Meet Zacil (Sah-seal).
"I realize that no two people are the same, and I tailor my therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual."
Zacil Ha Contreras, MFTC - Bilingual Clinician (English & Español)
I have a passion working with families, couples, and individuals. I have felt the hardships of relationships, the struggles of marriage, and the building and maintaining of a family can be overwhelming at times. I provide a safe space to explore and process those feelings.
Being a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate (MFTC), I have the skills and training to support you and your loved ones. My goal in therapy is to help the client see themselves differently. In today's world, I want to talk about the stuff that is dismissed by expectation, because those are the real topics coming up for families.
Working with couples and families is what I love and do best. I'm direct and like to dive right into the work that needs to be done, while building relationships. I work with individuals, couples & families to provide grief/loss support, post-partum services and life transition support.
I have the honor and privilege to be part of Judi's House Comprehensive Grief Care community. This wonderful organization was part of my education at Regis and I'm proud to be able to use their "Pathfinders" curriculum with clients.
- Grief & Loss
- Postpartum Issues
- Family Transitions
- Bilingual Counseling
I’m a Colorado native who enjoys everything this great state has to offer. I went to Boulder County schools my whole life and love the mountains. I went to Metropolitan State University where I received my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. My time there was eye-opening, as the school caters to working adults, and I found this was a great fit for me and my three part-time jobs I maintained throughout college.
After graduating I worked for Boulder County for six amazing years as a detention officer. I saw juveniles 11-18 years old, ranging from minor violations to 1st degree felonies. I enjoyed investigating and teasing apart the reality of what these individuals were going through, which was part of my process in giving the courts my recommendations for possible treatment and eventual release. My time working with this population made me realize I wanted to work with families to avoid having individuals come into the justice system, witnessing the difficulty it brought families. My focus while working with youth was prevention – not only from coming back to jail, but preventing the pain, conflict and legal cut-offs that occurred when juveniles entered our facility.
I started my master’s program at Regis University and found my self pregnant half-way through. My husband and I welcomed our baby girl in June of 2015. To say that motherhood has affected my counseling methods and focus is an understatement. I worked my way out of post-partum depression and realize how important it is for a mother to have space to explore those feelings that come with being a new mother, both good and bad. I graduated from Regis with a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016.
It is a pleasure to share a little bit about myself with you and I hope you feel the same way, should you choose me as your therapist.