Gretchen  Kahre

Gretchen Kahre

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Colorado Accepting Online
Erie Accepting In-person
Updated September 9, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement

Professional statement

Gretchen Kahre is a mental health counselor in Downtown Erie and works with individual adults. Many of Gretchen’s clients come in to address life transitions such as menopause, grief, anxiety and depression. Gretchen is particularly passionate about serving people who long to make sense of their present life situation or need help navigating transition and finding meaning. She also has advanced training in the area of anxiety, depression and loss.

Gretchen is steeped in Contemplative Psychotherapy utilizing mindfulness and psychodynamic approaches. Through this approach it is possible to identify the causes of suffering and how to alleviate them while also gaining an understanding of what leads to more happiness and fulfillment. In session, Gretchen may focus on grounding exercises to regulate the nervous system so that clients can relax. This process supports clients in accessing their own fundamental strength and resources.

Gretchen's style is warm, engaging and thoughtful. When clients first start therapy, they establish a predictable meeting routine in an uplifted environment where they feel heard and seen. In this way the therapeutic relationship deepens to enhance natural curiosity.

Gretchen received her MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. She has worked at Windhorse Community Services, where she counseled clients, supervised clinicians and clinical teams. Outside of private practice, she enjoys gardening, camping and walks with her dog, Nahla. Gretchen is offering remote therapy along with in person sessions following CDC guidelines during COVID-19.


Message to clients

In my experience, we are living in unprecedented times of uncertainty. These kinds of situations might lead to stress and fear while at the same time, if we are able to stay open and flexible, together we may find an opportunity to experience ourselves in the world in new adaptive ways. In situations like these, it is helpful to have a designated time and place to talk with someone who will listen with an unbiased ear while reflecting back support and curiosity. This way of relating helps you develop insight into your individual predicament and see new possibilities for your life.

By taking the opportunity to uncover our own resilience and discover new directions, we emerge in ways we perhaps never thought possible. We may be surprised to find based on our struggles, that there are ways of thinking that no longer serve us and are perhaps best left behind and ways of being that we want to cultivate. I look forward to helping you uncover your inner resources, previously hidden, to help you navigate your life.


Specialties

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as menopause, moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar Health
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Optum
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Bright HealthCare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $140 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $140

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Colorado)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am4pm
  • Tue 9am - 4pm
  • Wed 9am - 4pm
  • Thu 9am - 4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Erie practice
105 Wells St. , Suite #210, Erie, Colorado 80516
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am - 4pm
  • Tue 9am - 4pm
  • Wed 9am - 4pm
  • Thu 9am - 4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 32 years

Self-employed , Mental Health Counselor, 2001 - Present
Windhorse Community Services, Psychotherapist/Supervisor, 1990 - 2021

Naropa University, MA Contemplative Psychotherapy, 1989
University of Colorado, BA Psychology, 1985


Licensure

Colorado: 1092


Languages

English