Steven Forstner

Steven Forstner

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    Steven Forstner

    As a contemplative psychotherapist, I hold the view that we all have access to an inner source of inexhaustible clarity, wisdom, and compassion – our brilliant sanity. My approach to therapy is non-pathological, gentle, and centered around helping clients to move towards integrity in all areas of their life by synchronizing the logical mind with the emotional body and spiritual aspirations. I believe that we all have access points to our inner healing intelligence, and I will help you work with and remove blocks to yours so it can become a guiding force in the room on your journey back wholeness and greater levels of well-being.

    My therapeutic approach draws from contemporary western psychological approaches, as well as time-tested offerings from eastern wisdom traditions.  I offer a warm, compassionate, and curious presence to help clients deepen their understanding of themselves, their relationships, and how to navigate life’s challenges.  I enjoy working with all individuals 16+.

    I use a holistic approach relying on tools and techniques from Gestalt therapy, psychedelic-assisted therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, internal family systems, attachment theory, mindfulness-based therapies, somatic therapy, and Buddhist psychology. Using a combination of talk therapy and mindfulness-based activities, I encourage clients to incorporate the wisdom of their bodies alongside their discursive mind.  I would be grateful to hold space and offer contemplative techniques or other forms of support to work with those addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, psychedelic integration, self-esteem and low-self worth, codependency, relationship difficulties, screen/game addiction, trauma/PTSD, LGBTQ issues, family dynamics, exercise, addiction, sexuality issues, men’s issues, abuse, attachment, grief and loss, health issues, chronic pain, death and dying, spiritual emergencies, existential crisis, and those seeking overall mental-emotional wellness.

    I hold a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland University College, Maryland.  I am a licensed professional counselor candidate (LPCC) in the state of Colorado.  I enjoy getting outside and being in nature, bicycling, exercising in the gym, gaming, and watching films and shows.  Psychedelic therapeutic modalities are another passion of mine, as are contemplative practices such as isolation tanks and flotation therapy.  This is a deeply resourcing activity for me, and I look forward to using a strengths-based approach as I learn more about the practices that you find supportive.

    The following video is my thesis presentation on music and transpersonal experiences in ketamine-assisted therapy: