Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) — since 1989

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Dana Leigh Charatan, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dana L. Charatan, PsyD, PC
100 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 8
Boulder, Colorado 80302
phone: 303-818-6144
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Therapist Information

Therapist Gender: FemaleYears in Practice: 5
Licensure or Registration: Licensed PsychologistNumber: 3695
State: COFee Range:

Client Focus

Mode of Therapy: Individual, Couple
Age Specialty: AllClient Gender: All
Client Sexual Orientation: AllEthnicity: All

Specialty Areas

Trauma/PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress)
Bipolar/Manic Depressive Disorder
Eating Disorders
Body Image Disorders
Anxiety or Fears
Shyness or Social Phobia
Relationship & Marital Issues
Life Transitions
Grief or Loss
Personal Growth
Teen Issues
Dissociative Disorders

Treatment Approaches

Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
Psychodynamic Therapy
Self Psychology

Many people struggle with the various stressors that life places upon us. We learn to cope with distressing situations in a variety of ways, some of them constructive and beneficial, and some of them less so. Often, people come to therapy because they have become "stuck" in rigid, inflexible patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving, and relating. Sometimes people choose to enter therapy in order to gain a better awareness of themselves and the ways in which they enter relationships or circumstances that are less than rewarding. Psychotherapy can help individuals struggling with a variety of difficulties to feel better about themselves, their relationships, and clarify their life goals and desires.

Therapy sessions are 45 minutes in length. Shorter or longer sessions can be scheduled on an as-needed basis. The frequency of our sessions is up to you. Most people prefer to be seen weekly, as meeting regularly enhances our ability to get to know each other and facilitates a supportive and trusting environment more quickly. Some people prefer to come to therapy more than once a week. This type of therapy is often referred to as "psychodynamic" or "psychoanalytic" therapy, in that it is more intense, tends to focus on bringing unconscious material into conscious awareness, and focuses on the therapeutic relationship as a microcosm of the way in which a person relates to others in his or her life. No matter what frequency you choose to be seen, this way of working is my preference. I believe that progress in therapy occurs through a combination of feeling support and empathy from your therapist, which allows you to discover patterns of relating to yourself and others that were perhaps useful in the past but now seem to get in the way. Through our experience of each other and our work together, my goals are to help you to learn new ways of relating to your world and have more flexibility in how you respond to your environment.

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