Growing Self Marriage Counseling & Life Coaching
• For Love, Happiness & Success •
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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We’re available to meet in-person in Denver, and across the US and internationally through online video.
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, & Transformational Therapists
Marriage Counselor, Parenting Coach, Therapist
Polly Drew, M.Ed., LMFT
"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.
While I work with many individual clients my specialty is Marriage Counseling. I can help even the most conflictual couples come back from the brink, avoid the tragedy of divorce, and heal their families after infidelity using proven "divorce-busting" techniques. I help blended families create connection, and families with tough teenagers create peace in their homes. With my years of experience as a marriage counselor and parenting coach, I know what it takes for couples and families to repair strong bonds, and start enjoying each other again.
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. I'm available to meet with you at our Denver office location -- just schedule your free consultation session with me, and I'll be right back in touch.
Marriage Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Relationship Coach, Dating Coach, Life Coach, Therapist
Brenda Fahn, M.A., LMFT
“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, and our "Design Your Life" life coaching class. I enjoy teaching because it allows me to provide you with the active solutions that will help you make positive changes.
My passion is working with couples, either to restore their relationship or to make improvements that help things feel better for both partners. I am a Prepare / Enrich Certified premarital counselor and enjoy helping couples prepare for the adventure of marriage. I can be particularly helpful for couples dealing with tricky family dynamics, including blended family situations and parenting in challenging situations.
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.
Because of my range of skills and experience I can help you in many different areas of your life: Whether you're looking for a dating coach to help you find "the one" to create a happy family with, make a good marriage great, become a more effective parent, feel more successful in your career, overcome depression or anxiety, recover after a bad breakup, or simply be a more happy and confident person -- I'm here to help you.
I'm available to meet with you in person at our Broomfield Colorado location, as well as our Denver office. If you're outside of Colorado I am happy to meet with you though online video.
Dr. Kristi Helvig
Life Coach, Career Coach, Executive Coach, Business Coach
Kristi Helvig, PhD, LP, BCC
“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."
Marriage Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Relationship Coach, Therapist, Life Coach, Career Coach
Ari Kipnis, M.S.W., LCSW
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.
I've been told that my style is warm, friendly, and puts people at ease. I've also heard that my clients appreciate the fact that, once I understand the problem they seek to resolve, I'm ready with a variety of new solutions. My positive, action oriented approach is both compassionate and effective.
If you'd like to talk with me about your hopes for changing your life, or your relationship, I'm here. I'm available to meet with you at our main Denver office, and also across Colorado, the US, and internationally through online video. Schedule your free consultation session with me, and we can start working together to create positive change.
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.
My expertise is in working with couples who are looking to deepen their emotional intimacy and connection with one another. I practice Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy which helps people understand each other on an emotional level, and develop compassion and empathy for each other's needs and feelings. From that deep understanding, communication, love and affection flows effortlessly.
When your bond is strong, when you trust each other, and when you really "get" each other, getting on the same page around communication, housework, finances, and how you spend your time feels easy. When couples have repaired their trust, intimacy, and emotional connection, we can then work on changing day to day behaviors through effective couples counseling strategies such as The Gottman Method.
I also enjoy working with premarital couples. I am a Prepare / Enrich Certified premarital counselor, and love the opportunity to help couples launch a long, happy and satisfying marriage.
In addition to my work with couples, I also have a passion for working as a life coach or therapist with individuals at a cross-roads who are 'soul searching,' and looking to build a life that is in alignment with their values, authentic happiness, and heart's desire. Whether you are struggling in the aftermath of a bad break up, grieving after a loss, or simply trying to figure yourself out, I'm here to help you heal and grow. I have many years of experience in helping people recover from things like anxiety and depression, and growing into the strong, confident people they want to be.
Additionally I have experience in the human resources field, and enjoy working with my clients to help them identify their next steps professionally. We can work on helping you create a career you love, improve your work / life balance, and get better results in your chosen profession.
If you're looking for a therapist, marriage counselor or love / life / career coach with depth, wisdom, compassion, and a holistic, mindful approach, we might be a good fit. I'm available to meet with you at our Denver and Broomfield locations, or through online video. Just schedule your free consultation, and I'll follow right up with you."
Marriage Counselor, Family Therapist, Life Coach, Therapist
Gina Gardner-Wood, M.S.W., LSW
"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. I can help you find each other’s “noble intentions” and 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.
In addition to my work with couples, I have vast experience in helping families increase positive communication, respect one another, and learn to live happily together. I specialize in Functional Family Therapy, and particularly enjoy helping parents learn how to work as a team, and build a safe, nurturing and supportive home for their children. Whether you’re dealing with tantrums, out-of-control teens, or a blended family situation, I can help you create peace in your home.
As much as I love working with couples, I have a passion for helping individuals heal from hard experiences, and grow strong enough to move confidently into a new future of their own design. My approach as a therapist is comforting, supportive, and focused on building up your strengths. If you are struggling in the aftermath of a painful life experience like a breakup or divorce, or other emotional trauma, I can help restore your inner peace. When your strength is restored and the time is right for you to turn your growth into positive action, I’ll be right by your side as you rebuild, and create a positive new chapter.
I'm available to meet with you at our Denver and Broomfield, Colorado office locations, and across the US and internationally through online video."
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.
This approach can help you feel like a happier, more confident person. It can help you release past hurts, and cultivate new opportunities. It can also help you break unhelpful patterns in your relationships, and create healthy new connections in your life. Whether I'm serving you as your therapist, your life coach, or your dating coach, I'm always helping you stay in contact with your inner truth and learning how to follow the lighthouse of your own inner wisdom.
