Jaime Ascencio, Ph.D., HTR

When was the last time you closed your eyes to better feel the sun on your face? Walked barefoot through the grass? Dug your hands into the dirt? Many of us are missing these opportunities for connection with nature, and our health and ability to heal from life’s challenges is suffering as a result.

So let’s slow down. Let’s connect. Let’s find what matters most, what brings you joy, and what changes you need. Let’s heal.

My job as a therapist is to help you try new perspectives, find your strengths, build skills, connect with your inherent worth, and to hold you accountable to your goals.

To do this, I primarily use techniques based in humanistic therapy, nature-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In non-technical terms, this means that I value our relationship and already see you as a capable, valued human being. I’ll show up authentically with you and hope you will feel comfortable being your true self during our time together. I’ll help you change thought patterns and ways of coping that no longer work for you. I’ll also support you in finding ways to be fully present in the moment and move toward your values. And if you’d like, I’ll help you find ways to get your hands dirty (literally) in nature.

Outside of therapy, I enjoy spending time with my family (an infant son, husband, and two pet birds), being outside, eating my daily bowl of ice cream, reading books, and playing soccer. I have a dry sense of humor and am enthusiastic about anything placed in front of me.

education

Ph.D. – Colorado State University

M.S. – Colorado State University

B.S. – University of Wisconsin, River Falls

clinical experience

Fraser Autism Center for Excellence

Counseling and Psychological Services at Washington State University

Counseling Services at Colorado State University

Aging Clinic of the Rockies

Psychological Services Center

Loveland Youth Gardeners

SPECIALTIES

Nature-based therapy

Eco-anxiety/Eco-grief

Mind-body connection

Mindfulness

Transitioning to adulthood

Adjusting to college life

Autism

ADHD

Anxiety

Depression

Perfectionism

Teens and Adults

Group therapy

In network with

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

  • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MHCP – MA
  • Medical Assistance
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • HealthPartners
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Hennepin Health

Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.

resources

Understanding research and the root cause of common psychological issues is a great first step to creating a healthier you!

What is Trauma and How Can Therapy Help? Trauma Handout