Marian Camden, Psy.D.
I earned my doctorate in psychology at the University of Denver, specializing in family systems and child therapy. My masters degree, from the University of West Florida (counseling and general psychology) focused more on adult and adolescent counseling. Before going into full time private practice, I worked in two university counseling centers and in a community program for parents. As an undergraduate, I majored in Social Work and English Literature. For most of my professional life, even long ago as a journalist, I sought to understand why we human beings do what we do, are what we are–and what can help us do and be better in our lives.
EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for recovery from trauma and abuse recovery has been in my toolbox and something I often use with my clients since 2000. I’m happy to tell you more about EMDR Therapy, as it is a powerful and effective way to heal and grow. I also have training in and like to use elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Play therapy for children, group counseling for adolescents, and couples and family therapy are also in my tool box. But the most important thing in my counseling and therapy work is the relationship I form with you–or with your child or teen if you bring him or her for counseling. Research continues to to tell us that a positive, warm, supportive therapeutic relationship is the most vital part of healing and growth in therapy or counseling, and I’m here to offer that to you or your child.
I have long been a member of MDIC, the Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee (formerly on Child Custody) and served as a board member for eleven years, including as president. In 2014, I was honored and touched to receive the MDIC President’s Award for outstanding service to families in Colorado.
In my free time, I love to garden (vegetables, flowers, herbs, fairies, gnomes, everything!), spend time with family and friends, and play with my sweet little dog, Annabelle. I also write children’s picture books. So far, I have written two about nature and the earth, and one about being the youngest child in a stepfamily or blended family. Soon, my fourth book will be out, about divorce transitions for children. Here are links, if you would like to take a look:
An Earth Child’s Book of the Year
An Earth Child’s Book of Verse