Are you struggling with feelings of sadness or anxiety?  Is it hard to get out of bed and start the day?  Have you felt overwhelmed, and find it difficult to identify why?

man sitting alone in coffee shopDo others see you as strong, successful, and confident, while at the same time you don’t feel this way on the inside?  Have you struggled to talk with your loved ones about what is going on for you?

Are you are struggling in a relationship right now and are not sure which direction to go?  Perhaps you don’t feel connected to this person, you struggle with communication, or just find yourself wondering if you are a good fit for each other.  Maybe you currently in a relationship that is abusive/violent, and feel ambivalent about whether to stay or go, and perhaps either choice scares you?

Are you an adult who experienced childhood abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; neglect), and are struggling with reconciling this part of your past?

Are you an adult adoptee and find yourself struggling with issues related to identity, relationships, your adoptive family, and/or your birth family?

Do you find yourself confused about the direction of your life, or with the existential questions, ‘Who am I and why am I here?’

The important thing to remember is this:  there is hope.  You can find answers to your questions, a sense of inner peace/calm, an idea about the direction of your life and about the direction of your relationships.  If you are feeling stuck, I can help you.  Seeing a counselor for individual therapy can help to relieve some of this stress and overwhelm and help you find that sense of hope, direction, and inner peace that you have been searching for.

The second-most important thing to remember is:  many people have been through what you are experiencing and have felt similar things as you – you are not alone, and I can support you.  I have supported people on their life path in individual therapy with the above-mentioned life issues and struggles.

woman sitting alone on staircaseYou may have several hesitations about seeing an individual counselor.  Perhaps you feel skeptical about the help and support therapy can provide.  Maybe you have been to a counselor before and felt judged, dismissed, or like you did not get any feedback from that therapist.  When people come to see me in individual therapy, I strive to understand their unique experience without judgment, and in doing so, to gain an in-depth appreciation of their hopes/goals for Individual counseling.  While I am nurturing and caring in my relationships with clients, I am also someone who wishes to engage with you in a collaborative exploration of your experiences and struggles and support you in identifying steps you want to take in your life.

Maybe you have never been to an individual counselor and you are not sure how it can help you.  Individual counseling is intended to be a confidential, safe, and open environment, in which a person can share about themselves, their lives, and their inner worlds.  Individual counseling usually starts with an introduction to the parameters/boundaries of therapy and the therapeutic relationship.  Additionally, in your first session, I will also aim to learn about you in an in-depth way – asking you questions about why you are coming to counseling, learning about your background, and identifying areas of struggle and strength.

I will also aim to understand how I can be helpful to you, and we will collaboratively create therapy goals so that we both have an understanding of the purpose of our time together.  By the end of the first session, my hope is to have this understanding of you and your goals and to make a recommendation about how to best move forward together in counseling (e.g., how often to meet, book recommendations, ideas for ‘homework’ between sessions, and anticipated length of counseling).

woman looking out of rainy windowAfter this, each session will be spent pursuing the goals you set for Individual counseling, and may include things like a follow-up and bridge from the last session, checking-in about current events/issues in your life, and asking you about topics you would like to discuss for the present session.  We will begin to look more deeply at your areas of concern, possibly identifying patterns in your life, and brainstorming ideas for moving forward or coping differently in your life.  We will also look back on your strengths to find ways to leverage these strengths to meet your goals.

Additionally, because I value your time commitment to counseling, I will be periodically checking in with you to make sure that your needs are being met during our time together – what you are liking and what you would like to go differently.  After time, we may find that your goals are being met and we need to meet less often.  Perhaps we then start meeting every other week or every three weeks, for example.  Usually, the client and myself will have a conversation about an appropriate stopping point and plan a termination session in which we will identify areas of progress, ways to sustain progress, and wish each other well.

“Having worked with Aleisha for the past 7 years as a fellow colleague, I can attest that she is an amazing therapist and person. Her calm, kind and nonjudgmental manner creates a safe environment for her clients and couples. She is brilliant in her ideas and the interventions that she uses to help clients grow as individuals or as a couple. I would highly recommend Aleisha to any of my friends or family…she’s that wonderful!” – Janelle Washburne, LCSW, CST


As my other pages have alluded to, there are many therapists in the Denver Metro area – why choose Aleisha Maunu, MA LMFT LAC?  Others have given me feedback that I am an empathic/caring individual who strives to understand each person’s unique needs without judgment.  I don’t assume to know the answers, but I do have trust in the therapeutic relationship that, together, we will figure out whatever is burdening you and identify steps you would like to take in your life.

I am here to help and support you.  I invite you to call me at 303-727-0291 or contact me here and we can set up a free 15-min phone consultation to discuss the possibility of beginning your therapeutic journey.