What can you expect in a therapy session provided by Connect Therapies?
Anxiety, Depression, COVID Anxiety, Grief Support
When you begin therapy with a therapist at Connect therapies you will be greeted warmly and with openness and understanding.You will experience the presence of someone who genuinely cares and listens. You will receive feedback and suggestions for improving your mental health.
You can expect that your therapist will prepare for your next session and will review your progress and any therapy “homework” since your previous session.
You can be assured that your therapist is working hard to support you. Your therapist will guide you in techniques to decrease symptoms related to depression, anxiety, trauma, or current triggers that you may be experiencing. Your therapist will support you as you find solutions to lower anxiety or depression or to work through grief or trauma reactions. At Connect Therapies sessions are kept in confidence with the ethical exceptions that indicate harm to self or others or child or elder abuse.
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Support
If you are bringing a child or adolescent to therapy be assured that your individual will be in the hands of a capable, understand and caring professional at Connect Therapies. Your child, teen or preteen will be listened to and guided to understand behaviors and learn new ways to interact with others or new ways to navigate situations that have created not so likable, negative or resistant patterns. Your child may participate in individual and family session with one or more parents/ family member participating. All parties in the session will take part in supportive interventions/ ways of interacting with the purpose of bringing about change and healing of family dynamics.
At Connect Therapies sessions are kept in confidence with the ethical exceptions that indicate harm to self or others or child or elder abuse.
ASD/ Autism Spectrum/ Aspies
If you yourself or a family member is on the Autism Spectrum you will find knowledgeable support. You will meet with a therapist who understands social anxiety, uncommon/ common behaviors, multiple intelligences and nuance. Connect Therapies can offer evaluations that assist psychologists and pediatricians in diagnosis of ASD. Your therapist can offer resources in navigating the system, referral to professional diagnostic services both in person and virtual thus eliminating the need of a several months of wait time for a diagnostic evaluation. We can connect you to referral sources that take both private pay, some insurances and Medicaid. Your therapist will provide resources to help change behaviors and to better understand individuals on the Spectrum. You will find support for career choices appropriate for high functioning persons on the ASD spectrum. If we refer you for an ASD evaluation we will support you with practical solutions during the wait time and through the time of the evaluation. We can offer support you after the evaluation. We can also coordinate care between the ASD evaluation team, your individual’s school and the therapist on staff at Connect Therapies. We have on staff a therapist who is highly skilled in supporting young adults on the Spectrum. Connect Therapies sessions are kept in confidence with the ethical exceptions that indicate harm to self or others or child or elder abuse.
Life Coaching and Expressive Arts Therapy for Women Over Sixty (Fifty?)
Are you a woman over sixty (fifty?) who is experiencing changes: living situation, unexpected health concerns, isolation, semi-retirement, lack of a sense of purpose, depression that seems unexplained, anxiety, new caregiver responsibilities, anxiety that seems to come from no defined source or grief, or you are seeking to re-establish your creative self, find that “person you used to be”?
Therapists at Connect Therapies will meet you where you are with compassion, support and guidance. Our therapist will be there to guide you in symptom relief, and increased self-esteem. Your therapist will support you by providing activities and interventions. They will gently guide you in finding, defining, or refining that goal or creative outlet that you now have time to pursue. Your therapist can provide you with thoughtful and creative guidance to help you pursue your dream. We offer somatic sensory (body/ senses) integration to get you out of your head to reduce symptoms of PTSD/abuse and to lower reactions/response to trauma triggers. Therapist are trained in visual journaling, mandalas, changing the narrative, creating new rituals and other creative interventions linked to somatic healing. We can refer you to practitioners of yoga, reiki, one on one personal fitness trainers, movement specialists such as tai chi, qi gong, nia, drumming. We have referral sources that are both virtual and local. Connect Therapies sessions are kept in confidence with the ethical exceptions that indicate harm to self or others or child or elder abuse.
Therapeutic Art Techniques: Why Utilize Art in Counseling?
“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics.
It brings healing.”
– Julia Cameron
As an artist I have experienced the healing power found in the process of making art.
The artistic process encourages psychological growth and healing.Please note that I am a licensed psychotherapist. I am not a registered art therapist.
If in the course of individual or group therapy an art modality in which I am trained is deemed appropriate I may employ such as a therapeutic tool. However, If in the course of therapy you would be better served by an ATR (registered art therapist) you will be referred to such.
(As an artist I lead workshops and retreats that include both artistic and therapeutic elements. These are led from the perspective of an artist and are offered as wellness activities to promote emotional health. I offer art-making in a group setting. Workshops and retreats are NOT the same as individual and group psychotherapy. You can contact me for more information regarding workshops or retreats. My work can be seen here at facebook. )
UPDATE ON TELEHEALTH DUE TO COVID-19 (all information current as of 3/23/2020)
Morneau Shappell EAP: I am a provider for BDA Morneau Shappell and they are requiring telehealth as the only option at this time for EAP referrals. I will be happy to see you using this format.
Beacon: Beacon has requested that all clients use Telehealth and I have met their requirements to see you through HIPAA compliant DOXY.me services.
Triad: Triad is requiring telehealth services for mental health. I am able to provide these services.
Cigna: Cigna is using telehealth effective March 17 – May 31, 2020. If you are a Cigna client please fill out the Consent Document for Telemental Health and return via email. Thanks.
RMHP/ Rocky Mountain Health Plan/ Rocky Medicaid/ Rocky Medicare/ Rocky Prime: all services are covered as Tele-mental Health and I am able to continue to provide these services to you. At this time I am not seeing client face to face at my office out of an abundance of caution and within the guidelines set forth by Governor Polis. Thank you for your understanding. If you are reluctant to try telehealth please reach out to me via phone or text at 970-586-0054.
TO RECEiVE PRIVATE PAY TELEMENTAL HEALTH/ TELEHEALTH SERVICES please download the Consent Document for Telemental Health, sign the document and return via email. You will find the document located under the Getting Started tab located here.
- Specializing in Child and Adolescent
- Special Needs Families (Autism Spectrum & developmental differences)
- Childhood Depression
- Teen Depression
- Social Skills through Art
- Monthly Expressive Art Group for Therapists
- Women’s Groups
- LGBT friendly
- Creative therapy with children experiencing learning difficulties including ASD, ADHD, Depression. Developing and enhancing communication skillsSocial skills groups for developmentally disabled adults and adults in societal transitions using art as a creative modality
Areas of Expertise:
- Creativity blocks
- Women’s issues & life transitions
- Attention Deficit Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bullying, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
- TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury
- Anger Management: DHHS referrals including juvenile first offenders
- Trauma & Societal Reintegration: Probationary parolees, Homeless, Employment First, DVR
Some Thoughts on Expertise & Services
A certified K-12 art teacher I have taught in public and private schools: all ages including a substance abuse art group at an alternative high school. I am comfortable working with school counselors, teachers, school officials and the DHHS system.
I am adept at drawing children out and offering encouragement to them.
I am experienced in providing guidance to the under-achiever, gifted & talented, Autism Spectrum, severe-profound disabilities, and down-syndrome providing individual and group psychotherapy.
One of my passions is to include developmentally challenged individuals in the community narrative via art. I can provide social skills groups in this area.
I have previously provided the homeless community art groups and rehabilitative counseling.