Judith Spendelow, MSW, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

To start your journey of growth, please email me at judith@relationalhealing.org or call me at 303.907.4294

Practice Philosophy:

I believe that we are conceived and born as love-filled, zesty human beings, with an innate sense of our own goodness, joy, curiosity, connection to others, and capacity for competence and growth. Negative life experiences tend to bury our awareness of these positive qualities, leaving us disconnected from ourselves and others, perhaps depressed and anxious, feeling incompetent, unloved or unloving, or even traumatized.

 

As a holistic, psychospiritual therapist, I help people reclaim their inherent nature, integrating mind, body and spirit into a more whole sense of self. I work with individuals, couples, and families to promote self-understanding, behavioral changes, and deepened intimacy, so as to create better balance and harmony in their lives. In our work, at various times, I will be your therapist/counselor/coach/educator/(and occasionally confronter), moving among the various roles as needed. I utilize and integrate techniques from various modalities, as noted in the “Education and Training” section below.  Since much of the healing work is done during the course of our daily lives, outside activities (“homework assignments”) are often suggested to support our in-session work and to assist in faster goal accomplishment.

 

In my relationship sessions, I practice “Encounter-Centered Relational Healing,” modeled strongly on the Encounter-centered Couples Therapy approach of Hedy Schleifer, MA, of the Tikkun Learning Center. Our “Magic of Connection” workshops for couples are based on this model. I also draw upon the philosophies and techniques of Terrence Real (“The New Rules of Marriage”) and Harville Hendrix (“Getting the Love You Want”).

 

My warmth, intuition, and humor create a safe and relaxed environment, both in workshops and in my office. I truly enjoy laughing with my clients.

 

Personal:

On a personal basis, I have been married to my DCRH colleague Michael Misgen since June, 1990. Together, we are deepening our relationship daily by practicing the paradigm of living an “Encounter-Centered” life! We also enjoy time for family (three “kids,” seven grandkids), folk music and dance, biking the Highline Canal, and relaxing in our precious Colorado mountains and by whatever water ~ creek sides, riverbanks, lakes, and ocean beaches ~ we encounter!

 

Education and Training:

I hold clinical degrees in social work (MSW) and psychology (PsyD) from the University of Denver, and a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry in Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Seminary. In 2014, I completed Hedy Schleifer’s three-year Master Class, utilizing concepts of “Encounter-centered Couples Therapy," at the Tikkun Learning Center. I am a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, am fully trained as a Relational Life Therapist with Terry Real’s Relational Life Institute, and use the Prepare/Enrich program for pre-marital counseling. Additionally, I am certified in EMDR for trauma reduction, am a trained PSYCH-K® Facilitator for changing dysfunctional beliefs at the level of the unconscious, and utilize EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to better assist my clients with emotional release.

 

Professional Experience:

After graduating with my PsyD in 1996, I joined the staff of Denver’s Samaritan Counseling Center, which later became CENTUS Counseling, Consulting and Education. I became Clinical Director at SCC/CENTUS in 2002, and held that position for 5 years. Other past training includes a year with Denver’s Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, where I facilitated healing for victims of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

 

I joined the Relationship Resource Center in 2004, and entered full-time private practice as an affiliate with the RRC in January, 2008. In 2014, Mike and I left RRC to launch the Denver Center for Relational Healing.

 

With my husband and DRHC colleague, Mike Misgen, I designed and co-facilitate the "The Magic of Connection" workshop for committed couples.

 

I provide therapeutic and coaching services on a private self-pay basis. I am also on a number of insurance panels.

 

 

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