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Emily MacNiven, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Parenting issues Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties Coaching
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About me

Are you feeling trapped in a cycle of frustration, with hope slipping away?

I hear you. It can be incredibly disheartening to feel stuck in a cycle of frustrations and challenges, and it's completely normal to question whether things will ever get better. But please know that you don't have to face this journey alone. As a licensed professional counselor, I am here to provide you with the support and tools you need to break free from these patterns and discover a path toward healing and growth.

From a young age, I have been deeply driven to make a difference in the lives of others. This calling has taken various forms throughout my journey over the past two decades, including teaching, serving as a school counselor, and coaching and developing individuals as a school principal. Through these diverse experiences, I have witnessed firsthand the profound impact that unsupported mental health challenges can have on overall well-being.

My passion for helping others has led me to a realization: without a strong foundation of mental health and well-being, even if all the other aspects of life seem to align, individuals cannot fully engage in a fulfilling and peaceful journey. It is this realization that has fueled my commitment to becoming a licensed professional counselor.

Throughout my education and professional journey, I have observed the transformative power of addressing and supporting mental health. I firmly believe that by tending to our mental well-being, we unlock the potential for true happiness and create the necessary conditions for a meaningful life. It is my mission to guide and empower individuals on this path of self-discovery and healing.

As a licensed professional counselor in Colorado, I am committed to creating a safe and supportive space for you to explore your inner world, overcome challenges, and cultivate the resilience necessary to navigate life's inevitable ups and downs. Drawing from my extensive background in education, counseling, and coaching, I offer a holistic and comprehensive approach to your well-being. With a deep understanding of various areas of struggle, including stress and anxiety, depression, parenting issues, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, and career difficulties, I am privileged to have helped numerous clients along their unique journeys of growth and healing.

My approach is rooted in respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I understand that each individual is unique, with their own set of experiences and needs. That's why I believe in tailoring our dialogue and treatment plan specifically to you. By taking the time to truly understand your concerns, goals, and values, we can create a customized approach that aligns with your unique circumstances.

Are you ready to connect via live video sessions, engage in interactive activities, and receive continuous support—all from the comfort of your own home?

I firmly believe in the transformative impact of online therapy. Through live video sessions, messaging support, and interactive worksheets, we can create a therapeutic experience that enables you to progress towards your goals at your own pace, in a way that feels comfortable and supportive.

Through live video sessions, we can connect face-to-face in a virtual setting, ensuring a meaningful and personal connection. But our online therapy goes beyond that. With messaging support throughout the week, you'll have continuous guidance and support as you navigate your challenges, providing comfort and reassurance when you need it most.

Interactive worksheets will also play a vital role in our sessions. They can help you develop and reinforce the strategies and insights we discuss, providing a practical roadmap for positive change. By actively engaging with these worksheets, you'll have a tangible tool to guide your journey of growth and healing.

Are you ready to rewrite your story, embrace your authentic self, and embark on a transformative journey of personal empowerment?
In my counseling practice, I combine multicultural therapy and narrative therapy to create a supportive and inclusive environment. Together, we explore the stories that have shaped your identity, including cultural and societal influences. By rewriting these narratives, we open space for new perspectives and help you embrace your true self. We also examine how external factors contribute to challenges, challenging dominant narratives and empowering you to reclaim control over your own story.

Through collaboration and equality, we create a safe and inclusive space where your unique perspectives and cultural heritage are honored. This integrative approach celebrates diversity, challenges oppressive narratives, and promotes personal growth and well-being. Together, we embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, resilience, and cultural empowerment, crafting a new narrative that reflects your authentic self.

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and weighed down by depression?

You don't have to face these challenges alone. Together we can unlock your path to a brighter future through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This evidence-based approach empowers individuals to overcome anxiety and depression by reshaping negative thought patterns and developing practical skills for lasting change.

In our collaborative sessions, we delve into the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Through gentle exploration, we challenge and replace negative thoughts with realistic and positive ones, transforming how you perceive and respond to challenges. CBT equips you with a toolkit of practical skills, such as relaxation techniques and effective problem-solving, enabling you to regain control over your emotions and behaviors.

Together, we create a safe and supportive space, tailoring CBT to your unique needs. As we progress, you'll experience the documented effectiveness of CBT in treating anxiety and depression, reclaiming control of your life and finding relief. Take the first step toward self-discovery and positive change – reach out today for a brighter future.

Are you searching for a unique and creative approach to therapy that can help you navigate anxiety and depression?

Let’s work together to unleash the transformative power of art for healing anxiety and depression. In art-integrated therapy, we utilize various mediums to express emotions, tap into creativity, and uncover new paths to well-being. Together, we'll create a safe space for exploration, reflection, and self-expression, using art as a bridge between conscious and unconscious experiences. Through this holistic approach, you'll gain insights, develop coping strategies, and cultivate resilience. Take the first step towards your healing journey and embrace the transformative potential of art today.

Are you searching for effective ways to reduce stress and bring more peace into your life?

Discover the power of mindfulness and stress reduction techniques to bring calm and peace into your life. I am dedicated to helping individuals harness the transformative benefits of mindfulness and develop a greater sense of self-awareness and emotional regulation. Through mindfulness, you can break free from rumination and worry, cultivating a non-reactive and accepting attitude towards stressors. I will guide you in integrating mindfulness into everyday activities, while also introducing complementary stress reduction techniques tailored to your needs. Research shows that regular practice leads to reduced stress levels, improved focus, enhanced emotional well-being, and increased resilience. Embark on a mindful adventure towards a calmer and centered existence – take the first step today.

Are you searching for a therapy approach that focuses on solutions and empowers you to overcome anxiety and depression?

Solution-focused therapy offers a positive and goal-oriented framework that can help you find effective strategies, build resilience, and create lasting change. I am here to guide you on this transformative journey, leveraging the power of solution-focused therapy to support your mental well-being.

Solution-focused therapy is a collaborative and strengths-based approach that centers around your goals, resources, and unique strengths. Rather than dwelling on problems and their origins, we will shift our focus towards identifying and amplifying the solutions and possibilities that already exist within you. This approach recognizes that you are the expert in your own life and have the capacity to create meaningful change.

In our therapy sessions, we will work together to explore your desired outcomes and the steps necessary to achieve them. Through thought-provoking questions and dialogue, we will identify your strengths, values, and the exceptions to the challenges you face. By shining a light on your existing successes and resources, we can develop practical and achievable solutions that can alleviate anxiety, lift depression, and improve your overall well-being

Are you tired of feeling like your anxiety and depression are hindering your ability to effectively communicate and connect with others?

Experience the transformative power of integrated coaching and teaching in therapy sessions focused on enhancing your communication skills. Together, we will navigate anxiety and depression, empowering you to express yourself confidently and build meaningful connections.

Using a coaching and teaching approach, we'll address your specific communication challenges. By exploring triggers and barriers, we'll develop personalized strategies that meet your goals. You'll receive practical tools for active listening, assertiveness, empathy, and conflict resolution, fostering deeper connections in personal and professional settings.

As your coach and counselor, I'll provide guidance, support, and accountability. I'll also teach strategies to manage anxiety and depression symptoms that affect communication. Through collaboration and empowerment, we'll create a safe space for practice, celebrating successes and overcoming obstacles.

Improving communication skills significantly reduces anxiety and depression. Gain self-confidence, nurture relationships, and enhance emotional well-being. Take the first step towards self-discovery and transformation. Let's unlock your authentic voice and build a foundation for lasting connections. Reach out today to embark on this journey of growth and well-being.

Ready to go beyond the professional facade? Want a counselor who's more than just a title?

I believe that authenticity and connection are essential in the therapeutic journey. So, let's get real!

In addition to being a dedicated counselor, I am a wife, mother, and friend. Life outside the therapy room is filled with various hobbies and interests that bring me joy. Traveling is one of my passions, as it allows me to explore new cultures and gain fresh perspectives. When I'm not on an adventure, I find solace in interior design, creating spaces that reflect warmth and comfort.

You'll often find me immersed in a good book, taking in the wisdom and stories that unfold within its pages. Playing at the lake or hiking in nature rejuvenates my soul, reminding me of the beauty and tranquility that surrounds us. And yes, I confess, I have a terrible but enthusiastic love for cooking, always trying new recipes (with varying degrees of success).

One of my quirks is creating my own idioms, often stumbling upon humorous combinations that deviate from the norm. Laughter is integral to my life, and I embrace my inner nerdiness, cracking jokes and inventing new words like "passionation" to describe my deep passion and fascination with understanding how people learn and develop into their authentic selves.

Now, despite my laundry list of Pinterest-worthy hobbies, let me be honest with you – life is messy, challenging, and often far from perfect. As a mother, I've experienced the juggling act of raising children while pursuing a fulfilling career. Trust me, my kids were probably late to school more often than not (I can't blame the bus driver for that one!). Amidst my academic achievements, what I'm most proud of is embracing the multifaceted nature of life.

Life is a wild adventure, a mix of stress and beauty, precious and fleeting. I've learned to sit with all its facets without judging myself too harshly. And that's the wisdom I bring to our counseling sessions – an understanding that we are all imperfectly human, navigating this journey together.

Are you ready to rewrite your story, embrace your authentic self, and embark on a transformative journey of healing and personal growth?

Let's walk this path together, forging a new narrative of empowerment, self-discovery, and lasting transformation. Take the first step towards a fulfilling and joyful life aligned with your truest self. Reach out today, and let's begin this transformative and authentic experience together.

Professional experience

15yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Parenting issues Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties Coaching

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues

Services offered

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License information

CO LPC LPC.0019496


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Emily MacNiven. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

She has been very helpful navigating my issues. Highly recommend

Written on Aug 18, 2023 after therapy with Emily for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Emily is an amazing therapist. She’s easy to talk to and offers a safe space to open up. She’s intuitive and tailored her approach to fit my needs. Her approach is exactly what I was looking for. Emily gets to the root of the issue by asking good questions and reflecting my own thoughts/words back to me with new clarity. I’ve only had a few sessions with her, but it’s been very eye-opening, and I’m excited to continue this journey with her!

Written on Aug 08, 2023 after therapy with Emily for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes