Colleen Ann McDonald, MA, LPC
New Life and Love Counseling


Before Your First Appointment
​​Why Counseling?
 A Pathway to Still Waters 
You have some ideas about the life you want to live, and you've made attempts to get there, but you realize you have a bit more distance to cover. We need encouragement to move past fear, anger, shame, guilt and sadness, and into the joyful, peaceful, and meaningful life we long for. You may relate to the problems and hope for the outcomes in one or several of the following scenarios:

There has been hurtful arguing between you and your child: Another call from your child's teacher. You imagine the possibilities: she didn't complete her class work, she lost her homework, she called a classmate a name, and refused to follow directions on several occasions... After 4 weeks of counseling; so discouraging! But wait. Your child's teacher is excited about her progress and wants you to know she can see that all of the work you're doing to help your child is paying off. 

2. There has been a Risk of Losing a Relationship: You just responded effectively to a disagreement in your cherished relationships. Come to think of it, you've been responding calmly and effectively more and more often. You are enjoying the peace and connection in your relationships, and you now have the emotional peace and the skills to maintain that.

3. There has been Intense Emotional Pain: For as long as you can remember you have felt emotionally raw.
The slightest look of
disapproval could send you into a spiral of shame and fear, and then every action you took to get out of the spiral took you deeper instead; the actions weren't in alignment with your values. In order to avoid those feelings, you avoided having a full life. But lately you have re-engaged in several hobbies, and you notice that when you walk away from most conversations you feel energized. You're even thinking about joining a meet-up group.
These are just a few examples of the types of problems that can be solved with the help of an understanding, effective counselor. With Rapid Resolution Therapy, progress is accomplished painlessly and in significantly fewer sessions than traditional talk therapy.
My office is easily accessed from 1604 . I offer evening and weekend hours; I typically see clients Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I am willing to schedule 2-hour Rapid Resolution Therapy sessions one Sunday a month. My rates are reasonable, and I accept some insurance plans
If you are ready to schedule, you can do so online , by text, by email , or through my contact submission form . When you leave me a message about scheduling, please include a few days and times that will work for you, and I will do my best to accomodate you.