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Forge Counseling Collective
Clinical Approaches

DR. Jessica WALSH
Clinical Approach

"I believe that change... although painful and challenging at times, is the only consistent thing about life. Our ability to acclimate to change is vital, although not easy.  My personal belief is that EVERYONE has the innate capacity for change and growth, even through life's toughest curve balls!

 

I hold a firm belief that the client is the expert, as they have lived and lead their own lives. Paying respect to that, I conceptualize my role as a counselor based on a philosophy that it is crucial the counselor focuses on providing an EMPATHIC & GENUINE foundation for the client and therapist relationship to build upon.
 
This authentic counseling environment allows clients to grow and connect on a more profound and meaningful level. Connecting and changing negative influences in their lives. As a result of this growth, clients increase their ability to cope through hard times, and develop a better understanding and appreciation of their self, and feelings."

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Jessica COOK
Clinical Approach

"Counseling is an opportunity to face your difficulties in a supportive environment, enabling you to live your life the way you want. Whether you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction, I look forward to working with you. I provide individual and couples therapy and see adolescents and adults.
My goal is to help people understand themselves and their challenges more deeply while instilling hope on the journey to happiness and healing. I provide a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment, in which I get to know my clients and incite positive change in their lives. I believe therapy is an integral part of challenging yourself to grow as an individual, and within your relationships.
​I am dedicated to helping others develop truly meaningful lives. Within a supportive, collaborative relationship I strive to help my clients be more than just okay! I understand turning to therapy can be challenging and intimidating but I know together we can turn the process into an exciting and worthwhile adventure."

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Kendra
TODD
Clinical Approach

Wow. What a couple of years- am I right?

 

Things are weird, they're hard and uncomfortable at times. You're always adapting and it feels like more is being asked of you each time you feel like you're getting settled. But I'll let you in on a secret- you've got this. It may not feel that way right now, but deep inside you've been given and always held the ability to change. To adapt. To overcome.

 

If you've read this far and you're thinking you want to know more about the ember that's kindling inside- I'm your gal (or therapist, in this instance).

 

I approach therapy with human connection and the need to feel heard, and held, as the primary focus. I would love to hear your story, to celebrate your successes and support you through your failures. I want that front row seat to your journey, to help you light that fire, and send you on your way to spread that out into the world.

 

Doing the work isn't easy, but in the end is SO worth it. 

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Nic
MUNOZ
Clinical Approach

In the sea of white women who want to talk about your feelings: Here I am. Wildly curious, outrageously non-judgmental, and can empathize like it's my job (because it is). If it feels like you've got a one-way ticket on the struggle bus, I'm here to respectfully disagree. You've got this. And I mean that even if it's crushing depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, existential crisis, mommy/daddy/other relationship issues, substance abuse, loneliness, or systemic oppression (special shoutout to people of color and my queer/LGBTQIA fam). 

 

I work to understand the systems from which we all come and I appreciate how much our different experiences can shape us. I enjoy working with folks from all walks of life and I'll meet you exactly where you are. I hope to empower the masses in becoming their authentic and congruent selves, so you can go live your best gosh damn lives.

 

In summary: I'll hold the hope when you can't. Human connection has healing juju and we're gonna find it. We'll go at your pace. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll try to figure some shit out. It'll be easy sometimes, it'll be hard sometimes, and it'll definitely be worth it.

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Pam
ZICKER
Clinical Approach

My greatest passion is coming alongside exhausted parents, especially those encountering challenging kiddos and teens, and instilling hope!  I do this in a humble, "been there, made that mistake" way utilizing DDP, TBRI and other trauma-informed research-based approaches to helping families heal.  Many of the children and families I assist feel stuck in a negative pattern of conflict, defiance, manipulation and anger. I believe the primary means for change is through playful, accepting, reciprocal connections between caregivers and children. By exploring the barriers to these connections and instilling hope for something different, families can begin to create new pathways for healing and lasting change. As an adoptive parent myself, and mother to five grown children, I see you and I want to understand how to help your family thrive!  I work primarily with families and children who have attachment insecurity or display behaviors related to early trauma, anxiety, depression, ASD or ADHD.  I also enjoy helping adults who are exploring their own issues that present barriers to being the human they desire to be.  I am a person of faith, and can incorporate this into our work if you desire this. I enjoy coaching parents in new ways of understanding themselves and being with their children that promote connection and growth

