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Marriage Therapy & Couples Counseling

When is it Time to go to Marriage Counseling?

There isn’t a perfect time to begin going to marriage counseling, as it’s typically on a case-by-case basis. Couples may choose to begin attending sessions due to an existing issue and/or to prevent future problems from surfacing. Experiencing issues, disagreements and problems in a relationship are not abnormal, as they happen in most partnerships, and many can be resolved through therapy. Relationships are not as easy as some may seem. They take a lot of love, patience and empathy, and possibly the help of professional experts.

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Marriage therapy has the ability to create a safe zone for partners to openly communicate their thoughts without judgement. This method has helped many couples reach a compromise that both partners are comfortable with about issues that are causing stress on the relationship. As mentioned, it may also be beneficial to partners that may not be experiencing significant disagreements, as a licensed counselor can provide tools and resources to couples that may help them maintain a healthy relationship.

Common Reasons and Signs Couples go to Counseling

There is an infinite amount of reasons why partners begin marriage counseling sessions, however, there may also not be a reason at all. Attending marriage therapy doesn’t necessarily mean that there are any present issues, as some couples choose to go to maintain their happiness. Since there are many reasons partners may begin attending couples counseling, there are also many signs that appear that suggest you should consider attending with your partner. Here are some of the more common reasons and signs that lead couples to begin counseling:

  • You and/or your partner have committed infidelity against the other
    • When one or both individuals in a relationship cheats, it may cause a sense of distrust within the relationship. However, Infidelity does not necessarily mean that the relationship is over, as many couples have become closer than before after working through this issue.
  • You and/or your partner is dealing with mental illness, such as depression
    • Dealing with a mental illness may be hard for one or both partners, however, speaking to a licensed professional may provide tools that partners can utilize to support each other through difficult obstacles.
  • You or your partner are pregnant and/or just gave birth to a child
    • Beginning and/or growing a family can be a stressful time as many aspects of a couple’s life is changing as more individuals are added. Couples may be stressed, fatigued and/or emotionally drained during these times and it may add unwanted pressure to the relationship. Speaking with someone may help partners realize each other’s needs through these types of transitions.
  • You and your partner are not expressing enough intimacy
    • Some partners experience a “dry spell,” that includes much less intimacy or sex than what is desired. This may be caused by busy schedules, lack of interest or a variety of reasons. These dry spells do not typically last forever and the underlying cause may be revealed through counseling.  
  • You and your partner are not communicating properly
    • Sometimes, it’s not a matter of the amount you are communicating with your partner, but rather what is being communicated. Conversations may derail from their intended paths and cause more damage. A specialized therapist will guide the conversation into positive progress.
  • You and/or your partner are having money issues
    • The root of many disagreements within relationships includes money. The lack of money has the power to create continuous issues with partners that lead to disagreements. Although a counselor will not be able to help partners find a new/additional income source, they can provide resources that help partners get through hardships.
  • You and/or your partner have experienced a major life change
    • Major life changes, whether positive or negative, can cause stress, excitement and many other emotions. These major life changes could include a new job, getting married to each other and/or a move to a new city. Although these changes may be positive, the change that accompanies them may cause stresses that the relationship isn’t used to handling.

Arranging Marriage Therapy

Many relationship issues and disagreements can be successfully fixed with marriage counseling. It is not uncommon for one’s partner to be uneasy about the thought of marriage therapy, so be sure to explain your reasoning behind deciding why this is the right course of action for both of you. 

Marriage issues can be successfully treated today through various methods, including therapy and counseling. The therapists displayed below specialize in treating marriage issues, are credentialed with various insurance companies, and have varied availability to meet most client needs.

