Like any journey in life, the first step is to begin... so let's start by determining if your needs and our expertise are a match.
Once we are both comfortable with moving forward, our task will be to focus decades of counseling experience
to help provide you help for today, and hope for tomorrow.
How do I Know if I need counseling / coaching?
Dr. Dan Trathen DMIN, PHD
EDUCATIONAL AND CONSULTING SERVICES
Dr. Trathen has been a mental health clinician and educator for over four decades. He has been a Therapist, Licensed Social Worker, Pastoral Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Life, Business and Executive Coach, Teacher, Professor, Seminar Leader for 23 years in conjunction with being a Licensed Clinical, Family Psychologist in Colorado for the last 22 years. As he continues to practice, he observes that one of the major concerns of people seeking help is “who do I see and how do I find the right therapist” and “How do I clarify what I need?” Most people go online to research clinicians in their geographical area and look for education and expertise. Others will look at their insurance coverage and research those clinicians in these areas on their insurance panels. Others seem to shop for cost for a session and availability of convenient appointment hours. Each and all of these questions are valid concerns, but wait, there are more questions. Do I (we) need to see a PhD, PsyD, MA or MSW level therapist and what do all these letters and degrees mean? What level of education would be best for my issues and concerns? Do they need to be licensed in my state? Do I need individual, couple, family or group therapy? Some even wonder if the gender of the therapist is important. One wonders if all these choices and questions interfere with the decision to make an appointment with a therapist at all. As one client explained her experience as she wrote to “Ask Amy”,
“I lucked into a great therapist years ago, but she moved away. Since then, I’ve tried a half a dozen therapists and haven’t found one who I click with or who for my schedule. I’ve given up on therapy because starting with a new therapist is arduous and I’ve been burned before.”
A right therapy “fit” is very important. Like this woman, Dr. Dan has heard many of his patient’s stories and experiences of therapy that didn’t go well. For some it has been a “trial and error process” before they found the best therapist for them. Help eliminate the frustration and the process of serendipity. Dr. Dan will guide you through the Mental Health Maze utilizing his HIPPA secure video conferencing service. In so doing you will see for yourself the benefits of Teletherapy and whether or not you are comfortable with this modality or would prefer in office therapy sessions.
These are all common and valid questions and concerns. In an effort to be of help in these areas, Dr. Trathen has developed a Before Therapy/Coaching Consulting Service to assist individuals or couples who find themselves in these types of dilemmas by providing tools, expertise and experience to bring clarity to this process. This is a consulting service, not therapy. By choosing this service you are not committing yourself as his patient(s). Instead, you will find answers to your questions and be an informed consumer. This service will help you to be time and cost effective as you interview prospective therapists. You will know what questions to ask as you begin the process of therapy and clarify your goals for therapy before even meeting your new therapist, you will be prepared to know what you need and how to collaborate with your therapist for your desired outcome and only pay for what you need. You will be taking responsibility for yourself with your issues and addressing concerns for the therapy process. You may even feel empowered as you start your therapy journey. This is an educational and clarification process consisting of 2 appointments while using several HIPAA educational forms to assist in the clarifying process. All information is confidential. If you believe this service could assist you as you prepare yourself for your therapy/coaching experience along with a potential better outcome, then contact Dr. Trathen for more information.