CHERYL PABERZS, M.S., MFTC
Pronounced “Puh-bearz." Pronouns: she/her/hers
I have a Master’s of Science in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon in Eugene and have been practicing therapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups since 2014. I have experience in practice settings including community mental health, schools, and emergency crisis response.
My clients would describe my style as compassionate, curious, directive, and challenging. For growth to occur, people require a balance of safety and agitation - as I get to know my clients, I learn their individualized strengths and proclivities in order to determine the appropriate pace to suit their needs. It is my goal to create a therapeutic environment that allows you to learn and practice your new skills or rediscover lost ones.
Examples of concerns/goals for which I have helped clients find success include: relationship communication enhancement, sex therapy* (including treatment for enhanced intimacy and some sexual dysfunctions), dating issues, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, life transitions, increasing mindfulness, pre-marital/pre-childbirth, living with chronic conditions, recovery from trauma, and improving self-esteem. I am comfortable working with teens, young adults, and adults. My training includes systemic family therapy and applied behavior analysis. My modalities can include: solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, behavioral contracting, and Gottman Therapy - among others.
My current passion project involves running social skill-building activity groups utilizing the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (5th edition). Groups are typically arranged by age: middle school, high school, young adults, adults. I also run games with families to enhance their communication, connection, and playfulness. I can also run one-shot games that foster professional team-building.
I recently moved to Colorado from Oregon and grew up in Michigan. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our dogs, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, playing D&D or board games, drawing, painting, attending live music shows, and watching nerdy movies and hockey (go Red Wings!).
* Sex therapy sessions never involve nudity or sexual behavior/contact between clients or client and therapist. I do not operate as a sexual surrogate. It is unethical for therapists to have sexual or social relationships with their clients.