Growing Self Marriage Counseling & Life Coaching
• For Love, Happiness & Success •
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Meet in-person: Denver, CO • Broomfield, CO • Greenwood Village, CO
Meet by Online Video: Across the US and Internationally
What Our Clients Say:
Thanks so much for helping us find our strong bond again. We can’t tell you how much it’s helped us.Marriage Counseling
If you had tried to convince me a year ago that I’d feel this happy and content now, I wouldn’t have believed it!Effective Therapy
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. I feel like the adventure of my life is beginning right now thanks to our work.Life Coaching
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Current Classes @ Growing Self
The Happiness Class
Get the tools to change your life: Our online class is an affordable alternative to private therapy and coaching, and teaches you how to be your self-confident, peaceful, empowered “best self” every day.
Lifetime of Love
Be Happy Together: Our premarital and relationship class teaches you how to communicate, create agreement, avoid conflict, and keep your love strong.
Heal Your Broken Heart
Time alone does not heal a broken heart. Our affordable online breakup recovery class walks you through the stages of healing, and into a bright new future.
Find The One
Learn how to master the art of modern dating: Attract the attention of your ideal partner, create meaningful connection, and launch a beautiful new love.
We Are Here For You.
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, LMFT, BCC
Founder & Clinical Director
“Hi, I’m Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, founder and clinical director of Growing Self. For over a decade, I’ve been helping people all over the world create Love, Happiness and Success in their lives through positive, compassionate and effective Marriage Counseling, Therapy and Life Coaching. I’m so pleased to be able to help you, too. There is help for you here, and I’m glad you’ve found us.
This website is devoted to your growth and wellbeing, and offers loads of free information and actionable advice that you can start using today to create positive change in your life. Browse around to educate yourself about your options, read some articles, listen to a podcast, or sign up for a free online training. Or, if the time is right, you can schedule a free consultation with any of us to talk about your situation — and, most importantly — how we can help you create real and lasting change, and a positive new future.”
Meet Our Team
Of Expert Marriage Counselors, Life Coaches, Career Coaches, & Transformational Therapists
Melissa Barbash, M.A., LPC, LAC
Individual & Relationship Therapist, Life Coach, Breakup Recovery Expert
Melissa Barbash, M.A., LPC, LAC
Warm, Authentic and Empowering
"Hi, I’m Melissa. I am a therapist and life coach with years of experience in empowering people to break free from old patterns in their lives, relationships, careers, and themselves. Through a blend of powerful, evidence-based therapy and action-oriented life coaching, I can help you get "unstuck," understand yourself, build on your strengths, and move forward into a joyful life that you design.
I believe that transformational growth work is most powerful when it feels easy. I’ve been told that I have an authentic, accepting way of being that immediately makes people feel comfortable, and like they can say anything to me. Paradoxically, in the space where you can be totally yourself, true change becomes possible.
Although I am not a couples counselor, I specialize in relationships. I am here to help you, as an individual, understand how you relate to others, and what you can do to create deeper, more satisfying connections. I am also a breakup recovery expert, and I love supporting people who are recovering from traumatic breakups or divorces. I can help you grow from this experience, reclaim your power and strength, and turn the page to a joyful new chapter for your life.
Most importantly, I can help you get clarity about what you want for your life, and we’ll create a do-able action plan to create the positive changes you desire. I can help you break bad habits, and cultivate a healthy lifestyle that supports your body, mind and soul."
Melissa is available to meet with you in our Denver Tech Center location, as well as through online video. Click here to learn more about Melissa's background, training and positive approach to personal growth.
Marriage Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Therapist & Life Coach
Meagan Terry, M.A., LMFT
The Relationship Specialist
"Hi, I’m Meagan, and I specialize in helping my clients create fantastic relationships. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and have over nine years of experience in helping couples become stronger, happier, and more loving with each other. I use the most effective forms of marriage counseling -- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and The Gottman Method -- to help couples build secure, loving relationships, strengthen their friendships, and create compromise and agreement.
I’m an Emotional Intelligence Communication Coach and I and I teach our "Lifetime of Love" premarital and relationship class. I can help you communicate with each other, rediscover your love for each other, create a healthy, happy relationship, and a flourishing family."
Marriage Counselor, Dating Coach, Therapist, Life Coach
Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT
Friendly, Smart and Effective
"Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Individual Therapist, and Life, Relationship and Dating Coach. For the past seven years I have been committed to and passionate about helping individuals, families & couples create more fulfilling lives and relationships, and to function at an optimum level of health and happiness. Whether to improve relationships or cope with life changes, I utilize a systems perspective to help you understand your complexities and strengths. I work with couples, adolescents, and individuals who need a smart, competent, and supportive guide on their journey of personal growth and positive change."
Jessica sees clients at our Denver / Cherry Creek office, our Greenwood Village office and also available to meet by online video.
