Meet Our Team

Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center Team

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Janean "Ande" Anderson, Ph.D., CEDS-S

Janean "Ande" Anderson, Ph.D., CEDS-S

Licensed Psychologist, Founder & CEO

Brienne Brown, Ph.D.

Brienne Brown, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervision Specialist

Jennea Abell, M.A.

Jennea Abell, M.A.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Nathan Beaty, Psy.d.

Nathan Beaty, Psy.d.

Doctoral Candidate

Amy Patinella, PSY.D.

Amy Patinella, PSY.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Director of Operations

Brooke Powers, Ph.D.

Brooke Powers, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervision Specialist

Camille Brunel, M.S.

Camille Brunel, M.S.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Catherine Bianchi, M.Ed.

Catherine Bianchi, M.Ed.

Intake Clinician

Emma Durham, Psy.D.

Emma Durham, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Director of Clinical Services, Interim Training Director

Lauren Millard, Ph.D.

Lauren Millard, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Pauline Freud, Ph.D.

Pauline Freud, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Megan Hilton, M.A., LPCC

Megan Hilton, M.A., LPCC

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Megan Fessler, B.S.

Megan Fessler, B.S.

Administrative Manager, Quality & Performance

Lisa Choo, PSY.D.

Lisa Choo, PSY.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Alex Buscaglia, Ph.d.

Alex Buscaglia, Ph.d.

Postdoctoral Resident

Samantha Walsh, M.A., LPCC

Samantha Walsh, M.A., LPCC

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Marlee Lederer, M.A., LPCC

Marlee Lederer, M.A., LPCC

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Clare Henderson-Pendergast, B.S.

Clare Henderson-Pendergast, B.S.

Doctoral Intern

Taylor Miklos, MSW, CSW

Taylor Miklos, MSW, CSW

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Joshua Drayer, M.S.

Joshua Drayer, M.S.

Doctoral Intern

Hayley Gruber, M.S., LPCC

Hayley Gruber, M.S., LPCC

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Christen Misra, B.A.

Christen Misra, B.A.

Psychometrist & Testing Program Coordinator

Molly Cardenas, M.A.Ed., LPCC

Molly Cardenas, M.A.Ed., LPCC

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Claire Leight, M.Ed.

Claire Leight, M.Ed.

Therapy Extern

Ashley King, M.S.

Ashley King, M.S.

Therapy Extern

Chloe Rogers, M.S.

Chloe Rogers, M.S.

Therapy Extern

Orphea Wright, M.A.

Orphea Wright, M.A.

Assessment Extern

Tabitha Alverio, m.a.

Tabitha Alverio, m.a.

Assessment Extern

Bre Chiappetta, B.S.

Bre Chiappetta, B.S.

Administrative Assistant

Janean “Ande” Anderson, Ph.D., MSOL, CEDS-S

She / Her/ Hers

Founder & CEO

Licensed Psychologist

Certified Eating Disorders Specialist & Supervisor

Westminster Office & Virtual

Introduction

As the Founder and CEO, my job is to ensure CTAC is serving its clients, its employees, and the community by providing exceptional mental health care to clients in Colorado and nationwide. My job is to create supportive, family-friendly jobs for staff and to build training opportunities for future clinicians who are passionate about social justice. Day-to-day, I oversee the business operations and work with the clinical and executive leadership team members. I combine my training as a psychologist with my business expertise in service of CTAC’s Mission, Vision, and Values.

I am a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado and hold the PSYPACT credential to practice in participating states nationwide. I am also a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) and CEDS Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). My podcast, The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast, discusses the latest information about eating disorder recovery including how to recover from disordered eating, make peace with food, improve body image, and heal your relationship with yourself. The podcast showcases top leaders in the field and reaches people in over 100 countries worldwide. You can find my books, Recover Your Perspective and the corresponding Meditations for Eating Disorder Recovery on my Amazon Author Page. I am more than 15 years fully recovered from an eating disorder and believe that recovery is possible for all people.

Education & Training

I am a Licensed Psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 2008. I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University and completed my Doctoral Psychology Internship at the University of California, Davis in the Eating Disorder Emphasis Program.

Following the completion of my Ph.D., I founded CTAC, working as a solo provider until 2016 when Dr. Lauren Millard became the first team member. The organization has steadily expanded since that time to our current team size. To best serve CTAC and my team, I returned to graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder where I earned my MS in Organizational Leadership. Additionally, I completed my certification for Women in Leadership from Cornell University. I am passionate about serving others through clinical work and business.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University (APA Accredited Program)
  • M.S. in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), University of Colorado, Boulder 
  • Women in Leadership Certificate, Cornell University
  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)
  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)
  • Doctoral Psychology Internship, University of California, Davis, Eating Disorder Emphasis Program (APA Accredited Internship Program)
  • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University (APA Accredited Program)
  • B.S. in Psychology, Colorado State University, graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I view mental health care as an opportunity for self-exploration and growth as part of our overall well-being. My work is integrative, drawing from several types of therapy. Primarily, I think of our behaviors as the result of things we learned in our relationships (Interpersonal) and from our context within systems of power, privilege, and oppression (Feminist). I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for skills-based work when needed.

    I work to empower clients to create meaningful change in their lives by building skills, using self-advocacy, and challenging oppressive systems. I use insight-oriented approaches to get to the root of what caused their concerns and what continues to maintain patterns that are no longer serving them.

    Sitting in the chair across from me, you’ll find that I’m a relatable, honest person. My style is compassionate and warm, and embraces candor and humor. 

    Personal

    I grew up in Colorado and feel lucky to call this beautiful state home. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, catching a Rockies game, tending to my houseplants, trying my hand at art projects, especially painting, and spending time outdoors with plenty of SPF doing easy-to-moderate activities. Most importantly, I spend time with the people I love.

