Service & Rates
Coaching (life coaching, career coaching, etc.)
Working with a life coach or career coach is for men and women who want to make changes in life, solve problems, or accomplish goals. Although psychology and emotion are part of any change, coaching doesn't try to explore these areas too deeply, and doesn't get into therapy, healing, diagnosis, etc, and so on.
You may feel more comfortable with the idea of coaching than counseling. If your goals can be addressed through a coaching-only approach, I am happy to limit our work to this level. If we encounter an issue that cannot be addressed solely through coaching, I will let you know. It will be your choice whether to expand our work to include counseling.
Counseling is the most flexible service. Working as a counselor, my services can include coaching, but this approach also offers the option of exploring deeper psychological and emotional areas. It can be more therapeutic and healing than coaching alone, and it can diagnose and treat mental health issues if necessary.
Unlike coaching or consulting, counseling is a regulated profession in all US states, including Colorado. This means that professionals who provide counseling are required to be registered or licensed in some fashion by the state, are overseen by a board, and are required to follow various rules and regulations. Counseling clients' privacy and confidentiality are protected in ways that are similar to those of doctors and lawyers.
"Therapist" is basically another term for counselor. For many people, though, therapist and therapy emphasize the idea of healing from past emotional wounds and psychological injuries. Everyone has been hurt at some point in life. It's part of being human. These wounds sometime hold us back or keep us trapped in unhealthy or unhelpful cycles of behavior, emotion, or thought. It can be embarrassing to admit that we were hurt and haven't "gotten over it" yet. But having the courage to admit and work through these injuries with a therapist is often the most effective and fastest way to heal and put them in the past. READ MORE
The brain of every person is wired from birth to establish and protect a deep attachment to, in childhood, a parent, and in adulthood, an intimate partner. The commitment people make when they get married reflects a natural human longing to preserve this relationship and the security it provides, forever.
It's a strange irony that the closer and more important a relationship is, the more difficult it can become. When a couple is in the early stages of their relationship, it's hard for them to imagine that some day their relationship could become difficult, even painful. And yet that's what happens. Through counseling, I help couples (married and un-) understand how their painful cycles of conflict are almost always driven by their underlying and hidden attachment needs. As spouses discover that they can safely and securely reach for and find connection with each other, conflict subsides and intimacy returns. READ MORE
More and more couples are choosing not to get married. Yet many of them are just as committed to the health and survival of their relationship. The same attachment needs and fears are activated, and the same patterns of conflict can emerge, regardless of whether there is a ring or a ceremony. What really matters for the success of the relationship is the degree to which both partners are committed to each other, willing to be open about their own needs and desires, and willing to change where necessary for the sake of the relationship and each other.
Not all couples are at this point, of course. Sometimes the goal of couples counseling is to help couples figure out what their needs and wants actually are, and to what extent they are willing and able to compromise and change. If you're at the stage of your relationship where you are trying to decide if you want to move forward together - whether you've been together for 6 months or 40 years - couples counseling may be exactly what you need.
I offer a free 30-minute consultation. This gives you the chance to tell me about your goals and to hear from me what my approach will be in working with you. You can then decide whether you want to proceed, without pressure or obligation.
Ready to schedule?
- 50-minute session: $120.00
- 75-minute session: $180.00
Prepay for 4 or more sessions in advance and receive a 15% discount.
I accept payment via Paypal, Visa/Mastercard, Check, and Cash, payable at the time of service.
Why I don't accept insurance
Although some insurance plans cover counseling services, I do not accept insurance or work with insurance companies for the work that I do. There a number of reasons for this. One of the most important is that insurance companies will only reimburse if the counselor diagnoses the client with a specific mental health disorder and then provides specific treatments for that disorder. This just reinforces the idea that counseling is only for people who are mentally sick, crazy, or broken. In my experience, most clients wouldn't be helped by a diagnosis that would then be part of their medical history and could even stigmatize them in the future.
I can provide invoices to clients who wish to seek reimbursement on their own, but I advise these clients to consult with their insurance providers in advance as I cannot provide any assurance that the services will be covered.