Mauricio P. Yabar, LCSW, M.Ed., CST

ABOUT ME

I'm Mauricio, a narrative therapist and certified sex therapist in Denver, Colorado. 


I understand what it's like when rigid problematic stories influence how we show up in the world, how we are in relationships, and how we experience ourselves. Stories have the power to harm our identities and I believe that going back to these very stories provides an opportunity to reconstruct and repair the damage that's been done. I strongly believe that narrative conversations can make this process of reconstruction of reality possible.


WHY DO I DO THIS WORK?

I want to help people live the life that they envision for themselves. I believe people deserve to realize their hopes and their dreams, and it frustrates me when problems keep people from their preferred directions in life. I know this from personal experience, which adds to my motivation to help others create the change they want to see in their living experience. 


HOW WOULD I DESCRIBE MYSELF AS A THERAPIST?

I am dedicated to the work that I do and to my clients and the stories they bring to our conversations. I consider honesty to be a very important part of my identity, not just as a therapist, but also personally. Some clients have told me that I go "above and beyond" as a therapist. I believe this is true because of my commitment to helping them imagine and realize their preferred realities. As a therapist, I can be direct and influential. However, I don't like to jump to conclusions or give solutions too quickly. Because I want to avoid the trap of making assumptions, I prefer to be inquisitive and curious about the stories in people's lives that contribute to the shaping of their identities. In this way, I feel I can be a more effective helper in the therapeutic relationship.


WHAT DO I DISLIKE ABOUT THE FIELD OF PSYCHOTHERAPY?

One of the things that bothers me the most about the field of mental health is the overreliance on discourses that limit the therapeutic experience. Some examples include the diagnosis discourse, which labels clients and has the potential to damage identities; the "client-as-the-problem" discourse, which can inadvertently reinforce problematic identity conclusions; and the discourse that encourages one-size-fits-all interventions that are based in preformulated ideas rather than the individual's personal story. 


HOW OTHERS DESCRIBE ME AS A PERSON?

Hard-working, energetic, weird and eccentric, passionate, honest and direct (sometimes to a fault), intuitive, insightful, loyal, innovative (my mentor has called me a "maverick"), and staunch about my values and commitments.

PROFESSIONAL

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATIONS:

LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(DORA, Colorado)


CST - Certified Sex Therapist

(American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, AASECT)


CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:

NARRATIVE / SEX THERAPIST

Narrative Conversations Denver, Denver, CO

02/2016 – Present

Individual, couples, and family therapy for adolescents and adults


ADOLESCENT AND FAMILY THERAPIST

Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO

11/2015 – Present

Substance abuse and mental health treatment for adolescents and their families


ADULT OUTPATIENT THERAPIST

Aurora Mental Health Center, Aurora, CO

06/2014 – 11/2015

Individual, couples, and family therapy for adults


SEXUAL ABUSE INTERVENTION THERAPIST

Savio House, Denver, CO

05/2012 – 06/2014

Individual and group therapy for youth who committed a sex crime, couples and family therapy, home-based therapy and residential


TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

NARRATIVE THERAPY APPROACHES (ADJUNCT)

SocialWork@Simmons

Simmons College

2018 - Present


HUMAN SEXUALITY (ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR)

Graduate School of Social Work

University of Denver

2018 - Present


MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AND TRAUMA (ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR)

Graduate School of Social Work

University of Denver

2018 - Present


SOCIOLOGY 101 (ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR)

Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

2013 - 2014

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

FORMAL EDUCATION:

MASTER'S IN CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK

Widener University, Pennsylvania


MASTER'S IN HUMAN SEXUALITY

Widener University, Pennsylvania


BACHELOR'S IN PSYCHOLOGY

MINORS: HEALTH STUDIES, SOCIOLOGY

Montclair State University, New Jersey


ADDITIONAL TRAINING:

NARRATIVE THERAPY APPRENTICESHIP

03/2017 - Present

David Epston, Ph.D., Kay Ingamells, MSW, CPT, and Tom Carlson, Ph.D.

Specialized international training and apprenticeship program in the artistry of narrative therapy practice, including apprentices from around the world who are deemed to be the next generation of supervisors, consultants, workshop presenters, and innovators in narrative therapy.


YEARLONG ADVANCED NARRATIVE THERAPY

Jill Freedman, LICSW and Gene Combs, MD

Evanston Family Therapy Center, Evanston, IL

01/2017 – 12/2017


TRAINING THROUGH TRANSCRIPTS – NARRATIVE

Kay Ingamells, BSc. MSW, CPT, MNZAC, MANZASW

07/2016 - 03/2017


EXTERNALIZING PRACTICE INTENSIVE

Stephen Gaddis, Ph.D.

The Salem Center, Salem, MA

10/2016


ADDICTIONS COUNSELING

Denver Health, OBHS

Denver, CO

02/2016 – 12/2016


DISCOVERY LEARNING

ADVANCED NARRATIVE THERAPY

Stephen Madigan, Ph.D. and David Nylund, Ph.D.

Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, Vancouver, BC, Canada

09/2016


CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN NARRATIVE THERAPY

Caspersen Training Center, Minneapolis

09/2015 – 05/2016


ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY

Chad Hemrick, Ph.D.

University of Colorado, Aurora, CO

11/2015 – 03/2016


NARRATIVE THERAPY SUMMER INTENSIVE

Angel Yeun, MSW, RSW

Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto, Canada

07/2015