Dr. Michael Ballard

Denver-based Psychologist, Speaker and Author



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As a Cognitive Behavioral therapist

with two decades of experience,

I believe that people can change

and life can get better.


Dr. Ballard

Dr. Ballard has more than 20 years and over 25,000 hours ​of clinical experience providing assessment and treatment ​to a variety of populations. He is a Licensed Psychologist, a ​Certified Anger Management Specialist, and a certified No ​More Mr. Nice Guy Relationship Coach. He has worked in ​university counseling centers, middle and high schools, ​community mental health clinics, and private practice. With ​PsyPact certification, Dr. Ballard is able see patients online ​from more than 40 states.

Dr. Ballard was named the 2022 and 2023 Littleton ​Chamber of Commerce Best Marriage, Family & Individual ​Counselor and the Aurora Mental Health Clinical Employee of ​the Year.

He has served as an expert witness in court and has been ​found competent to stand trial in the field of psychology.

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Clinical Specialties

  • Relationship Issues
  • Codependency
  • Communication Issues
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Addiction
  • Spirituality and Religion

  • Anger Management
  • Family Conflict
  • Couples Counseling
  • Blended Families
  • Divorce
  • Co-Parenting
  • Men’s Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression


  • Individual Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Therapy


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Our relationships can be a source of tremendous joy and also immeasurable stress. When there are problems at home, this tension can rob you of your peace, steal your joy, and keep you up late at night trying to figure out what to do. When someone in your family is suffering from depression, anger, anxiety, divorce, or substance abuse, it can be an overwhelming experience. I’m thankful for the training I’ve received in how to help individuals, couples and families. However, my journey to becoming a therapist started long before graduate school.

I grew up in a family that dealt with many of these issues, and I’ve worked through some of them myself. So when I meet with people who are struggling, it’s more than simply a professional encounter for me. My patients often tell me I “get it,” because often I have lived it myself. As hard as those times have been, I believe that my life experiences and my professional training have uniquely prepared me to help others who are facing with these problems now.

It is my mission–and not just my job–to help those who are hurting--to help teens get back on track, to help adults who are struggling with anger, anxiety, and depression, and to help couples and families forgive, reconcile, and thrive again. I work collaboratively to create specific treatment goals with my patients, and then we take action with support and accountability. If you or someone you love are dealing with any of these issues, it would be my honor to walk through this journey with you.

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Ballard has presented at a wide variety of speaking engagements on a number of topics.

Some of his talks have included:

  • The Grief and Loss Process. Arapahoe County Department of Human Services
  • Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anger Management, University of Denver
  • How to Diagnose Addictions, Denver Seminary
  • Working with Angry and Oppositional Youth, Savio House, Denver
  • Direct communication: How to Confront in the Workplace. Financial services organization, Denver,

  • Why is it So Hard to Apologize, TedX Breckenridge
  • Integrating Forgiveness Therapy into Anger Management, American Psychological Association Annual Convention
  • Let It Go: How to Forgive, Move On, and Make Peace with Your Life, Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Improving Anger Outcomes through Forgiveness, AspenPointe Behavioral Health
  • A Mother’s Anxiety, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)



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Forgiveness Therapy ​and the Treatment of ​Anger:

A Randomized Controlled Trial

Study suggests that adding a forgiveness component to anger ​treatment may increase the efficacy of treatment for anger. Results of ​this study suggest that forgiveness therapy may be efficacious not just ​with victims, but with offenders as well.