I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado (LPC #0011482). In addition, I have fulfilled the education, supervision and post-graduate experience requirements to become a Registered Art Therapist (ATCB #12-029) with the American Art Therapy Association.
- BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978
- MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology / Art Therapy Emphasis from Naropa University, Boulder, CO 2008
Since 2008 I have had a private practice in Boulder, Colorado working with individuals who are addressing a variety of life concerns. My focus has been primarily with adults, and includes grief and loss work; life transitions and change; personal growth; identity and self-esteem issues; trauma resolution; depression; anxiety; relationship issues; women’s issues; spiritual issues; and stroke and brain injury support.
In addition to my private practice, I have worked with various organizations providing individual and group services. These include:
- Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado – art therapy groups for brain injury survivors (2015)
- Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence – Shelter Crisis Line (2009)
- Naropa University Community Art Studio – facilitated a Brain Injury and Stroke Survivors group (2008 - 2013)
- Center for People with Disabilities – facilitated art therapy activities in peer groups (2012)
- Denver Children’s Home – art therapy studio volunteer (2012 - 2013)
Areas of Special Interest and Expertise
- Life Changing Loss, Tragedy or Events
- Life Transitions and Personal Growth
- Women’s Issues
- Brain Injury, Stroke and Aphasia
- Caregiver Support
My clinical orientation is primarily Transpersonal and Client-Centered with grounding in Jungian Analytical Psychology and Art Therapy. A Transpersonal perspective considers the whole person (body, mind and spirit). It believes in our innate movement toward health and the wisdom for healing in each of us. Client-Centered Therapy believes that healing and growth are best supported in an authentic, empathetic, and non-judgmental environment. Jungian Analytical Psychology attempts to bring the unconscious into greater awareness and balance, often through symbolic language and imagery. From the Jungian perspective, development is seen as a life-long movement towards greater individuation. Art Therapy provides a non-verbal means of accessing and expressing feelings and beliefs, and gaining insight. I am Strengths Based in my focus. In addition, I bring awareness to gender, multicultural, and contextual issues relevant to clients’ lives.
I rely on a number of different therapeutic methods because each person and situation is unique. In addition to traditional talk therapy, my methods may include:
- Art Therapy
- Symbol, Metaphor, and Dream Work
- Sand Tray Work
- Guided Imagery and Visualizations
- Mindfulness Practices
- Cognitive and Behavioral Practices
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
As a therapist, I have learned to respect and trust my clients’ innate wisdom and natural movement towards health. Therefore, our work together will be a collaborative process in which we access and co-create what is needed for healing to take place within the safety of the therapeutic relationship.
I believe choice is essential to empowerment and healing. For this reason, you are always given choice in the work we do together. While I may encourage a client to use art making, Brainspotting, or EMDR, if appropriate, as a part of our therapy work, it is never required. I do not ask clients to use any modality or intervention they are uncomfortable using.
Nancy Franke ReachesBoulder CO