Life is difficult. No one is exempt from suffering. Together we will assess your current challenges and make a plan to increase your well-being. We will also identify and build on your strengths while offering you new skills. You do not have to do this alone.
I love working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing all sorts of challenges, though I have come to specialize in trauma and dissociation. This does not only mean capital ‘T’ trauma, like outright abuse or natural disasters; rather, chronic stress can cause the same kinds of mental, physical, and emotional suffering. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the treatment modalities I employ.
I take an integrative approach to therapy. This means that, in addition to your present difficulty, we take into consideration your values, world view, spirituality, physical health, and history. I treat the whole person, always respecting who you are. Drawing from multiple theoretical approaches, I will tailor a treatment plan especially designed for you to optimize progress in meeting your goals.
Kelley Sheftall, Psy.D.
My philosophy of healing is that we all have within us the capacity to flourish if only we can identify and eliminate the obstacles that stand in our way. I don’t take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to therapy but tailor treatment to clients’ particular needs. You are your own unique person and I will honor and value who you are, and accompany you on the journey to become the version of yourself you would like to be. I favor a collaborative rather than a directive approach – you are the expert on your life’s journey, but I have skills that can help us to navigate the route and clear away barriers to living more joyfully and with greater freedom. Together we can form a strong partnership on the path to authentic self-discovery and healing. I try to create a therapeutic environment that is warm and caring but nevertheless has clear boundaries to enable clients to feel emotionally safe.
Counseling is a second career for me and I bring considerable life experience to the therapeutic situation. I am married with three sons and have seen my share of life’s ups and downs. I have a PhD in Latin in addition to an MA in Clinical Mental Health from Adams State University. I am trained to use EMDR with clients who have suffered trauma. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Having worked as a counselor at Catholic Charities in Denver for several years, I have had the privilege of accompanying and guiding many people towards self-acceptance and healthy self-love.
Marica Frank, MA, LPC
2401 S Downing St, Denver, CO 80210 | Marica Frank 303-921-2996 | Kelley Sheftall 303-472-4962 | Contactus@denvercounselingassociates.org