We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Coté and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I personally love quotes and affirmations. My favorite quote right now is “We can do hard things”. To me, this speaks to the incredible resiliency that we all posses, even if we don’t know it. For me, this quote represents the strength is see in my clients every day. Each day I’m in awe of the incredible strength I see in my clients. I admire their ability to do hard things. To endure hard, painful, traumatic things. Some may question how, as a therapist, I can handle hearing such difficult stories. But to me, I see hope, strength, and resiliency. I am honored to support them as they navigate the unimaginable and find ways to pick up the pieces and keep going.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and owner of Evolve Counseling in Centennial. My practice specializes in supporting families after the devastating loss of a child either before, during, or after birth. My journey as a counselor started out in the substance use arena and went on to support youth and adults with various mental health and substance use challenges in agency and community mental health settings. I have worked with a variety of populations throughout my career, however, after my first son, Parker, was stillborn due to a genetic abnormality, I knew at some point I’d want to focus my counseling career on helping others heal from child loss. I attended different support groups, did individual counseling, engaged in online child loss support forums, searched for ways to move forward while carrying Parker’s memory with me. I also began writing about my experiences for Still Standing Magazine as a way to provide support, raise awareness, and continue my own healing. Four years into my healing journey, I felt ready to open my own private practice to use both my personal and professional experience to help others navigate life after losing a child. I successfully opened Evolve Counseling in May of 2017 and have been supporting grieving families ever since. My mission is to provide a healing environment for grieving parents so they can integrate the loss of their baby(ies) into their lives and process stuck points so they can find a new normal where they don’t feel guilty for experiencing joy again. I am passionate about helping grieving mothers find ways to continue loving and honoring their child(ren) even though they are no longer here.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I’m not hiking or camping the mountains I love to be in the city. I enjoy staying at The Maven in downtown Denver and walking to Union Station. I enjoy lounging around at Wash Park and attending concerts at The Ogden Theater and of course Red Rocks. I also love walking around the town of Morrison and Manitous Springs.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am today or have my thriving counseling practice without the love and support from my family and my patient husband. I’m also grateful for the personal and professional support and guidance from Dr. Kathleen Kennedy. Additionally, I wouldn’t be in a position to support families after the devastating loss of a child without walking my own healing journey after the loss of my first child, Parker. My healing journey involved love and support from many people and organizations, including my family, friends, colleagues, online support groups, and Still Standing Magazine.
Sarah Lindsay Photography Kelly Coté