Meet Dr. Gurash

Nicole Gurash, Psy.D., LMFT, BCBA

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: CO_LMFT #2102
Clinical Behavior Analyst: BACB #1-14-9539
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow

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. My specialties include working with adolescents, teens, and adults living with autism spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, OCD and/or trauma. Essentially, clients come to me to help them work on relationship issues, learn how to manage their OCD and/or anxiety, navigate being neurodiverse in a neurotypical world, heal from trauma, and to work with the whole family system towards supporting healthy, balanced and connected relationships. My work is neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed. 

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 emotional 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)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
  • Exposure Based Therapies and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention): for all forms of Anxiety and OCD
  • EMDR Therapy 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy & Parent Coaching
  • Couples Therapy (supported with use of The Gottman Method)

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 & Training 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
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow
  • 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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Recent Article from Shoutout Colorado:

Meet Dr. Nicole Gurash | Owner & Psychotherapist

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many wonderful people have supported me along the way in my private practice journey. My children, inspire me every day. When I was exhausted and trying to complete my doctorate, they encouraged me along the way and for that, I am so grateful. I am also thankful for Denver Family Institute and the amazing post-doc training I was able to receive in marriage and family therapy. I have also been blessed beyond measure with an amazing family, supportive friends, and like-minded colleagues who continue to provide encouragement, mentorship, and guidance when needed.

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