Deanna McGrath RN, LPC, NCC
My favorite part of being a counselor is the opportunity to see clients’ strengths and how, with a little bit of guidance, clients can make desired changes that lead to a more meaningful and worthwhile life. I believe that my ability to unconditionally accept and support clients from all walks of life makes this possible. My desire is to help all of my clients live the life they were created for.
Born and raised in Colorado, I grew up in the southwest Jefferson County area. After I graduated from Columbine High School, I obtained my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and taught in Jefferson County Schools for 5 years.
I then became a registered nurse and have worked in dialysis, surgical services, transplant, psychiatric services, and hospice. I completed my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. I graduated with Honors and received the Dr. James R. Beck Counseling Licensure Award for excellence and potential in the field of licensed therapy. I am certified in group and individual crisis intervention and peer support from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. I am EMDR-Trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and utilize it to provide relief from the effects of traumatic life experiences and also apply it to many other conditions. As a life-long-learner I delight in sharing my love of learning with my clients.
Buffer Zone Counseling was started with the vision of being a place where clients can find a calm space, away from the hostilities and conflicts they face. Please come and experience the opportunity to explore the possibilities that await you once you give yourself the chance to step away from the challenges of your life and develop a fresh approach to living. It may seem impossible to take one hour a week for you but I guarantee you are worth it and will exponentially reap the benefits.
As the wife of a police officer for 34 years and the mother of a police officer, EMT, and firefighter, I have experienced an insider's view of the joys and pains experienced by first responders and their families. As the daughter of a World War II Veteran and family member of Veterans who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, and Vietnam I know the value and satisfaction of service as well as the toll it can take on individuals and families. As a registered nurse and an individual who has experienced chronic illness both in myself and in my family members, I know the needs of individuals and families faced with health challenges. My experience as a teacher has contributed to my focus on education and empowerment of my clients.
Since becoming a counselor I have worked with a wide range of adolescents and adults, helping them on a path of healing. I have counseled in a private counseling center and community mental health office.
I think counseling works best as a collaboration. We will work together to help you come to new realizations and make the changes you desire. My seminary education has prepared me to help you discover how spirituality can enhance your mental health if this is where you feel led. I take a humanistic approach to therapy which means that I seek to understand your current experience with openness and authenticity. I am EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Certified and will help you discover the many ways EMDR can enhance your journey. The answers to a more satisfying life are available. I work to hold a calm space in which you can locate those answers. I would be honored to collaborate with you.