Michael Mendoza (He/Him)

Identity Development

Grief & Loss

Trauma

Mixed Heritage/ Mixed Race

Cis-Gender Male

Straight

Able Bodied with Chronic Health Conditions & Chronic Pain

Child of an Immigrant

Trauma Survivor

Spiritual

Throughout my life, I’ve yearned for a sense of purpose and have felt like a wandering spirit attempting to make meaning of the world around me. Despite feeling like I didn’t have a concrete direction in life, I have always felt drawn to be with people and connect with others in their humanity. I worked in higher education for a number of years providing holistic services to students who were first-generation, low-income, and/or had documented disabilities. In this role, I began to feel limited in my care for students, recognizing there was a significant need for mental health services. As I continued to observe cultural/social barriers to therapy for people of color, I decided to pursue a career in mental health and work to make a difference in my community.

Increased stress and loneliness can make it very difficult to connect, build healthy relationships, and feel good about yourself.  As a therapist, I have sought to maintain my mission of keeping others company through their hardships. I believe that we, as human beings, sometimes just need another person to be with us in the thick of it, to witness the humanity of this experience we call, “life.”  I am a fellow human being who happens to be a therapist, and my goal is to travel with you on your journey of self-discovery, meaning, and healing.  I work to create a safe, accepting, and warm place for you or your child to clarify your goals and heal parts of yourself that have gone unseen. I will guide you in exploring areas where you might feel stuck and uncertain about how to create lasting change.  And, I will assist you in tackling challenges that stand between you and your ability to thrive.  I work with clients to increase their authenticity, communication skills, self-awareness, and relational well-being.

In my free time, I enjoys cooking, listening to music, video games, movies, nature, and spending time with family and friends.

Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology Counselor Education, University of Colorado Denver

Certified in Synergetic Play Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship

EMDR (In Training)

Mental Health Considerations for the Queer, Transgender, and Gender Expansive Communities

Working with Latinx Clients, Families & Communities

Becoming a Racially Conscious Professional

Working with Clients with Neurodivergence

Increasing Awareness of and Counteracting Ableism in Therapy

Gender & Sexuality

Leadership in Equity and Development of Racial Responsibility Series (In Training)