Dr. Nicole Gurash

Owner, Founder, & Clinical Director
Specializing in Teens, Adults, Parenting & Couples

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Dr. Nicole Gurash
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Colorado) MFT.0002102
Clinical Behavior Analyst 1-14-9539
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow

Hi, I’m Dr. G (she/her), the Owner, Founder, and Clinical Director of Spectrum Connections Therapy since 2012. As a licensed psychotherapist specializing in neurodiversity and trauma recovery, I provide mental health support for individuals, couples, and families living with Autism Spectrum, PTSD/C-PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, and/or OCD. I am trained in EMDR and Brainspotting therapy for trauma healing and The Gottman Method for couples therapy. I also provide active and frequent supervision for our clinical associates and licensure candidates on our team.

Essentially, clients come to me to help them navigate the toll it takes being neurodivergent in a largely neurotypical world, heal from trauma, gain guidance in parenting neurodivergent children, learn how to manage their anxiety and/or OCD, and work with the whole family system towards supporting healthy relationships. My therapy approach always strives to support cultivating an intentional, balanced, and connected relationship with yourself and your loved ones. I use an individualized, trauma-focused, collaborative, holistic, and integrated approach in our work together. I am neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQIA+-affirming.

My Approach

My therapy approach has been described over the years as compassionate, curious, kind, genuine, patient, and safe. All of us tend to acquire unhelpful patterns in how we think, feel, and act. This is true for all ages and stages in life and you are not alone. Often these unhelpful patterns develop instinctively 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 coping skills 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 more meaningful 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. 

Helping you move forward...

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In my therapy toolbox, I can offer a broad range of trauma-informed and 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
  • EMDR and Brainspotting Therapy for PTSD and Complex Trauma
  • Somatic Experiencing for Trauma Healing
  • Exposure Based Therapies and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention): for all forms of Anxiety, Phobias, and OCD
  • Family Therapy & Parent Coaching
  • Gottman Method for Couples Therapy

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 20-minute phone consultation. 

Professional & Advanced Training Experience:

  • ERP Foundations, Advanced ERP and ACT Consultation – New England Center for OCD & Anxiety with Dr. Lisa Coyne
  • EMDR Certificate of Training: The Maiberger Institute
  • Trauma-Focused CBT- Missouri Center for Childhood Trauma
  • Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Course
  • Completed AAMFT 30-Hour Approved Supervisor Training 
  • Gottman Method for Couples: Completed Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • CAMS-Care Trained: Evidence-Based Treatment for Preventing Suicide
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Autism & EMDR Modifications: EMDRIA Approved Training
  • IOCDF Pediatric BTTI Intensive Training
  • ERP Modifications for Autism Spectrum & OCD- New England Center for OCD & Anxiety with Dr. Rebecca Sachs
  • SPACE Treatment Training for Anxiety and OCD (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions)  with Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center
  • Somatic Experiencing: Peter Levine’s Trauma Master Class
  • Brainspotting: Melanie Young, Psy.D.
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Educational Experience, Certifications & Licensure:

  • Bachelors: Psychology and Education (Loyola Marymount University)
  • Masters: Early Childhood Special Education (CU Denver)
  • Post Graduate: Applied Behavior Analysis (CU Denver)
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.): Summa Cum Laude (California Southern University)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Research & Adjunct Psychology Professor
  • Post-Doctoral Internship with Denver Family Institute (COAMFTE Accredited Program)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Colorado) MFT.0002102
  • Clinical Behavior Analyst 1-14-9539
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate

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