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<p>I believe that the key to any type of change and growth is compassion.</p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When we look at ourselves with compassion, we can move beyond self-blame, guilt, and self-destructive patterns. Looking at ourselves with compassion can give us the freedom that we need to break free from the preconceived notions and limiting beliefs that are holding us back. </span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The forward momentum that compassion creates - where we can </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">lean into adversity and pain and</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> truly see our own potential - is what allows us to envision ourselves and our lives as we </span><b><i>truly</i></b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> want them to be. And it allows us to go further than simply managing symptoms or putting out fires, and to enter into a place of true growth and personal fulfillment. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’m Howard Baumgarten, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and I’m passionate about helping </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">you</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">rise above the difficulties that are holding you back, and create a life of resilience and fulfillment.</span></p>


<p><b>I’ve been working as a therapist for over</b><b> 25 years</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">,</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">and opened my practice as a clinical therapist in 2000. I provide counseling for a variety of mental health related issues. </span></p>

Public Speaking

<p><b>Since 2008 I have traveled around the country and internationally teaching and facilitating seminars. <span style="font-weight: 400;">I often give mental health workshops about compassion fatigue, burnout prevention, resilience and compassion cultivation. My seminars also focus on a number of topics, such as teamwork, communication and conflict in the workplace, dealing with grief and loss, and critical incident training.</span></b></p>


<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My book, </span><b><i>Private Practice Essentials: Business Tools for Mental Health,</i></b> <span style="font-weight: 400;">was published in 2017, and has provided many therapists with the tools, techniques and strategies that they need to find success in their private practices.</span></p>


<p><b>As the owner of two successful small businesses, </b><b>and an ethically responsible researcher, </b><b> I work as a consultant </b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for small business owners. Specifically, I often work with health care- businesses,  particularly those in the area of mental health or other specialty practices. Running a business involves knowing when and how to be technical while, at the same time, building </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">your </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">passion for it, and infusing your </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">practical </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">business </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">skills </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">with all the passion you have for the work that you do. </span></p>
<p>A bit more about me: </p>

I am a Licensed professional counselor. After earning my Masters in Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado in 1997, I first worked as a Neurobehavioral Counselor & Family Services Coordinator, providing support, family therapy, and marriage counseling to traumatic brain injury patients and their families.


My book, Private Practice Essentials: Business Tools for Mental Health, was published in 2017, and has provided many therapists with the tools, techniques and strategies that they need to find success in their private practices.


I taught at University of Colorado, Denver, where I originated, developed and taught in a nationally accredited graduate counseling program curriculum on how to successfully start and manage a private practice.

<p><b><i>I’m passionate about helping people just like you rise above their difficulties, and discover the resilience and light that’s already inside. </i></b></p>