Heidi Saltzman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with a full-time, private practice in Evergreen, Colorado.
Dr. Saltzman uses a client-centered approach, and she includes insight-oriented therapy, relaxation, cognitive techniques, behavioral changes, dream interpretation, art therapy, play therapy and EMDR in treatment as appropriate.
Dr. Saltzman works collaboratively and holistically with people of all ages, exploring emotional, behavioral, mental and spiritual factors. She has had a private practice in Evergreen since 2003, and has been practicing psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, children and families since 1995.
Heidi Saltzman grew up in Conifer, Colorado. She was inspired to be a therapist by her aunt who was a clinical psychologist. After graduating from Evergreen High School, she attended Cornell University in upstate New York, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Saltzman completed her dissertation on re-victimization, studying the high rate of women who are sexually abused as children and later sexually assaulted as adults. She held an internship at the VA Medical Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, helping Vietnam veterans deal with their trauma reactions in an intensive inpatient setting.
Dr. Saltzman then worked for nine years with at-risk children and families in a school setting through a community mental health organization in Colorado. She has been in private practice in Evergreen since 2003.
Phone: (303) 810-5856
Office hours: Dr. Saltzman is available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Tuesday through Friday.
Mailing address: PO Box 854 Conifer CO 80433
Practice address: 28000 Meadow Drive, Suite 9
Evergreen CO 80439
Dr. Saltzman shares an office suite with one other therapist in a building with a private entrance and waiting room. The office is handicapped accessible.
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It's a matter of perspective. Sometimes problems seem too big to tackle or dreams seem too distant to grasp. This is not necessarily true.
Like our bodies, our minds have a natural tendency toward health and healing over time, but we can get stuck in old patterns or perspectives that can derail that natural healing process.
We all have baggage from experiences and relationships throughout our lives that impact how we respond to current circumstances, some healthy, others not so healthy. For example, childhood trauma can leave an adult vulnerable to difficulties in relationships, functioning, self-esteem, coping and overall life satisfaction. Dr. Saltzman believes that all relationships and behaviors are affected by the expectations developed in past relationships, and she helps clients understand these patterns and learn to gain a new perspective.
A safe and structured environment in which to explore your perspective and patterns of being can be the key to living a more emotionally healthy life and connecting to others in present time.
It is important to let yourself experience your 'negative' emotions, so you don't get stuck in them. And it's important to have space from them as well. You can't be in gratitude and anger at the same time, nor can you be in love and fear at the same time. Thus, taking time to build positive coping skills and to find enjoyment in life can help balance looking at the difficult changes that need to be made in your life.
Dr. Saltzman believes in the mind-body connection and feels we can heal best when we address the mind, body and spirit together.
Group Art therapy in the park
The art of non-attachment helps people express themselves, release old patterns and learn radical self-acceptance. I have been a clinical "talk" psychologist for 20 years and find that while it is helpful and important in many circumstances, a lot of people are too "in their heads," or analytical and focused on the problem or what's not working. In my clinical practice, I have been in the business of accepting and validating clients, and I have come to believe it would be even more helpful if people could learn to accept and validate themselves. I often recommend mindfulness and being in nature, so I have created a new group therapy technique to help people be present, learn non-attachment and trust their inner guidance. My vision is that through the process of mindful, non-attached art therapy, people can see their deeper selves and learn to feel whole as who they are now â to see that there is more to them than the self that is defined by their thoughts or their story.
The 90-minute sessions will include 10 participants and run for six weeks. We will gather at a public park in a protected area. The sessions will be covered by most health insurance, and a sliding fee scale is also available. The sessions will begin with a short meditation, breathing and movement exercises to focus on setting an intention and being present. Participants will then engage in silent, mindful painting for about 45 minutes. This is not about being an artist or creating a great work of art; it is about the process! The art work will not be shared with the group. Participants will paint on the same canvas each week, painting over their previous work. This practice helps with being present, releasing and understanding that all form is impermanent. Participants will become aware of their feelings and express them; they will observe their thoughts and release them without judgement. After painting, there will be time for journaling or reflecting. Participants will not be required to share their experience. We will close each session with a meditation or visualization.
FOR QUESTIONS / TO REGISTER: Call Dr. Heidi at 303-810-5856
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming, is a highly effective, clinically proven technique that helps people process traumatic memories. While the memory remains, the emotional intensity and the meaning can shift. One of the important elements is "dual stimulation," using eye movements, sound tones or tactile vibrations going from one side of the body (and therefore the brain) to the other. The client thinks about memories or traumas while experiencing the bilateral stimulation. This technique actually changes the way the memories are stored in the brain. Clients generally experience new insights, changes in emotion associated with the memories, changes in perspective, and/or new associations. Thus, clients can move away from the pain and patterns created by the trauma and create a new way of being in their lives.