Welcome. We recognize and honor your decision to seek counseling and support for yourself or a loved one. This decision may bring up feelings of apprehension, fear, or ambivalence. Like many people, you may be ready to begin the journey of change and self-discovery, but are unsure how to begin this process. At Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center, we understand this and are always available to consult and answer questions to help you make the right decision about your treatment needs.
Our therapists have diverse backgrounds, degree, and certifications within the field of counseling and psychology. Each brings a unique area of expertise to their work with varying experience in outpatient clinics, outdoor adventure, residential centers, or in-home services. Your therapist will work with you to understand the emotional, mental, and physical needs that may have brought you into therapy, and individualize treatment for you and/or your family.
We also take pride in thinking “outside of the box” when it comes to your care. Are you someone that likes to take a walk or go for a hike? Would it work best to work with your family at home? What “homework” or activities outside of our time together will help you continue to create change when we aren’t meeting? We believe that office or “talk” therapy may not always match the needs of every client, and will work with you to determine the best approach to your unique needs.
You can learn more about our caring, experienced therapists at Find a Therapist For You. Please feel free to contact any of them directly.
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Your decision for growth and change is one of courage.
Is it time for you to have a greater satisfaction in life, improve your relationships, or find better ways to resolve conflicts?
Does depression, anxiety or life stressors seem to be taking over your daily life? Are you finding it more and more difficult to get through the day or hard moments?
Have loved ones shared their concerns about weight loss, isolation, anger outbursts, alcohol use, or not making it through your school or work day successfully?
We all inevitably experience moments of turmoil, confusion, crisis and stress. How greatly these impact you is where one can find a sense of control and choice. Entering individual therapy can be life-changing decision, and an experience that provides support, guidance, and emotional safety to address whatever personal challenge you are facing.
No matter what your concerns, at Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center, we operate from a client-centered, strengths-based approach to identify your individualized goals and create optimal change. We believe therapy is a supportive process that helps you to build new skills, increase your awareness, and create an avenue for personal growth.
Traditional individual therapy takes place in an office environment, and can be an effective process for many people. However, at Equinox, we know that there are many available avenues towards change and use our expertise to help guide that process. We believe in the importance of “thinking out of the box” as our clients’ strengths and needs are identified. For example, treatment might include both counseling in an office setting and working in Colorado’s great outdoor playground—hiking, rock climbing, working with animals, going to a neighborhood park, or exploring your individual process through art.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
– Henry Ford
Family conflict or challenges facing family members can cause chaos, create long lasting impact, and significantly affect relationships in a family system. Many families seek counseling to address issues such as parent/child conflict, discipline problems, abusive behavior, drug and alcohol use, divorce/separation, adoption, new blended family dynamics, grief or loss, or relational challenges.
All families are different and unique. You may be coming from a background of two parents, single parenting, extended family involvement, adoption, divorce, blended step families, or same sex parents. We carefully address the unique needs of each family and work to create goals that are important to increase the family’s ability to communicate positively, have fun, improve relationships, and re-establish an environment that promotes the best for all family members.
Often, counseling is sought for one member of a family—the person identified as causing the most chaos or problems in the family. Although this may feel like an important first step in seeking help, therapy is more effective when the entire family becomes part of the process. We approach family therapy from the perspective of identifying family and individual strengths, and then work together to find solutions to improve relationships and the home environment. Family therapy often includes:
- Setting specific goals to assure the whole family is moving forward and experiencing positive change
- Home based sessions with the therapist
- Therapeutic activities to keep the family engaged and active while effectively addressing treatment issues
- Weekly “family homework” where families bring home specific activities, tools to practice, or assignments focused on generalizing what was learned in the therapy session into the home environment.
Our highly trained, experienced therapists recognize the importance of keeping all family members engaged, creating opportunities for new insights and learning, and finding the right formula to increase the generalization of what is discovered in the therapy process back into the home to create lasting positive change.
Lending strength and vision when things seem most difficult
Are you looking for premarital counseling and guidance before making a long-term commitment to a partner?
Experiencing challenges in your relationship/marriage but determined to stay together? Or perhaps you’re trying to decide whether or not to stay together because you are unsure of what it will take to heal the relationship?
Do you need guidance to limit the conflict or impact of a divorce or separation on each other or children?
Your decision to seek out couple’s counseling is an important first step, and can be helpful at any stage of your relationship. We find that most people, no matter the type or intensity of the conflict, want to make things better in their relationship but don’t know how.
At Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center, we offer a safe and supportive place to talk about the intimate and vulnerable issues facing couples. We understand that in today’s society and in family life there are so many different influences on a relationship, and that this often causes couples to wonder “Can we get through this together or do we still belong together?” Common problems facing couples include co-parenting, slowly “drifting apart,” the stress of trying to have children, problems with extended family, depression or anxiety in one partner, financial crisis, sexual/intimacy issues, anger/abuse, parenting in a blended family, feeling unfulfilled in the relationship, or dealing with loss or grief. No matter what issue is impacting your relationship, having therapeutic support and practical guidance to help communicate, find solutions, increase mutual understanding, and identify what is needed in the relationship can promote lasting positive change.
We offer two types of couples therapy—traditional therapy in an office setting and therapeutic adventure experiences in the outdoors. Traditional therapy often works well for couples and is a great way to start the therapy process, but, at times, this type of treatment can fall short in addressing your needs. We’ve found that when you push relationships out of their comfort zone through adventure and unexpected experiences, we can often help people find new ways to communicate, solve problems, and work together on common goals. For example, adventure therapy might include a day of whitewater rafting, rock climbing, attending a couple’s weekend retreat, or working with other couples on a day-long ropes course designed to specifically address your goals. We will partner with you and your partner to learn what will work best, use your strengths, and positively create growth and change in your relationship.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Helping kids and teens learn to navigate life
Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center offers you and your child decades of experience and expertise working with the very complex population of kids and teenangers. Each youth brings specific needs, each stage of development requires specialized interventions, and each issue deserves creative solutions and strategies. Your child deserves to have a therapist who is passionate about and has a strong foundation in child and adolescent therapy, including the ability to connect at his/her level and partner with them through therapeutic play and discussions that lead to successful treatment. Our caring therapists have extensive backgrounds in residential care, home therapy, day treatment, outdoor/wilderness therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and working with school systems.
As you seek out help for your youth or adolescent, it’s important to know that the complexities of adolescence can begin as early as nine years old and as late as 21 years old. “Tweener” is a term that is often used as a catchphrase for the middle school child. It also comes with an overflow of emotions, body changes, and new ways of relating to people. Those who become “an adult” at age 18, more often than not, have no idea what this means or how to navigate all of the responsibilities and life changes that are determined by society. So instead, it creates anxiety, dips in confidence, and a desire for independence without a lot of skill in how to accomplish it. We find that, especially with boys, they often can relate to feeling like a teenager well into their early twenties.
In our work with children, adolescents and parents we hear these common concerns:
Parents say things like:
“I don’t even know who my child is anymore. It’s like when she turned 11, she became a whole new person that I can’t relate with.”
“No matter what I say or how I say it, it is the wrong thing—even if I am trying to be funny.”
“I used to have a smiling, happy child, but now he comes home, goes straight to his room, and ignores all of us in the house.”
“My teenager only cares about texting, video games, and making sure she is dressed to impress. I don’t even know how to communicate with her anymore.”
“I can’t tell if my child is depressed, bored, lost, or just really wants nothing to do with me. I get worried because she no longer wants to talk to me. We used to have the best conversations about friends and life, but now I don’t even know her anymore.”
Children and teens say things like:
“I don’t really know how to talk to my parents about things like feelings or friends. It’s too weird to do that.”
“I want to have a better relationship with my dad and mom, but it is too hard. I just like to be in my room and listen to music. Sometimes, I think its cool to hangout with them, but they always want to ask me a lot of questions. It just starts to bug me.”
“My parents don’t really understand. I don’t think they even remember being a kid and for sure they don’t get what is going on with me.”
“I wish I could feel better about myself. There are girls that are mean to me and at times I think they are right because I am ugly and don’t fit in.”
“I hate my brothers and sisters. They just bug me all the time and I get so mad. I wish they would leave me alone. “
“I want to do better in school and at home, but I don’t know how. I just get so angry and want to punch something or yell at people.”
“I don’t really know why I feel sad all the time. I mean I have it pretty good at home, but I just want to cry or sometimes just wish I wasn’t here anymore. It would just be easier.”
“I don’t fit in with anyone at school. I don’t really know what group I should hang with, so it’s easier to just be by myself. Maybe if I could just change how look it would be easier.”
Our professional team expertly handles these common concerns with care and compassion. We know that, in entering therapy, you are beginning a process that is sensitive and vulnerable, and that you can often face resistance from your children. We will help navigate this with your child and work to build the necessary rapport and trust. To help your child connect to the treatment process, we also use games, artwork, outdoor adventure, and other avenues of engagement/intervention. (Read more in our FAQs.)
Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center will also work closely with your child’s school if requested. Although it is important that therapy remain confidential and safe for your child, specific intent and purposeful communication with the schools can lead to a much faster successful outcome for your child. With exchange and release of information, the therapist and school counselor or teacher may work together to identify appropriate interventions and strategies to address your child’s behavior or academic challenges in the classroom or on the school yard. Our therapists can be part of activities such as IEP process, parent conferences, or school meetings if it best meets the needs of your child.