Barbara Sheehan-Zeidler, MALicensed Professional Counselor
I believe my counseling niche encompasses helping people process grief and heal pain, find their inner strength and wisdom, trust themselves again and lead satisfying and strong lives.
It is my hope that I provide my clients with an appropriate amount of support and validation, balanced with assertion of challenge and change.
Tidbits About Barbara
Behaviors That Shape Me Today
Practicing mindfulness, even when I don’t want to
Letting go of “good girl” and stepping into “wise woman”
Welcoming the power of my brave, true voice
Embracing imperfections and trusting resiliency
Respecting my intellect along with my intuition
Beliefs That Influence Me Today
When I live according to my values, I live a life of integrity
Learning is a lifelong commitment, this includes Self exploration
We are designed to survive, and when we heal our wounds…we thrive
Healthy boundaries support healthy relationships
We’re all on our own life’s journey, and we’re not meant to be alone
Career Lessons That Impact Me Today
Healing happens… in unexpected and delightful ways
Trauma can keep a person “stuck”, and therapy can help them get “unstuck”
Mindfulness isn’t necessarily easy to do but is imperative to our well being
Curiosity cannot co-exist with judgement, and curiosity can lead to clarity
Nurturing my personal presence over clinical technique is vital for therapeutic change
Regis University Graduate, MA Community Counseling, 2001, Summa Cum Laude
Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado
EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant and EMDR Certified
EMDR Training Provider
Internal Family Systems, Level 1
Natural Processing, Level 5
Brainspotting, Level 1
The foundation of Barbara’s work centers around the premise of Therapeutic Presence.
“Therapeutic Presence” is the moment-to-moment attunement on a physical, emotional, cognitive, relational, and spiritual basis which invites a sense of safety, an experience of being heard, and a feeling of being understood.
This level of therapeutic presence invites the client to uncover and explore painful issues in a safe and supportive relational connection. From this place of presence, the clients own nature for healing and restored wholeness is supported, and moves them naturally toward long-lasting, positive therapeutic gains.
As a trauma-informed clinician, I work with the whole person – the body, the mind, and the spirit – as I believe all parts of Self can contribute to the successful and long-lasting resolution of what holds an individual back from living their best life.
- We instinctively adapt to survive.
- What is learned can be unlearned.
- Our true nature of wholeness never leaves us and, under the right circumstances, naturally emerges.
Barbara has advanced studies of:
- EMDR Therapy
- Internal Family Systems
- Sandtray and Sandplay
- Polyvagal Theory
- Natural Processing: Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR
- Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Therapy
Are you wondering if you would benefit from counseling?
If so, I invite you to contact me for a free consultation to help you decide. Email BarbaraCounsels@gmail.com, or call Barbara at 720-839-4720.