My name is Dan Entmacher and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working with adults, couples, and teens in private practice in Boulder Colorado.
I didn’t always know I wanted to be a psychotherapist. My first academic pursuit was environmental sciences, 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 faced truly difficult trials and inner demons. In the midst of my struggle, surrounded often by depression and severe self-criticism there came a point of surrender, where I realized that I could not overcome my demons alone, and so I sought help both through spiritual traditions and through psychotherapy.
I eventually found my way back into the daylight and discovered that my true gifts lay in working with others, in helping them both to discover their true divine indestructible essence and to act as a guide to help them on their way through whatever time of pain and confusion they may find themselves in. This knowledge lead me to study Transpersonal Psychology for my masters, a school of psychology that incorporates and integrates the world’s wisdom traditions and sees that there is a realm beyond the personal egoic self. Call this realm whatever you want—spirit, the collective unconscious, love, nature, the spirit that flows through all things—I have found that a balanced mix of connection to this larger realm, combined with solid grounding in developmental and trauma therapy, provides great potential for healing and transformation.
What I Bring
As a psychotherapist 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 bring a commitment to continually cultivate connection to spirit through meditation and to continue 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 I can to each session.
My therapeutic orientation is experiential psychotherapy, which means that the majority of therapy is focused on present moment awareness and experience. In my experience, this focus, as opposed to insight focused cognitive forms of therapy, tends to lead to more lasting and fundamental growth and transformation.
I work with a range of clients and specialize in working with individuals experiencing depression and anxiety, chronic pain/illness, difficulty integrating spiritual experience, trauma, behavioral addictions, grief and loss, and relationships difficulties. My therapeutic approach is grounded in and informed by: Gestalt Psychotherapy, Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy, Transpersonal Psychology, Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, Jungian Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Body-Centered Trauma Psychotherapy, and The Enneagram.
In addition to being a psychotherapist I am a Teen Life Coach, and a trained meditation instructor. I am also an avid rock climber and general outdoorsman. The connection I find to life in nature feeds and sustains me and I have been a long time advocate of environmental stewardship and wilderness education. And lastly, I am a big music lover. Whether it’s playing or simply listening, music inspires me in new ways each and every day.
Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University
License & Certifications
LPC, Certified Life Strategies Coach
Modern-Day Meditation Instructor
Restorative Justice Facilitator 40 hour Training
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Level 1
American Counseling Association