Gabrielle Usatynski, MA, LPC, is a marriage and family therapist specializing in couples counseling for the past 10 years and currently maintains a private practice in Louisville CO at Flatiron Functional Medicine. She has been clinically trained for the past 7 years by Dr. Stan Tatkin in A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). Her marriage to her husband Ted is the foundation of her life and she is also the proud mother of a teenage boy. She lives with her family in Broomfield, CO.
Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and providing therapy for couples, Gabrielle earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Her work in marriage counseling is informed by her extensive experience working with children and families. She is a certified Montessori teacher and Director-Certified in Early Childhood Education. Before her focus on couples therapy, Gabrielle practiced as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) for many years, specializing in family therapy with traumatized children and their families. She served as an expert in pediatric mental health on numerous criminal cases and is also a published author on this subject.
Gabrielle was a core member of the Therapist’s Guild of Blue Sky Bridge, Boulder’s Child and Family Advocacy Center, and was qualified by the District Court as an Expert in Play Therapy and Sexual Abuse. Gabrielle also served as a mental health consultant to the Sex Assault Response Committee of Boulder County.
Gabrielle is a highly sought-after guest speaker on issues ranging from relationship therapy, to helping families survive trauma, to relationships and chronic illness, to parent-child relationship problems, and relationships and work stress. She is a keynote speaker for such prestigious organizations as Boulder Community Hospital’s Physician Wellness Program, and the Boulder County Bar Association. She teaches a regular consultation group for couple therapists in the Boulder area.
Gabrielle’s work in family counseling is also inspired by her education from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in the treatment of trauma. She also received advanced trauma training in Brainspotting. Her counseling for couples has been influenced by her training with some of the most respected leaders in the fields of psychotherapy, neurobiology and attachment, including Stan Tatkin, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, David Grand, Natalie Rogers, Diane Poole Heller, Byron Norton and Lisa Schwarz.
Gabrielle was a student of the Diamond Approach, a modern path of spiritual development, for thirteen years. She was also a teacher-in-training in this approach. She has practiced the meditation and spiritual disciplines of the Diamond Approach extensively. Besides being a marriage and family therapist, most recently, she and her husband Ted Usatynski developed Wake Up Together LLC, a digital education company devoted to bridging the gap between the realm of spiritual development and human relationships. Their first product, an online education course called Sacred Intimacy, is the first attachment-based program of spiritual development for couples.
Relational Mindfulness: Where Relationship Science and Spirituality Meet
If you want a new perspective about what it means to have a spiritual relationship this podcast will shed light on the subject. There are a lot of preconceived notions about spirituality and mindfulness. Many people assume that it’s really a solitary practice. However, when mindfulness is applied to relationships a powerful process can unfold where you can heal old wounds from the past, deepen into a secure foundation and, ultimately, thrive as a couple.