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A Wide Range of Specialties

Westside Behavioral Care’s licensed therapists, counselors and psychologists provide a broad range of services designed to help people evaluate the root causes of distress in their lives. Please visit our home page to obtain more information about our top-rated therapists and company.

We know that therapy issues know no class, age, gender or ethnicity, so we treat everyone with respect. Our specialties cover a variety of mental health and other life problems, and our goal is to help our clients reach optimal health, mental health, and happiness. Click on a specialty for a view of each therapist who has that specialty.

Abuse Survivors

Counseling for those who have experienced abuse comprises trauma specific counseling, a focused type of therapy that concentrates on the abuse that occurred and the effects it has on life after the abuse. Treatment methods can vary from talking through thoughts, feelings and behaviors, establishing coping mechanisms, EMDR, becoming educated on symptoms and the dynamics of assault, journaling and relaxation techniques. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Abuse) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

ADD/ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder of the neurodevelopmental type in which there are significant problems of attention, hyperactivity, or acting impulsively that are not appropriate for a person's age. These symptoms must begin by age six to twelve and be present for more than six months for a diagnosis to be made. In school-aged individuals the lack of focus may result in poor school performance. Despite being the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents, the cause in the majority of cases is unknown. Rates are similar between countries and depend mostly on how it is diagnosed. ADHD is diagnosed approximately three times more in boys than in girls. About 30 to 50 percent of people diagnosed in childhood continue to have symptoms into adulthood and between two and five percent of adults have the condition. The condition can be difficult to tell apart from other disorders as well as that of high normal activity. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of ADD/ADHD therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case ADD/ADHD) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Adjustment Disorder

Counseling or therapy can be helpful when a person is having special difficulty adjusting to one or more highly stressful circumstances such as divorce or death of a loved one.

Adolescent and Teen

Teens and adolescents define a particular developmental stage with many social and family challenges. Therapists with adolescent counseling experience and training often work with the adolescent and with the adolescent’s family members to make the transition through the teenager stage of life go more smoothly. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of adolescent and teen disorder therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case adolescents) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Adoption Evaluations

Adoption Evaluations

Alcohol Abuse Counseling & Treatment

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are some of the most common, dangerous, and debilitating of all psychological conditions. Individuals with this problem are drinking alcohol to a point of disturbance with social, familial, and/or occupational functioning. We provide caring, CO certified (CAC III) alcohol therapists and counselors across Denver and surrounding areas. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of alcohol disorder therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case alcohol abuse) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Anger Management

Anger management describes a host of conditions from authority problems to spouse abuse, often exacerbated by drug or alcohol abuse or circumstances reminiscent of early childhood experiences.

Anxiety

Anxiety is an inevitable part of everyday life. If you didn’t feel any anxiety in response to everyday challenges involving potential loss or failure, something would be wrong with you. However, when anxiety becomes more intense (e.g., panic attacks), lasts longer, (for months after a stressful situation has passed) or leads to phobias that interfere with your life and daily functioning (i.e., inability to leave the house), it is time to seek the help of a trained professional. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of anxiety disorder therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Anxiety) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Binge Eating

Bipolar Disorder

Also called manic depression, Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness under the Affective Disorders classification. It is caused by problematic psychophysiology and can be treated first with psychotropic medication. This disorder is often misdiagnosed because bipolar patients may be primarily depressed, manic, rapid cycling or in remission. Manic states may be accompanied by rapid speaking, insomnia, flight of ideas, tremendous energy, poor impulse control and poor judgment. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of bipolar disorder therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case bipolar disorder) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Blended Families

Blended family is a term used to describe when parents with children from a former marriage get remarried. Blended families commonly have problems with adjustment and child rearing and often benefit from counseling specially adapted to these problems.

Bulimia

Children (ages 1-9)

Small children are subject to various conditions relevant to their age group; e.g., noncompliance with parental requests, various eating problems, anxiety, tantrums, depression, and fears or phobias.

Children (ages 10-12)

Small children are subject to various conditions relevant to their age group; e.g., noncompliance with parental requests, various eating problems, anxiety, tantrums, depression, and fears or phobias. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of child therapy disorder therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case children ages 6-12) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Christian Counseling

This is therapy provided by a counselor who has an active, Christian faith and who places an emphasis on counseling from a Christian perspective.

Chronic Illness

Treatment of a chronic medical condition is larger and more encompassing than for chronic pain. As the population ages, psychotherapists are helping the increasing number of patients who are struggling with chronic illnesses such as lupus, fibromylagia and cancer. Providing effective and appropriate treatment to these patients requires clinicians who have broadened their perspective about psychological treatment and augmented their intervention strategies and treatment plans. Mental health therapists can help patients find resources, manage their illness, find alternative treatment options and develop transcriptions that make the treatment process tangible and results-oriented.

