Monday, March 17, 2008

Before my wife and I were married, we had difficulty communicating with each other. Although we had a basic connection that was strong, there were times when we were ineffective in expressing ourselves. This was taking a heavy toll on our relationship. Mike helped us to quickly define our feelings for one another which helped lessen the anxiety in our relationship. With Mike's direction, we then began improving the different ways we communicated with one another. Our communication is the foundation for our relationship today. My wife and I have been together for more than seven years now. We are both sincerely thankful for Mike's help.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Michael Holtby is a fantastic therapist. I went to him at a critical
juncture in my life when I was weighing the decision to have children
against some of my sensory related issues. He guided me expertly
through the thought process, and helped me deal with all of the
tangential issues that arose as a result. Ultimately I made the right
decision for me, and I wouldn't change it for the world. Thanks Mike!

Monday, March 10, 2008

"I've sought help from Mike during several different phases of my life. He has been a pivotal force in my emotional and professional successes over the past 20 years. My work with him has reshaped how I see myself and my role in the world, especially in terms of my marriage and my work life. I can honestly say that without Mike Holtby's counsel I would not be where I am today."

Friday, March 7, 2008

Some 12 years ago I found myself with a woman I loved, and wanted to keep! We began couples therapy as a growth move – and it was wonderfully so. We are now married, two beautiful children, and a wonderful, solid marriage. But Mike has been so much more than someone to settle disputes about sex, money and kids – he has helped me personally on a growth stretch that would be difficult to put in words.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

My first appointment with Mike was about 15 years ago. At the age of 29 I was court ordered to seek counseling. During that time and with Mike’s help and experience I was able to deal with issues I never would have admitted or knew how to handle on my own. After my court ordered "sentence" was complete I transitioned from a one-on-one session to a group counseling format that for me at the time was a very difficult thing to do. To talk about myself, my issues, and to be in a setting where I felt comfortable and safe to open up and really find out who I was. It’s because of that group, which lasted about a decade, and Mike’s ability to ask the right questions that I am who I am today. For me, counseling was something I never thought I needed or would benefit from – I was wrong. It’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done for myself and I owe that to Mike.
- Greg

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"I have known Michael for almost 3 years, each time I visit him, my life is enriched with his wisdom. Through our therapy, I have found support and understanding from his expertise and compassion, as well as a deep friendship and professional relationship which never feels cool or sterile. His deep insight into the human psyche and his sense of humor makes our journey progressive and effective. I feel that my spiritual understanding of my life would not have grown in this direction if it were not for the hard work I have undertaken under Michael's guidance. I highly recommend Michael Holtby's service as a psychotherapist, he is well worth the time and the growth experienced can not be understated."
Tom G.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

It is without reservation that I recommend the therapeutic services of Mike Holtby. His experience and connection within the Denver community was critical for me as I was transitioning into a new personal relationship, as well as salvaging an old career in the arts. Mike's own art background was particularly helpful. Without Mike I might not have salvaged so completely! I am now at the precipice of a great adventure with a new family and an inspired feeling of wellness. I truly appreciate all the listening and advice.
-Charles P.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Hello Michael,
I had a strange impulse to check in with you this morning, not sure why, but I imagine it has to do with my current work around gratitude.

I wanted to thank you for all the time and care you put into treating my dreadful mental state a few years back, and wanted to remind you of how drastically your work can change someone's life. Just in case you ever forget.

Here's where your old patient is these days:
--I am still working full time in my business, making a very good living and working with truly extraordinary people who are trying to do some good in the world.
--I am also now a near-full-time student in the creative writing program at Metro State, and am working on crafting a customized degree that will help me to become a better nonfiction writer.
--Part-time, I help moderate an online discussion group for friends & family of substance abusers, most of whom are ACoAs like myself.
--I am happily married, physically healthy, irritatingly positive, and grateful for all I have.

This from a girl who, when you first met her, really didn't see a whole lot of value in herself or her life. I still use all the tools you taught me, and now I use them to help other people. Who'd've thought? Oh, that's right, YOU would've thought (smile)

Have a great day, Michael, and thanks again for all you do....for me, for everyone.