It’s difficult. In the seat of pain, shame and heartbreak, you are reading another website about a person who may be your next counselor or therapist. “When will this end? When will I be able to cope with life without constantly needing someone to talk to? What is wrong with me?!?”
I want you to know that IT’S OKAY! I have been there, right where you are now. I have experienced the pain, shame and heartbreak. I also experienced renewal, recovery and restoration…and I can help you get there!
Whether you are an adult survivor of abuse, struggling with addiction, struggling in your marriage, or just need time to sit and ponder your own story, my training and personal experiences make it possible for clients to journey on the path towards healing and redemption.
Jay Brandenburg-Nau is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Denver Seminary. He is passionate about helping people discover greater purpose and meaning in their lives as they navigate through the many ups and downs life has to offer. Through the years Jay has had extensive training and has helped hundreds of people. Jay has experience working with couples, adults, teens and individuals and is passionate about working with individuals in recovery, couples, marriages, pastors, church leaders, and adult survivors of childhood abuse.
Along with his Masters Degree, Jay holds state licensure to practice counseling in Colorado, Texas and Illinois. Jay is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors. Jay is also a trained EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist and works with clients suffering from a variety of trauma and anxiety issues. Along with his EMDR training Jay has received advanced training in the areas of trauma and abuse from the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology.
Jay has spent over 15 years working with youth, men, women and families as a pastor, therapist and counselor in a variety of contexts (churches, schools and mental health organizations). Jay currently serves as a full time Therapist in a private practice in Littleton, CO. Jay is married to his wife Jill and together they have five beautiful daughters.
Michael John Cusick. Speaker, Counselor & Author of Surfing for God.
“I’ve known and respected Jay Nau’s counseling ministry since I was his professor at Denver Seminary. Over the years I’ve watched him thrive as a seasoned professional who fights for the hearts of his clients and facilitates real change. Now, he’s serving our organization as an adjunct counselor, and he’s become a trusted colleague. In the hit and miss search for the right counselor or mental health professional, Jay is truly a bull’s-eye.”
Chad. Former Client.
“Everyone has a story, right? I didn’t realize how much my story really impacted me until I met Jay. Like many men, I kept the things that I felt shame and guilt over way down deep – No one is getting in there to know any of those things and I sure as heck am not sharing that with anyone! Well, thank God I did.
The first thing that you see in Jay is his heart. This man has a genuine compassion for people that are hurting. I mean he really cares! Some or parts of our stories (including mine) can be very difficult and might even seem embarrassing to tell to someone else – which is why most of us have kept “that” to ourselves.. Jay has a warmth about him in which you’re able to build upon and open up and share your true story without feeling stupid, ashamed or misunderstood. With Jay’s insight and compassion as you begin to unfold your story and do the work, you may experience healing.. Just the way I did!”
Steve. Former Client.
“Jay is a true professional when it comes to the healing of one’s soul. His honest, down to earth methods of uncovering wounds and emotional baggage are unmatched. I have learned more about myself in one year working with Jay than I had in 4 previous years with different counselors. Jay is truly dedicated to his work, his clients and their healing.”
Jerry. Former Client.
“Jay’s unique and biblical approach to healing from my addiction has offered true restoration and transformation in my heart and soul. The power of my own brokenness in my story has allowed me to understand why I did the things I really never wanted to do. Accepting the wounds from my own story no longer define who I am today. Healing from my addiction has allowed me to save my marriage and relationship with others. Your journey to restoration and heart transformation can begin by stepping out of denial and meeting with a man like Jay that cares for your heart.”
EMDR therapy is an integrative therapy that helps people heal from Traumatic events as well as, life disturbing experiences. EMDR has gotten worldwide attention for helping millions of people heal from PTSD caused from traumatic events, such as; rape, sexual abuse, auto accidents and combat. But EMDR therapy can also help people who feel distress in their lives to heal and feel more whole after events that have been disturbing such as; divorce, life transitions, grief, anxiety and much more.
