Denver has most of the counseling and psychotherapy options that you would expect to find in a reasonably-sized, US city. So what are those options? What kinds of counseling are available?
First, it is worth describing the basic types of professionals who can legally practice counseling in Colorado.
This state is unique in the US in that Colorado allows people to practice psychotherapy without proving that they have any relevant training and without going through a licensing process, provided they first register with the regulatory agency that oversees the profession, known as DORA (Department of Regulatory Affairs). A registered psychotherapist could be an experienced, well-trained practitioner, or quite the opposite, so it is important to ask about his or her qualifications. Many registered psychotherapists are counselors who are still in the process of completing the requirements for one of the licenses issued by DORA. Others may be professionals whose training, education, or experience does not qualify for one of these licenses. Regardless, it is always a good idea to ask about credentials, training, and experience when you begin working with a psychotherapy professional, and by law you have a right to receive that information.
Next: Part 2 (coming soon)
One good reason you and your partner might need marriage counseling or couple counseling is that you have a issue you can’t agree on, or a problem you haven’t been able to solve. And no matter how many times you’ve gone around in circles with each other, having the same conversations or the same fights, it never gets much better. For many couples, these fights create emotional wounds that make it even more difficult to resolve the problem.
During therapy sessions with a marriage counselor or couple counselor, you and your partner will probably gain a deeper understanding of the pattern in which you are stuck. You will probably also learn more about the underlying, basic needs that you are both trying to meet through your relationship. And hopefully, in the process of learning these things, you and your partner will gain greater appreciation and empathy for each other.
Bottom line? If your marriage or relationship seems stuck, think about marriage counseling or couple counseling. Yes, it takes courage to admit you need some help, but isn’t your relationship worth it?