Dr. Brittany Woolford, PhD.
“Like many therapists, my first experience of being a helper was at a young age, talking to a friend about romantic relationship issues. While my advice then was to listen to some cliché break-up song, it sparked my interest in what made relationships healthy and why some people were drawn - no matter how much they said they wanted to find someone better - to partners who were unkind, who they had to care for in order to get their needs met, or who weren’t capable of meeting their needs.
My background is also shaped by growing up in a military family and in a military town. I noticed that in my community, a sacrifice that is not discussed nearly enough is the great stress moving or a deployment has on romantic and familial relationships. Embodying American values of being independent, strong, and hardworking are important for surviving these difficult transitions, and the families and couples who learned to rely on one another and ask for help had the healthiest relationships.
Finally, I was able to recognize some of my own patterns and the important role relationships play in my own emotional health and wellbeing. I found myself curious about creating strong connections to friends and family and frustrated that we are never taught how to be in relationship with one another. My experiences and inquisitiveness for solving the puzzle of how we all fit together, led me to seek out more education on the art of creating and maintaining healthy relationships.”
Dr. Woolford provides specialized treatment in the following areas:
- Couples and Family Therapy
- Premarital Counseling - Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator
- Relationships, Break-ups & Divorce
- Online Dating Issues
- Trauma and Abuse
- Women's Health
- Sexual health and functioning
- Sex positive, LGBTQIA+, Kink & Diverse Relationships
- Military Life
- Attachment Styles
- Anxiety and Depression
Dr. Woolford’s approach to working with couples, individuals and families focuses on how psychological distress stems from interpersonal disconnection. Early life experiences shape beliefs about self and others, and these beliefs create interpersonal patterns of navigating the world in order to feel safe and connected. While functional at one point these patterns often interrupt connection and she sees therapy as a way to recognize and change some of these patterns. She draws from Attachment Theory, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, and Gottman Method for working with clients wanting to enhance their relationships. She strongly values a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, warm, caring, and humorous at times. An important role of this relationship is to aide in recognition of patterns and create corrective experiences to help practice healthy patterns.
Dr. Woolford is a Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, providing clients with an evidenced-based model for couples work before and during marriage. This model Prepares couples for marriage, Enriches relationships so that the flame continues to burn by providing opportunities to continue to discover yourself and your partner, and Restores relationships during hard times so that you heal and recover stronger together.
Dr. Brittany Woolford, earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology and Master’s in Science in Psychology at the University of Northern Texas. She is currently a Psychologist Candidate in Colorado, completing her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at CSIP. Her research is of particular interest to CSIP’s clientele, completing her doctoral dissertation titled: Who Does Online Dating Benefit? Association of Adult Attachment with Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction for Online Daters. In her Master’s Thesis she studied adolescent’s social networking use and its relationship to attachment and depression.
Prior to starting at CSIP, Dr. Woolford completed her Predoctoral Internship at Northern Carolina State University Counseling Center, where she was responsible for conducting individual, couples and group therapy, clinical and psychological assessments, counseling at the GLBT center, supervision of master level trainees, and was a member of the Addictive Behavior Treatment Team. Prior to that, she had extensive experience training in college counseling centers, advising undergraduate students, and conducting psychological and vocational assessments. Dr. Woolford served as a Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant at UNT, teaching courses in areas such as Psychology of Women, Sexual Behavior, Interpersonal Behavior, and Marital Adjustment. She currently is an adjunct professor at Community College of Aurora, teaching Human Sexuality.
At the risk of sounding like the generic online dating profile of many Denverites, in her free time, Dr. Woolford enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and exploring the local hot spots Denver has. Prior to relocating back to Denver, she lived in Washington State, Texas, and the East Coast and has finally made her way back to the west and the mountains.
Check out our interview with Dr. Woolford to learn more about what inspires her as a therapist, her favorite quote and book to recommend to clients, and how she helps her clients feel comfortable. P.S. ...You will also hear about the one food she could never live without.