“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” – John Gottschall
Hello! I’m Barbie Sutton and I believe in the power of a story and its connection to the human experience.
It is part of why I have such a passion for this field. We all have a story unique to us, and at times our stories seem to take us to a place where we find it difficult to make sense of things. We can sometimes feel desperately fragile, angry, scared, lost, or even completely hopeless. Wishing, perhaps, that our lives were a different book entirely.
As a therapist, I value being the person that you share your story with.
I see you as the expert, the narrator if you will, in your own life, the one that knows your story the best. I am not here to tell you how to live, or provide “quick and easy answers.” Instead, I aspire to work alongside you, support you, and empower you to explore and discover new ways of conquering and coping with your daily struggles.
“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” -Native American Proverb
I have been in the mental health field for six years, and began working as a therapist in 2014. I have had the opportunity to work in various withdrawal management clinics, residential substance abuse and mental health programs, and outpatient treatment settings. Throughout all of these experiences, I have seen the human capacity for heartache, strength, and change. Along the way, people have shared their stories with me and invited me into their journeys.
From being a part of other people’s journeys I have learned these things:
- We all possess within us a strength to triumph over even the most devastating circumstances,
- People need to feel heard, and
- Everybody’s story is important
I am a Certified Addictions Counselor II (CAC II) with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver. I am working towards completion of post-graduate hours towards her LPC and LAC with the goal of obtaining those licenses in 2018. I completed dual undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver in 2012. I most recently worked as a therapist with the Arapahoe House New Directions for Families Program. Outside of my work, I find joy in food, time spent with family, superhero movies, sci-fi/fantasy novels and road trips to small towns.