Dr. Young’s Counseling Philosophy
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
~ Anais Nin
Dr. Young is licensed by the State of Colorado to provide psychological treatment to people seeking help for emotional issues that are affecting the satisfaction and well-being of their lives. She has successfully treated many psychological conditions, such as relationship discord/conflicts, couple’s communications, severe childhood trauma and sexual abuse, dissociation, depression and anxiety, alcohol and drug addiction recovery, posttraumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, and more. She works primarily with adults (over 18 years old), both in individual counseling as well as in couples or partner/relationship counseling. I also facilitate groups, and lead workshops. I also provide clinical supervision for counselors- in-training and case consultation upon request.
The decision to pursue therapy, to risk blossoming, is a courageous one. People may believe that they’ve run out of options, that they’ve reached the limits of their vision, our faith, our hope. Consider the story of about a prisoner. He gazes longingly out through the tiny window in his cell, mesmerized by the prospect of freedom. This window is all he can see--he spends years with his face pressed against its cold, metal bars, fantasizing about escape. He finally gives up, turns around and sees that the door to his cell has been unlocked the whole time… What is your window and where is your door? Let’s look together.
Dr. Young is honored to witness the life force which propels us toward growth and change, and is deeply moved by humanity’s search for meaning. We may feel as though its time to make changes in order to be in line with our highest capabilities and intentions. We know that the questions we’re asking are profound and are seeking companionship as we traverse this new territory. In her work, Dr. Young will tend to experiences and feelings with acceptance, curiosity, warmth and, yes, even humor, creating spaciousness for all aspects of ourselves.
Dr. Young helps to explore whether the old ways of doing things are no longer serving us. She addresses whether or not we are being our own worst enemy—we can’t do anything right, we doubt every decision we make and don’t trust ourselves. She holds equal importance and respect both the desire to change as well as the safety of the structures people have created. She realizes that an unraveling of patterns can be painful, and must be gradual in order to be sustainable. In this process, she will explore ways to connect with and believe in people’s own innate wisdom. She helps to examine the opinions people hold about themselves their potential; letting go of those that no longer serve them. Her work steers people toward integration, awareness and clarity.
Based on traditional Western psychology, Dr. Young’s work is also influenced by transpersonal, existential and spiritual perspectives on the human experience, especially as they pertain to change and healing. She works interactively,taking into account each unique personality, desires, needs and goals. She may incorporate role playing, experiential exercises, dream work, past life regression, and brief meditations as tools to further growth.
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