Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Bouffard, LCSW, CYT.
Brittany, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Becoming a therapist starts most with who you are. I have helped people heal for more than a decade and the path continues to unfold as an evolution of story– mine and my clients’. I started with an innate nature of listening, the desire to sit with someone else in pain and went from there. Long time ago, my career emerged from a journalism degree, reporting on people’s stories, to quickly realizing that most fulfilling to me was traveling further with people, supporting them to transform difficulties into thriving lives they couldn’t have predicted. So, I embraced my empathic nature and social justice values, along with some humor and wisdom, to become a licensed psychotherapist– and yoga teacher along the way.
Many of my professional & millennial clients talk with me about difficult childhood or family experiences, stress & anxiety, trauma, and grief. Understandably then, people ask me how I can hear about difficult life experiences so often, as though those are to be escaped and not part of a happy life. When the secret is exactly the opposite! I’ve always seen difficulty or pain as very wise indicators that we need more: more reflection, more self-awareness, more support, more saying no, or more self-care. Yet constantly we– the compassionate, empathic folx especially– ignore personal needs, making words and feelings palatable for social spaces, leaving out the tough stuff. To be alongside a client, brave enough to attend to the tough stuff and awakening to who they truly want to be, is one of the most courageous things anyone can do and I gratefully get to assist. The life changing work of therapy brings into light where we feel stuck: recognizing the patterns and reasons why they’re there; making brand new connections that fills life with expansion; setting the right boundary with a parent that changes everything; or learning to befriend those universal feelings of anxiety and stress.
Has it been a smooth road?
Being a therapist in the most basic conceptualization means knowing psychology and interventions. But being the kind of therapist who helps people revolutionize their lives and relationships requires knowing yourself first, and deeply. We clinicians have hiked our own journeys through the struggles in order to be a bastion for helping hold strength for clients through anything. Knowing myself to the extent that I do affects every single aspect of my vast, worthy life and is the most important thing I have ever done, for myself and my clients. My growing as an insightful human and professional is never done!
I believe you know yourself better than anyone can. We call therapy work for all the right reasons. Acknowledging what hurts or feels shaky or empty you might have been taught is weakness, but it’s the bravest who step into the fullness of life, meeting both its shadows along with its brightness. In finding all of this, you start to learn too that just by being you are perfectly enough. No easy task but it’s more worth it than you could imagine.
We’d love to hear more about your practice.
My psychotherapy private practice is built upon 10+ years helping hundreds and hundreds of clients find themselves, find space to breathe, a love of who they are, the relationships they want, and relief from hurt. I am so proud of this legacy, with history working at three universities to nonprofits on three continents and now my practice.
I specialize in showing authentic professionals and millennials who feel deeply the ways to work with less stress, navigate difficult family members, and create the relationships or dating lives they deserve with more self-assuredness. My clients are authentic in that they’re spectacular at their jobs, empathic to their friends, and often need to learn to prioritize themselves and practice real self-care. If you support everyone else, recognizing your own needs frees you from the frustration and depletion of unbalance. When a parent always makes family harmony impossible, you deserve to learn the strategic ways of using your voice to make boundaries. If you feel lost in your relationship or in the jungle of dating, discovering your attachment patterns and deeper needs pave the way to healthfully getting what you want. A hugely important part of my practice is helping clients see their worth by together shedding light on those old beliefs that said at some point they weren’t good enough, then helping change that story.
In my practice in Berkeley’s Tennyson Street neighborhood, I get to live out my values of social justice by serving an array of clientele who feel a good fit with my warm personality. I have additional specialty in serving marginalized individuals including clients of color, in LGBTQ+ communities, and current and former refugees, since I previously lived and worked in the Middle East and East Africa.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Denver is a beautiful place for what I do and the people who work with me. There are countless authentic professionals in education, medicine, nonprofit, tech, aviation, and startups, seeking to make a helpful impact in our world and city. The bigness of dating in Denver, the stress of long work hours, or balancing relationships lead a lot of great people to (rightly so) feel overwhelmed by it all. Talking it out in therapy can be one of the biggest natural boosts to productivity as well as your personal life. Thanks to teletherapy and flexible schedules, there is always a solution to finding time for therapy. Denver’s incredible helping professionals, while they support everyone else, deserve the gift of supporting who needs it first– themselves.
- $180/individual session; sliding/ alternative fees available for refugees or temporary hardship
- Address: 4170 Tennyson Street, Suite 4
Denver, CO 80212
- Website: www.BrittanyBouffard.com
- Phone: 720-432-4474
- Email: BouffardPsychotherapy@gmail.com
- Instagram: @authenticprofessionalstherapy
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrittanyBouffardTherapy/
- Other: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/brittany-bouffard-denver-co/365853
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