When we meet, I’ll be asking a lot about you, so I would love to share some insight into who I am, where I come from and what sort of credentials and experience I have.
I am proud to say that I am a second generation psychotherapist. Growing up in a home with a parent as a therapist showed me how fulfilling this challenging work can be. However, as a child I was more focused on baseball and skiing. As I became a young adult I felt the calling to do my part to heal the world and improve the lives of others. This calling lead me first to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. After I graduated college I worked in a group home for children in Jackson, Wyoming where I was exposed to social work first hand. This motivated me to pursue my masters in Social Work and I quickly realized that psychotherapy was my calling and I completed my masters as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I was drawn to how powerful psychotherapy can be in improving the lives of others. In my introductory internship I saw first hand how the therapeutic relationship can transform suffering into a healthy, productive life.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist is witnessing my clients change their lives for the better. In therapy I have seen clients make changes by giving their lives a narrative and making sense of what has happened and seeing the future as having endless possibilities. I have also seen my clients take the tools and skills that they learn in therapy to better cope with the ups and downs of life. One therapy that I am particularly excited about is EMDR. Through the use of EMDR, my clients have effectively and efficiently resolved past trauma, which has enabled them to go to live happier and more fulfilled lives. EMDR is also a powerful therapy that can reduce anxiety and depression, treat erectile dysfunction and improve athletic performance. I am a certified EMDR therapist which means I have completed advanced EMDR training. In addition, I am an EMDR consultant in training.
The most fascinating aspect of my practice is learning and understanding the unique strengths and challenges my clients have. We all have a story to tell. A big part of therapy is telling your story and making meaning from it. Another fascinating aspect of my practice is the lifelong learning that is part of being a therapist. I always have at least one therapy book I am reading at a time.
In my practice, I focus on helping men with emotional trauma and coping. The modern American man is in a difficult spot these days. He is expected to publicly display a persona of masculinity, often expressed through aggression, power, and control of himself and his surroundings. Signs of vulnerability are not acceptable, often leaving men trapped to face their problems quietly and alone. Privately, men are often asked by their family and partners to display conflicting characteristics, which includes vulnerability and articulation of emotion in order to engage in intimate and meaningful relationships. The conflict between public and private expectations can be incredibly challenging, particularly in today’s society where a man’s role is constantly changing. It is confusing and disorienting time to be a man!
Given the expectations for men in popular culture, it comes as no surprise that there is a stigma related to men’s mental health and psychotherapy. However, if we as men are to have meaningful relationships with others it is important that we redefine what it means to be a man. In therapy we can explore what it means to be a man in today’s world. Does power come from aggression and control or does it come from self-knowledge, awareness and connections with others?
We are in the Golden Age of psychotherapy. We know from decades of research that therapy is effective in treating most common mental health disorders – with few side effects. In addition, the positive effects of therapy last long after treatment is completed. Therefore, the industry will expand and grow. However, as therapist it is vital that we work to reduce the stigma of mental illness and psychotherapy, particularly among men.
In the therapy room I am an active listener and participant in the therapeutic relationship. I will never shame you, put you down or discourage you in the road to healing. However, I will gently and patiently challenge you. Psychotherapy is about the most important thing in the world: you. Therefore, it is important we get down to the hard work ahead.
Stephen Rodgers Counseling specializes in therapy for young and adult men, EDMR therapy in Denver, Colorado. Our office is conveniently located in Cherry Creek.
Give me a call today at 720-295-4233.
720-295-4233 | 50 South Steele St #950, Denver, CO 80206