Megan McArthur-Federico

(LPC, CACIII)
Therapist Megan McArthur-Federico Photo

About Me

Often times taking the first step to begin counseling can be the most challenging. And so if you're here, you've taken that step and congratulations, that can be a difficult step. The next one would be to select a provider who you feel would be a good fit. Toward that end, I can share a little about myself so that you can decide whether I may be a good fit for you.

I have been licensed as a professional counselor in CO since 2009, after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007. I have been working in the field as a case manager, victim advocate, or certified addictions counselor since 2000. I started out by happenstance in the field of substance misuse and domestic violence, after finishing a BA in cultural anthropology and exploring what my potential next steps would be. From there I moved more into mental health and school counseling. More recently, I have worked in the field of medical / behavioral health integrated care and trauma, peri-natal mood disorders and post-partum struggles. I am particularly passionate about women's issues and social justice. I would like to consider myself someone who is sex positive, open and affirming of gender identity issues and LGBTQ issues, and of non-traditional relationships.

Clients who have worked with me have told me that they appreciate my gentle but direct approach. I find person-centered therapy to be a useful starting place because I think as human beings we all have redeeming qualities and we all deserve respect and care. I also often employ strategies from solution focused brief therapy and motivational interviewing to help a person explore their own self efficacy and readiness to change, and find cognitive behavioral therapy often girds most of how I conceptualize a client's issues. As one of my former mentors would say, "What we think about we talk about, and what we talk about we walk about."

When I'm not working, I'm often playing with my two little boys, and or outside enjoying the beauty of Colorado.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

Licensing

LPC #0005482 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

Written by E.V. on Jul 24, 2020 after counseling with Megan for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

She is pro-trans in a very respectful, understanding, and helpful way. Although her in-person practice is understandably her main focus, she still makes time and provides thoughtful insights on a majority consistent basis. She’s also funny, which helps a lot.

Written by R.U. on Jan 24, 2020 after counseling with Megan for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

Megan has been extremely patient ferreting out the issues in my life that keep me from living up to my full potential. She is not afraid to set me straight when that is required as has been patient when holding judgement till the layers are peeled away to reveal the core issues. We are still working on the puzzle of me.

Written by L.E. on Jan 21, 2020 after counseling with Megan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and adhd

Megan has been kind, supportive, and compassionate. She really focuses on my needs, and she helps me think about and consider things in ways I hadn't (or couldn't) previously. I feel like she has my back, and I feel lucky to have found her.