In addition to my work with my individual clients, I love helping couples reconnect and restore their strong bond. I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and The Gottman Method to help couples understand each other, and create the trust and emotional safety they are each longing for. I have a special knack for helping couples break down the walls of resentment and anger, and really listen and understand each other again. I believe that by nurturing empathy and compassion in a relationship, you can restore your ability to work together to solve problems. When you rediscover your enjoyment of each other, old "issues" become a thing of the past, and you can start moving forward together again.
If my approach sounds like it will work for you, I'm glad to meet with you for a free consultation session. I'm available to meet with you at our Denver office location, and across the nation or internationally through online video."
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. I believe personal growth can be both fun and productive. I love helping my clients discover new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, and finding new solutions to old problems. I'm here to help you have more satisfying relationships with your partner or your kids, heal your heart after a breakup, strengthen yourself from the inside out, and create a life full of both purpose and pleasure.
I have lots of experience in helping individuals and couples successfully overcome a variety of challenges. I am also a Prepare / Enrich Certified premarital counselor. You can learn more about my approach to marriage counseling, parenting coaching, premarital counseling, effective therapy and life coaching here. Or, just schedule your free consultation session with me and get all your questions answered in person.
I'm available to meet with you in person at our Denver or Broomfield Colorado office locations, or outside of Colorado through online video.
Career Coach, Life Coach, Dating Coach, Therapist
Markie Keelan, B.A., CSPC
Dynamic, Effective 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, and lead more connected and authentic lives. I am a Certified Sports Psychology Coach and I have a passion for coaching people in all areas of life. I particularly enjoy helping people make positive changes in themselves and their relationships, and creating 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.
Click here to learn more about my background, and approach as a career coach, life coach and dating coach. Or you can schedule your free consultation session with me and get your questions answered in person. I'm available to meet with you at our Denver Colorado office location and through online video conferencing.
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 eight 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."
"I have a particular passion for helping couples reconnect. Both my Master's Degree from the University of Colorado - Denver plus years of experience in helping couples heal has provided me with special insight into Marriage and Family Therapy. I use evidence based forms of marriage counseling like Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and The Gottman Method to help my couples grow back together again. Whether you're hoping to reconnect with the one you love through marriage counseling or relationship coaching, prepare for the adventure of marriage through premarital counseling, finally meet "the one" through dating coaching or rebuild your life after a break up or divorce I can help you."
"In addition to helping couples repair their relationships, I love helping my clients cultivate new love in their lives and be successful with modern dating. I can help you get clear around what kind of relationship (and partner) you're looking for, and then make a strategic plan to attract that person into your life. We'll discuss the obstacles that may be getting in the way of your attract and interest other people, and what you can do to get better results. We'll also address the "do's and don'ts" of successful online dating so you can have a profile that promotes your best qualities and helps "the one" find you in the sea of options. Finally we'll talk about what makes a healthy, sustainable relationship -- and the red flags and early warning signs you need to be aware of in order to protect yourself. Interested? Schedule your private dating coaching consultation with me!"
"Whether we're working together in couples counseling, dating coaching, life coaching or therapy, I'm here to help you discover yourself, overcome the obstacles that have been holding you back, or just feel happier - and create the life you want. While the majority of our work together will focus on the present, I also believe past experiences influence how people behave and respond in relationships. With empathy, humor and gentle encouragement we will work together to create healthy relationships that provide fulfillment and personal satisfaction."
"I have experience working with children, adults and couples & families who struggle with a multitude of issues. Specifically, I have addressed client needs related to anxiety, depression, parent/child conflict, high risk behaviors in adolescents, school/work related problems, overall relational and communication difficulties in the family/couple system, and impact of trauma."
"I'm available to meet with you at our Denver location, as well as nationally and internationally through online video-conferencing."
Marriage Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Therapist & Life Coach
Meagan Terry, M.A., LMFT
"Hi, I'm Meagan. For the past nine years I have specialized in helping my clients create amazing relationships. I practice highly effective marriage counseling and relationship coaching that will help you communicate with each other, stop fighting, start understanding, and create the agreements you need for your relationship to flourish.
As a relationship expert, I can help you every stage of your relationship development: I can be your dating coach when you're looking to find “the one,” help you lay the foundation for a lifetime of happiness through pre-marital counseling, make a good relationship great through relationship coaching, or heal your bond through marriage counseling. I have particular expertise in helping couples negotiate sticky situations like deciding to have children, creating blended step-families, fertility (and infertility), and learning how to parent effectively together."
We can also work together individually. I can help you rebuild your life after a break up or divorce, improve your self esteem, resolve old issues from your family of origin, and change self limiting patterns in your relationships with your significant other, your friends, your family... and with yourself.
Lindsey Di Stefano
Marriage Counselor, Individual Therapist
Lindsey DiStefano, M.A.
Affordable, Effective Help
"Hi, I'm Lindsey and my goal is to support you in finding motivation and meaning in your life. I believe emotions and insight are key influencers on how we perceive and experience our world. I help you understand these factors in order to improve your relationship, and your sense of personal wellbeing."
I maintain a holistic approach to therapy that encompasses a variety of factors and aspects of your life including your relationships with others. Further, my approach is collaborative and flexible in order to ensure I am working with you to create the results and changes you need."
"I have a Master's Degree in Child, Family and School Psychology, and years of experience in helping children and families flourish.I am currently completing my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy track) from the University of Colorado. As Growing Self's 2017 - 2018 Counseling Intern, I am available to meet with you for marriage counseling, couples counseling, relationship coaching and individual therapy at very affordable sliding scale rates."
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