Hi there! My name is Monica Vessio.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Hello, my name is Monica and I’m so happy you’ve taken the first step in your therapy journey! I
truly believe we live in an era of instant gratification, overwhelming news outlets, and
increasingly more and more difficult obstacles to face. My goal as a clinician is to provide you
with a safe space to be vulnerable without fear of judgment or repercussion.
Who I Am
Raised by Italian immigrants, I had a very ‘old school’ upbringing where mental health wasn’t
discussed, or even really known about. I understand how discouraging it is to have feelings
invalidated, shrugged off, or not taken seriously. It was not long before I was experiencing
heightened levels of anxiety and depression as a child and adolesent. As time progressed,
communication, education, and openness were essential in my journey to becoming who I
I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto,
Ontario. After working in the field for a few years, I decided to go forward and apply for a
graduate program in counseling. I am a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado’s
Clinical Counseling masters program. I have also obtained my LPCC, and I am currently in the
process of working towards full licensure in Colorado.
When I am not in practice, I enjoy playing video games, anime, roller skating, hanging out with
my two cats, watching horror movies, and being in nature!
Our values are what drives us in life. Our goals, thoughts, communication styles, relationships,
and hobbies stem from what we truly hold close to our hearts. When we become fused with
unhealthy ideas and language (“I’m not good enough”, “I have no future”, “There’s no point”), we
are taking our thoughts literally and encouraging self-defeating behavior. Unhealthy coping
comes when we become incongruent with what we truly value, and avoid or ‘stuff down’ those
uncomfortable feelings. By identifying these, we can work together to identify ways to help you
live through your values and manage everyday stresses.
Having an open dialogue about our struggles and developing healthy communication habits
helps get us to the place where we want to be. I understand how uncomfortable therapy can be
at first, but I truly hope we can work together to get you to a place where you want to be!
I have experience in working with trauma, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+, suicidal
ideation, and chronic illness/TBIs. I have previously worked with children, adolescents, adults,
and elderly folks.