Connections Counseling
 
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Welcome to Connections Counseling & Wellness Center!

Holistic Mental Health Services for Your Entire Family

Connections Counseling is an innovative trauma wellness center that provides a wide range of services to your entire family. We are a group of experienced practitioners with varied specialties and expertise, as well as sliding scale options. Serving the greater Denver area, we are located in Wheat Ridge, CO with easy access from I-70, 38th Avenue or from the Apple Wood bus station.  

Our Certified Therapy Dog, Harley, will greet you at the door!

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We Provide:

  • Individual, couples, family, group counseling

  • Animal Assisted Therapy

  • Clinical Hypnosis

  • Massage Therapy

  • Affordable & Low-Cost Counseling Services

Our Expertise Includes:

  • Trauma-Sensitive Therapy

  • Parent-Child Relational Issues

  • Attachment & Adoption Specific Therapy

  • Military & Veteran Specific Therapy

  • Grief & Loss

  • Body Work

Our vision is to treat the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. Connections Counseling is confident that between our experienced staff and the atmosphere we have created in our office you will get the best possible treatment for you and your family.     

We look forward to working with you!

 
 

Trauma-sensitive treatment


 

Connections Counseling...A Leading Center for Trauma Sensitive Treatment

We pride ourselves on being a comprehensive trauma sensitive wellness center and are specifically trained in the unique needs of crime and trauma survivors. Connections Counseling practitioners have extensive experience in working with PTSD and trauma and use evidenced-based treatments such as: EMDRSensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Somatic Trauma Work.  

We treat all types of trauma: 

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • domestic violence 
  • accidents
  • severe neglect
  • traumatic loss 
  • experiencing or witnessing any type of violence
  • natural disasters

 

Being a trauma sensitive center means we recognize that trauma is often the primary problem, even when the presenting problem may be different. We also understand that most people seeking therapy have some kind of trauma history. Trauma is often at the root of many issues therefore, we respectfully ask about trauma as part of our intake and assessment process. Normal development is affected by trauma and we take this into account during our treatment planning. Our wellness space is also designed to ensure safety, comfort, and nurturing while avoiding re-victimization.  

We work with crime victim’s compensation, insurance, and Jefferson County Social Services as some of our main payment providers.  

You really can find the healing you are looking for. 

 
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Services


specialties

Whatever you are looking for, Connections Counseling practitioners can help you, or refer you to a professional who can. We specialize in personalized services that take into consideration all the areas that are important in our client's lives, including culture, income, family support, and spirituality. Some of our strengths include:

  • Individual therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, play therapy, and premarital counseling

  • Trauma & PTSD Treatment

  • Treatment for unresolved sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect

  • Domestic Violence Treatment for Survivors (children & adults)

  • EMDR

  • Body-Centered Psychotherapy

  • Clinical Hypnosis

  • Treatment for Depression & Anxiety

  • Child & Adolescent Issues

  • Massage Therapy

  • Step/Blended Family Issues

  • Parent-Child Interactional Assessments

  • Adoption & Attachment Issues

  • Divorce/Separation Issues

  • Queer/Trans Issues

  • Polyamory/BDSM

  • Grief & Loss Counseling

  • Support for Secondary Trauma in Helping Professionals

  • Clinical Supervision for LPC's

  • Staff Training, Consultation, & Team Building

  • Therapeutic Visitation

  • Child Welfare Specific Practice

body/spirit wellness

Connections Counseling values all the different types of healing that are available and we are aware that unique individuals benefit from unique treatment. We pride ourselves in being able to offer diverse practitioners with specialties outside of the realm of psychotherapy.

Clinical Hypnosis

 A natural, safe and deeply relaxing way to modify thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Clinical Hypnosis silences parts of the brain and nervous system that interfere with change. Contact Rena for questions or to schedule an appointment

Yoga  

We offer Satori Yoga which incorporates exercise, self massage and guided meditation to help reduce tension and increase strength (contact Lisa for days & times or to start a new group with friends or colleagues) as well as Yoga Nidra (contact Mark for days & time) which is a combination of relaxation and meditation to calm the mind.

Massage

The art of compassionate touch is used for stress elimination, getting more in touch with your body, or healing from trauma. Contact Mark for questions or to schedule an appointment

trainings

Connections is excited to offer staff development and training programs! We offer multiple day, full day, and half day training programs on:  

  • Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue

  • Grief and Loss Interventions

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • Using Somatic Interventions

  • Parenting Strategies

Contact Jennifer Weiler directly for more information about scheduling and curriculum.  

