Helping you ... Helping yourself

About Lynne Foote

I am a licensed professional counselor who has been in private practice
in Boulder since 1984.
I work with an extensive age range, from college students to elders, on a vast array of issues. My areas of expertise are: Relationship and Intimacy Issues; Pre-marital Counseling; Sex Therapy; Divorce Recovery; Life and Career Transitions; Working through Grief and Loss; Midlife and Aging Issues; Recovery from past Trauma and Abuse; Unblocking the Creative Process; and Finding Life's Meaning.


A Personal Side


I feel like I came into this world asking questions and loving beauty. I am one who has always wondered what it's all about.
My life path is a reflection of this longing. I was an English major with an unofficial Philosophy minor during my undergraduate years. Here I was exposed to ideas that challenged my naïve but open mind. The years were the late 60s and we were in our own cultural revolution. I discovered Carl Jung's work in 1974 through the writings of Marie Louise von Franz's work on fairytales. These and other books by Jungian analysts were to be my core reading for the next twenty years. When I moved to Boulder in 1978 the spiritual doors opened for me. I was introduced to Buddhist philosophy and began a meditation practice in the strict Zen tradition under the guidance of the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn. I also entered two years of Jungian analysis.

In the summer of 1981 I went to an island off the coast of Maine for a twenty-one day workshop in Sensory Awareness with Charlotte Selver who was a youthful 80 at the time. (She lived to be 102 and worked until the very end of her life). Charlotte was a teacher for many of the great teachers of the late 20th century including Fritz Perls, Alan Watts, Eric Fromm, and Ruth Dennison. She co-taught classes with the Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki. Charlotte's work was electrifying for me and life changing. She showed me the importance of the mind-body connection, how to be awake and more alive in my body.  At the end of the three weeks, feeling a profound inner shift, I decided to make a pivotal life and career change. I decided to return to Boulder and enroll in the Boulder School of Massage Therapy to gain knowledge and hands-on experience of working with the body, and also to find a body-centered psychotherapy.

During my massage training I was introduced to Hakomi Therapy, the work of Ron Kurtz. Even after over 30 years of working with clients, I still find these techniques to be the best way to get to what is driving the deepest parts of the personality, the core belief system. This intra-psychic form of therapy is done in a state of mindfulness, a quiet inner awareness, where the client and I slip under the radar of the personality's automatic defense strategies straight to what is sourcing those defenses. This is change at a transformational level. At this point I also began my deepest inner healing by working with two therapists over the course of four years. After almost a decade of alternative training, I decided to return to a graduate level counseling program so I would have a more solid foundation for the depth work that I was doing with my clients.

I earned a Masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado
with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
in 1991. I knew at this point that the main focus of my work would be working with all aspects of marriage and relationship issues. I received my Licensed Professional Counselor license (LPC)in 1994. In 1998, I did Levels 1 and 2 training in EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and in the fall of 2009, I completed Level 1 and 2 training in BRAINSPOTTING. Both are effective therapies for trauma.

In the late 90s I also began studying the Enneagram, a psycho-spiritual model of nine personality types based on temperament. By 2003 I was moved by the profound wisdom in this model and trained with Don Riso and Russ Hudson over the course of the next two years. In 2007 I became certified as one of their teachers. Whereas I still believe that Hakomi is one of the best ways to get to the core material, I am convinced that the Enneagram is the best map for understanding this material.  Personally, no other model has shown me as clearly who I am on the inside, and by having these insights, I have been able to make more conscious and deliberate choices to grow and change. It is still not an easy task because the patterns of our personality run deep, but the way towards a healthier life becomes more clear, and with that insight, more possible.

Since 2010, I have been training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), the work of Sue Johnson out of Ottawa, Canada. This model uses the lens of adult attachment, which is the bond at the core of a partnership, to assess the nature and degree of relational distress. Johnson's model is supported by empirical research which shows that this technique is highly effective in bringing couples who are on the brink of divorce back from that edge, and creating new modes of interaction that enhance their capacity to have healthier, more satisfying connections. I completed the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) externship in the fall of 2010 and the Core Skills training in 2011.

On a personal note, outside the realm of being a therapist, I am an artist. Click on LYNNE FOOTE STUDIO to see my work. I paint in abstract acrylics, work with mixed media and book arts, and have a line of greeting cards of my photographs.

For further information on: Sensory Awareness, Hakomi Therapy, the Enneagram, EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), EMDR, or Brainspotting, click on MODALITIES.

The More Formal Side

Education:

  • Penn State, BA in English 1971
  • University of Pittsburgh, MLS in Library and Information Science 1974
  • University of Northern Colorado, MA in Counseling,
    with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy 1991
  • Boulder School of Massage Therapy 1983
  • Hakomi Therapy Training 1984-1985
  • Enneagram Training 2003-2004, Certification 2007
  • EMDR Levels 1&2 1998
  • Brainspotting Levels 1&2 2009
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
       Externship 2010; Core Skills Training 2011

Professional Experience:

  • Private Practice since 1984
  • Hospice Volunteer Bereavement Counselor since 1982
  • Naropa University, Adjunct Faculty 1994-2006
  • MA Transpersonal Program:
    Adult Development; Human Development; and Family Systems
  • BA Contemplative Program:
    Dynamics of Intimate Relationships (I taught this for 9 years)
  • Boulder School of Massage Therapy, Adjunct Faculty 1992-1993
    Body-Centered Therapy

Workshop and Group Facilitator:

  • THRESHOLD: A Personal Growth and Art-Making Experience for Women
  • FINDING CONNECTION: Re-Kindling Your Love, a workshop for Couples
  • Women's Support Groups since 1986
  • COMING TOGETHER, MOVING APART: A Workshop for Couples
  • NO MORE BODY WAR! A Workshop on Body Image for Women
  • COMING ALIVE! A Divorce Group for Women
  • LECTIO POETICA: A Contemplative Retreat with Word and Image

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • International Enneagram Association (IEA)
  • Boulder Psychotherapists' Guild
  • Sensory Awareness Foundation

Major Influences:

  • Jungian Theory
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Buddhist Mindfulness Practice: Zen and Vipassana
  • Hakomi Therapy
  • Enneagram Model of Personality
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
  • Art, Beauty, and Nature
  • My clients who teach me daily with their stories, their courage, and their willingness to face the unknown in pursuit of their greater truth and desire to live a richer life.

NEXT STEP

For information on who I work with, click on IS THIS FOR YOU? To learn more about my working style, click on HOW I WORK and MY SERVICES. Or for a free half hour consultation to see if individual or couples counseling can help you, click CONTACT ME, or call my voicemail at 3034472987.


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