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Carolee Nimmer

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Carolee Nimmer - Ph.D.
Carolee Nimmer indoors standing by a green wall

Carolee received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English in 1979 from the University of Kansas. She received an MA in Clinical Psychology from Wichita State University, graduating in 1983. She attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and, after her internship at the University of Virginia; she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1987.

Following her undergraduate experience, Carolee worked in residential care, first as a milieu therapist at Menninger’s Psychiatric Hospital and then, as the Director at Clifton Monica House in Wichita, Kansas. Both residential care facilities served adolescents with significant mental health issues. Carolee continued to work in residential care while attending her Master’s program in Wichita, KS. After graduating from her doctoral program, Carolee worked at the University Counseling Center at Virginia Tech providing psychotherapy to the student population. After relocating to Denver, Colorado, Carolee worked for Kaiser Permanente for 26 years. She held several different positions within the Mental Health Department during this time. She was a staff psychologist, crisis psychologist, a manager and a senior manager. She worked in the inpatient service. She helped develop and directed the Regional Eating Disorders Program. She was also involved in research, quality improvement, training and integrated care. Carolee retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2013 and took a position with the University of Denver’s Health and Counseling Center as Associate Director/Training Director.

Carolee works from a strengths based collaborative perspective. She focuses on individual values, self- acceptance, self-compassion, mindfulness, and relationship in her clinical practice. Together with her clients, she works to find pragmatic solutions to their problems. Research demonstrates that the therapeutic relationship is the critical factor in making progress in treatment. Carolee strives to develop a warm accepting atmosphere to work together with clients on resolving their life’s struggles. She welcomes feedback from her clients as therapy progresses to ensure that therapy meets their expectations. Recently she has completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Issues in Clinical Practice and Brene’ Brown’s work on shame and vulnerability.
Clinical Areas of Expertise: Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Family of Origin Issues, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Couples therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Chronic Pain, Grief, Divorce

Certified in EMDR

Trained in Clinical Hypnosis

In her personal time, Carolee enjoys hiking, working out, reading, films, attending local theatre, travelling and playing with her two dogs. She has two grown children who live out of state.