Core Practitioners at People House

To make a difference in someone's life, you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care. ~Mandy Hale.

Our practitioners conduct their practice of healing, education and/or growth according to the ethics and guidelines of their particular field. In addition, they maintain a belief in the wisdom of the individual that is in harmony with the basic People House philosophy.


We want to make it clear that everyone offering services at People House is an independent healing art professional in private practice and therefore is to be held solely and totally responsible for their conduct to all who make use of their services. All facilitators, therapists, ministers and interns maintain their own schedules. This includes anyone using space at People House for any and all activities. The professionals are not employees of People House, but rather independent businesses.


People house is not to be held responsible for problems that may result with a practitioner providing their services to you. Additionally, since each person is an independent business, no practitioner at People House is to be held responsible for problems that may result with another practitioner or People House.


Ultimately, it is YOU who is responsible for the choices you make of who and what method  you may choose for your education and healing process. We suggest you trust your inner wisdom to lead you in the right direction.


The practitioners are to conduct their practices of healing, education and/or growth according to ethics and guidelines of their particular field. Should you feel that a pracititoner is not conducting their practice according to the ethics and guidelines of their particular field, you may wish to contact the Licensing Department at Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies at 303-894-7855 or 1-800-886-7675 or 

Meet the Core Practitioners

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Walter Almanza


Gifted and Talented challenges, including difficulty with relationships, expectations of self and others, emotional awareness, and life adjustments. Anger issues, such as identifying triggers and underlying feelings, allowing vulnerability, and finding acceptance. Warm, caring, supportive, relaxed, and also direct as needed. Let’s start your journey. Spanish welcome. Medicaid accepted.

Lauren Anderson


I provide clients with gentle yet direct insights, probing questions, and a safe place to practice new skills, process emotions, and grow through a deepened sense of self. I work with couples, families, and adolescents of all identities. Specialties include: relationship challenges, premarital, perinatal, depression, anxiety, identity formation, transition, grief.



Michele Bailey


As a couples and relationship therapist my goal is to partner with you in a safe and non-judgmental space to discover where you are stuck and explore strategies to create the change you desire. I strive to create a supportive environment to help you heal, grow, and become empowered to both live your most authentic life and connect more effectively with your loved ones. My personal approach has been described as warm, inclusive, engaged, patient and relational. I work with couples and individuals from all backgrounds, including those who are navigating divorce and coparenting.



Cindee Ball


Life can be complicated; wherein we are faced with struggles, losses, grief , trauma and a host of other circumstances that can drop us to our knees. Having a counselor that acknowledges your humanity, that sits with you in your pain, that holds space with empathy, that works with you to unpack your deepest fears, that helps you design the life you want is the greatest gift can give yourself. 

How do I know this? Because I am human too. I have had my own host of personal losses and complicated struggles where I’ve had to learn to emotionally regulate. I call myself a “wounded healer” wherein I’ve had to learn how to disassemble my struggles and approach them head on to overcome them. Having my own counselor has supported my own growth.

These life experiences allow me to be with you, to listen beyond your words, to share my wisdom and honor your  humanity. I hold a license as a LPCC, and hold certifications in life coaching and spiritual counseling. 

Specialties: life transitions, grief, empowerment, relationships, trauma. I utilize many theories: CBT, client-centered, expressive therapeutic approaches and others dependent upon your unique situation.

Renee Beavers

MA, LPCC, Certified Trauma Counselor

I believe mental health is as important as physical health. Seeking out support for mental health issues takes courage and I applaud you for taking this first step. If you are experiencing symptoms related to anxiety or depression, suffering from trauma or loss, career challenges, or just needing someone to talk to, I can support you in your journey towards a healthier you in a holistic, safe, compassionate, non-judgmental environment utilizing an IFS informed approach. I have a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Antioch University and look forward to helping you reach your goals and achieve balance in your life.

Elan BenAmi


I provide therapy for individuals and couples. My approach as a counselor has elements of existentialism, humanism, and transpersonal psychology – though more than anything, I’m committed to helping people discover their authenticity and develop as human beings, in whatever way feels most organic.

I find tremendous satisfaction helping people work through difficulties, confront core beliefs, and make lasting changes in their lives. I believe that we are all works-in-progress, and often find myself inspired by my client’s willingness to be both vulnerable and courageous.

