Hi, I'm Sabrina Merz. I provide office and nature based counseling in Boulder and the foothills. I also offer equine therapy with horses.
Counselor in Boulder, CO
Are you struggling with fears, panic, or irrational thoughts? Are you stressed and having a hard time coping? Anxiety can present in many forms. It may show up as lowered energy and vitality, in the form of somatic issues such as headaches and stomach aches, or it may present intensely via panic attacks. We can work together to get to the root cause of your worries, and create positive change that will build your coping skills and lower your overall anxiety levels.
Are you a college student struggling to manage expectations and responsibilities? Feeling depressed or anxious? Questioning your sexuality, gender, or life path? You may be on your own for the first time in your life, or feeling challenged by living with your parents. I can help you find your own sense of clarity and direction, in a nonjudgmental manner that honors your true self. We can improve your relationship and boundary setting skills, or explore patterns that may lead you to success.
Has your communication or relationship with your teenager broken down? Have you fallen into a pattern of fighting instead of relating? It is developmentally appropriate for adolescents to be working on asserting their independence and figuring out their identity. Support can be helpful through this challenging time of transitions. If your teenager is struggling with peer or school related issues, anxiety, gender or sexual identity, depression, or substance use, please contact me.
Horses are prey animals, whose survival is based on the protection given to them by being in a herd. This makes them sensitive to inconsistency, and they can feel this in people. In other words, horses can tell when our insides don’t match our outsides. This enables you to gain instant feedback on your actions, and gives us ample fodder for metaphor. Children, teenagers, college students and adults all benefit from counseling with horses.
Work in nature enables us to use metaphor and experiencing to heal and more deeply understand ourselves. Its benefits are innumerable. I offer counseling combined with time in nature to provide you with increased benefit. We will collaboratively design a treatment plan that brings more nature into your life in ways that work for you. This can be accomplished through walk and talk therapy in the forest, sitting in a peaceful setting by the pond, or in almost any way we can imagine!
Play Therapy provides an opportunity for children to work through their problems in a supportive and safe situation. While adults find relief in talking over their difficulties with a therapist, children are often unable to express their thoughts and feelings in words. Children communicate their thoughts and feelings through play more naturally than they do through verbal communication. Please contact me today if you feel your child could benefit from play therapy.