     

    Amy Patinella, Psy.D.

    She / Her / Hers

     

     
    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Licensed Psychologist

    Director of Operations, Clinical Supervision Specialist 

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    I am a licensed psychologist offering individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. I have experience working with a variety of mental health concerns including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, chronic pain, life transitions and grief. Through a foundation of trust, safety and respect, I help individuals find alignment within their lives, and develop a greater, more compassionate sense of self. 

    Education & Training

    I completed my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. I completed my predoctoral internship at Aspire Indiana Health. I have worked in a variety of settings from inpatient hospitals, partial hospitalization, private practice and primary care clinics with a specialization in eating disorder treatment.

    • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (APA accredited program)
    • Predoctoral Internship Aspire Indiana Health (APA accredited doctoral internship)
    • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (APA accredited program)
    • B.A. in Psychology and Recreation and Tourism, Colorado State University

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I provide a safe and judgement-free space which allows individuals to show up authentically, to cultivate a deeper sense of self and agency. I believe that our current functioning and the way we navigate life is a direct reflection of past relational experiences with ourselves, family, friends and our community. These unique experiences helped shaped our behavior and approach to life in ways that may no longer be effective or helpful. During our time together, we will work to identify patterns and behaviors in your relationships with yourself and others that are no longer serving you. In exchange, we will increase your ability to cope with all emotions, establish healthy, mutually beneficial relationships and develop new behaviors to effectively create long lasting change.

    Personal

    Most days, you can find me trying out a new recipe or restaurant, walking the trails with my son and chocolate lab, or cuddling with my bunny. I am never more than 3 feet from a cozy blanket and get real excited about any project that includes organizing and color coding.

    Emma Durham, Psy.D.

    They / Them

    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Licensed Psychologist

    Director of Clinical Services, Interim Training Director, & Clinical Supervision Specialist

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    I am a postdoctoral resident offering psychotherapy for adults and psychological assessment for individuals of all ages. I enjoy working with a wide variety of mental health concerns and specialize in the treatment of trauma, (c)ptsd, phobias, panic, and anxiety disorders. I am also passionate about working with people of diverse genders and sexualities, including those engaged in polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships. I am able to provide assessments to receive gender affirming care, including hormone replacement therapy and surgery.

    Education & Training

    I received my Psy.D. from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee and completed my doctoral internship at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic in Portland, Oregon.

    • Psy.D. from Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
    • Predoctoral Internship at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
    • M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology
    • B.S. in Psychology with a minor in LGBTQ studies from Northern Illinois University

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I utilize a person-centered approach in therapy and value my clients’ autonomy and expertise in their own lives. I believe distress develops from internal conflicts regarding what we are taught from our personal experiences versus our own values and desires. Relief comes when we are able to identify and resolve those conflicts. In order to achieve this, I integrate various approaches within therapy including psychodynamic, interpersonal, internal family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions.

    Personal

    I value time spent in nature, as well as creative expression through art and writing. Some days I find myself being active by hiking, doing yoga, or exploring the city, while other days I enjoy the laziness of lounging around with a book, jigsaw puzzle, or a good tv show.

    Megan Fessler, B.S. 

    She / Her / Hers

    Caiti Grant

    Administrative Manager, Quality & Performance

    Westminster Office

    Introduction

    Hello! I am the Administrative Manager, Quality and Performance here at CTAC. I provide support for our clinicians through completion of human resource, onboarding, recruitment, credentialing, performance management, and intake supervision tasks. Mental health and organization are two of my biggest passions in life, leading me to this dream job. My goal is to make CTAC as efficient as possible on the back-end so our clients are welcomed with a comfortable, safe, and open space from their very first interaction!

    Education & Training

    I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Prevention and Intervention Sciences, along with a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Colorado State University. After completing an internship at the trauma and resilience center on campus my passion for therapy, assessments, and trauma-informed care grew. I am thrilled to be in this setting and look forward to getting you matched with our professionals to provide you the tools you need on your journey!

    • B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Concentration in Prevention and Intervention Sciences, Colorado State University

    Personal

    I grew up in a military family and lived in Fort Collins for over 15 years. I love Colorado so much, I decided to stay and relocate closer to the city! I grew up playing competitive soccer and picked up indoor cycling during the pandemic to advance my heart, body, and mind. I love to be outdoors, try new things, and watch a good movie in my free time!

    Brienne Brown, Ph.D.

    She / Her / Hers

    Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervision Specialist

    Westminster Office

    Introduction

    I am a compassionate licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma, relational issues and substance abuse, as well as depression, anxiety and general mental health. I am incredibly passionate about working with individuals who are suffering; I believe a strong therapeutic relationship can create lasting, positive change. I strive to create a safe space for all clients and I genuinely enjoy coming to work each day!

    Education & Training

    I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a minor in Neuropsychology.  I completed my predoctoral internship at the New Jersey Veteran’s Administration Hospital.  I have specialized in the treatment of trauma-related disorders since 2012.

    • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Seton Hall University (APA accredited program)
    • Predoctoral Internship at the New Jersey VA Hospital, (APA accredited doctoral internship)
    • M.A. in Psychology, The New School for Social Research (APA accredited program)
    • B.A. in Psychology, Lafayette College

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I take an integrative approach to therapy, combining aspects of interpersonal and humanistic frameworks.  I treat clients with genuine warmth and positive regard, while understanding their current real-life situations, personal strengths and areas for growth.  I believe positive change is directly related to the client-therapist relationship and thus take great care in cultivating collaborative and compassionate relationships in therapy.

    I believe that each individual’s unique sense of self is defined by a multitude of factors, including early experiences, ethnic background, religious beliefs, sexuality, and experience of gender.  Therefore, I am passionate about creating a safe, judgement-free environment where people of all backgrounds feel comfortable to explore issues which brought them to therapy.

