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Katherine French-Ewing, MA, LPCC, NCC, EMDR II
As I was trying to find an image that best represents this powerful work I get to step into each day, I found this rainbow ripple and considered it a metaphor for change. Imagine dropping a pebble into still water. When you choose to allow God to activate change in your life through doing your own work with Him as your anchor, the transformation that follows then radiates out like ripples to those around you and is reflected in the decisions you make. In turn, your life becomes a source of light and hope for others. This is your ripple effect and it is powerful!
I may be a good fit for you if you are struggling with any of these issues: Spiritual concerns, nightmares, negative self talk, unexplained body sensations, haunting memories, a recent stressful experience that has affected your quality of life, anxiety, or grief or loss. Please note: the brain based approaches I offer can be an ideal fit for those who do not want to talk about their issues in-depth or for those who fear re-traumatization in context of talk therapy. Clients who have gotten stuck in past traditional therapy oftentimes find the tools I use (that God in turn shines through) to be refreshing and deeply healing. Together we will figure out what is most effective for you.
Hello! My name is Katherine and I am excited to connect with you! Windy Wyoming is my old stomping grounds and there I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. I earned my Master's Degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University qualifying me to begin earning my hours towards my license. I have passed my CPCE and NCE exams and am under direct supervision, which amplifies my ability to best serve my clients.
We all stumble along this journey called life and I am certainly no exception. After going through my young adult years making detrimental choices and seeing that what I was doing was just not working and hurting those I loved, my heart was broken and I was exhausted. Picture a full length mirror in sharp shards all over the floor and that is how I felt.
As an undergraduate and then again in 2010, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and these were pivotal, life-changing events that literally brought me to my knees. Surgeons told me that I might never sing again and as a vocal performer since age 6, this was a devastating prospect. I realized that although I was brought up in a Christian home, I only knew God in my head, not consistently in my heart. Once I invited Him into each nook and cranny of my life and chose to dedicate my life to Him through immersion baptism, Christ brought me through those dark seasons of my soul (yes, I can still sing!) and these cyclical seasons of challenge continue to deepen my trust and dependency on Him as well as transform my earthly relationships. Surrendering to His perfect will is incredibly powerful and liberating!
Now, when I stumble and fall flat on my face, I know who is lifting me up and who I run to in order to lay down my burdens and seek forgiveness for my thoughts and choices. Now I choose to turn towards the truth of the Lord contained in the Bible instead of allowing the lies and anxiety that used to scratch and claw at me to tear me apart. Greater is He than anything in this world! Isn't grace absolutely amazing??
In choosing my vocational direction, my parents encouraged me to do what lights me up inside because then it really is not work, but instead just plugging my gift into God's plan while making a positive impact in this world. Counseling is not a profession - for me, it is calling on my spirit. It is my honor to walk with my clients through their oftentimes dark seasons, while holding that sense of hope and joy for them until they blinking, step into the brilliant light that awaits them just on the other side. To bear witness to this transformative grace and newly ignited hope in my clients' lives is such an incredible blessing!
Experience and Background
On my way to earning my MA in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, my practicum was completed at Mountain States Children's Home and there I began to connect with at-risk teens from all walks of life. For internship, I believe that God opened two very different doors -- one was here at Crossroads and the other was at Inner Balance, a holistic substance treatment program. I am so blessed to continue on here as part of the Crossroads team! In addition to teens, I work with couples and adults, and each population occupies a special place in my heart. Although I do not offer after hours crisis counseling, in December of 2015, I became certified in Mental Health First Aide through the state of Colorado. Here is a great resource page if you are feeling depressed or are thinking of taking your life or for those of you who know someone who is walking in depression or contemplating suicide:http://issuesiface.com/help.
It would be my honor to traverse this path with you to insight, strength, and hope should you choose to work with me. Together we will figure out what kinds of approaches, tools, and solutions will be optimal for your relational, psychological, and spiritual growth.
