You may search by: location, last name, or specialty to find therapists who specialize in your area of interest. You can select more than one area of interest by holding down the 'Cntrl' key when selecting from the options on the drop-down menu on the 'By Specialty' search box on the home page.
Help Finding a Therapist
The Boulder Psychotherapists' Guild has a goal of ensuring that each consumer is informed about the choices available to them when considering therapy. Deciding to go to therapy is a brave and big step, and the success of your therapy can depend on your relationship with the therapist. That's why it's important to have as much information as possible, and to make sure you have asked yourself and your prospective therapists questions that will help get your relationship off on the right foot.
Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Therapist:
Is this psychotherapist qualified to help me?There are many kinds of problems that people bring to therapists. The therapist's license provides proof of basic qualifications, but many professionals have additional training in specific areas. A professional's experience, interests and specialties also help you decide about the qualifications that are important to you as an individual.
Does this person use a type of therapy that fits for me?Does the therapist work with the right age group? Are they able to offer what I'm looking for -- individual, couple, family or group therapy? There are many effective types of psychotherapy. Each type may put a different amount of emphasis on feelings, thoughts, relationships, or the unconscious. Some value brevity while others value thoroughness. Ask how a therapist would help you work on your problem and see if it makes sense to you.
Education, Supervision, and Examination Requirements
For Each Type of Mental Health License
A license to practice psychotherapy indicates that the state of Colorado has verified that a
psychotherapist has completed a professional training program, has completed a period of
supervised experience, and has passed a formal examination in a specific profession. The
Guild Members have one of the following six types of licenses.
Clinical Nurse Specialists in Psychiatric Nursing must complete a two-year master’s
degree in nursing, complete a supervised clinical and psychotherapy training internship as part of the degree program, pass an oral examination, and be licensed as an advanced practice nurse.
Licensed Professional Counselors must complete a two-year master’s degree in
counseling and the practice of psychotherapy, two years of supervised post-degree
experience, and pass a written counselor’s examination.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers must complete a two-year master’s degree in social work and the practice of psychotherapy, two years of supervised post-degree experience, and pass a written social work examination.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists must complete a two-year master’s degree in family therapy and the practice of psychotherapy, two years of supervised post-degree experience, and pass a marriage and family therapist examination. While their training specializes in marriage and family therapy, they may also be qualified as individual therapists, and psychotherapists with other licenses may be qualified to conduct marriage and family therapy.
Licensed Psychologists must complete a four-year doctoral degree in psychology and the practice of psychotherapy, one year of supervised post-degree experience, and pass both a written and an oral psychologist’s examination.
Psychiatrists must first become licensed medical doctors. Additionally, they must
complete a three-year program in psychiatric medicine and the practice of psychotherapy.