Hello and Welcome,
Congratulations on taking this important and oftentimes difficult step of seeking out support.
It may have been a long journey for you to get to this point and you may have tried many strategies to overcome the challenges you face.
For many of us there comes a point where we realize that we cannot do it all on our own. When this happens we become willing to take action, reach out, and ask for the help we need. It is important to understand that this is not a sign of failure in any way. Being ready to seek support is a powerful place to be with great potential for positive growth and lasting positive change.
Psychotherapy is a strong and effective form of support that can provide you with the tools to overcome the challenges you face. You also don’t have to spend a long time in counseling to begin experiencing relief. Within the first few sessions you may begin to experience a tangible shift from pain, confusion, or anxiety toward a sense of peace, calm, and clarity. In the process of overcoming your unique challenges you will heal, grow, and transform beyond what you thought possible.
Whether or not you’ve tried counseling before, I encourage you to keep searching until you find a counselor you feel is a good fit for you as a companion and guide. This may initially include shopping around and meeting with a number of therapists until you’ve found the right one, however it is well worth the effort.
To take the next step and set up your 100% risk free initial consultation, call (720) 441-2998 or send an Email.
Let me introduce myself:
My name is Dan Entmacher and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, Colorado working with couples, adult, and teens. To understand more about my specialties simply click on one in the menu above.
I refer to the type of counseling I do as experiential psychotherapy. This simply means that the focus of therapy is on the present moment. I often guide clients inward and toward noticing what is happening right now. I find that this focus allows for the integration of mind, body, and spirit and thus a deeper and more lasting growth and transformation. My approach is grounded in and informed by Gestalt Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Below is my office located near downtown Boulder Colorado:
How Can Psychotherapy Help?
There are many good reasons to seek counseling. Below are just some of the difficulties therapy can help heal and transform:
Struggle with Negative Self-Image, Including Persistent Self-Judgments, Self-Hatred, Unworthiness, and Perfectionism
Major Life Transitions
The Nagging Sense that Life Can be Far Richer and More Fulfilling but You Just Don’t Know How to Get There
Whatever your reason for seeking out support, it’s important to know that simply because of the fact that you are willing to take action and look for support, you have already started a process that is actively bringing you what you’re searching for. Psychotherapy can help you continue and deepen the process of finding what you seek, whether it is:
More clarity and peace in your life
Relief from emotional and or physical suffering
Freedom from addictive behaviors
Healthier more satisfying relationships
Or simply a more fulfilling life
I encourage you to trust that you are already on your way and allow this to give you the courage and motivation to take your next step.
Common Questions & Concerns
Is asking for help a sign of weakness or failure?
Take a moment and ask yourself, “What would take more strength right now, to admit I could use some help and to ask for it, or to keep quiet and suffer alone?” In our culture, seeking out support is sometimes seen as a sign of weakness. However, I have found that it takes great strength and courage to admit that one needs help and then be willing to ask for it.
If I’m in therapy does that mean something is wrong with me?
There is a common fear that going to a counselor means that there is something wrong with you or that you are defective in some way. This is simply not true. Psychotherapy is for everyone! Life can be very challenging. Everyone is trying their best, and still we all need extra support at times. Because of our unique makeup and life experiences, some people need more support then others. That doesn’t mean anything is wrong, just that you are human.
Will therapy go on forever?
Some people are concerned that therapy will go on indefinitely. My role as a psychotherapist is similar to that of a guide or ferryman. I am here to assist you on this particular leg of your inward journey and help you navigate safely to the other side of what may at times feel like rough waters. Your therapy will have a beginning, a middle, and an end. In our initial meeting we will go over your goals and will regularly check in to see how we are doing in meeting those goals, if they need to be adjusted, and if we are in fact nearing the end of your therapy. After your therapy has ended you are always welcome to come back at anytime for a “tune up” or to embark on a new leg of your journey.
If you are ready to set up your risk free initial consultation, you can call (720) 441-2998 or click HERE to send an email. If you have more questions or concerns please click on the FAQ tab and feel free to CONTACT me.
My Own Journey
I didn’t always know I wanted to be a psychotherapist. My first academic pursuit was in natural history and ecology, which arose out of my deep connection to and relationship with the land where I grew up. In fact, it was there, amongst the lush forests and streams surrounding Asheville, North Carolina that my inward journey began, spurred on by the Native American survival skills and spiritual traditions that I encountered.
However, it was not until my mother became very ill, and I chose to come home to take care of her, that I first encountered truly difficult trials and inner demons. In the midst of my struggles, surrounded by depression, fear, and severe self-criticism, there came a point of surrender where I realized that I could not overcome my demons alone. So, I sought help through both psychotherapy and spiritual practice.
I soon discovered that my true gifts lay in working with others; helping individuals to discover their true divine indestructible essence and to act as a guide on their way through whatever pain and confusion they may find themselves in. This, along with my own struggles with chronic pain and illness, is why I chose to study Transpersonal Psychology for my graduate work. Transpersonal Psychology is a school of psychology that incorporates and integrates the world’s wisdom traditions and acknowledges a realm beyond the personal, egoic self. Call it whatever you want–spirit, the collective unconscious, love, nature, the spirit that flows through all things– I have found that a connection to this realm, along with a firm grounding in developmental and trauma psychotherapy holds the potential for great healing and transformation.
As a counselor, I bring a grounded sense of the interplay of body, mind, and spirit, rooted in my connection to nature and my first hand experience working with chronic pain and physical limitation. I also carry a strong commitment to continually cultivate connection to spirit through meditation and to grow through my own inner psychological work. I always strive to walk my talk and to bring as much presence, acceptance, and kindness as possible to each session.
Growth and Healing Await
I see psychotherapy as a rich, exciting, and at times challenging inward journey; a journey that results in growth and often culminates in a major shift in perspective that brings about great peace and newfound sense of freedom. Whatever stands in your way, whether it is unworthiness, self-judgment, fear, confusion, trauma, a difficult relationship, or something totally unique to you, there is a way through, and I encourage you to simply take the next step.
If you are interested in taking some steps right now, consider signing up for the free report and guided meditation above titled “Beating the Inner Critic,” which helps you quickly shift certain negative patterns that may be keeping you stuck and causing you suffering. Also, feel free to explore the articles section of this website for more information on a range of mental health topics.
To schedule your initial consultation, please click the CONTACT tab and provide a few dates and times that work for you. This initial 50-minute appointment is 100% risk free, meaning that if you choose not to continue with psychotherapy for whatever reason, you will not be billed for the appointment. Also, if you have any questions or concerns associated with counseling, please feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and remember that you are already on your way.
Dan Entmacher M.A. LPC