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Updated on Jan 09, 2024

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Xandra Hawes, LPC

Colorado, LPC #0016101

Seeing clients since 2016
About Xandra | She/her

Meet Xandra Hawes, a holistic therapist in Boulder trained in Buddhist Psychology and Contemplative Psychotherapy. She specializes in helping sensitive, empathic, and intuitive adolescents and adults heal anxiety and depression so they can tap into their inner knowing and discover true empowerment. Xandra also specializes in women's issues, LGBTQIA therapy, HSP therapy, and spiritual awakenings. She often works with starseeds and empaths who feel like "old souls" and have a connection with nature, animals, spirituality, and mysticism. What sets Xandra apart is her holistic approach, emphasizing mind-body-soul integration. She is trained in energy healing, attachment therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness and meditation. She tailors her methods to each individual, recognizing their unique needs and goals. Xandra values the therapeutic relationship and builds trust, empathy, and respect with her clients to facilitate personal growth. For Xandra, psychotherapy is not just a profession; it's a calling. She's dedicated to helping others rediscover their soul essence and thrive on their journey to self-discovery and emotional well-being.

Message to clients

Dear Empathic Being, I'm sorry it's been really hard to figure out what to do. We all get a little lost sometimes and the world is really heavy right now. It takes a lot of courage to reach out in hopes of finding someone who can help you heal and rediscover your inner compass. If you desire to liberate your heart space, connect deeply with your intuition, develop self-trust, and cultivate meaningful relationships, then I would love to support your healing journey. I believe the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected, and it is easier to eradicate emotional difficulties, unhealthy patterns, and mental health issues when you are connected to your authentic self, which I call your soul essence. When trauma and difficult life experiences happen, we often disconnect from this lighthouse within us, and it can feel like a part of us is missing. My mission is to help you reclaim this part with kindness, forgiveness, and joy. I offer free 30-minute consultation calls so I can learn more about your background, healing journey, and goals. Reach out today to see if I am a good fit to support this next chapter of your life. All the best, Xandra Hawes, MA, LPC Holistic Therapist

Education

Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Naropa University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Shamanism, Wiccan/Paganism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Highly sensitive people, Spirituality

Additional areas of focus

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Trauma, Stress, Self esteem/self worth, Life transitions, Existential questioning, Codependency, Adolescents/teens, Depression, Highly sensitive people, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Holistic, Empowering, Affirming, Calming, Inquisitive

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy

Cost

$160

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

I trust Xandra with client referrals because I believe that her clinical skillset is nuanced, compassionate, informed, and well-practiced. She is devoted to her own personal growth and evolution, and I see how this translates into effective therapeutic work with clients. Xandra builds strong and warm therapeutic connections to her clients, helping them feel safe and seen in order to do deeper trauma work. Xandra is an excellent clinical that I trust!

—Kirsten Hartz, LPC LAC
Peer review

I have known Xandra for many years. She has incredible insight and deeply cares about her clients. I would recommend her to anyone and couldn’t speak more highly of her.

—Dan Michels
Peer review

Xandra will be an excellent therapist for you if you are seeking a therapist with soul and a spiritually integrated perspective. She is genuine, open-hearted, and wise. Her warmth and sense of humor is a joy to be around and her presence healing.

—K. Michelle Johnson
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Joni Beckner, LPC

Colorado, LPC #6453

Seeing clients since 2005
About Joni | She/her

Joni Beckner, MA, LPC, ATR-BC holds a BA in Social Work and received her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2008. She was the Director of The Center for Hope & Healing and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist. Employed by HopeWest for 21 years and now in private practice, her work has included counseling and supporting terminally ill patients and their families. Her interest and passion for using art therapy with children, adolescents and adults has evolved out of her experiences in hospice and palliative care, in psychosocial rehabilitation for chronically mentally ill adults, private practice for seven years and psychiatric & behavioral hospital care in both acute and residential treatment. Joni’s associations include the American Art Therapy association, the Art Therapy Association of Colorado and the National Association of Social Workers. Her presentations at the local, regional and national levels have pertained to her work with incarcerated grieving teens, bereaved children and teens, anticipatory grief and art therapy. She is an advisory board member for Sozo Youth Sanctuary Foundation. Ms. Beckner established ArtLight Therapy & Studios to incorporate her creative therapy practice with her own artistic endeavors. Over the years Joni has enjoyed freelance and fine art projects, which have included children’s book illustration, real estate illustration and commissioned drawings and paintings. She has participated in juried exhibitions at the regional and national level. Her contributions of original art to many non-profit groups have included the National Hospice Foundation.

