We Are Reading: 6 Common Problems Couples Have With Sex

Michael Karson, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Denver, wrote an interesting article including “a list of sexual pitfalls many couples are susceptible to”.

We especially enjoyed that Dr. Karson addressed the issue of how being parents can impact sex in # 2 in the list.

Read the whole article here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-our-way/201410/6-common-problems-couples-have-sex

And…stay tuned on the Psychology Today blog because Dr. Karson will be address what couples can do about this problems.

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We Are Reading: Mothering with mental illness

This article from the Washington Post is an honest and well written portrayal of one woman’s experience as a mother who suffers from anxiety and depression. Anne shares about her journey as a woman, partner, and mother.

I’d thought that I could keep my illness separate from him, but in retrospect I can see how ridiculous that hope was.

How could I hide these things from him – the constant metallic taste of fear in my mouth, the tearful meltdowns over any little thing that might trip up my routine, the relentless self-loathing that sometimes paralyzes me for days – things that have so profoundly shaped who I am?

I’ve spent most of my life hiding my depression and anxiety, but being a parent makes this so much harder.

The Catalyst Center specializes in the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression as well as treatment for mood disorders. For more information about this specialty area go to http://www.catalystcenterllc.com/services/individual-therapy/pregnancy-postpartum-support/

To read the full article click here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/08/12/mothering-with-mental-illness/

Anne Thériault is a Toronto-based writer and cat enthusiast who blogs about feminism, mental health, and parenting. You can follow her on twitter at @anne_theriault or her blog at The Belle Jar.

Meet the Therapists: Dr. Courtney Klein

Courtney Klein, Psy.D., LCP

 Approach to Healing:

Lasting Positive Change

Dr. Klein specializes in working collaboratively with people who are seeking to improve their relationships and their lives. She excels at treating more than just the immediate symptoms, addressing the whole person and treating the underlying causes of distress. By using this comprehensive approach she is able to help her clients achieve lasting change rather than just a quick, temporary fix.

Dr. Klein’s clients frequently tell her that she helped them to feel comfortable expressing themselves openly right from the start. This feeling of comfort and connection is an incredibly important building block for achieving lasting change. In her psychotherapy work, she uses humor and compassion to connect with her clients, and often finds that her sessions are filled with moments of laughter that help to balance the hard work they are doing on the issues at hand. She honors each of her client’s experiences, and takes pride in her work walking with them in their journey towards lasting positive change.

Sometimes you need a private place to be yourself where you can freely discuss your life with someone who can offer an outside perspective and help you to make the changes you are seeking. Dr. Klein excels at providing such a place for her clients: somewhere they can feel completely safe and supported in their process of growth.

Dr. Klein’s Training

Dr. Klein graduated from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has worked in various mental health settings including private practice, The Children’s Hospital, and community mental health in the seven years living and working here in Denver. She is especially drawn to seeing clients in private practice where she is best able to provide the care and energy needed to help them reach their goals.

About Dr. Klein

Dr. Klein grew up in various towns across the Midwest and fell in love with Denver, Colorado when she moved out here for graduate school. After completing her doctorate she found she could not leave such a great place, and instead decided to make Denver her home. She is still exploring all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. She has found that she loves hiking, running, backyard gatherings, and trying restaurants in the city.

 Ready to book your free consultation with Dr. Courtney Klein? Call us at 720-675-7123 or email CatalystCenterLLC@gmail.com

Meet The Therapists: Kendra Doukas

Kendra Doukas, MS, LMFT

 Kendra’s Specialties:

 Approach to Healing:

Kendra is passionate about her work helping individuals, couples, and families to heal and rebuild after major losses and traumatic events. Many clients often tell her that they appreciate how warm and approachable she is, and how knowledgeable she is about ways to treat the effects of loss and trauma. Many people seek her out when they have tried therapy before and feel as though nothing has worked – her approach can benefit those who have not been helped by other forms of treatment.

