Verna L. Salmon, LCSW, CAC III
(Licensed Clinical Social Worker No. 991020)
Longmont Counseling Office: 545 Collyer Street, 2nd Floor
Business Office: 420 McColm Street, Berthoud CO 80513-8999 Business Office: (970) 532-4615 Fax: (970)
Email: email@example.com Website: vernasalmon.com and longmontpsychotherapy.com
Verna helps people with depression, anxiety, addictions and codependency. She
works with individuals, couples and families. She facilitates groups of women
and couples with experiential therapy, using sculpting, psychodrama and cognitive
behavioral processes. Verna models the open and honest recovery behaviors that
she teaches. A coach, problem solver, dream setter
she helps clients reach
A natural networker of people helping people, she has built support circles
around individuals faced with terminal diseases, accidental traumas, teenage
motherhood, divorce trauma, blindness, etc. In private practice since 1985,
she has treated and/or educated more than 2,500 clients/students with codependency
and addictions issues.
is a former Metropolitan State College instructor. She also was a member of
a 1988 Citizen’s Ambassador (People to People) group sharing with alcohol/
drug treatment programs in Norway, Sweden and Germany.
Her graduate research at CSU on "Evaluation of Colorado Social Service Caseworkers
in Screening for Alcohol/Drug Problems Among Clients" led to a requirement
of chemical dependency training for all Colorado Department of Social Services
to present Psychotherapist
in private practice. Specialty: chemical dependency, co-dependency,
sexual addiction & co-addiction, sexual trauma, marital problems.
- 1991-1993 Co-President,
Women Of the World Mentoring, Inc. (WOW’M),
Denver. She and her partner were themselves mentored by Dame Anita
Roddick, founder of the Body Shops Ltd with more than two thousand cosmetics
stores around the world. They are pictured here in 1992 when Anita (left)
was keynote speaker for a WOW'M Workshop in Denver.
Verna created six workshops in partnership with CWEE (Colo.Women’s Employment
& Educ.) teaming single mothers with volunteer mentors. Co-directed a year-long
(1991) monthly workshop of fifty women called "Women and Power,"
aimed at empowerment, independence and networking, and utilizing guest specialists
speaking about self defense, women’s health, women’s power in various cultures,
visioning and goal setting. Conducted weekend retreats for women to resolve
blocks to power, planning, and decision making.
Onsite, Inc., near Nashville TN, founded by world-renowned family therapist
and educator, Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse. Clientelle are from across
North America and Europe. She conducts small-group therapy using psychodrama
& experiential methods during week-long workshops.
- 1983-1990 Partner, Therapist, Educator
within Colorado Recovery Group.
Weekend and week-long workshops for codependency and addictions issues. More
than 1,500 persons attended.
Primary Counselor, Director of Family Program for Whole
Person Health Center, Boulder CO, an intensive 30-day outpatient program
for addictions & other disorders.
Her supervisor and earliest mentor, Darvin W. Smith, MD, (internal
medicine, ER, addictionology) over the past 18years has worked with YWAM (Youth
With a Mission/ University of the Nations) training staff and establishing
20 Addictive Behavior Counseling Schools (ABCS), training workers for
places around the world such as Hawaii, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland,
Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Australia. In 2008 they plan
to open their first ABC School in Africa at Jinja, Uganda.
- Taught workshops on various topics such as "Women
and Power," "PATH--Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope," "Codependency
Recovery," and "Sexual Compulsivity" in the USA, Mexico, and Germany.
- Instructor of "Psychodrama & Family Sculpting,"
Metropolitan State College, Denver. 1989-1991.
- Instructor of "Alcoholism Family Counseling,"
Metropolitan State College, Denver. 1987-1988.
- Teacher/Therapist for Co-Dependency Recovery Weeks,
Colorado Recovery Group, Boulder. 1985-1990.
- Teacher/Therapist for Adults-from-Troubled-Families Weekend
Workshops, Colorado Recovery Group, Boulder. 1983-1990 .
- Institute in Integrated Education and Community, McGill Institute,
Montreal, Canada 1994
- MSW, Master of Social Work, Graduate Department of Social Work, Colorado
State University 1987
- BS, Bachelor of Science, Human Services Department, Metro State College,
- Undergraduate, University of Colorado Boulder starting in 1978
A selection from hundreds of hours of continuing education spanning three
- Addiction Counseling Update, Odyssey Training, Denver 2010
- Career Coaching, Nan Burnett, Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc,
Denver CO, 2003.
- The Secret Sin: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction in Our Churches
with Dr. Mark Laaser, NCSAC Church Leaders Workshop, Denver CO, 1992.
- Treatment Issues of Sexual Trauma/Compulsion: Five Day Advanced Training
Workshop with Dr. Mark F. Schwartz, River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, New
Orleans LA, 1991.
- Treating Sexual Addiction, with Dr. Patrick Carnes in 1987. World's
leading educator, author and staff trainer on sexual compulsivity and trauma
Updated: September 5, 2010