Scott Church, MA, LPC, NCC
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST)
I consider myself to be kind/caring, warm, open-minded/non-judgmental, compassionate, empathic, and intuitive. I strongly believe that people are inherently healthy, which extends to sexuality, sexual expression, sexual behavior/interests, and intimate relationship(s). We all have the capacity to heal and connect to this inner-wellness with the right conditions and support. It was my own healing process that called me to shift careers, become a sex therapist, and help others cultivate wellness, health, balance, and greater joy and pleasure in their lives. The therapy process is fulfilling to me, and my personal history is relatable to many, if not most, of my clients. I work with clients grappling with issues that I feel passionate about, can connect with, and know can be reframed and/or integrated in a healthy way. It is often not easy to talk about compulsive sexual behavior/sex addiction, sexual abuse, sex and gender issues, non-traditional relationship dynamics, or even traditional relationship problems, which is why I truly believe that finding an open-minded therapist who you can feel safe with and relate to is key to the healing and growing process.
As a gay male and survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I understand the confusion and suffering that can come with sexuality, sex (including sexual behavior that feels out of control), and forming relationships with others. My family shamed sex, ignored sexual abuse, and normalized scapegoating victims. It was through my own healing, however, that I was able to develop a very different, very healthy perspective on sex, sexuality, and sexual expression. As a practicing sex therapist, I do not make sexual behavior or sexual interests the problem. Rather, I help clients identify underlying issues, pain, and trauma; process difficult feelings; relate to their experiences in new, healthy ways; and learn how to engage in sex and sexual/gender expressions that feel whole and nourishing. I do not adhere to any kind of 12-step, abstinence-based program or formulaic approach. I believe that when we begin to reframe our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and perspectives and approach our lives, sexuality, and intimate relationships from a place of abundance and nourishment rather than from a place of longing, shame, or emotional poverty that true healing can occur and long-term shifts can be experienced. I deeply relate to this work and will embrace you, your questions, and your struggles with genuine openness, curiosity, and compassion.
I welcome and celebrate diversity in gender, sexual orientation, and sexual expression in my practice. I feel proud to serve individuals, those in relationships, sex workers/escorts, and those from communities across the spectrum. I work with people who identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, asexual, transsexual, transgender, cisgender, or binary, hold a totally sex-positive perspective, and engage each of my clients with a receptive, inquisitive mind. I also really enjoy facilitating relationship counseling of all kinds. I work with straight and same sex couples and open/poly relationships and help clients communicate about sex from everything to vanilla to kink. Like most effective sex therapists, I approach my practice from a place of non-judgment. What sets me apart, however, is that both professionally and personally, I truly believe that a healthy relationship to any and all forms of sexuality, sexual expression, and sexual behavior/interests is possible. I am interested in and supportive of all kinds of sex, sexual and gender expressions, and intimate relationships. There is not much that clients share with me that I have not directly or indirectly experienced myself and found health and wellness in. I sincerely believe that all forms of sex and expression can be nourishing, safe, healthy, and positive.
I am trained and practiced in many modalities that promote mindfulness/awareness and integrate the mind and body, including Somatic Experiencing (SE), a highly effective approach that facilitates the somatic processing of trauma; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which helps clients work toward acceptance, cultivate self-love, make friends with all parts of themselves, and build a strong sense of identity and confidence; and Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), a framework that encourages couples to gain clarity around their individual thoughts and feelings in order to better understand, be attuned to and care for their partner. I continue to train in these modalities and others, especially those that integrate the mind and body. I also understand that every client and relationship is unique, so while I often draw from these modalities, I always work in the moment and create a therapeutic approach that best addresses your specific history, personality, needs, desires, concerns, and goals.
Although I am passionate about the work I do with clients and take an active interest in learning about sexuality and psychology, I also spend time fostering the health of my spirituality, personal relationship(s) and sexual interests.. I love music–my first career was in the music industry. I spend time playing guitar and writing music. In addition to my regular contemplative practice, I have found music be one of the truest forms of mindfulness and meditation; it helps to keep me balanced and happy.
Scott Church earned his Master of Arts in Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University with additional coursework in Human Sexuality and Transforming Addictions. He is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC.0015255) in the state of Colorado, and a member of the Colorado Counseling Association (CCA) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He is trained and practiced in Sex Therapy (AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST)), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT).
Scott's Education, Training, anD CertificatioNS
Master of Arts in Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy
Sexual Health Certificate, Sex Therapy
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Somatic Experiencing (SE) – Beginning and Intermediate
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) – Level I and Level II
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – ACT I and ACT II
Praxis, taught by Steven C. Hayes
Approved Clinical Supervisor Training (ACS): Supervision I and II
Scott’s teachinG Experience
Naropa University–Adjunct Faculty (Fall 2018-Present) and Clinical Support (Spring 2016, Spring 2017, and Spring 2019)
University of Colorado, Denver–Adjunct Faulty (2019-Present)
Denver Family Institute–Adjunct Faulty (2019-Present)
Scott’s guest lecturing experience
Sex Therapy: Naropa University, and Naropa Community Counseling Center
Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Naropa University; Denver University; University of Colorado, Denver; and Denver Family Institute
Couple Counseling: Denver University; Naropa University; and Naropa Community Counseling Center
Scott's Professional Association Affiliations/Memberships
Caroline H. Leach, MA, LPC
I am genuinely interested in people – what hurts, what helps, what works, and what gets in the way. One intention I hold is to create an environment in which you begin to experience more confident and conscious choice in your life and relationships. Often we feel at the mercy of our circumstances, our past trauma, our moods and reactions, or the people around us. We want to change but we don’t know how and find ourselves doing the same thing over and over again. We want to be happy, but our attempts somehow wind up leading to more suffering.
My therapeutic approach hinges upon my capacity to stay present and fearless with whatever arises, which allows me to better respond to you in each moment rather than a solidified idea about who you are. Together, we will invite your innate intelligence and health to come out and play, looking for the way it is operating in even the most unexpected parts of yourself that might have been shamed or made wrong/bad along the way. My commitment is to stay in relationship with you regardless of what comes up and to help you foster trust in the wisdom and strength you already possess. Whatever you are facing is welcome and need not be faced alone.
Caroline H. Leach earned her Master of Arts in Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University with additional coursework in Sex Therapy at the Buehler Institute. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC.0015356) in the state of Colorado and a Certified Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Instructor. She is trained in Sex Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Counseling, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Caroline's Education, Training, and Certification
Master of Arts in Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy
Sex therapist and Counselor Blended Learning Program (Expected Completion December 2019)
Mindfulness Meditation Certified Instructor
Ashtanga & Yin Yoga Certified Instructor
Yoga Bliss, Lembongan, Indonesia
Intensive Hatha Yoga Certificate
Acharya Ayurveda, Rishikesh, India
CAROLINE'S EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND CERTIFICATION
Naropa University, Clinical Support (Fall 2014, Fall 2015) and Clinical Placement Team (Fall 2017 – Spring 2019)
Royal University of Bhutan, Faculty & Clinical Supervisor (2016 - 2017)
Gender and Oppression: Naropa University