Professional Denver Therapists
Can meeting with a therapist help?
Yes, meeting with a therapist can help in many ways. The question of whether psychotherapy works has been studied extensively using scientific methods. The research shows that psychotherapy is effective.
Our therapists use evidenced-based care, such cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and other therapies and techniques that have demonstrated effectiveness.
Noteworthy findings by the American Psychological Association:
- For persons experiencing emotional distress, some therapy is better than no therapy.
- Many people report noticeable improvement in as few as 8 sessions.
- One major study showed 75% individuals in therapy improved by 6 months.
- Therapy for depression and anxiety is effective.
- Therapy can promote overall health.
Depression, anxiety, and chronic stress are more common than many people realize.
In fact, roughly 25% of adults experience depression or anxiety at some point in life. Life can take a toll on mental well being. Over time, the effects of depression and anxiety can lead to feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or contribute to a loss of self-esteem.
You can improve the quality of your everyday life by learning effective ways to cope with stress and build greater resilience to life’s challenges. These are skills that can learned and practiced in therapy. The benefits of therapy can be far-reaching. Mental well being promotes overall health and longevity and fosters good relationships, optimism, and self confidence.
Signs & Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety & Chronic Stress:
- Feeling sad and hopeless
- Loss of interest in life
- Negative and self critical thinking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive worry
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive thinking
- Panic attacks
- Tension headaches
- Trouble sleeping
Stress & anxiety can affect our lives and interfere with our well being
Most of our therapy clients are working professionals, busy parents, or students of higher education who find themselves feeling anxious, depressed, or simply stressed out. When they first meet with us, they often feel a combination of worried, tense, sad, and discontent. Other common symptoms include racing thoughts, irritability, decreased concentration, and difficulty sleeping.
More often than not, identifiable stressors are present: an important relationship is under strain, circumstances at work are frustrating or demoralizing, or perhaps their social life is not quite what they would like it to be. In some cases, too much change all at once can interfere with their sense of well being. Such changes can be for the better or due to a series of losses. Sometimes, it is the opposite. It is the lack of meaningful relationships or a lack of joy that is the source of unrest.
When this happens, most people begin by applying what they know to resolve their problems themselves. Unfortunately, this does not always work and the depressed mood or anxious state not only persists, but gradually worsens and begins to interfere with daily life.
When this occurs, seeking out a therapist makes good sense. We can help you find solutions and strategies that work.
Achieve Greater Self Confidence & Well Being
Effective psychotherapy is about alleviating distressing symptoms and finding solutions that promote well being and personal fulfillment.
The path to getting from where you are now to where you want to go is not always clear. At times, the support of family and friends is not enough and it can be difficult to bring about positive change on your own. It can be equally difficult to avoid getting sidetracked by the rest of life. During these difficult periods, working with a professionally trained therapist can help you discover effective ways of responding to life's challenges and remain focused on bringing about positive changes.
We are here to help. As licensed psychologists, we can help further self-discovery, generate new solutions and strategies, and provide support and accountability along the path to achieving greater self confidence and well being.
We can help you work on many types of goals:
- Gain a mental edge and improve performance
- Identify problems and address them proactively
- Change unhealthy behaviors and habits
- Cope better with life’s uncertainties and challenges
- Achieve personally meaningful goals
- Gain insight and self-understanding
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Denver
For Depression, Anxiety & Stress
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a practical and solution-focused psychotherapy that helps people overcome anxiety and depression. CBT focuses on making healthy, positive, and intelligent changes in thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is extremely well researched and has demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and many other psychological difficulties. CBT research has shown that making positive changes in thinking and behavior is an effective way to address distressing symptoms of depression and anxiety (e.g., depressed mood, negativity, low self esteem, excessive worry, obsessive thinking, disrupted sleep, fatigue, irritability, etc.).
Many of our clients like a CBT therapy because it focuses on the here-and-now and aims at generating solutions and strategies that can be practiced between sessions. Your therapist will work with you to better understand problematic thoughts, feelings, and/or behavior. New (and improved) ways of thinking about and responding to one’s life circumstances are practiced between sessions. The goal is to feel better and find solutions that promote well being.
Client Centered Care
Our therapists understand that every person is unique and what is most helpful at any given time will vary with the person and the particular circumstances. We use our clinical experience to help guide therapy so that it is most helpful to you.
In addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), our therapists make use of other evidenced-based methods and techniques:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help you identify personally meaningful goals and determine a course of committed action. When practiced over time, healthy and goal-oriented behavior can lead to feeling more alive and self-confident.
- Insight-oriented therapy can help increase awareness and understanding of how past experiences influence present behavior. Gaining new insight can pave the way for making better choices going forward.
- Mindfulness techniques can help reduce stress and anxiety. Learning simple relaxation techniques and basic meditation skills are useful tools that can be learned and practiced between sessions.
- Trauma therapy can help people who have experienced abuse or neglect heal and regain a sense of well being. Sometimes, during the course of therapy, painful memories of past trauma can become more present. If this happens, we can help.
Your therapist will work with you, as needed, to modify the approach to therapy so that suits you. Read more about our philosophy of care.
Finding The Right Therapist Matters
Study after study has shown that the working alliance between the therapist and client is vital to achieving good outcomes in therapy. Our initial consultation process is designed to help you feel confident in whether you decide to work with us.
During the first visit, we will discuss what brings you to therapy and your therapist will share some initial impression of how therapy might help. At the end of the first meeting, you and your therapist can discuss whether you want to meet a few more times.
After meeting several times, you and your therapist are in better position to decide if working together is a good idea. If we decide to continue, we will work together to establish clear goals and a therapy plan that suits your needs.
There is no pressure or expectation from us to commence with therapy. We want you to make an informed decision and feel good about any decision to work with us. Similarly, we want to get to know you and feel confident that we can help you reach your goals.
The first step is to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Scheduling is easy and can be done online.