Nicholas Chaisetseree, MA, LPCC
– Therapist –
I am from the Hudson Valley in New York, where I spent my summers teaching outdoor survival skills until I pursued my undergraduate education in Albany, New York. I moved to Denver to further my education as well as experience the outdoors in the Rocky Mountains.
I am passionate about the outdoors and nature. I like to spend my time hiking/camping and skiing as well as experiencing the live music that Denver and the surrounding areas have to offer.
While in school I went backpacking in Thailand while I reconnected with distant family members. After graduating from Albany I spent some time working at farm/school where I worked with kids with special needs providing animal-assisted therapy utilizing rehabilitating birds of prey and reptiles. Recently I’ve adopted a female orange tabby kitten who I’ve been loving being able to bring with me on my outdoor adventures.
“I am happy to continue helping other work through their trauma and adverse life experiences on a more individual level at Relate Family Therapy & Counseling.”
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, along with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. I also completed a Certificate of Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.
I spent several years spending the summers working in outdoor settings where I taught survival skills to adolescents and teenagers. I began exploring careers in helping professions as I knew I wanted to help others as my father had. Wanting to combine my love of the outdoors and nature with my desire to help others, I spent some time providing animal-assisted therapy for children and teens.
After getting my graduate degree in Counseling Psychology I spent some time working in a residential facility with at-risk youths where I helped provide a stable and healthy environment to work through their trauma via milieu therapy.
My approach to therapy most closely aligns with a client-centered approach, however I also draw from psychodynamic, CBT, ACT, and Gestalt Therapy utilizing helpful interventions from differing theories in order to tailor my treatment to each of my clients personal needs. I also utilize EMDR Therapy which can be especially effective in the treatment of trauma.
Everyone needs a safe place where they can spend the time to make sense of their life, where they can sort through and tackle the challenges they experience throughout their life. It is in that safe place where we can begin that journey together and take the steps toward creating a healthy and fulfilling future.
In therapy sessions I work collaboratively with my clients to decide the direction of each session. Therapy doesn’t always have to be hard and draining and I like to keep an air of lighthearted humor in the room. In session I include a number of techniques from a multitude of theories so that my clients experience is truly tailored to each of their specific needs. The techniques include play therapy, grounding exercises, worksheets, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and EMDR.
“The decision to go to therapy is an incredibly courageous one. It takes bravery to both admit that you need help, and then accept it. To start therapy is to start a journey of self-discovery, healing, and change.”