Hi, I'm Colleen Nelson



I am a trauma therapist and adolescent counselor in the Northern Colorado area. My private practice focuses on helping my clients not only “know” better but also “feel” better. If you are looking for a compassionate yet also direct & down to earth therapist who is committed to helping you experience real change in your life, I can help.

I help with -

I help with feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, stress, and reactivity through EMDR and somatic therapeutic tools. I move the old blueprints out of your body and clear your nervous system to make space for updated patterning. Through direct advice and consistent space holding you will have the power to take your new mindset and fully apply it to your day-to-day life. Rather than only validating your concerns, I address them and then we make moves forward.

Relationship Therapy


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Individual Trauma Therapy


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Adolescent Therapy


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Divorce Counseling


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Initial and Follow-up Sessions:


Your first session with me is scheduled for about 75 minutes (equivalent to 1½ clinical hours). This extended initial meeting is crucial for determining if we have the right chemistry to work together before diving into the therapy journey. It offers us a valuable opportunity to familiarize ourselves with each other and allows you to gain insight into my approach to counseling. In this session, we will also go over essential paperwork and start to explore your history, objectives, and what you hope to achieve through therapy.


Subsequent sessions will generally last around 50 minutes (or 1 clinical hour), unless you request additional time. For those with tight schedules or the need to address more complex issues swiftly, we offer the flexibility to book sessions up to 3 hours long.


As we progress, our sessions will be dedicated to developing and refining a personalized treatment plan, crafted collaboratively in the early stages of our therapy sessions.

Common Presenting Concerns:


  1. Anxiety and Stress: This includes generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, and stress resulting from school, work, relationships, or other sources.


  1. Depression and Mood Disorders: Symptoms might include persistent sadness, lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities, changes in appetite or sleep, and feelings of hopelessness.


  1. Behavioral Issues: For adolescents, this can include school refusal, oppositional behaviors, substance abuse, and risk-taking behaviors. 


  1. Relationship Distress: Issues with communication, trust, intimacy, and conflicts within romantic relationships, friendships, and family dynamics.


  1. Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation: Engaging in self-harm (like cutting) or having thoughts of suicide are serious concerns that often require immediate therapeutic intervention.


  1. Technology Dependence and Screen Time Issues: Excessive use of smartphones, social media, gaming, and other digital platforms can lead to behavioral and emotional problems.


  1. Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): This can arise from experiences of abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, accidents, or any other event perceived as traumatic.


  1. Eating Disorders: Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other unspecified eating disorders, often accompanied by issues of body image and control.


  1. Addiction and Substance Abuse: This includes the misuse of alcohol, drugs, and other substances as a coping mechanism for underlying issues.


  1. Life Transitions and Adjustment Issues: Challenges related to major life changes such as divorce, relocation, transitioning to adulthood, grief and loss, or becoming a part of a blended family.

Free Resources

What is Trauma 


10 Co-Parenting Do's + Don'ts 


Argument Action Plan 


Grey Rocking 




My fee for the initial seventy-five-minute consultation is $250.

Each subsequent fifty-minute counseling session for individuals, couples or families is $200.

A typical therapy session is based on an industry-standard fifty-minute clinical hour.  Payment for each session is due at the beginning of that counseling session.




I currently accept cash, checks, or credit cards including: Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express.




I do not accept insurance or work with any insurance companies directly and am considered “out of network” with all insurance companies/plans.


Cancellations/No shows:


Please contact me at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time to reschedule or cancel your appointment.  “No shows” or changes made within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time will result in you being charged the full-session fee, as that prevents me from booking other appointments during that time.

I’ll respect plans I make with you, and hope that you’ll respect my time as well.  Mutual respect is the basis of a successful therapeutic relationship.


Non emergency Therapist:


I provide non-emergency counseling services by appointment only.  I do not provide 24-hour emergency assistance.  If you feel you are having a true emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

I am typically available for appointments in my South Denver office location Monday through Wednesday.

While my voicemail and email are confidential, due to the nature of modern communications I cannot guarantee complete confidentiality over a phone line or through email correspondence.  Please be brief with the information you provide via voicemail or email.  I will return phone calls and emails as promptly as possible during my regular business hours.  E-mail is the best way to contact me.


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