Jeff Nelson

Denver therapist, Jeff Nelson, has been with Westside Behavioral for many years and is a highly experienced, empathetic, and competent therapist. Watch Jeff Nelson’s video here! Jeff Nelson is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Metropolitan State University and…

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Lynda Hilburn /

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Boulder therapist, Lynda Hilburn, also has an office in Westminster, Colorado. Lynda Hilburn is a Boulder therapist and a Westminster therapist. Her office locations are convenient to Broomfield, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Thornton, Northglenn, Longmont, Niwot, Lyons, Arvada and North Denver. As a Licensed Professional…

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Annie Hutt

Offers sessions in-person and online

Therapist in Golden, Annie Hutt, LPC, has been with Westside Behavioral Care for many years. We are especially grateful to have her because of her caring, compassionate approach and her total commitment to her clients’ well being. Watch Annie Hutt’s video here! Annie Hutt is…

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Lisa Elsey

Offers sessions only online

Come step up your mental health with me. 25 years of experience working with children and families in many different capacities including: outpatient, group, crisis, foster, adoption care systems, and in-home. I work with Individuals of all ages. I treat adults, couples, parents, families, and…

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Nick Mancini /

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Cherry Creek Therapist in Denver, Nick Mancini, LPC, LMFT, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy among many other interventions. Personal Description As a Cherry Creek Therapist in Denver, I utilize humor, metaphors, and experiential activities to help you develop the ability to engage in the present…

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Karen Hauser

Offers sessions in-person and online

Karen Hauser is a licensed Denver therapist and clinical social worker (LCSW). She is a highly valued, clinical therapist with Westside Behavioral Care and has been with us for many years. In addition to her extensive background in therapy, Karen cares very deeply about her…

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Nancy A. Gunzner /

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a native born in Colorado, have been married for 25+ years, have two adult male children, am located in Wheat Ridge, and am bilingual to the language of Spanish for many years. I have worked in the Criminal Justice System at the First…

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Susie Martinez /

Offers sessions only online

I am committed to providing compassionate and individualized psychotherapy in a warm, safe and accepting environment. In our work together we will strive to bring about the emotional growth, change and healing you desire. I use a flexible and integrative approach to therapy within an…

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Victoria Tucker / /

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and Licensed Registered Nurse (RN). I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado. My approach to health and well-being is rooted…

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David Karl

Offers sessions only online

David Karl is a bilingual therapist in Denver able to see English and Spanish speaking patients. English Respecting your culture, empowering you: individuals, couples, families; providing guidance and advice to solve your own problems. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, in private practice, serving Denver…

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Ruby Brayman

Offers sessions in-person and online

Hello! I’m Ruby. I am a licensed clinical social worker, but I am more often known as your biggest cheer leader, thought untangler, and copilot through the ups and the downs of life. Together we will examine thought and behavior patterns to help you better…

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Kelly Cote /

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and EMDR trained therapist. I have been in the field for over 10 years and have worked in a variety of giving me a wide range of experience. Some areas I specialize in are grief and…

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Sarah Page

Offers sessions only in-person

Sarah Page, LCSW, provides therapy in Lakewood. Click here to watch Sarah’s video! Sarah Page is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and provides therapy in Lakewood with a private practice office located at 950 Wadsworth Blvd. Suite 201, Lakewood, Colorado 80214. Her office is…

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Keith Long

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Therapist in Aurora, Keith Long is licensed in Colorado as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). He has a Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Midland University, Fremont, Nebraska….

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Lynne McRae

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My name is Lynne McRae, and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, Certified Community Herbalist, Reiki Master, and Yoga Nidra Teacher. Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life? Stressed out, burned out, coming out? I work well with…

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Molly Esterl-Byrne

Offers sessions in-person and online

My name is Molly Esterl-Byrne, LCSW. I have been providing therapeutic services for the past 33 years in the Denver-metro area. I graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Social Work in 1988 and have been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker…

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Cheryl Lispi

Offers sessions in-person and online

Cheryl has spent several decades as a psychotherapist/counselor in both the public and private mental health systems. She has worked with clients from all walks of life as well as levels of problems and issues. She enjoys working with depression, trauma, grief and loss, domestic…

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Laura Shipman /

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Therapist in Lakewood, Laura Shipman, LCSW, CACII, brings an impressive degree of skills and experience to Westside Behavioral Care. In Laura’s Own Words: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor. I am a therapist in Lakewood with an office convenient…

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Ann Norris /

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In my Boulder therapy practice, I am dedicated to providing a supportive, safe environment for clients to work on their own areas of concern. A relational model provides the context for this work, which is guided by each individual’s needs. You can depend on my…

