Ethan Bratt, MS, LMFT, PCDM
|Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 1102|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
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Every client is different and benefits from an approach that fits for them, not just what works for the therapist. Some clients need help developing practical skills, while others need assistance recognizing and resolving flawed assumptions and thoughts. Others are simply in search of someone to talk to about the difficulties they are facing.
While every client is different, I do bring three core beliefs with me to every session.
- You are not your problems.
So many clients allow themselves to be defined by their struggles and lose sight that they are more than just their issues. As we work together on their challenges, I help my clients to reclaim themselves: not just the flaws but also their strengths, their good qualities, and especially their dreams. When you remember those things, you remember your strength and then the problems don?t seem so impossible to face. Part of my job is to help you remember you!
- Emotions aren't good or bad; it's what we do with them that matters.
We're all emotional beings - even us men. When we deny our emotions, pushing them down and ignoring them, we betray who we are. I encourage my clients to be ok with having emotions emotions and not fear or reject them. Even more importantly, I help my clients understand the consequences of their reactions (whether good or bad) to their emotions. Once a client sees their patterns, I help them develop healthier reactions and emotional attitudes as well as the insight that is necessary for healthy living.
- Relationships are where healing happens.
When we are hurt, embarrassed, or betrayed, some people retreat while others attack. In the end though, when it comes to healing, we all reach out. We reach out to feel compassion, to feel normal, to feel heard. I walk beside my clients as face their pains and look to heal, using laughter and perspective to help them cope when a burden simply feels too heavy. Our therapy is the safe space clients need to feel heard and understood by another and to know they aren't alone on their journey.
Email or Call Ethan Bratt, MS, LMFT, PCDM at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12398
More Info About My Practice
In addition to counseling/therapy services, I also provide Parenting Coordination/Decision Making services. Please do not submit my name for court appointment prior to meeting with me in person.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Whether or not to come into therapy is often viewed like whether or not you take your car in to the mechanic when that "check engine" light comes on. The car is still running and it doesn't sound funny, so it gets put off. Suddenly though, when the car stalls out and won't start, you realize that you probably should have gone in earlier. Repairs become more expensive if the car's engine is salvageable at all.
The problem with this mindset about therapy is that while ruining a car may be expensive, the car can be replaced almost immediately. Relationships and life are not like that. Once ruined, they take time and effort to rebuild and are sometimes never the same. If your relational or personal "check engine" light is on, don't risk it. Take care of what is bothering you before you find your entire life or relationship stalled on the side of the road.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Just like every other human being out there, I've had to face my own struggles in life. From balancing my work and family to facing my anxiety and fears, I've had to deal with my own challenges. Along the way, I've learned valuable lessons that have greatly impacted my therapy.
The first lesson is "treat everyone you meet as if they have a broken heart; you'll be right more often than you realize." When I was hurting, there were people in my life who treated me with kindness and compassion even when they didn't know what was going on. It was around them that I could take a deep breath, look honestly at what I was facing, and begin to heal and grow. I choose to approach my clients from that same perspective. In some way, each one of them is hurting and deserves the same compassion and warmth that I was fortunate enough to receive.
The second lesson I'll share was well put by one man, "Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, 'I'll try again tomorrow.' " Things don't always go right the first time. There are times in my life where I face a challenge and I succeed phenomenally but then there are also times where instead I am presented with a humbling opportunity to learn. Turning to those who could help support that courage to try again was how I made it through some of the roughest times in my life. Having learned first hand how important that support is, I know how to support my clients better as a therapist.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
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