Patricia Burnett, LPC, CEAP

I am Patricia. I am a role model for reinventing yourself. My first, wonderful career was as a newspaper editor. I loved starting each day with blank newsprint, then collaborating with a fabulous staff to fill pages with news and sports and entertainment. And at midnight, hearing the result of all our work roll off the presses.

I left that career in 1998, spent time doing volunteer work, co-wrote a book (“Toxic Stress: 7 Steps to Recovery”) and found a new passion in psychology. I went back to school – University of Colorado-Colorado Springs – to earn a master’s degree in counseling. And, being a life-long learner, I have continued to build my knowledge and approaches through extensive post-graduate training, workshops, conferences, consultations and reading.

Now I practice four days a week in a cozy office in Centennial. It is very convenient to Greenwood Village (actually across the street), Englewood, Littleton, Highlands Ranch and South Metro Denver.

I live nearby in Greenwood Village with my husband, Bob, who is a retired newspaper executive, and Pixie, our Petite Schnauzer.

I have a long history of community service in Colorado, California and Florida, including as current president of Englewood Rotary and past president of the national alumnae association of Stephens College (Columbia, Mo.). I also served as president of the board of Inter-Faith Community Service and as an officer of Gateway Battered Women’s Services and on multiple other nonprofit boards and church committees.


My passion is for helping couples move past conflict to restore their friendships and reignite their love. I know that couples dig themselves some deep ruts of bad behavior and then hold onto and nurture those resentments rather than nurture good things. They let them color totally unrelated interactions. I teach empathy, putting yourself in the other person’s shoes, recognizing that sometimes you have to agree to disagree and letting the little stuff go. And communication! Almost every couple on my couch says communication is an issue. I can help you with that.

My second specialty is as a work/life coach. Working in the corporate world for many years, I have had extensive management and leadership training. I have real-world experience of dealing with a difficult boss, a stressful workload, even sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. I bring that experience to bear in helping clients communicate more effectively with bosses and co-workers, as well as to apply time management techniques to their daily routine. I am an excellent “accountability partner” for anyone planning a career change or accomplishing a set of goals.

Though my specializations are couples and work/life, I also work with anyone who seeks to heal from life’s disappointments, or who is dealing with anxiety or depression. I co-wrote a book on “toxic stress,” and therefore I am expert on that, as well.

It’s awkward to “toot my own horn,” but I do have a unique set of experiences, education and training that I enjoy sharing and making a difference in my clients’ lives.

My credentials:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP)
  • M.A. in Counseling and Human Services with Honors, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Co-author, “Toxic Stress: 7 Steps to Recovery” (Ann Arbor Media, 2004)

My first career was as a newspaper editor, highlighted by serving as Executive Editor of the Star-News, Pasadena, Calif., and The Outlook, Santa Monica, California, and receiving executive leadership training from a Fortune 500 Company. My bachelor’s degree is a B.J. (Journalism) from the University of Texas-Austin. I also have an A.A. from Stephens College (educating women since 1933).