My name is Kathi Hall, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, and owner of Hope for the Journey Counseling, LLC in Wheat Ridge Colorado.
I'm proud to say that I am a Colorado native, and in fact, I was born right here in Wheat Ridge. I have spent many years living and working in Wheat Ridge and the surrounding areas, and I love the feeling of closeness and community found here.
It feels as though I was born into the "helping profession"...and I come by it honestly. Throughout my life, I have watched my parents closely as they volunteered their time as teacher, counselor, and most importantly, friend to those who were hurting. They taught my two sisters and me that the most important things in life are not 'things'...they are people. And they challenged us to forge relationships with those around us, and to find ways to invest in our communities in our own ways.
I grew up going to church every Sunday, and discussing God's grace over dinner with my family the rest of the week. Over the course of my life, my faith has become deeply personal and important to me. Who I am in every area of my life, including me as a therapist, is informed by my relationship with God. I belief that we are relational and spiritual beings, and I welcome the discussion in the therapy room.
To be clear, I will always follow my client's lead and delve into matters of faith only if they express a desire to do so. And even then, I respect that their beliefs will often differ from my own. I strive to meet my clients where they are in every area of their lives, including spiritually. Together, we will determine goals and course of treatment with respect to their personal needs, goals, and convictions.
My journey as a therapist began years ago, preparing me for what was to come as I was stretched...often much thinner than was comfortable...and ultimately remolded into who I am today. My family was close-knit and it was hard for me to imagine that anything could ever happen to change my safe little world. As you and I both know, life throws curve balls when we least expect.
From the time that I was very small, I was more of a listener than I was a talker, and I found myself most fulfilled when I was able to connect with those around me on a deeper, emotional level. I first became interested in psychology in high school, and went on to major in psychology in college, earning my Bachelors degree. Right after graduation, however, I got engaged, married, and started a family. Raising my two boys became my focus, and I poured myself into being the best wife and mom that I knew how to be. Those years provided many precious memories that bring joy to my heart and a smile to my face when they come to mind.
My journey took a sharp turn that I didn't expect, however, when I began to experience difficulties in my own life and relationship. For the first time, I was dealing with significant death losses in my life, a divorce, and the task of being a single mother. I felt a deep sense of sadness that I couldn't name, and I struggled with worry and apprehension like I never had before. As much as my family and friends loved and supported me, I needed something more. My grief was raw and unrelenting, and at times I wondered if I would ever feel whole again.
When I found a mental health therapist with whom I felt comfortable, I was able to work through emotions and address issues that were keeping me stuck. She offered me a safe place to express myself, without fear of judgment or rejection. She helped me to be kind to myself, to trust my myself again, and to be aware of the unhealthy patterns that I was perpetuating in my relationships. She helped me to gain awareness, change the unhealthy patterns, and find different, more effective ways of relating to those in my life. I came out of that experience stronger, more confident, and with skills to help me cope with hard times in the future.
Not long afterward, my journey took one more turn when I pursued my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to returning to school, I had worked in the banking industry for 16 years, and although I was providing for my little family, I did not feel fulfilled. I found that the one thing I truly enjoyed about my job was the people; I had a knack for connecting with people on a deeper level, holding space for them when they needed a listening ear. Some days I wondered if I had made the right decision...those were some long, exhausting days, working full-time, going to school full-time, and being a single mother to my two growing boys. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I also knew that I had finally committed to a path that I had been dancing around for years.
Living in Colorado
Growing up in Colorado provided many adventures for my sisters and me. Some of my most memorable moments, were on family car trips around the Midwest, camping in the middle of the mountains, or picnicking in Genesee on a school night (that was a treat!). As teenagers, my sisters and I became involved in adventures with our friends, including hiking into the woods for a few days of roughing it, carrying our "house" and food and clothes on our backs, or driving to remote areas of nearby Arizona and New Mexico to do missions work on the reservations.
I still love to travel, but I must admit that I suffer from the same malady as most other Colorado natives; I am unable to tell directions when I am not in Colorado. After all, the two primary directions, "toward the mountains" and "away from the mountains" don't apply in very many other places! I continue to be completely amazed by the beauty of those mountains, both in the distance from just about anywhere in the metro area, as well as up close and personal when I drive the 10 or 15 minutes that it takes to become enveloped in their fragrant peaks and craggy canyons. I try to get there as often as possible, and make more incredible memories with my now mostly-grown boys.
Whenever I do venture outside of my home state, I never cease to be amazed and in awe of the raw beauty to which I return. There is nothing quite like flying over the Rocky Mountains and peering out of the airplane window at the miniaturized, but still magnificent scenery below. I hope to retire to some small patch of that magnificent scenery someday in the future.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the State of Colorado. Through my private practice, I serve clients in the Denver metro area where I specialize in Couples Counseling / Marriage Counseling, and Individual Therapy. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I am specially trained in Splankna Therapy (please see my Mind-Body Therapy page). My education includes:
*Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Regis University
*BA in Psychology, University of Colorado, Denver
*Masters Level Splankna Practitioner (Mind-Body Therapy), Splankna Therapy Institute
*Regis University Counseling Center - Broomfield, Co.
*Potters House Church of Denver, Counseling Center - Aurora, Co.
*Center for Personal and Relationship Counseling - Wheat Ridge, Co.
*Private Practice: Hope for the Journey Counseling, LLC - Wheat Ridge, Co.
*West Pines Behavioral Health - Wheat Ridge, Co.
I have extensive training and experience counseling couples who are struggling with relationship issues related to communication, conflict resolution, infidelity, loss of trust, sex, finances, parenting, and many others. I also have extensive training and experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, grief and loss, trauma, and relational issues with family, friends, or significant others.
Philosophy and Approach
When clients come to see me, they often tell me that therapy is the last resort. In the very first session, I listen to their concerns and their fears, and I reassure them that we all need help sometimes. Asking for help takes strength and courage, and I admire those who are willing to give therapy a chance. I want each person who comes in my door to feel at home, and to know that my office is their safe haven. And I adhere to some very basic, but vital beliefs about people:
I believe that every single person is a unique individual, with intrinsic worth, and deserving of love and respect.
I believe in people and their ability to change. It is possible. I witness it every day.
I believe that change is about doing something different...something that works...and not about just fixing what's "wrong".
I believe that most people are doing the best that they can, with what they have.
I believe that you know yourself better than I ever could. You are the expert on you. I am here to help you find your voice and direction.
I believe that the most important component of therapy, is the relationship that forms between the client(s) and the therapist.
I believe in hard work...and miracles. Usually, when we just commit ourselves to doing the work, it ends up feeling like a miracle has happened!
My passion is to pass on to you the hope that I found along my path. No matter what is happening around you, choosing to believe that there is hope, is the beginning of change...in yourself and in your relationship.
Masters Level Splankna Practitioner
Hope for the Journey Counseling, LLC.
4251 Kipling St. Suite 560
Wheat Ridge, Co. 80033
Hope for the Journey Counseling
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