Grace Ballard, MA, LPC, CST | AASECT Certified Sex Therapist | Colorado, Denver, Boulder

My Practice

When we understand ourselves and our desires, we access our power. I help you learn what you want, and clear the obstacles out of your way. When the unconscious dictates our thoughts and behaviors, we are adrift in its hidden urges, fears, and conditioning. Getting to know ourselves brings these mysterious workings into the light, so that we can choose what we do with them. If you're feeling lost at sea, I can help you find your boat and compass. Once you're back at the helm, riding out the waves can be exhilarating!

I'm a poly/kink aware, AASECT certified sex therapist practicing contemplative psychotherapy, which utilizes mindfulness and a belief that we are all intrinsically wise and whole. I support a wide spectrum of sexual expression, and welcome diversity. We will go at your pace, and create together a warm environment in which new experiences emerge.

I accompany people on their journeys. I will be with you in your pain and your joy. I prefer swimming in the deep waters: exploring the bigger questions around the meaning of life and death, how to find and maintain fulfilling relationships, how to thrive in our precious, finite time here.

About Me

I did not come to psychotherapy by linear path. However, I now understand that twisting and deviating from straight routes is a part of our natural world. Animals meander to search, forage and orient to their surroundings. I like to think of my path in this way.

I could start in 2004 with my career as a trauma touch therapist, where I tracked stories in the body, following clients' cues to release long-held tension and emotion. I came to this because I needed to heal my own heart and body. I then offered massage therapy for over a decade, listening closely to the communication of our tissues.

I could talk about 2009 when I felt lost in my own life direction and I sought answers across the globe in a Buddhist monastery. Stripping away my usual strategies of distraction and avoidance, I starkly faced my fears and longings, and discovered a wise self that had been buried beneath all along. This changed everything.

This led me in 2013 to the Contemplative Psychotherapy program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where I deepened my meditation practice and studied how to work with the mind. Every semester, we retreated into the mountains for weeks of meditation, where we learned to work with our own wild minds, and how to be in relationship with each other.

As a queer person (in gender and orientation) who practices consensual nonmonogamy and kink, I found myself connecting with clients who also explore these identities. Along the way, a colleague suggested I become a sex therapist. I didn’t know what that was, and the suggestion opened a whole new path.

In 2017, I flew to Portland, OR, and began studying many expressions of sexuality, relationship styles, gender, and sexual orientations through The Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment (ISEE). I pushed myself to meet the rigorous standards of AASECT certification and now can officially call myself a certified sex therapist (CSP).

Throughout these years of studying Buddhist psychotherapy and sex therapy, I have also grown to love psychoanalysis. I began studying at The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies (CMPS) in Manhattan in 2018 and have continued ever since. This deep yet patient approach to understanding ourselves and our desires blends well with my beliefs in healing.

This narrative still excludes many detours, but hopefully, you get the picture. It’s been a winding path of discovery that continues to unfold before me. Despite my varied pursuits, I have always sought to understand our minds, bodies, and hearts on a deep level, with the hope that getting down into it will set us free.

“We react against the possibility of loneliness, of death, of not having anything to hold on to.  Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.  If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid.  Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape.” —Pema Chödrön

Qualifications

Presentation and Teaching Experience

Presenter: Martial Arts Meets Group Psychotherapy;
Contacting and Managing Aggression

American Group Psychotherapy Association,
New York, NY

Presenter: Use the Space, Use it You Must;
A Discussion About Gendered Spaces

Platte Forum,
Denver, CO

Presenter: Queering Group Therapy;
Moving Beyond Homonormative Clinical Care Models

American Group Psychotherapy Association,
New York, NY

Presenter: Queering Group Therapy;
Moving Beyond Homonormative Clinical Care Models

Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society,
Boulder, CO

Presenter: Healing From Rejection in the Workplace
Design Leaders Meetup,
Denver, CO

Presenter: Mental Health for Fighters in Fight Camp
Train.Fight.Win!
Denver, CO

Clinical Tutor: Naropa University:
Supervision of Student Interns

Teaching Assistant: Naropa University:
Life Transitions & Career Development
Family Systems
Buddhist Psychology

Training

School: Modern Psychoanalysis,
Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, 2019-Present

School: MA, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University
License No. and State: LPC.15111 Colorado

Training: AASECT Sex Therapy Certificate,
Institute for Sexual Education and Enlightenment, 2017-2018

Training: Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT),
CCEFT, 2017-2018

Training: Mindfulness Instructor,
Naropa University, 2017-2018

Certificate: Massage/Trauma Touch Therapist,
Colorado School of Healing Arts

Virtual Therapy Sessions

As a certified sex therapist, I offer remote teletherapy to my clients via phone calls or video meetings. With virtual therapy, I am able to offer online therapy anywhere in the Colorado area, such as: Denver, Boulder, Castle Pines, Lone Tree, Superior, Cherry Hills Village, Parker, Castle Rock, as well as Aspen, Grand Junction, Durango, and the greater western slope. By meeting with a sex therapist online, many clients find that it offers a convenient and comfortable way to discuss any topic related to sex therapy: gender, queer identity, relationships, polyamory, consensual non-monogamy, nontraditional relationships, sex addiction, out of control sexual behavior, kink, power exchange, and more.