Hello and Welcome,
In my experience, people seek counseling for many different reasons. Although life can be challenging and sometimes difficult, I believe that with support and effective strategies, we can all find a way to thrive in any situation at any stage of life. There are times when we need help processing losses and painful situations as well and I believe therapy can help anyone find relief from pain in these distressing situations.
Through non-judgemental and supportive listening it may be possible to help you identify the causes of your distress as well as to explore strengths you can use to improve your overall sense of well-being when life’s difficulties confuse and overwhelm you. The use of long term and short term goals can also be very helpful for anyone in determining treatment strategies and the direction of therapy. I have found Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to be very effective in strengthening self-esteem and confidence, as well as increasing independence, and in improving decision making, relationship health, emotion regulation, and a more positive mood. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be very effective in helping you to identify and replace damaging, distressing and ineffective thinking patterns with those that can help you achieve your goals in life and improve your emotional health.
My name is Toni Kooy and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I have been working in the substance abuse and mental health field since 2004. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling, both, from the University of Colorado.
I have worked with clients primarily, in the rural and urban community mental health center setting and have worked with a variety of clients from the age of 4 years old to the age of 80 years old . I have extensive training and experience with clients who struggle with problems related to mood and emotions as well as trauma and grief. I have received extensive training in trauma, which included EMDR. Thus, I have worked with many clients who were experiencing the symptoms of trauma in my past employment. In the past, I have worked as a musician, a construction worker, a nanny, a home-maker, and an assembly worker as well as my current 16-year career as a therapist, so I bring a varied and non-judgmental life perspective to the therapeutic process as well as a flexible schedule.
You have already gained insight into your situation and have utilized strength to seek help. If you would like to continue in your journey toward a life in which you can thrive, I would be honored to join you in your walk.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
CO LPC LPC.0005555
Toni is a knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate therapist. She has been a tremendous resource as I have been processing trauma and hurt.
Written on May 21, 2023 after therapy with Toni for 3 years and 1 month on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Toni is one of the greatest!
Written on May 08, 2023 after therapy with Toni for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem
Toni is Amazing! I Fat fingered and accidentally said “strongly disagree” for her response time which is inaccurate. She ALWAYS responds in a timely manner I could not go back to fix it. :(
Toni is always in my corner but also gently pushes me when I need it. I have been seeing her for over two years now. She’s the best therapist of many I have seen. She’s real.
She got me through the roughest two years of my life in dealing with my late Mother’s decline due to Alzheimer’s.
I know she cares for me and it helps so much to truly feel that even through the internet!
I have insurance to cover therapy now, but I pay to stick with Toni because she’s irreplaceable to me.
Written on Feb 04, 2023 after therapy with Toni for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Toni is very kind and understanding. She has helped me through very difficult times and has opened my eyes to the reasons on why I was not feeling well. I'm very thankful for her help as I move on with my life, as she brings awareness to my experience.
Written on Oct 26, 2022 after therapy with Toni for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I have been seeing Toni for 2 years now and I enjoy talking with her so much. She has helped me through so much and I appreciate having her for a therapist!
Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Toni for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
I appreciate the ability to work through and solve current problems and getting strategies that can make me a better person.
Written on Sep 17, 2022 after therapy with Toni for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem