Golden Colorado Counseling

Michele Ater – Licensed Professional Counselor


M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling  NCC                                        Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master/Teacher                                        Diagnostic Thought Field Therapist (Trauma Tapping)                      ACS Approved Clinical Supervisor Credentialed                     Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapist June 2022 


In my practice, I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Existential meaning, Spirituality of self-realization, Nutrition, holistic health and Trauma Tapping with processing.   I am currently studying to become a Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapist to address PTSD, depression and pain for 2022. 

I strive to develop a strong and open client/therapist relationship to develop trust and safety levels to help facilitate your healing and growth.  Let’s do this!  It’s time to take the step forward to the best and strongest SELF you can be.  Your meaning, value and awareness are ready to be developed and experienced. 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a well-established psychological
therapy. It is practised by thousands of therapists worldwide and there is
extensive research evidence demonstrating that is an efective form of treatment
for a huge variety of problems. Te ‘CBT way’ of understanding emotions says
that what we feel is a result of what we think and how we act. It suggests that if
our goal is to manage how we are feeling then we will need to make changes in
our thinking and behaviour. CBT has a repertoire of techniques for exploring and
changing the ways we think and act.

ACT is a more recent branch within the CBT ‘family’ of therapies, and it
takes a diferent stance towards emotion. ACT’s position is that problems
occur when our emotions, or our attempts to control them, get in the way of
us living a life in accordance with our values. A ‘valued life’ is one that we fnd
personally meaningful, but our struggles with emotions ofen mean that we
‘drif of course’. ACT puts a diferent emphasis on what is important (living a
meaningful life rather than regulating how I feel). Te focus of work in ACT is in
“facilitating individuals to more towards a more valued and personally fulflling life,
in a context in which previously obstructive unpleasant emotions no longer serve
as obstructions”2
. ACT therapists ofen use metaphors that invite people to take
control of the direction of their lives, like ‘driving your own bus’ or ‘sailing your
own ship