Getting started is as easy as contacting me at (720) 446-6082 to set up a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation. I consider this consultation to be a very important part of getting to know you, and the purpose of the consultation is to determine if we would be a good fit for each other. I encourage and welcome you to ask questions about me and the therapeutic process, as I believe that one of the most important aspects of therapy is the client/therapist relationship.
If it is determined that we are a good fit for each other, I encourage you to read and complete the forms below prior to our first meeting (initial intake evaluation). This will be helpful in getting things started, and will also give you an opportunity to think of questions that you have about the therapeutic process prior to starting our work together.
My rate is $150 per hour. I have several slots available for sliding scale (in some cases). If I see you out of network, I can provide you with appropriate documents to send to your insurance company. I currently take credit cards, cash and checks, and I also have a PayPal account set up for those who prefer paying online ahead of time.
What is the first session like?
The first session is not necessarily therapy, per se, but rather a time for us to get to know each other. Finding a good fit for a therapeutic relationship is essential, and the meaning of “good fit” is different for everyone. If you feel like you are with a therapist who is competent, professional, nonjudgmental and compassionate, who also fosters a safe environment, this is a good sign. The first session is also a time for me to determine if I have the competency, knowledge and experience with the issues you are bringing forth; if I decide that the presenting issues are outside my area of expertise, I have a variety of strong referrals I can provide.
What kind of work do you do?
I’d like to say, I am an integrative therapist, meaning I combine various approaches to cater to the individual. I always collaborate with the client to form a treatment plan consisting of short and long term goals, which can be adjusted with therapy progression. I draw upon empirically supported interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma (please see trauma page for more details). I have a relational base in my training, so I believe that regardless of the intervention, the client/therapist relationship is the most healing aspect of therapy and always remains the priority in treatment.
What do you enjoy about your work?
I enjoy the challenge, creativity and vigor that comes from this work. I enjoy both the process of seeing change, and the inherent struggles that come with that, as well as the rewards the client experiences in getting better. I particularly enjoy the process of being present with someone, and seeing the person have “in the moment” realizations, insights, and changes.
What do you think makes your work different from other providers?
I have worked in a variety of settings and have had exposure to a multitude of clinical approaches. Through my experience in all sorts of clinical settings, and the time I have spent in the clinical field, I have been able to take all of my experience and training and form it to be a clinically informed, though flexible and adaptive, treatment approach. I have learned that I can build rapport quickly, and I know when it is appropriate to challenge and when it is appropriate to simply walk alongside the client in his/her journey towards healing.
What do you think makes change possible?
I think it’s a combination of readiness and willingness. First, I believe the person must be in a place in their lives where they are ready for therapy. This doesn’t mean that the person can’t feel ambivalent about starting therapy—in fact, most people are. But the person has to be in a place where they are motivated to work on themselves and want to see change happen through their own actions. I also believe change requires some willingness on behalf of the client. Willingness to be open to try whatever may work, knowing that some things may work very well, and some things may not work as well. Willingness to embrace the learning process. If these things are in place, and if the person is with a therapist whom they feel can provide the right amount of guidance and support, then change is very possible.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, I am a psychologist (who has a doctorate degree) and only psychiatrists (who have an M.D.) are allowed to prescribe medication. If, in our work together, I feel that medication may be beneficial, I am happy to have this discussion with the client where we can discuss the pros and cons. I am also happy to provide various psychiatric referrals.
Contact Dr. Anne Perry
Below are some client forms to review and complete before your first visit:
I am located at 17301 W Colfax Ave Suite 200 Golden, CO. 80401.