Why do we feel, think, and act the way we do?
Many of our problems stem from the fact that we frequently dismiss or distort our feelings and impressions. We do this for many reasons, but all of them boil down to an attempt to avoid hurt, shame, fear, anger, and other difficult emotions. The final product of this unintentional self-deception is that we end up being out of touch with ourselves, others, and even reality.
As a result, we struggle in love, in work, and in life. Our relationships don't work, our motivation suffers, and we remain trapped in old problems. We feel anxious, angry, or sad "for no reason." We worry too much about how we look or about what others think of us. We seek relief in ways that are ineffective or harmful, or we look for answers in the wrong places.
Getting better has to do with allowing whatever it is that you feel to become a conscious idea that we can think about and make sense of. Whether it is a hang-up from the past or a present concern, together we can look at it and see what that is about.
By giving new meaning to complicated experiences, all the parts of you can come forth and be more aligned with what you show on the outside. By healing what hurts and feeling okay in your own skin, you can gain control over your behaviors, improve your relationships, and have a better quality of life.
HOW I WORK
I work exclusively with adults and provide individual psychotherapy only.
My approach is conversational and exploratory. It is founded on basic counseling skills but enhanced by structured techniques depending on the needs of each particular person. Also, I like to regularly track your progress and the quality of our work together.
We may want to have one or two meetings in order to determine if my approach works for you and what frequency feels right for your specific needs.
Currently, I do not take insurance. I do offer some appointments on a reduced fee, which will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Please call 720-722-4033 for more information on fees and appointment times.
I started to work as a psychotherapist in 1999.
Right after getting a BA in Psychology, I trained for two years as a mental health therapist in inpatient and outpatient programs serving people diagnosed with a variety of mental disorders.
Following that training, I worked as a counselor for many years in mental health outpatient clinics. In 2013, I got a MA in Counseling and have been in private practice since then.
My bilingual psychotherapy practice (Portuguese and English) is located in Aurora. Please scroll down for location and contact information.