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)