Professionally, I believe in presenting myself as person first, and a therapist second. After all, I’m holding you accountable to being authentic; I try to meet that same standard myself. My personal interests include mobile app development, poetry, writing, improv theater, and standup comedy. To learn more about me or my approach, visit my website or contact me to set up a free initial consultation.

Victoria Bresee

MAR, Biofield Tuning Practitioner, SMART Recovery Facilitator

Want to eat less, or quit drinking or smoking? Do you get caught in negative thought spirals? Through self-directed neuroplasticity, quick-acting somatic exercises, Biofield Tuning, and profound transformational meditation experiences, you can find freedom and start living the life of your dreams! Free consultation. Specializing in Alcohol Recovery for Women and Friends & Families. (FYI, what you will learn can support and compliment your participation in other recovery programs.)



Randy Breunig


I feel each person deserves a tailored approach in therapy to create and support a foundation of self-worth. My hope is to help you face life’s challenges and suffering in a way that promotes new self-awareness, self-acceptance and better coping mechanisms. Together, finding your path to discover and embrace your whole-self. I believe connecting to your true values is a guiding force in creating a fulfilling life and meaningful relationships. Likewise, positive change is the result of establishing a compassionate relationship with yourself through mindfulness, personal responsibility and exploring defeating habitual thoughts and behaviors.

Rich Brodt


Rich Brodt is a mental health professional with over 10 years of combined experience in mental health and law. Rich is passionate about using his background as an attorney to help other legal professionals and individuals in high stress careers find greater satisfaction by working through anxiety, depression and perfectionism to find balance. As a former attorney, Rich is uniquely positioned to understand the often-unrealistic expectations placed upon attorneys and other individuals in high stress careers. Rich finds deep satisfaction in working with both legal and non-legal professionals to help them to find a stronger sense of self, a better quality of life, and healthier relationships.

In addition to counseling, Rich is also passionate about using his skills as a counselor and former legal professional to provide mediation services to individuals who wish to work through conflict in a compassionate, collaborative setting, with the aim of maintaining as much civility between parties as possible. Rich offers mediation for individuals going through divorce, landlord-tenant issues, and contract disputes. Rich has been trained in both divorce and civil mediation. Please feel free to reach out for additional information.

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Samantha Camerino


Hello! I’m Samantha Camerino (she/her), founder of Nomad Therapy Services, a mobile service that brings the therapy to you. I use a ‘Person-in Environment’ approach, acknowledging both the personal and environmental factors impacting our mental health. I started Nomad Therapy as a way to break through some of the traditional barriers to accessing support, by inviting each individual to determine their own session setting; this may include the office, a local park, a ‘walk and talk’ session, or at your home. By bringing the therapy to you, the Nomad belief is that this will inherently create a more calming, comfortable, and safe space for self-exploration.

I began my career in 2013, after receiving my Master in Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University in New York City. Since then, I have been working with individuals on a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, employment and educational issues, paranoia, bi-polar and additional mood disorders. My style is eclectic, using an array of evidenced based practices, while applying a ‘Person-in-Environment’ framework. I firmly believe that each person has a unique understanding of their personal challenges… and their solutions. Having a trusted partner to help you maneuver these waters can effectively remove some of the struggles that may be impeding your personal growth.

If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Nomad’ approach, feel free to visit my website,, or contact me to schedule a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation. 



Brenda Clark-Dandridge


VICTORY! Is yours – Brenda provides a safe place to pursue that!  Working with the concerns of life: sexual abuse, low self-esteem, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, relationship concerns, Brenda walks with you to determine your needs and assist you on your journey to your victory. Therapy with Brenda is charged with change, if you are willing to do the work.

Brenda has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Colorado Christian University and is also an ordained elder at New Beginnings Cathedral of Worship, Aurora. Brenda is as passionate about your journey to emotional health as you are. Please call her for your appointment and living forward to VICTORY!

Molly Cohn


I believe that humans walk through the world with the tools, experiences and insight they need to explore, learn, and find relief. By examining our beliefs, our relationships, and our locations within larger systems, we can piece together understanding and a pathway towards change.

Carema Cook-Masaud

MA, LPC, EFT Couple Counselor

I skillfully counsel couples helping you repair your relationship and build the intimate connection you long for. I also caringly counsel adults to ease the effects of depression, anxiety, grief and trauma so that you may create the life you desire. Affordable fee range offered. 