Kendra believes in the connection between our minds and our bodies. She helps her clients to achieve peace and healing by utilizing mindfulness techniques and helping them to address the ways that they hold stress and tension in their bodies, especially after a traumatic event or a major physical transformation such as the birth of a child.

Kendra excels at helping her clients to achieve healing that they didn’t know was possible by blending well-researched approaches to treatment with her gentle and compassionate demeanor.

 Kendra’s Training

Kendra completed her Master’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University in 2009 where she focused on the principles of marriage and family therapy. She has also completed specialized additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In addition to her private practice experience, she has counseled individuals at Larimer County Community Corrections and at Crossroads Safehouse.

 About Kendra

Kendra was born and raised in the Denver area and like many folks who grow up here, she loves it far too much to leave. She enjoys traveling, but always looks forward to coming home to Colorado. After spending nearly a decade in Fort Collins to pursue her education, she decided to return to the Denver area. Her family and her often take advantage of the beautiful sights and great weather through hiking, snowboarding, and camping. As a therapist, she genuinely appreciates the health and wellness factor that is inherent in Denver’s culture.

Ready to book your free consultation with Kendra?

Call us at 720-675-7123 or email CatalystCenterLLC@gmail.com

Meet The Therapists: Dr. Katie Godfrey

Katie Godfrey, PhD, LMFT

 Approach to Healing:

Warm, Genuine, Safe, and Empowering

Dr. Godfrey excels at building meaningful connections with her clients as they work together towards growth and healing. She is passionate about creating a warm, non-judgmental environment where her clients can experience being deeply cared for as they work together to transform their lives. In her over ten years of clinical experience her clients have often told her that they value how genuine she is with them, and appreciates how she balances challenging them to grow with supporting them. She has a gift for connecting with people who feel no one can connect with them, and helping them grow new connections with others in their lives. She work with clients on a wide variety of issues, and has specialized training in several areas of expertise including helping her clients heal from trauma with EMDR and treating postpartum depression and anxiety.

 Dr. Godfrey’s Training

Dr. Godfrey completed her Master’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy at Colorado State University in 2005. Her Ph.D. is in Educational and Human Resource Studies with a concentration in Couple and Family Therapy. This was completed at Colorado State University in 2010. Additionally, she has a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She has also completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Perinatal Mood Disorders. Prior to joining The Catalyst Center, she worked at Crossroads Safehouse and had a private practice in Fort Collins, CO since 2004.

About Dr. Godfrey

Dr. Godfrey was born and raised in Savannah, GA, where she still visits annually to have some ocean and family time. After high school she moved to the mountains of North Carolina to attend college at Appalachian State University. There she was able to pursue many outdoor activities and completed The Appalachian Trail after graduation, a 2,140 mile backpacking journey from Georgia to Maine. She then moved to Fort Collins, CO, where she completed her graduate training and worked for many years. She is new to the Denver area where she now lives with her partner and children. She spends a good deal of time camping, hiking, and enjoying all of the activities Denver has to offer.

Ready to book your free consultation with Dr. Katie Godfrey? Call us at 720-675-7123 or email  CatalystCenterLLC@gmail.com

Meet The Therapists: Dr Rohini Gupta

Rohini Gupta, PsyD, LPC

Dr. Rohini Gupta’s Specialties Include:

 Approach to Healing:

Balance and Compassion

The members of The Catalyst Center are incredibly pleased to have Dr. Rohini Gupta on our team. She is a talented therapist who impresses us all with her ability to connect with her clients and help them make powerful changes in their lives. 

Rohini brings a warm, genuine, and non-judgmental approach to helping her clients to heal and change. She deeply believes in the power of a balanced approach to therapy, and works with her clients to build concrete, effective skills to manage the challenges they are facing with attention to mind, body, and emotional reactions. She excels at creating a safe and trusting environment in which to process and find meaning in life’s challenges.

