Hi, I’m Brett King
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a helper. Because we all need a little help sometimes. Even as a teenager, my heart was happiest when I could help someone learn to read. Or swim. Or ride a bike. Or anything else that helped someone grow and learn and heal. That joy took me on a professional journey into education. Then counseling.
As a classroom teacher and school leader working with children and teenagers, I discovered that families matter. Parents matter. The quality of relationships with those closest to us often determines the quality of our lives. As a dad, I get that. That’s why I became a marriage and family therapist. Because we all need a little help sometimes. Help to experience what we had hoped for but may have been lost. Or broken. Or yet to be discovered.
Good couples therapy makes a difference. I know. I’ve been on the couch. It’s what motivates me to be the best couples therapist I can be. Couples therapy is not just part of what I do as a therapist, it’s most of what I do as a therapist. While I have the academic credentials and specific training to work with couples, it’s not just an academic exercise. It’s a heart passion. I love seeing couples grow, and connect, and heal.
Couples often seek couples therapy because there has been a betrayal of trust. Whether it’s been an affair or an addiction or a secret life that’s been discovered, there is help. For many couples, a crisis can be the catalyst to a better, more fulfilling relationship. There is no greater honor for me than to be a guide on that journey of healing and restoration.
In my work as the Director of Family Services for an addiction treatment center, I’ve helped couples recover when one or both have struggled with substance, alcohol, or sex addiction. There can be a unique shame that comes with addiction. And I use unique tools to help. I take a firm, yet compassionate and non-shaming approach with couples in recovery.
Sometimes relationships end. And sometimes couples come to counseling to decide if it’s time to move on or work to move closer. I use a deliberate process called discernment counseling to assist couples in making intentional decisions about their future together, or apart.
My Education and Credentials:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology
- Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
- Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health
- Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
- Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the State of Colorado (LPCC)
- Level 1 Certified in Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
- Level 1 Therapist in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
“The parent child connection is the most powerful mental health intervention known to mankind.”
– Bessel van der Kolk
“Distressed partners may use different words but they are always asking the same basic questions, “Are you there for me? Do I matter to you? Will you come when I need you, when I call?”
– Sue Johnson
“Vulnerability is not winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up went you can’t control the outcome.”
– Brene Brown
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
– Brene Brown