Meet Dr. Gurash

Nicole Gurash, Psy.D., MFTC, BCBA

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)
Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate: CO.-MFTC.0014185
Clinical Behavior Analyst: BACB 1-14-9539

Hi, I’m Dr. Nicole Gurash (she/her/hers), the Owner and Founder of Spectrum Connections Therapy. Most of my clients call me Dr. G. If you have found yourself landing on this page, you are likely wanting to get to know more about me, and if I will understand your situation and the challenges you are facing. Essentially, clients come to me to help them work on relationship issues in their neurodiverse partnership, navigate parenting their neurodivergent child with Autism Spectrum and/or ADHD, to learn to manage their anxiety and/or OCD, and to work with the whole family system towards supporting healthy, balanced and connected relationships. My work is neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed. Finding the right therapist for you is important. Please contact me for a free 30-minute phone consultation so you can determine if I am the best fit for meeting your therapy goals.

My Approach

My therapy approach has been described as compassionate, curious, genuine, patient, and safe. I integrate the following approaches into the therapy experience: relational therapy, family systems work, mindfulness, and compassion-focused behavior therapy. 

All of us tend to acquire unhelpful patterns in how we think, feel and act. You are not alone. These habits develop as we try to make sense of our experiences and as we seek safety during times of stress, imbalance, chaos and disconnect. The goal of therapy is not to fix you, but rather to provide a safe space for you to explore these unhelpful habits and patterns while supporting you to make meaningful shifts to manage your own internal and external experiences. 

Essentially, my work centers on helping individuals, couples, and families settle into life’s stuck moments, choosing a direction while learning new skills, and then taking action towards living a life they value.  My intention is to validate and normalize your neurodiverse experiences in a world that, more often than not, doesn’t truly get it. In our work together, we will explore how you can better attune to your own needs and relationships. We will get curious about how you can live more authentically without masking, while regulating your nervous system, and cultivating relational safety within yourself and with your loved ones. Your story matters here, and it would be my privilege to hold space for it. My promise to you is to show up fully in our sessions together while honoring your own individual needs. I look forward to joining with you on your own self-discovery journey towards behavioral and relational wellness

Helping you move forward...

Essentially in my therapy tool box, I can offer a broad range of evidence-based therapy approaches to treatment. Therapy sessions will be individualized to include any of the following therapeutic interventions:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Behavioral Activation 
  • Exposure Based Therapies and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention): for all forms of anxiety and OCD
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Couples Therapy (supported with use of The Gottman Method)
  • Mindfulness Skills Training
  • Parent Coaching
  • School Consultations 
  • Social Skills Training
  • Habit Reversal Training (HRT for tic disorders and other repetitive behaviors)
  • Behavior Plans for Home, Community and School

It is always my goal to bring compassion, kindness, and a bit of humor to each of our visits. With my integration of mindfulness skills, we start and end our sessions with the intentions of feeling grounded, present, and informed. My passion is helping neurodivergent individuals, couples, and families move forward in a positive way. I understand that finding the right therapist for you is important and that “goodness of fit” is the best indicator of you being able to meet your therapy goals. Please contact me for your free 30-minute phone consultation 

Educational Experience:

  • Bachelors: Psychology and Education (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles) 
  • Masters: Early Childhood Special Education (CU Denver) 
  • Post Graduate: Applied Behavior Analysis (CU Denver) 
  • Doctorate: Clinical Psychology; Summa Cum Laude (California Southern University) 
  • Post Doctoral Internship: Denver Family Institute (AAMFT Accredited Program)
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Professional Experience:

  • Private Practice since 2013 
  • Community Mental Health 
  • Adjunct Graduate Psychology Professor 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Research 
  • Early Intervention and Early Childhood Programs 
  • General and Special Education Classrooms 
  • Colorado Head Start/CPP Early Childhood Family Services 
  • Home-Community Based Settings

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