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Megan
BEST
Clinical Approach

“When we attune with others we allow our own internal state to shift, to come to resonate with the inner world of another. This resonance is at the heart of the important sense of “feeling felt” that emerges in close relationships. Children need attunement to feel secure and to develop well, and throughout our lives we need attunement to feel close and connected.” -Dr. Dan Siegel

The experiences we have in our lives shape how we feel, react, and interact with the world.  Though each of us finds our own path through life’s transitions, challenges, and obstacles, every human being comes into this world seeking safety and connection.  Attending to these basic needs in the therapeutic relationship and in our everyday lives is a fundamental part of the healing process. Trust is the cornerstone of any relationship.  I work hard to attune with my clients in order to create an atmosphere where clients feel heard, seen, and “felt.” I check in regularly with my clients and make small shifts and adjustments. Counseling is a spontaneous process that can be aided by body awareness, movement, mindfulness, humor, role-play, artistic materials and media, or anything that becomes relevant and meaningful in the moment.  I value honesty and authenticity, and my willingness to be present and sit with another’s experience helps me to create a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients. Special interests include trauma, anxiety, relationship concerns, sexuality and sex-positivity, body image, parenting, and family conflict. 

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Greyson
SMITH
Clinical Approach

My hope as a counselor is to create a space of empathy, care, and nonjudgment where you can safely discover insights into yourself and experience growth. Being a human being is a difficult, challenging, and potentially beautiful experience that I am proud to be a part of with my clients.

 

My goal is to be alongside you with empathy and genuineness as you find your authentic self. I believe that you have the necessary tools to move towards acceptance and change and that we will work on highlighting those innate skills in our time together.

 

I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach and I believe in the uniqueness of each individual, which I utilize to treat clients as they are rather than as a set of symptoms. You have a unique story to tell and I look forward to the privilege of hearing it. I work with individuals and couples with a special interest in sexuality, sex-positivity, trauma, existential concerns, men’s issues, spirituality, and family of origin issues.

 

In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, spending time with my family, horror movies, and yelling at basketball games on the TV.

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Drew
SMITH
Clinical Approach

I'm a person-centered, humanistic therapist that believes in my clients, and follows the ethos that no matter the pain and misunderstanding we all can get better. I believe every client has the ability to learn new strategies and find their strengths. I collaborate with clients to help them find the innate value they bring to the world and to realize they are far more resilient than they've learned to recognize.

 

As a trauma-informed therapist, I understand the hurt that has happened and am unafraid to face that pain with you. I will ensure that we explore trauma with care, with a focus on healing, and respect for your past self, while honoring the needs of the now. Also, I love to work in areas around building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy ones. Other areas include working with children and families managing school life, trauma, and learning disabilities. Also, I knowledgeable about and love working with neurodivergent adults, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC folks. 

 

If you are my client, I have your back. Afterall, you are the one showing up to right the wrongs and find a better way. I believe in self-determination. You call the shots in your life, and I will be there to celebrate the wins or regroup after things fall apart. I don't mind if it takes time. We go at your pace. I believe we each have different size runways on our way to take flight, and I believe we are all capable of flight.

 

I agree, life sucks sometimes. Let's figure out ways to cope, and maybe even thrive!

 

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" - Dumbledore

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I'm a person-centered, humanistic therapist that believes in my clients, and follows the ethos that no matter the pain and misunderstanding we all can get better. I believe every client has the ability to learn new strategies and find their strengths. I collaborate with clients to help them find the innate value they bring to the world and to realize they are far more resilient than they've learned to recognize.

 

As a trauma-informed therapist, I understand the hurt that has happened and am unafraid to face that pain with you. I will ensure that we explore trauma with care, with a focus on healing, and respect for your past self, while honoring the needs of the now. Also, I love to work in areas around building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy ones. Other areas include working with children and families managing school life, trauma, and learning disabilities. Also, I knowledgeable about and love working with neurodivergent adults, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC folks. 

 

If you are my client, I have your back. Afterall, you are the one showing up to right the wrongs and find a better way. I believe in self-determination. You call the shots in your life, and I will be there to celebrate the wins or regroup after things fall apart. I don't mind if it takes time. We go at your pace. I believe we each have different size runways on our way to take flight, and I believe we are all capable of flight.

 

I agree, life sucks sometimes. Let's figure out ways to cope, and maybe even thrive!

 

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" - Dumbledore

I'm a person-centered, humanistic therapist that believes in my clients, and follows the ethos that no matter the pain and misunderstanding we all can get better. I believe every client has the ability to learn new strategies and find their strengths. I collaborate with clients to help them find the innate value they bring to the world and to realize they are far more resilient than they've learned to recognize.

 

As a trauma-informed therapist, I understand the hurt that has happened and am unafraid to face that pain with you. I will ensure that we explore trauma with care, with a focus on healing, and respect for your past self, while honoring the needs of the now. Also, I love to work in areas around building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy ones. Other areas include working with children and families managing school life, trauma, and learning disabilities. Also, I knowledgeable about and love working with neurodivergent adults, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC folks. 

 

If you are my client, I have your back. Afterall, you are the one showing up to right the wrongs and find a better way. I believe in self-determination. You call the shots in your life, and I will be there to celebrate the wins or regroup after things fall apart. I don't mind if it takes time. We go at your pace. I believe we each have different size runways on our way to take flight, and I believe we are all capable of flight.

 

I agree, life sucks sometimes. Let's figure out ways to cope, and maybe even thrive!

 

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" - Dumbledore

I'm a person-centered, humanistic therapist that believes in my clients, and follows the ethos that no matter the pain and misunderstanding we all can get better. I believe every client has the ability to learn new strategies and find their strengths. I collaborate with clients to help them find the innate value they bring to the world and to realize they are far more resilient than they've learned to recognize.

 

As a trauma-informed therapist, I understand the hurt that has happened and am unafraid to face that pain with you. I will ensure that we explore trauma with care, with a focus on healing, and respect for your past self, while honoring the needs of the now. Also, I love to work in areas around building healthy relationships and recognizing unhealthy ones. Other areas include working with children and families managing school life, trauma, and learning disabilities. Also, I knowledgeable about and love working with neurodivergent adults, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC folks. 

 

If you are my client, I have your back. Afterall, you are the one showing up to right the wrongs and find a better way. I believe in self-determination. You call the shots in your life, and I will be there to celebrate the wins or regroup after things fall apart. I don't mind if it takes time. We go at your pace. I believe we each have different size runways on our way to take flight, and I believe we are all capable of flight.

 

I agree, life sucks sometimes. Let's figure out ways to cope, and maybe even thrive!

 

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" - Dumbledore


DR. Hannah DAVIS
Clinical Approach

"I work with adults, adolescents, and children who are in need of a safe space to process past or current struggles in life. The client determines how quickly we work towards positive change, and I strive to provide a healing and validating presence. I will be authentic and empathic in my interactions with you, and we may even have some fun along the way! 

 

I firmly believe that you are the expert in your life. While I can and will share what I know if I think it might help you, I look forward to helping you connect more with yourself. I believe we each have an innate intuitive voice inside that can direct us towards healing, and I look forward to helping you notice and listen to yours.

 

In addition to individual counseling, I also provide supervision to counselors working towards licensure, and research consultation to those working on research studies, manuscripts, or dissertations. 

Areas in which I have a particular interest or additional training include working with LGBTQIA+ clients, child-centered play therapy, TF-CBT for children, and Relational-Cultural Therapy."

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DR.Dave
MATHESON

The problems we struggle with seek to define and marginalize our identities as humans. The power that various problems seek to have in our lives can leave us feeling lost, helpless, and alone. Counseling can be a great place to begin to separate our identities from our struggles, where the problem does not get to define us as humans. My goal is to join you in this process and support the creation of a new identity, where the problem no longer gets to hold the mirror from which our own reflections are seen.

I specialize in Narrative Therapy in my work as a counselor. This theory is rooted in the belief that people are not defined by the problems they may be struggling with; the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.

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Aaron
COLEMAN

"My clinical approach is through the lens of relationships.  I believe that we are all built as relational creatures and as such, our best selves are found when we feel connected to others in healthy appropriate ways.  With this in mind, I want to help my clients repair relationships that already exist or build new ones as they process and change through their time in counseling.  I also believe this applies to the relationship between myself as a counselor and my clients. I hope to create a setting in therapy where my clients can come and feel heard, guided, and empowered to increase their ability to handle what life may throw at us.  I also believe that often being able to explore significant past relationships can be helpful in bringing awareness to what has shaped us into who we are today.

 

Through my time at the University of Colorado Denver, I have come to a greater understanding of how diverse and unique we all are as humans and I believe that I can work with a variety of clients from individuals to couples to families.  I have an emphasis in couples and family therapy, while I have also gained experience working with individuals."

