Office: 719-966-7135
222 1/2 F St, Salida, CO 81201

Crest Counseling Services

Emotional Well-Being. Personal Growth.

Mental health is not the absence of symptoms but the emergence of positive life experiences.

Simply put, we attempt to embrace and strengthen efforts you make to better your life. 

Our clinical philosophy embraces a comprehensive, dynamic, view of each person. Human nature and behavior are highly complex. There is no one theory that holds all the answers. Relationships can become a vehicle for change. It is through the use of spoken language and shared understanding that positive changes begin to occur within the Therapeutic Relationship. Understanding develops through verbal exploration (talking about it), with understanding comes choice (reflection), and with enough intentional repetition, behavioral mastery takes hold (change).

Change is a lengthy process happening in subtle increments where ambivalence [the simultaneous existence of two opposed and conflicting attitudes, emotions, etc.] is the norm. Practically speaking, there is no clear distinction between mental health and substance abuse counseling.

First, we focus on emotional experience and learning how to identify and convert emotional energy into words. This naturally leads toward understanding emotions and cognitive patterns that we tend to avoid. Often, it takes feedback from the therapist that emotional avoidance is happening. 

"I did 'IT' again?"

Recurring themes and patterns tend to happen across one’s lifespan. These patterns can be "worked through." Working through means we can develop more choice when it comes to a particular repeating behavioral pattern. We can seek out and learn new skills and behaviors that will help us manage our lives in more adaptive and productive ways.

"Why can't I just get over it?"

Many times, our past continues to interfere with our here-and-now experience. It is important these painful memories be explored, understood, and defused because these painful past experiences fuel our emotional and thought patterns until dealt with.

Interpersonal relationships are also critical to our long-term sobriety and resilience from mental illness symptoms. Often, interpersonal issues mentioned at the beginning of counseling will take shape between the therapist and the client. This clinical phenomena is why focusing on the relationship itself is a foundational aspect of the treatment philosophy at Crest Counseling. We view addiction as a relationship gone awry. 


Many of our clients are weary of psychotherapy due to negative experiences with other counselors. Rather than confront, we explore why you do what you do and help you make different choices.

More Information

Accepting Medicaid, CHP+, and most insurances, we provide a comprehensive menu of services going as in-depth as you are comfortable. We also provide some counseling services free via grant funding and through a sliding scale based on federal poverty guidelines. Just ask to see if you qualify. 

We're well integrated with the local medical community through First Street Family Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. Also, referrals can be provided for Psychiatric and Addiction Medicine needs. We're also the EAP for Chaffee County. 

Our approach is friendly and relational; however, it remains clinical and professional.

We provide a wide spectrum of Outpatient Services up to Intensive Outpatient Treatment. Our psychotherapy and counseling interventions range from cognitive behavioral (CBT) to psychodynamic but are tailored specifically to your needs. 

It is our intention to be the best behavioral health treatment team in the region. Our evidence is based on your results.  

Some Inspiration

This TED Talk given by a psychiatrist named Eleanor Longden who at one time in her life struggled through Schizophrenia illustrates the importance of some of the key components that differentiate our services such as viewing symptoms as messengers rather than enemies, developing our inner curiosity rather than reinforcing criticism, and transforming our basic relationship with ourselves from shame, loathing, and fear to a friendship based on compassion, understanding, and trust.  

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