Ben Downey believes there are times in our life where we can feel trapped or stuck. We become ensnared by behaviors that seem to hurt us more than help us. Ben believes that we can experience freedom. We can taste the goodness of life that is unencumbered by our addictions, broken relationships, and self-defeating beliefs and behaviors. We can all experience this level of freedom if we put in the work. Ben also believes in the power of connection. It is vital that we seek to be connected with both ourselves and with others. In this context of connection, freedom blossoms and we will see growth. Additionally, he desires to give you hope. Hope, that with time and energy, you will experience a fuller and more vibrant life. Ben desires to be a monger of hope that change, development, and happiness can be found.
Ben Downey believes that counseling provides a place and time for you to discover your strength, to understand your past, and to look forward to new ways of living life. Counseling is a place where you feel heard, seen, and valued. Deep down, most of us want to be and feel happy and secure. This pursuit can be helpful at times and be damaging at others. We will work to help make sense of your struggle and the ways you have sought to feel okay, and then help you find better solutions. My job is not to "fix", but to simply provide a place where you can do the work on you. Let's journey together to find solutions to the issues that are dragging you down and stealing the life that you desire.
At Foundations Counseling, Ben Downey works to help clients seeking support for a number of reasons, including:
- Individual – drug and alcohol abuse and addiction recovery, sex and porn addiction recovery, anger management, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, stress reduction, self-care, self-esteem, boundaries, life coaching, spiritual and religious issues, and men’s issues
- Relationship and Couples Counseling – couples counseling, communication skills, divorce and divorce recovery, codependency, boundaries, sexual and intimacy issues, abuse, domestic violence, pre-engagement and pre-marital
- Growth-Oriented Counseling – career counseling, life coaching, spiritual and religious issues, life transitions, individual development, purpose and motivation
- Adolescents and Teens – self-esteem and self-worth, anxiety, depression, drugs and alcohol, school and family issues, effects of divorce, bullying, and parenting challenges
Ben Downey earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary and holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership, with a Minor in Psychology from Colorado Christian University. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He has a diverse background working in construction, corporate America, ministry, and is a combat veteran. His military service played a significant role in his life and led to his own healing and counseling journey. Ben has worked extensively with individuals struggling with substance use disorders and addictions, and has spent significant time working with those in the forensic (court mandated) population.
Ben loves the Colorado lifestyle of outdoor adventure and exploration and is an avid runner who loves the long distance / ultra-events. He is married for over 11 years and states that he “still is best friends” with his wife. He’s a huge Seattle Seahawks fan (hometown) but has no problem rooting for the Broncos when his “hawks” are not on TV.