    Personal

    I am originally from the New York/New Jersey area and fulfilled a lifetime dream of relocating to Colorado, in 2017. In my free time I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with family, friends and my rescue pup.

    Brooke Powers, Ph.D., HSP-P

    She / They 

    Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervision Specialist

    Westminster Office 

    Introduction

    I am a licensed psychologist focusing on work with trauma, eating disorder and body image recovery, relationship challenges, identity exploration and development, LGBTQ+ identities, and depression, anxiety, and other mood-related concerns. As a queer, agnostic woman who continues to challenge diet culture and disordered eating, I find working with others with similar and different identities to be fulfilling. I have a strong interest in and passion for helping individuals explore their intersecting identities and roles and the ways in which they move through and exist in the systems in place in the community and in the world.

    Education & Training

    I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ concerns, and gender-based violence in Denver, CO. I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University and completed my doctoral internship at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Apart from individual therapy, clinical work often includes group therapy, supervision and training, outreach and prevention, and assessment. Previous work experience includes university college counseling, nonprofit, emergency sheltering for DV/IPV, athletic departments, and private practice. Unique offerings for therapeutic support include Walk and Talk therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

    • EMDR Training, The Road Less Traveled Counseling Center; EMDRIA-Approved Training Provider
    • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
    • Doctoral Psychology Internship, Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services, APA Accredited Doctoral Internship
    • M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education, Indiana University Bloomington, APA Accredited Program
    • B.S. in Pre-Art Therapy and Psychology, University of Indianapolis

    Approach to Clinical Work

    My integrated and collaborative clinical approach focuses on building a safe and comfortable space in order to show up authentically and relationally with ourselves and one another. I orient my work with focusing on individual, cultural, and trauma-informed perspectives, with a focus on social justice and a system-oriented perspective.

    I combine various empirically-validated approaches based on need, concerns, and client preference, from foundational humanistic and multicultural-feminist frameworks to interpersonal, internal family systems, and/or third-wave approaches (ACT, DBT, or CBT). I specialize in working with the young adult and/or college student population, but enjoy all ages! I enjoy utilizing humor, creative approaches to therapy, and aim to balance support and challenge for personal growth.

    Personal

    I am a Hoosier native that fell in love with the Appalachian mountains during my time in North Carolina and now find myself happiest in these spaces! In my free time, I like hiking with partner and dogs, skiing, mountain biking, brewing kombucha, caring for (and trying not to kill) my collection of houseplants, cooking, and almost anything homemade!

    Lauren Millard, Ph.D.

    She / Her / Hers

    Licensed Psychologist

    Director of Group Services

    Westminster Office

    Introduction

    I am a licensed psychologist specializing in eating disorders as well as gender-based trauma.  As a woman with personal experience with an eating disorder as well as a survivor of relationship abuse, I believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy relationship with their true self, their body, and food in order to live their lives in an authentic and meaningful way.

    Education & Training

    I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and gender-based violence/trauma (sexual assault, relationship/domestic abuse) in Denver, CO.  I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University with the addition of earning my Graduate Women’s Studies Certificate.   I completed my doctoral psychology internship at the University of South Carolina followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Denver.  I have specialized in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma since 2012.  

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Denver Health & Counseling Center
    • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
    • Doctoral Psychology Internship, University of South Carolina Counseling & Human Development Center, APA Accredited Doctoral Internship
    • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, APA Accredited Program
    • B.S. in Psychology Colorado State University

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I take a holistic approach to psychotherapy to help my clients meet their goals and improve their overall sense of well-being.  I integrate various therapies into my clinical work.  Overall, I believe our functioning is the result of messages, both direct and indirect, we have received in our personal relationships (Interpersonal) as well as our society and culture in which we have been socialized (Feminist).  I also embrace mindfulness-based therapies, including DBT and ACT.

    I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and compassionate space to collaborate with my clients in exploring their emotions in a more genuine way in order to develop awareness and insight regarding their functioning and they they want to grow.  My hope is that my clients will feel more empowered to function in their environment more effectively and authentically.  

    I believe the relationship between therapist and client is one that is egalitarian and collaborative. In the therapy room, you will find that my style encompasses genuineness, warmth, direct and honest feedback along with a sense of humor and wit.  

    Personal

    I am a proud lifelong Coloradan and grew up in the Denver area.  I absolutely love living here!  In my free time I get the most joy out of spending time with my family, friends, husband and golden retriever, Marley.  I also enjoy spending as much time in nature as possible, dabbling in photography, cooking, watching movies, and curling up with a novel to read.  

    Lisa Choo, Psy.D.

    She / Her / Hers

    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Licensed Psychologist

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    Hello, I am a licensed psychologist offering individual and couples therapy as well as psychological assessments for adults. I have experience working with young adults and adults who come to therapy with various presentations of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, inter- and intrapersonal conflict, identity exploration/formation, life transitions, and religious/spiritual concerns. I believe therapy is most effective when we can create a safe space for us to push and challenge ourselves toward growth; I aim to create that space with my clients and to walk with them through the challenging parts as well as celebrating the successes in life.

    Education & Training

    I completed my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. I completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Kansas’ Counseling and Psychological Services. Throughout my training, I have worked with a lot of college students (undergrad and grad) who sought therapy for various reasons.

    • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology (APA accredited)
    • Pre-doctoral Internship at University of Kansas’ Counseling and Psychological Services (APA accredited)
    • B.A. in Psychology, University of Colorado, Denver

    Approach to Clinical Work

    In my work, I focus on looking at how our past experiences shape our current experiences- ultimately impacting how we interact with ourselves, others, and the world around us. I believe our various identities and cultural backgrounds heavily influence how we engage with the world; thus, it is crucial to acknowledge those different parts of ourselves during the therapy process. As we gain insight into how different variables contribute to our distress, I believe we can open ourselves up to different ways of being to grow into our authentic self.

