Maureen Malcolm, MA, LPCC
Working with people to overcome obstacles and find joy in life is truly important to me. I found my way to the counseling profession after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in business administration. I was working in a doctor's office as a front office manager and volunteering at a local safe house for women and their children escaping intimate partner violence. This volunteer work allowed me to work closely with clients struggling with many types of issues and to see life from his or her viewpoint. I soon realized I wanted to dedicate my life’s work to improving the well-being of others. I returned to school for an MA in counseling from Regis University, a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
At the Regis University counseling lab, I took great pleasure in working with couples, families, and individuals struggling with personal relationships. While there are many difficulties to face in life, they all seem that much harder when people feel alone. When a relationship doesn't function in a healthy and loving way, that loneliness can feel even more pronounced. Rediscovering the happiness within close relationships builds a stable platform on which to experience the rest of life's difficulties and celebrations.
Early in my career, I had the chance to work at Judi's House, a grief center for children and their families. In this position, I practiced in a researched-based grief treatment modality, counseling adults and children 3 years and older. The death of a loved one is extremely difficult, and I developed a deep sense of respect and admiration for those hoping to heal in such a dark time. My work with families continued at Griffith Centers for Children, where I helped people struggling to find balance in their homes and parents wanting to enhance their parenting skills.
Today, working in a private practice environment, I pull from all of my former experiences to support the growth of each of my clients. I have developed a specific interest in issues related to chronic illness. Through my own experience with this type of struggle, I find that high levels of stress can greatly exacerbate physical illnesses. Discovering ways to manage stress and create a calm environment are highly important, and seeing clients find new ways to thrive is extremely rewarding.
As a private practitioner, I approach therapy through a phenomenological lens. This framework tends to include humanism, existentialism, gestalt, narrative, and some cognitive approaches. Instead of searching for a way to analyze my clients, I work to enter my client’s world and understand it. I recognize how difficult it is to begin the therapeutic process and admire the bravery of each and every client who comes through my doors. Please reach out with any questions!