Learn more about Jessica's approach to marriage counseling, premarital counseling, dating coaching, life coaching and effective therapy.
Marriage Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Relationship Coach, Dating Coach, Life Coach, Therapist
Brenda Fahn, M.A., LMFT
Designing Your Life
“Hi, I’m Brenda. My approach is positive, compassionate, and focused on the solutions that will help you change your life for the better. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Individual Therapist and Life Coach with over fifteen years of experience in helping my clients strengthen their marriages, their families, and themselves. In addition to my work with private clients, I teach our 'Lifetime of Love' premarital and relationship class."
"As a long-time wife and mother of three as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I know that relationships and family life can be challenging. I am here to help you bring good communication, happiness and satisfaction back into your partnership. If your relationship has been struggling, I can help the two of you reconnect: restoring open communication, trust, emotional security, and repairing your sexual relationship.
In addition to my work with couples and families I'm also a Life Coach and highly experienced Therapist with extensive experience in working with adult men and women, teens and college-age students.
I specialize in helping my clients find meaning and purpose, discover the solutions that work for them, improve their self esteem to feel more confident, have better relationships, and create happiness in their lives. I have a compassionate and positive approach to Therapy and Coaching that is focused on helping you find productive solutions, with specific expertise in anger management, overcoming depression and anxiety, disordered eating, and improving both self esteem and body-image."
Whatever kind of work we're doing, my primary objectives are always to help couples rediscover their love and repair their strong bond, blended families create peace in their homes, and individuals create happy lives full of meaning, purpose, balance, and fun."
Learn more about Brenda's positive, productive approach to marriage counseling, premarital counseling, dating coaching, therapy, and life coaching.
Dr. Kristi Helvig
Life Coach, Career Coach, Executive Coach, Business Coach
Kristi Helvig, PhD, LP, BCC
Career, Executive and Life Coaching
“Hi, I’m Dr. Kristi Helvig. I’m a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Life Coach with over fifteen years of experience in helping my clients get real results and lasting change through strategic Love, Life and Career Coaching. I help you 'climb your mountain' by breaking it down into small, attainable steps. My passions are Career Coaching and Executive Coaching. I love helping my clients discover their professional passion, and I can help you live your dream. I often work with businesses to help their teams thrive together, and I can help you flourish in your job -- or transition out. (Listen to my interview, "I Hate My Job, Now What?")
As a Life Coach I'm here to give you clarity, direction, and the concrete skills and strategies that will move you forward. I'm a personal productivity coach who can help you achieve at your highest potential. No matter what area of your life we're working on, I will be your cheerleader, accountability partner and coach -- motivating you to take life-changing action."
Dr. Helvig is available to meet at our DTC / Greenwood Village office, or across the US and internationally through online video.
Career Coach, Life Coach, Dating Coach, Therapist
Markie Keelan, B.A., CSPC
Dynamic Love, Life & Career Coaching
Hi, I’m Markie. I'm a dynamic coach and counselor with over five years of experience in helping people from all over the world live at a higher level of health and happiness, lead more connected and authentic lives, and create more fulfilling careers. I am a Certified Sports Psychology Coach as well as a therapist, and I have a passion for coaching people in all areas of life, particularly around achivement. I have special experience in helping people create success academically, in their careers, or in their performance as athletes.
I can help you be healthier, more confident, get a handle on depression and anxiety, and improve your relationships by integrating interactive cognitive behavioral skills with solution-focused strategies for your optimal health and happiness. I believe that profound change is possible for everyone, and I welcome the opportunity to embark on this exciting journey with you."
Markie is available to meet with you at our Denver / Cherry Creek office location, or through online video.
Learn more about Markie's approach to love, life and career coaching.
Marriage Counselor, Family Therapist, Life Coach, Therapist
Gina Gardner-Wood, M.S.W., LSW
Heal and Grow
"For over a decade, I’ve been helping people become stronger, more confident, and more connected. I’m passionate about helping you find your voice, break free from the past, and move forward into health and happiness -- both individually, and in your relationships. I have years of experience as a couples counselor and marriage and family therapist. My expertise is in helping you find each other’s “noble intentions” and then learn how to communicate compassionately. I help couples release resentment and restore trust using a blend of strengths based counseling, and The Gottman Method - one of the most well researched and most effective approaches to couples counseling.
As much as I love working with couples, I have a passion for helping individuals. I am trained in EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I can help you heal from hard experiences, settle your unfinished business with the past, overcome anxiety and depression, and grow strong enough to move confidently into a new future of your own design."
Gina is available to meet with you at our Broomfield and Denver / Cherry Creek office locations, and through online video.
Learn more about Gina's effective, compassionate approach to therapy and couples counseling.
