I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
— Brené Brown
 
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Nyle Biondi, MS LMFT

 

In 2002, I graduated from Earlham College with a degree in sociology and anthropology.  I soon moved back to my hometown of Madison, WI where I began working as a special education assistant and then as a service coordinator to adults with developmental disabilities.  Through these jobs I recognized my true passion: to become a therapist to help people find their own strengths, passions and full selves.  In 2007, I graduated from Edgewood College with a degree in marriage and family therapy.

After graduation, I spent four years doing in-home family therapy in rural parts of Wisconsin.  I ran a successful private practice in Madison, WI from 2011-2015.  During the summer of 2015, I relocated to the Boulder area where I continue to work in private practice.  I am currently licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Colorado.  

I provide therapy to individuals, families, and relationships of various configurations.  Some of my focus areas include the following:

Transgender and gender non-conforming people: One of my main areas of focus is working with transgender and gender non-conforming people, their partners, and their families.  I enjoy helping people through all aspects of identity development, social and medical transition, and navigating life as a trans and/or gender non-conforming person.  

I understand that people come out and discover their gender identity at various points across the life span.  Because everyone enters therapy at a unique point in their process, I take the time to get to know and understand you as we work together to come up with the right plan for you.  I follow your lead in determining what steps to take and at what pace to take them.  I stay up to date on the latest legal and medical resources available to trans and gender non-conforming people.

LGBTQIA+: In addition to working with trans and gender non-conforming people, I also enjoy working with other members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  No matter where you are in your process of identity development or living your life, I understand the unique concerns of LGBTQIA+ people.

Teenagers: Early in my career, I spent four years doing in-home family therapy with struggling adolescents.  Adolescence can be a challenging time for the whole family.  I enjoy the opportunity to help teenagers learn more effective communication and coping skills as well as working with parents on understanding and engaging with their teens more effectively.  

Donor Conception and Fertility Issues: While it’s becoming more and more common for people to use donor material to conceive children, it is still not freely spoken about. After conceiving a child through donation, many families discover they have unanswered questions about raising their children. Questions such as when and how to tell a child, who else to tell and why, how much or little contact to have with the donor (if that’s a possibility), and others, can be challenging to navigate. Talking to a professional who understands the complexities of the issues will help you make the best choices for your family.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

In addition to conventional talk therapy, I also spend two days a week doing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP).

Horses are intuitive animals that are well suited to assist us in our own growth and healing processes.  Since I was a kid, I have worked with horses and am thrilled to have the opportunity to combine psychotherapy with horses through my work at Medicine Horse Program.  Talk therapy can be challenging for a variety of reasons.  Working with horses can be a great way for those who struggle to sit through a face-to-face talk therapy session to still work on healing and growth.  

As non-predators, horses teach us to be alert and aware of our surroundings while simultaneously being relaxed and at ease.  Animals are often viewed as safer and more approachable than humans.  Their presence in the therapy setting can help people to relax and open up. Horses are honest teachers that respond to what is happening in the present moment.  This orientation to the present moment allows us to reflect on our own interactions and behaviors in real time.  

EAP requires no previous horse experience.  It can involve some light riding although most of the work is done on the ground (grooming, leading, herd observation, etc.).  EAP works well for people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship and attachment issues, emotion regulation, identity based issues, trauma, and more.