Welcome

Take the first step

Perhaps many of us wish that our lives were easier, happier, less frustrating, more satisfying, or filled with meaning and positive experiences. At times, life circumstances may be out of your control. Sometimes you may feel you have the power to change your situation, and other times you may feel that you do not. Even when your external situation cannot be changed, your internal world, like your thoughts and emotions and the way you view the world is within your control.

Everyone suffers to some degree whether it be from a lost job, a traumatic event, ongoing depression, anxiety, the state of the world, or worry over a loved one. Or maybe you are having difficulty in your marriage or relationship or coping with postpartum depression and transitioning into life as a parent, or suffering from grief from the loss of a loved one. Life is full of these experiences. And it can be difficult to figure out what part of our experiences are within our means to change and what part we lean into with acceptance.

Therapy is a process of discovering your own wisdom to discern how to move forward, what you can accept, and what you want to change. And often, it is through the act of accepting our circumstances for what they are that change begins to happen. But that is a scary road to go alone. Therapy is a process for not only overcoming fears, anxieties, depressions, and grief, but also of developing an empowered and deeper relationship with oneself and as a result, with others as well.

If you would like to take that first step, please don’t hesitate to call.

Who We Are

Dr. Isaac (Zac) Florez

I am experienced psychologist based in Denver.  I strive to foster a genuine and compassionate space so that we may collaboratively work toward understanding your current struggles.

Within the therapeutic space that we create together, personal empowerment, self exploration, and desired change can happen.

Your strengths, as well as your understanding of the current state of your internal world will inform therapy. As we work together, I will guide you toward identified areas where you may be stuck and with that knowledge we can work toward helping you lead the full life you deserve.

Dr Isaac Florez

Emilie Graham, LCSW

Life can throw curves our way that we never anticipated. It frequently is helpful to have someone beside us who genuinely cares and is willing to do the hard work with us. I’ll help you to uncover your innermost self and provide you with gentle but direct feedback about obstacles that can get in the way of you living the life you desire.

I am a relationship-based therapist and use approaches based on your needs. We often internalize beliefs and become set in relational patterns that have lifelong impacts. When these beliefs and patterns become rigid rather than flexible, our relationships with ourselves and with others suffer.

If the changing seasons, life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, or relationships are keeping you from living the life you desire, let’s talk.

PRACTICE AREAS

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

I offer an integrative theoretical approach which guides treatment and interventions for brief and longer term individual psychotherapy.  I view therapy as a collaborative effort, informed by your strengths and history.  

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

Dr. Florez is also trained as a Department of Transportation (DOT) Substance Use Professional and can perform SAP Evaluations, which involve specialized assessment and compliance reports, as well as a return to work assessment. .  Employees who perform safety-sensitive duties under US Department of Transportation rules (such as truck drivers) must have an evaluation by a qualified Substance Abuse Professional when they are in violation of DOT rules (for a positive test or a refusal to test).

I offer brief and longer term therapy for the following:

Specialties

mindfulness

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. Observing your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them and living in the moment and awakening to experience.

depression

DEPRESSION

Feelings of hopelessness, a lack of energy (or feeling “weighed down”), and taking little or no pleasure in things that gave you joy in the past can be indicators of depression.

anxiety

ANXIETY

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.

trauma recovery

TRAUMA RECOVERY

Recovering from a traumatic event takes time, and everyone heals at their own pace. Although if months have passed and your symptoms aren’t letting up, you may need professional guidance and support.

life transitions

LIFE TRANSITIONS

Navigating the gray zone of transitions can be difficult, presenting us with new problems and demanding us to respond in new ways. I can help with navigating the emotional turmoil.

chronic pain

CHRONIC PAIN

Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition.

grief and loss

GRIEF & LOSS

Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you’re experiencing will never let up. There are healthy ways to cope with the pain, therapy can help.

lgbt

LGBTQ

Therapy that embraces a positive view of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities and relationships and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ clients.

What is costs

Fees and FAQ

Taking the first step toward seeing a therapist can be a daunting idea for some and you may not know what to expect. Below are some answers to questions you might be thinking about.

1. What does it cost? How do I pay for therapy? Do you accept insurance?

Ongoing services are billed per 45 minute session. Payment will be collected each time you meet with your therapist. We accept cash, check, PayPal, and credit cards. We currently accept Cigna, United, Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Magellan, Tricare, Medicare, ValueOptions, Beacon Health Options, Humana, PHCS, and Multiplan.

2. What should I expect from the initial meeting?

The therapeutic relationship is going to be the building block for your growth and healing. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. During the initial appointment we will discuss what you would like to get help with and discern whether or not your therapist is a good fit for you. If your therapist is unable to meet you needs, you will be provided referrals for someone who may better serve you.

3. How often do I come in for therapy?

We will determine what would work for you once we meet. One session per week is typical for most people. However, individuals in significant distress may benefit from twice-weekly sessions until they feel more stable. Others find that coming every other week is ideal.

SAP EVALUATIONS

FOR EMPLOYEES:
Employees who perform safety-sensitive duties under US Department of Transportation rules (such as truck drivers) must have an evaluation by a qualified Substance Abuse Professional when they are in violation of DOT rules (for a positive test or a refusal to test). I am a DOT qualified SAP and can perform these evaluations, which involve specialized assessment and compliance reports, as well as a return to work assessment.   The fixed fee for this process in my practice is $450.00, payable at the time of the initial appointment, in cash, a cashier’s check, or a money order. This fee is not billable to health insurance. Employers may choose to pay for SAP evaluations. I can only work with those arrangements if the employer contacts me directly.

FOR EMPLOYERS:

I am available to perform these evaluations and coordinate the return-to-duty process. I can offer to schedule employees within three working days at the Denver office location. I have developed relationships with numerous local treatment programs and make recommendations designed to help assure that employees gain understanding, take responsibility, and refrain from further prohibited conduct. I use the SASSI and other measures to assess for substance abuse and mental health problems. I send reports promptly to the DER, and maintain close communication with treatment providers.

You may refer employees with confidence that their return-to-duty process will be handled responsibly and professionally to help protect the employer – whether the employee demonstrates compliance or not.

Some employers choose to pay for employees’ SAP evaluations, and others leave the cost to the employee’s responsibility. I will work with either arrangement.

INSURANCE & HELPFUL LINKS

PLANS ACCEPTED & RESOURCES

Insurance Accepted
anthem bcbs insurance        Aetna Insurance    Cigna Insurance      Tricare Insurance    Magellan Insurance    United Insurance Medicare     ValueOptions            MultiPlan                                               

Latest from the Blog

The Blog

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION

How does depression differ from occasional sadness? While everyone occasionally feels sad or “blue,” these feelings tend to pass rather quickly. By contrast, someone with depression experiences extreme sadness or despair that lasts for at least two weeks or longer. Depressed individuals tend to feel helpless and hopeless and to blame themselves for having these…

MINDFULNESS

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.