“It is hard to be happy in your life when you are unhappy in your relationship. Couples therapy brings you closer to your partner but it is also an investment in your own happiness.”
What do you specialize in?
Couples Therapy – I will work with you and your spouse through a wide range of issues including: defining relationship roles, high-conflict arguments, affairs, communication problems, financial disagreements, and reconciling from divorce/separation.
Self-Improvement Counseling – I have a deep passion for facilitating self-improvement goals as an individual or as a couple. I will guide you in your resolutions to: surpass mental barriers that are keeping you from nutrition/exercise goals, improve your job position/performance, and accomplish your own version of success.
What happens in therapy?
In the beginning of therapy, I will become familiar with you and/or your relationship by exploring what lead you to therapy. I create a safe environment for you to talk about your concerns and what barriers exist. After, we will explore the details of your goals for therapy. Lastly, we will discuss your successes throughout the therapeutic process and continue to bring clarity to what you want for yourself and/or your spouse.
My style of therapy is strengths-based in that I am always searching for what is working well in your life or in your relationship. I keep my eye on your successes (even if they are small), and I have a great eye for them. I give genuine compliments often and I recognize the difficulties that you’ve surpassed to get to where you are. If there is anything that you are uncomfortable talking about in therapy, there is no pressure from me. Therapy is for you and it is meant to accomplish exactly what you want; not for me to push my own agenda.
What is your background?
I graduated from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV) with my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Counseling. I have had a passion for therapy from a young age and this degree helped me to begin counseling right away. While at UNLV, I also minored in Family Studies and Addictions Treatment. After, I was an Honors Graduate with my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy here in Denver from Regis University.
I have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families in different settings including: The Regis Center for Counseling and Family Therapy, Jefferson County Head Start, substance abuse treatment centers, psychosocial rehabilitation, and as a family caseworker.
What do you do for fun?
- Sit on the couch and binge watch romantic comedies
- Spend quality time with my wife and our dog, Athena
- Hike on local trails
- Watch self-improvement videos on YouTube
- Exercise through weight training
Chris Focuses on:
Marriage & Couples Counseling
In couple’s therapy, Chris creates a supportive environment that allows you and your partner to express yourseves and pursue your desires for your relationship so there is positive and lasting change.
Healthy Lifestyle Counseling
Not all therapy needs to be focused on fixing things. Sometimes you just want to accomplish more. For goals of a healthier lifestyle, Chris helps you to define and achieve your desired outcome. Chris will focus on your strengths and help you find solutions in order to maximize your progress.
Chris has experience working in substance abuse treatment settings to address minor to severe substance use ranging from methamphetamine and heroin to alcohol and marijuana. Whether you’re hesitant about treatment or highly motivated. Chris meets you where you are at in order to provide support and move towards recovery.