Hi, I'm Colin Boylan
A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who is dedicated to helping you decrease distress and increase meaning in your life.
My goal as your therapist is to help you know yourself better and increase your resilience to life's stressors.
What does it feel like to be in therapy with me?
I am relaxed and informal, and completely present with you. I strive to make your therapy a place you want to come to. In my twenty years of experience doing this work, I have come to realize that a therapeutic space is a comfortable one, where you can feel free to be yourself.
We collaborate on your therapy, so that we are equal participants in that process. I believe in transparency in your treatment, so that you always understand what we are doing, and can take pride and ownership over your work. I will frequently check in with you to see how the therapy is going from your point of view, and will use that feedback to calibrate and sharpen our work together.
I see my role as walking alongside you as you get to know yourself better and begin setting goals that are consistent with your personal beliefs.
Clinical Training and Practice
I received my master's degree in clinical counseling from Eastern University and continued post-Master's work at Chestnut Hill College. I have worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, elementary school, and private small group practices.
I have experience working with a broad spectrum of diverse clients with respect to gender, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, and ability.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, LPCC 3802.
I believe that a successful course of therapy is one that fits your unique goals, and applies to your unique life. You bring your history, life experiences, and goals for therapy, and I bring my training and experience from nearly two decades of clinical practice. Together, we build a course of treatment that can meet you exactly where you are.
The tenets that underpin my therapeutic approach are twofold:
1. Mindfulness and Self Compassion. I work with you to increase compassion for yourself, which includes accepting, without judgement, thoughts and feelings you experience.
2. Matching Goals to Core Values. We identify your core values, and determine beneficial goals and aspirations that align with those values.
I work from a theoretical orientation called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It is an empirically-based treatment approach that combines mindfulness strategies and acceptance. The objective of ACT is not to eliminate your difficult feelings, rather, it is to be present with (accept) what life brings and choose (commit) behavior consistent with your values.