When people are experiencing distress in their lives and can’t find a way to fix it on their own they end up coming in for EMDR therapy. Sometimes events happen in a person’s life and he/she struggles to find a way to integrate that incident. That event can become an unprocessed memory and get stored in the brain creating symptoms that are uncomfortable. Physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and images associated with the event can get locked into the brain, and without treatment, may lead to distressing symptoms and behaviors.
EMDR therapy is designed to help a person identify and process these stuck pieces so that the symptoms can decrease and one can feel more alive and less distressed. EMDR therapy helps facilitate the activation of the brain’s inherent system to process and integrate the information that got stored or stuck. EMDR therapy will not erase the memory; rather you will be able to remember the story without all the emotional charge that was distressing before the treatment.
There are many kinds of symptoms or problems clients bring to EMDR therapy from home, work, or relationships. People tend to think that EMDR only helps people who suffer from severe experiences like auto accidents, war, sexual abuse and rape. If you have suffered from these traumas, EMDR might be very helpful for you. But other issues can also be helped with EMDR.
You might benefit from EMDR Therapy if any of the following apply:
Along with a passion for counseling, Jay is a gifted teacher, speaker, and retreat facilitator. Jay has led numerous groups and has facilitated many workshops and retreats for a variety of organizations, churches and non profits on the following topics:
Jay’s transparency and practical advice have placed him in demand as a speaker and teacher. Jay is available to lead weekend retreats, seminars, group presentations and therapeutic group environments.
Please contact us for more details on booking Jay for your next event
Seeking out therapy is an important choice. People come to therapy for different reasons. Some come for assistance with longer term psychological issues. Others come for help with anxiety or depression. Still others seek out therapy for help with unexpected changes in life such as a divorce, work transition or death of a loved one. Sometimes people simply feel the need to take a next step in personal growth and exploration. A trusted relationship with a therapist can provide support, insight and new ideas for navigating life’s challenges. Therapy has helped people better handle many different issues such as depression, conflict resolution, handling stress, body-image issues, anxiety, grief and general life transitions. Therapy is recommended for anyone who desires to create a fuller life, gain self-awareness and make positive changes.
Everyone faces life challenges and could use some extra support at times. Acknowledging this need is the first step of therapy. By accepting where you are at in life and seeking assistance in therapy you are moving toward growth. Therapy can provide support and the tools needed to overcome those challenges that are simply too tough to face alone.
There are many beneficial elements from participating in the therapeutic process. Counselors can bring new perspectives on tough issues and help you move towards better options for yourself. The support of a therapist can also help in a variety of life issues including relational strain, depression, anxiousness, stress, and other difficult life stages. Counseling can also benefit those who wish to grow not only just from a painful moment, but also for those who wish to grow from a place of stability. A large portion of the beneficial nature of therapy rests on how a person invests themselves in the process of therapy and practicing what is learned there. Some of the benefits you can expect are:
A single therapy session is typically fifty minutes long, and many clients choose to have sessions on a weekly basis. However, the frequency, duration, and focus of therapy will all depend on your personal goals and concerns, which you will discuss with your therapist. Therapy is collaborative, so while your therapist is there to support and facilitate your healing process, your therapy will be most successful if you are willing to take responsibility for your own change and growth. Your therapist will do his or her best to provide a kind, safe environment in which to pursue greater insight and care in regards to your own story.
Medication can be a useful supplement to psychotherapy. Sometimes it is difficult to focus on symptom relief and self-growth when strong symptoms of anxiety or depression are present. For some people, medication can help stabilize and assist their growth in psychotherapy. Medications do not come without potential side effects and risks. One should always discuss the risks of medication use with a qualified health professional.
One effective method used for treating trauma and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This technique helps clients recover from trauma through re-processing traumatic events. In this way the debilitating effects of trauma are reduced or eliminated. EMDR has become the primary way PTSD patients have come to be treated.
While we do not work directly with insurance providers, many of our services are often covered under medical plans. Upon receipt of payment we will provide you with a receipt that you can personally submit to your provider at your own discretion.
