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

My Specialities

Consensual Nonmonogamy - Online Discussion Group
If you are interested in or already practicing nonmonogamy (aka polyamory, open relationship, ethical nonmonogamy, swinging, cuckolding, etc.), you may wish you had peers going through similar experiences. In this online group, we'll discuss all things CNM/ENM, such as managing jealousy, protecting from STI's, metamours, compersion, expanding definitions of love and relationship - you name it! This can also be a place to simply share parts of yourself with those who have common ground.

 

Group Psychotherapy provides a unique opportunity to view ourselves through the lens of our peers, which can be a powerful and transformative experience. We practice communication strategies and develop a deeper understanding of ourselves in relationship to others. Members experience meaningful changes in their lives from the shifts that occur within therapy groups. These also provide an excellent way to participate in affordable, long term treatment that can sometimes be even more effective than individual therapy. Please contact me for more information on fees and scheduling of groups.

 

Sex Therapy
Transform your relationship to sexuality, and let it become a source of play, expression, and vitality. I can help you overcome obstacles to sexual health, and heal old wounds. Learn about desire, how it works for you, and what cuts you off from this vital energy. Achieve your own profound and unique sexual potential. Explore pleasure and play, and what they bring to your life.

 

Queer, Kinky, Poly Identities Welcome!
I know that in navigating the world as a queer person, it can be challenging to find the right fit in a therapist. Whether you identify as non-binary, trans, genderfluid or anywhere on the spectrum outside the dominant narrative, it's critical to talk with someone who gets it. When it's time to further explore a facet of your identity, sexuality or relationship, you can feel safe expressing yourself with me as you are, without your therapist assigning your struggles to your lifestyle or identity. I counsel sex workers, people in polyamorous or other multiple-partner relationships, and participants in kink or BDSM lifestyles. With my therapy services, you can rest assured that you will be met with compassion and non-judgement.

 

Relationship Therapy
Whether you're a couple or multi-partner constellation, I can help you identify and heal problematic dynamics in your relationship. I see healthy and fulfilling relationships as key to the well-being of individuals and communities. While focusing on strengths and possibilities, we can break negative cycles and discover deeper connection. You can have a safe, healthy and fulfilling relationship, in which sexual and emotional needs are expressed in ways that feel deeply nourishing. While integrating multiple disciplines, I rely heavily on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when working with relationships.

 

Modern Psychoanalysis & Contemplative Psychotherapy Services
Contemplative Psychotherapy is rooted in the belief that all people are born with the wisdom they need, known as your “brilliant sanity.” As your therapist, I can help you uncover this rich resource and tap into your innate wisdom, promoting healing and improved well-being. With a decade of experience in meditation and mindfulness practice, I integrate Buddhist philosophy with modern Western psychology, bringing present moment awareness into our time together and focusing on our relationship as the tool for healing. While Western psychology often focuses on diagnoses and symptoms, Contemplative Psychotherapy views the effects of past trauma and emotional challenges as the barriers to accessing your internal wisdom and its healing potential. Together, we aim toward awakening the self as it fully is, complete with its pain and challenges, and its brilliance and beauty.

 

Modern Psychoanalysis encourages us to say everything. When we put all of our feelings and thoughts into words to another person, we can be witnessed and understood in a new way. This level of communication helps us heal old wounds, and understand ourselves better. As we see our inner workings more clearly, we gain more choice in our perception and behavior. To truly get what we want, we need to understand and articulate our desires. This is where my training in Modern Psychoanalysis adds a deeper dimension to traditional sex therapy.

 

 

 

“The human being has an inbuilt propensity toward self-realization. If obstacles are removed...the individual will develop into a mature, fully realized adult, just as an acorn will develop into an oak tree.” —Irvin Yalom

Together we will discover the obstacles that keep you stuck in a cycle of pain - and your ability to remove them.

 

 

 

“Usually we regard loneliness as an enemy. Heartache is not something we choose to invite in. It’s restless and pregnant and hot with desire to escape and find something or someone to keep us company. When we can rest in the middle, we begin to have a nonthreatening relationship with loneliness, a relaxing and cooling loneliness that completely turns our usual fearful patterns upside down.” —Pema Chödrön

Finances

Do you take insurance?

I do not work directly with insurance providers, accept insurance, or file claims for insurance reimbursement. However, I am happy to provide you with a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company/healthcare plan (e.g., out of network, flexible/health spending account, etc.) for possible reimbursement.


What is my right to a good faith estimate?

Beginning January 1, 2022, all healthcare providers, including private pay mental health facilities, are required to provide a Good Faith Estimate document to patients who do not have insurance or opt to not use their insurance (self-pay). Although therapy costs and typical frequency are listed on this page, you also have the right to request a Good Faith Estimate document from your provider during your initial consultation or at any time during the course of your treatment. This document will provide an estimate of therapy costs for up to 12 months.


If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate you may dispute those charges with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you choose to use the dispute resolution process, you must start the dispute process within 120 calendar days (about 4 months) of the date on the original bill. There is a $25 fee to initiate a dispute process.


For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (800) 368-1019.