I am I a second-generation Turkish American who grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My name, Yesim (pronounced Yishim) means Jade. After traveling and living in different states, I found my forever home in Colorado. I have always had a great affinity for nature, and being so close to the mountains and wilderness has been a great blessing. For me nurturing myself is very important, and when I’m not spending time with my family, friends and animals, I enjoy reading, gardening, cooking, yoga, climbing, hiking and travelling! My philosophy is to work hard and play hard as I believe that striving to find balance in life, though tricky, is crucial to creating happiness and finding inner peace within ourselves.
My path to becoming a therapist feels like quite the natural evolution. I have always been drawn to the human experience and have a deep respect for each person’s unique story and journey. As a child I was often told I was “too sensitive”, as if this was a sign of weakness. Yet, over time I’ve come to realize what a gift this truly was. I love that I am capable of feeling and experiencing life so deeply. I’ve also found that my heightened sensitivity to others’ pain has really lent itself to my career as a counselor. Not only do empathy and compassion come naturally to me, but I believe these qualities have really enabled me to connect with my clients on a deeper level. As human beings we all suffer, yet, I am always in awe of people’s strength and capacity for growth and resilience.
I have worked in the mental health field for 20 years, gaining rich, valuable experience and knowledge through the various counseling positions I have held. I’ve worked as a child and family therapist at Aspen Pointe, an EAP therapist through Centura Health, an Academic Year Counselor at CSU’s Counseling Center and as a Mental Health Specialist at the Connections Program through the Health District of Northern Larimer County. I began my dream of working in private practice 7 years ago. It is a privilege to meet so many wonderful people in the community. I feel grateful that I can share my experience and expertise with those who choose to honor me with their trust and presence.
In my practice I help clients with a number of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, parenting, substance abuse and life transitions. Although I have experience with many mental health concerns, my specialties and passions lie most with trauma, grief and loss, and women’s issues. After completing my EMDR training in 2008, I was absolutely amazed by this treatment’s ability to heal one’s painful memories, experiences and negative beliefs. In January of 2022 I became an internationally certified EMDR therapist. I use EMDR frequently with clients as I continue to be impressed with it’s very promising results. Other therapeutic modalities that I bring into therapy include Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems and Mindfulness. It is my hope that by working together, we can collaboratively address your needs and concerns and ultimately achieve your goals towards wellness.
You may send a message, call or email me for additional information or to schedule an appointment. I offer a free 15-20 minute phone consultation to give us a chance to connect and see if we may be a good therapeutic fit.
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