Mary Dominguez, M.A., LPCC
Life can be messy and hard. It can also be beautiful, redemptive, and healing. I believe that counseling can be a vital part of our personal growth in our life journey in this process of reflection, healing, and growth. There are many reasons someone may seek out counseling and I look forward to sitting with individuals in all seasons. One of my favorite Scriptures is found in Isaiah 61:3, “to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes.” I believe that in our ashes and our pain, God can redeem and create something beautiful.
I sought out this profession for many reasons, one of which was my own therapeutic journey. In my mid-twenties, I went and saw a therapist for the first time. Through this process, I walked away with an immense amount of healing and self-awareness. My counseling experience embedded a great desire to bring this type of redemptive process to others. I have seen therapists in different seasons of my life and have always walked away stronger and more in tune with who I am.
In 2008, I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I went on to teach 1st – 3rd grade over the next five years and absolutely loved my time as a teacher. Getting to know each of my student’s unique personalities, strengths, and struggles was rewarding, and watching them grow throughout the year always amazed me. But I found that as a teacher, I was limited in my ability to help my students with some of their struggles. Many of the reasons they struggled in school had to do with other problems going on in their life. The decision to stop teaching was one to the toughest I’ve had to make, but the ability to pursue a counseling degree has given me the ability to help children on a far deeper level.
I graduated from Denver Seminary in May 2017 with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My internship was spent at Denver Christian School. While at Denver Christian, I worked with individual kids from kindergarten to seniors in high school. I also incorporated some of my teaching background and taught psychoeducation classroom lessons in all grade levels.
Beyond my time in school, I have worked with kids and adolescents in many areas. Throughout my four years in college, I was a high school youth leader at my church, which had a heavy emphasis on mentorship. After college, I got involved in Young Life ministry. I loved how Young Life met kids exactly where they were and loved them regardless of the way they were living. It was a physical and tangible example of how God interacts with us.
I have a warm, caring, nonjudgmental approach. My desire is to create a safe environment for you to have the space to heal. In addition, I hope to be a place where safety allows your raw, real, authentic self to emerge. I hope to work in a partnership to meet your goals. I believe we all have the capacity to heal and grow and I hope to provide the environment for such growth to take place. I believe our past experiences do not define us, but they do have an effect on how we think, feel, and behave. Ultimately, I will work alongside you to meet your individual goals based on your unique personality and needs. With children, much healing comes through play. Therefore, I will incorporate ways to play in therapy in order to provide a space to process and work through pain.
Personal Life and Interests
I moved to Colorado from Texas three years ago and have loved all the beauty Colorado has to offer. Though I will always miss my Tex-Mex food (especially queso!), I love it here. My husband and I have been married for two years. We were both Young Life leaders in the Dallas area and met while volunteering at Frontier Ranch, just outside Buena Vista. Frontier Ranch will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We love to spend our weekends in the mountains with friends. When we have time, we love to fly fish and hike. We have a 12-year-old yellow lab that joins us on our adventures.