Esther Boyd, MA, LPC, NCC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado with a Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling from Denver Seminary. I am also certified with the National Board of Certified Counselors as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and recently received my Level I in EMDR training/certification. I spent the first 6 years of my career working with adolescents who had engaged in sexually abusive behavior as well as those who had been victims of sexual abuse and have extensive training in this field of work. I also had the pleasure of being a supervisor to several therapists and enjoy aiding in the process of building personal and professional identity with new counselors.
My time in private practice overlapped with my time in agency work and I have enjoyed building my practice for the past 6 1/2 years. I have been in the professional counseling field for 9 years and am passionate about helping individuals and couples find a sense of connection to themselves and to others, resulting in passionate and empowered lives.
When I was young I wanted to be a photojournalist for National Geographic. Of course I wanted to travel and see the world, but even more I wanted to find a way to bring attention to all of the suffering in the world and identify ways to heal it. I went off to college determined to pursue photojournalism. I was stocked with a new Nikon camera (a generous graduation gift from my parents) and the belief that I would do what no one else could do: change the world. Sadly, my dreams evaporated as I realized that in order to bring attention to pain in the world, I would, at times, be required to take advantage of that pain. I also realized working for National Geographic would require me to sell my first born child, and possibly my second. So I gave up on my dream and became a Communication major. What else does a college freshman choose when unsure about what to do next?
I stumbled around after that trying to figure out “what I was going to do with my life” only to find I had no idea. I felt lost. It was my therapist’s words that changed the direction of my life. I was in a session complaining about my lack of “passions and interests”. She looked at me and said, “You’re passionate about people.” She was right. I am fascinated and driven by the desire to connect with others. I long for authentic connections that allow us to be seen, heard and deeply known. So, needless to say, I became a therapist and I began a journey of helping to heal suffering in a much more private and intimate manner than I had originally imagined.
As a counselor I believe that what I do is a privilege. My clients allow me to be a witness to their grief, their loss, their fears and their insecurities. I also get to see them experience empowerment, hope, reconciliation, and redemption. What I do everyday is a quiet work. There are no accolades from society and some may never know the power of what a therapist can offer in the quiet moments of a therapy session. However, I would never do anything else. I am grateful for the opportunity to hear my clients’ stories, to challenge them to move forward when they feel stuck, and to offer grace when they cannot offer it to themselves. To me, it is about creating a safe place to take down walls and rediscover pieces of ourselves that have gotten lost along the way.
On a more playful note I love baking, taking my dog Maggie for walks, losing myself in a novel or a great song, and pursuing deep and meaningful relationships with people over a cup of coffee or my mom's famous Strawberry-Rhubarb pie. I love to laugh and often use humor in session when appropriate. I work hard and challenge myself to grow everyday. I believe that if I ask something of my clients, I should be able to do the same!
Why I love being a counselor
Personal experiences that resulted in depression and broken relationships pushed me into counseling when I was 21. Having a safe place to process through my own thoughts and feelings, as well as having someone who could see connections I could not, was critical in my own healing and subsequently, in my choice to become a therapist. I developed a passion to help others find the freedom I found through my own process. Life offers challenges to all of us and I value providing support and guidance to those who are willing to take the courageous step to enter therapy.
As a therapist I believe connecting with my clients on a very "human" level is extremely important to moving forward in the healing process. My goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment that allows you to feel safe, while also empowering you to make choices that will bring joy to your life. As we explore the presenting problems, I attempt to help my clients make connections and gain insights as to how their past is influencing their present. I believe that much of our pain is a result of past wounds being triggered by present events. I utilize sound psychological techniques combined with empathic understanding to help my clients find a greater sense freedom and joy.
My specialties include the following:
- Family Issues
- Trauma and Abuse Recovery: past or present sexual, physical, verbal or emotional abuse
- Eating Disorder Recovery: Body Image/Self-Esteem
- Divorce Recovery
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Counseling: increasing intimacy and emotional safety
- Improving Communication and Conflict Resolution skills
- Identifying roadblocks to partnership and creating shared dreams/vision for the relationship