Using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, I skillfully provide affordable counseling for couples seeking to repair their relationship and build the intimate connection they long for. Flexible fee range offered. 720.480.6633

I have an office in northwest Denver at the Conflict Center. My fees are on a sliding scale.

Please ask me about my workshops:
Compassionate Couples using ideas from the book “Hold Me Tight” and “Love Sense” by Sue Johnson. The weekend workshops are offered at the People House Denver in August, November and March.

Parenting Teens: Compassionate Connections using ideas from “Brainstorm” by Daniel Siegel and “Non-Violent Communication” by Marshall Rosenberg. The weekend workshops are offered at The Conflict Center Denver in January, May and September. AEDP Adult Therapist

Brian Cooper


I specialize in working with individuals, teens and couples struggling with life, communication and health issues by creating a warm, open environment free of judgement. I frequently use the Enneagram, traditional talk therapy, relaxation techniques and exercise as modalities to break through barriers and disease to lead people down their own path to a healthier life. People often have the answers to their own problems, it is my job to unlock whatever is keeping those answers from being realized.

In addition to counseling I offer coaching solutions for improved sport performance. Sessions will address psychological and physical aspects of sport performance. Physical sessions can include stretching (muscle and fascia), strengthening and movement techniques to improve all aspects of physical capacity and injury recovery/prevention.
In addition to the in-person sessions at People House, I offer online coaching and training through Tetro Performance. Tetro Performance offerse training services and corporate wellness programs at all price points helping improve you and your employee’s wellness level.

My background includes Master’s degrees in Sport Psychology (Florida State University) and Community Counseling (University of Northern Colorado) and a BS in Athletic Training from Southern Mississippi. Licenses and Certifications include but are not limited to LPC, NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Golf Strength Specialist. I have been working in the fitness industry in many facits and with all levels of ability, including professional athletes for over 27 years as well as teaching exercise and coaching education classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver for 20 years.

John Coppedge


Life is a journey that is often filled with challenges. As a husband, father, grandfather, veteran, and retired emergency responder I understand the importance of having supportive relationships when faced with life’s challenges. I offer individual counseling for teenagers and adults, providing a supportive relationship on your life’s journey.


Nicole Dea


I provide individual therapy in a warm, supportive, and accepting environment. I tend to work from a person-centered and holistic lens, drawing from EMDR, ACT, DBT, experiential Gestalt, and mindfulness-based practices, while personalizing my counseling approach to meet your needs. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, self-love, trauma, relationships, and life transitions.

Candice Dow


As a counselor, it is my passion to create supportive, grounded and non-judgmental therapeutic relationships. My goal is to encourage insight and connection. I have a wide range of experience working with diverse individuals and I value inclusivity, advocacy and allyship of all gender identities, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds and life experiences. It is my hope to stand next to you as you navigate your unique life transitions. Whether you are seeking to gain a better understanding of your personal journey or are hoping to tackle specific obstacles, I would be honored to help you navigate your personal growth and development.

I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults who are confronted with topics related to trauma, identity, gender, sexuality, interpersonal relationships, multicultural and diversity factors. I am particularly passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized groups. I believe in advocacy and empowerment within individuals as well as communities.

The most important thing to me is that you have a good experience with the therapeutic world and ensuring you like and trust your therapist is essential to your success. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or to schedule a free consultation.

*In an effort to ensure the health and safety of everyone, I am exclusively offering Telehealth sessions by phone or secure video conferencing. A definitive date to return to in-person session is TBD.

Craig Freund


Men often experience their mental health in ways that are unique to them, commonly influenced by societal and cultural expectations. For this reason, men in therapy benefit most when working with a therapist who truly understands men’s issues. As a male therapist my practice has been tailored towards supporting men through relationship issues, trauma, as well as career, stress and other personal struggles. My goal as a therapist is to help men and their families to find their true potential in living happy and successful lives. Providing a judgement free environment with true empathy and unconditional positive regard, I work from an integrative and practical perspective, striving for both immediate and long lasting changes. Preferred modalities and therapeutic perspectives include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solutions focused brief therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), as well as a psychodynamic and trauma informed approach that incorporates the influence of the unconscious mind and aspects of the human experience.


