Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nicole Gurash.
Dr. Gurash, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have been working with the neurodivergent community in some capacity for almost 20 years now. In 1999, living in Vail, I started my career as a special education preschool and kindergarten teacher. Then for some time, I was a stay-at-home mom while I earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and did a Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, both from CU Denver. When my youngest son was diagnosed with autism spectrum, it was then that I realized how very few autism-related services were available to children and families living in the mountains. At this time, I became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), was living in Eagle County and started providing services to children and families with autism spectrum and behavioral challenges.
I started my private practice in 2013 which was originally named ABC Behavioral Services. Through my work as a BCBA in private practice and as a school consultant, I quickly realized I wanted to address the missing piece of supporting the mental health needs of neurodivergent individuals. I pursued a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.), and my dissertation focused on autism and anxiety using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a treatment approach. During my doctoral studies in 2016, I moved to Denver and rebranded my private practice to serve the mental health and behavioral needs of the neurodiverse Denver community with an affirming and trauma-informed approach to treatment. Since I identify as a lifelong learner, it also became clear to me that I wanted to better understand the relational therapy needs of my clients, so I pursued a Post-Doctoral Internship with Denver Family Institute and became a Licensed & Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) earlier this year.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I had a big life transition in 2016, so moving an already thriving private practice from the mountains to Denver while in a doctoral program and essentially starting over was not entirely the easiest process. There were some bumps along the way, but I was able to build a strong network of like-minded professionals and amazing colleagues I also consider dear friends. This opportunity to start over essentially allowed me some room to explore new directions with my private practice. I re-shifted to focus on providing mental health services that are also neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My private practice Spectrum Connections Therapy is located in Lone Tree, CO. and we are passionate about supporting individuals, couples, and families living with autism spectrum, trauma, OCD, ADHD, and anxiety. For couples in neurodiverse partnerships, I am level 3 trained in Gottman Method which is an evidence-based treatment approach for improving relationships. For trauma, I am EMDR trained and pursuing certification. For OCD treatment, we use Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) which is the Gold Standard Treatment for OCD. At Spectrum Connections, we only use evidence-based therapy approaches that are proven to be effective over decades of research. In addition, we are strengths-focused and pull from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy & Internal Family Systems to support the unique needs of our clients while individualizing each person’s therapy experience. I always say it’s our number one goal to work ourselves out of a job. And I am probably most proud of our neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed approach to treatment. We truly love our neurodiverse community in Denver and feel so lucky to be able to do this work to help our clients thrive and live their best lives authentically and intentionally.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
At Spectrum Connections Therapy, teamwork is always our goal. With our client’s permission, we will collaborate with doctors, teachers, therapists, coaches, and anyone involved in your or your child’s care to ensure we are all working together to promote treatment success.
- Dr. Gurash: $180/45-minute session
- Master’s Level Clinicians: $150/45-minute session
- Parent Coaching: $130/45-minute session
- Website: https://spectrumconnecttherapy.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spectrum.connections.therapy/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drgurash
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/drnicolegurash