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Steve Garufi

Offering therapy in CO
License: MA ,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

With 19 years of experience, my areas of interest include depression, anxiety, self-image, healing from trauma and abuse, divorce recovery, overcoming shame, life transitional issues, matters of loneliness, and empowering others to pursue their dreams and career aspirations. I earned my B.A. in Political Science at Montclair State University in New Jersey in 1994 and gained my Masters in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2002. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado (#4201) and Arizona (#22661). My counseling approach usually incorporates cognitive-behavioral techniques, Rogerian theories ("person-centered" counseling), and family systems methods. I am passionate about helping my clients feel understood in their time of suffering — with their feelings validated, their life story honored, and their weaknesses, mistakes, failures, longings, etc., accepted without a hint of judgment. While I think I have much to offer my clients, I am not a "know it all" therapist. I want to learn from those who have turned their pain and suffering into something beautiful. As a resident of Westcliffe, Colorado and Green Valley, Arizona, I enjoy hiking, cycling, and exploring the beautiful landscapes of the American West. I have biked across the USA three times, the latest trip in 2017, and have authored a memoir about my first trip, titled "Under a Triumphant Sky: A Bike Across America Story." I regularly make public presentations about my travel experiences and encourage others to live boldly and to pursue their dreams.

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Shalyn Oberle

Offering therapy in CO
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

Welcome to BetterHelp! I look forward to to working with my clients to find ways I can help them make positive changes to live healthier and happier lives. I am a licensed professional counselor in Colorado, and have been practicing for 9 years. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy to clients of all ages (children, adolescents, and adults). I utilize a biopsychosocial approach to my clinical work, meaning I look at the "whole picture" for a client: biology (genetics and chemistry), psychological makeup (thought patterns, world view, view of self), and social situations (influence of current and past environments). I tailor my interventions for the individual needs of my clients. My areas of specialty include anxiety, trauma, depression, parenting issues, and relational issues and many others. In my free time I like to run, hike, and do yoga. I volunteer with a giant breed dog rescue and have two Great Danes.

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Jason Howard

Offering therapy in CO
License: LPC,CAC III
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

Jason Howard received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in Psychology and Education from Alfred University in Alfred, NY and completed a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He has worked in the behavioral health profession since 1998 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Specialist in Colorado. He has worked with adults and adolescents in various setting including outpatient private practice, behavioral health hospitals, residential treatment facilities and corrections. His therapeutic approach is eclectic, based on the needs of the individual and encompasses modes of Humanistic psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

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Dr. Brannon Pruet

Offering therapy in CO
License: PhD, LPC, CAS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
3 years of experience

Brannon Pruet has been working in the mental health field across the United States for the past twenty-six years. Moving to CO in 1998, Brannon has served as a clinician in two community mental health centers as a case worker and a residential counselor. In addition, he has extensive inpatient psychiatric experience as a counselor/therapist in various metropolitan hospitals providing 1:1 psychotherapy, milieu management, and group therapy facilitation. For 15 years, Brannon has offered crisis assessment services/behavioral health management in the emergency room at St. Anthony Hospital. In 2015, Brannon helped launch the clinical services at Sandstone Care where he has worked in the capacity of adolescent and young adult primary therapist, program director and lead mental health therapist. Dr. Pruet opened an Aurora based private practice in 2006. Brannon received his doctorate in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary and his Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Medicine/History from Auburn University. In addition, he has completed significant graduate theological studies at Duke University. Dr. Pruet is an ordained evangelical Christian minister through New Horizon Ministry since 2006. Moreover, Brannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado and a Certified Addiction Specialist, as well. In the community, he is affiliated with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). With NAMI’s help Brannon seeks to remove the stigma of mental illness, to lobby for legislative changes regarding behavioral health issues, and to provide quality, affordable psychiatric care for the Denver metro area. For his efforts, Brannon received a Hero in the Fight Award in 2007. Due to his wealth of experience in acute psychiatric settings, Brannon treats a variety of chronic and persistent mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar, PTSD, Major Depression, and Anxiety Disorders. In addition, he works with individuals suffering from substance abuse and addiction problems as well as with those with bereavement and grief issues. Brannon also offers couple, marital, and family counseling. In terms of a theoretical approach, Dr. Pruet utilizes an eclectic fusion of Cognitive Behavioral, Client-Centered, EMDR, and Solution-Focused methodologies. Most importantly, Brannon’s Christian faith forms the foundation of his practice. Thus, he adopts a biblical worldview and believes that nurturing the spirit is integral to healing both the body and the mind.