Approach - why I am passionate about EMDR and Brainspotting
Due to my desire to add a powerful research supported therapy to my toolbox, I am trained with the Colorado Chapter of Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP) in 50 hours of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). After being trained, I worked with my own EMDR therapist to resolve some personal issues and the success of that work further confirmed how powerfully the Lord can work through this approach! EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that has been widely researched as an effective method of treatment for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and disturbing memories. EMDR can also be effective in those clients with dream issues, anxiety, chronic pain, self esteem, performance issues, and depression as well. EMDR is an integrative approach to re-balance and empower that assists an individual in processing memories, which leads to a deeper healing. Generally, clients feel relief quickly and because EMDR changes the brain, the effects are sustainable. EMDR has been recognized by both the American Psychiatric Association and the United States Department of Defense as an effective form of treatment for trauma. For more information about EMDR, please visit www.emdrhap.org.
As of October 2017, I also offer a therapeutic approach that complements EMDR well called Brainspotting. This approach can be more gentle and effective than EMDR for some people, especially those with complex trauma backgrounds, and is based on the understanding that where our eyes go affects how we feel and what is in the brain is in the body and vice versa. For more information about brainspotting, please visit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lm3Plvaf3UE.
Brain work through a Christian lens - what might that look like? Please right click on the image below for a brief video.
There are three primary reasons why my clients pay privately. First of all, insurance companies require me, as your therapist, to divulge some sensitive information about your treatment. Secondly, insurance companies require me to provide you with a diagnosis. I honor the confidentiality of all of my clients and find diagnostic terms, at times, to be counterproductive to psychological well-being. Lastly, insurance companies will oftentimes dictate how many sessions you and I are approved to complete together. This practice can be restrictive and I want to do what is in your best interest as we collaboratively create an action plan for your therapy.
I charge $100 for 50 minutes and for those who qualify for a sliding fee scale, sessions start at $80. Those of you who attend certain churches in the community like Crossroads Church, may be eligible for scholarship - please contact your church for more information about their potential benevolence fund. Please note, if you have Medicare, you will need to seek counseling support directly through your in-network provider. If you have Medicaid and are eligible for scholarship through your church or have another person paying for your counseling, please let me know.
The office locations I utilize are in Northglenn and Fort Lupton. Currently, I see clients on Mondays, Wednesday mornings and Thursdays all day in Northglenn with some limited availability on Fridays in Fort Lupton as well.
Please call or text me at 720-340-8856 or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: HOPE
I look forward to connecting with you!
IN THIS PRESENT MOMENT STRADDLING THE LINE OF ANXIETY AND HOPE
BETWEEN WHAT IS AND WHAT WILL BE – I AM HERE
TASTING THE SALTY CLOUDS ROLLING IN – TEMPORARILY OBSTRUCTING LIGHT
ROOTS WERE PLANTED – STRONG INTO SOIL
GENTLY LIFTED – NOT TO STAY
WINDS OF CHANGE BLOWING – WHISPERS OF TOMORROW
“NEXT” JUST BEYOND REACH – GUIDED STEPS ABUNDANT
TRANSITIONAL MOMENT – SOAK IT UP
NO LOOKING BACK – JUST CARRY EXPERIENCE
MOVING THROUGH COMFORT ZONE- TO THE UNKNOWN
GROWTH ONLY POSSIBLE OUTCOME – TEARS SEEM INEVITABLE
BREATHING DEEPLY-RESTING IN GRATITUDE
AWARE OF UNSETTLED ENERGY- ENCOURAGING BLESSED MOVEMENT
GAINING MOMEMTUM – FLYING INTO FEAR
MOTIVATED THROUGH PURPOSE – COMFORTINGLY HELD DIVINELY
READY TO EVOLVE – UNFURLING MY WINGS
LEAPING WHILE ANTICIPATING WONDER – LOVE GREETS ME
TOUCHING SLUMBERING PLACES – REMEMBERING WHAT IS
WAKING TO THE BEAUTY – TRUSTING IN MYSELF
INSPIRED BY HIS PROMISE TO FINISH THIS GOOD WORK IN ME
-Copywright 2015, Katherine French-Ewing