Hello and Welcome,
In my experience, people seek counseling for many different reasons. Although life can be challenging and sometimes difficult, I believe that with support and effective strategies, we can all find a way to thrive in any situation at any stage of life. There are times when we need help processing losses and painful situations as well and I believe therapy can help anyone find relief from pain in these distressing situations. I am not trained as a Christian counselor, however, am a counselor who has been a Christian all my life. I have often prayed with Christian clients during sessions and pray for many of the non-Christian clients prior to and after sessions. My faith has helped to shape my non-judgmental and approach and the knowledge that God is in the sessions with me and that he guides my words and actions. I often ask people about their spiritual outlook on life and am always excited when a client mentions that they are Christian. This enables a different direction and dialogue to be initiated. I am able to let go of the impact of the therapy session and allow God to guide the clients according to His will. Being a Christian has strengthened my therapeutic approach and allowed me to follow my calling by being a therapist.
Through non-judgemental and supportive listening it may be possible to help you identify the causes of your distress as well as to explore strengths you can use to improve your overall sense of well-being when life’s difficulties confuse and overwhelm you. The use of long term and short term goals can also be very helpful for anyone in determining treatment strategies and the direction of therapy. I have found Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to be very effective in strengthening self-esteem and confidence, as well as increasing independence, and in improving decision making, relationship health, emotion regulation, and a more positive mood. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be very effective in helping you to identify and replace damaging, distressing and ineffective thinking patterns with those that can help you achieve your goals in life and improve your emotional health.
My name is Toni Kooy and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I have been working in the substance abuse and mental health field since 2004. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling, both, from the University of Colorado.
I have worked with clients primarily, in the rural and urban community mental health center setting and have worked with a variety of clients from the age of 4 years old to the age of 80 years old . I have extensive training and experience with clients who struggle with problems related to mood and emotions as well as trauma and grief. In the past, I have worked as a musician, a construction worker, a nanny, a home-maker, and an assembly worker as well as my current 14 year career as a therapist, so I bring a varied and non-judgmental life perspective to the therapeutic process as well as a flexible schedule.
You have already gained insight into your situation and have utilized strength to seek help. If you would like to continue in your journey toward a life in which you can thrive, I would be honored to join you in your walk.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LPC #LPC.0005555 (Expires: 2021-08-31)
Toni really took the time to understand what I was going through. She offered emotional and practical tips to help me cope with my anxiety. I highly recommend her!
Toni has been the best counselor for me. She immediately understood my needs and was able to "hit the nail on the head" with all of her feedback. She gives personal, immediately applicable counsel. Her real-life experience gives her great empathy and the ability to help me "see beyond" my current circumstances and help me to own my responses to them.
She is very good!
Ms. Kooy is a wonderful counselor. She is patient, understanding, and insightful. The biblical verses shared with me are timely and uplifting. I'm grateful to have Toni as a resourceful outlet.
Toni has been a real source of support. She prays for me and takes what I give her and helps me to understand what is happening with me physically mentally and spiritually. She anticipates what will come up for me in future sessions and has sent me a number of handouts to help with things that may come up. Greatly appreciated! I have felt supported. Thanks again Toni.
Tony is amazing. I believe God put her in my life because I was truly in need. She is thoughtful, caring and I trusted her from the first session. So grateful to have her as my counselor.
Toni has been very responsive and provided an assortment of ideas.
She listens and responds in ways that assist in moving forward through tough situations. Highly recommended.