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Wellness Coach

“People have a hard time of Letting Go of their suffering,

Out of fear of the Unknown,

they prefer suffering that is familiar.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

About FTC

Forward Transitions Counseling was established in February 2017 by Cari Denham in Burleson, Texas. Founded on the belief that authenticity and connection are of the utmost importance in helping individuals move through and overcome challenges and work through life’s transitions. I specialize in teens and adults struggling with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, grief/loss, school, parenting, and relationship issues. 

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT


Cari Denham has a straightforward, open, and approachable style when helping create effective solutions for positive change. Cari received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2003 and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2007. She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2013 and is licensed in California and Texas. Before founding Forward Transitions Counseling in 2017, Cari worked at various counseling agencies, mental health hospitals, and residences where she provided inpatient, outpatient, and community-based services to a wide range of clients. From 2008 until she relocated to Texas in  2014, she held an adjunct faculty position at Evergreen Valley College, where she taught various undergraduate psychology courses. In 2022, Cari moved back to the bay area to be closer to family. She looks forward to continuing to serve clients in Texas and is open to seeing new clients in California. When not in the office, Cari is often riding her horse, walking her dogs, or spending time with family and friends.


Credits and Qualifications:

  • Years of Practice: 15 Years

  • School: Santa Clara University

  • Year Graduated: 2007

  • Texas license: LMFT  #202388 

  • California license: #LMFT53562

  • Membership: CAMFT/83546

  • Membership: AAMFT / 120850


Cari M Denham's Groups:

Forward Transitions Counseling


Founded in February 2017 by Cari Denham. Forward Transitions Counseling offers counseling/psychotherapy for adults and teens.



  • Cost per Session: $150.00 

  • Accepts Insurance: No. A Superbill can be provided. 

  • Pay By: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Client Focus"

  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

  • Adults

What is therapy

  What is therapy?


Therapy is a collaborative process in which the therapist and client discuss a myriad of issues, events, experiences and memories. Therapy can provide an opportunity to better, and more deeply understand oneself, and the issues or challenges you may be experiencing. It is a unique and highly individual experience with the outcome determined by the effort and motivation you bring, to work towards a change in yourself and how you perceive the world around you.


If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.


  So why climb the mountain?


Starting therapy can often feel like a daunting task and can bring up feelings of anxiety or fear. Often, the media portrays therapy inaccurately causing some individuals to be unsure about what they are signing up for. Others are afraid to reach out for help because they are afraid they will be labeled or judged. These feelings are NORMAL! Reaching out for help takes COURAGE and STRENGTH. Much like climbing a mountain. Most importantly, you don’t have to do it alone. Each session is one small step up your mountain to a happier and healthier YOU! Let’s get climbing!


Achieving a greater understanding of your current obstacles, how your past is impacting your present, and taking the time to reflect and prepare for the future allows you to have a game plan in place when your trail becomes steep or unclear. We will begin where you are on your trail. Our mission is to help you achieve the highest level of life fulfillment. You will learn the tools to be successful in many aspects of yourself.

“Most people don't realize that the mind constantly chatters. And yet, that chatter winds up being the force that drives us much of the day in terms of what we do, what we react to, and how we feel.”

~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Take action! You have the Courage and the Strength. Let’s start the journey you will not regret.



What to expect


Change is hard. Sometimes we are not happy where we are, but to think of being different can be scary. It may sound strange, but sometimes we stay because we seek comfort in our unhappiness because that is what is familiar.


When clients first start therapy, they are often experiencing anxiety about what to expect. Therapy is a unique experience for each person. Most clients have told me at the end of the session “This is so much better than I expected.” They often express relief and are grateful they came.


Some clients experience a roller coaster of emotions during each session. Some sessions can feel harder than others, while at times it may feel like nothing was accomplished. It is also important to remember that symptoms can INCREASE at the onset of therapy. This could be because you are beginning to bring attention to obstacles you have been running from. THIS IS ALL A PART OF THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS. What is important is that you trust the process. By showing up on a regular basis and putting in the hard work. You can experience relief from your symptoms as well as establish a better understanding of yourself.

What to expect
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