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                      


In my practice, I work as your facilitator to guide you into becoming the best, strongest most empowered you that is desired.  It’s work and I am very honored to be the accountabiity partner and therapist in your journey.   I will honor you and our work to the highest good.  

Technically speaking!, 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 therapeutic processing.   Our practice is planning a wellness collective opening for trauma release in 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 behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-established psychological
therapy. It is practiced by thousands of therapists worldwide and there is
extensive research evidence demonstrating that is an effective 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 behavior. 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 different 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 find
personally meaningful, but our struggles with emotions often mean that we
‘drift off course’. ACT puts a different emphasis on what is important (living a
meaningful life rather than regulating how I feel). The focus of work in ACT is in
“facilitating individuals to more towards a more valued and personally fulfilling life,
in a context in which previously obstructive unpleasant emotions no longer serve
as obstructions”2
ACT therapists often use metaphors that invite people to take
control of the direction of their lives, like ‘driving your own bus’ or ‘sailing your
own ship