    When working with couples, I focus on each partner’s internal experiences while fostering an environment for each partner to share their experiences with each other. I believe it is my role to help each partner understand their own and their partner’s roles within the unit and find ways in which they can navigate their tendencies in order to improve communication and intimacy.

    Personal

    I was born and raised in Colorado. I did some moving around the country for my training and am glad to be back in Colorado! After being gone for so long, I love exploring the new developments around the city and finding new places to eat. Of course, being able to go to the mountains is a huge plus.

    Jennea Abell, M.A.

    She / Her / Hers

    Jennea Abell, Postgraduate Masters Resident

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor offering individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience with a wide variety of mental health concerns, including Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, ADHD, and life changes. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process where we work together to understand why you are experiencing distress and work together to alleviate that distress. I treat every client with empathy, unconditional positive regard, and provide psychoeducational tools to empower clients to accomplish their goals.

    Education & Training

    I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. I completed my graduate internship working with children and adolescents at Front Range Christian School and Knippenberg, Patterson, Langley & Associates. I am certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the state of Colorado. I have worked with Eating Disorders in an in-patient/residential facility, children and adolescents in a school setting, and private practice working with diverse individuals in low-income areas..

    • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Denver Seminary (CACREP  Accredited Program)
    • B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice and History from Colorado State University

    Approach to Clinical Work

    Every therapist becomes a therapist to help others, and I am no different. I was drawn into the profession where I have had the privilege of hearing people’s stories and experiences. I am a compassionate therapist who believes there is always hope, even at our darkest moments. I treat every client with compassion and without judgment. I hope to create a warm and safe environment where my clients feel comfortable sharing their stories.

    I use a person-centered approach to therapy, which means I treat every client with empathy, unconditional positive regard, and respect. Through my experience in sociology, I approach counseling through an intersectional lens. Each client has unique stories, experiences, and obstacles to overcome. It is essential to focus on our feelings and personal experiences in therapy while also understanding how the world has shaped us. I am a social justice-oriented therapist, and I strive to empower and advocate for each of my clients.

    Personal

    I am a fifth-generation Coloradan, who was raised in Littleton, CO. I am a huge nerd who loves to play video games and I am always waiting for the next Star Wars or Marvel movie! Every year I participate in National Novel Writing Month where I strive to write a 50,000-word novel in one month.

    Camille Brunel, M.S.

    They/Them

    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Westminster Office

    Introduction

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado State offering individual psychotherapy to adults. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, PTSD, and OCD and have experience working with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship conflicts, substance abuse, ADHD, ASD, and psychosis. I am queer and non-binary and enjoy working with the LGBTQIA+ community.

    As a white, European-American, I also ground myself in practices of cultural humility to offer a therapy setting that is affirming of clients of other races and ethnicities. I bring a warm, curious, and compassionate energy to psychotherapy, fostering a space where clients can be brave and vulnerable in pursuing their inner work. I try to minimize the power differential between provider and client through deep listening, receptivity to feedback, and empowering clients to recognize and embrace their inherent wisdom.

    Education & Training

    I completed my Master of Science in Nutrition & Clinical Health Psychology in 2019 at Bastyr University, a school for natural medicine in Kenmore, WA. After receiving my associate license, I practiced therapy at a community mental health agency in Seattle, WA that focused on serving lower-income, LGBTQIA+ adults. From there, I went on to work at a group private practice in Tacoma, WA that treated eating disorders from a Health at Every Size and anti-oppression lens. Most recently, I worked as a primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center Denver in an inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization unit for children and adolescents. I have primarily received training in the following therapeutic modalities: Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

    • M.S. in Nutrition & Clinical Health Psychology, Bastyr University
    • B.A. in Religious Studies, Oberlin College, graduated with High Honors

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I aim to bring a spirit of open-mindedness, lightheartedness, and collaboration to the therapeutic relationship. I seek to provide gentle guidance to clients to help them move into discomfort, expand their insight, and discover previously untapped strength and resources, while also respecting each person’s unique process and pacing. I have a holistic approach, taking into consideration the mind, body, and spirit, as integral to healing.

    I primarily use Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy in my counseling practice, engaging the intrinsic healing power of our Self to allow injured and protective parts to be unburdened and liberated from their habitual roles. I integrate IFS with somatic therapy, encouraging clients to develop a more attuned relationship with their body and to allow felt sensation to direct their internal work. I also strive to bring a non-stigmatizing attitude to mental health care and encourage clients to notice the ways in which the harmful and hierarchical systems we live in contribute to our experience of suffering. I use my nutrition education and training to support clients in cultivating an intuitive relationship with food, rest, and other forms of nourishment. In addition, I am a long-time practitioner of mindfulness-based practices and offer these skills to clients from a trauma-informed lens.

    Personal

    I was born and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. After several long hiatuses away for school and work, I am grateful to finally be back and putting down roots in my home state. I enjoy spending time with my spouse, family, friends, and our corgi-hound dog, Tomatillo. I also love cooking, reading, hiking, singing, playing the violin, listening to music, meditating, and spending time in spiritual/religious community.

    Pauline Freud, Ph.D.

    She / Her / Hers

    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Postdoctoral Resident- Therapy & Assessment

    Psychologist Candidate

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    Hello! I’m a postdoctoral resident who seeks to not just help manage symptoms, but to promote wellness. I have experience in treating a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, identity development, chronic pain, career uncertainty, and life transitions. Having worked with adult clients from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, I aim to incorporate a culturally sensitive lens throughout my practice. In sessions, my approach implements behavioral interventions alongside empowerment, exploration of self, and establishing meaning in life.

