General Questions

General Questions

What are your office hours?

With so many different therapists, our hours are very flexible. Some of our therapists see clients on evenings and weekends. Others are available in the morning and afternoon. Please call intake at 303-756-9052 x127 to determine which therapists fit both your schedule and your needs. Intake hours are: Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm Friday: 9 am – 4 pm If you do not reach a person immediately, please leave a message as the Intake Counselors may be on the phone with someone else when you call.

Where are you located?

We are located at 1355 S. Colorado Blvd. in the Empire Park complex approximately 1 mile north of I-25. Empire Park is on the Southwest corner of Colorado and Louisiana. Look for three tall white buildings. We are on the lobby level of the middle building, suite C-100.

Is parking available? Are you near a bus route?

Yes and yes. We have free two-hour parking (more than enough time for a session) in the parking lot directly behind us. We are also 100 feet from a stop on the #40 bus route.

Are you taking new clients?

Depending on the time of year, we have between 30 and 55 therapists. This means that we are virtually always accepting new clients. Learn how  to choose the right therapist for you.

Who do you provide counseling for?

  • Children of all ages
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors

How do I choose which therapist to see?

That is a very good question! There are a maze of acronyms and specialties, and it can be very hard to understand who might be the right fit for you and your needs. We offer two ways of assisting you in finding a therapist:

  • Take a look at The Therapist Group Directory
  • Contact our Intake Department

Get more information about these options. If you have been referred to a specific therapist or see one on our site that looks like a great fit for you, please feel free to contact them directly.

How much does a session cost?

A full fee counseling session is $125. However, most therapists have a sliding scale. Additionally, individual therapists work with a variety of different insurance providers. Our intake department has information on those details for each therapist and can help you navigate your choices with session cost in mind.

Do you treat clients with drug and alcohol problems?

Yes. We have several therapists who are skilled in working with these issues. In addition, our New Directions program provides ADAD-approved Drug and Alcohol Education and Therapy. Learn more about addiction counseling.

Do you work with gay and lesbian clients?

We have several therapists who work primarily with LGBT individuals, couples, and families. We embrace and honor diversity in all its forms.

Do you do any evaluations?

Several of our therapists do evaluations. They offer:

  •   Alcohol and Drug Evaluations
  •   Child Evaluations
  •   Mental Health Evaluations

I am calling for my child. How do I go about starting therapy?

We have therapists who specialize in working with the unique needs of children and adolescents. Let our intake counselors know the details about your child and the issues involved and they will be able to evaluate your needs and find the best fit.

I am concerned for an adult friend or family member. How can I help them and facilitate this process?

The key is getting them to talk to us. We can provide information to you, but therapy is a process that needs participation from the client. When they call in, we will help them explore their options and get started.

Do I have to be a Denver resident to receive counseling?

No. Our clients come from all over the Front Range, and our programs do not require you to be a Denver resident.

Habla Espanol?

Si, en el centro de Maria Droste, tenemos cuatro terapistas habla espanol. Por favor, marque 303-756-9052 y pregunta a extensión uno nuevo dos.

Who are the therapists at Maria Droste Counseling Center?

Maria Droste Counseling Center is the collaboration of a non-profit organization and a group of independent practitioners in The Therapist Group, both with a passion for serving the community. We provide access to mental health care for the underserved and are a training institute for psychotherapists. The 27 therapists in The Therapist Group:

  •   Are a diverse group of highly trained and skilled individuals
  •   Provide a full range of mental health care for all types of clients in our community
  •   Accept private insurance, Medicare, full-fee, and sliding scale clients
  •   Serve both private clients and those who are referred through the non-profit agency

What is the mission of Maria Droste Counseling Center?

Maria Droste Counseling Center has been formed out of the understanding that people need access to counseling regardless of their ability to pay. We are committed to serving others with enthusiasm, empathy, and humility as we assist in creating a place of peace, love, and harmony within others, ourselves, and our community. We embrace and honor diversity in all its forms.

I’ve heard that you are a training institution. Is this true?

We have an internship training program attracting students from six universities. Each year, Maria Droste Counseling Center trains 25 Master’s and Doctoral students who serve in our community programs. Our internship program has achieved an excellent reputation in the community. Learn more about interning with us.

 

Therapy Specific Questions

Therapy Specific Questions

What kind of problems do children experience?

