August 25, 2015 (Boulder, CO)—Naropa University today announced the launch of Naropa Community Counseling, a community-based mental health center that will offer a broad range of accessible and affordable therapeutic services. The launch of Naropa Community Counseling addresses a gap within Boulder County, particularly for low- and middle-income clients. Sliding scale services will begin at $30. Naropa Community Counseling is located at 3400 Table Mesa Drive. For more information, please visit www.naropa.edu/community-counseling.
Naropa Community Counseling will specialize in affordable treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, and adjustment issues, and will integrate Naropa's unique contemplative approach to counseling psychology through a number of therapeutic techniques, including somatic therapy, art therapy, and wilderness therapy, among others. Under the direct supervision of licensed staff, interns from the accredited Naropa Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology will provide counseling services. Each Naropa Community Counseling staff member has undergone rigorous training and done significant clinical work.
Joy Redstone, LCSW, CAC III, has been appointed as the first Director of Naropa Community Counseling. Redstone is a licensed clinical social worker and addiction counselor, and is adjunct faculty at Naropa and the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. She is best known locally for her work as the award-winning former Executive Director of the Bridge House, a day shelter and resource center for the homeless. Redstone is also a contributing columnist to the Boulder Daily Camera and writes on issues of poverty and homelessness, mental health, and community wellbeing.
"For more than forty years, Naropa University has pioneered programs at the cutting edge of psychology, counseling, and therapy, and Naropa Community Counseling is an important investment in the health and wellbeing of our community," said Charles G. Lief, President of Naropa University. "The emphasis on low-cost treatment is especially critical for reaching members of our community in need of low-cost health care."
Naropa Community Counseling is the latest in a series of expansions by Naropa University. In recent months, Naropa has also announced the acquisition of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, as well as the launch of the Authentic Leadership Center, the Joanna Macy Center, and the Center for Advancement of Contemplative Education.