Dr. Beth provides individual, couple, group, and family counseling. Counseling and psychotherapy helps individuals and family members learn about themselves and one another, overcome the negative impact of past life events, and develop a vision for the future that meets their individual and family needs.
Dr. Beth assists clients from a broad range of geographic areas in the region. These include northern Colorado, Boulder, Denver, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Some services are available via telephone, but email counseling is not available.
Common presenting concerns include:
- Relationship problems
- Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- Life Transitions (e.g. career transitions, divorce, relocation)
- Blocked Creativity
- Healing from Trauma
- Grief and Loss
- Bipolar illness
- Aging and Caregiving
- Codependency and Substance Abuse Recovery
- Gender Identity
- Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns
For most people, seeking counseling is a difficult and courageous step toward managing the unmanageable in their lives. We tend to think of ourselves as independent, resourceful and able to handle the challenges life brings without outside assistance. An individual usually seeks therapy after trying to use their own resources and these efforts haven’t solved the problem.
Sometimes it is easier and more effective to enlist the help of someone outside of the situation to help sort through the options. I work to create a comfortable and safe environment of acceptance and non-judgment in which you can explore and resolve your difficulties. My therapy approach involves 1) assessment (understanding the person, the problem and the situation), 2) assistance in determining the issues and behaviors blocking the solution to the problem, and 3) providing understanding, support, useful feedback, and specific ideas for activating the individual’s resources and solving the problems.
Relationship problems are probably the #1 issue bringing people to therapy. Sometimes it is effective to work on self-esteem and relationship issues in individual therapy. Many times, however, it is impossible to resolve relationship conflicts without having the couple and other family members involved in the counseling.
Common presenting concerns for couples include:
- Life Transitions (e.g. birth of a child, relocation, job loss)
- Unresolved conflicts
- Infidelity or Betrayal
- Sexual problems
- Caring for aging parents
- Codependency and Substance Abuse
- Dealing with a family member’s mental health issues
- Non-traditional family structures
- Regaining emotional intimacy
- Breaking abuse patterns
- Health concerns
My approach to working with couples and families involves understanding the background and personality of each individual and the history of the relationship and the family. I offer a balanced, non-blaming perspective on the problems confronting the couple and share my analysis of the problems and potential solutions. I assist the couple in finding their own solutions by feedback, ideas, and a safe environment to deal with conflicts that they have been unable to resolve on their own.
The goals of the counseling are higher relationship satisfaction, the resolution of previously unresolved problems, and cultivating a healthy, loving and nurturing environment for the couple and their family.
Dr. Firestein provides several types of consultation: These include educational programs, presentations, and workshops on a wide range of mental health and wellness topics, group facilitation, and consultation with other mental health professionals.
She is available to consult with individuals, groups, and organizations with the goal of creating smooth, respectful and effective ways of working as a team to accomplish important goals. Prior organizational consultation clients include Hewlett Packard, Agilent, and the Big Thompson School District.
Dr. Firestein has led therapy groups, support groups, and educational groups on a wide variety of issues. She empowers groups members to take responsibility for their life decisions while also helping one another with support and caring feedback.
Currently, she is facilitating the Northern Colorado Gender Support Group. No other groups are available at this time, but may be offered in the future.
Dr. Firestein has presented on a variety of topics for a wide range of audiences including civic organizations (such as the Rotary Club), battered women’s shelters, corporate managers, university classes, and health conference participants. Professionally, she has presented research and clinical information at regional, national, and international conferences, conducting staff trainings on a variety of topics and been an invited speaker at conventions. She has spoken before both small and large audiences and frequently includes a question and answer period and dialogue with the audience at the conclusion of her talks.
Dr. Firestein is available to provide presentations to your group or organization on a variety of topics. Topics include: building self-esteem, communication, creating healthy relationships, beating the holiday blues, dealing with depression, sexual self-awareness, effective problem-solving, date rape prevention, overcoming loss, understanding gay, lesbian and bisexual people, understanding gender identity, and many other topics. Ask about the topic of interest to your group.
Call for a free consultation about your group’s needs and information on fees and availability.