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Vicki L. Quarles  MSW, LCSW

Vicki L. Quarles  MSW, LCSW
908 Main St., Suite 280, Louisville, CO 80027


Calm Life Counseling

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been practicing as a psychotherapist for 14 years. I battled with depression for most of my life and finally sought help and received treatment at the age of 37.  My own therapy helped me gain insight into this condition and heal from childhood wounds.  It was what I needed to figure out who I was and what I wanted.  It was then that I was able to attend graduate school at the age of 40.  

I also have a normal trait known scientifically as a Sensory-Processing Sensitivity, aka, Highly Sensitive People.  Please visit ​ to learn more about this. People who have this trait and had difficult childhoods are more prone to depression, anxiety, and shyness.  This was true for me.  My father died when I was a child.  I then experienced many subsequent losses for which I never received help.

I did not know about this trait or realize that I had it until I was 47 years old. Understanding that I was just different and not flawed was validating and life-changing.  

Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services
Boulder Community Hospital
Boulder Community Health
​Family Hospice
Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Military and Family Life Counselor (contract work with the Department of Defense)

Bachelor's Degree of Social Work, University of Kansas, 1983
Master's Degree of Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2003

"Due to my sensory-processing sensitivity trait, I love animals and have been a vegetarian for 26 years.  In the past, I have owned and trained two therapy dogs, a Queensland Healer named Boo Boo and a German Shepherd named Laredo.  I also love nature and enjoy hiking, camping, cycling, and generally being outdoors whenever possible.  Music is also a passion.  I am an "advanced beginner" guitar player having started taking lessons as an adult!  While I will never be great, it doesn't matter. Following our passions and being who we are is crucial in living a fulfilling life.  Doing the things I love has changed my life in dramatic ways.  This has been crucial in my journey and my own mental health. I hope I can be a role model for others."  

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that there is something else more important than fear."Franklin D. Roosevelt