Where will we begin?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
WHY ARE WE VIOLENT TO OURSELVES?
I am kind, compassionate, and non-shaming. I genuinely care about my clients and I bring my whole self to my sessions. That means I want to build strong relational bonds with my clients. So I'm real with you and not afraid to be moved emotionally by you and your wounds and dreams. I'm also not afraid to share my story, weaknesses, and pain when appropriate,
I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and I also hold a Level 3 AEDP credential. I bring my lust-for-life to the therapy room. Before founding Cottonwood Counseling Center in 2008, I was a Flight RN, E.R., and I.C.U. nurse. I have a passion for combining the most empirically validated modes of therapy with unrelenting compassion, acceptance, and love, to foster my client's growth.
I live with my wife of thirty seven years, and our beautiful adult son Sean. I am blessed that Hillary, my daughter, and her wife Steph live here in Lafayette. I enjoy ultra running (I recently ran across the Atacama desert in Chile), fast-packing and spending time with my family and friends. My Boston Terrier "Scout" and I are inseparable. No, really we are.
Cottonwood was founded by Patrick Prag over twelve years ago. He started his work in the caring professions as a trauma nurse and finished his career in nursing as a flight nurse in Denver Colorado. During his time in nursing he saw a lot of physical and emotional trauma and also realized he and his colleagues carried some of that trauma within themselves.
He moved forward from nursing, pursuing a Masters degree in counseling and earning certification in Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) and AEDP.
Cottonwood's passion is directed from Patrick's experiences and training to help Individuals, Couples, and Families live productive, healthy, and emotionally fulfilling lives. And that is not easy in the midst of the difficult challenges and sometimes traumatic world we live in.
Cottonwood offers individual, couples, compulsive behavior therapy and a highly innovative group or business dynamics coaching.