Narrative Conversations Denver

Denver, CO

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How does your business stand out?

I am invested in helping individuals, couples, and families to experience a more meaningful life, one that supports their values, hopes, purposes, and commitments. I enjoy helping people uncover and develop alternative stories of their lives. One of my goals as a therapist is to assist clients identify infinite possibilities for their future. I take an active role in our therapeutic conversations. I ensure that discoveries or new developments apply to your experience and your specific needs. I trust your expertise of your life, and will guide you in ways that will lead you to where you would prefer to be in life. I am devoted to creating a supportive, respectful, and empowering environment for my clients. I have extensive experience treating different populations; from children/teens to adults. I see people experiencing a variety of challenges such as sex-specific issues, couples conflict, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, relational problems, among others. I am licensed in Colorado and have several years of training in Psychotherapy. I consistently participate in post-graduate training as I believe it is important in order to continue providing excellent quality therapeutic services.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I view the therapeutic process as a journey. Persons may not have a clear idea of where they'd like to go in their lives, and my role is to guide them by helping them create more meaning and uncovering unseen or neglected resources. I am committed to building a collaborative and trusting relationship with clients in order to effectively assist them in meeting their goals. One of the things that makes my work enjoyable for me is that I am naturally a curious person. This curiosity allows me to want to truly understand and connect with my clients' stories. I enjoy assisting clients understand how their past and present experiences may shape future behavior and influence their interpretations of their world. Most people come to therapy with a very clear idea of the problem/s that are troubling them and affecting different aspects of their life. I help clients deconstruct these problem stories, while helping them discover, recognize, and take meaningful steps toward their preferred ways of living.
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Denver, CO 80203

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11 Reviews
  • Anna M. Sep 21, 2016
    Amazing professional! Un profesional maravilloso!
    Mauricio Yabar is the best! He listens and understands where my emotions are coming from and what the root of the problem is. Great expert "insider" knowledge, if you will, in that he'll know what the true issue is that's causing my current problem (when I would've had no clue on my own). Treatment plans are well laid out and always approved by me before starting them. He is a truly compassionate, patient, and genuine counselor who cares about your health. Mauricio Yabar es el mejor! Te escucha y entiende de dónde vienen mis emociones y cuál es el origen del problema. Es un gran experto proque sabe la verdadera causa del obstáculo que tengo en ese momento (nunca podría llegar a tal descubrimiento yo sola sin su ayuda). Planes de tratamiento son planeados muy bien y siempre son aprobados por mí misma antes de empezarlos. El tiene mucha compasión, es paciente, y es verdaderamente un terapeuta que le importa la salud de cada cliente.
  • Jack D. Jun 18, 2016
    Verified Review
  • Rudy W. May 20, 2016
    I had a couple of therapy sessions with Mauricio. He is very patient and knowledgable in what he is doing. I highly recommend him to any one seeking counseling help.
  • Nancy H. Apr 14, 2016
    Mauricio was really helpful as a therapist. He helped me navigate shame about my sexuality. My life has changed so much and I owe that to therapy and Mauricio
  • Chris T. Apr 13, 2016
    Mauricio was an outstanding therapist who helped me get through a difficult time in my life. While dealing with a divorce and a death in my immediate family, I felt I didn't have anyone I could talk to. Mauricio was a great listener, but more than that he helped me realize the blessings I still have in my life. I have a better outlook now, and Mauricio was an important part of why I was able to get here. Thank you!
    Mauricio P. Y. Apr 13, 2016

    I'm glad I could help! Thank you for sharing your story and allowing me to help.

  • James R. Apr 13, 2016
    I saw Mauricio for almost a year for problems with my sexual behavior and low self esteem issues. I felt ashamed and angry for most of my adult life. I learned that I had nothing to be ashamed of and that my negative feelings toward myself were keeping me from living my life. Mauricio never judged me and that was really important to me. I expected to feel shame going into this as I had had a bad experience with therapy when I was younger. Thank you for everything you did Mauricio!
    Mauricio P. Y. Apr 13, 2016

    Our conversations about shame were powerful. I appreciate that you were so willing to be vulnerable throughout this journey. It was an honor!

  • Deana D. Apr 13, 2016
    My husband and I did therapy with Mauricio. At the time we were not married, but needed to get down to the heart of a few issues we were having that neither of us knew how to talk about. Mauricio helped us to really HEAR the other person when we talked about things. Taught us a few excerises that we still use today. Now we have a wonderful relationship, and we started our marriage off really knowing what was in the others heart. After our first session with Mauricio, we left feeling really hopeful that he was the one that was gonna be able to help us. And he did. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us.
    Mauricio P. Y. Apr 13, 2016

    Thank you! It was truly an honor to work with you both. It was awesome to receive the picture of you happily married! Thanks for sharing! Congrats and good luck in the future!

  • Crystal R. Apr 7, 2016
    I have personally been through many treatments and have had many therapists and mental health work for the past 3 1/2 years. The experience and information I got from my therapist at the step program was amazing. I was at a point where I was ready to engage and work in the work but how Maurico listened and also tried to explain things in a way I'd understand. It was nice to focus on the present and tools to help reach my goal and accept my past and live with it instead of focusing on things I had focused on in other programs or with other professionals. I feel like the only thing that would be been more helpful was if the program was twice a week or every other week. So thankful I got to successfully complete IOP and that i got the therapist that walked through it with me
    Mauricio P. Y. Apr 13, 2016

    I am happy I could help. Thank you for sharing your story with me. Best of luck to you.

