“Mariel- It’s safe to say that no one would be reading this book without you. I am lost for words when I consider how incredibly grateful I am to know you. I sometimes forget that you’re not my best friend, because that’s how safe and encouraging our therapeutic relationship is. In my darkest days, you saw the light in me and held space for it. Your virtual sessions are as warm as your real-life hugs when we get to meet in person and they have been the space where I finally, fully collapsed. You sat with me in the shattered pieces and were the first person in my whole life to let them lay. You told me I didn’t have to heal. You let me be hurt and broken and sad and tired and angry and despondent. And then you hung lights in the dark and walked me back to the light with a new appreciation for both. You are doing your life’s work: guiding people into the light. You are a healer, a mystic, a forever North Star. I love you so, so much. Also this is my public acknowledgment that you’re my therapist (if anyone was wondering), lol!”-Jackie Skellie, acknowledgement from her book of poetry Never Better (re-printed with permission and available on Amazon.)
“I sought out therapy to overcome one thing, and left rediscovering my self-worth, understanding my values, and learning why/and how I feel. For years I have struggled with all of this, and after working with Jasmine I gained all of that and so much more. Jasmine helped me ground my decisions, my thoughts, and feelings around my values, which allowed me to heal parts of myself that I have neglected. I left every session knowing what I needed to do, and did it. That is a level of self-efficacy that I have not tapped into before; I still continue to do the ‘work’ everyday. If you are looking for a mental health professional, stop scrolling, because you came to the right place. It has been truly a therapeutic experience working with Jasmine.”-Edgar
“I’ve been seeing Elaine at Bloom Therapy for the past year and she’s played a remarkable role in my journey to healing trauma and connecting to my higher self. She guides with intuition and compassion, and has gracefully lead me to inner-depths that I didn’t know existed ~
I couldn’t speak more highly of Elaine and Bloom!“-Anonymous
From once a week to two years later, it feels like forever! I wanted to reach out to give all the thank you’s I have for how much I feel you helped me get back to myself.
I have been sober for over 2 years, have healthy boundaries with my family, friends, and work, and am no longer dating a$$holes. 😅 I’m still living in Denver and found someone that matches everything on the list you advised me to make (you were right— they exist!!). I am overcoming my mind-body disconnect with practices you showed me daily, and am so grateful for those. And tonight I’m going on a campus tour for my MA in Counseling!
I know this would not have been possible without you and all of your advice, especially to seek outpatient care as well. That was truly life-changing for me, and I would have never known that option existed if it weren’t for you.
So THANK YOU for helping me get my life back and for all of the care you pour into clients.-Megan
“When I started counseling with Elaine at Bloom I truly thought I’d never heal. I laugh at that looking back, because I have healed and gone above and beyond what I thought possible. Elaine has a unique gift. She is deeply authentic and caring. Her ability to “see me”, often with more clarity than I see myself, has been the key to my success. I’m now stronger, clearer, and happier than I have ever been.
Elaine, thank you for being respectful, empowering and truly caring. You’re the best therapist I’ve ever had.”-Madi
“Katy’s acceptance based therapy has helped shape and heal me in just a few months from years of anxiety and panic attacks. I am forever grateful to Katy and am so glad I found her!”-Anonymous
“In 2016, I was depressed and having anxiety attacks. When faced with the normal stress of life, my responses were outsized and didn’t fit the situation. I knew I needed to change but I didn’t know how. My relationships suffered. I wasn’t living my values, and I took on responsibility for other peoples’ feelings.
When I first met with Katy, I told her I wanted new and better tools to cope with life’s challenges. I would say Katy delivered exactly what I requested, but that’s not quite true. She didn’t give me new tools; she patiently stayed with me and offered suggestions that, over time, revealed to me that I possessed the tools all along. Not only that, but I also knew how to use them.
It sounds like the simplest thing, and yet it was some of the deepest and most profound work I’ve ever done. Identifying trauma triggers feels dangerous. It takes a lot of bravery to face truths that have been hidden away for so long. It’s not easy to admit internalizing shameful messages. The good news is that Katy genuinely wants her clients to grow. Her practice is grounded in proven scientific evidence about the way the human nervous system functions. Her approach is client-led.
A word of caution for anyone considering entering into a therapeutic relationship with Katy: you will undergo a tremendous personal change that you cannot reverse, even when it may feel convenient or expedient.
Since leaving Katy’s care, I am keenly aware of a superpower I possess. My superpower is in knowing exactly what I value, and knowing when I am living by my values. My superpower is that I feel my emotions inside my body. I identify where and how I feel them, and I listen to the information those emotions communicate. My superpower is that I exercise healthy boundaries. I know that when I do, healthy people respect and appreciate those boundaries.
Once I committed to living life by my deepest and truest values, mistrusting my instincts became impossible. Once I decided to feel my emotions (no matter how uncomfortable) and allow them to communicate their deepest needs, I could no longer ignore them. And most difficult, once I began exercising healthy boundaries, I stopped accepting sub-par behavior from people in my life no matter how long they’d been a colleague, a relative, or a friend.
Difficult and awkward conversations are still difficult and awkward; the difference is I have a superpower, and I can confidently, lovingly, and firmly speak my truth without being responsible for anyone else’s feelings or reactions. By no longer taking on other peoples’ drama and traumas, I am open to rich relationships with healthy people. Healthy people love healthy boundaries. Best of all, after working with Katy, I have a loving and trusting relationship with myself. It’s non-negotiable. I move forward in life shining the light of love and abundance everywhere I go.