adults: individual, group, couples
addictions and substance use
anxiety & depression
education & experience
Limestone College: BA
Naropa University: MA Candidate
FCGPS: Board Member
Tuesday and Friday
8:30AM to 5:00PM
contact info & fees
$155 for 50-minute session
$232.50 for 75-minute session
$300 per month for group therapy
Credentials: Registered Psychotherapist (CO NLC#0107274)
Supervised by: Jeffrey M. Price, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP (CO LPC#3596)
There are few more courageous acts than facing ourselves and embracing what we find there. This is often, and very simply, our work in psychotherapy. What's past is prologue, but you get to write your own future.
I have been trained in a mindfulness-based transpersonal approach to psychotherapy. This approach supports awareness, stability of mind, and curiosity. If I had to slap a name tag on myself at a therapist cocktail party it might say "Hello, my name is: Josh Rudder, existential-humanist-relational therapist. Oh, and good therapy doesn't have to be all tears all the time." So, that would be a very large name tag.
Baruch Spinoza was a 17th-century philosopher who dared to say that mind and body did not affect each other because they are not other. Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, people had been talking about this for a few thousand years. This comes up in many ways during therapy (ask me how, or I'll let you know when we get there). I also pay a lot of attention to how our bodily or felt experiences, our minds, and our social connections are interwoven.
"Trauma informed" means that I am aware of the prevalence of untreated trauma in others and practice with a lot of sensitivity toward people who may have a history of being traumatized. This includes my being very transparent about what I am doing, having and supporting clear boundaries, and promoting safety, consistency, collaboration, and choice throughout therapy.
What gets me out of bed in the morning to do this? I know very intimately that therapy can mean the difference between finding a way up through depression instead of out through suicide and addiction. I know first-hand that therapy can mean recovering from childhood sex abuse, neglect, physical abuse, and the horrors of war. Therapy can mean an amicable separation and future reconciliation instead of a family torn apart. For people I have worked with, therapy can be a buffer against acting out in rage, committing acts of violence, being consumed by hatred and instead breaking cycles of abuse.
Then why isn't everyone in psychotherapy? Pick any number of reasons but they generally all amount to difficulty in getting the ball rolling. For many of us in this country, we don't handle our dark sides very well. The tendency is to dismiss, distract, achieve, and act happy. Also, a massive number of us have been horribly betrayed or neglected by people we trusted. Trusting again seems foolish or not even an option; better to go it alone right?
Deciding to get help can be a bit like stopping by woods on a snowy evening:
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
Amidst the loneliness, the silence, and the darkness, it can seem strange to stop and listen and feel something that starts as an aching but can open into a quiet beauty, peace, or surprising sense of harmony and settling into ourselves. My clients are often those that have a troubling inner world and they work hard to keep up appearances. They may privately experience rage, aggression, self-aggression, substance abuse, numbness, and sadness about their difficult connection to others. They may experience burning shame, find happiness elusive or totally unknown, and feel held under by waves of grief and bouts of overwhelming anguish. The joy once felt in achievement, spirituality, relationship, or career performance has become like ash - offering little sense of purpose or hope. My clients may feel mounting pressure "to keep all the balls up in the air" and make it look easy. Won't it be nice to not have to do all that-and have energy left at the end of the day? It's better to not do it alone, and to not have to work so hard and carry so much burden. After all, you have miles to go before you sleep.
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