  • Michelle T. Mar 8, 2016
    I began seeing Mauricio after my partner and I had started drifting apart both emotionally and physically. We were pregnant and had lost our baby due to an incomplete miscarriage. This left us broken hearted and we began drifting apart. Mauricio's background in couples therapy, as well as his ability to apply Narrative Therapy practices helped us not only reconnect, but become stronger as a couple. I fell in love with my partner all over again, and although the loss of our first child will alway be hard, I can thank Mauricio for being apart of our journey back to happiness. Thank you Mauricio....for everything you did for us!
    Mauricio P. Y. Apr 13, 2016

    Thank you so much! I'm glad I could help!

  • Brenda M. Mar 5, 2016
    Mauricio saw me for couples therapy; I came in with a partner who blamed me for some of my emotional problems. He really helped us move past our problems and reconnect with what brought us together in the first place. He was great! Really recommend.
    Mauricio P. Y. Apr 13, 2016

    Thank you for your review! :)

  • Jeslyn G. Feb 26, 2016
    My time with Mauricio has been invaluable. Not only is he an incredible and compassionate listener, he also encouraged me to go deeper and discover new truths about myself. His narrative approach to therapy helped me see myself in a different way and has been helpful in seeing a new future for myself. I feel so blessed to have found him! After seeing many different therapists over my lifetime, I can truly say I have found the right one for me!
    Mauricio P. Y. Apr 13, 2016

    Thank you for your kind words and thank you for trusting the process!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My rates vary depending on the time spent in session, the type of session, and sliding scale: Regular 60-minute individual sessions are typically $80.00. 60-minute Couples therapy: $100.00. 60-minute Family therapy: $100.00. 90-minute Couples and Family therapy sessions: $120.00. I offer a sliding scale starting at $55.00
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
On our first contact, we have a chance to get to know a little bit about each other. I typically ask about what brings you to therapy and answer any questions you may have about my services and the overall process of therapy. If you choose to schedule an initial appointment, I will send you some forms as well as a welcome letter that contains information about our first therapeutic meeting. I prefer to send forms ahead of time so that we don't need to take up time to sign during your initial session (as we will have a lot to get covered). We can discuss any questions you may have about the forms and move on to what brings you to see me. I will actively listen to your story and what brings you to therapy. It is extremely important that you feel respected in therapy. It can be a bit of a confusing process, and I work hard to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. I will make sure that all your questions are answered.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I earned a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Widener University in Philadelphia; and I am currently fully licensed in the state of Colorado. I also earned a master’s degree in Clinical Human Sexuality. Prior to that, I obtained my bachelors in Psychology from Montclair State University in NJ. I am professionally trained in Narrative Therapy. I have trained nationally and internationally with some of the most influential professionals in the field. In addition, I have trained in other therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, among others. Continuing education is an essential part of my professional ethics, and it also allows me to provide the best quality services to those who consult with me about their stories.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always been fascinated by and curious about human behavior and overall human experience. Since I was very young, I wanted to understand how people formed relationships. Perhaps because I experienced some difficulties in my childhood, and attended therapy myself. The more I learned to explore my human experience, the more I felt able to cope with healthy ways--and I saw results. Because of this, I knew that I wanted to help others in their journeys. I always believed and still do that everyone deserves the chance to live a life that's preferred, and which supports their values and dreams.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with folks presenting with a variety of challenges. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in couples/relational therapy, sexual/porn addiction, sexual deviance, general human sexuality issues, LGBTQ issues, Anxiety, Depression, trauma. I have extensive experience working with adolescence, couples, and families. In addition, I work with men and women who struggle with "unwanted" or "socially unacceptable" sexual desires.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My training in Narrative therapy has been very challenging but also exciting and rewarding. I have invested a lot of time and money to make sure I am prepared to provide effective treatment services to my clients.I travel nationally and internationally for my continuing training. I have gotten to meet and connect with other therapists from all over the world and I maintain these relationships and continue to learn from what many of these professionals do in their work. I view my training as an on-going and endless journey. One that brings me joy and enhances my clinical skills.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find someone who is passionate about what they do. Look for someone who doesn't think he/she knows everything about your journey. A therapist should know have all the answers for you; however, he or she should be able to work collaboratively with you. A good therapist will always want to be learning more. This is a field with constant change; therefore, therapists must keep up with continuing education.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I think you want to know more details about their training. For example, the last time they attended a training or continuing education. You may also inquire about their therapeutic approach and why it is they are motivated by it. In reality, if a therapist is passionate and well-trained in what they do, they will be able to help--on the other hand, not all therapists will be a good fit. I would ask questions that would help you identify if you click. You can start with something simple such as "what do like to do for fun?" Remember that the relationship you are trying to develop is a therapeutic, but also professional one; so I would pay close attention to the therapist's ability to balance engaging in answering your questions and maintaining a professional exchange, while keeping you at the center of the interactions. Remember, this is about you and only you.