Candess Giyan

Certified Pranic Healing practitioner, Energetic Wellness Pranic Healing instructor

Has been guided time and time again to develop a deeper understanding of the Sacred. She developed her intimate relationship with Prana, the life force energy, over a lifetime of movement arts, yoga and Pranic Healing. Through many years of self discovery & stepping deep into her heart she became a certified Pranic Healing and Yoga Instructor. These forms have inspired her to bring a mix of passion and pragmatism to her work as she shares her devotional approach to healing and compassion with others.



Danielle Goldstein


I chose to become a therapist because to me, there is nothing more meaningful than walking alongside others on their journey toward healing and fulfillment. I believe that by creating a collaborative, therapeutic relationship with my clients, they can discover the tools within themselves to create meaningful change. No matter what brings you to counseling, I promise to meet you exactly where you are. I am passionate about working with couples, families, and individuals on a range of subjects including, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Jordan Gorrell


People often get stuck in unhelpful cycles, making the same mistakes without really understanding why. We’ll tackle issues that are most important to you, work to help you gain control, understand yourself better, and live the life you want. I work with individuals and couples to achieve authenticity and meaning.



Marielle Grenade-Willis


Do you ever have one of those days when you question your ability to positively impact your life or that of others? Perhaps you feel as though you are racing from one moment to the next without a clear understanding of your life’s purpose or the space in which to reflect upon what that purpose even is. Maybe you feel burdened by past experiences and exhausted by a system that appears to not care about your needs.

Having experienced confusion in my own life, I will walk beside you as you navigate life’s challenges. Using an experiential, expressive, narrative, and trauma-informed lens, I specialize in working with adults, especially those in the creative and helping professions, experiencing anxiety, attention-deficit disorders, burnout, substance abuse, and trauma.

We all come to this work at different points on the path, and I will meet you where you are at. I invite you into my space if you feel called to forge ahead in a new direction or to step back to reassess where you are going. LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC clients welcome!



Stephanie Hartman


Do you feel stuck repeating unwanted patterns?  Our past experiences may shape our current thoughts and behaviors, but those pasts do not have to control our present or future selves.  With an empathetic heart, I help clients heal from past negative life experiences so they may enter into a world of hope.

Elizabeth Hauptman


I believe therapy gives us all a chance to take a breath and ask ourselves important questions. Therapy gives us the space to explore the issues that have us feeling stuck, in pain, and wanting more. I believe in creating a safe and sacred space for you to make that journey inward— to build a mind, body, spirit connection. I believe in focusing on you holistically, including the memory of experiences you hold in your body. I will encourage your curiosity of expression and explore your connection to self and those in your life.  All identities welcome.

Molly Jenkins


I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. I work with couples and individuals to restructure old patterns and find solutions to ongoing conflicts. I specialize in sex therapy, infidelity, communication, LGBTQ, polyamory and open relationships, anxiety and depression, and the Enneagram. I look forward to helping you navigate your way through the short-term or long-term situation you’ve found yourself in.

Mary Beth Johnson


I endeavor to provide space for clients to be authentically themselves so they may explore their life experiences. After many years of employment in a wilderness therapy setting, I have developed a relational and experiential approach to therapy. Mindfulness and body awareness are central to my practice.

Johanna Karasik


Stress just. doesn’t. stop. and “work-life balance” seems like an impossible feat. Things have been building for FAR too long; you can’t remember the last time you weren’t so overwhelmed or anxious. When they first contact me, my clients can’t stand how irritable they’ve become, especially around those they love. Their go-to de-stressors aren’t cutting it anymore, and they’ve grown tired of their own procrastination, rumination, and withdrawing from others. 

You want to be more present in your life & relationships. You want to feel like your old self again – or a new, calmer self – on a path of continued growth and success. You want more for yourself and are ready for change. I can help by co-creating a brave and safe space and validating you – especially when it feels like no one understands. We’ll rebuild coping skills for relief now and prevention later. I’ll challenge you (with care), offer accountability, laugh with you:), and use your strengths to help you meet your goals.

You’re struggling now and contacting therapists only to then wait for responses is frustrating. I offer free, confidential phone consults to make sure that I can be of help to you before you commit to an intake session. Skip the waiting and take another step toward relief now by scheduling a consult directly at definingpathcounseling.comServing adults of all identities (typically ages 20s-50s) with stress, anxiety, grief/loss, transitions and career challenges. Trauma-informed, LGBTQ+ affirmative, rooted in social justice and cultural humility. Teletherapy and in person in Northglenn/North Denver.