 

Our Trauma-Sensitive Team


  Stacy Sheridan, LPC   Stacy and Jenn started Connections Counseling in 2011. Stacy specializes in unresolved trauma in adults and adolescents. She has over 14 years experience in the mental health field and uses unique modalities including art therapy and breath work to guide her clients through the healing process. She is trained in EMDR & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and incorporates both into her practice to treat PTSD. Stacy also provides supervision for future LPC's looking to work with trauma.  www.sscounseling.com

Stacy Sheridan, LPC

Stacy and Jenn started Connections Counseling in 2011. Stacy specializes in unresolved trauma in adults and adolescents. She has over 14 years experience in the mental health field and uses unique modalities including art therapy and breath work to guide her clients through the healing process. She is trained in EMDR & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and incorporates both into her practice to treat PTSD. Stacy also provides supervision for future LPC's looking to work with trauma. www.sscounseling.com

  Jennifer D Weiler, LPC   As co-owner of Connections Counseling, Jenn is our relationship, attachment and neuroscience specialist. She has trained clinicians in the area of body-focused therapy and utilizes it effectively with a variety of issues, including PTSD, anxiety and attachment difficulties. She has studied with the top experts in the field of trauma, attachment and couples therapy. She also specializes in issues surrounding chronic illness. Jennifer has 23 years of experience in the mental health field.  www.expressionscounseling.com

Jennifer D Weiler, LPC

As co-owner of Connections Counseling, Jenn is our relationship, attachment and neuroscience specialist. She has trained clinicians in the area of body-focused therapy and utilizes it effectively with a variety of issues, including PTSD, anxiety and attachment difficulties. She has studied with the top experts in the field of trauma, attachment and couples therapy. She also specializes in issues surrounding chronic illness. Jennifer has 23 years of experience in the mental health field. www.expressionscounseling.com

  Basil Ross, Counseling Intern MA in progress   Basil joined Connections Counseling in 2018 and, as a Naropa University intern, they can offer sessions at significantly reduced rates. Basil is genderqueer (non-binary) and uses they/them/theirs pronouns. They have a direct therapeutic style and utilize parts work, Gestalt, and person-centered therapy. Basil enjoys working with individuals (teens and adults). Areas of specialty include queer and trans issues, alternative relationship styles, self-esteem and worth, and procrastination and perfectionism. Contact Basil directly at 970-439-2737 and  basil.connections.counseling@gmail.com .

Basil Ross, Counseling Intern MA in progress

Basil joined Connections Counseling in 2018 and, as a Naropa University intern, they can offer sessions at significantly reduced rates. Basil is genderqueer (non-binary) and uses they/them/theirs pronouns. They have a direct therapeutic style and utilize parts work, Gestalt, and person-centered therapy. Basil enjoys working with individuals (teens and adults). Areas of specialty include queer and trans issues, alternative relationship styles, self-esteem and worth, and procrastination and perfectionism. Contact Basil directly at 970-439-2737 and basil.connections.counseling@gmail.com.

  Jesse Inisian, Counseling Intern MA in progress   Jesse recently joined Connections Counseling in 2018 and, as a Naropa University intern, he can offer sessions at significantly reduced rates. Jesse utilizes a Humanistic mindfunless-based approach to help bring insight and understanding to all of the different selves that exist within us. He also uses Gestalt Therapy which combines different interventions and experiments to create a new more authentic reality. Jesse is passionate about topics such as astrology, dream analysis, and coming from a multicultural background, has a high level of cultural competency and empathy. Therapeutic areas of emphasis include creating a safe space for individuals, couples, perfectionism, and anything related to spiritual growth and spiritual struggle. Contact Jesse directly at 518-418-5962 or  jesse.connections.counseling@gmail.com

Jesse Inisian, Counseling Intern MA in progress

Jesse recently joined Connections Counseling in 2018 and, as a Naropa University intern, he can offer sessions at significantly reduced rates. Jesse utilizes a Humanistic mindfunless-based approach to help bring insight and understanding to all of the different selves that exist within us. He also uses Gestalt Therapy which combines different interventions and experiments to create a new more authentic reality. Jesse is passionate about topics such as astrology, dream analysis, and coming from a multicultural background, has a high level of cultural competency and empathy. Therapeutic areas of emphasis include creating a safe space for individuals, couples, perfectionism, and anything related to spiritual growth and spiritual struggle. Contact Jesse directly at 518-418-5962 or jesse.connections.counseling@gmail.com

  Lisa Parker, LCSW, CACII   Lisa joined Connections Counseling in 2015 and has been providing counseling to children, teens and adults for over ten years and graduated from Loyola University Chicago's clinical social work program in 2006. She is passionate in helping individuals recover from, and process trauma. She is trained in EMDR, play therapy, CBT and DBT, and utilizes many interventions to help integrate mind and body, such as relaxation exercises and yoga. Additionally, she provides animal assisted therapy with the help of her therapy dog, Harley, who has been accompanying her to work for the past five years. Other areas of speciality include grief/ loss, anxiety and depression, as well as PTSD.  lisaparkercounseling@gmail.com

