Rachel M. Louden, LCSW

Rachel Louden LCSW is an experienced therapist in downtown Denver who provides the highest quality psychotherapy and counseling to individuals and couples for maximum personal growth. Email me for a free consult now! [email protected]

Rachel M. Louden, LCSW has nearly 20 years experience as psychotherapist. She has been in private practice for 15 years. She is committed to providing classic and high quality psychotherapy to individuals and couples. Email for a FREE consultation!

Mission: Providing the highest quality psychotherapy to individuals and couples for maximum personal growth.


Still Talking After All These Years

I attended this conference last week and it was incredible.

nytimes.com At the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the seminars covered the quantum hologram (huh?) and President Trump.


American Psychoanalytic Association

Yes! It works.



Debunking Myths About Estrangement

The holidays are not so easy for many people when they are estranged from their family. Turns out - it’s more common than you think.

nytimes.com New research challenges the deeply held notion that family relationships can’t be dissolved and suggest that estrangement is not all that uncommon.

Rachel M. Louden, LCSW

I now offer psychoanalysis for appropriate clients. What is psychoanalysis? It is a multiple day a week treatment, while you recline and relax on the couch in a safe space, that allows clients to reach deep into their mind to find the answers to emotional freedom, to uncover your life's narrative and to make lasting changes that can consciously direct your future.


The Existentialist Prepares to Die

Irvin Yalom is such a gift. His writings are insightful treasures and his compassion for the human condition is unparalleled.

theatlantic.com As a psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom has helped others grapple with their mortality. Now he is preparing for his own end.


Pope reveals he had weekly psychoanalysis sessions at age 42

Wow. Who knew? Glad he can role model taking care of one's mental health as a positive.

theguardian.com Francis says he visited psychoanalyst for a period of six months ‘to clarify a few things’ and that now nothing frightens him

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The Birth of a Mother

nytimes.com Becoming a mother is one of the most significant physical and psychological changes a woman will ever experience.


Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients?

acestoohigh.com When I was twelve, I was coming home from swimming at my neighbor’s dock when I saw an ambulance’s flashing lights in our driveway. I still remember the asphalt burning my feet as I stood, paralyze…


Your emotions are valid.

(image via Active Minds, Inc.)

The Gottman Institute


Self-care is not selfish; it’s one of the best things you can do for your family.

I now offer psychoanalysis for appropriate clients. What is psychoanalysis? It is a multiple day a week treatment, while you recline and relax on the couch in a safe space, that allows clients to reach deep into their mind to find the answers to emotional freedom, to uncover your life's narrative and to make lasting changes that can consciously direct your future.

Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life

You do not have to show up for hostile, hurtful, negative behavior in others. You have the power. It's your choice. xo Barb


How I managed not to kill myself yesterday.

The struggle is real.

hellohumans.co I want to go on the record and say that I, Sam Lamott, am a proud member of the tribe still alive, I find existing exhausting at times...


NAMI is saddened to hear about the loss of Carrie Fisher, an inspiring mental health advocate, who spoke openly to help end stigma. #stigmafree #IStopStigmaBy: Spreading awareness

NAMI Austin

May the force be with you Carrie Fisher.

We remember Carrie Fisher as talented actress and brilliant writer but most importantly, we honor her for her bold and fearless role as a mental health advocate. She understood the power of sharing your story and reminded us it's absolutely necessary to talk about mental health! Rest in peace. You will be missed!

World Economic Forum

True for children AND adults.

Why being bored is good for children. Read more: http://wef.ch/2cQ3se8


The work of thousands of NAMI advocates has paid off. Congress heard NAMI’s voice through hundreds of thousands of phone calls, emails and tweets, and they answered. Learn more here.

#IStopStigmaBy: Supporting #MentalHealthReform | #StigmaFree

The Gottman Institute

"Calm down"

Don't ever tell your partner to calm down. Your goal isn't to change their emotions, but communicate that you understand and accept them.

Maybe I can help with #2. 😊


Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to Work

Trauma changes us fundamentally and is the root cause of much suffering.

nytimes.com A person’s understanding of their own early trauma can lead to transformative change.


Bringing Baby Home: The Research

Having a baby changes everything. And 67% of the time, not for the better.

gottman.com In sixteen studies conducted on parents before and after their baby’s birth, Drs. John and Julie Gottman and their associates discovered the following:



Uncannily Youthful At 67, He Embodies Antidote To Bummer 'Biggest Loser' Study


www.wbur.org Professor Wayne Westcott offers an uplifting antidote to the news that the TV show's contestants tend to gain back all the weight and burn fewer calories.

