In my early years of practice, I once asked a client… what is important to you? He paused for a long moment. I mean a long moment. He looked surprised by my question. He said no one has ever asked me this question and began to think.
What is important to you is everything inside your being. Your hopes, your dreams, your shadows and struggles.
My goal in therapy is to help you find your place. Your place of peace and acceptance. To find that place, you actually have to go to another place first, inside your heart and mind. Perhaps asking yourself, what is important to you.
About me… I started a long time ago looking inside.
From childhood, I always had a compassion for others and helping. I also knew that growing up, I wished I had someone to talk to about my emotions, because I was hurting, and lacked the awareness to know how to cope with it. It’s a similar struggle many of my clients go through and one that I am so grateful to help with professionally as a Solution Focused Counselor.
In high school, I became interested in psychology from a mentor/basketball coach/teacher who worked with troubled teens prior to her getting in to teaching. She would tell amazing stories of resilience about the kids she worked with before she got into teaching. I was enthralled.
I knew that I too wanted to help people and make a difference. From then on, the spark was lit and my path began to take me towards that goal.
In my 20’s I finished graduate school, began working at a substance abuse counseling agency and learned the intricacies of Solution Focused Therapy. In addition to all of this hard work, I also took advantage of where I had friends living at the time and traveled to places such as Peru, Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
In my 30’s, I obtained work with the Department of Defense and Military as a mental health consultant and clinician. This work included a significant amount of extended domestic and international travel. I gained so much from my time and experiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Kentucky, New Mexico and Virginia. I spent time exploring our country and visited places I never would have had gone. It was amazing!
Now, with my practice here in Denver, Colorado, (and so glad to be home, as I am a Colorado native myself) I’m proud to be an avid skier, having hiked several 14’ers, been backpacking deep into the Colorado mountains, experienced winter camping in below freezing temperatures (and on more than once occasion I might add), white water rafted all over the world and bungee jumped from both a hot air balloon and a crane. (Yikes!! Don’t think I’ll be doing that again!)
Yes, I love life and living it every moment I can.
In addition to private practice, I have been a volunteer mediator for the Jefferson County Mediation Services office for almost 5 years. And, the latest?! Recently published in the Oxford University Press on Solution Focused practices with Trauma/PTSD in the Military, which I am so proud of because of the incredible transformations I’ve seen individuals go through when they focus more on what is important and how they want life to be different once their issues are resolved, instead of their natural tendency which is to obsess about the problem. It’s amazing and so powerful to be a part of this when it happens.
A little more about me… I absolutely love people, learning about other cultures and exploring what makes people tick. In fact, it’s how I work in my practice too. Listening to you, finding out what makes you, you. The very essence of you. Then, how to let that essence show itself every day. How to set boundaries with others so that your life path is clear. And, how to use Solution Focused strategies to help you continue to get you where you want to be in life, cope with things outside of your control, create better relationships and find the inner strength you’ve always had, but may have lost a bit along the way. I’m here for you.
“Calyn is without question one of the most professional and effective therapists in the field. She consistently finds different ways to help clients identify their own way forward through her curious and “on point” questions. I am absolutely confident in her skills, compassion, and desire to ensure what is best for her clients.
Tackling tough challenges in therapy or in mediation can be difficult and Calyn is keenly aware of that, stepping with her clients through the process.” – Client Testimonial
If you feel comfortable taking the first step, I encourage you to call or set an appointment so that we can look at how to create a life you love living. Simply click here to start. I look forward to connecting with you.