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Jessica Kuchinski

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As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist working in the field since 2003, I’ve worked with children, teens, and adults in schools, summer programs, in homes, a parenting supervision center, in residential treatment, in walk-in crisis, in hospitals, crisis stabilization units, in outpatient…

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Andre’a Kirkland

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Perhaps you are here in Colorado surrounded by beauty and a vibrant community that is always seeking the next best thing. It can be an intimidating process to find your purpose and make your mark especially when you’re not feeling like yourself. “I know where…

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Janet Borelli

Offers sessions in-person and online

Are you under stress? Overwhelmed? Do you feel unable to move ahead in your life? would you like to feel more effective with your children or your marriage? I have 30 years experience in individual child and family counseling, as well as couple counseling. I…

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Rachel LaMorte

Offers sessions in-person and online

I utilize a compassionate approach to counseling while integrating humor, empowerment, and challenging questions to assist you with developing awareness and moving forward from feeling stuck.  Whether you are experiencing difficulties with depression, drug and alcohol use, relationship issues, traumatic events, work/life balance, life transitions…

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Bonnie Mucklow / /

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Greenwood Village therapist, Bonnie Mucklow, is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed professional counselor (LPC) and Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC III) who has been with Westside Behavioral Care since its inception in 1998. She is very highly respected here. About Bonnie Mucklow, Licensed…

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Cecilia Kosak /

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Cecilia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist.  She is a Denver native and has been a practicing therapist for over 10 years.  She tailor-makes a therapeutic plan for you to help you find your best self again.  She believes that…

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Susan Monahan

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Susan Monahan is licensed therapist specializing in marriage therapy and couples counseling, child therapy, adolescent therapy, EMDR, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Watch Susan Monahan’s video here! Susan Monahan is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of mental health since 1986…

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Brittany McCrann

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I have been working as a licensed Mental Health clinician for four years. Brittany completed a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2009 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and with then went on to completed a Masters in Clinical Social Work…

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Deborah Neisen

Offers sessions in-person and online

Hello! I look forward to getting to know you and hope that my bio below will help you get to know me as well. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield, graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s in…

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Rachel Rossi

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Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing therapy with children, teens, adults, couples, and families since 2012. Rachel is also both a Level I and II EMDR trained clinician. Rachel’s approach is compassionate, collaborative, action-oriented and strengths-focused. She specializes in helping children,…

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Jonathan Minifie

Offers sessions in-person and online

Jonathan C. Minifie has more than 20 years of experience working with adolescents. He has worked extensively with adolescents and individuals in school and clinical settings. Mr. Minifie has experience in working with multiple diagnoses including schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar mood disorders, attention deficit…

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Wendy Klein

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I am a strong advocate of mental health and believe that the state of mental health is on a continuum. Just like physical health needs to be maintained, so does mental health. Some people suffer from organic mental illnesses, which are similar to suffering from…

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Emilie Graham

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I am a relationship-based therapist and your needs shape and guide my approach to our work. As humans, we often internalize beliefs and become stuck in relational patterns. When these beliefs and/or patterns become rigid rather than remaining fluid, our relationships with ourselves and with…

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Marly Kravetz /

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Marly’s office is in Broomfield, CO, where she sees clients with ages ranging from 3 months to 93 years old. She has worked in community, business & educational settings as well as both inpatient and outpatient hospital programs. She has maintained a private practice since 1989 (in Colorado since 2013).

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Laurie Tonelli

Offers sessions in-person and online

As a licensed psychologist, I specialize in couples counseling, family therapy, and psychological testing. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. During graduate school, and the years that followed, I conducted research alongside renowned psychologists examining couple and family communication….