 Dr. Gupta’s Training

Dr. Gupta graduated from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology with a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She trained at various mental health settings including Swedish Family Medicine, Denver Health Outpatient Behavioral Health, and Metropolitan State College of Denver Counseling Center. She completed a psychology residency at Kaiser Permanente and has specialty training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is currently adjunct faculty at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Gupta is passionate about healing and sees clients in private practice where she is best able to provide the care needed to help them reach their goals.

Ready to book your free consultation with Dr. Rohini Gupta? Call us at 720-675-7123 or email CatalystCenterLLC@gmail.com

Reconnecting with Your Partner After Baby: Asking Open-Ended Questions Activity ~Dr. Katie Godfrey

Reconnecting with Your Partner After Baby: Asking Open-Ended Questions Activity

Adapted from And Baby Makes Three by John M. Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

The transition from couple-hood to parent-hood can be exhilarating, exhausting, fascinating, enchanting, and overwhelming. Oftentimes couples are focused on their babies (rightly so!) and may feel distanced from their partners. These open-ended questions serve to open up conversations between partners, thus recharging the connection you and your partner share. You’ll be surprised at how much your relationship will change if you shift from just making statements to asking your partner open-ended questions.

Instructions: First, read through this list. Then, each of you select one question. Take turns asking your partner the question you selected, and listening to your partners answer. If you have time, keep going and talk about another question or two. This is fun for a date night, a long car ride, or any time!

  • How can I be a better friend to you?
  • How have you changed in the last year?
  • What do you enjoy most about being a dad (mom)?
  • How have your goals in life changed since our baby has come?
  • What are you missing most in your live since we’ve become parents?
  • What are some of your life dreams now?
  • What do you value most in your life now?
  • Who do you think is the best parent you have ever seen? Why?
  • How can I be a better partner to you?
  • How do you think having our baby (or being pregnant) has changed our relationship? What legacy do you want our baby to have from your family?
  • What are some unfulfilled dreams in your life?
  • What changes would you like to make in your lifestyle now that Baby has arrived? What changes would you like to make in your home these days?
  • What would you like to change about your finances right now?
  • How has your family changed toward you since Baby arrived?
  • How has your outlook on life changed since you became a parent?
  • How are you feeling now about being a mother (father)?
  • What could we do to have more fun in our life?
  • What would you like to change about your work?
  • What would you like our life to be like in two years?
  • How would you compare yourself to your father or mother as a parent? What kind of person would you like our baby to become?
  • Who does our baby remind you of in your family?
  • What has been your favorite time so far in our relationship?
  • Do you long for anything these days?
  • What is the biggest challenge for you as a dad (mom)?
  • What are your major stresses and worries these days?
  • What are your thoughts and feelings about religion or spirituality these days? How have your political ideas changed since Baby came?
  • How have your friends or family changed toward you in recent years?

To enhance your relationship further, please contact Dr. Katie Godfrey at The Catalyst Center. Change begins today!

Spring’s Featured Catalyst Center Therapist: Dr. Katie Godfrey

ImageAs spring is approaching, many people are deciding it is time to take the opportunity to do some emotional “spring cleaning” and are looking for a great therapist to help them meet their goals. The Catalyst Center’s Dr. Katie Godfrey is an excellent choice for someone looking for a warm, genuine, and empowering therapist. Katie excels at building meaningful connections with her clients as they work together towards growth and healing. Her clients value the experience of being deeply cared for as they work with Katie to transform their lives. In her over ten years of clinical experience her clients have often told her that they value how genuine she is, and appreciates how she balances challenging them to grow with supporting them. Katie has specialized training in several areas of expertise including helping her clients heal from trauma with EMDR and treating postpartum depression and anxiety.

Dr. Katie Godfrey’s Specialties Include:

This quarter, Dr. Godfrey has graciously agreed to lend her expertise to our blog with a series of articles about the postpartum period. She has great advice for new moms and dads who are struggling with the amazing/crazy/awesome/exhausting process of becoming parents. We are incredibly lucky to have her here at The Catalyst Center and are excited to be able to share some of her insight with you all!

To learn more about Katie’s work at The Catalyst Center, or to book your free initial consultation with her, please give us a call at 720-675-7123.