Lisa Parker, LCSW, CACII

Lisa joined Connections Counseling in 2015 and has been providing counseling to children, teens and adults for over ten years and graduated from Loyola University Chicago's clinical social work program in 2006. She is passionate in helping individuals recover from, and process trauma. She is trained in EMDR, play therapy, CBT and DBT, and utilizes many interventions to help integrate mind and body, such as relaxation exercises and yoga. Additionally, she provides animal assisted therapy with the help of her therapy dog, Harley, who has been accompanying her to work for the past five years. Other areas of speciality include grief/ loss, anxiety and depression, as well as PTSD. lisaparkercounseling@gmail.com

  Susan Splitt, MA, NCC, LPC   Susan has been with Connections Counseling since 2016 and specializes in grief, loss, and trauma in adolescents and adults. She has 8 years experience in mental health and has been trained in Gestalt, EMDR, DBT and Mindfulness. She uses creative and experiential techniques to help clients increase self awareness and balance. This includes use of mindfulness, art therapy and dream work. Susan also specializes in individuals with issues around chronic mental health diagnoses. She is dedicated to establishing a safe place for clients to explore their experience and discover the essence of their own healing.  susansplitt@msn.com

Susan Splitt, MA, NCC, LPC

Susan has been with Connections Counseling since 2016 and specializes in grief, loss, and trauma in adolescents and adults. She has 8 years experience in mental health and has been trained in Gestalt, EMDR, DBT and Mindfulness. She uses creative and experiential techniques to help clients increase self awareness and balance. This includes use of mindfulness, art therapy and dream work. Susan also specializes in individuals with issues around chronic mental health diagnoses. She is dedicated to establishing a safe place for clients to explore their experience and discover the essence of their own healing. susansplitt@msn.com

  Rena Derezin, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C., R.P.T.   Rena has been in practice for 11 years and became a part of Connections Counseling team in 2017. Her passion is clinical healing through the unconscious and the unspoken. She uses clinical hypnosis as a safe, natural and deeply relaxing way to change habitual behaviors, thoughts and feelings. Rena works with clients ages 11+ up. Rena finds it deeply rewarding to witness profound and rapid changes on a daily basis. Clients leave these creative and enjoyable sessions feeling soothed, empowered and full of hope.  www.hypnosistoheal.com

Rena Derezin, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C., R.P.T.

Rena has been in practice for 11 years and became a part of Connections Counseling team in 2017. Her passion is clinical healing through the unconscious and the unspoken. She uses clinical hypnosis as a safe, natural and deeply relaxing way to change habitual behaviors, thoughts and feelings. Rena works with clients ages 11+ up. Rena finds it deeply rewarding to witness profound and rapid changes on a daily basis. Clients leave these creative and enjoyable sessions feeling soothed, empowered and full of hope. www.hypnosistoheal.com

  Ann Kelly, MA, LPC, NCC   Connections Counseling brought Ann on in 2017 and she works with individuals, families, couples, children and adolescents specializing in family dynamics, couples issues, military families, PTSD, and loss. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. Ann also offers groups such as Mind/Body groups, Dialectical Behavioral groups, Divorce Recovery groups & Parenting Support.  www.morechoicesllc.com

Ann Kelly, MA, LPC, NCC

Connections Counseling brought Ann on in 2017 and she works with individuals, families, couples, children and adolescents specializing in family dynamics, couples issues, military families, PTSD, and loss. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. Ann also offers groups such as Mind/Body groups, Dialectical Behavioral groups, Divorce Recovery groups & Parenting Support. www.morechoicesllc.com

  Bronwyn Hockersmith, MA, LPCC   In Spring 2018 Bronwyn allied with Connections to bring you Boost Counseling and Consulting. Bronwyn offers one-on-one therapy, life-coaching, and company consultations. She pulls from Hakomi, mindfulness, and trauma-informed care principles to support an individual's - or an organization's - innate ability to heal and thrive. Brownyn has just under 10 years of experience in the mental health field and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from Regis University.  www.boostcounseling.com

Bronwyn Hockersmith, MA, LPCC

In Spring 2018 Bronwyn allied with Connections to bring you Boost Counseling and Consulting. Bronwyn offers one-on-one therapy, life-coaching, and company consultations. She pulls from Hakomi, mindfulness, and trauma-informed care principles to support an individual's - or an organization's - innate ability to heal and thrive. Brownyn has just under 10 years of experience in the mental health field and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from Regis University. www.boostcounseling.com

  Toni Johnson, MA, LPCC   Toni just recently joined Connections Counseling and believes deep within us there is a yearning to heal and grow from our experiences. Moving toward our pain can feel scary, but that is where she comes in, by creating a safe space to share your story. Toni’s approach incorporates integrating mind, body, soul, and heart connection to foster the healing process through self-compassion. Toni supports the courage it takes to be vulnerable and explore wounds that bring us to therapy. Toni has experience working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, childhood trauma, sexual trauma and grief.  You can contact Toni directly at (720) 466-3531.

