A primary goal for therapy is to improve a client's overall sense of well-being. My therapeutic approach is collaborative and strengths based with special focus on art therapy, attachment, family systems, structural theory, and mindfulness. I integrate creative and expressive arts to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behaviors, develop interpersonal skills, improve personal insight, reduce anxiety and depression, and increase self-esteem. I additionally like to use humor, when appropriate, in sessions. Therapy does not have to be intense and serious all of the time.
A little about my background: I am licensed in both Colorado and California. I graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA with a Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. I am currently on the board of the Art Therapy Association of Colorado as the Education Chair. As an intern I worked in a variety of intensive settings with a wide range of clients from children and teens to young adults to elders. I have worked with clients on the Autistic Spectrum of all ages for more than 7 years and feel a connection with this population and their loved ones.
I love to cook and even had the opportunity to do cooking as a therapeutic tool with some of my clients in the past which was really fun. I am an artist and writer and frequently integrate those interests in my work with clients, which makes the Art Therapy thing a little more obvious.
I have some personal experience being in a relationship with someone who I strongly suspect was on the Autism Spectrum. It was not an easy relationship in terms of communication and conflict resolution, but when I accepted that this person might just be on the Spectrum and I approached our relationship with that knowledge, things got better. It turned out to be a wonderful and fulfilling partnership.
With this same person, I sadly experienced being a caregiver to someone with terminal cancer. I have a deep understanding of anticipatory grief and bereavement and the depression that will naturally accompany this loss. Like my clients, I have been through quite a lot: loss and depression, trauma and anxiety, difficult relationships and loving ones. I can safely say that I will not ask a client to do something I have not already been through myself.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Eating, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger
LMFT #MFT.0001361 (Expires: 2019-08-31)
She is on time she listens she has a lot of input and understands what I'm saying and how to resolve it understands how I feel she's amazing!
Nissa is a great counselor. She really listens and knows how to deconstruct in a constructive way. She knows the right time to challenge one's ideas and beliefs. She made me work for my therapy goals, and that work has paid off. Her help and support have helped me learn to hold myself up and become the person I want to be. I walk the path but she taught me how to get there. I am absolutely grateful to her.
Nissa has been extremely helpful in only under a months time. It feels good to know I can talk to someone objectively, outside of friends and family, about my challenges. I feel I've already discovered some things about my current situation and have been provided with tools to get me to a better place. I feel more hopeful about the future, especially knowing I have support from someone who will listen, provide objective feedback, and guidance. She's understanding, compassionate, and provides guidance in a way that merges with my needs. Very thankful to have her on my side.
Nissa is great! She's very understanding and helpful. She provided a list of books to read about things we had talked about and they were incredibly helpful. She opened my eyes to how certain things affect other things in my life which was eye opening. I really appreciated her input.
Amazing listener & so far she is amazing in what she does.
Nissa is the best!
Thank you for making therapy an extremely positive experience!!!!!
Excellent listener and down to earth manner
I really enjoy working with Nissa. Our work has felt thorough and supportive between text/written messages and weekly calls.
Nissa makes simple and significant suggestions on how to deal with difficulties. Incredibly supportive, firm and insightful on where I was in life. This counselor created the environment for me to get good work done in. Appreciations