Meet Our Therapists
Lindsey and Ben are married and own/operate Evolve Counseling Services. We met in graduate school in our Clinical Counseling program. Yeah…we agree that two shrinks in one house is concerning
Meet Lindsey Phillips
Oh, the challenges of finding a therapist who is right for you. This can certainly be a tricky process. To help your search, I’ll paint a picture of what it’s like to do therapy with me. If you like what you read and think we would work well together, please reach out, and let’s connect.
Who do I see? That’s a good place to start. I work with adults and adolescents who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety. To put it in other terms, these are people who are feeling down, sad, unmotivated, numb, tired, and who worry quite a bit, can’t slow their thoughts, feel nervous much of the time, and can’t seem to relax. Sometimes, these feelings are created by a major life event like a job transition, a move, starting college, relationship problems, or some kind of loss. And sometimes, it’s not clear what caused the feelings, but you know you feel off.
What’s it like to do therapy with me? My objective for our time together is to make therapy productive and helpful. During sessions, we’ll spend some time discussing concerns or anything on your mind, and the other piece of therapy will be geared toward developing skills to help you reach your goals. The strategies we employ to treat your depression and anxiety will be based in methods supported by solid research (for more on this, visit our The Advantages of CBT page). The tactics we utilize will be practical and useful to maximize your outcome. Now, before we get too serious, I also need to say that I firmly believe therapy doesn’t have to be a stressful or painful experience. At times, we will laugh at ourselves and how ridiculous life can be. And, for those times when we discuss difficult topics, I’ll focus on making therapy as comfortable as possible by being supportive, nonjudgmental, and truly hearing you. The idea is that you’ll feel free to be yourself and say the things you need to say and even look forward to therapy every week.
And just a bit about my professional background…I’ve worked in mental health since 2005, and I started working as a therapist in 2009. I’ve worked in many mental health settings including a residential treatment center, community mental health centers, an acute psychiatric hospital, and most recently, private practice. What I enjoy most about this field is witnessing the inspirational transformations people go through as they feel better and make positive changes in their lives.
Meet Ben Smith
When choosing a therapist, people are likely trying to determine what it is like to actually spend an hour talking with that person and rightfully so. This being the case, here’s what you should know about me: My sessions are casual and down-to-earth. I consider myself to have thoughtful, useful conversations with people and humor can often be a part of sessions. I by and large stay away from vague questions, unusual exercises, or stuffy, odd language that therapists can be known for.
Further, there is no reason that therapy needs to be tedious or overly difficult. I’d much rather my clients enjoy their time and feel able to talk about life worry-free. I am also committed to using modern, science-based practices because 1.) They are known to achieve results and 2.) I value your time highly, meaning what we do together needs to benefit you in a prompt and obvious way.
I provide counseling for a variety of concerns. I often see adults or adolescents who are dealing with nervousness, intense stress, sadness, difficult break ups, personal loss, or difficultly connecting with others. Sometimes these symptoms constitute depression or anxiety, but often they are side effects of navigating a complex, modern life.
I have helped others in the mental health field for over 14 years. My experiences range from professional mentorship, treatment center leadership, community mental health, and private practice. I have also been known to volunteer my professional abilities in the Northern Colorado community. I possess a M.A. in Clinical Counseling, a B.S. in Psychology, and continually work to stay up to date as to best serve my clientele.
I offer a tailor-made experience designed for everyday people with anxiety, depression, and general life challenges. If you’re ready to have a thoughtful conversation with a regular guy, please call or email me today to get started. I look forward to working together!