Hi, I’m Christen. I’m a marriage counselor, family therapist, individual counselor, and life coach. Whether we work together for couples, family sessions, or for one-on-one therapy or coaching, I aim to foster a therapeutic alliance so you increase your self-understanding, discover your strengths, and pivot into a more satisfied place in your relationships and life.
My background in couples therapy and family therapy informs my approach with all clients from a relational lens. I believe that healthy relationships are vital for a meaningful life and that anyone can improve the quality of their most important connections with the right support. Regardless of your relationship status, I seek to help you find new ways to communicate, set healthy boundaries, and take control of how you show up in your connections with others.
My integrative approach draws from evidence-based Emotion Focused Therapy, Gottman methods, and I promote experiential learning in session. I work with all clients from a strengths-based focus. I genuinely join with clients from across the lifespan and from all different cultural backgrounds. I have extensive experience working with first responders and have worked in the field myself supporting other first responders and crime victims, including survivors of domestic violence. If faith or spirituality is a resource in your life, I empower clients to include that in our work together.
I can help you navigate difficult transitions, and feel more flexible and capable dealing with change. I can assist in improving dynamics within your family and relationships in general.
Couples Counseling and Family Therapy
Through marriage counseling and/or couples therapy, I meet couples where they are and focus on enhancing connection and attunement. I provide a therapeutic space where couples can build intimacy. I help strengthen relationships after difficult and disconnecting times.
I’ve supported many couples in cross-cultural relationships, and LGBTQ couples as well. I work with couples through a culturally responsive process. We can collaborate to increase positive interactions in your relationship, heal trust after infidelity or betrayal, reduce conflict, and learn how to make repairs. I strive to improve healthy communication and elevate empathy and understanding for both partners in the relationship.
I became a therapist to help people understand how to improve and have healthier family dynamics; I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents. Whether you want to learn effective parenting skills, improve emotional regulation, increase and demonstrate consistency, or navigate challenging blended family dynamics, I can support you.
Growth is the greatest gift, and I believe discomfort allows for growth. If we work together through individual therapy, I’ll encourage and direct you to step outside of your comfort zone and move in the direction of positive, lasting change.
I provide a non-judgmental space where you can explore your emotions and experiences, and receive understanding and empathy. We will explore your cultural context, family of origin, past experiences, and the ways they have shaped where you are today. I can help you process and examine your belief systems, values and expectations, so you can take control of your future. We can work to increase your ability to manage a lack of motivation, while boosting your strategies to manage anxiety and experiences of depression.
If any faith or spiritual practice is important to you, we will invite that strength to inform our work together. I can help you manage stress, improve your resilience, and continue working toward your goals, no matter what comes your way.
I offer individual therapy online to residents of Colorado and in person at our Denver, Cherry Creek and Broomfield offices.
Coaching is a great way to turn valuable insights into meaningful shifts. I will walk alongside your personal development, and coach you to heighten your self-awareness, set productive goals, and stay on track to achieve them.
I offer life coaching, relationship and dating coaching, premarital coaching, and parent coaching. We’ll thoroughly examine your goals, skills, and previous efforts, and together, we will improve your self-understanding, and your awareness of the action steps needed and the possible obstacles in your path. I will support you and encourage you to find success. Whether you want to improve your connection with your partner, increase healthy interactions with your kids, find a new relationship, or tackle any other life goal, I provide action-orientated guidance, encouragement, and experience, to make it happen.
Working With Me
Thanks for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me and what our work together might look like. If you have any questions, or would like to get to know me better, I would love to meet with you for a free consultation.
Christen L., M.A., LPCC, MFTC