Dr. Elizabeth Coldren

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Clinical Psychologist

Promoting self-awareness, understanding, growth, and lasting change.

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As a therapist, I have been shaped both by my experiences in therapy as well as in the therapist’s chair. I believe in the importance of an examined life and have utilized my personal experiences of pain to gain a deeper understanding of myself and the way I view the world.

This has certainly impacted the way I sit with a client in the room, both in finding my own inner experience of homeostasis and in fostering deeper compassion for the human experience. Also, this has furthered my commitment to forging a stronger connection with those I encounter in the world. I have been part of the Denver community for 25 years. As someone who enjoys the restorative benefits of nature, I feel grateful to call Colorado my home.

My Approach

We often feel alone, distressed, and unmoored by life’s challenges. Therapy can provide a secure and empowering relationship to help you move through life.

My approach involves working collaboratively with you so that you can be more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Together, we will increase your coping skills and pave the way for courageous choice-making. You can feel more in control of your life by gaining insights into patterns and relationships that may hold you back and developing practical skills for navigating life’s inevitable challenges.

No emotions or situations are too difficult or painful for therapy. Treatment (like life) can be challenging and sometimes uncomfortable, and I will be present with you no matter what you are experiencing.

mental health for adults and adolescents

Adults & Adolescents

I work with adults across a range of ages for a variety of issues. Often, underneath each issue that adults might see me for is a desire to build trust and love with other people and to repair and regulate their relationship with themselves.

I work with adults who are:

  • seeking to improve their ability to manage professional stress, fear-based thinking, or communication in the workplace
  • navigating relationship challenges and changes (romantic partners, extended family, parenting, and friendships)
  • managing ADHD
  • experiencing anxiety
  • coping with medical illness
  • facing unexpected life situations
  • living with grief and loss
  • seeking social-emotional authenticity and awareness

I work with teens and young adults who are feeling overwhelmed by the changes and decisions they are facing. Often, their relationship with themselves is suffering and they are living with self-judgment, fear, doubt, and despair. Therapy can help young adults develop the insight and motivation to make desired changes and move forward in life. Many teens and young adults I see are:

  • finding it hard to cope
  • feeling lost and afraid
  • overwhelmed by life circumstances
  • managing anxiety and/or depression
  • dealing with school transitions/challenges
  • discovering their identity and their place in the world
  • experiencing the ups and downs of friendships
  • navigating family stressors
  • starting and ending relationships
  • in a process of deep self-discovery
  • grappling with decision-making

Children

Play Therapy (ages 3-12): Play is children’s primary language. During play therapy, children create situations in play that resemble the difficult experiences they are struggling with internally. Play therapy is an effective way for children to:

  • heal from trauma
  • build self-esteem
  • work on communication skills
  • work through difficult feelings and experiences

In my work with children, our play focuses on the purpose of emotional healing. This leads to reduced symptoms (such as acting out and aggressive behaviors, withdrawal, regression, or somatic complaints) and the reestablishment of balance in the child’s sense of well-being.
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Highly Sensitive Children: I often work with children who have been described as highly sensitive. Such children are incredibly responsive to their environment and process things deeply. They think carefully, feel deeply, and notice subtle details. Sensitive children:

  • are often highly capable
  • might be gifted intellectually, creatively, and emotionally, demonstrating deep compassion for others
  • are easily overwhelmed or overstimulated by life situations and the emotional distress of others
  • often feel misunderstood by their families, teachers, neighbors, and society at large
  • might find change challenging, be sensitive to sensory stimuli, or struggle with perfectionism

I teach skills for managing daily life and help children manage their rich emotional lives. I also work toward helping them strengthen their regulatory capacity and re-pattern their nervous system so that they can better face a world that can feel overwhelming and chaotic. Additional Child Specialties:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma
  • Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Life transitions
  • Eco-anxiety
  • Chronic illness
  • Congenital and acquired medical conditions
  • Learning differences
  • ADHD
  • Gifted and twice-exceptional students
Offering therapy and counseling for mental health

Appointments

First session: Research shows that a good match with one’s therapist is highly correlated with positive therapy outcomes. The first session is designed to make sure we both feel comfortable working together.

In the first session, we discuss your present-day symptoms and areas you are concerned about in your life. We might also touch upon your history (family, work, relationship, and medical). We will also discuss how therapy works and go over information mandated by the state of Colorado. There will be time for you to ask questions and, at the end of the session, I will share my initial assessment and thoughts regarding the course of treatment. 

FAQ

I hold a doctorate in psychology, a psychology license in Colorado (License No. 2915), and am credentialed with PSYPACT. I am experienced in treating adults, adolescents, children, and couples who struggle with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and/or interpersonal issues.

A psychologist is a licensed professional with a doctoral degree in psychology who specializes in the study of the mind and behavior.Psychologists differ from other therapists, such as counselors and social workers, both in their educational and clinical training and in the degree they hold. To become a psychologist, one must earn a bachelor’s degree and then spend an additional 4-6 years studying the theory and practice of psychology in a doctoral program. After that, a full-time one-year internship is required, followed by another post-doctoral year of training and a licensing exam.

Throughout 20 years as a licensed clinical psychologist, I’ve realized that therapy is not one-size-fits-all. That’s why I utilize an integrative care approach. While my training is grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy, I frequently draw upon cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based treatments, and acceptance and commitment therapy to inform my treatment. My approach offers insight and practical solutions and is well-suited for those wishing for deeper personal exploration, growth, and autonomy. I consider myself a lifelong student and am excited to continuously learn and gain information related to the field.

Clinical specialty areas include adjustment, anxiety, complicated grief (suicide loss, perinatal loss), depression, healthcare provider wellness, relationship problems, trauma and PTSD, and unwanted sexual experiences. My practice areas also include career stress, communication challenges, eco-distress, issues related to reproductive mental health (infertility, miscarriage, birth trauma, pregnancy/postpartum concerns), life transitions, managing ADHD, and parenting. I have expertise in working with people who are coping with medical conditions. 

I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, and children ages 3+.

My practice is inclusive (respecting each client’s identity, background, and experiences) and I strive to bring authenticity, empowerment, and integrity to my work. I appreciate the opportunity to see people thrive as they gain a clearer sense of purpose and a stronger connection to themselves and others.

My fee varies based on the type of treatment (individual, couples/relationship, or consultation) and the length of the session. Please contact me for fee details. As a result of the No Surprises Act, you have the right to (and will receive) an outline of the estimated cost of the course of your treatment. For more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, click here.

While I am not a member of any insurance plan, I will contact your insurance company regarding your out-of-network benefits and provide a monthly superbill for possible out-of-network reimbursement. This may reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.

30 years of working with people and groups and 20 years as a licensed psychologist.

Yes! I have met all of the requirements and have obtained the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology from the PSYPACT Commission. If you live in a PSYPACT state (https://psypact.org/page/psypactmap) please reach out regarding Telepsychology services. 

Location

The location is just a short distance from both City Park and downtown.

Office Address:
1818 East 24th Avenue Denver, Colorado 80205.

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Nationwide Telepsychology Services:Offering in-person and Telepsychology sessions in Denver and Telepsychology services nationwide for those living in PSYPACT States. Telehealth is available by phone and through a HIPAA-compliant video site. Teletherapy is the delivery of psychological services using secured interactive audio and visual electronic systems where the therapist and client are not in the same physical location. The potential benefits of teletherapy include increased accessibility and client convenience.

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