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Colt Gordon

Founder / CEO / Primary Therapist
CA LCSW #110973/WY LCSW-1577

Growing up, my family battled with compulsive behaviors, mental illness, and dysfunction. After high school, I quickly joined the Marine Corps. And I served on three deployments (Iraq, Korea, and Southeast Asia). Throughout my service, I secretly struggled with an eating disorder, depression, and suicidal thoughts. After being honorably discharged, my symptoms became so debilitating that I became homeless. As a result, I finally found the willingness to receive professional help through the VA and spent four months at UCSD Eating Disorders Center. There I dedicated myself to doing whatever it took to fully recover. While in treatment, I was given the opportunity to lead a group therapy session; at that moment, I found my calling to be a therapist. Since then I’ve been awarded Student Employee of the Year as a Mental Health Peer Educator, received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, and my master’s degree in social work from USC.

When it comes to accomplishing your goals in therapy, it starts with making sure we are a good fit, and that we can create and maintain a genuine relationship. While I have resources and specialized training, I can only give you my best guess. I value you as the expert in your own life; I consider myself as a fellow-journeyer on the path. If we agree that we can work together, I will initially focus on fostering safety in our sessions. Safety is important, more importantly, though, my focus will be on helping you build resiliency and effectiveness. I will be honest with you, I will hold you accountable, and I will be empathetic. Creating a life with meaning takes work. You got to do the reps, and I am here to spot you. I work for you.

If you are interested in working with me, please reach out and we can set up a 15-minute complimentary therapist fit assessment.

I largely use the following interventions through a strength-based approach: Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR Therapy, classic exposure therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT, SMART Recovery/CBT, Mindfulness training, and Bowen Family Systems.

Colt Gordon's Focuses

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Do you find yourself experiencing these feelings and behaviors, known as the ACA Laundry List? Fear of Losing Control: You avoid situations where you’re not in control. Approval Seeking: Constantly seeking affirmation and approval from others. Frightened by Angry People: You feel uneasy around people expressing anger…

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Anxiety

Learn to accept your feelings, connect with your values, and take committed action towards a fulfilling life, despite anxiety. Our approach addresses not just the symptoms, but the underlying causes of your worries and fears. Thus, helping you create practical solutions.

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Boundaries

Navigate the complexities of boundaries in all relationships with our holistic approach, employing ACT and Bowen Family Systems. Learn to identify and assert your values, overcome fears, and take committed action to establish healthy boundaries. Our therapy sessions offer tools for effective communication, emotional flexibility, and conflict resolution. Embrace the journey towards nurturing respectful and fulfilling relationships in family, friendships, and romance.

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Chronic Pain

Explore a new perspective on chronic pain management through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), addressing the mind, body, and spirit. Learn to coexist with pain through acceptance and mindfulness, and align actions with personal values for a meaningful life. ACT transforms the experience of chronic pain into a journey of purpose and adaptability.

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Compulsive Behaviors

Understand and address compulsive behaviors that evolve from social habits to life-dominating habits. Recognize early signs like exhilaration and restlessness, and consider professional support for recovery. BYDAND offers personalized treatment plans and diverse recovery paths tailored to individual needs.

 

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Depression

We understand the social stigmas that come with the label of being depressed and thus aim to help clients sort out their environmental, biological, and circumstantial factors while offering support and care through a very dark time in their lives.

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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are not merely about food. They are complex conditions that often require comprehensive therapy to navigate through the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects involved.

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Emotional Dependency / Codependency

Therapy offers a sacred space for exploration and healing. In this supportive environment, you’re encouraged to use tools like the Emotional Recovery Inventory alongside therapeutic guidance to foster emotional balance, autonomy, and enriching relationship dynamics.

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Family Conflict

Understanding and addressing family conflicts through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory can lead to more harmonious and fulfilling family relationships. If you are ready to explore these dynamics and work towards positive change in your family, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Men’s Issues

Explore a path to inregrated masculinity and personal growth with our dedicated support for men. Discover how to navigate relationships and build meaningful connections, enhancing intimacy and family dynamics. Unlock your potential with evidence-based therapies and mindfulness practices, creating a life of purpose and fulfillment.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by pervasive patterns of intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) aimed at mitigating the distress caused by these obsessions.

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Panic Attacks

Struggle with the intensity of panic attacks? Discover how our ACT-based approach can offer relief and a new perspective in managing these challenges. Reach out for a consultation and begin your journey to a more balanced life, finding peace and resilience amidst panic attacks.

 

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Phobias

Phobias are intense and irrational fears that can significantly disrupt your daily life and limit your experiences. They often trigger a sense of panic and anxiety, leading to avoidance behaviors that can hold you back from fully engaging in the activities you enjoy.

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Self-Esteem

Embark on a journey to foster genuine self-esteem intertwined with emotional sobriety in our therapeutic approach. Delve into the layers of self-esteem, from Imposter Syndrome to Victimhood, and discover stability through emotional balance. Embrace a path of introspection and acceptance, nurturing authentic self-worth.

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Trauma/PTSD

At Bydand Therapy, we specialize in transformative healing for trauma and PTSD, integrating a practical, six-pillar process to guide you towards relief and real results. Our approach, encompassing ACT, EMDR, and CBT, offers more than just coping strategies; it provides a path to meaningful recovery and personal growth. Join us in a journey of transformation, where we don’t just talk, but actively guide you in building a life filled with purpose and resilience.

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Veterans

Begin a transformative journey with our veteran-focused therapy services, incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles. Navigate the complexities of transitioning from military to civilian life, and redefine your identity and purpose. Through a compassionate and understanding approach, we help you leverage your strengths and experiences, guiding you towards a fulfilling and meaningful civilian life.

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