    Education & Training

    I completed my M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University, where I supported adults of various ages within private practice and university settings. During my pre-doctoral internship at Arizona State University, I aided college students in mental health support, behavioral health, career counseling, and advocacy. Across my training, I have gained extensive experience in addressing a diverse array of diagnoses, providing crisis interventions, leading group therapy, and conducting psychological assessment.

    • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University (APA accredited)
    • Predoctoral Internship, Arizona State University (APA accredited)
    • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University
    • B.S. in Psychology, Colorado State University

    Approach to Clinical Work

    Empirical research has provided a clear message: therapy is most effective when it emphasizes a strong, understanding, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. By centering on each client’s unique experience, we find sustainable ways to implement change.

    My therapeutic style is integrative and flexible. I primarily work from an emotion-focused and existential lens which connects past traumas to current patterns, addresses underlying needs, and fosters hope. Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), we can better manage symptoms and move towards goals. This integrative approach allows client-driven movement between self-exploration, emotional processing, and challenge.

    Personal

    I am a Coloradan who has traveled across the country and finally returned home! I consider myself an analytical yet corny nerd who loves cats, fantasy and sci-fi shows, gaming, ping-pong, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

    Alex Buscaglia, Ph.D.

    She / Her / Hers

    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Postdoctoral Resident- Therapy & Assessment

    Psychologist Candidate

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    Hello! I am a postdoctoral resident offering individual therapy, couples therapy, and psychological assessment to adults. I have experience working with individuals with PTSD/trauma, anxiety-related disorders, depression and mood disorders, OCD, ADHD, grief, interpersonal conflict, and relationship difficulties. I take a client-centered approach to treatment, offering a genuine and warm space to work together toward your goals.

    Education & Training

    I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. I completed my predoctoral internship at the Central Virginia VA Healthcare System in Richmond, VA. I I have worked in a wide range of settings, including rape and family crisis centers, a Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, public defender’s office, correctional facilities, and university counseling centers.

    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Montana (APA accredited program)
    • Pre-doctoral Internship at Central Virginia VA Health Care System
    • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Western Kentucky University
    • B.A. in Psychology, University of Rochester

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative alliance through which we’ll work together to create a meaningful life worth living. Your life experiences, relationships, beliefs, and values have made you uniquely you, and I believe in drawing on your existing strengths to overcome internal and external obstacles. I will provide tools, skills, feedback, and support to help you on this journey. Through this approach, I hope to create a safe and supportive space for you to gain confidence and work toward your goals.

    Personal

    I am originally from Buffalo, NY, and enjoy traveling, spending time with my dog, hiking, cooking, playing board games, and listening to audiobooks. I am new to Colorado and am feeling very fortunate to be able to set down roots here and call this beautiful place home!

    Nathan Beaty, Psy.D.

    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Doctoral Candidate- Therapy & Assessment

    Psychologist Candidate

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    Hello! I am a Doctoral Candidate offering individual and couples psychotherapy to adults, as well as psychological assessments. I have experience with a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, OCD and panic related disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, trauma, grief, and interpersonal conflict. I believe in the therapeutic role as helping individuals find agency through facilitating value-driven action and challenging the unhelpful thought processes that get in the way.

    Education & Training

    I am currently completing my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I completed my predoctoral internship at WellSpan Philhaven Behavioral Health. I have worked at several settings including inpatient, community mental health, behavioral health, and college counseling. I have also worked with a range of disorders from anxiety and mood disorders, to OCD and panic related disorders, to personality disorders.

    • Psy.D. Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (APA accredited program)
    • Pre-doctoral Internship at WellSpan Philhaven Behavioral Health
    • M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    • B.A. in Psychology, University of Michigan
    • B.B.A. in Business, University of Michigan

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I approach therapy primarily from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) lens, with elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) included. I hope to work with my clients to explore their values and facilitate the agency to move towards those values. I believe the therapist’s role is to help individuals evaluate their own thoughts and beliefs, in order to discover which ones may be holding them back from their goals. By letting go of or softening those beliefs, the client can reduce overall suffering and instead move towards the life they want to live.

    Personal

    I spent the majority of my life in Southwest Michigan before coming to Colorado. I’m an avid fan of board games, puzzles, and all things sci-fi/fantasy. I also love spending time with my friends and family, hanging out with my cats, and hiking.

    Catherine Bianchi, M.Ed.

    She/Her/Hers

     

    Emili Pickenpaugh

    Intake Clinician

    Remote

    Introduction

    I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Denver in the Counseling Psychology PhD program and earned my MEd in clinical mental health counseling from Auburn University. I have worked with clients across the lifespan on a range of concerns in group practice, residential, primary care, and neuropsychological assessment settings.

    Education & Training

    • M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Auburn University
    • B.S. in Biology, University of Maryland

    Personal

    I was raised on the East Coast near Washington, D.C. and love to get outside in my free time. I like learning new things and being creative.

    Megan Hilton, M.A. LPCC

    She / Her / Hers

     

    Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

    Postgraduate Master’s Resident

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    Hello! My name is Megan and here are a few things you should know about me. I pride myself on creating an accepting, understanding, and authentic environment for my clients. I am not afraid to admit I was wrong and am always welcoming of any and all feedback. My passion for therapy stems from my own experience with counselors and how they have helped me process trauma, navigate depression, overcome my eating disorder, and understand my anxiety. I want to utilize my first hand experience to help my clients heal from their own struggles.

    Education & Training

    I graduated from Northwestern’s Mental Health Counseling program in March of 2023 with a specialized in child and adolescent therapy. I worked with children, adolescents, young adults, couples, and families while in internship. I have been trained in play therapy with children and especially like using sand trays while working with younger kids. Throughout my graduate program I have worked with several clients struggling with eating disorders.

    • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University
    • B.S. in Applied Psychology from Ithaca College

      Approach to Clinical Work

      My personal approach to counseling is founded on the idea that therapy should be centered around the clients goals, needs, and over all wellbeing. Because of this belief, I gravitate towards a more person-centered theoretical approach. I create a safe and trusting environment for clients by utilizing a more laid back and personable approach. I encourage my clients to view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative process, working together as a team to address their presenting concerns.

      Personal

      I was born and raised in Seattle, WA and have loved the outdoors since I was a child. From hiking to horseback riding I always have fun getting a little dirty in the sun. When I am home I find myself baking cookies, doing puzzles, and building legos while snuggled up on the couch with my dog.

      Samantha Walsh, M.A. LPCC

      She / Her / Hers

       

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident

      Westminster Office

      Introduction

      I am a Postgraduate Master’s Resident offering individual and couples therapy for teens and adults. I have experience working with a variety of mental health concerns, including trauma, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, and life transitions. My love for therapy comes from my own experiences with anxiety, which taught me that healing and growth is possible in a safe and empowering therapeutic space. My goal is to create an understanding, judgement-free environment where my clients feel empowered to share their lived experiences and pursue healing and growth.

      Education & Training

      I will graduate with my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in June 2023. I completed my graduate internship working with children, teens, young adults, and couples in a private practice setting. I also worked in a community mental health clinic, which served uninsured adults. In both of these settings, I worked primarily with trauma, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, I am certified to provide Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma.

      • M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Denver (June 2023)
      • B.A. in Psychology and Communication Studies with a minor in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, University of Denver

      Approach to Clinical Work

      My approach to therapy is person-centered and social-justice oriented, as I believe that a genuine, trusting, and collaborative therapeutic relationship creates long-lasting healing and growth. I hope to create a warm and empathic space where clients feel supported in sharing their lived experiences and are able to set goals that help facilitate this growth. I often incorporate mindfulness-based therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

      Personal

      I am from Chicago, IL, but I have called Colorado my home since 2018! When I’m not at work, you can usually find me trying out new restaurants, hiking, reading, painting, or spending time with loved ones.

      Marlee Lederer, M.A. LPCC

      She / Her / Hers

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident 

      Westminster Office 

      Introduction

      I am a Postgraduate Master’s Resident offering individual psychotherapy to teens and adults. I have experience working with a variety of mental health concerns including OCD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma. My passion for this field comes from personal experiences of growth from the therapeutic process. I believe therapy serves as a healing journey, where the therapeutic relationship plays a vital role in fostering growth and transformation. As a therapist, I am committed to supporting individuals in navigating their unique journey towards holistic wellness.

      Education & Training

      I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in June 2023 at the University of Denver. I completed my graduate internship at a residential treatment center specializing in trauma-focused therapy for adolescents. My clinical training includes individual, group, family, and milieu therapy in both in- and out-patient settings. I have also worked as a recreational therapist providing in-home and community-based services to children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

      • M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Denver (June 2023)
      • B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

      Approach to Clinical Work

      My approach to therapy is person-centered and integrates concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Through a collaborative and nonjudgemental environment, I hope to work with clients to cultivate self-acceptance, enhance psychological flexibility, and explore the pursuit of meaningful values in their lives. I am passionate about empowering clients and strive to create a therapeutic environment where individuals feel in control of their journey towards healing and personal growth.

      Personal

      I was born in Chicago, IL and made the move to Colorado in 2016 and haven’t wanted to leave since. I love calling Colorado my home and exploring all the beautiful places it has to offer! In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, trying out DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends.

      Taylor Miklos, MSW CSW

      She / Her / Hers

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident

      Denver Office 

      Introduction

      Hi there! My name is Taylor and I am a Postgraduate Master’s Resident offering individual therapy to teens and adults. I have experience working with children, adults, and older adults who come to therapy with various presentations of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, and relationship conflicts. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental, and comfortable space where clients feel supported and empowered in their therapy journey.

      Education & Training

      I earned my Master of Social Work degree from California State University of Northridge in May 2023. I completed two internships at Lawndale Elementary School District and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles, California. I provided therapy and supportive services to students, families, veterans, and caregivers. I received specialized training in improving the care and well-being of older adults and their families as a Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium intern. I am trained in evidence-based practices (CBT & TF-CBT) for depression, anxiety, and trauma.

      • MSW in Social Work from California State University of Northridge
      • B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University 

      Approach to Clinical Work

      I believe building a trusting therapeutic relationship is key to working together to create the meaningful change and healing you envision for your life. My clinical approach is person-centered and strengths-based, meaning I believe you are the expert on your life and possess a multitude of strengths. My clinical approach is also rooted in a social justice oriented and anti-oppressive lens. I often explore intersecting identities and their impact on your experiences within systems, communities, and society. I approach my work with empathy, authenticity, and a humble curiosity. I believe there is no single path to healing and everyone has unique needs and preferences that must be honored. I often incorporate multiple techniques from CBT, DBT, somatic therapy, and art therapy.

      Personal

      I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before living in California for 6 years and moving to beautiful Colorado recently. I love being outdoors and I’m new to the area, so when I’m not working I’m likely exploring the city, walking my dog around the park, or taking a trip to the mountains for some camping or skiing!

      Hayley Gruber, M.S. LPCC

      She / Her / Hers

       

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident

      Denver Office 

      Introduction

      Hi! I am a Postgraduate Master’s Resident here at CTAC offering individual therapy to teens and adults. I have experience working with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and life transitions. I strive to establish an environment in which clients feel comfortable, safe, and free of judgment. I believe that no one should have to work through their struggles alone, having a safe space to tell your story is important to your healing, self-growth, and self-awareness journeys.

      Education & Training

      I graduated with my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University in May 2023. I completed my graduate internship working with teens and adults in a private practice setting. I have also worked in a community mental health agency with adults and an eating disorder residental treatment center with children and adolescents.