Michelle Keelan


I believe each one of us possess an inner wisdom guiding us towards our true purpose. In this wisdom is the key to living a life of joy, happiness and creative self-expression. Working together, we can explore your inner guidance to heal the emotional distress creating obstacles in your life and identify creative solutions to life’s challenges. I invite you to begin your healing transformation by exploring the wisdom of your unconscious through inner child discovery, active imagination, symbols, dreams, images, and sand tray therapy.

I work closely with you to uncover and heal emotional roadblocks to your purpose in life. Through exploration of the inner child and wisdom of the unconscious, you will gain a deeper awareness of your emotions and behaviors. As a new perspective emerges, you develop creative solutions to old patterns.

Grant Kobayashi (he/him)


One of my fundamental beliefs in counseling is to meet everyone where they are right here and right now. How I work on achieving this is provide an open, safe and supportive atmosphere to work with you in. My passion for counseling has always stemmed from believing in people and the possibility for meaningful change. Let’s collaborate through a proper therapeutic alliance to find the tools necessary to achieve your goals and a better quality of life. I work with clients over 18 struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety and relationships and a variety of other areas.

Michelle LaBorde


My practice provides a mindful, creative and safe space for clients to heal, transform and grow. I work with clients who feel stuck in patterns and situations that no longer serve them and their greatest potential. Getting unstuck means cultivating an awareness of our internal experience, trusting what we already know intuitively and creating boundaries so we no longer abandon ourselves. When we reconnect with our authentic center, all our relationships benefit!

I offer mindfulness-based practices and present moment strategies that support clients who seek to become less anxious, less stressed, less reactive, more grounded, present and connected with their own voice and strengths. As a result of our work together, clients are able to communicate with themselves and others with greater curiosity, care and compassion.

Let’s get curious together! I offer free 30-minute consultations in-person or by phone.


Stephanie León


We all face challenges in our lives that we are tasked with overcoming. As your counselor, I am here to help light the way as you find your path toward healing and growth. My goal in therapy is to provide a supportive environment that fosters resiliency and self-compassion. I utilize an integrative and holistic approach that prioritizes seeing the whole person, not just your problems. I strive to provide a welcoming space for all ages, identities, and issues. You are the expert of your own life, and I am honored to walk alongside you.


Connie Luce


I believe counseling provides a safe space to work through challenges, facilitate healing and promote growth. There are times when we experience trauma, life transitions, loss, and have difficulty coping. I will support you in living a more harmonious, self-aware and satisfying life. Healing begins with awareness of your thoughts, feelings and emotions and healing is possible in the context of safe and supportive relationships. It is my intention to create an environment that is empathetic and compassionate as you work through challenges now, but also to teach you ways to work with difficult thoughts and feelings in your future.

I am experienced working with childhood developmental trauma such as neglect or dysfunctional families. I would like to help you explore and identify your strengths, your challenges, build confidence, and embrace yourself fully. I specialize in attuning to your inner guide as we explore the losses, the traumas, and the wounds that are ready to heal.

My approach is supportive, compassionate and wholistic. You bring all of you; joys and sorrows, strengths and challenges, just as you are. I bring all of me, deep listening, grounded intuition, counseling theory and tools. I respect the bravery it takes to seek counseling and the willingness for self growth. I would be honored to participate in your process.

Faye Maguire


I received my Master’s from Regis University and have experience in community mental health as well as private practice.  I work with addictions, grief/loss, aging, trauma, spirituality, depression and anxiety, using transpersonal   tools to help you find your inner compass.

I work with men, women, and children of all backgrounds, ages, and experience to help you use practical tools to address whatever challenge is presenting itself now in your life.

Dee Marcotte


Dee is known for giving people specific and practical tools to help change their lives. Besides counseling people with “everyday” problems, Dee specializes in counseling individuals and couples. This includes special training in working with trauma, physical and sexual abuse, sex addiction for addicts and partners of addicts, and an effective couples counseling method using the Relational Life Model created by Terrence Real.



Ryan James Misegadis (he/they)


Sometimes we are not prepared for what is thrown at us. We see and navigate the world entirely in our own way, yet, we can still find connection and meaning. Acknowledging the value and importance of emotions, mind, body, and spirit together is where my approach focuses. I take a holistic and integrative approach to mental health. With a strong emphasis, on somatic experiencing through a trauma-focused lens and anti-racist and decolonization approaches.

