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Zack McMurren

MA-Level Intern

Zack McMurren -Cornerstone Christian Counseling

Specialties

  • anxiety
  • church hurt/spiritual issues
  • depression
  • grief/loss
  • communication issues
  • life transitions
  • men’s issues
  • spiritual direction
  • pet loss

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Client focus


Age

  • adults (18+)
  • teens (14-17)
  • preteens (11-13)
  • older children (8-10)

counseling type

  • individuals 
  • couples
  • families
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

Everyone has that drawer stuffed full of random items that would otherwise clutter their countertop. Sometimes we ignore it, but every now and then we clean that drawer out, find the proper place for some of the items and better arrange the ones that remain. 

Counseling is a lot like that process. Within the counseling room, you have the space to open the drawer–externalize any pain, turmoil, and brokenness. Together we can explore and examine each item to determine its proper place. Even if you’ve been to therapy before, things can get messy and disorganized over time. So therapy is a process that can be repeated many times over, whenever we need it. 

This process does require commitment–both time and work. My role as a therapist is to provide you the space for this work to be done. I believe you are the expert of your life, I am here to be inquisitive. When necessary, I can offer new skills, fresh perspectives, and always a compassionate and listening ear. 

What to Expect in Therapy

I understand seeking out therapy isn’t an enjoyable experience. You are putting yourself in a vulnerable (and possibly awkward feeling) situation because something went wrong, something doesn’t feel right, or you are in pain or turmoil. 

I make it my priority to help ease any feelings of awkwardness. The first session of therapy is your opportunity to feel things out, ask me questions and ultimately determine if you feel safe, supported, and heard. It is important to form a good therapeutic relationship with anyone you work with, as it’s critical to your support and success. The process of therapy is not always linear–it may feel messy, and at times it may seem like progress is lost, but within a trusting relationship change is attainable.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

I always knew I wanted to be in a helping profession. Originally, I embarked on the journey to become an orthopedic surgeon. However, after watching a shoulder reconstruction surgery I realized I would rather help people while they were conscious and owned their own role in the healing process. (Also, organic chemistry was a very difficult class.)

At the time, I had been volunteering with a youth ministry at a church in Boulder and really enjoyed it, so I decided to transfer to Colorado Christian University where I graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry. After working with middle and high school kids in youth ministry for 10 years I took a job at a residential treatment facility where I worked with adolescents who were living in the margins of society. My heart broke for these young people, and I felt led to do more, to take on a bigger role. I believed if I became a therapist I could do more to help these kids and prevent families from reaching such severe stages of brokenness. 

I am currently finishing my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary and will be graduating in December 2023. I have truly found my passion and my calling. It is an honor to be allowed to be part of this process and I will do my part to provide tools, skills, and perspective to help you create positive change in your life.

Personal Interests

In my opinion, there is no greater way to spend time than out on the golf course. I spend a good deal of time with my family and friends, and when I need to relax on the couch or take a leisurely walk, my 8-year-old chocolate lab Lugene, is always eager to accompany me.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV).

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