Chronic Pain

Although acute pain is normal and warns us of possible injury, chronic pain persists for weeks, months, or years. The initial cause may be an injury of some sort; alternatively, there may be an illness such as arthritis or cancer, but some people suffer chronic pain without any known cause or condition.

Codependency

Spouses or significant others of those dependent upon drugs or alcohol may themselves be dependent upon the addict remaining addicted. This usually is an unconscious motivation which becomes apparent in a counseling context. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of codependency therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case codependency) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This is the therapy of “attitudes”. Its underlying assumption is that negative emotions and behavior are influenced to a significant degree by one’s own thoughts…and that by changing self-destructive ideation, one can become much less unhappy. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of cognitive behavioral therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Compulsive Eating

Conduct Disorder

A very serious behavioral difficulty among adolescents, especially those with histories of abuse, lack of parental discipline, and/or neglect. The primary symptom is a tendency toward lawlessness and disrespect for authority.

Crisis Counseling

This is psychotherapeutic intervention that is begun while a client is still in the midst of a recent or ongoing emotional upheaval or critical difficulty of some sort.

Depression

There are many forms of depression. Major depression is a form of affective illness that can cause disruption of social and occupational activities, sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure, loss of appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, suicidal ideation and other issues. Dysthymia is a less severe form of depression relative to major depression but with less acute onset and a chronic symptom picture. Other forms of depression include Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood and Postpartum Depression. Therapists and counselors who specialize in this problem are often adept at cognitive therapy, couples counseling, nutrition, family therapy (among other things), and they know when to help sad people and when to refer to psychiatrists for medication assessment and prescription. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of depression therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Depression) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

This is not a disorder but rather a highly specialized form of intervention originally designed to help a severe psychological condition known as Borderline Personality Disorder. Therapists with this specialty have undergone special training in order to gain competence with this form of therapy.

Divorce

Divorce can cause a significant change in lifestyle, emotional instability, stress, financial problems and issues related to family organization. Divorce is one of the most common triggers for seeking professional help. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of divorce therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case divorce) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Drug Abuse/Substance Abuse

Drugs most often associated with substance abuse include alcohol, substituted amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (particularly alprazolam, temazepam, diazepam and clonazepam), cocaine, methaqualone and opioids. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm. There are many cases in which criminal or anti-social behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and other synthetic drugs. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Drug or Substance Abuse) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Eating Disorders: Anorexia

Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Compulsive Eating, Emotional Eating

The three main categories of Adult Eating Disorders are: Bulimia, Anorexia, and Binge or Compulsive Eating and Overeating. Therapists and counselors who specialize in this area also tend to assess related areas of potential difficulty; for example, social anxiety, a history of trauma or abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts or gestures, family conflict, couples or marriage counseling issues, and crisis counseling. Inpatient referrals are sometimes made after a proper assessment has been completed, followed by outpatient therapy and management. Binge Eating is similar to Bulimia without the active purging component such as vomiting, use of laxatives, or excessive exercise. Clients suffering from Binge Eating but who are not purging; i.e., they do not meet the full diagnostic criteria for bulimia per se, tend to be less depressed and less trauma in their backgrounds. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Eating Disorders) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

EMDR

Please see our home page for more information about our top-rated therapists and our company. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - a process developed to help clients process traumatic memories and events unconsciously. EMDR is primarily utilized to treat post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Modeled on REM (rapid eye movements during sleep) which facilitates left-brain, right-brain hemisphere processing. These events can include experiences such as physical or emotional abuse. The intense feelings that result from these types of events can become 'locked' in the nervous system and later produce symptoms of fear, anxiety, sadness and anger. It is a profound tool for rapid change. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of EMDR therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case EMDR) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Emotional Eating

Family Counseling

Please see our home page for more information about our top-rated therapists and our company. This type of intervention presumes that family relationships may contribute not only to the source of counseling and mental health problems but also to their solution; hence, as many family members as possible are often invited to counseling sessions in order to address crucial difficulties. Therapists and counselors specializing in this area often know quite a bit about issues specific to children, adolescents, couples, and the elderly. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of family therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Family therapy) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Gay (LGBT) Issues

Therapists who treat gay issues have additional clinical training and specific expertise that is essential in addressing difficulties experience by gay men. People who identify as gay or any other type of non-conforming sexual or gender identity may find that the social stigma of living as a sexual minority is a source of stress, anxiety, depression and other emotional issues. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Gay Issues) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Geriatrics

Aging can present challenges for the aging person and for their family. Older adults may have great difficulty transitioning to retirement, facing their mortality, dealing with medical conditions, adjusting to the deaths of partners and friends and finding enjoyable, meaningful activities. Westside has several clinicians who specialize in seeing people 65 and older. Medicare and several secondary insurers are accepted.