The first step in the process is to check with your insurance carrier. You will need the answers to the following questions:
All communications between a client and therapist are generally confidential. For information to be disclosed a client would have to provide prior written permission. There are some exceptions however. These include:
In any of these cases, the therapist is required to notify the appropriate authorities and take every precaution for safety of the client and others.
Supervision for children during therapy sessions is not provided and we cannot accept responsibility for them. For their safety please make arrangements for childcare as you attend therapy sessions. Parents will be responsible for any damage incurred by their children.
Individuals $135 per 50-minute session
Couples $165 per 50-minute session
While I do not deal directly with insurance companies, services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Upon payment I will provide you with a detailed receipt that you can submit to your provider for reimbursement. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Questions? Please contact me for further information.
“The story of your life is the story of the journey of your heart through a dangerous and beautiful world. It is the story of the long and sustained assault on your heart by the enemy who knows who you could be and fears you. But it is also the story of the long and mysterious pursuit of your heart by God who knows you truly and loves you deeply.” – John Eldredge
8321 Sangre de Cristo Road, Unit 200, Littleton, CO 80127
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Counseling Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
Canadian Mental Health Association
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Anxiety, Stress and Coping
Depression and Anxiety
Drug and Alcohol Review
Early Child Development and Care
Journal of Gambling Studies
Journal of Happiness Studies
Journal of Mental Health and Aging
Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Language and Cognitive Processes
Loss, Grief & Care
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Metaphor and Symbol
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Stress and Health
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Trauma, Violence & Abuse
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Single parenting demands a high level of functioning and stability. Many people find counseling or participating in a support group to ease stress and decrease feelings of loneliness. Listed in the table below are varios resources for potential counseling services in the Boulder, Colorado area.
Single Parents’ Resource Directory developed by PSS / FSS of the Boulder County Housing Authority to continue to spread the good word about community resources available for single parents.
|Organization||Mental Health Service||Associated Costs||Contact Information|
|Alcoholics Anonymous||Support group meetings for alcoholics (AA) and their spouses (Al-Anon), grown children (Adult Children of Alcoholics) and children (Ala-Teen). (detoxification)||Fees: none.||Phone: 447-8201|
|Alcohol Recovery Center||Inpatient detoxification and outpatient counseling for alcoholics and one-on-one counseling and support groups for their families.||Fees: sliding scale.||3470 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, 441-1275 (counseling) and 441-1281|
|Boulder County Safehouse||One-to-one counseling for residents, outreach support groups for women in abusive relationships (individual and group counseling available in Spanish).||Fees: sliding scale; no one will be turned away.||Boulder 449-8623; Tri-City 673-9000; 24-hour crisis line, 444-2424|
|Crisis Center||Walk in or phone counseling.||Fees: free for phone-in, sliding scale for walk-in.||Crisis Center, 1333 Iris Ave, Boulder, CO 80340; 447-1665|
|Counseling Center||Counseling for individuals, couples and families, support groups, workshops and single-parenting groups.||Fees: sliding scale.||Counseling Center, 1534 55th St., Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 449-7898|
|First Presbyterian Church Counseling Resource Center||Counseling from a Christian perspective for individuals, couples and groups.||Fees: initial intake fee; no one turned away.||First Presbyterian Church Counseling Resource Center, 1820 15th St., Boulder, CO 80302, 442-3523|
|Front Range Community College Student Center||Counseling groups on self-esteem and co-dependency issues.||Fees: minimal or none; no one turned away.||Front Range Community College Student Center, 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, CO 80030, 466-8811, ext. 255|
|Human Services, Inc.||Counseling for single parents.||Fees: sliding scale.||Human Services, Inc., 5350 Manhattan Circle, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80303, 494-2771, 494-5559|
|Mental Health Center of Boulder County||Counseling by appointment, family and group psychotherapy, adolescent therapy, drug abuse treatment.||Fees: sliding scale.||1333 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302, 443-8500 and 520 Coffman St., Longmont, CO 80501, 678-6200|
|YWCA Resource Center||Counseling, career and job-search classes and support groups, drop-in resource center, single-parent networking. Fees: none (except for specific groups).||unknown||2222 14th St., Boulder, CO 80302, 443-0419|