Alisha Hendrix, LPC

Hello! I’m Alisha. I’m an outpatient therapist at Denver Mental Health Collective, but you can also call me a genuine relationship developer, promoter of grace, and self-care advocate!

I help individuals who have experienced trauma decrease their maladaptive patterns so that they can experience more instances of stability throughout their life.

My ideal clients may feel stuck in recurring patterns of thought and/or behavior that negatively impact their boundaries, sense of balance, and relationships.

Genuine relationship builder

Did you know that experiencing trauma restructures the pathways in your brain? If you think of these pathways as roads throughout a city and our tendency to take the same route to and from work, or home, or to the grocery store, we may settle into that routine without being consciously aware. This is what it may feel like for some of us who have experienced trauma. We may feel stuck in patterns of behavior we aren’t quite sure where they derived from. We may find ourselves playing out the same cycles in relationships and not understanding why. This is a common experience for people who have experienced trauma.

My hope in working with clients is that they enter the counseling experience free of expectation or judgement. My job as your clinician is not to assume the role as an expert in your life. My job as your clinician is to occupy the back seat and allow you to explore, share, and process in accordance to your own level of comfort. I strive to create a therapeutic environment where you know and trust that there is someone who genuinely desires to walk with you through some of the most challenging and difficult areas of your life ensuring that you feel safe and validated in your experiences.

Promoter of grace

Choosing to actively examine your life and gain a better understanding is bold. The desire to gain more insight into your life and patterns can bring up a wide range of emotions. It can be terrifying and unnerving. You may feel excited in the beginning and then slowly come to the realization just how much energy vulnerability takes. Brene Brown calls vulnerability “the center of meaningful human experiences.” Just because vulnerability is necessary to life and our work in therapy, doesn’t make it easy. With vulnerability there are often times where feelings of shame and guilt are activated.

A goal I have as your clinician is to remind you to hold a space of grace for yourself. There are times in which this may come as a challenge. It is in those times that it comes my job to hold grace for you when you can’t do so for yourself. Having grace for yourself is an essential part of the therapeutic process and to healing. Shame and guilt only prevent you from making the progress you desire. Grace is necessary when it comes to accepting our own humanness, gaining insight to what we have done that was ineffective in the past, and developing new patterns for the future.

Self-Care advocate

How do you fill your cup? The likelihood that you are taking month-long vacations where you lay on a beach with someone bringing you fruity water with a colorful umbrella is slim. It is common for most of us to assume self-care consists of things out of the ordinary when in all actuality it’s more impactful to us when we do small things at a higher frequency. Maybe your self-care if the one night a week you allow yourself to order take out or go through the drive thru or a monthly massage. Maybe it’s that Monday morning coffee you get instead of making your coffee at home, the runs you go on after work or the cooking class you take one night a week. Self-care is not equivalent to grand-care.

For the longest time the words “self-care” were ones that I loathed because no one ever told me how to practice self-care or what counted as self-care. My perception of self-care was always something that required an unrealistic amount of money and time when in all actuality it can, and should, be something we practice daily. Nurturing ourselves and meeting our own needs consists of the small things we do on a daily/weekly basis. It’s important to our work together that we not only define these things during therapy but that we are actively practicing them as well.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

I received my masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in 2016.
Over the course of the last five years I have worked with kids, adolescents, adults, and families through community based work and on Buckley Space Force Base as a Military Family and Life Counselor. I’m truly appreciative of the clinical experiences I’ve gleaned throughout the early years of my career and am very much looking forward to not only increasing my clinical skills, but also getting back into the clinical work that I’m the most passionate about!

MORE ABOUT ME

I’m a lover of puzzles, reading, days in the Colorado sun, and Disney movies. I also enjoy movie/game nights with my friends, cooking, and photography. I have a beautiful, fuzzy pup named Aspen who doesn’t love me nearly as much as she loves sweet potatoes. We enjoy our evenings at the dog park with our friends, road trips, and recently swimming at Union Reservoir. For me, my path to becoming a therapist was a natural progression. I do not consider my role as a clinician to be only an occupation, the characteristics that I believe contribute to making a well rounded clinician are the characteristics I try to exhibit in my day-to-day life. I’m very passionate about advocating for mental health awareness and this work and I want to thank you for your willingness to allow me to come alongside you in your journey.

Please contact our office today to schedule a free phone consultation. During this time our Client Care Coordinator can talk more about what’s going on and how I can help you feel better



2121 South Oneida St.
Denver, CO 80224

Hello@DenverMHC.com
(720) 863-6100

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