Individual psychotherapy is the heart and soul of clinical psychology. It’s hard to describe the special relationship that can form between client and therapist, but I can tell you, from many years of experience, that it is very often powerful, beautiful, and life-changing. I never cease to be moved and honored when someone comes to me, trusts me with their secrets and feelings, and, together, we forge a path out of the shadows and into the light. Sometimes it’s just practical problem solving and information sharing. Sometimes it’s taking a deep look at the past to see how we can change life in the present. We might consult about relationships, personal feelings and habits, changes you want to make, ways you want to grow. There is really nothing like it in the world and I’m glad and honored to be able to walk this path with you.
Whether they are angry, defiant, and breaking all the rules, or sad, depressed, anxious, and shy, adolescents can benefit so much from counseling and therapy. Adolescence is such an important time for growth and development– emotional, social, and physical–a time when teens are practicing and becoming more of whom they will be in the adult world. Parents can learn more effective ways of working with their adolescents and enjoy a closer bond with them. This makes the whole atmosphere of the house calmer and more enjoyable.
If your children are very young, say 3-8 years old, we will do play therapy. Play therapy allows young children to act out or demonstrate feelings and perceptions for which they do not have mature language. The relationship itself creates a feeling of security that allows them to express more of what they are experiencing in their world. Playing about their worries helps children understand and feel more in control of their lives. For example, just being able to draw or play out with dolls in a way that reflects their unspoken experiences, within the safety of the therapy relationship,often gives them a greater sense of self-control. Behavior problems often begin to disappear on their own, especially as children learn the language that expresses their feelings. This gives them a greater sense of power and order in their lives. And parents, I will also work with you on ways you can help and guide your child at home.
Consultation, Coaching, & Other Services
Dr. Camden sometimes takes other divorce-related roles, such as parenting plan consultation, divorce coaching, parent coaching, and expert witness testimony. These are not mental health roles and are not covered by health insurance. Depending on the role you are requesting of Dr. Camden, she will be happy to talk with you about the process and associated fees.
After walking the pathway of divorce with hundreds of women, men, adolescents, and children, I can say that I deeply understand the process, the emotions, the changes and stages people go through during this huge life adjustment. Seeing people heal and grow in counseling during and after divorce, watching them blossom into someone more than they were before, is one of my greatest joys as a psychologist specializing in divorce.
Divorce can create hopelessness, anger, powerlessness, and despair; many people get stuck in that bitter place for the rest of their lives. In counseling, though, I so often see these negative feelings give way to amazing insights, hope, strength, and a more joyful life. Hard to believe when you are in the middle of this mess, but it really does happen!
Divorce & Parenting Plan Mediation
You will fill out just a brief form prior to our mediation date with simple demographic information and a statement for you to read about the way mediation works. While it is not required, if you wish, you may provide a brief and confidential mediation statement or position statement to help Dr. Camden understand your position and goals. If you are coming to mediation with your attorney, he or she may prepare this statement for you. If you are not represented by an attorney, or pro se, you are welcome to write up your thoughts and present them on your own. It’s best to think in terms of the changes and improvements you need and want to see rather than a very specific and rigid outline of demands. Mediation is a creative, flexible, brainstorming kind of process and surprising and unpredictable ideas and solutions can emerge if we keep an open mind in the mediation process.
Internal Family Systems (IFS), Ego State therapy, and Jungian archetypal work are all ways of accessing parts of our psyches in ways that help us understand and work with ourselves better. Some people think of parts as existing subpersonalities. Some see parts as collections of neural networks. Some see this work purely as metaphor. However we think of it, parts work is becoming recognized as a powerful, often transformative way of approaching personal healing and growth.
Mindfulness Health & Wellness Coaching and Therapy
Are you struggling to navigate the unique challenges life has presented to you? Do you wish you could be more present and mindful of the world around you? Have you been feeling less inspired or joyful in life lately? If so, mindfulness coaching or counseling could help. As a clinical psychologist, trauma specialist, and yoga teacher in training, I work one-on-one with individuals to help them improve their overall well-being. Life can be challenging and stressful; happiness is too easily fleeting… Working to integrate your body, mind, and spirit, learning to listen deeply to your own heart and soul wisdom, can help you summon your inner strength and feel greater joy in your day-to-day life as you live with a clearer sense of direction and purpose.
“If only my child had come with an instruction manual!” That’s a thought that most parents have had at some point in their lives. Nothing really prepares you to become a parent. Some of us were lucky enough to have parents that set a good example. But others grew up in homes where the dynamic between child and parent was anything but functional or consistently loving. But the truth is, even if you did have loving parents that did right by you 24/7, you can never be fully prepared to handle sticky situations with your own children.
Parenting Coordination/Decision Making
Parenting Coordination/Decision Making is a court-appointed role. That means you need to get the court to make an order appointing Dr. Camden as your PC/DM (or, in some cases, just PC). The more specific the order is, the better the whole process will work. Whether your attorney is writing up a proposed order for the judge or magistrate to sign or you are writing it up yourself, makes sure it includes Dr. Camden’s name specifically as the appointed PC/DM, how long the appointment is for (the maximum it can be by law is 24 months), that the parties agree to cooperate with the terms of Dr. Camden’s PC/DM contract, and who is responsible for what percentage of the fees. It is very important that if you are asking for Dr. Camden to be your Decision Maker as well as Parenting Coordinator, you write out in your proposed order exactly what areas of decision-making you and your co-parent are agreeing to allow Dr. Camden to make Decisions about if necessary. The four main areas are education, healthcare, extracurricular activities, and religion. Dr. Camden has broken down those categories into even smaller chunks.
If you are too busy to travel to your therapist’s office or if you live far from my office, the good news is that we can meet by telehealth! It’s easy, convenient, and the research is telling us that virtual sessions are just as effective as in-person sessions. I can see you if you live anywhere in Colorado or in 28 other states. Here’s a list of all the states in which I can practice via telehealth as a Psypact provider: https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap
Trauma, EMDR Therapy, EFT, and More
Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.
While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.
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