I am Carema Cook-Masaud and Center for Compassion Couples Counseling PLLC is my Denver counseling practice. I offer couples therapy and couples workshops, and individual therapy for adults in the Sunnyside neighborhood of northwest Denver, Colorado.
I am grateful to call Denver home where I grew up, met my partner, and enjoy our extended family. My partner and I continue to live in Denver where we share the struggles and joys of being a committed couple and active parents of our five children. Our families bridge ethnicities, cultures and generations. We are continually learning from each other and creating meaningful bonds.
My General Philosophy
We all have a need to give and receive compassion through flexible, nurturing bonds. Our race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, spirituality and cultural identities interact with our self concept and how we relate to others. Our cultures organize the meanings we make of our emotional experiences and universal needs. Our emotional experience and needs are driving forces of how we think and act.
My Way of Counseling
I am an Emotion Focused therapist, which takes an Attachment Based, Experiential Approach to encourage present moment awareness of emotions, thoughts, and actions. Through empathic, unconditional regard, we will create a secure counseling relationship where you will be fully seen and fully heard. We will work together to facilitate deeper meaning of your emotional experiences along with mindful awareness of your needs to nurture compassionate connections with yourself, your intimate partner, family and others.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, and have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). I have an MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education specializing in couple and family, multicultural and youth counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. My BA is in Psychology and Special Education from Metro State. I have over a fifteen years of experience working with couples, families, and adults who seek fulfilling relationships, meaningful lives and general well-being.
My Guiding Beliefs:
- We are all compassionate by nature and share the same basic human needs to sustain life
- We are all resilient having innate motivation and ability to gain well-being and compassionate relationships
- Secure attachments create strong relationships, health and well-being
- Therapy is collaborative between the person seeking therapy and the therapist
- The person seeking therapy is the expert of their life and is capable of self-motivated growth
- The role of the therapist is a supportive guide to walk alongside the person seeking therapy
- Mindfulness practices create awareness of the pathways of our mind to detect emotions, overwhelming thoughts and spiraling moods
- Being mindful of our emotional experiences and universal needs encourages self-compassion and informed action creating well-being and authentic relationships
- Gaining awareness of and shifting away from judgment, blame and shame may free us from being “stuck” in beliefs and actions that do not contribute to meaningful connections and enjoyable living
- Awareness of our current emotions and basic human needs creates more informed choices and strategies
- People have a right to therapists who act with justice, beneficence (to do good), non-malfeasance (to do no harm), and fidelity (trustworthiness)
- People have a right to a safe, compassionate counseling experience regardless of (and not limited to) ethnicity, race, immigration status, faith, sexual/affection orientation, gender expression, family status, age, ability, and size