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The first time Robert Davies mentioned to a therapist that he might be gay, she asked if he wanted to accept that or have it "fixed."


Personality Can Change Over A Lifetime, And Usually For The Better

npr.org Psychologists have been arguing for decades over whether personality traits are real or a myth. More recent research shows that traits are real, a scientist says, and have big effect on behavior.


Did you know that 22 veterans and 1 service member take their lives each day? Many of these individuals suffer from wounds of war that are psychological in nature and not always easily seen. This Memorial Day, we honor those who have fallen in service to our country.

#StigmaFree #MentalHealthMonth #MemorialDay


Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

NYT Now: Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person


nyti.ms Embrace a philosophy of pessimism. Every human will disappoint you, and you’ll do the same to them.


The Gift of Presence, the Perils of Advice


onbeing.org A helpful word can be a salve, but it's not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.


Tatyana Brown - "Gaslit" (NPS 2015)

Have you heard of gas lighting? It happens by abusive parents and in relationships too. When you are sure something is wrong and try to name it, but the abuser makes you think it's all in your head. This is powerful.

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He Rescued A Dog. Then The Dog Rescued Him

A really moving story about the physical and emotional healing that came from rescuing a dog.

npr.org Eric O'Grey was 51, obese and suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol when he took home an overweight shelter dog. Now the duo are headlining a campaign on how pets improve humans' lives.


Should Therapists Analyze Presidential Candidates?

nytimes.com To offer a diagnosis for someone we’ve never met — let alone offer treatment recommendations — is fraught both ethically and scientifically.


The Secret to Love Is Just Kindness

If you follow this research, you'll likely never need a couples therapist. It's not always easy to do but Gottman knows the formula for a healthy relationship.

theatlantic.com Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.


Pregnant women and new moms aren’t getting enough attention when it comes to depression. New guidelines are meant to address that, and reduce risk to mother and child.


Martin Luther King Jr. day celebrates a man known for his inspiration, dedication and message that is just as important today. However, he is less known for having lived his life with depression and even attempting to take his own life a kid, but the greatness he is known for and the character of his heart were not determined (or undermined) by a diagnoses. That drive inside all of us seeks out the light, and King, to many, is a beacon in the dark. Happy #MLKDay.


Therapy wars: the revenge of Freud | Oliver Burkeman

A long and fascinating article.


theguardian.com The long read: Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?

This is how I feel about my dog, Daisy. 🐶❤️


Sometimes Confusion Is A Good Thing

Psychotherapy can often feel confusing and murky for a while until clarity comes bit by bit. I think this article is relevant to that process.

npr.org Though confusion can be bad, it's likely to benefit learning when it's related to the material you're trying to understand — and when you have the support to work through it, says Tania Lombrozo.


Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

I think many of these concepts apply to psychological growth too.

ww2.kqed.org Carol Dweck's work has made growth mindset a hotly discussed topic in education. It has also spawned misunderstandings about growth mindset and what it means in education.

I did my second internship at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in the out-patient mental health clinic. I worked with vets from WW II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf war. It was humbling in so many ways. It changed me forever. Our veterans and their families sacrifice more than we can ever know. We need to take the best care of them when they come home to US soil.

Many of our veterans and service members are fighting different battles this Veterans Day. PTSD, depression and suicide are mental health challenges they face that don’t determine their strength or character. The stigma of seeking help needs to end.


Are you trying to “settle the score”? Try Pema Chödrön’s advice for “Choosing Peace” instead

lionsroar.com Try Pema Chödrön’s advice for “Choosing Peace” instead


How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty

This is a fantastic article about how "not knowing" creates opportunities for growth and development. This is absolutely true in the psychotherapeutic process. So many clients want a straight line from A to B in therapy -- likely because cognitive/manualized models and psychiatric medicines have promised a quick fix -- but good therapy and personal growth doesn't work like that. "A-ha" moments of consciousness and change always come unexpectedly and when they do, they are the MOST powerful life changing realizations of all. It is very challenging for me as a therapist to reassure clients that we are working hard even when the road isn't very clear and uncertain. Clients are in personal pain and they want relief fast, but good therapy takes time and a tolerance of not knowing exactly how the process will unfold - but trusting themselves and me to navigate the journey.

ww2.kqed.org Teaching students how to confront what we don't know can trigger curiosity and lead to new discoveries, according to author Jamie Holmes.

An offering from a fellow therapist. I really don't feel like this ever (I want my clients to do all the talking!) but oh my goodness, I laughed so hard when I read it. Humor and laughter are necessary parts of good treatment.

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