful.
  • Chronic anxiety may have turned into a hopelessness that now looks like depression.
  • Spiritual/transpersonal counseling can help you reconnect with your soul essence, from which most people feel disconnected. I have actually come to see depression as most often a state in which the soul has been de-pressed, pressed down upon, suppressed and ignored. You can learn how to reconnect, listen to the voice of your soul, hear its messages for your higher life, and overcome the fear that holds you back from living a soulful life.

As we work together, we will explore what’s been going on for you in your life. Whichever way your feelings are coming up for you, your sense of well-being can be restored.

Severe Depression

If you are feeling suicidal or homicidal, please call 911 for immediate medical care since I do not provide emergency services. I provide only outpatient level of care. I do send you special blessings for healing and love. Know that sometimes we do need the blessing of medicine, hospitalization or residential treatment during critical moments.

To learn more, call me at 303.547.8327 and schedule a free initial 30-minute consultation.

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Spiritual/Transpersonal

Namaste! I love this Sanskrit greeting which means "The Light of God in Me recognizes and honors the Light of God in you, and in that recognition is our Oneness."

Do sayings like that ever provoke in you the “aha!” experience? Do you ponder about the meaning and purpose of your life? Do you wonder about whether or not there is a higher force? Have you ever had out-of-body or other transpersonal experiences that you could not explain, and worried that others would think you were “crazy”? Perhaps you find yourself questioning your beliefs and want to discuss them with a “neutral” person who would understand and not judge. If you seek spiritual counseling, within the context of your faith, I would be honored to support you as you contemplate these mysteries.

I can also help if you are seeking treatments for mental health concerns that:

  • Are based upon universal spiritual principles
  • Have been found to facilitate transpersonal (i.e. beyond the personal realm) experiences
  • Consider symptom origins from a transpersonal or spiritual perspective
  • Understand the difference between psychotic and transpersonal symptoms

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more.

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Caregiver Stress

Your loved one has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and your life has changed. You worry and grieve, and shift through a myriad of emotions. You begin to wear down, feeling overwhelmed and stressed. You may have rescheduled your days or reprioritized your goals. Likely you have spent much time researching possible treatments or alternative options for extended care.

If you could use help during this stressful time, holistic counseling can:

  • Support you through your grief
  • Provide stress-reduction and relaxation techniques
  • Discuss complementary treatments that integrate with conventional care
I would be honored to be there for you, to help you process the guilt we often feel for attending to our own needs, and to offer you ways to renew and reenergize. Bringing back balance in your life will ultimately be of higher service to the one you love. ~Valerie

Call me today at 303.547.8327 to schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation and learn more.

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