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Nancy Vargas, LCSW

My Philosophy

In my practice, I value trust, compassion, openness, and humor. The therapeutic relationship is a sacred one that is built out of safety and connection. It is deeply important to me that we create this space together before diving into work that sometimes feels hard and uncomfortable.

All living beings, young and old, have a right to compassionate, judgment-free care regardless of their histories, identities, and backgrounds. From the moment we connect, I’ll honor both your struggle and your ability to heal. I truly believe that we as humans have a deep capacity for resilience through life’s struggles and that therapy can be a wonderful resource to build that capacity.


  • Clients: Teens, Young Adults, and Adults through individual therapy. I incorporate family therapy as part of my approach when working with teens.
  • Modalities & Specialties: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Compassion-Focused, and EMDR (In EMDR Basic Training with Kase & Co.)
  • Treating: Anxiety, Depression, Burnout, School Issues, Parenting Issues, and Life Transitions (identity exploration, transition to adulthood, family/relationship transitions)


  • MSW: Masters in Social Work, University of Denver, 2014
  • BSW: Bachelors in Social Work, Humboldt State University, 2013


  • Out of Pocket: $120
  • Insurance: Cigna, Aetna, United/Optum, Optum EAP
  • I am also a provider through the Second Wind Fund. Click here for more info.


  • Telehealth: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am-7pm; Thursdays 8am-4pm
  • In-Office: Fridays 10am - 6pm

How I Can Help You

I approach therapy from a strengths-based perspective.  You are the expert on your lived experience. I see my role as a guide in your journey toward building the type of life you want to live, one that is filled with richness and meaning.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a key component to my therapeutic approach. We’ll work together as a team to identify the behavior patterns holding you back and the sticky stories your mind likes to tell you that keep you stuck in struggle. We’ll develop new ways to respond to those painful inner experiences, learn how to reconnect with the present moment in order to open up in times of suffering, and take action on what truly matters to you.

Portrait photo of Denver-area counselor Nancy Vargas

Nancy Vargas, LCSW

I have almost a decade of experience working with adults, youth, and families as a mental health provider. I got my start in the field of social work as a community-based mental health provider in the Denver area and continued to grow as a clinician in my role as the School Social Worker at a local charter high school. My passion for mindfulness-based and trauma-informed approaches grew and led to me starting my own practice.  I continue to have a special place in my heart for working with teens and families.  I also love working with adults in care-providing roles (Educators, Medical Professionals, single parents), and young adults experiencing the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

In my time outside of work, I enjoy reading good books (ok… so maybe just romantic comedies and mysteries), spending time with my husband and family, blaring Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny from my speakers, and taking my dog Jack on extremely long walks around Denver for coffee.