Laura J. Pentoney M.A. LPC

Laura J. Pentoney M.A. LPC
Name: Laura J. Pentoney M.A. LPC
License and/or Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Approach to Helping :

For the past 17 years, my work has been dedicated to helping people heal and grow from issues related to the past so that they can live richer and more fulfilling lives in the present.  I have worked with men and women, from late teens into adulthood, on their journeys of growth and self-discovery. My expertise is in helping adults heal from childhood wounds that manifest in the present as feelings of depression, anxiety and anger, eating disorders, lack of self-worth/self-esteem, trust issues and/or difficulties in relationship. These childhood wounds often result from neglect and chronic criticism, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse.  Children, who go through these types of experiences, will often internalize negative self-beliefs, such as I am worthless, I don’t deserve, and I’m not good enough.  These negative self-beliefs then begin to inform how one lives in the present in terms of intimate relationships, friends, career advancement, and other important life choices.

The process of psychotherapy is a method that can lead to the healing of painful childhood experiences.  It is a collaborative process that begins with identifying one’s goals or wants.  Then, it becomes a process of discovering and understanding the underlying dynamics and negative self-beliefs that contribute to present day problems. My therapeutic style is gentle, interactive and compassionate, and I often tell my clients that part of my role with them is to walk along side and help them “see and experience” things about themselves that they might not have seen or experienced  before.  I also offer EMDR and will often integrate this method into the more traditional “talk therapy”.  My therapeutic orientation is primarily informed by psychodynamic, relational, attachment, person centered and trauma theories, and I have been trained in EMDR (Level II) since 2002. I am licensed in the state of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I also offer bilingual services (Spanish).

Who I Work With: Women+ Men+ Older Adolescents (16-18)
Services I Provide: Individual Psychotherapy+ EMDR+ Bilingual counseling – Spanish+ Professional Consultation/Supervision
Some Concerns and Issues I Help With: Self-worth/Self-esteem issues+ Childhood abuse+ Depression+ Eating Disorders+ Domestic Violence+ Anxiety+ PTSD, Stress Management+ Personal Growth+ Emotional Intelligence
Therapy Approaches I Use: Psychodynamic+ Person Centered (Rogerian)+ Trauma Theory+ EMDR+ Attachment Theory
Languages I Speak: English+ Spanish
Education 1: School: University of Colorado at Denver+ Year Graduated: 1994+ Degree: M.A. Counseling Psychology
Education 2: School: Denver University+ Year Graduated: 1983+ Degree: B.S. Psychology
Years in practice: 17
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepts Insurance: Yes
Types of Insurance Accepted: Cigna+ Wellpoint+ Value Options+ Mines and Associates
Office Phone Number: 303-756-9052 x125
Cell Phone Number: 303-867-4625
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