I am a Certified Death Doula and experienced Spiritual Counselor. My areas of specialty are with the LGBTQAI+ community, those in non-traditional relationships (polyamory, consensual non-monogamy) kink, sex, sexuality, life transitions, grief, and loss – working with both couples and individuals.



Sakina Mohamed Ali


We all come from different backgrounds and cultures. We hold different beliefs and values that make up our unique stories. However, that story might define us for a time, and hold us back from thriving. As an immigrant, Black woman living in America it is important for me to bring a multicultural lens into my therapy sessions. My role in our sessions is to use that lens to support you in writing the next chapter of your story as a more resilient, confident and self-aware individual.


Jenn Morrison


If you are in a place of suffering and confusion, I offer a space to find clarity and connection back to yourself. With a background in business, depth therapy, and a humanistic focus with non-judgment, I work with clients to explore and understand their personal journey toward healing and fulfillment.


Lori Ohlson


Lori is a psychotherapist and non-sectarian minister with 34 years of experience in working with individuals, couples and groups, and believes strongly in the paradox: “no one can do it for you and you can’t do it alone”. She is trained in transformational psychology and spiritual development. Whatever your issues, she is committed to providing a safe place to open your heart and discover your truth. Specialties include: personal development, addictions, self-esteem, relationships, spiritual counseling and group work. Lori has taught the Enneagram for 25 years, and also offers professional supervision for psychotherapists.

Elliott Ross


When human existence feels unrelenting, hope can be hard to find. Whether the overwhelm comes from outside or within, you don’t have to go at it alone. Together we will work at your pace to find safety, healing, and change. My approach pulls from humanistic, systemic, and CBT/ACT modalities and is rooted in collaboration, acceptance, and human connection. I am experienced in working with life transitions, developmental and relational trauma, depression, anxiety, and gender and sexuality exploration. I specialize in providing LGBTQ+ and gender affirming care and working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Reach out to schedule a first session or book a free initial consult.

Chris Shauinger (he/him/his)

MA, LPCC, Counseling Certification in Eating Disorders

We are the experts of our own experience. In a space where you feel safe, respected, and welcomed it is possible to explore deeper layers, goals and blockages. My focus is in substance abuse and behavioral disorders specifically sexual and eating. I believe our strengths are supported by a positive relationship with our Self and others.

 I walk with recovery. For 9+ years I have served individuals stigmatized by sexual identity, lifestyle choice and culture at an HIV/AIDS care facility and an outpatient addiction clinic.

Lisa Tafolla


My therapy style is compassionate, empowering, accepting and intuitive. I believe we all can heal and experience a joyful and connected life. I am a certified Gestalt therapist, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) for trauma, and a certified meditation and self-compassion teacher. 

I have also trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, sexual assault advocacy. Working with individual adults, I focus on stress and trauma, women’s issues, sexual assault, addictions, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, anxiety and depression.


Carrie Thornton


Keywords: adults, trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, substance use, self-esteem, grief & loss, spirituality, life transitions, relationship issues, person centered, mindfulness-based, attachment, EMDR

Are you struggling? I want you to know that you are not alone.  We all have painful experiences. They are part of the human condition.  I believe it is how we respond to these difficulties that determines not only the extent of our suffering, but how we are able to transform our pain and loss into strength, power, and growth.  The most impactful experience we can provide each other is to be fully present and listen to one another’s stories with open hearts and minds.  Through transformative relationships and compassion for ourselves and others we find hope and effect change.

About Me

I am so grateful to be following my passion for helping others as a psychotherapist after pursuing a career in business for many years. I obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health from Regis University following my counseling internship with People House in the organization’s Affordable Counseling Program. I have mentored women in prison through the Center for Spirituality at Work’s Making Choices Program and have provided bereavement support to survivors who have lost their loved ones as a volunteer with Exempla Lutheran Hospice. I currently facilitate support groups for survivors of childhood sexual abuse with WINGS Foundation.

I am honored to work with clients from all walks of life and warmly welcome individuals of all races, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. 


I counsel adults from person centered, mindfulness-based, and attachment theoretical perspectives.  I utilize various treatment modalities, including EMDR tailored to your specific needs. 

What does this mean to you? 

  • I meet you where you’re at, and we formulate your goals for therapy together.
  • I believe that that you are capable of growth and change at any point in your life.
  • No matter how difficult your circumstances, you always have a choice in how you respond.
  • Experiencing your core emotions is the essential to reaching an openhearted state in which you are calm, curious, connected, compassionate, confident, and courageous. 
  • We experience our emotions and hold our trauma in our bodies. Transformative healing is possible as we allow our bodies to process old wounds.
  • Your mind, body, and spirit are equally important to your health.
  • Practicing awareness and acceptance of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations on purpose in the present moment is key to alleviating your suffering.
  • All change and growth are born of acceptance and compassion.

I look forward to accompanying you on your journey of healing, growth and change!

Fee for 50 Minute Session – $120



Address:5460 Ward Road, Suite 210, Arvada, 80002

Susan Tzankow

BS, CACIII, CIPC, Certified Neurofeedback Trainer

Tired of talking about your issues? Tried everything and still feel stuck? There is a way out. Discover neurofeedback! My clients report resolving long standing issues that have plagued them most of their lives, without any conscious effort. You can retrain and rewire your brain, resolving many symptoms at their source. Certified Neurofeedback Trainer

Nancy Vega


We often carry “hidden treasures” ready to be mined when we become self-aware and curious about the “real you” buried beneath emotional pain. Through our work together you will give a voice and a process to your feelings, enabling you to grow beyond the pain and achieve a more fulfilling life. Bilingual and multi-cultural.

Katlyn Von Muenster (she/hers)


Our lives – yours and mine – have both similarities and differences. Each is a tapestry, woven with many complex and beautiful threads that represent experiences. Some of the threads were given at birth and other strands continue to be stitched in as we grow. I believe we each have a story to be told, and my heart is to create a space for you to find the bravery to tell yours. There are moments in life that can seem too difficult to put into words, but it can be through the process of sitting together that you can find the strength to give voice to the silent parts of your story.

Counseling can be a vulnerable process, and I completely respect the time it takes to build a relationship. When working together, you can expect my upmost respect and tenderness around heart-filled topics. We have secrets for a reason, and they are often charged with both emotion and confusion. Understanding this, I offer a space that is judgement free and safe for you to explore the vulnerabilities and unspoken parts of yourself.

On a personal note, I have spent the past decade living in Colorado. I love being in the mountains – hiking, biking, and camping. When not outside, I enjoy having a good cup of coffee and an insightful book by my side. Finding new coffee shops and strolling through antique stores are favored pastimes. I love adventure and believe that when in nature I connect to both the rawness and beauty of the landscape. I relate to the great mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” I have summited my own mountains within life, and believe it is out of this work that I am better able to sit with you in your valleys and on you mountain tops.

Professionally speaking, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Gottman Level 1 & 2 Certified, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Currently, I am in training to become a Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists). I have a broad range of experience supporting individuals and couples – specifically within LGBTQIA* and CNM/ENM communities. I believe the therapeutic relationship is vital to establishing safety and support in therapy. You can expect my undivided attention and non-judgmental presence throughout the entirety of our work. Each session will be unique and tailored specifically to your needs and goals – incorporating techniques from existentialism, movement based interventions, trauma-informed care, DBT, and nature based reflections. 

Whatever your story may have been and is yet to become, I would be honored to share in it with you.



Mary Ann Wertz


Do you feel stuck in patterns that aren’t working for you anymore? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, or life transitions with coping skills that aren’t helpful any longer? I provide a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your emotions, beliefs, and thoughts as you discover ways of navigating through the world with authenticity and self-compassion.

 It would be my honor to support and guide you through your journey of self-discovery and healing. To learn more about my approach to therapy working with adult individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions or to make an appointment, please call me or email me. I look forward to talking with you!



Marlene Zweig


Marlene is a certified Sensory Awareness instructor and has extensive experience in leading groups and seminars in personal growth and development. She currently leads courses in Sensory Awareness at People House and coordinates Silent Retreats.

Paul Zweig


Paul is a counselor, a facilitator and a devotee of both Sensory Awareness and Agni Yoga. After practicing medicine as a physician for 30 years, he retired to devote full time to these disciplines. He has training in Jungian psychology, NLP, Facilitator Training and Carl Roger’s Person Centered Approach. He is a certified Sensory Awareness Instructor. He loves to be working with people in groups.

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