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Marcia McConnell Ranch, L.C.S.W.
Hi. Thank you for your interest in me and my work. I am a licensed psychotherapist and consultant who accentuates the positive. In my 30 year counseling career I have helped children, teens and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment venues. I was the Director of Child and Family Services at Larimer County Mental Health Center and the Clinical Coordinator for Adolescent Services at Mountain Crest Hospital. I am currently in private practice with my husband Dr. Gary Ranch.
In my practice I incorporate current neuroscience research and emerging disciplines such as positive psychology and mindfulness applications. All of these fields affirm that positive relationships are fundamental to our well-being. I facilitate attuned, rewarding connections when I work with couples and families. I promote functional and effective relationships between co-workers and across organizational networks. Because I believe that improving our relationship with our selves is foundational to flourishing, I often focus on the evolving development of this significant relationship as well.
I specialize in treating anxiety, stress and trauma. Retraining the brain to diminish outdated patterns and build positive, more integrated connections provides a stronger foundation for a rewarding life. I help clients leverage their strengths into mindful, intentional actions.
One of my favorite pursuits is speaking and training about topics for which I am passionate: overcoming stress and trauma to become resilient and thrive; achieving life balance through practices that integrate and promote flow; transforming disruptive change into opportunities for creative self-expression.
I am an enthusiastic speaker who effectively engages participants in my presentations. Delivering useful information in a well-organized and audience-specific manner is also my strength. I have provided training and consultation to businesses, public agencies, volunteers and family associations.
I am an intentional optimist who believes that change is possible regardless of past circumstances and current challenges. Contact me to explore if I am the right person to facilitate dynamic changes in your life.
Dr. Gary Ranch
One certain thing about our mystical experience of life is that it is unpredictable. Satisfaction occurs when we succeed in reaching our personal, academic and career goals. Ecstatic joy accompanies the development of a deeply felt and reciprocal love for another. We celebrate those very special, happy milestone occasions that form lasting memories: graduations, landing that important position, weddings, holidays shared with family and friends and the wondrous bliss of a baby's birth. These are the times when we reflect with gratitude on the abundance of what we have and feel exhilaration simply to be alive.
But we all know that what can go well can also go painfully wrong. Life brings loss, disappointment, failure, conflicts and fear. Depression can easily result from the ending of a relationship, the loss of a job, family discord, the death of a loved one or the deterioration of our health. We can suffer from anxiety in dreadful anticipation of real or imagined threats to our sense security and well-being. And traumatic events can happen that are so devastating in their impact that they shatter the very foundation of our identity and emotional equilibrium. We can lose our way and struggle to find solutions to what feels like overwhelming adversity.
For thirty years I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of people of all ages adapt to life's most difficult challenges. I have always considered my work as a higher calling that is very meaningful and richly rewarding to me.
My practice entails providing clinical treatment to individuals as well as couple's counseling. My mission is to help people better understand the source of their emotional pain and to impart effective tools to mitigate their symptoms. I facilitate support groups and offer conflict-resolution consultation to non-profit organizations and businesses in the community.
For nine years I served as the Larimer County Mental Health Disaster Response Coordinator. As clinical team leader I assisted members of our county and state in adjusting to critical incidents such as natural disasters, aviation events, industrial accidents, suicides, violent crime and school incidents among others. I continue to provide critical incident stress debriefings to individuals and organizations as well as ongoing treatment to those in need. As a military combat veteran myself I have had the honor of assisting individuals who are suffering the psychological implications of their war experiences.
My practice encompasses:
- Individual psychotherapy
- Relationship/marital counseling
- Family counseling
- Comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation
- Expert witness court testimony
- Critical incident stress debriefing
- Secondary stress services to professional providers
- Training and consultation
- Support groups
I welcome the opportunity to visit with you about your personal needs and how I can be of assistance.