© 2019 by Evan Honerkamp, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Provisional Registered Art Therapist.

"Art is an articulator
of the soul's uncensored purpose
& deepest will."
-Shaun McNiff

Hello and welcome to my site!

Perhaps you are here because there has been a recent event in your life that has left you feeling uprooted and overwhelmed. Or you wish to find a fresh take on an issue. Perhaps you want to practice new skills with an ongoing struggle? Any of these paths can lead us to take the courageous action of seeking therapy.

My hope is for this site to reflect to you my dedication to your seeking a new direction toward change, growth and healing in your life. I'm grateful you have found me as a potential therapist along the way. 

Explore this site to learn a bit about myself, who I see as clients, and the therapy work we may be doing together.

 
About Myself

Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Provisional Registered Art Therapist reflects two deep passions of mine. Years before gaining any official letters behind my name, I intuitively understood my life purpose was to allow my mind and my heart to work in balance; and I can say that my love for understanding others and witnessing their personal expressions only continue to grow. So far, my journey up to today has been nothing short of an intense, heart-breaking, sobering, energizing and life-affirming journey, and I'm truly grateful for the connections I have built with others along the way -both in my professional and personal life. There is no doubt in me that I am called to be a conduit of reverence, respect, non-judgmental presence, and advocacy for the unique needs and strengths of all those walking through my office doors.

 

Graduating from Naropa University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy graduate program, I completed rigorous and fascinating field work informed by developmental, cognitive-behavioral, relational, transpersonal, existential, multicultural, feminist, mindfulness-based, and art-based systems. I worked in dynamics settings -such as elementary schools, bereavement centers, art studios, a horse ranch- and with dynamic people -including grieving widows, single-parent kiddos, wide-eyed teens, new parents, adults of childhood trauma, queer youth of color- all of which set me on a path to create a dynamic professional out of me. I also began to understand how my personal stories would inform my therapeutic lens in a very deep sense: having been touched by significant loss, illness, death and grief; taking the spiritual & eternal Bodhisattva path as part of Mahayana Buddhism; and thriving through Queer-lived hardships and traumas. Making powerful shifts of growth were only possible by my 'sitting in the other seat' -being a client of therapy myself. Even as this "therapist self" is part of my blood and bones, I have the ongoing drive to continually refine my skills related to DBT, ACT, MBSR, Transpersonal Therapy and more.

The person you can expect in the room with you is a counselor who is present for your multi-dimensional self. I commit to drawing from many perspectives of psychology, philosophy, and spirituality to see the fullest spectrum possible of who you are. And in a quite pragmatic sense, our therapy together is about best serving you and your life, today, in a process of mutual collaboration and commitment. There is no question that wisdom and power is innately within you, even when it feels lost, skewed, or dormant. To that end, our mission will be to uncover the vitality of your being and to discover satisfaction in your life. Again, therapy is a collaborative process, and it will be yours and my work together to meet goals unique, healing, and important to YOU.

 
About Art Therapy

The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as "an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship." The AATA also recognizes that art therapy is used throughout a variety of environments and with a variety of people in order to "improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change."  

 

At times, the process of making art is the most healing act in and of itself due to the sensory experience (the smells, textures, colors, and even our hand and body movements as we work with the materials). At other times, the healing occurs when we reflect upon the visual, symbolic language of the final artwork created, similar to how we perceive ourselves when we see our face in the mirror. The more we allow ourselves to witness who we are and how we think and feel -either through the art process or the final art creation- the more support we may find for our specific struggle. Another way to think about the use of art in therapy, is the fact that sometimes words fail us. It can be easier or make more sense to show who we are and what we are going through than it is to talk about these complex things. Art therapy can be a valuable service for anyone, whether you consider yourself a seasoned artist or you have never picked up a paint brush or touched a block of clay before. It is valuable to children, teens, adults, and elders. Absolutely no 'talent' in art making is required to find benefits!

 

As a Provisional Registered Art Therapist, I keep myself abreast of best art-based practices, uphold ethical standards, and use ongoing judgment and consultation when providing art-based methods and interventions. I will continuously make art materials and the art process available to you in your therapy. Although engagement with art materials in session is never required of you, I will encourage you to experiment with various means of expression, beyond verbal, as it typically enhances therapeutic growth.

