Counseling FAQs

Counseling Frequently Asked Questions

Who refers clients to the clinic at DFI?

We receive referrals from over 100 sources including local mental health centers, Social Services, schools, churches, family support services and private clinicians, as well as former clients and graduates from our training program.

How long has the clinic and training program been serving clients?

The Denver Family Institute formed in 1982 as the Family Therapy Training Center of Colorado in cooperation with the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. In 2001, the name changed to the Denver Family Institute. DFI maintains an excellent cooperative relationship with the University of Denver through our Joint Training Program. The clinic began offering client services in 1991.

Will anyone know that we are coming to therapy?

All information provided by you during therapy sessions is legally confidential to persons or agencies outside of therapy. We only share your information with written permission. Information provided during therapy sessions will be available to the treatment team, including other therapists at the DFI Clinic, administrative staff and therapist supervisors. There are certain situations in which your therapist is legally bound to reveal information obtained during therapy to other persons or agencies without your permission. These situations are as follows and apply to all psychotherapists, licensed or unlicensed, providing therapy services in Colorado:

1 If your therapist believes that you are an imminent danger to yourself.
2. If you threaten grave bodily harm or directly endanger the life of another.
3. If your therapist suspects abuse or neglect of any child(ren).
4. If your therapist is ordered to release information by a court of law.
5. If you pose a threat to national security.

How long does the therapy last?

Each therapy session is approximately 50 minutes. The DFI Clinic offers an unlimited number of therapy sessions to our clients. We don’t set a minimum or maximum number of sessions that you are required to attend. In fact, in Colorado, clients maintain the right to leave therapy at any time for any reason. Because we understand the commitments of time, finances and energy, we generally work from a brief therapy model. However, our therapists can adapt this approach for clients looking for a longer-term therapeutic relationship.

How does the therapist determine what goals to work on with me/us?

The Clinic at DFI believes that families, couples and individuals should determine their own goals for therapy. We work collaboratively and openly with clients to establish a respectful, supportive relationship. Our clinicians are also willing to provide challenges and feedback to clients to help them reach their goals.

How do I make an appointment?

To arrange an appointment, call (303) 756-3340. An intake counselor will take be able to tell you more about our program and if it is a fit for you. If you do want to make an appointment, the intake counselor will take down basic information about you and match you with a therapist. The therapist will contact you within 24 hours to schedule your first appointment.
Messages left on our answering machine are confidential and are returned promptly by one of our clinicians. Our clinicians strive to schedule initial appointments promptly after receiving a referral call. We treat all inquiries regarding clinic services with the utmost respect and confidentiality.

Who are the Therapists?

Graduate and post-graduate students enrolled at the DFI provide therapy services. These are highly motivated students seeking additional training to specialize in offering strength-based couples and family therapy services. The faculty of the DFI supervises the student therapists. Each of these supervisors are licensed family therapists holding approved supervisory status in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Our clients benefit from the focused attention and combined experiences of their therapist and their therapist’s clinical supervisors. The DFI MFT Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, 1133 15th Street, NW, Ste. 300, Washington, DC, 20005, (202) 452-0109.

Where are DFI offices located?

DFI has two locations – one near Denver Tech Center (Hampden and Yosemite) and one in the Highlands. Please visit our Contact Page for more directions to our locations.

Is there parking at your office locations?

Both the Denver and Wheat Ridge locations have ample free parking.