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Ali Edinger

M.A.- Level Intern

Ali Edinger cornerstone christian counseling intern

Specialties

  • personal development
  • communication skills
  • business leadership and entrepreneurial support
  • life balance and stress management strategies
  • self-esteem and identity development
  • family and blended family counseling
  • anxiety/depression
  • life transitions
  • alcohol and drug addiction
  • grief/loss
  • women’s issues
  • motivational interviewing

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Client focus

Age

  • toddlers/preschoolers
  • children
  • preteens/tweens
  • teenagers 
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals 
  • premarital 
  • couples
  • family
  • group

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

I have a life statement that hangs on my bathroom mirror. It goes something like this: I exist to show the people that “Christian circles” avoid a tangible, real version of someone saved and loved by God. I exist to show everyone how much God loves them.

We’ve all felt the pain of not fitting in, and my faith has often done a poor job of creating a circle where we can all truly be seen and known.

This is not a unique phenomenon to faith cultures. We may feel like an outsider in our family. We may have trouble making friends. We may feel like an island in the business world. We end up finding our identity in the things that we do or the things that we own. And when life gets hard in a way we didn’t expect, it can really rock our sense of self and how we navigate through difficult times.

My goal is to provide you a safe, welcoming place for you to show up authentically. I promise, you don’t have to “fit in” to go to therapy. Our uniqueness is important–if you feel like you’ve been pretending, or you’re exhausted from being “on” all the time, I am here for you. I figure there’s no guarantee that people will like the people we’re pretending to be anyway, so we might as well be authentic! I hope I have the opportunity to know the real you.

What to Expect in Therapy

I believe you know your situation way better than I do–you are the expert of your own life. My hope is to help you untangle and make sense of your story with concrete tools and strategies.

Therapy can feel scary and uncomfortable. Oftentimes we reach out to a therapist when life is overwhelming and painful, and I’m honored to walk with you through those seasons. And sometimes, we just need a little help to make sense of the life that we’re in. Therapy is a great space to find support, encouragement, clarity, and acceptance.

There are stages to the therapeutic process–it’s like learning to use a limb after an injury. When we are first hurt, through trauma or difficult circumstances, we learn to live with it. The first few sessions of therapy can be hard, because we have to remove the bandage, clean out the wound, and assess the damage. You may feel exhausted or emotionally tender after those first few weeks. This is normal!

Eventually, just like with physical therapy, we can re-learn to use those parts of us that had been previously damaged. Healing happens, and we go on to live more fulfilling, complete, and healthy lives.

As a therapist, my goal is to create a space where you feel truly cared for and supported through this process of healing.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

I have lived all over the world–from the jungle of Belize, helping build an orphanage and a school, to South Africa, to raise awareness for infant abandonment. Through these experiences, I found myself talking to kids, teens, and adults who had been through so many different difficult experiences. Having grown up in a blended family myself, I realize I have a passion for normalizing real-life experiences and holding space for others that live differently.

What led me to Denver Seminary was a desire to have the official training to truly support people with concrete education, and to understand my faith better. I’m super passionate about helping people find who they are in the eyes of the Lord, and not the eyes of society.

I am finishing my internship this year, while also being a full-time business owner. Supporting other professionals in their mental health and personal growth is one of my biggest joys. I feel very fortunate to facilitate this passion of becoming a licensed therapist through the work that I do.

Personal Interests

I am a Denver native, born and raised; how many people can say that? When I am not running my business, attending classes, or interning, I love spending time with my dog, Olive. I also practice hot yoga throughout the week and spend the weekends paddle boarding or hiking. I also spend as much time as I can with friends, trying new restaurants, and walking to local parks.

One of my favorite things is to truly learn about the culture of others around the world and how they live their everyday lives, from washing clothes in a river to dancing in church!

Sometimes fear does not subside and one must choose to do it afraid. – Elizabeth Elliot

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

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