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Krista McClinton

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, parenting issues, & 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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Juanita Sawyer

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 3 years of professional work experience. The most central values upheld in my practice are those of social justice, inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity. I work with day-to-day anxieties, grief, overwhelm, major life transitions, and everything in between. You can come to me and trust that you will have an approachable, authentic therapist who believes you and wants to listen. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I promise to tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs with specific attention to your cultural, gender-based, whole human identity. 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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Alexander Regalado

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCompassion fatigue
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Colorado with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Denise Thornton

Offering therapy in CO
License: MS,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
6 years of experience

Connection with others and healthy, strong relationships are what I am passionate about. There are many times in life when journeys are hard, situations exhausting, and trying or overwhelming, and my desire is to come alongside and help process and encourage my clients. Counseling for clients can be hard work but can be so rewarding and healing in the process and on the other side of the valley they might be up against. People dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma of various kinds, relationship struggles and life change are many of who make up my clients. I work with a wide range of ages and journeys. I received a masters in science from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2013. I am a licensed professional counselor as well as certified by the national board as a nationally certified counselor. I use a solution focused approach as well as CBT and trauma-focused therapy. This means I am looking for ways to help my client process, find tools to help them in the midst of their struggle and then get them to implement the tools so they can move forward to a healthier way of living. We can often get stuck in the way we have always done something and sometimes having a person on the outside can give us a new perspective and lens with which to see things and make changes necessary to move to health and peace.

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Kerry Rastigue

Offering therapy in CO
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Michigan and Colorado and have been in professional practice for over 10 years. I have experience in a variety of mental health settings - including community mental health, large universities, and my own private practice - and use the specialized skills I acquired in each to offer the best possible service to my clients. In my therapy practice, I help people who struggle with a wide range of mental health challenges to make meaningful changes in their lives. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and unresolved trauma and work closely with my clients to overcome issues like anger, shame and quilt and improve their self-confidence. I also have significant experience in career counseling and executive coaching and help my clients pursue employment that aligns with their interests, goals and values so they feel fulfilled and truly achieve job satisfaction. I am highly focused on creating a therapeutic environment that prioritizes quality and cutting-edge care for my clients. I am trained in numerous evidenced-based treatments – such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy, and various trauma-focused approaches - and use the most appropriate aspects of these treatments to best meet the unique needs of each client. Providing a safe space in which my clients can freely explore and process their thoughts, feelings and emotions is also a critical component of my practice. In all cases, I adopt a client-centered approach to care, which means that you are the expert of your story and have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming the challenges you face. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I began my career as an attorney, working for several large law firms and Fortune 500 companies in Chicago and Detroit. After 20 years in the legal field, I realized my true passion was working with people to help them improve their lives. Much to everyone’s surprise, I left the practice of law and returned to school to earn my Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. I truly believe that I finally found my true calling and have never looked back!

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Amanda Mossing

Offering therapy in CO
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am a trained, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the states of Florida , Colorado, Arizona and Utah, and I have been practicing since 2015. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). I specialize in treating PTSD and complex PTSD, complex grief and loss, relational trauma, recovery from addiction behaviors, anxiety, depression, stress issues, self esteem issues, balance during life transitions and conscious relationship work. My approach to therapy is individualized, trauma informed, process oriented and holistic in nature, with a strong mind-body-spirit connection. I aim to provide a safe, compassionate space for individuals to slow down and get curious about what's going on in the inside of them.

How to find counseling in Raymer

Finding the best therapist close by in Raymer 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 Raymer. 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 Raymer, 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 Raymer 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 Raymer 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 Raymer, elsewhere in Weld, 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 Raymer area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Raymer 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 Raymer 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 Raymer 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 Raymer, 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 Raymer 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 Raymer 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 Raymer 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 Raymer 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 Raymer 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 80742 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 Raymer 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 Raymer 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 Raymer, 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.

Raymer 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.

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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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