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At Your Convenience Mental Health and Relationship Counseling of Denver

At Your Convenience

Mental Health and Relationship
Counseling of Denver, LLC

Counseling of Denver, CO and Surrounding Areas

Our Method of Therapy

The method of therapy is the D.A.M. D.U.D.E.S. V.I.R.T.U.E. approach Mark M. Miller created. While it is not evidence-based it is based on evidence-based theories and techniques. This model incorporates both system and linear thinking. The D.A.M. D.U.D.E.S. V.I.R.T.U.E. is an antonym for the following:
D -
Define the problem or conflict. Diagnosis if truly meet criteria.
A -
Assess the severity of symptoms or interpersonal conflict and ways to cope and manage them. All clients will be assessed for depression and anxiety, along with problems with family of origin problems and current family problems.
M -
Mindfulness - Motivation Interviewing and measure outcomes of progress.
D -
The second D stands for deescalate and stabilize the symptoms. This step mostly uses what I refer to as the band aids of therapy. These schools of thoughts include Behaviorism, Cognitive Behaviorism, RBT, Solution Focused, Structural and Strategic schools of thought.
U -
The U stands for the underlining meaning or metaphor, symbols the symptoms or conflict represents and the purpose that the symptoms are serving. The U is what is reinforcing the symptoms. These needs are ultimately rooted Maslow, Glasser, and other theorist hypothesized psychological needs. I believe that symptoms fulfill within the individual and/or within the family unit some need. To reveal these needs expressive art therapy may be used such as Art Therapy and Sand Play Therapy.
D -
The D stands for Differentiation of Self (DOS) which is rooted in Murry Bowen's theory. A person who has high DOS levels is able to balance the two ultimate goals of human existence that go beyond our survival needs. These needs are mainly for belonging (togetherness) and for individuality. I would also add on top of this the drive for meaning and usefulness.
E -
The E stands for eliminate Cognitive Distortions and the need for the symptoms or the problem by developing virtue.
S -
The S stands for developing and building strengths.


V.I.R.T.U.E. is both acronym and the goal of therapy. Virtue according to the APA dictionary (2007, P,982) is something that is beneficial to one’s psychological health. Philosophers refer to virtue as a state of being and good habit. Thus virtue in this sense is the conditioning or learning a new good habit that is beneficial to one's psychological health and growth. V.I.R.T.U.E. is also a main outcome of therapy and how I will help you create a better you and better relationships.
V -
The V stands for validation.
I -
The I stands for inspire.
R -
The R stands for reframe and reinforce virtuous behavior.
T -
The T stands for transcendence of self (going beyond your experiences).
U -
The U stands for unconditional positive regard.
E -
The last E stands for evaluate progress and the use of expressive arts including art, play, and Sand Play Therapy.


APA. (2007). Virtue. In A. P. Association, & G. R. VanderBoss (Ed.), APA Dictionary of Psychology (p. 982). Washington DC: American Psychological Association References