Hannah Huffman, LPC
My name is Hannah Huffman and I am an Individual Therapist in Grand Junction. I am a private practitioner and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a minor in Management & Organizational Behaviors from University of Missouri - St. Louis. I received my Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Webster University in St. Louis. While I am a Midwest native, I love everything that Colorado has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors and spending time with my husband and our dogs. I am deeply passionate about helping others on their journey and look forward to the opportunity to be a part of your journey as well!
I believe in an individual’s ability to create change. I support clients with restoring balance to their lives and relationships. I strive to provide a caring and supportive environment, which is conducive to positive change and growth. My therapeutic style focuses on building a relationship that cultivates growth, exploration, and further understanding of the path of life. In a session with me, clients will receive acceptance, warmth, and empathic listening that will allow clients to gain better insight into themselves and their relationships. My personal approach to working with clients involves concepts from Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, all within a Cognitive Behavioral framework. I truly believe that combining the key aspects of a variety of treatment modalities will best meet the needs of the client.
I have experience with providing short-term and long-term therapy to individuals and couples. My experience has involved helping people understand their problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans. I believe in a holistic approach, which involves collaborating with psychiatrists and physicians to ensure that the client is receiving the appropriate treatment.
I started my career working in the training and career/talent development field for an industry-leading managed healthcare company in St. Louis, Missouri. This experience has been invaluable with helping others navigate the complex corporate world and designing their career paths. I then worked for a Community Mental Health Center in Missouri where I had the opportunity to learn about complex mental health issues in adults. After moving to Colorado, I spent years working as a crisis clinician in the emergency department and hospital setting, which has allowed me to gain extensive knowledge in risk assessment and determining the appropriate level of care for patients in crisis. I have also worked for inpatient psychiatric hospitals, which allows for me to have a keen understanding when it comes to working with severe and persistent mental illnesses. I have found that my variety of career experiences has led me to be the counselor that I am today and that my practice offers clients a unique therapeutic experience.
First Responder and Workplace Secondary Trauma
Exposure to trauma is an occupational hazard for first responders and medical professionals alike, and as such, it is vital to practice self-care and know the signs that trauma is taking a toll. According to the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute, the effects of exposure to trauma are cumulative. The longer one has worked as a first responder or anyone in the care giving role, the more likely they are to have a reaction to trauma. Compassion Fatigue can manifest itself in many ways, including physical, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual changes and it can also affect people who work in a variety of job roles. As someone who has spent several years working in the high stress environment of an Emergency Department, I am able to understand the challenges and provide the necessary therapeutic services to people who have experienced secondary trauma due to their profession.
I'm also a member of the Colorado Plateau Crisis Support Team. The CPCST provides interventions to any emergency or first responder individual/agency as well as healthcare individual/agency requesting assistance or people directly involved in a trauma situation at no charge. The focus of this service is to minimize the harmful effects of job stress, particularly in crisis or emergency situations.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a powerful psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies. (for more information about research on EMDR, go to www.emdria.org.)
What issues are improved by EMDR?
loss of a loved one