A Different Kind of Mental Health Counselor in Longmont
My name is Faith Halverson-Ramos and I’m a mental health counselor and music therapist. As such, you could say that I help people get “in tune” with their mental health. Although, given the relationship between mental health, physical health, and music, it could also be said that I help people tune into their overall well-being.
Essentially, though, I work with people who want to better understand themselves. These are people at any age who are having a hard time knowing who they are and what they want out of life. They are kids or teens trying to figure out where they fit in. Sometimes they’re adults facing a difficult transition and recognizing that their past is holding them back. They are older adults who never really thought about what it would be like to get old.
Why Someone Might Seek Counseling Help
As a mental health counselor in Longmont, I recognize that reasons vary as to why a person might need help. Some people who work with me have experienced a life-changing event. For example, they may have experienced the loss of a relationship or job. They’re having to figure out how to move forward and they need some help finding their way.
While others might have pre-existing mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. For whatever reason, their life is being negatively impacted by these things right now. Because of this, they need help managing the strong thoughts and feelings that come as a result. By doing so, they can have greater control over their impulses, actions, and behaviors.
And still, some people may have questions, doubts, or fears related to their sense of self. These concerns can be related to self-identity, self-esteem or sense of self-worth. They don’t know who they are or they don’t like who they are. These concerns can sometimes relate to a life-changing event or pre-existing mental health concern.
However, this isn’t always the case. For example, sometimes a person may be coming to terms with their gender or sexual orientation. Still, others may have internalized the messages they’ve received from others. As a result, they have made these messages their own. They are needing help with accepting themselves for who they are, as they are. I’m here to help them and to provide support without judgment.
How I Work With People as a Mental Health Counselor
In working with clients, I take a trauma-informed holistic approach. This means that I have an understanding of the effects of trauma. Along with this, I view people in the fullness of who they are. Additionally, I have a strong interest in human development and mental well-being throughout the ages and stages of life. With this understanding, I am able to work with people throughout the lifespan and I enjoy doing this.
Below you can learn more about my professional background and interests. This is so you can better understand who I am as a therapist and how I work. When choosing a counselor to work with, it’s important to know if they’re someone with whom you can connect. It is my hope that this will be helpful to you in making your decision to work with me.
Who I Am as a Mental Health Counselor
The following are a few of the things that makes me different in terms of how I work as a counselor:
A Contemplative Approach
Valuing Mindfulness and Contemplation
My approach is heavily informed by mindfulness and contemplative practices. This helps me to be present with people and to be able to hold space for them in the midst of their pain and confusion. Furthermore, these are valuable skills for clients to have themselves.
By incorporating mindfulness into our work together, clients can:
A Transpersonal View
Recognizing that there's more to being human
Additionally, my training in transpersonal psychology influences my work. This view helps me to recognize how profound personal growth can come from pain. Likewise, this view acknowledges that there can be more to our lived experiences than just our bodies and minds.
Such a view can be helpful when working with people struggling with meaning and purpose in life. As well a transpersonal view allows space for discussions around personal spirituality and beliefs. Such discussions can have a positive impact on a person’s health and well-being.
A Sense of Humor
Seeing the Humor in Life and Not Taking Myself Too Seriously
Humor is another tool I use in counseling and in life in general. Sometimes it’s hard to not find a certain cosmic humor or absurdity to life. That’s not to say, however, that I view client’s problems as funny. Rather, it can be funny at times at just how life unfolds.
Being able to find humor and lightness in spite of difficulty and pain is an important ability to have. This is because laughter is beneficial to health. As well, by not taking ourselves too seriously, we can open a door that allows for a different or larger view.
Within this, we can then also better recognize our role in this dramatic comedy called, “life.”
As well, my professional experiences are unique. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings as a therapist and educator. These opportunities include working both here in Longmont and abroad.
Settings I’ve worked in include:
- Special education in public schools
- Early childhood education in both public and private schools
- Community mental health
- Residential mental health treatment programs
- Eldercare, including working with those with Alzheimer’s and other neurological or cognitive issues
- Palliative care and hospice
In each setting, I’ve had the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds. This includes ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation, and religious or spiritual beliefs.
I greatly value every one of these diverse experiences I’ve had. Because of these experiences, I have a deep appreciation of the human condition and our shared humanity. Every person I encounter as a mental health counselor and music therapist has a story to share. As such, it is an honor to help people find their voices, embrace who they are, and to find their way.
As a person, I try to walk the walk and not only talk the talk. That means while I encourage others to be involved in their communities and to confidently put themselves out there, I strive to do the same thing for myself. The following are other values and interests I hold as a therapist.
Because community and culture can play a role in mental health, I believe in giving back to the community. Some of the ways I do this are through:
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT), Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG)
Public Speaker and Presenter
Educating the Public
In addition to my work as a therapist, I also enjoy presenting. As a public speaker, I have presented nationally and internationally on the topics of:
One thing is for sure, as long as I’m living, I’ll want to learn more. This is because I find the world to be an amazing place and know that there is so much to learn. I enjoy having a curious mind and I hope to help foster that in others.
As it turns out, professional development and continuing education is also necessary for therapists. So it’s clear that I chose the right profession for myself.
Some of the areas in which I continue to study and contribute professionally include: