Founder/Director – Alex A. Avila


The Vision

Over several years meeting with individuals, couples and families for private professional counseling, Alex began to develop a deep passion for relationship education. He saw that children, teens, and adults could all benefit from skills and insights to help create healthy relationships.

With the stigma that counseling and therapy can hold, he also recognized that people who may not seek out counseling WOULD attend a class, seminar, workshop or retreat. So, Relationship Institute of the Rockies was born!

Alex developed educational opportunities on a variety of topics such as addiction, anxiety, anger, depression and relationship struggles that would help people navigate life’s difficulties. Using several research-based programs, Alex and his team passionately deliver practical skills and authentic hope through a transformative experience!

Of course, Alex and his team of caring experts offer private professional counseling and therapy groups every week!

Training and Experience

Alex holds numerous hours of professional experience counseling and teaching individuals and couples on a variety of life issues. He earned a master’s degree (with honors) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and holds a bachelors degree (graduating Summa Cum Laude) with a dual major in Psychology and Business Administration.

He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Addiction Counselor (CACI) in the State of Colorado, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT), and Certified Body-Centered Psychotherapist (CBCP). Alex has also obtained intensive academic and experiential training as an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist (EFT), a Christian Sex Therapist, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy clinician.

Alex is certified to facilitate the research-supported PREPARE-ENRICH inventory to dating, engaged and married couples. As a PREPARE-ENRICH Seminar Director, he also enjoys teaching counselors, clergy and other professionals to use this very valuable assessment. To help people navigate crisis, he earned a certificate in Critical Incident Stress Management and has obtained safety planning instruction in the global Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) model.


Alex is a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professinals, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR International Association, Colorado Counseling Association, American Board of Christian Sex Therapists, and National Board of Certified Counselors.


He counsels, teaches, supervises, and consults with others. He proactively seeks learning opportunities and frequently attends professional trainings to remain current in the counseling field in his specialty areas as well as in popular mental health topics so he may pass on the latest research-supported skills and insights to clients, class participants, and other counselors he supervises. He enjoys teaching on relationship issues and various life struggles while bringing awareness to help people live more satisfying, fulfilling, and peaceful lives.

Alex is also an active proponent in promoting preventive measures to help people experience optimal health and safety in the community. Maintaining key partnerships with local and regional organizations helps him achieve this important aspect of his personal mission.

Learn more about Alex A. Avila as a counselor!

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