Fort Collins TherapistThe purpose of life, I believe, is sustainable happiness.  How this is achieved is unique to every person.  We all want happiness, so why is it so elusive?  Often, it is the things we do to keep ourselves feeling safe that also keep us from achieving happiness.  Other times, it is a tendency for immediate gratification that perpetuates our suffering.  My job is to help you understand your obstacles to happiness and then cultivate a life that minimizes suffering and maximizes long-term enjoyment.  Change will come in attitude, emotion, and behavior.  This does not mean that pain and suffering disappear entirely, as they are a part of life.  Rather, it is the relationship to them that is changed.  The goal is a life with more happiness and satisfaction.

I see things from post-modern, existential, East-West, and experiential perspectives.  Those are a lot of fancy terms for a few simple concepts.  By post-modern I mean that we, as individuals and groups, author our own understandings of the world.  It can be how we understand it that contributes to our suffering.  By existential I mean that we are each unique and responsible for our own being in the world.  We can decrease our suffering by facing what we fear and working through it, and thereby become free of it.  East-West psychology draws from scientific Western concepts, such as behavioral therapy, as well as Eastern concepts such as the Buddhist ideas of emptiness and interconnectedness.  Experiential means that primacy is given to one’s own felt experience of being in the world.  In the West, we tend to overvalue the cognitive and devalue feelings, leading to an imbalance where we unknowingly make emotional decisions disguised by rationalizations and justifications.

Therapeutic Style

As a therapist, I place high value on the person who is my client.  I will listen to your story, helping you to explore hopes, fears, meaning, and values.  I will walk with you on your path, sometimes supporting you and other times challenging you.  I will help you find a way of being in the world that works for you.  It will not be easy, but it can potentially be very rewarding.

For couples and family therapy, I look at the system as a whole, and work with you to transform stuck, unhealthy patterns into healthy ones.

One tool I recommend is mindfulness, which aids in gaining insight, reducing stress, and strengthening the mind-body connection.  I try to help my clients connect with their innate actualizing potential for growth.  This may involve experiencing unpleasant emotions, but the medicine is in the wound.  The goal is to lead an authentic and purposeful life, with a clear experience of reality as it is.  This maximizes happiness.

Work History
Peak Clarity Counseling Center – Therapist (Contact me for an appointment.)
Front Range Community College – Psychology Instructor
The Parent-Child Interaction Center – Therapist
Esteemed Human Development International – Lecturer (Psychological & Educational Workshops)
The Highland Institute Atlanta
Anchor Hospital for Mental Health

Credentials
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Colorado (License #LPC0011971)
Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist (CHt)
Certified Anger & Depression Management Specialist
Prepare-Enrich Certified (Couples Counseling)
American Counseling Association (ACA) Member
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (ATSA) Member

Education
Ed.S. Professional Counseling (Georgia State University)
M.S. Professional Counseling (Georgia State University)
B.S. Philosophy (Georgia State University)
B.S. Religious Studies (Georgia State University)
B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Contact Information:

Phone: 970-444-2815
Email: Dustin@PeakClarity.com