Over the last twenty years, mindfulness based therapies have been empirically validated as the "gold standard" for the treatment of many mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

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After noticing a distinct lack of and need for mindfulness based therapies in Colorado, Dr. Parker Wilson founded the Awakened Mind Institute (AMI) in Denver, CO in 2006.

In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Wilson then began teaching at universities, offering mindfulness workshops and seminars, and speaking at various churches and community centers.

In the years since, The Awakened Mind Institute has grown and expanded, in large part because of our ability to effectively help people learn to work with their own suffering. Once we know how to work with our thoughts and emotions, we can then then transform that suffering into a deeper sense of wisdom, happiness, and satisfaction with life.

In 2010, AMI hired Jasmine Crane, MA as our primary adolescent, personality, and eating disorders specialist. Ms. Crane's experience and education are the perfect compliment to AMI's core commitment to mindfulness and community mental health.

All our therapists share a love for the transformative process of therapy, and all are in love with being psychotherapists. In the past, all of AMI's therapists have also been "on the couch" as patients themselves, in their own therapeutic processes. They feel that this experience has given them tremendous insight into how therapy can be more effectively delivered to their own clients.

Dr. Parker WilsonJasmine Crane and Julia M Wilson share a profound respect for their clients' desires to heal and psychologically flourish. Moreover, they are are all passionately dedicated to helping their clients reach their highest potential emotionally, spiritually, socially, and intellectually. All therapists meet their clients "where they are," and do not superimpose labels and beliefs onto clients. While their clinical styles are different, all therapists are committed to their client's psychological evolution - on the client's terms, not on the doctor's.

Dr. Parker Wilson

I think my greatest attribute as a doctor of clinical psychology, a Buddhist minister, and spiritual advisor is my authenticity. I cultivate authenticity and emotional balance through the practice of mindfulness - being rooted in the present moment non-judgmentally. Because I am focused on the present moment, I spent less time disconnecting with stressful, internal stories about the future, nor do I tell myself so many internal horror stories about the past.

I specialize in helping individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), bipolar depression (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), and poly substance dependence. Because Buddhist psychology is at the foundation of all modern mindfulness based cognitive therapies, I am particularly effective at helping people learn to work with their thoughts and emotions. In fact, Buddhist meditative techniques are far more sophisticated and advanced than the techniques found in modern mindfulness based cognitive therapies. With over 15,000 hours of experience I am among the most experienced and effective spiritual counselors in Denver. I am also adept at helping those that just feel "stuck" or dissatisfied with life. This so called "personal growth" work is also a strength of mine.

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Jasmine Crane

Jasmine comes to The Awakened Mind Institute with significant experience treating a wide range of psychological difficulties. In addition to mood and anxiety disorders, Jasmine has expertise in disordered eating behaviors such as restriction, exercise compulsion, binging, and purging. Additionally Jasmine brings rare and valuable experience in treating personality disorders, in particular, borderline personality disorder (BPD).

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Julia M Wilson

The Awakened Mind Institute is excited and pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Julia Wilson to our clinical staff. In May Julia will graduate from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado where she will receive a master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Buddhist psychology and meditative methodology.

Julia is an expert in various mindfulness based interventions including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), mindfulness based relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She has also been trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and family systems.

During a recent interview, Ms. Wilson stated, "Everyone reaches a point in life when the methods they used to cope with the challenges and the traumas of the past are no longer working, and so they need to develop more sophisticated ways to work with their thoughts and emotions. I often see people cope with their anxiety and depression by numbing out, getting angry and aggressive with the world around them, or getting materialistic. As a clinician I try to see my clients as struggling to be adaptive, struggling to survive, they just need better tools... According to the needs of my clients, I can shift and work seamlessly from any or all of the mindfulness based therapeutic modalities."   

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Fees And Insurance

Please Click Here To Learn Why You Should Go "Out Of Network" For Mental Health Care

AMI is a private, self-pay out-patient psychotherapy center. This means that while you’ll pay "out-of-pocket" for your services, you may seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier using the paperwork AMI provides.

If you would like to speak to Julia, AMI's friendly client care coordinator, please call her at (720) 316-2321. Julia will be happy to answer any insurance related questions you might have.

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Working with Trauma, PTSD and C-PTSD

Free Video: "Working with Trauma, PTSD and C-PTSD"

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A Free Educational Video Especially for Individuals Effected By A Diagnosis of PTSD or C-PTSD. Diagnostics, Modern Treatment Methodologies, and Buddhist Meditation Techniques is Discussed.