ABOUT ME - CHAVONE CRESPO
I received my bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from City University of New York – Hunter College. I received my master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Touro College.
Born and raised in New York, NY, I traveled to Denver for vacation several years ago and fell in love with the people, the environment, and the overall chill vibe! I went back to NYC and decided to make a permanent move to Denver because I very much desired a change. The move has been a bit of a culture shock but being surrounded by Denver’s blue skies and mountain views, provided a welcome replacement for the concrete jungle that is the Big Apple.
In New York, my work focused primarily on supporting young adults who were still in college, newly employed, or established in their career but were on a path towards self-identification and individual growth. I provided support to individuals trying to sort out what it means to have thoughts and feelings that differ from their families' and what they were taught growing up. Coming to accept these changes in oneself is not an easy conflict to navigate alone. Many of the conflicts involved race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religious beliefs.
I also worked with adults entering different life phases — be it a new relationship, struggling to work through toxic relationships, contemplating marriage, or divorce, and also issues of parenting, like post-partum emotions and relationships with adult children.
Additionally, I have worked extensively with older adults and provided support through the aging process. Being a source of comfort for those who have approached the time in their life when they have to face certain realities and come to terms with the adjustments that must be made during this life stage.
On a personal note, it took a great deal of painful challenges and hurdles (sometimes up and sometimes down) to come fully into who I am today. Through it all, I knew that I was worth it! For a very long time I have known that working with people in this capacity is what I am meant to do because I know, “The struggle is real!” Now, here I am.
Coming to Denver from NYC, a place that is rich in cultural diversity, affords me an openness and acceptance of those whose cultural experiences may differ from my own. I will continue my work here in Denver, where I am able to provide an atmosphere where individuals can safely discuss those deeply sensitive topics that weigh most heavily on their daily interactions in school/work life and family relationships. I will provide my services in a space, free from judgment.
I have experience in running groups, working with adults, and with couples. I attend seminars, workshops, and conferences in order to stay current in my knowledge of mental health counseling theories and techniques. I also conduct extensive research on issues of counseling with the culturally diverse and produce writings on this topic.