      • M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University
      • B.S. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Brockport

      Approach to Clinical Work

      I have always had a passion for helping others and aim to help my clients feel heard, validated, and supported. My main approach to therapy is person-centered and often incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques into sessions. By creating a warm, empathetic, and non-judgemental environment, my hope is for clients to feel comfortable and safe being their authentic selves in sessions. I believe the therapeutic relationship is collaborative and aim to empower and support them on their journey.

      Personal

      I am a born and raised Long Island, New Yorker and very excited to call Colorado my new home! I enjoy being outside, going for walks, finding and trying new breakfast restaurants and coffee shops to try, as well as traveling. In my free time at home, you can find me doing a puzzle, watching a tv series, baking, and having spontaneous dance parties.

      Molly Cardenas, M.A.Ed. LPCC

       

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      Hello! I am a Postgraduate Master’s Resident offering individual, couples, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working with a variety of mental health concerns across diverse populations including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, substance use, attachment, life transitions, identity development, and eating disorders. I am passionate about supporting and empowering my clients by providing a non-judgmental space that stimulates growth, as well as enhances well-being.

      Education & Training

      I earned my M.A.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Virginia Tech in May 2023. I completed my graduate internship providing non directive and directive play therapy services to children, adolescents, and families at a community-based nonprofit organization. In this setting, I gained experience working with children and families involved in the foster care system. My clinical training includes individual, group, and family therapy in outpatient settings. I have extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, ADHD, and depression. I also have previous experience providing in-home services and working with substance use disorders.

      • M.A.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Virginia Tech
      • B.S. in Youth and Social Innovation from the University of Virginia

      Approach to Clinical Work

      When establishing a therapeutic relationship, I strongly believe that building a collaborative, nonjudgmental, and trusting environment is essential in encouraging client growth. I believe in the importance of working alongside my clients in helping them overcome challenges and gain insight, while also providing them autonomy to move at their own pace towards healing. I value using an integrative, trauma-informed approach to help my clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves as a whole person.

      I approach each session with empathy, curiosity, and respect, as well as work hard to ensure safety in the therapeutic relationship to best meet the unique needs of my clients. With children, I like to use a person-centered and strength-based approach that incorporates play and expressive arts. With adolescents and adults, I utilize methods such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also enjoy incorporating mindfulness-based interventions, attachment theory, and somatic work into my clinical practice.

      Personal

      I was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and am excited to now live near the Rocky Mountains! In my free time I enjoy going to farmer’s markets, seeing live music, gardening, hiking, and taking pilates classes. I also enjoy spending time with my two little pups, Gypsy and Stevie.

      Clare Henderson-Pendergast

       

       

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Doctoral Intern

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      Hi there! I am a Doctoral Intern here at CTAC. My goal is to provide an environment where children, families, and couples can feel safe to be themselves. My own experiences with treatment have taught me the importance of meeting someone where they are. I have previously worked with elementary and middle school children as well as children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and extensive trauma histories. I have also worked with foster children and their biological and foster family systems.

      Education & Training

      I have a Bachelors of Science in Brain Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester and am currently in a Doctoral Program in Clinical/School Psychology at Roberts Wesleyan University. I have experience working in an elementary school, a middle school, a residential and day program for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as working with foster children and families.

      • B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, The University of Rochester

      Approach to Clinical Work

      When establishing a therapeutic relationship, I strongly believe that building a collaborative, nonjudgmental, and trusting environment is essential in encouraging client growth. I believe in the importance of working alongside my clients in helping them overcome challenges and gain insight, while also providing them autonomy to move at their own pace towards healing. I value using an integrative, trauma-informed approach to help my clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves as a whole person.

      I approach each session with empathy, curiosity, and respect, as well as work hard to ensure safety in the therapeutic relationship to best meet the unique needs of my clients. With children, I like to use a person-centered and strength-based approach that incorporates play and expressive arts. With adolescents and adults, I utilize methods such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also enjoy incorporating mindfulness-based interventions, attachment theory, and somatic work into my clinical practice.

      Personal

      I was born and raised in Southern California and have been in upstate New York for the past 6 years. I am so excited to be in Colorado! I enjoy crocheting, playing games, building legos, and spending time with my fiancé and dog.

      Joshua Drayer

       

       

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Doctoral Intern

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      I am a doctoral intern offering individual therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and adults. I specialize in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and developmental delays in children and adolescents, and socioemotional and emotional behavioral difficulties across the lifespan. I provide therapeutic services for a variety of mental health concerns and specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, life adjustments, and child-parent relational problems.

      Education & Training

      I received my Master of Science in Sport Psychology at Florida State University and will graduate with my Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology in June 2024. I have trained in a variety of settings including: community mental health, private practice, university career center, school-based mental health. My clinical training included providing Internal Family Systems (IFS), cognitive behavioral (CBT), trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT), Zones of Regulation, and emotion-focused (EFT) therapies.

      • M.S. in Sport Psychology, Florida State University
      • B.A. in Psychology, San Diego State University

      Approach to Clinical Work

      Foundational to my work with every client is establishing a strong, collaborative relationship built on trust and understanding. My passion, what brings me joy, is helping clients build that same trusting relationship with the various parts of their identity as the beginning of leading a healthy and adaptive life.

      My approach to clinical work integrates developmental, systems, and dynamic perspectives; understanding how the distress, dissatisfaction, or fulfillment we experience in the present is continuously contributed to by our biology, relationships, and past lived-experiences. I believe that a greater understanding of these dynamics is important in developing an honest and unbiased perspective on our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. With this self-knowledge, we can seize opportunities to disrupt maladaptive, unproductive, or harmful patterns (or cycles) of behavior and begin to foster, or continue fostering, a healthier, resilient, and adaptive Self.

