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    About Annika Papke, MA, LPC, LAC

    Annika enjoys connecting with people and helping them better understand what is coming up for them and causing the pain points in their journey.  She appreciates using humor and psychoeducation when appropriate.  Her style is laid back and she is extremely approachable.  Annika is experienced and knowledgeable and skillfully employs evidenced based therapies in a way that feels like a comfortable conversation.

    Experience

    Annika completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan.  After moving to Colorado in 2002, she completed her Master’s Degree at Regis University.  Annika spent several years working in the field of addiction and recovery gaining experience and knowledge around the cycle of addiction and codependent relationships. She has worked with individuals struggling with addiction and helped them process the trauma that was often at the root of the substance use disorder. She is a Licensed Addictions Counselor by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

    Using her knowledge of addiction and recovery, Annika has helped countless family members, partners and friends of addicts. She has supported individuals in setting and holding boundaries for themselves and the addict in their lives in order to break free from the cycle of codependency. 

    With over a decade of professional experience, Annika has worked with individuals that struggle with unresolved trauma or grief and has helped them to feel less ‘stuck’ in life.  She has been trained through Postpartum Support International and specializes in postpartum and perinatal mood disorders.  Annika is a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. 

    Annika has helped adults and couples move out of their pain and live a more fuller, happier life.

    Counseling Style

    Annika approaches her work in a caring and authentic way.  She strives to connect with clients and help them feel comfortable working through the uncomfortable stuff that comes up.  Her approach allows clients to become more aware of their difficult thoughts and feelings, and she works with clients to help them begin to challenge these in the moment.  There can be a sense of empowerment when we are able to just sit and notice a feeling, and Annika guides clients through this process in a simple way that enables change to occur.  

    Clients of Annika will often remark that they appreciate her straightforward attitude.  She is able to challenge clients in a compassionate way and works hard to remain present to the issues that are coming up in the session.  People come to therapy to feel better, and Annika’s style keeps you focused on your path forward to healing. 

    I'm here for you.

    My therapeutic journey has led me to work with relationships, trauma and addictions and being a guide through your own journey is something I am passionate about. Trauma can sound like a scary word and making the decision to honor your past to make changes takes a lot of courage.

    I have extensive experience in the substance use field, attachment disorders and adoptions. My goal is to help you feel heard and understood without shame and judgement. Everyone deserves to be their best self and it will be an honor to join you on your journey!

    What to expect

    So you have made the decision to find a therapist. You have done all the googling and all the research.  Now you are here and have no idea what’s next.  That can be pretty daunting and intimidating, so let’s walk through next steps together.  

    • The relationship between client and therapist is the most important aspect of therapy, so it’s super important that you feel comfortable with the person you are working with.  If you would prefer, we offer a free 15 minute phone consultation so you can get a feel for your therapist and ask any questions you may still have.

    • To schedule an appointment click HERE

    • We are currently offering both in-person and online sessions, so you can decide which feels more comfortable and convenient for you.  

      • If you prefer online, once you schedule your appointment you will receive an email inviting you to complete an intake packet along with a link for a HIPAA compliant telehealth platform

      • If you prefer in-person, you will still get the email to complete the intake packet and you do not need to bring anything with you to the appointment.  Masks are not required at this time and we ask that you stay home if you aren’t feeling well and we can switch to a telehealth session.

    •  Individual sessions last for 50 minutes.  Couples sessions can either be 50 minutes or 80 minutes.  The frequency of sessions is something discussed in the first session.  Typically in the beginning, sessions occur weekly or every other week. 

    • The duration of therapy is catered specifically to each client and some will only stay to work on brief, immediate issues, where others will continue to explore issues as they come up.

    Reach out to me today!

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    I will try my best to accommodate your request and will be in touch ASAP.

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    Located between Boulder & Denver 

    Serving all of Colorado