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Therapy for a Happier Life

Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, Families, and Kids in Littleton, Colorado

McCullough Family Therapy

Therapy for Women

Are You A Woman Who Finds Yourself At A Crossroads In Life?

Do you wish you knew what you wanted and how to ask for it from others? Are your relationships draining and one-sided, as if no one ever makes room for your needs? Have you come to a transition point in your life and you’re not sure what you want or believe anymore?

Maybe you were always told that women are supposed to put themselves last. You may have been taught to be a caretaker and minimize yourself for the sake of others. This could leave you burnt out, exhausted, and with no room for self-care. What’s more, because you’ve tied so much of your identity to other people’s needs, you may not even know what your needs are. It’s as if you have no voice in your relationships.

We provide a safe space for women to explore where they are now and help them get where they want to go.

Maybe You’ve Never Felt Like You Could Safely Be Yourself

You may find yourself questioning the views you were raised with. Maybe you were taught to feel ashamed about your body and this has made you feel confused or guilty about sex. Perhaps you never had healthy outlets for your feelings and no space to really be yourself.

Additionally, there may have been “leaders” in your life who were supposed to be kind and loving but were actually abusive, repressive, and controlling. As a result, you learned to turn off your emotions and neglect your needs. Or maybe you can’t turn off your emotions and they have completely overwhelmed you.

Therapy for women is a chance to be yourself unreservedly and redefine who you are and how you engage with others in your life. With our help, counseling can help you heal from trauma, improve your self-esteem, and find your voice.

Many Women Are Taught To Put Themselves Last And Ignore Their Needs

From birth, many women are taught to be people-pleasers—to discount themselves and focus on everyone else. Self-care is seen as “selfish” and women who crave love and affection are seen as needy and clingy. As a result, many women invest all their worth in other people. They struggle to achieve healthy boundaries and have trouble saying “no.”

This problem is very common in hyper-conservative circles, where women are often told to follow a man’s lead and focus entirely on pleasing others. While self-sacrifice isn’t always a bad thing, too much of it can lead to one-sided relationships and a lack of self-fulfillment. Additionally, many women in these circles are taught to ignore their sexual needs and only focus on pleasing their husbands.

Women Trying To Be Supportive Often End Up Feeling Like A Parent To Everyone

In relationships with partners who struggle with addiction, many women take on more responsibility than they should and end up allowing others to cross their boundaries. It’s very common for women to pick up all the slack in an effort to be helpful and supportive. Some women even find themselves “parenting” their partner. They limit their own social engagements because of the time and effort required to manage their partner’s addiction.

No wonder so many women end up depressed, anxious, or numb. Therapy is a chance to tell the truth about everything, to say what you would never say out loud anywhere else. We want to help you find your voice and be confident in what you want and need. We will help you learn healthy boundaries and explore the needs and values that may have been suppressed growing up.

Therapy Is A Safe Space For Women To Be Their Authentic And Beautiful Selves

Sometimes we all need another person’s perspective to show us when, where, and how we got stuck in anxiety-provoking patterns. There are many habits and behaviors that are hard to identify until someone names them for us. For instance, maybe you feel resentful towards someone, but you didn’t realize this until after you let them cross your boundaries. Therapy can help you put two and two together and understand the patterns that keep you stuck in unhealthy habits and relationships.

Most importantly, therapy is a space to challenge what you thought were your only options. You can explore whatever you feel without worrying about anyone else’s opinions, judgment, or hurt feelings. We can be the people standing between you and all the demands made on you, saying: It’s okay to say “no.” It’s okay if other people don’t like your boundaries.

Athena McCullough

OWNER | CLINICAL DIRECTOR
MA, LPC, LMFT

about us

THERAPY FOR WOMEN IN COLORADO

Why work with
McCullough Family Therapy?

This is your space to be you.

When you feel safe, supported, and heard – you’re going to feel comfortable sharing the experiences, history, and situations that brought you to our door.

Connection with your therapist leads to an openness that allows us to get clear on why your relationships follow a pattern of behavior that doesn’t give you what you need.

In creating a safe space for you to explore your thoughts without fear of judgment, we can open the door to real change.

We provide therapy that is:

Collaborative

Our commitment is to guide you ​toward the transformation you ​desire. To ensure you receive the ​best possible care, our clinicians ​work together, combining unique ​insights and expertise.

Safe

Wherever you are on your journey, you can feel confident that you are in a safe, judgment-free space. Our team is here to help you heal, grow, and get the support you need.

Experienced

Our experienced clinicians tailor their approach to you, considering your needs, goals, and personality, using the modalities that best fit your situation.

Therapy For Women

What To Expect In Sessions

We Get To Know You

The first thing we like to do in therapy for women is start with a genogram. This is an emotional family tree that can help us get a picture of how you grew up and what your family was like. We want to know: how would you describe your relationship with your parents? What did comfort look like? Was there trauma in your childhood? What parts of your personality felt unacceptable as a kid?

We Dive Deep

From there, we will explore what coping skills you developed to ensure your survival when you were young. We will evaluate if these skills work today or if they need replacing. For instance, maybe the only times you received praise as a kid were when you “performed” and hid your true self. This may have helped you at the time, but today, it could be holding you back from being honest about your needs.

We Assess Where You Are Now

The goal of counseling for women is to help you unmask this false sense of self and learn to be more authentically you. Maybe you were raised to believe that drinking was wrong, sex before marriage would “ruin” you, and avoiding conflict is better than starting it. We want to help you explore how you feel about these topics now.

Questions About Therapy For Women

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

It’s great that you want to work through your struggles with your partner. But not everything in your relationship is your partner’s responsibility. Sometimes you have to do your own work. In therapy, we can help you figure out how to identify what’s in your control and out of your control. Once you’ve identified these things, it’s much easier to engage with your partner.

You don’t need to have it all figured out before we start counseling. Oftentimes, people come to us for one issue only to find that it leads somewhere else. That’s okay. You might come for struggles with sex and relationships, but these struggles could be related to unresolved trauma in your life. In this way, the surface-level work in therapy often leads to deeper places.

We all lead busy lives and it’s hard to carve out extra time in our schedules. That’s why we strive to be flexible with our scheduling options. Although we usually meet with clients on a weekly basis for the first three or four sessions, it doesn’t have to stay that way. You’re free to switch to biweekly or monthly sessions if that works better.

Attachment theory is the go-to approach that underlines our practice. How we interact with our caregivers when we’re young impacts how we engage in relationships for the rest of our lives. Attachment theory can help you become aware of connections between past and present relationships and break out of unhealthy patterns.

Additionally, this approach can help you identify and name emotions that show up in your body. If you learned to be a people-pleaser, it’s easy to disconnect from your body because you’re so focused on other people. Attachment theory can help you reconnect with your body and your feelings. It can help you recognize what triggers you and when your boundaries have been crossed.

Many of the issues that we tackle in women’s counseling are part of our life stories, too. Many of our therapists were also once clients who spent several years overcoming religious trauma, learning to be okay with boundaries, and disarming negative views on their bodies and sexuality. We love taking women through this process. Your story may be different from ours, but we believe that what you need is the same thing that we needed: a safe space to be your beautiful and authentic self.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

How To Get Started

Start with McCullough Family Therapy by booking a free consultation. You can use the button below to book directly online. If you prefer, you can call us or submit an inquiry via our contact form.

We offer in-person therapy sessions in Littleton. Telehealth therapy is available across Colorado.

Therapy For Women IN COLORADO

McCullough Family Therapy

Learn to listen to yourself, get comfortable maintaining boundaries, and deepen your self-love.