Whitney Cavanah

Clinical Associate
Specializing in Adults & Couples

Hi, I’m Whitney Cavanah (she/her), a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and Mental Health Clinical Associate at Spectrum  Connections Therapy. I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. I have worked with a number of populations including couples (premarital, conflict, and divorce), families, children and teens, mood disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, developmental disorders, neurodivergence, elderly and end-of-life stages, trauma survivors, addiction, chronic illness and autoimmunity, LGBTQIA+, and persons experiencing grief or loss. Trained in both psychotherapy and somatic bodywork, I have a holistic perspective to mental health care that is  concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families., 

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Whitney Cavanah, M.A., LPCC
Mental Health Clinical Associate
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
Colorado LPCC.0020529
Supervisor: Dr. Nicole Gurash MFT.0002101

At Spectrum Connections Therapy, I maintain a particular focus on supporting neurodivergent individuals, couples, and families living with autism spectrum, ADHD, trauma, OCD, and anxiety. I also have a special interest in supporting neurodivergent couples in intimate partnerships, trauma healing, and I enjoy incorporating the arts and movement into therapy when appropriate.

We encounter many seasons throughout life and many of us need help navigating the various experiences and feelings we face along the way. You are not alone. Taking this step to begin counseling is the best choice for your optimal health. I am here to meet you exactly where you are and my hope is to support you with increasing self-awareness, promoting healing, and creating meaningful change from a judgment-free place of empathy and compassion. We all need to feel heard and understood, and I feel honored to do that for my clients. I look forward to connecting with you soon and hearing more about how I can be of support.

My Approach

My therapy approach has been described as educational, broad, compassionate, holistic, and safeguarded. As I see it, humans have an inner capacity to evolve and that they possess personal responsibility over their own life. People can find real change with the assistance of a strong therapeutic alliance and the opportunity to explore their emotional needs. 

My work goes beyond traditional talk therapy. We may check in about your week, but typically we will spend our time focusing on deep rooted patterns and beliefs that continue to impact your thinking and physical embodiment. More specifically, we will incorporate pieces of inner child work and attachment, Mindfulness, Narrative therapy, CBT, and others. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing and Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which can be provided if we agree it is applicable to your healing process. This will depend on what resonates best for you. My work is trauma-informed, neurodiversity-affirming, inclusive, and welcoming to all. 

I believe it to be fundamentally true that people are operating in the world as best they can with the tools that they have. Sometimes people need a safe and loving environment to build on those tools and reach a place of peace and prosperity for themselves and for their families.

Helping you move forward...

Essentially 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:

  • Gottman Method for Couples Therapy 
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Trauma-Focused CBT 
  • Exposure Based Therapies and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention): for all forms of Anxiety, Phobias, and OCD 
  • Art Therapy 
  • Somatic Therapy & Breathwork 
  • Dance/Movement Therapy 
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
  • Narrative Therapy 
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT) 

Professional & Advanced Training Experience:

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Completed Levels 1 & 2
  • Gottman Method: Emotion Coaching for Parents
  • Gottman Method: Treating Affairs and Trauma
  • The Art of Self-Healing: Nervous System Regulation Therapy for ADHD and Autistic Clients
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • The Gottman Institute: Fight Right, Turning Conflict into Connection
  • The Gottman Institute: Navigating ADHD and Anxiety with a Coach Approach
  • Exposure Response Prevention for OCD with Dr. Sarah Haider
  • National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine: Perfectionism 
  • Gottman Institute: Addressing Guilt and Shame in Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 
  • Yoga for Trauma Recovery 
  • Trauma-Focused CBT 
  • Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale: National Suicide Prevention SAMH
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Educational Experience, Certifications & Licensure:

  • Bachelors: Human Development and Elementary Education (Metropolitan State University) 
  • Masters: Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy (Pepperdine University) 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (Colorado) LPCC. 0020529

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