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Jillian Blueford, PhD, LPC # 16833
Stapleton - 2011 Dallas St., Aurora, CO. 80010
130.00 per clinical hour (50 min)
I view our life journey as a collection of experiences that influence who we are and how we view the world. We often experience (and can expect) to deal with hurdles and roadblocks that can make some days unbearable. This is where counseling comes in. I love joining alongside others and empowering them to keep making steps when they don’t think they can. My passions and specialty lie within grief counseling. Grief is a universal experience that we all share. This can be the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a change in financial status, etc. We all have experienced losses that change us and can be challenging to process. I have clinical experience, training, and a research focus on how counselors can best support grieving individuals of all ages on their unique path to cope with their losses.
My clinical professional background expands over three years and includes working in a variety of settings such as a hospice bereavement center, a psychiatric behavioral hospital, as an independent counselor working closely with the Tennessee Department of Children Services, and finally as a professional counselor for ASPIRE, The University of Tennessee outreach program for college students from rural Appalachian areas.
What will sessions be like?
I will always admit to any client that counseling is hard and applaud anyone who takes the step to reflect inward and grow. My hope and main priority is to create a space where ALL individuals feel safe enough to be their authentic selves. This doesn’t mean counseling won’t feel uncomfortable or scary, but I want my clients to know that they are not alone and that I believe they can reach the goals and changes they are aiming for. While I may have some expertise in counseling and human behavior, I empower my clients to know that they are the experts of their own lives, and I am a resource and support along their life journeys. I am here to be a sounding board, a confidant, and a motivator to push clients to see the potential that I see in them. This is a time for clients to work on themselves mentally and emotionally to thrive and live the life they want to live.
My training and experience have also allowed me to successfully work with the following issues:
Grief and Loss Across the lifespan
Depression & Anxiety
Resolving Family Conflict
Education and Background:
I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from The University of Central Florida, my Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Rollins College, and my Doctorate in Counselor Education for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am a National Certified Counselor (#884315), and I am currently in the pursuit of licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Additionally, I am a Clinical Assistant Professor for the graduate School Counseling program at The University of Denver. I am a member of several state and national professional counseling associations, including the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American School Counselor Association, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
I value and try to model healthy boundaries and work-life balance, although it is always a work in progress. I love spending time with family and friends and appreciate any time I have to exercise, meditate, cook new foods, or read. I am an avid fan of scary and thriller movies and am always up for binge-watching Law and Order or Property Brothers.
My life motto is from the talented Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then once you know better, do better.”