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Susan Simianer

Offering therapy in CO
License: M.A.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am a counselor with 13 years of experience in Colorado. I have worked as a school based therapist providing therapy to students for about one year. I have also worked in a medical setting delivering behavioral healthcare to patients for over 3 years. I now work in a practice with other counselors providing therapy and supporting families experiencing poverty and mental health issues. I love working with teens and adults providing person centered therapy. All of my clients guide their own process. I strongly emphasize autonomy in every aspect of one's life. I have worked with clients from all walks of life and find value in every facet of their story. I work comprehensively with trauma, depression, and other anxiety disorders. I have educated a great deal of my clients on what healthy relationships look like and if they are in an unhealthy relationship. I provide education and support around co-dependency. My name is Susan Simianer and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. I live in a small town with my husband and my chocolate lab Izzy. My kids come home and visit often. They are in college in Grand Junction and were teens not too long ago. I used to live in Denver, so I understand living in cities and rural areas very well. I obtained my master's from Adams State University in 2013. I have been in practice for over 13 years working with adults, children of every age, and families. My sincere hope is to be able you to become more resilient and sustain and/ or create healthy relationships with those you care about. Helping you identify your values, strengths, hopes and dreams, and gaining skills to help navigate this world with more confidence. I would love to hear more about your goals and how I can be of help. I look forward to meeting you. SPECIALTIES Anxiety issues Parenting issues Bipolar disorder Depression PTSD - Trauma Self - Esteem Domestic Abuse Also experienced in: Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Sleeping disorders , Anger management. Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, EMDR and Neurofeedback. Years of Experience: 13

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Karensa Lewis

Offering therapy in CO
License: LCSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
30 years of experience

Hello, my name is Karensa. I grew up in Texas but have now lived in Colorado for 20 Years (love it!). I am happy that you have reached out to find a counselor; that can be a scary step, so you need courage! I would love for us to talk and find out if we would be a good fit. About me: Education: I received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from State University of New York, then a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Houston, then completed a fellowship in individual counseling from Baylor College of Medicine. Experience: I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric clinics and residential facilities, with end of life and loss and grief issues in a hospice setting, in a human services organization with foster and adoptive parents, in programs assisting military members and their spouses and children, and for many years now in private practice around issues running the gamut of life, from relationships (friend conflicts, marital issues, divorce, coparenting) , depression, healing from abuse or trauma, to grief and loss and one’s own mortality. My style is interactive and open to feedback about what works for You and what doesn't. I use modalities of cognitive-behavioral, emotionally based, family of origin issues, and psychodynamic. I believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. I am(I Hope I am!) warm, compassionate, honest and non-judgmental. I look forward to speaking with you in your journey towards a happier and more fulfilling life.

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Dr. Scott Lovaas

Offering therapy in CO
License: M.Div,LCSW,PhD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
30 years of experience

Thanks for taking peek at my bio! My approach is wholistic--meaning I draw upon a variety of clinical theories. My first task to to provide deep listening in an effort to understand. I try and look at the whole picture and how the pieces all fit together for you and your context. I am direct, candid, and solution focused with kindness, curiosity and gratitude as my foundation. A little about me: I have three advanced degrees in divinity, social work and media studies and I have worked in a wide variety of settings across 13 states. I also have five grown daughters. Wanderlust is in my blood--I have been fortunate to have travelled to over 80 countries, and always hoping there is more on the horizon. Additionally, I am a certified Laughing Yoga instructor--Ho, Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha. Innovation and creativity are in my wheelhouse. All these diverse experiences and education inform all that I do and who I am. I would love to learn about you and talk about your journey.

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Arianna Williams

Offering therapy in CO
License: MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
8 years of experience

Hi There! Having lived through a number of difficult experiences I understand the challenges in continuing to share your vulnerabilities with the world. These experiences lead us to hide our pain thinking it will be easier if others cannot see them. In reality, each time we hide our pain we dismiss a part of ourselves that is aching to be seen. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and Colorado, and a Women's Empowerment Life Coach, I understand the importance of guiding women towards their internal strengths, building trust, and exploring their personal authenticity. My work is centered in supporting women through the twists and turns of self-discovery. In working with me, women discover and rediscover parts of themselves that they have buried, lost, or are unknown. I focus on education, elevation, and empowerment. Through my work women are encouraged to take control, reclaim their inherent freedom, and cultivate support that lights a path to the new woman they are becoming. My eclectic approach entwines 12 years of education and experience to help you identify obstacles in your life while steering you towards your goals. I specialize in issues related to anxiety, family conflict, relationship challenges, self-esteem, communication and trauma. As a clinician, my journey has afforded me three key insights; a better understanding of the human condition, how trauma can impact our perceptions of our capabilities, and that the human spirit is resilient beyond imaginable belief. Reach out to me if you are ready to begin your unique journey to healing. **Scheduling: Currently I have availability on Mondays and Tuesdays late mornings/early afternoon. Please be aware of this before moving forward. Periodically their will be other availability. For potential clients outside of the continental US, if you do not see a preferred time, please make contact.

