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    Michael E. Holtby, LCSW, BCD


    Recieved the

    "Lifetime Achievement Award"

    March, 2010  

    National Association

    of Social Workers - Colorado Chapter

    I started my career in juvenile corrections, working in institutions for delinquent adolescents, both as a counselor and supervisor. After receiving a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington in 1972, I taught at the college level in England. Upon my return I worked as a group therapy specialist for two mental health centers, and became the director of an inpatient adult psychiatric program in Pueblo, Colorado. I also taught psychology at Arapaho Community College; and conducted groups for Mt. Airy Psychiatric Center, and Professional Counseling and Psychological Services in Denver.

    Since 1977, I have been in a full-time private practice in Denver, Colorado. I currently conduct two weekly psychotherapy groups, and see individuals and couples. I have a busy practice, often with a waiting list. I also conduct a
    Diversion Program for the Denver City Attorney's Office. As of 2005 I have been retained as a clinical consultant for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. I am providing clinical consultation to the professionals who provide the Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services (CRCS) -- who deal with sexaully transmitted disease cases. Also, from 2007-2009 I served as a clinical consultant  the the CHiP programs at Children's Hospital. CHiP provides social work services to young people infected with HIV.

    I have been sited as "Best Psychotherapist"  by  the readers of Out Front Colorado for the years 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. In 2001 I also received the Colorado Community Service Award from P-FLAG, and was recognized in a resolution before Denver's City Council for my work as a psychotherapist within Denver's GLBT community.

    I am a past member of preferred provider panels for 30 managed health care organizations. However, as of May 1st, 1996 I resigned from all of them and have since conducted an out of network, cash practice. By doing so my clients' confidentiality is assured, my loyalties are not split with insurance companies, and I avoid the inevitable ethical binds required of providers by managed health care. To make this possible for my clients I have reduced my fees by a third.

    I have written over seventy articles in professional journals, as well as for the popular media. I have two chapters in a book published by Haworth Press in 1999:
    HIV & Mental Health: Clinical & Policy Issues, edited by Michael Shernoff. From 1994 to 1999 I wrote Shrink Rap, a regular column in Colorado's award winning AIDS newsletter, Resolute!  These columns are posted on this website.

    I have conducted numerous workshops and seminars at national conferences, including presentations in Baltimore, Maryland, the University of Plymouth, England; and the Colorado Medical Center on a panel with the Medical Attache from the Netherlands. I have also been a regular guest on the Andria Van Steenhouse and Audre Brodt Shows on AM radio, and in August, 2000 was featured on Toronto television on the subject of "reparative" therapy (I don't believe it works).

    In October, 2009 my wife and I did presentations for the Yunnan Department of Mental Health in Kunming, China and consulted with them on their inpatient psychiatric and alcohol treatment programs.

    You may also be interested in Michael's other career, which will give you a view of the world through my eyes:


    Also, here is a link to Mike's blog, which reflects his personal approach to life:




Last messed with February 23rd, 2016

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