MICHAEL BEHMER, MA, Psychotherapist

Founder & President | Psychotherapist |  303.834.7389 | Email 

Thanks for taking a moment to check in with me. I want to help you navigate your way to your first appointment with confidence. As you read on, you’ll find 1) what kinds of situations I specialize in counseling with, 2) some other exciting things I’m involved with, and 3) how to get started with me.

I am a psychotherapist trained in marriage and family therapy and the Founder of Aspen Counseling Group. I have more than 10 years of experience working professionally with youth, parents, individuals, and families in private practice, therapeutic groups, residential treatment, wilderness therapy, crisis debriefing, and family systems restoration. In these different settings, I have seen the power and importance of relationships in healing and restoring individuals and families.

Counseling Specialties

 

Individuals

– Depression, anxiety and grief
– Adolescents (9th grade and above with middle schoolers and younger children on a case by case basis)
– Young adults
– Men’s Issues
– Wrestling with spiritual questions
– Acute and post traumatic stress
– Living with same sex attraction
– Understanding and gaining control over bad habits
– Recovering from physical, emotional or sexual abuse
– Major decisions and life transitions
– Recovering from broken relationships (divorce, death, betrayal, etc.)
– Making sense of anger and reactivity
– Work and office dynamics

Couples

– Pre-marital and pre-engaged couples
– Marriage enrichment
– Marriage in crisis
– Recovering from infidelity
– Adapting to the empty nest or when your birds won’t leave!
– Family communication dynamics

Parenting and Families

– Blending and blended families
– Substance abuse and its effects on individuals and the family system
– Learning to communicate in a way that really works
– Handling young adult children living at home
– Sibling groups who are struggling to relate well to each other

Speaking & Presenting
I enjoy speaking and presenting to a broad audience, including high school students, school administrators and teachers, pastors, ministers and executives – from the board room to the third world. Let us know if you would like me to speak at your event!

– Retreats
– Conferences
– Special events
– Parent groups
– U.S. and internationally
– Crisis Counseling
– Psycho Education
– Psycho Spiritual Education

Other National and International Work

Along with my private practice, I serve as a counseling member of Mission to the World’s Advanced Needs Assessment Team, working with a team of medical professionals and engineers who respond to natural disasters around the world. His international work has taken him to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Haiti, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and China.

Nationally, I do community and mental health education, running multiple regional groups along the Front range. My experience in the U.S. includes working in New York City’s Harlem schools and responding to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. I am also co-creator and author of the book and DVD series, Chaos to Connection: 9 Heart-Centered Essentials to Parenting Your Teen, and Program Director of iTHRIVE, an early intervention program for teens struggling with drugs and alcohol and for their parents.

Professional Training, Awards and Recognitions

– Colorado Committee Member, The Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) (since 2004)
– Basic and Advanced Conflict Resolution Training, Institute in Basic Life Principles, 1991, 1993
– Certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI), since 2004
– Member of The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF), since 2004
– Certified in Prepare/Enrich, since 2004
– Certified Trainer for the Touchstones Discussion Project, since 2000
– Associate Member of The American Counseling Association (ACA), since 2003
– Member of The Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), since 2003
– Member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), since 2003

Education

Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, Class of 2004
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy      

St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM  and Annapolis, MD, Class of 2000
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Majors in Philosophy and History of Mathematics and Physics, Minors in Classics and Comparative Literature

Scheduling

I have a broad range of times available, from early in the morning to late in the evening, Mondays and Wednesdays. I do all of my own scheduling, so you can contact me directly by phone, email or text message and we’ll set up an appointment.

Payment

Sessions are 45 minutes and the regular cost is $150. I have a sliding scale fee structure for specific qualified groups. I accept cash, debit cards, credit cards and health savings account cards.

I have opted out of insurance networks, but I do still participate as an “out of network” provider. This means you pay my regular fee, and I can provide you with a receipt that has all the diagnostic information necessary for you to file and possibly get a rebate from your insurance company based on your plan.