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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 14 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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
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Toni's been extremely helpful and a good listener! Her explanations help me make connections to how I'm feeling, and provide some key strategies that can help me day-to-day. I love working with her!
Toni is caring, understanding and never judges me! She is supportive and I feel like she is someone I can trust.
Toni is very sweet and understanding. I have a very busy schedule and she is always flexible to reschedule sessions if I need to. She gives a variety of relaxation tools to help with trauma and anxiety.
I see Toni as a friend that has gotten to know me and actually is invested in me and what is going on in my life. I feel like I have a friend that I can talk to.
Toni has encouraged me to vent and is able to identify main issues. Her communication skills are excellent. Toni's feedback has helped me understand myself better and offered suggestions to move through it. She is straightforward and supportive.
Toni helped me a great deal. Her insightful questions, comments, and suggestions were spot on. She was always available - responding to my messages immediately. I highly recommend Toni as a counselor!
Before Toni, I was crying every day and feeling immensely depressed and hopeless due to childhood trauma and also more recent trauma. She is a great listener, extremely caring, affectionate while also professional and organized, keeping the big picture in mind. She has been methodically guiding me through stages of personal growth and healing via video calls and also sending me reading materials. Whenever I feel down, which happens much more rarely than it used to, I console myself with the thought that my next session with her is scheduled soon.
I highly recommend Toni for anyone dealing with depression, insecurity, heartbreak, trauma of varying severity. My life is getting better every day because of her guidance.
Toni is wonderful. She understands depression and anxiety, and does everything she can to help you understand it too. She’s kind, and funny, and I have never once felt judged when talking to her.
I really like Toni. She offers a wide variety of advice and ways to get me into my own head if need be. I think my favorite part of BetterHelp is just having someone that you can talk to whenever it may be. It’s helping me with so much and I am so grateful to her.
Toni has been very helpful. She is very empathetic and clearly understands me and helps me understand my situation better.
Toni seems to genuinely care, and is always ready and willing to talk or listen.
Toni is very supportive & understanding. She makes me feel that I'm heard & understood and that she will be there for me when I message her. I'm glad she's my counselor.
She is a great therapist. She has a professional disposition and great attitude.
Toni has been kind and understanding, and with the initial time we've spoken has worked to understand what I'm going through.
Tony has been a large help already and has given me some insight on things that I have been struggling with my whole life. I look forward to sticking with her and hoping to advance with her expertise in realizing what I can be and how I can think better and feel better.
Toni is helpful and very easy to talk to, I recommend her counselling services.
Toni, has been wonderful during her counseling. She does not mind my long messages, and I know he reads them in depth because of her precise answers. Her questions have helped me to go back in time and relate instances that have altered my present emotional state. I feel I can open up to her and tell her anything.