About Stained Glass Counseling, LLC
The heart of Stained Glass Counseling is to get to know the entire picture of who you are without judgment. So often in our world we try to present the picture of our stories based on what we believe people want to see or what we want people to see. However, what we show on the outside is not always what we feel on the inside. Stained Glass is an artform created long ago out of broken pieces of glass molded together to form a picture which helped those who were illiterate understand a story. Our goal is to hear all the broken pieces of your life and help you gain awareness of the beautiful picture this creates.
Most people seek out counseling because their lives are not where they want them to be. They desire change and need support in reaching their goals. There is no shame in seeking out this support. Identifying that you want change and need help takes courage. When the darkness comes into our lives, the light that shines within us shows the true beauty of our story. Whatever brings you to counseling now (whether depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, etc.), Stained Glass Counseling wants to know the real you and to help you restore joy in your story.
Philosophy of Counseling
Stained Glass Counseling draws its Philosophy from several theoretical orientations which speak to three main core values of treatment.
Acceptance: Your story is made of large and small experiences throughout your life and is unique to you. Our goal is to get to know the real you and to help you put these pieces together without judgement.
Empowerment: You are the expert on your life and you have the skills and tools you need for change. Our goal is to come along side of you and offer insights and observations throughout your change.
Awareness: Change happens when we are aware that something needs to change. Throughout your experience at Stained Glass Counseling we strive to shine a light on areas that you may not see so you can decide what moves you want to make.
A theoretical approach that believes people are most healthy when they feel encouraged and live out of feelings of adequacy and respect. This theory works towards increasing these feelings and challenging feelings of inferiority and inadequacy by focusing on behavior patterns and belief systems that were developed in childhood and into adulthood.
A collaborative and empowering approach to therapy that recognizes that each individual has their own story and also skills and expertise that can help guide change in our lives. This approach informs the belief that your identity is separate from the problems you are experiencing and you are the expert on your life!
A client-centered approach to therapy focusing on the present and looking at past situation through experiential exercises. The focus is on becoming more aware of how negative thought patterns and behaviors block true self-awareness and create unhappiness.
A treatment approach that focuses on the belief that the events in one’s life do not cause emotions but the beliefs we have cause our emotions. The goal of this treatment is to change irrational beliefs and reduce emotional pain.
About Brandi Solanki
My name is Brandi Solanki and I am the owner of Stained Glass Counseling. I currently hold licenses including Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and have been working in the mental health friend for three and a half years. I have lived in Colorado for six years and absolutely love the opportunity for outdoor fun and amazing weather, especially moving from Texas. I love enjoying life. Some of the things I enjoy most are finding new restaurants in the Denver area to try out with my husband, playing video games and board games, putting puzzles together, and going to festivals.
When our lives seem to be broken into a million pieces, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to put those pieces together again. I am passionate about absorbing all aspects of people’s stories and walking alongside of them as they put the pieces together to make something more beautiful than before, like stained glass. I help my clients to raise awareness of the impact of life experiences on their personhood and to challenge underlying beliefs which lead to issues such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. My hope is that my clients feel empowered to face life’s challenges and supported throughout their time in treatment. If you would like to know more specifics about my theoretical orientation you can find this on the Philosophy of Counseling page.
My educational background includes a BA in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. I have four years of experiences mentoring children, adolescents, and young adults at an outdoor recreation camp and conference center and have been working at National Institute for Change for three years facilitating adult groups and individual therapy sessions focused on the counseling field of Substance Abuse. I would love meet you and get to know all the pieces of your story.
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