Abuse and Trauma
Core Sense of Self
Kathleen Koelsch, LPCC
we are like stained glass
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
During the creation of stained glass windows, fragments of glass are colored by the addition of salt (metallic), as are the aspects of one’s life exalted by living in the light of hope and peace. When the storms rage, the panes of glass are secured by an iron frame and strips of lead, much like the heart of an individual, when tethered to truth, love, and grace in the face of the inherent trials and tribulations of life.
Walking through the hurt and pain of one’s personal story, when done in a safe-space and in the witness of another, provides an opportunity for authentic human connection and restorative healing to take place. Similar to gathering and piecing together shards of stained glass, the process of exploring an individual’s story necessitates providential care and prudence, while moving towards the restoration of exquisite beauty and integration.
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Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate #0015187
MA Counseling, 2016, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
BA Government, 2008, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
My Approach to Counseling
My approach is integrative in nature, with a foundational theoretical orientation grounded in attachment and humanistic psychologies, centered on relationship. For it is in relationship with God, self, and others that we have come to internalize who we are, as well as continue to disconnect from or reconcile the person for whom we were created to be.
Who Am I? What is My Narrative?
I am a Christ-follower, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and advocate for those whom I am honored to walk alongside on the path towards healing and restoration.
A native of Michigan, and a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and Colorado Christian University, I have resided in Colorado for nearly a decade with my husband and daughter. In addition to exploring the surrounding natural beauty, I enjoy spending time with loved ones, listening to live music, reading, traveling, working out and taking long walks with my family’s beloved dog.
After spending a number of years in the financial industry, I came to realize my passion is working with individuals on a deeper and more profound level, in a sacred space centered on cherishing and integrating the joys and sorrows of personally created and inherited stories. My work with clients focuses on emotional distress, relationship issues, and spiritual conflict. I also support individuals struggling with their core sense-of-self, grief, and loss of desire and pleasure.