I grew up in small South Texas towns. I attended Texas State University and then graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1975. I graduated from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1978. While there I became interested in Pastoral Counseling and upon graduation I completed an internship in Clinical Pastoral Education in Houston, Texas at the Institute of Religion. I served as a pastor for several years and the I began my training as a therapist at The Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences in Houston, Texas in 1983. I trained there for three years accruing the hours necessary to become a Clinical Member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. I had a private practice in San Antonio, Texas where I also trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from 1986-1991. I studied at San Francisco Theological Seminary during this time becoming a Doctor of Ministry Candidate but I never completed my dissertation. I was the Executive Director for the Center for Counseling and Education in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1991-1996. While there I became an Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Licensed Professional Counselor. In 1998 I moved to Colorado to follow a life-long dream and work as a ski instructor. I have just completed fourteen years working full time or part time as a ski instructor for Vail Resorts. Since 2001 I have worked for Vail Valley Medical Center providing mental health evaluations primarily for suicidal patients and substance abuse interventions. I've also had a private practice near Vail since 1999. For the last few years my practice has increasingly focused on providing Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, individuals and families. I've also been certified as a grief counselor by the Grief Recovery Institute and as a Critical Incident Specialist by the Crisis Care Network.
While hiking up a trail near Vail in May of 1999 I met Marita Bledsoe. Marita and I married in October of 2000. We have a son, Joshua, born on June 1, 2005. Marita, a pediatrician, is the medical director for Roundup River Ranch, a Hole-in-the-Wall Camp founded by Paul Newman for seriously/terminally ill children.
We enjoy skiing, hiking and camping in Colorado, our adopted home state. We also like to travel, fish, visit friends and enjoy one another's company.
My work as a Licensed Professional Counselor is very important to my understanding of the contribution I am making to creation with my lifetime. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to accompany individuals, couples and families on a path toward wholeness and healing. Psychotherapy has been immensely beneficial to me and to my ability to be present as a father, husband, friend and helping professional. I'd be honored to accompany you on your journey to health and wholeness.
Don Bissett ReachesEdwards CO