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ABOUT ARIEL FRIESE, MC, LPC, ACS, EMDR Certified
Practice Owner, Clinical Supervisor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
ariel@northerncoloradocounseling.com

970-239-1320
Ages 18+

Independent, self-sufficient, overachievers. You are my people.

We all have days where we are not the best version of ourselves. But when your "don't-worry-I-got-it" part is in the driver's seat too often, your relationships start to suffer and you start to feel alone. Probably because this part is so good at its job, that you ARE alone. 

I teach creative, successful adults how to connect with all of themselves. I do it well because I get it. You need communication skills, which is perfect because I'm a crafter of words. You need to let go of unhelpful negative self-talk, which is awesome because I am a trauma-processor-lover. And you need self-compassion, which is amazing, because I'm a therapist...and you don't pay me to care for you, you pay me to teach YOU how to care for you.

I'm here to help you get back to you. And if you were hoping to learn about ME in this section, here's some oh-so very brief information...

  1. I have a very sweet dog with a mohawk, named Penny

  2. I have a 17-year old sassy Calico cat named Nala who has moved 15 times with me

  3. I have a husband, daughter and son who are pretty awesome. Together we like to explore the outdoors, do crafts, watch movies, go for bike rides and visit every playground in Northern Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting your best self is a creative process that occasionally involves a supportive heart to come alongside. My primary goal is to understand your core values and personality, and make efforts to support you in aligning your actions with who you are.

I teach motivated, sensitive, and engaged individuals to cultivate a growth mindset, gain clarity, and develop next steps to move forward with greater self-compassion and intention. Overcome limiting thoughts and beliefs and navigate change and uncertainty. Gain new insights and develop skills to work through the tough stuff and lean into the good stuff.

 

Ready for a positive strengths based approach to living? I believe individuals are brave and able to generate hope and confidence in managing life's challenges, and I would be privileged to work with you.

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ABOUT MARTHA CANJI, Ph.D., LPSC, LPC, HNCP, EMDR Trained

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
martha@northerncoloradocounseling.com
970-829-1345
Ages 18+, Telehealth
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Amplifying Meaning, Generating Hope, Developing Skills & Strengths, Crafting New Stories

ABOUT MORGAN FREED-STRAIT, MA, LPCC, NCC, EMDR Trained

Trauma, Own your Power, Improving Communication, Chronic Pain & Emotion Regulation

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
morgan@northerncoloradocounseling.com
970-541-0914
Ages 18+, In-Person & Telehealth

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. When working with people, I primarily work from a person-centered lens. The therapy room is your judgment-free space for navigating your thoughts, expressing yourself, and talking about it all: the good, the bad, and everything in between. I believe you are the expert in your own life, and I am merely here to shine the light on the darker paths of your journey and help you along the way.

Going to therapy might seem intimidating at first, and maybe you're unsure of where to begin. Often, we are not given the language to communicate how we truly feel. From a young age, we are taught that certain emotions are perceived as weak, not okay, or should not be talked about. However, this doesn’t stop us from feeling them deeply or craving validation for the way that we feel. Each and every emotion, even the uncomfortable ones, is a critical part of being alive and makes us human. I will sit with you in the uncomfortable, and together we can work to clear the path.

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ABOUT RACHEL WEEKS, MA, LPCC, NCC, EMDR Trained

Trauma, Abandonment, Anxiety, Empaths, Finding Your Voice/Meaning, Reconnecting With All Parts of Yourself After Kids

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
rachel@
northerncoloradocounseling.com
720-378-8525
Ages 18+,
In-Person & Telehealth

I believe that you are the expert on you and your life. I am here as a guide. Together we will create a relationship that embodies safety, zero judgment, and respect for your journey. I will help you explore your thoughts and emotions, acquire greater awareness about your experience, create new meanings for difficult times in your journey, and determine how you want to move forward in a way that best aligns with who you are.

 

If you are feeling anxious about going to therapy, that is normal.

 

Therapy can be frightening at first, but I will sit with you in the uncomfortable as we build our relationship. Let us work through it together! I value building rapport with people and have witnessed how powerful the therapeutic relationship can be for everyone, especially those who are initially unsure.

 

I look forward to helping you reach your goals and foster the healing and growth you seek!

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ABOUT LARISSA CAMBEL, MA, LPCC

Anxiety, High Sensitivity, Transition and Meaning, Grief/Loss, Trauma

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
larissa@northerncoloradocounseling.com
970-930-3468
Ages 18+,
In-Person & Telehealth

I have a passion for focusing on trust in my clinical work. I have seen that many people struggle with it, have experienced the betrayal of it or have been burned by it.

In service of building trust in our relationship, I start with transparency. I’m not here to define what counseling is about for you or take guesses at why you want to do this work. I can’t make promises about what this journey will look like for you. But what I do know is that lack of trust can lead to discomfort, reluctance or shame, and those can make one’s personal journey and growth difficult. Conversely, I know that when trust is built, earned and respected, it can lay a foundation where change can happen.

 

If you’re coming to counseling, the only assumption I make is there is something you want to work on, whether you have that clearly defined or not. I will do my best to work with you to develop an environment and therapeutic relationship where you feel safe to explore and grow in whatever way you need. And we will do that at your pace, as trust takes time to build.

From there we will build upon our relationship to address anxiety, depression, something undefined, or something deeper.  I will integrate my honesty and authenticity into our work and invite you to do the same. I look forward to our work together!

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ABOUT DAVID KEYES, MA, LPCC
Pronouns: He/Him/His
david@northerncoloradocounseling.com
970-930-3449
Ages 16+, In-Person & Telehealth
 

Our experiences play a major role in who we were, who we are, and who we become. We learn to create our own thoughts, beliefs, and emotions based on what those experiences teach us. I believe that a better understanding of those experiences, and how they impact us, can give us the knowledge, strength, and direction to overcome the challenges we face throughout our lives. Whether you view it as a puzzle to be solved, a problem to be fixed, or a habit you don’t want, I’m here to help you along the way.

 

I’m an OIF/OEF veteran and a graduate from Colorado State University. I enjoy using an integrated theoretical approach, essentially pulling the best parts from several different therapy styles, and adjusting to the needs of my client and their lived experiences. I prefer to use a combination of talk therapy and physically engaging techniques which can be things like arts-based activities, movement, and experimentation. I’m passionate about individual growth, both for myself and my clients, and I strive to work as hard as my clients to reach their goals.

 

If you’ve ever felt like therapy wasn’t for you or that it’s not meant for people like you, I’d love a chance to challenge that thought and make an experience that IS for you.

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ABOUT JORGE RUBIO, MA, LPCC, Certified Logic-Based Therapist

Meaning and Purpose, Depression, Anxiety, Men’s Issues

Pronouns: He/Him/His
jorge@northerncoloradocounseling.com
970-930-3452
Ages 18+, In-Person & Telehealth

I approach my work with great motivation and dedication. I have cultivated a deep commitment to providing excellent care to my clients. My approach to counseling is holistic, emphasizing the importance of personal responsibility, freedom of choice, and the search for meaning and purpose. I utilize an Existential and Cognitive Behavioral Lens to provide a comprehensive and effective form of therapy.

I believe it is essential for a counselor to have empathy for the client, maintain unconditional positive regard, and be congruent in their words and actions. These are the core values that I aspire to embody as a counselor, and I am committed to providing you with a professional and compassionate space where you can feel heard, supported, and empowered to achieve your goals.

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