Grief Counseling

Grief can encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger, and the process of adapting to a significant loss can vary from one person to another. Grief counseling may significantly reduce the period of suffering after a loss and surround it with meaning and understanding. Our grief counselors in and around the Denver, Littleton, and Aurora areas are especially empathetic, accepting, and understanding. It is easy to find and schedule a grief counseling appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in grief. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Grief) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Lesbian (LGBT) Issues

Issues related to gay women and the LGBT population. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Gay Issues) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Marriage therapy quite often is covered by health insurance. Through our marriage counseling, couples can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding their relationship. Westside proudly offers quite a number of multi-award winning therapists who have specialization in marriage and couples counseling. Please see their names and photos beneath the picture just below.

Mental Health Evaluations

Dr. Phan provides mental health evaluations.

Multicultural Issues

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder requires highly specialized intervention. The best therapies for OCD entail behavior therapy (using exposure with response prevention, among other things) and antidepressant (typically serotonergic) medication, often in combination. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of OCD therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)

This disorder is most prevalent in children but is also very common among adolescents. It is characterized by aggressiveness, including abnormal resistance to authority and a tendency to purposefully trouble other people. It is as though the individual gets stuck in an oppositional, two-year-old mindset all the way through childhood and in some cases adolescence. Also see Conduct Disorder.

Pain Management

Some psychotherapeutic and stress management interventions have been shown by outcome research to help people manage chronic pain more effectively.

Panic Disorder and Anxiety Attacks

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks tend to benefit from highly specialized interventions, most typically developed and utilized by cognitive and behavior therapists (using exposure and attitude retraining,practice, a great deal of support from the therapist, and many other things). It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty - Panic Disorder - you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Parenting Skills

Parents with oppositional children, children with ADD or ADHD, children with emotional problems, children in blended families, and children who are coping with divorce or other stressful, family circumstances often benefit from parenting skills classes or therapy.

Phobias

There are many different types of phobias, which can range from debilitating fears of specific things, such as snakes, insects or public speaking, to fears of multiple situations or stimuli such as those found in panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of intervention used with young children.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a term describing a cluster of symptoms that occur after and as a result of trauma such as that experienced through combat, rape and assault. Victims of this disorder often complain of emotional numbing and of re-experiencing the traumatic circumstances through dreams, nightmares, flashbacks, and/or startled reactions. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our fine sub-grouping of PTSD therapists and counselors. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case PTSD) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD), also known as postnatal depression, is a serious mood disorder. It affects women predominantly but not exclusively.

Relationship Issues

These issues comprise some of the main reasons people seek therapy, and many of Westside's licensed therapists are trained to intervene in this area. Relationship counseling is the process of counseling the parties of a relationship in an effort to recognize and better manage or reconcile troublesome differences and repeating patterns of distress.

Self-Esteem

Sexual Dysfunction

This specialty refers to any of a number of problems that affect sexual functioning in both sexes. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Spiritual/Religious Issues

Westside has a number of Christian counselors and other clinicians who specialize in spiritual issues and questions and who approach counseling from a spiritual, Christian, or contemplative perspective.

Stress Management

Stress is a biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral response to upsetting or very demanding circumstances. If left untreated, it can have unfortunate effects on happiness, health, and social and occupational functioning. Counseling can help you become aware of stresses and emotional and physical reactions, recognize ways to change, reduce the intensity of emotional reactions to stress and learn to moderate your physical reactions to stress.

Substance Abuse and Drug Abuse

Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is very common in Colorado.. Drugs most often associated with substance abuse include cannabis (marijuana), amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (particularly Xanax and Valium), cocaine, alcohol, methaqualone and opioids. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, both strongly depending on local jurisdiction. There are many cases in which criminal or anti-social behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and other synthetic drugs. It is easy to find and schedule an appointment with our therapists and counselors who specialize in this area. Just click the Find a Therapist function and follow the 3 easy steps, filling in the location, insurance, and specialty (in this case Drug or Substance Abuse) you find in the boxes there, and leave the rest to our 24/7 online scheduler.

Terminal Illness

Patients suffering from terminal illness – and their families – often benefit from therapy addressed to end-of-life concerns.

Women's Issues

Women’s issues cover a wide range of topics in the field of psychotherapy that relate to the historical scrutiny of women in a cultural framework. While times have changed, women still struggle with the social, cultural and political forces that define their gender. Women can also struggle with life transitions, including starting a family, children’s lifecycle events and menopause. Counseling can help women adjust to transition, manage anxiety or depression, let go of problems and establish new thought patterns.

Workplace Issues and Job Stress

Pronounced stress at work can cause mental health issues including anxiety, depression and irritability, which can in turn impact marital, family and social relationships. Job stress can also have physical manifestations, including raised blood pressure, sleeping problems, stiffness, muscle tension and headaches. Workplace stress can also lead to substance abuse. Counseling can help you deal with job-related stress by identifying ways to reduce it such as problem-solving, planning before stressful situations, learning from mistakes and focusing on positive things.