Message to clients

ArtLight Therapy & Studios is a gallery and studio space dedicated to art therapy practice, creative psychotherapy, and the exhibition of emerging and established artists. Nearly 30 years of experience inform my counseling, art therapy practice and creative coaching. I am working in Western Colorado and online with a wide range of clients who are looking for expanded wellness and peace, direction, connection and purpose. One of the most significant aspects of this process is shining a light on those places that are challenging for us- the beliefs we hold that don’t serve us or the thoughts we have the keep us from living into the brighter more illuminated places for which our heart longs.

Education

Masters of Art Therapy & Counseling, St. Mary of the Woods College, 2008

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Hispanic culture, European culture, Black culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism, Indigenous spiritualities, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Adolescents/teens, Adults, Anxiety, Depression

Additional areas of focus

Existential questioning, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Midlife stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia spectrum, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Spirituality, Parenting, Neurodivergence, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Life transitions, Infidelity/affairs, Depression, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Cancer, Body image, Anxiety, Adolescents/teens

Therapeutic style

Calming, Holistic, Passionate, Laid back, Conversational

Modalities

Art therapy, Depth psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Ecotherapy (nature therapy), Attachment based

Cost

$150

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Individual Session

$150

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Couples Session

$150

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Many through Sondermind (ask me during a consultation!)
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Does not provide superbills for out-of-network-benefits
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Should you decide to work with Joni, you will be heard, you will be encouraged in your work to heal, and you will be accompanied by a dedicated therapist. Her skills are sound and experienced, and her presence by its nature is both safe and warm.

—Catherine Owens, MA, LPC
Peer review

Joni will hold space for whatever struggle you are going through. She is sensitive, kind, non-judgmental, and immensely supportive. Her knowledge of psychotherapy and art therapy make her a cut above the rest. Utilizing creativity for personal growth, navigating the challenges of life, and healing and recovery is a powerful avenue that Joni understands. Even if you don't think that you are creative, she can help you tap into a deep well of resources within.

—Lisa Burns, LPC
Peer review

Joni is a kind, compassionate counselor. She is approachable and has a great ability to meet each client where they are in their own individual process. She has extensive training in a variety of theoretical frameworks and modalities to promote healing and change for each person that she works with in a supportive environment.

—Brittni Turner, LPC
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Leanne Morton, LPC

Colorad, LPC.0016303, ATR #19-152

Seeing clients since 2015
About Leanne | She/her

Leanne received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health and a Concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University. Transpersonal Art Therapy recognizes the mind, body and spiritual aspects of an individual, and that art-making can facilitate meaning-making and natural healing for therapy clients. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Colorado and a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Leanne holds a certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International (PSI).

Message to clients

My story of becoming an Art Therapist begins as a young girl; creating art was the only way I knew how to move through complex emotions throughout my childhood and into adulthood. One of the most profound transitions for me was the initiation into motherhood. Although I had been a practicing Art Therapist for many years, I was not granted immunity from the profound challenges of becoming a modern mother. Since then, I have learned how to reconnect with my inner wisdom and become the artist of my life again. My healing journey and experiences as a mother continue to inform my work supporting women throughout all stages of life. I am honored to walk alongside you as you continue to make marks on the masterpiece of your life.

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Naropa University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Spiritism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Wiccan/Paganism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Trauma, Postpartum depression, Highly sensitive people

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress

Therapeutic style

Holistic, Calming, Affirming, Inquisitive, Empowering

Modalities

Art therapy, Astrology, Attachment based, Mindfulness based, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused, Somatic therapy

Cost

$165

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Leanne embodies integrity and heart in her work with her clients. As a fellow therapist myself, I learn from and feel inspired by Leanne's work with clients. She is highly insightful, warm, and supportive of the creative expression of her clients.

—Melanie Warning, LPC
Peer review

Leanne offers a grounded, attuned, and heartfelt presence as a therapist. She walks the walk herself, knowing what it is like to do deep healing and growth, making her a strong guide in accompanying others on their own journeys. Leanne is an excellent practitioner, with much experience, knowledge and passion.

—Lane Taplin, LPC, ATR
Peer review

Leanne is a wonderful person and therapist. She is one of the most compassionate and empathetic therapists I know. She also brings a high level of professionalism and excellence to each task she undertakes.

—Andrea Russell, LPC
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Year Started practice
Specialties
Xandra Hawes

$160

2016

Anxiety, Highly sensitive people, Spirituality

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Joni Beckner

$150

2005

Adolescents/teens, Adults, Anxiety, Depression

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Leanne Morton

$165

2015

Trauma, Postpartum depression, Highly sensitive people

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Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

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Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

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We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

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