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M.A., LPCC, NCC
In my experience, I have noticed many people make “agreements” early in life, regarding what is in store for them. These agreements can be due to circumstances, specific events, or what someone is told over and over. Many of us make these agreements a rule for life and never have the opportunity to engage with what God really wants for us. Consequently, it’s hard for many people to believe God rejoices when his children are living life to the fullest. However, it was Jesus who said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b).
Counseling is one process where someone can hopefully engage for the first time, or once again, in the full life God has for them.
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
The fact that you are reading this says a great deal about you. Despite the circumstances you
are facing and the pain you are trying to deal with there is something inside of you that’s helping you to keep going, and to try to find a way through the mess and the pain. My hope is to join you in your journey through this mess and pain. I am not the expert on your life, you are. However, I will work to meet you where you are at, hear your story, and together we can go from there. I am influenced by certain ideas and theories (EFT, REBT, MI), but I am not going to try and make your story fit into a certain mold. We are going to work together to make sure what happens in our sessions reflects your needs and your goals.
What to Expect in Therapy
I am passionate about therapy because at its core it is a relational process. Therapy isn’t just
about someone giving you advice or pointing out chinks in your emotional armor. It’s about
connecting with someone, being seen and heard, and in that process discovering something about yourself which helps you move forward. You can expect me to be genuine, empathetic, and nonjudgmental. This means I am going to truly be me, I’m going to plant myself in your world, and I’m going to accept you as you are. You can also expect me to do my very best to be up to date on tools and techniques which give us the best chance to accomplish your goals. Finally, you can expect me to pray for you both in and out of session. While I commit every day to doing my best for my clients I recognize where true healing comes from.
Qualifications and Experience
I completed my Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. While I was a student at Colorado Christian University, I interned with Bridgepoint Counseling, a non-profit counseling center in Arvada, CO. While there, I worked with adolescents, couples (both married and premarital), and adult males. While I’ve worked with clients I’ve had the opportunity to be formally trained in Motivational Interviewing and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Before entering into the counseling program at Colorado Christian University I spent 7.5 years in church ministry (2008-2015). All 7.5 of those years were spent ministering to High School and Middle School students while also counseling engaged couples.
Personal Life and Interests
My wife and I have 3 wonderful little girls. Together, we like to travel, hike, camp, play outdoors, and dance around to Disney music (a natural consequence of living with all girls). My other hobbies include reading, listening to podcasts (my tastes range from sports to slice of life) and exploring Colorado. I’m a HUGE fan of anything involving chocolate and peanut butter, and avoid country music like the plague.
“The glory of God is man fully alive.” -St. Irenaeus
Skylar Cook, M.A., LPCC.
Skylar is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the state of Colorado. He received his Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 2018. He is trained to work with couples (he is “Prepare-Enrich” and “SYMBIS” certified as well as trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy), adolescents, and clients struggling to change (he is also trained in Motivational Interviewing). Skylar has extensive experience working with teens in both a religious and therapeutic setting. Further information on Skylar’s training and education is available upon request.
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