CHILI SZLAFROK — Community Engagement Coordinator & Clinical Intern (he/him)

Location: Serving clients in Massachusetts and Colorado (virtual-only)

My Approach: My approach to therapy is varied and individualized. I believe deeply in the human power to heal and overcome the obstacles we face in our lives. Using a trauma-informed lens, I see clients as the source of their own healing. I believe people have an innate ability to access and an affinity towards goodness and wellness. Using concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other therapeutic modalities I help clients become mindful of the experiences they are having in order to move toward a preferred future with guidance, patience, and care. I believe that all people have the capacity to move towards whatever preferred future is theirs and it is my honor to help them along that path. 

About Me: Having been raised in the Jungle of NYC, I was always drawn to the mountains. My own healing journey has had a lot to do with my connection with animals and the natural world as well as the support of mental health professionals. My mental health journey has led me to an understanding that all humans struggle and that we all have the ability to heal given the right supports and guidance. I currently live on a small farm where I raise chickens and sheep with my adorable pup, Nala. I enjoy spending time in water, hiking, skiing, reading, and watching funny TV shows. My life has taken me all around the world in order to better understand the connection between humans and the world we are a part of and I’m excited to bring those experiences to BaMidbar. 

Education: University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and Institute for Human Animal Interactions