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Victoria Renken

MS, LPCC, NCC

Victoria Renken cornerstone christian counseling centennial co

Specialties

  • women’s issues

  • eating disorders/body image

  • motherhood

  • life transitions

  • relationship concerns

  • identity development

  • perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

  • pregnancy loss, infant loss, stillbirth

  • pregnancy, birth, and NICU trauma

  • pregnancy after loss and high-risk pregnancy

  • rare and/or life-limiting fetal diagnoses (perinatal palliative care)

  • ministry professionals and church hurt

  • grief and loss

Experience Level

Client focus

Age

  • adults (18+)
  • older teens (16-17)

counseling type

  • individuals
  • couples (perinatal mental health only)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

I believe that counseling is the process of self-growth through relationship. The work you do throughout your counseling journey is holy, sacred ground and I consider it an immense privilege to navigate that journey alongside you.

Therapy is not only about your mental health, but your holistic health. I care deeply about your health: mind, body, spirit, emotions, relationships, routines – all of it. Our bodies are systems and when one area is suffering, it affects all of the other areas. Counseling allows us to explore many of these areas to bring balance and health back to our system.

As a result, I work from an integrative and person-centered approach to counseling. This approach is rooted in relationship, presence, and empathy, all of which allow us to have an authentic connection. Your values, lived experiences, perspectives, hopes, and beliefs matter and should be integrated into your counseling process.

I believe that we all have an innate ability, given to us by God, to navigate the challenges of life and return to a state of congruence when we allocate the time and energy to processing feelings, thoughts, suffering, and experiences with the support of a counselor. My use of therapeutic skills and the integration of what matters most to you (faith, values, beliefs) can facilitate insight and therapeutic outcomes when we work as a collaborative team.

Counseling is never one-size-fits-all. You are served best when your counseling experience is tailored to your unique needs, goals, and desires. Therefore, I will adapt skills, techniques, and interventions as needed to aid you throughout your therapeutic journey. Through the counseling process, I seek to normalize the vast array of emotions you experience in life while providing you with a safe space to process your story. Above all else, I hope you feel connected, understood, safe, and seen.

What to Expect in Therapy

Whether you are coming to counseling to address a specific pain, concern, or experience, or because you want to process your past and present, your story is an important part of the counseling process. Your story informs me of where you are coming from and provides insight into where you want to go. It provides information on relationships, events, patterns, and beliefs that may play a role in your current therapeutic work. It is important to me that I learn more about who you are and everything that has helped make you, you.

Counseling is a journey, and depending on what brings you to counseling at this time, it may stir up fear that each counseling session will feel heavy or overwhelming. Aundi Kolber notes, “This is what it means to be human…we feel the whole spectrum,” and I believe you will experience this in your counseling process. While we may discuss feelings like grief, sadness, pain, and anger, we will also hold hope and joy, and we may even laugh together!

I often integrate values work and a strength-based approach into counseling because our values provide a sense of safety during a process that can feel new and vulnerable. Honoring your strengths can encourage, foster hope, and allow us to build on the foundation you already have but might be unaware of.

I value you having autonomy and control in your sessions. You choose where we start each session. All of our work week to week will connect because it all matters and it is all part of your story.

My hope for you is that with time, you will find meaning, insight, growth, healing, grace, and self-compassion. However, I don’t expect you to get there after one session. The process of counseling is just as important as the overarching goals and hopes you have for your counseling journey. It is my wish that you walk away from each session knowing that you are never alone, and that hope and healing are possible.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

I received my Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2022. Throughout much of my career before and during grad school, I had the opportunity to spend five years working in the eating disorder field in a variety of roles. During these years I also worked in inpatient mental health and addictions treatment centers.

In 2021, I discovered my passion for maternal mental health, specifically, walking alongside families who navigate the heartache of infant loss, pregnancy loss, and stillbirth. During my final year of grad school, I had the privilege of attending several intensive trainings in the field of perinatal mental health, perinatal palliative care, and perinatal bereavement. At the same time, I devoted my time and energy to creating a grief resource library for families navigating infant loss at a large hospital in Dallas. It is an honor to utilize my background in counseling and advanced training to comfort those navigating grief and bridge the gaps in care for underserved populations.

In addition to my roles in the field of mental health, I’ve had the honor of working as a stay-at-home mom to our sons and as a member of our church staff where I supported the work of the Women’s Ministry. Working with women has always been a passion of mine, and I am fortunate that the wide array of positions I have held throughout my career have allowed me to understand many unique needs, challenges, and experiences of women.

Personal Interests

I’m a proud Vermont native who fell in love with Colorado and has considered it home since 2017 when my husband and I met in Denver. After leaving in 2019 and spending a few years in Texas, we recently returned home and plan on establishing our permanent roots in Colorado.

My husband and I have been married since 2018 and are the proud parents of our three children. Our two boys who we have the honor of raising on earth, and our daughter who knows perfect love and has called Heaven home since 2021. I’m happiest when I’m in the mountains and exploring nature. I love hiking, running, game nights, and watching old episodes of Jeopardy. I feel most fulfilled when I’m spending time in the places I love with the people I love.

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There are truly times when the best, healthiest, most productive thing we can do is not to try harder, but rather to try softer: to compassionately listen to our needs so we can move through pain—and ultimately life—with more gentleness and resilience.”- Aundi Kolber

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