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Meet Nicole Gurash of ABC Behavioral Services in Lone Tree

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Gurash.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nicole. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I lived in Eagle County for 18 years and recently relocated to South Denver. I started my professional career working as a preschool special education teacher in the Vail Valley. Then I took some time to be a mom while pursuing a Master’s Degree at UC Denver. As I started navigating through life as a parent of a child with special needs, I became aware that there was a need for more supports for those families and individuals living with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disorders and other disabilities. I decided after completing my Masters in Early Childhood Special Education to purse coursework and fieldwork towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through CU Denver’s BCBA program.

Following this, I opened my therapy private practice in Eagle County in 2013 and began serving families directly in the mountains as well as remotely through telehealth services. I received my fieldwork supervision hours under the guidance of a clinical psychologist. It was through this invaluable learning experience, I decided I wanted to learn more to support the emotional needs of my clients. As a result, I pursued a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and was awarded a Psy.D. degree in 2018. After a recent move to South Denver, I relocated my private practice to Lone Tree. I am thrilled to be now serving families in the South Denver communities and my specialties include anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, challenging behaviors, social-emotional concerns & special needs parenting.​ I absolutely love what I do and am honored to be able to support my clients.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The idea of moving my already established private practice from a small mountain community to the city while essentially starting over with life as I knew it was pretty overwhelming. I quickly realized I didn’t have any established contacts or referral sources. It was clear I needed to get out of my comfort zone and start telling people about the services I can offer. With some intentional reflection, I redesigned my private practice to further hone into my therapy niche. Through this process, I have also been making new connections with others in the community. While doing so, I have been able to create a wonderful network of other providers that I can refer to as well. This has been an invaluable result of this business journey.

ABC Behavioral Services – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I believe children, adolescents and teens should be seen for who they are as unique individuals- not as a disability or a label. What they want and need more than anything is a sense of safety through consistency and authentic connections. My therapy approach has been described as responsive, genuine, and enjoyable. Sessions are action-oriented and solutions focused. Together, we will create attainable goals, develop coping skills, and problem-solve together.

​I offer a broad range of evidence-based therapy approaches to treatment (cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavior analysis therapy, mindfulness skills/stress reduction and acceptance & commitment therapy). I have tremendous success using everyday activities to build rapport while tapping into a child’s strengths to facilitate learning and growth. Session are engaging, fun, and interactive, building on social skills, self-esteem, communication skills, flexibility, perspective-taking and emotional regulation skills. Age and developmentally appropriate sessions incorporate experiential activities as therapeutic tools. It is always my goal to bring compassion, kindness, and a bit of humor to each of our visits. Parents are a part of every session and leave with tips and tools to practice at home in between our times together. With my integration of mindfulness skills, we start and end our sessions with the intention of feeling grounded, present, and informed.

What Makes My Approach Unique?

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education (with a focus in Special Education). Essentially, this means I have been working in this area for a long time and I get the “big picture”. I am able to pull all of this knowledge, experience, and specialized training in psychology, applied behavior analysis, and special education to tailor a plan that is best for you and your child.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Great question! I always tell families in our first meeting, “my goal is to work myself out of a job”. Essentially, this means that when families and their children are leading more fulfilling lives then my job is done! In the first meeting, we start identifying goals and outcomes for the therapy process. Once we meet those goals and they are sustained outside of sessions in the real world (e.g., school, home and community life) then we start the process of transitioning out of therapy services.

As a therapist, this is why we get into this work and it truly is the most rewarding career I could have ever imagined for myself. I tell my own children all the time, “find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” I am grateful beyond measure to be able to serve the families and children I work with.

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