Children often face unique challenges, particularly in difficult situations such as a divorce, death of a loved one, or something as simple as a move. Without the benefit of context and perspective provided by experience, children can find these situations even more challenging than adults. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and disorders stemming from losing things they care about. Some children have also been powerless in the face of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, which itself creates extremely destructive patterns. Maria Droste Counseling Center has many programs which can help children in our community. Several members of our practice, The Therapist Group, actively specialize in working with children and adolescents. Beyond capabilities at our center, we also provide counselors for elementary aged children on-site at 21 local schools. With on-going trainings in how to work with and help children, Maria Droste has been able to make huge differences in children’s lives.

I have never been to a therapy session before. What exactly am I getting into? Am I going to lie on a couch and talk about my mother? Get hypnotized? Talk to a teddy bear? Cry?

Therapy is a very personal thing, and there are literally dozens of techniques. Additionally, each of our therapists has their own unique style, and they look at you as a person, not something to which a formula must be applied. In short, your therapy may or may not be what you initially expect. Our therapists come from many different backgrounds, and they embrace dozens of different techniques developed over decades of psychological study. No matter which therapist you see or what kind of techniques they use, your therapy will be focused on you and your needs.

How does a therapist work with children?

Our therapists have a wide range of techniques focused on helping children. They work closely with parents and employ techniques such as solution-focused therapy, behavior therapy, play therapy, and sandplay as well as many others. One of our best tools is the experience of our practitioners. Some members of The Therapist Group have decades of experience working with children and share that expertise with our in-school counselors through our supervision program.

What problems do adolescents struggle with?

It’s no secret that the adolescent years are inherently difficult for many of us. They frequently give rise to their own unique challenges that can differ from those affecting children. Excessive stress, anxiety, and depression are possible, but adolescents can also face drug and alcohol related problems, eating disorders, peer pressure, anger, and others. We have therapists who specialize in working with adolescents and teens and use a number of different approaches.

What kinds of therapies do you use with adolescents or adults?

We have therapists who specialize in a variety of treatment approaches. They range from decades-old therapies to more contemporary approaches. It’s also important to know that every therapist has his or her own individual style and is not chained to any one technique. The interaction between client and therapist is just as important as the specific technique employed.

I know someone who was sexually abused as a child. Can you help?

Some of our therapists specialize in working with victims of trauma and abuse, including adults who have a past history of abuse. The key is getting the person to contact us. Our intake counselors are knowledgeable about the specializations of our different practitioners. They also know some of the important details such as availability. Learn about choosing a therapist and contacting intake.

What are the most common reasons couples seek counseling?

Many couples simply want some impartial input on difficulties in their relationships. Others are struggling to communicate effectively. Outside factors such as financial stress can make problems more severe.  Difficulties with intimacy, differences in parenting styles, and family issues are all common reasons for couples to seek counseling. Learn more about relationships and common reasons couples seek counseling.

Why might a family need counseling?

Many families seek counseling when they are dealing with custody battles, divorce, death, addiction, illness, and adoption as well as many other things. Learn more about counseling for families and children.

What other kinds of issues do you help with?

Our therapists work with a large variety of concerns, including:

There are as many different reasons to seek counseling as there are people in the world. Each of our clients has their own unique goals and struggles. We provide support and guidance based on you.

 

Donation and Volunteering Questions

Donation and Volunteering Questions

How can I help support your mission?

Let us address your place of employment or organization. We work to raise awareness of mental health issues, and we are also part of Community Shares, a payroll donation program for Colorado’s non-profit organizations. If you are interested in having someone speak to a group, please contact Cassi Ricks.

How will my monetary donation to Maria Droste Counseling Center be used?

Donations allow us to provide mental health services to low-income clients in the following programs:

  •  Children First Program: counseling services on-site in 21 Denver area schools. You can now buy a share of our Children First Program by donating $1 a day, or $30 a month.
  •   Options Program: full-range of counseling services for low income individuals and families.

Learn more about making a donation.

Can I work with Maria herself?

Maria Droste Counseling Center was named after a Sister of the Good Shepherd from the 1800s who believed that all people deserved to be treated with compassion and respect. Maria Droste died in 1899 at the age of 36 after dedicating her life to working with emotionally troubled women and children in Oporto, Portugal. Her example of compassion and action is the inspiration behind our mission.