Kristen Morrison PhD, Psychology in Denver, Colorado, 80222

Kristen Morrison

PhD

Kristen Morrison

PhD

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Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Psychologist - 3499
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

Fees: $150/session, free 15-minute phone consultation
Free Initial Consultation

Offices

1720 S Bellaire St
Suite 204
Denver, Colorado 80222

My Approach to Helping

Change starts with being truly heard, understood, and validated - but this is only one part of what makes therapy powerful. That's why I'm not a therapist who "just listens and nods." There are many techniques, tools and concepts that can help you - and my role is to share these ideas, build on your strengths, and increase your self-awareness so that you can transform your life. My goal is to help you not need me anymore, in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Therapy can be a tremendous resource for change in your life, but great results require a great "fit" between you and your therapist. It's important that what we're doing makes sense to you, feels aligned with your goals and values, and that our working relationship is strong. I take a collaborative approach to treatment, working together to help you make the changes you want. I'm a proactive therapist who provides skills and tools to help address your concerns, as well as a place to be accountable about your efforts toward change. But I also advocate for acceptance and self-compassion, rather than fighting against yourself.

Many people have one of two responses to difficult emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, loneliness, or grief: either they try to shut down, distract from, or numb their feelings; or they're overwhelmed, surrounded by and almost drowning in their feelings. Some people fluctuate between these two extremes. I can help you find balance, so you can experience your emotions without detaching or being engulfed by them. This ability can also give you more clarity about how to respond to any given emotion. When we struggle, fight with, or otherwise dislike our feelings, we overlook the fact that emotions are an essential part of being human. When you create a space to experience your emotions mindfully, it fundamentally changes the way you relate to your feelings (and thus, yourself).

Another area we might focus on is your interactions with others. Whether it be your partner, children, parents, friends, family, colleagues, or a larger community, having challenges in (or the absence of) meaningful relationships can drain you of energy and joy. I can help you find and strengthen your authenticity, so the real you comes through in your interactions. The end result is relationships that are more productive, fulfilling, connected, and genuine.

I am trained in a wide range of therapies; some of my key theoretical influences include: acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), existential, and schema-focused therapy. Each of these approaches has something different to offer, depending on your needs and style. We can combine various elements of different approaches in order to develop a treatment plan that is personalized to you.

A special note about couples' therapy:

In my work with couples, I help partners to break out of unhealthy cycles and get back on the same team again. I do this by providing you with communication tools, and by creating a space to discuss difficult topics in a way that is both productive and emotionally safe. For all of us, it's easier to express our "hard" emotions (like frustration, resentment, or jealousy) to our partners, but I can help each of you identify and express the more vulnerable emotions just beneath the hard ones - to share the hurt, sadness, loneliness, fear, or rejection you may each be experiencing. Once you two learn how to communicate on this level, it can de-escalate arguments, allow you to find true resolution instead of stalemates, and help you feel closer to each other.

More Info About My Practice

I use an approach called Feedback-Informed Therapy, that determines whether the work we're doing is helping you to accomplish your goals. This system includes two very brief questionnaires (about 30 seconds each), which allow us to keep track of your progress in therapy. I think it's essential to evaluate what we're doing, because if you invest your time, energy, and money into therapy, we should make sure that you're getting what you want from the process.

Also, a quick note about insurance: although I do not contract directly with any insurance companies, I'm happy to provide a statement of services that you can submit to your insurance in order to obtain out-of-network reimbursement. I can provide you with some guidance for determining whether your insurance company offers this type of reimbursement. Additionally, you can typically pay for therapy using your Flex Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) card.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Many of the people I see are struggling with depression, anxiety, or concerns about their interpersonal relationships. Based on my background and experience, I feel particularly comfortable helping people with these concerns.

In addition, I have two specific areas of specialty. One is working with people who have any problems related to eating, weight, or body image. Concerns with food can include eating disorders, but can also involve problems such as overeating, binge-eating, restricted eating, or wanting to lose weight but having a history of unsuccessful attempts. Most of us have some type of emotional relationship with food, so understanding and addressing this relationship can allow you to overcome many difficulties related to eating. I also help people of all shapes and sizes to improve their body image.

Another area of specialty is working with couples who are about to have or have recently had their first child. Having your first baby is an exciting and wonderful experience, but it can also be a stressful time for many partners, because relationships often change in unexpected ways with the arrival of a new baby. I can provide ideas and guidance to help partners navigate the transition to parenthood more smoothly.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

I think the single most important factor in choosing a therapist is finding someone who is a good "fit" for you, both interpersonally and in terms of approach. Interpersonally, you want to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and safe. Some people want a therapist who will push and challenge them, and others prefer someone who will be more gentle, so the bottom line is finding someone with an interpersonal style that works for you. It's essential that your therapist is someone you can trust.
It's also important that your therapist's approach and style are a good fit. Basically, the way they conduct therapy should make sense to you. I would encourage you to interview several therapists over the phone before committing to work with anyone. During this conversation, you can ask potential therapists about the way they approach treatment. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about their theoretical background, but perhaps more importantly, it will let you observe how you feel when interacting with that person.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger Management
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Focusing
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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