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Kathe Skinner

Offering therapy in CO
License: M.A. ,L.M.F.T.
Relationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
26 years of experience

I've been in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist for 26 years, working with a variety of clients in diverse settings. But that's only half of it. Before becoming a therapist, I was a middle school teacher then a creative guide for a corporation, a college, and several non-profits, recognized with awards along the way. Married for the second time, I was struggling with the culture shock of moving from the East Coast to Colorado, and struggling with the demise of my business as a freelancer. The turning point, though, was the tragic paralysis, inability to speak, and subsequent death, of a friend's child. Deeply moved, I looked for some meaning in this; I found none. It took a year to realize that I could do nothing about the past, making meaning only by moving forward. I wanted to help those who metaphorically could not speak to be heard. At midlife, I returned to school to become a therapist. I've learned where to find the sense of things, and how to cope when I can't – and to teach others what I’ve learned. I have experience with the life-altering events of grief, chronic illness and disability: - Past president of a coalition of grief counselors; - Patient-direct hospice volunteer; - Mental health provider for a state program for brain injured and their families; - Mental health provider for a state vocational rehabilitation program; - Developer of a local chapter of the Well Spouse Foundation; - Board member for a retarded citizens organization, and; - Executive Board member for a state-wide invisible disability association. I help healthy individuals and couples get unstuck, teaching them communication and behavioral skills to keep them from getting stuck again. Healthy means no substance, physical, or emotional abuse. - Certified Instructor for a national Couple Communication program; - Certified Facilitator for a program to identify dysfunction for each member of a couple; - Outcome-focused therapist; - Member, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM); - Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and; - Presenter for several national relationship organizations. I have loved to teach, to guide, as a: - Public school teacher; - Mentor; - Mental health provider for juvenile diversion; - Children's instructor at an art school; - Community college instructor, and; - University adjunct professor. I teach still, but to a different audience. What guides my work is a strong belief that early experiences in our families have the biggest influence in answering the question, "Why do I do that?" Blunt, funny, compassionate, and smart, I strive never to be like the kind of therapists I've had. I work hard to hear you, so you feel safe and supported. Therapy is hard work for both of us but it's never my job to work harder than you do. Primarily through video meetings, I share my knowledge, and teach you real-life skills and tools. You bring honesty and commitment. I can't wait to see what we will accomplish together!

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Melissa Gledhill

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Nicole "Ren" Brown

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and practice compassionate mental health and trauma treatment from a polyvagal-informed and attachment-focused perspective. I take a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, incorporating evidence-based modalities informed by neuroscience into treatment – such as EMDR and somatic psychotherapies – to assist with nervous system regulation and manage undesirable symptoms. In utilizing the brain/body connection, I have been able to work effectively with individuals who have been impacted by incarceration and social injustice, complex and relational trauma, eating disorders and body dysmorphia, substance and alcohol use, co-occurring disorders, dissociation, depression and anxiety, and grief. I am dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating all the identities and abilities, both marginalized and privileged, of the folks I serve by meeting folks where they are in their growth process and offering a compassionate & collaborative space to further self-explore and achieve personal goals. Folks can expect a safe, non-judgmental space when working with me to help unearth inner wants and needs and increase a deeper sense of connection. All peoples are invited to collaborate with me – I am LGBTQ+ affirming, culturally responsive and socially justice oriented, neuro-inclusive, and body-allied.

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Rachel Stiff

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 17 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Kimberly Hardesty

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
14 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 14 years of professional work experience.

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Beatriz Grullon

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado and Wyoming with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Blue River

Finding the best therapist close by in Blue River can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Blue River. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Blue River, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Blue River or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Blue River area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Blue River, elsewhere in Summit, or in the greater state of Colorado.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Blue River area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Blue River therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Blue River due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Blue River may not take health insurance, some in the state of Colorado may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Colorado you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Blue River, Colorado working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Blue River above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Blue River helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Blue River therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Blue River therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Blue River therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in CO, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 80424 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Blue River counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Blue River licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Blue River, Colorado can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Blue River has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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