Memory Rutherford, MA, LPCC, CAS, CCTP

Hello, I’m Memory

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

I believe that people can change and heal and that I am just a guide to help people discover what’s already inside them. I believe in focusing on a person’s strengths, not just their problems, and using those strengths to enhance the healing process. 

Although I’ve lived in Colorado for almost 20 years and love it, I am originally from Texas and am a Southern girl at heart. When I’m not working, I love hanging out with my husband and two sons, taking care of my houseplants and snacking on gummy bears and Reese’s peanut butter cups.

WHEN I’M IN THE THERAPY ROOM WITH A CLIENT, THEIR GOALS ARE MY GOALS. WHETHER THAT’S FEELING BETTER MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY, RESOLVING CONFLICTS AND IMPROVING RELATIONSHIPS, OR GAINING FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION AND/OR TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES, I’M WITH THE CLIENT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. I BELIEVE IN CONNECTING WITH CLIENTS ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL AND DEVELOPING A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITHOUT JUDGMENT OR CRITICISM. MANY CLIENTS COME TO THERAPY STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE, AND I ENJOY HELPING THEM TO SEE THAT THRIVING REALLY IS POSSIBLE!

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from The University of Memphis in 2002
  • Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (emphasis in play therapy) from Regis University in 2019
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (CO #LPCC.0016730)
  • Level II Certified Addiction Specialist since 2005 (CO #ACC.0996344)
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional since 2021
  • CBT and TF-CBT
  • DBT
  • Play, Sand and Art therapies
  • Narrative therapy
  • IFS
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing

I STARTED IN THE MENTAL HEALTH FIELD WORKING WITH TEENS, ADULTS, YOUNG CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM OVERCOMING STRUGGLES RELATED TO ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS, FAMILY DYSFUNCTION, SCHOOL/WORK STRUGGLES, PARENTING, AND POVERTY-RELATED STRUGGLES. I HAVE ALSO FACILITATED GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR DUIS. THIS WORK LED ME TO GET A MASTER’S DEGREE IN COUNSELING, WHERE I DISCOVERED MY CURRENT PASSION – PLAY THERAPY. FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, I HAVE BEEN THRILLED TO WORK WITH ELEMENTARY-AGE OR YOUNGER CHILDREN, USING THEIR NATURAL LANGUAGE OF PLAY TO HELP THEM EXPRESS AND UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND THE WORLD. NOT ONLY DO I GET TO MAKE NEW “FRIENDS,” I ALSO GET TO CHANNEL MY OWN INNER CHILD AND FEEL LIKE A (HEALTHY) KID AGAIN! I FEEL SO FORTUNATE TO BE ON THIS JOURNEY AND GET TO DO WHAT I LOVE!