 
Therapy with Adults

Simply making it to adulthood is a testament to your commitment to life's gauntlets and bounties. By this fact alone, I feel every person deserves to find many moments of contentment, peace and satisfaction during her, his and their adult life. You deserve to rejoice! However, it can very well feel like your actual limits are being tested, making the support of therapy all the more important. My sole purpose as your therapist is to craft with you a personal toolbox to help you feel more resilient and empowered in your daily life. Whether your therapy with me looks like non-stop art-making, non-stop talk therapy, or somewhere in between, you and I will collaborate upon a therapeutic experience that honors your unique personality, history, and specific needs of today. My adult clients are rockstars: ready to engage, curious to try a new approach, open to perhaps "owning their shit", follow through with "homework", and are honest about releasing what might no longer support their well-being. The presentations my adult clients and I work with in therapy include:​​

  •  LGBTQAI-related needs, including sex-positivity, gender transitioning, authentic living, and HIV+ support

  • Grief, loss & major life transitions

  • Privilege & Intersectionality (race, gender, SES, ability, etc.)

  • Depression / Anxiety

  • High-functioning Autism

  • Anger management

  • Career stress

  • Chronic illness & pain

  • Traumas from childhood

  • Parenthood stress

  • Spiritual crises

  • Communication issues within significant relationships 

 
Therapy with Teens & Young Adults

Young adulthood is filled with exciting and sometimes overwhelming growth and breakthrough. Being able to make sense of one's shifting roles, social identities, romantic life, spiritual nature and career goals are frequent areas of focus at this period of life. Often times art-making provides a crucial outlet for processing and understanding the theme of "how can I come into my own?" Ideal therapy for budding adults allows for creative expression, value and skills development, learning effective communication, and meaningful engagement with one's community. My young adult clients are courageous, honest, curious, at times hilarious, and highly motivated to work on becoming masters of their lives. Some sessions may be all art-making and other sessions may be all talking. No matter what each hour looks like, my clients actively engage in a variety of personal experiences, including: 

  • LGBTQAI-related needs, including gender transitioning, bullying/discrimination, coming out and healthy dating

  • Privilege & Intersectionality (race, gender, SES, ability, etc.)

  • Developmental disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

  • Depression & isolation

  • Sociopolitical concerns

  • Anxiety & self-esteem struggles

  • Grief & loss

  • School & college stress

  • Individuation / family of origin conflict & estrangement 

  • Existential anxiety

 
Resources

Literature is a dynamic resource, one that is filled with countless voices which bring us hope, inspiration, and clarity into our own experiences and challenges. Although a book cannot truly replace the therapist, and reading the book cannot truly compete with a life-changing therapeutic relationship, reading is an excellent supplement to any well-engaged therapy work. Here is a handful of resources my clients and myself have found helpful to assist in articulating one's concerns, supporting personal growth and giving evidence to not being alone in hardship. While no one book can represent a catch-all for any single topic, these moving reads offer glimpses into the ideas of gender, race, sex, love, death, acceptance, life purpose, and more:

  • Darkness Before Dawn

  • The Body Keeps The Score

  • Witnessing Whiteness

  • Siddhartha

  • The Transgender Child / Teen

  • Man's Search For Meaning

  • When Things Fall Apart

  • Radical Dharma

  • The Art of Loving

  • Synchronicity

  • Gender Trouble

  • Being With Dying

  • All About Love

  • Velvet Rage

  • Radical Acceptance

  • A Guided Tour To Hell

  • Praying Dangerously

  • The Gift of Therapy 

  • The Ethical Slut

  • In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts

  • Flow

  • The Language of Emotions

  • The Primal Wound

 
Contact Me

My office is located in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado, and I serve people throughout the Greater Denver Area.

The private pay rate for a 50-minute therapy session is $120. I accept Colorado Access (Medicaid), United, and Aetna insurances, as well. No matter which way you use to pay for services, you will always receive "the full worth" of therapy.

No other insurances are accepted currently.

 

Use the contact form below to reach me. I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to share preliminary info and to get an idea for if we will be "the right fit" for therapy. If we are, we will then schedule our first appointment to start working together. And if we are not, I can provide you with personally-trusted referrals.

I so look forward to hearing from you!

**Please note that email, telephone, and this contact form are for initiating contact and for scheduling purposes only. As virtual communication is generally not HIPAA compliant (meaning - it is not confidential), I will only provide therapy services in person. Sending a message through the contact form above DOES NOT constitute that we are in, or guarantee that in the future we will be in, a client-therapist relationship.**

**For all life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 or Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners' 24/7 crisis number at 1-844-493-8255(TALK) for immediate assistance.**