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Molly Jaques /

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Please note: Molly is not accepting new male clients over 18 years old at this time. Molly Jaques is a LPC or Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s of Counseling from Regis University, graduating with honors. She is trained…

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Phil Stone

Offers sessions in-person and online

Phil Stone, therapist in Littleton, Colorado, has been a therapist for 20 years serving in a variety of settings: Inpatient, Residential, Outpatient and Private Practice. He brings a deep level of empathy and a high level of energy to his clients. Phil uses Cognitive Behavior…

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Michael Gyorffy

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Hello! I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2007 and have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. I have a B.A in psychology (Asbury University) and a master’s degree in social work (Spalding University). My clinical experience…

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Jaurene Blacklock /

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Aurora therapist, Jaurene Blacklock, LPC, CACIII, is a veteran therapist who sees adults, children, families, couples, and adolescents. She is licensed in Colorado as a professional counselor, and she has earned the State’s highest certification for treating alcohol and drug problems, the CACIII. She provides…

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Shannon Hicks / /

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Shannon is a seasoned therapist who graduated in 2007 from Denver Seminary. Shannon has a deep passion for restoring individuals, couples and families. She is certified in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, family systems, Attachment issues, crisis intervention, trauma, and eating disorders. She has extensive experience…

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Ashley Seeger

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Hello, I have been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1999 and have developed an expertise in communication skills, empathy and bringing mindful awareness into relationships. I am experienced in providing online therapy using confidential and HIPAA compliant software. I am passionate about helping people understand…

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Tracey Andrews

Child and Adolescent Therapist, Tracey Andrews, LCSW, also specializes in seeing adults suffering from problems such as depression, LGBT issues, and PTSD. Watch Tracey’s video here!! Tracey is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice since 1997.  She has a B.A….

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Nicole Woodman

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Nicole is a solution focused therapist. Nicole believes in working together to resolve the challenges you may face in your life. Nicole combines my skills as a Masters level therapist and yoga teacher to create an integrated approach to therapy allowing people to move through…

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Carly Boeselt

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Life often throws us things that we don’t expect, or never think we will have to deal with. Sometimes, it’s more of a life transition that leaves us feeling alone or not knowing where to turn next. I have a passion for joining side by…

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Lisa Dorner-Zupancic

Offers sessions in-person and online

Therapist in Colorado Springs, Lisa Dorner-Zupancic is a licensed and highly experienced professional therapist serving adults, couples, children, families, and adolescents. In Lisa’s words: I have a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. I have more than ten years of experience and specialize in…

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Angela Gould

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My first practicum in psychotherapy was in 1977.  I have been practicing for 42 years and still feel a great deal of excitement and dedication to my profession.  Over the years I have worked in a variety of settings:  VA Hospital, Private Psychiatric Hospital, Outpatient…

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Shayna Reibman

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Dr. Reibman earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA in 1994. After college, she moved to Morocco and spent two years teaching English as a foreign language.  She then attended Alliant International University, Fresno,  and earned her PhD in clinical…

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John Sander

Offers sessions in-person and online

Sometimes life causes you to feel overwhelmed. Often it seems like you are never going to feel quite satisfied with who you are or where you are going. When this happens, you can start to feel even more discouraged from having the life and relationships…

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Justin Ryan

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Justin Ryan is a licensed professional counselor practicing in the Littleton, CO area. Justin’s focus is to provide support and clinical interventions in a safe and therapeutic environment. Justin believes in empathy, tolerance, and acceptance. Together you will work collaboratively with Justin to address your…

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Lindy Steece

Offers sessions only online

I am a believer in Dreams.  I believe Life is short and quality counts.  I am curious about your life:  how you handle situations, what feels good or bad, what is happening Now and what went on before.  We will work together in order to…

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Dr. Jo Wessel /

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Please Note: Dr. Wessel is exclusively providing online therapy (teletherapy) for us at this time. Teletherapy allows her to provide therapy for clients located anywhere in Colorado. Dr. Jo Wessel has practiced mental health care for more than 15 years, working with children, adolescents, adults,…

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Dr. Thomas Calhoun

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Tom Calhoun holds a PhD and is a licensed psychologist practicing for over 30 years. His experience includes treating adolescents, adults, couples and families. Tom has advanced training in many modalities of treatment including hypnosis, EMDR, CBT, mindfulness meditation, energy psychology techniques, couples counseling, spiritual…

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Lisa Volk /

I have experience working with families, (blended, or otherwise), with partial families (say, an adult child & parents, or siblings, etc.), with couples (heterosexual and same sex), with adolescents, and with individuals. I have familiarity with various cultures, particularly Asian, South Pacific Islanders, Middle Eastern,…

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