Emily O'Rourke-Mills, LMFT
Emily believes that healing is revolutionary. The act of coming to therapy and telling the truth of your life is a gift, and she is honored to witness folks on that path. She also believes wholeheartedly in the power of relationships, and that therapy is a safe (but not always comfortable) place to examine the ways relationships may not be serving those who see her for therapy and to celebrate the ways they are.
Emily’s goal is to empower the people with whom she works to examine the things that are uncomfortable or hidden, like an unhealthy relationship with alcohol or other drugs, a history of trauma, feeling disconnected from themselves or others, or a sense of imbalance with work. Her clients may be struggling with depression, anxiety, body image difficulties or other symptoms.
She pulls from an eclectic toolbox when working with clients; from somatic awareness, to mindfulness exercises, DBT, CBT, narrative therapy, spiritual exploration, and feminist therapy. Emily specializes in working with the LGBT+ community, new parents or parents-to-be, couples, and first responders, and her clients are primarily those who are over age 18.
A Colorado native, Emily received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master’s degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Emily has worked in a variety of settings, and in addition to her work with clients, Emily is a clinical supervisor and teaches at the University of Denver and Denver Family Institute.
Carter Holmes, LPCC
Carter's primary intention is for his clients to achieve meaningful change and connection in their lives. His hope is that they may find joy and fulfillment in ways that may have been missing.
Carter is skilled in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and self esteem issues, as well as life transitions and career changes. His approach to treatment is strongly influenced by the needs of each individual and Carter feels drawn to exploring the nuanced impacts of his clients' life circumstances, environment, and upbringing.
Carter brings an emphasis on each client's unique worldview to the therapeutic relationship and utilizes a person-centered approach with mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral skills, and other interventions based on the individual's needs. Carter's clients tend to be college students and other adults, some of whom are looking to explore relationship dynamics. He has a passion for working with the LGBTQIA+ community among other diverse populations.
Carter received his Master’s degree in Counseling and Career Development with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado State University. His training and experience enable him to treat a wide range of adult mental health concerns in individual and group therapy settings.
Lauren Stanley, LCSW
Lauren believes relationships are fundamental to our ability to thrive as human beings. As such, she feels it's within trusting and secure relationships that we heal from past wounds and learn new ways of coping with life's difficulties.
Lauren favors long-term therapeutic work and brings to therapy the prospect of processing existential concerns, some of which may be unconscious. She has extensive formal training in psychodynamic therapy and is also trained in dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and family systems therapy.
Lauren believes we each possess the capacity for meaningful growth and connection, and that it's not always possible to know how much lighter we can feel until some of the weight is lifted. Lauren's specialty areas include substance use/dual diagnosis, complex grief, and existential conflicts such as those surrounding meaning and purpose, freedom, death, self-concept and identity.
Lauren completed her graduate education and a post-graduate fellowship in Houston where she spent several years with an intensive outpatient program treating clients struggling with substance use disorders and process addictions. In Colorado, she served as clinical director of a statewide organization and now divides her time between clinical work and supporting Four Points as Executive Director.