Credentials and Experience:
The founder of CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN COUNSELING AND LIFE COACHING Demian Patricia Wood (Demi), MA LMFT is a Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (706) with over 25 years of experience as counselor, seminar leader, and business consultant. A former National Merit Scholar, Demi graduated from New College in Sarasota, FL and received her MA in Psychology from Georgia State University. Initially working as a performance consultant for Fortune 500 and 100 companies, Demian found her true calling in the field of counseling. She trained for 3 months at Minirth-Meier Clinic in southern California and completed a two year internship with Alpha Christian Counseling where she was named Outstanding Intern. She served on staff at the Fred Gross Christian Therapy Program at Hollywood Community Hospital of Van Nuys, and led weekend growth seminars in conjunction with New Life Counseling in Oxnard, CA. She has pursued post-graduate studies at Cal State-Northridge and Walden University.
Demi is a former president of the Hawaii Association for Marriage and Family Therapists and was co-author and principal lobbyist for the Hawaii MFT licensing bill. She is a former foster parent and has one adopted daughter. She served as Clinical Supervisor for the Therapeutic Foster Home Program of Child and Family Services in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and has been an active advocate for adoptive and foster children and families. Demian has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at University of Phoenix (Hawaii), Hawaii Pacific University, and American School of Professional Psychology (Honolulu) and has been an on line instructor at the University of Phoenix. Demi is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has extensive experience in cross-cultural counseling and also with military families. Demi relocated to beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado to be closer to family.
Demi's counseling philosophy includes the following: Because we have all been hurt in relationship (to a person, group, or event), we can best be healed in relationship. The counseling relationship exists in order to heal the counselee. Demi believes that God's nature is a perfect balance of truth and grace, and that balance is sought after in the counseling experience. To that end, Demi approaches her patients with compassion and understanding while still helping them to find the truths they need to direct them towards healing and wholeness.