Marriage Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Relationship Coach, Therapist, Life Coach, Career Coach
Ari Kipnis, M.S.W., LCSW
Living With Clarity and Intention
Hi, I’m Ari. I am a marriage counselor, therapist, and love, life and career coach with over ten years of experience in helping individuals, couples and families make positive and long-lasting transformations. I particularly enjoy helping couples and families grow stronger, more trusting and more loving. My expertise with couples lies in helping them resolve the “stuck points” of conflict while simultaneously improving communication, and increasing trust, respect, affection, understanding and intimacy.
As an individual therapist and life coach, I work with men and women seeking to live at a higher level both personally and professionally. I have vast experience in helping people overcome everything from depression, anxiety, negative life experiences, "anger issues," low-self esteem, and trauma. I enjoy helping my clients gain new understanding and acceptance of themselves, as well as learning practical new skills that allow real and lasting change to happen.
Whether in your life, your relationships, or your career, my goal is always to help you feel happier, and tap into the authentic part of you that lives clearly, fearlessly and intentionally."
Ari is available to meet with you at our Denver / Cherry Creek office location, and he works with people all over the world through online video.
Learn more about Ari's approach to marriage counseling, therapy, and life and career coaching.
Marriage Counselor, Relationship Coach, Premarital Counselor, Life Coach, Therapist
Kristy Vergo, M.A., N.C.C., LMFTC
Holistic, Powerful, and Meaningful
"Hi, I’m Kristy. I'm a Marriage Counselor,Therapist and Life Coach with years of experience in helping my clients dive deeply into the core of the problem so that they can grow on a foundational level, either individually, or in their relationship. My approach is powerful and holistic, and helps you mindfully connect your mind, body and spirit. I can help you connect to your true self, reach your highest potential, and have a more fulfilling life.
I’ve been told that I have a very calming, authentic, non-judgmental and down-to-earth presence that will help you feel comfortable... and accepted for exactly who you are. I sometimes cry with my clients, and laugh a lot with them too. In that space of acceptance and discovery, you'll be able to learn new things about yourself, and make changes that may have seemed impossible before."
Kristy is available to meet with you at our Denver / Cherry Creek office locations, and world-wide through online video.
Learn more about Kristy's holistic, powerful approach to therapy, life coaching, premarital counseling, and couples therapy.
Therapist, Life Coach, Marriage Counselor, Dating Coach
Kathleen Stutts, M.Ed., NCC, LPCC
Kind, Compassionate and Effective
“Hi, I’m Kathleen. I've been told that I have a gentle, thoughtful approach to therapy, marriage counseling and life coaching that puts people at ease, and makes it easy to talk about even the toughest issues. My years of experience as a therapist helps me create a caring, non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere that makes it safe to get into deeper contact with your truth, build your confidence, and explore new options.
Within that safe and supportive environment, I also use a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (the most well researched and effective form of therapy) and solution focused, strategic coaching. This makes working with me extremely productive, because it helps you learn proven techniques and new ways of thinking feeling and behaving that lead to lasting positive changes."
Learn more about Kathleen's compassionate, effective approach to therapy, marriage counseling, life coaching, and dating coaching.
Marriage Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Parenting Coach, Relationship Coach, Life Coach, Therapist
Stephanie Manning, M.A., LMFTC
Positive, Engaging, and Direct
Hi, I’m Stephanie. I have been helping couples, families, and individuals grow for over a decade. I have enormous compassion for people going through difficult life experiences. While we all have ups and downs in life, I believe that our challenges offer precious opportunities for personal growth. If you're in a transitional period in your relationship, or your life, I can help you uncover your true needs, strengths, and desires. Then we can start working towards making that your new reality -- whether in your marriage, your career, or in your life. In my work as a Marriage Counselor, Parenting Coach, Therapist, and Life Coach, my style is positive, direct, warm, and also light-hearted.
Stephanie is available at our Denver / Cherry Creek and Broomfield Colorado office locations, or outside of Colorado through online video.
Marriage Counselor, Parenting Coach, Therapist
Polly Drew, M.Ed., LMFT
Insightful and Experienced
"Hi, I’m Polly. I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist who is all about helping you become stronger, happier and healthier -- either in your marriage, or as an individual. I have over twenty-five years of experience in helping people make positive changes in their lives and in their relationships. I've helped hundreds of people overcome common (and solvable) problems like depression and anxiety, addictions, and negative life experiences. I'm here to help you, too.
I've been told I have a warm, friendly, and competent way of being that helps my clients feel safe and cared for. I particularly enjoy helping successful, achievement oriented people get more out of their lives and relationships. I can help you feel more fulfilled, more satisfied, and happier in all aspects of life. Whether we meet for therapy, coaching or marriage counseling, I'm all about you: Your dreams, your goals and helping you get more of what you want for yourself."
Polly is available to meet with you at our Denver / Cherry Creek office location, and through online video.
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Meet in-person at our Denver / Cherry Creek, Broomfield or Denver Tech Center locations. We're also available across the US and internationally
through online video.