Glenwood Springs Outpatient Clinician
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Diane Semerak offers counseling for a wide range of issues and concerns including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorders and addictions. She specializes in treatment of trauma and abuse survivors, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma-related dissociative issues.
Her training includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seeking Safety, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) and Motivational Interviewing. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which can relieve symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and complicated grief or depression. Her most recent trainings have been in advanced EMDR methods, focusing on the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative traits. She is prepared to treat a wide range of trauma reactions—including flashbacks or nightmares–from single-incidents of abuse, accidents or natural disasters (Simple PTSD) to recurrent traumas, abuse or victimization over longer periods of time (Complex PTSD).
Diane’s philosophy is person-centered and she helps personalize treatment by actively listening and validating concerns and existing strengths, teaching new coping skills, and educating about options for treatment and related resources. In addition to trauma work, she provides individual therapy to support the curriculum of the Seeking Safety and DBT groups, and anxiety, mood and addiction issues—which often have underlying trauma components as well. She facilitates a women-only educational group based on the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), and a group based on the Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation workbook. She is a participant in the DBT Consultation Team at Mind Springs Health’s Glenwood Springs location, an essential component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to coordinate care among several staff members for any given client and provide support for the treatment team.