Toni Johnson, MA, LPCC

Toni just recently joined Connections Counseling and believes deep within us there is a yearning to heal and grow from our experiences. Moving toward our pain can feel scary, but that is where she comes in, by creating a safe space to share your story. Toni’s approach incorporates integrating mind, body, soul, and heart connection to foster the healing process through self-compassion. Toni supports the courage it takes to be vulnerable and explore wounds that bring us to therapy. Toni has experience working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, childhood trauma, sexual trauma and grief.  You can contact Toni directly at (720) 466-3531.

  Mark Holmberg, LMT   Mark joined Connections Counseling in 2017 and has been a Massage Therapist since 1998, specializing in trauma and working with those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and incest. He also offers a form of meditation called Yoga Nidra (privately or in group sessions), which addresses trauma and stress at their roots. He often integrates sound healing into his work, relieving your pain on several levels. Contact him at 303.819.0097 or vitaltouch108@gmail.com to schedule your session!  vitaltouchllc.massagetherapy.com

Mark Holmberg, LMT

Mark joined Connections Counseling in 2017 and has been a Massage Therapist since 1998, specializing in trauma and working with those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and incest. He also offers a form of meditation called Yoga Nidra (privately or in group sessions), which addresses trauma and stress at their roots. He often integrates sound healing into his work, relieving your pain on several levels. Contact him at 303.819.0097 or vitaltouch108@gmail.com to schedule your session! vitaltouchllc.massagetherapy.com

  Harley, Certified Therapy Dog   Harley came to Connections Counseling with Lisa in 2015 and has been a registered therapy dog since 2010 and is certified through Therapy Dogs International (www.tdi-dog.org). Research has shown that the presence of animals can help increase relaxation for people, lower blood pressure and can help with grounding and self soothing. This is especially helpful when clients are pursuing trauma work. Harley was rescued at age 4 and enjoys hiking, swimming and fishing.

Harley, Certified Therapy Dog

Harley came to Connections Counseling with Lisa in 2015 and has been a registered therapy dog since 2010 and is certified through Therapy Dogs International (www.tdi-dog.org). Research has shown that the presence of animals can help increase relaxation for people, lower blood pressure and can help with grounding and self soothing. This is especially helpful when clients are pursuing trauma work. Harley was rescued at age 4 and enjoys hiking, swimming and fishing.

 

Payment options


 

Connections Counseling has a variety of payment options available. 

Our hourly rates vary depending on the therapist. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.  For individuals and families who do not have resources to pay, we offer a sliding scale. Please contact us for details. Not all of our practitioners are contracted with each insurance company, so please check about what insurance they take. 

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Accepted Insurances: 

  • Access Advantage (Medicare)

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • ComPsych

  • Cigna

  • Crime Victim's Compensation (all counties)

  • Colorado Mines & Associates

  • Jefferson County Division of Children, Youth, and Families

  • Medicaid for the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson

  • Mines and Associates

  • Multiplan PHCS

  • Out of Network

  • Second Wind Fund

  • Veterans Choice

 
 

Low Cost Counseling


At Connections Counseling, our goal is to provide high quality accessible counseling services to individuals, couples, and families regardless of their income. It is for that reason that we started our clinical training program in 2018. The counseling interns that make up this program are strategically selected from different graduate programs throughout the area based on their life experiences and overall integrity. They are directly trained and supervised by the co-owners of Connections Counseling, Jennifer Weiler and Stacy Sheridan, whom have almost 40 years combined experience in the field. The cost for a one hour session is $40. You can learn more about the clinical interns at Connections Counseling here.

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Location 


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3954 Youngfield St.

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Connections Counseling offers a convenient location to serve clients in Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Golden, Arvada and throughout the Denver metro area.  

Our office is centrally located just off of I-70 & Youngfield, within walking distance to several bus stop locations.

 

Contact Us


We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please fill out the contact form, it's confidential and no obligation.  One of our staff can set up an appointment for you within 48 hours or at a time that's convenient to you. 

Phone: 720-328-0569      Fax: 720-328-0769

email: connectionscounseling5@gmail.com

We will respond to all inquiries within 24 business hours, Monday through Friday. Calls or emails received on weekends or evenings will be returned on Mondays. 

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