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Ann
FLEMING
Clinical Approach

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.”- Carl Jung

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I work with all ages and stages. I have worked with children and families for over 20 years, and my greatest joy is found in being a “helper.” Registered Play Therapist (RPT), means that I have a specialty in play therapy. If you decide that I am the right fit for your family, you’ll pretty quickly feel the playful nature of my therapeutic approach. I believe that play keeps us young and helps us to look at life’s problems with fresh eyes. In my office, it’s common for you to find stuffed animals, fidgets, bubbles, and various other cool playthings…

That doesn’t mean I don’t take pain and difficulty seriously. Sitting with people as they process pain is serious work. I will honor your strength and bravery in taking the step to reach out and begin that journey. You know more about the way through the problem than you think you do, and you have more strength to do it than you realize.

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Bryanna
MURPHY
Clinical Approach

"I believe humans flourish in a supportive environment where they can safely explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.  Every person and their experiences are unique. With this understanding, I approach counseling from the perspective that the client is the expert on their own life. I view my role as one of a supportive listener who is there to offer insight and validation around the issues you are struggling with.

 

Coping strategies are often reactionary and develop as a way to protects one’s self. In therapy, it can be helpful to consider how these behaviors are serving you and how we can work together to create new, healthful ones. You have within you the ability to thrive and to strive to live your best life. Together, we can discover what that looks like for you and develop goals to help you get there."

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Breanna
OLSON
Clinical Approach

"Be patient with yourself. You are growing stronger every day. The weight of the world will become lighter...and you will begin to shine brighter. Don't give up." - Robert Tew

I primarily work with adolescent and adult individuals who experience anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, mood dysregulation, work/academic stress, relationship troubles, and existential concerns. I prefer to work from both individual and systemic perspectives in order to address all of the factors that might influence personal experience. I also incorporate strength-based methods, because I believe that therapy can open a realm of both healing and personal growth and exploration. I see myself as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and am hoping to continue that allyship in the therapeutic context.

Beginning the journey to self-exploration and healing can be intimidating and exhausting. However, I believe that my role as a counselor is to help provide a safe space to process through both difficult and joyous life experiences. I believe that you are the only expert on yourself, which will allow us to work collaboratively to pursue therapy methods that are salient and helpful for you. I am passionate about being an advocate and a lifelong-learner, because in this work, there is always more we can learn about ourselves and human experiences. It is my belief that the beauty of therapy comes from vulnerability, compassion, and authentic non-judgement of others.

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Elizabeth
ROBBINS
Clinical Approach

Relationships are necessary and influential parts of every person’s life. Healthy interpersonal relationships are fulfilling and life-enhancing. However, every relationship is bound to encounter problems. When individuals experience a relational issue, the distress it causes can feel devastating, overwhelming, and unmanageable. Although it feels this way, it does not have to become a permanent reality. 

 

My understanding of the importance and necessity of relationships spurs my passion for working with clients who are experiencing relational struggles. Whether I am working with a family, a couple, or an individual, I believe it is important to value each person’s unique experience and consider how the systems they are a part of both affects and are affected by an issue. I strive to create a genuine, non-judgmental environment where clients feel safe and empowered to show up as their authentic selves. My goal is to make each client feel heard and deeply understood. I believe that clients are the experts of their experiences. I am there to collaborate with them and help them attain their desired therapeutic outcome. Oftentimes, clients are already equipped with the abilities needed to resolve their issues. It may simply take a therapeutic nudge to unlock newfound ways of understanding and relating to oneself and others. 

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Rachel DARTING
Clinical Approach
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I’m Rachel. I’m a graduate student at Regis University seeking my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and am a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. 

 

I am here for you when you are ready to explore yourself and your experience on a deeper and more intentional level. I don’t shy away from strong emotions and your sadness, fear, and shame are all welcome in this safe space. I like to take a wholistic approach with the understanding that you are the expert on your own life. I am here to journey with you as you gain more insight into your emotional self.

 

I like to move slow and give my clients time to feel and explore what comes up in session. I work with trauma, relationship problems, anxiety/worry, loss and grief, and low self-confidence just to name a few. Nothing you are feeling or experiencing is too big or too small to seek out therapy. Overall, I am here as a resource for you to dive into what it means for you to live as your authentic highest self.