      Personal

      I was born and raised in Southern California and developed a love of all things nature-bound by hiking and backpacking my way through the various California forests and mountains. For the last 7 years, I have called the mossy oak landscapes of north Florida home. I am so excited to have had the opportunity to move to Colorado and cannot wait to continue exploring all of the natural beauty it has to offer. When I am not working, I am curled up on a couch with my partner and 6 pets (2 dogs, 4 cats), reading or watching tv. The theme of our home is, and always will be, cozy-vibes!

      Christen Misra, B.A.

      She / Her / Hers

      Veronica Scherbak

      Psychometrist & Testing Program Coordinator 

      Westminster Office

      Introduction

      I am sixth year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Northern Colorado. I offer assessment services here at CTAC. I have worked with clients experiencing a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and serious and persistent mental illness. I believe that the assessment process is a therapeutic intervention, and can help people meet their goals and understand themselves.

      Education & Training

      I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. I have worked on a college campus, residential treatment center, and community mental health center prior to starting at CTAC. I earned my Bachelor’s in psychology at Ohio University in 2018. 

      • B.A. in Psychology, Ohio University 

      Approach to Clinical Work

      I am an attachment-oriented clinician. I tend to use approaches, such as interpersonal process therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and person-centered interventions, while integrating cognitive interventions. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the vehicle of change, so my priority is creating safety, bolstering autonomy, and building a strong working alliance with my clients.

      Personal

      I was born and raised in Ohio! I moved to Colorado for graduate school. I like to spend my free time going to concerts and going camping.

      Claire Leight, M.Ed. 

      She / Her / Hers

      Veronica Scherbak

      Therapy Extern  

      Westminster Office

      Introduction

      My name is Claire Leight and I am a Therapy Extern providing counseling services here at CTAC. I have worked with folks struggling with a variety of concerns, including grief, PTSD, depression, anxiety, identity exploration, childhood trauma, bipolar disorder, and major life transitions. I aim to provide a trusting and safe space in the counseling room free from judgment. I am honored to work with clients as they explore and process their experiences, and navigate life’s challenges.

      Education & Training

      I am currently a fourth year student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Northern Colorado. During my time in the program, I have seen clients in the University’s clinic and gained experience in psychological assessments.

      • M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University
      • B.A. in Elementary Education, minor in Psychology from DePaul University

        Approach to Clinical Work

        Therapeutic approaches that I resonate with and utilize in my work include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), and Feminism. While life will always have ups and downs, I believe that we can learn how to better cope with and respond to difficult times, thoughts, and feelings to better lead fulfilling, values-led lives. I believe that an individual’s identities have great importance in their experiences, and aim to explore these impacts and empower clients of all identities over the course of our work together. While I have gained expertise in how to help clients through education and practice, I believe that clients are the experts of their own lives. I aim to work with clients in a safe and supportive way through the lens of this notion as we journey through our time together.

        Personal

        I am originally from Chicago, and worked as an elementary school teacher before transitioning to the psychology field. In my free time I love to get outside, play video games, listen to audiobooks, do yoga, read, and do crossword puzzles! I also love to hang out and do nothing with my three cats!

        Ashley King, MS.Ed.

        She/Her/Hers

         

         

        Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

        Therapy Extern

        Westminster Office

        Introduction

        I am a second year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Denver (DU). I earned my M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Observing and experiencing the impact of the pandemic in how it further created and highlighted the health inequities in marginalized communities, heightened my desire to further support Black and Latinx populations with mental health services that address anxiety, depression, life adjustments, trauma and child-parent relational concerns.

        Education & Training

        • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Fordham University
        • M.S. in Mathematics Education, Walden University
        • B.A. in Elementary Education, Purdue University

        Approach to Clinical Work

        My approach to clinical work is person-centered, trauma-informed, and integrative. I’m passionate about evidence-based, culturally-responsive, and values-guided treatment. Therapeutic approaches that I resonate with and utilize in my work include Person Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Interpersonal Process Therapy. I am committed to providing affirming, inclusive, and reflexive care in a way that disrupts maladaptive and harmful patterns.

        Personal

        I was born and raised in Indiana and then moved to Atlanta and New York City. After making New Jersey my home for so many years, I fell in love with Denver, its landscaping and sunshine. I enjoy traveling, cultural arts, and 90s sitcoms.

        Chloe Rogers, M.S.

        She/Her/Hers

         

         

         

        Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

        Therapy Extern

        Denver Office

        Introduction

        Hello, I am a doctoral intern who offers individual, group, and couples therapy. I have experience working with young adults and adults, helping clients navigate a number of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, developmental transitions, interpersonal conflict, identity development/formation, religious/ spiritual concerns, and eating disorders. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to counseling which requires having reverence for who clients are in their entirety, validating identities and lived experiences, and always acknowledging that clients are innately whole and capable of change. I aim to create empowering and safe spaces for clients to deepen their sense of self-awareness while feeling celebrated and supported as they work towards optimal functioning.

        Education & Training

        I am a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at The University Of Denver. I received my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Oklahoma State University. Throughout my training, I worked in a college counseling setting where I worked with college students who presented to therapy with a diverse range of concerns.

        • M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Oklahoma State University
        • B.S. in Biology, Williams College

        Approach to Clinical Work

        I believe that a collaborative, supportive, and empowering therapeutic alliance is the foundation of effective counseling. I take a holistic approach to therapeutic work, prioritizing the therapeutic relationship and taking the time to understand how clients’ intersectional identities, lived experiences, and belief/value systems shape their abilities to show up as their authentic selves and engage in various environments. I utilize Relational Cultural therapy (RCT) as a foundational therapeutic approach, integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques to help clients deepen their self-awareness and create lasting change in their lives. My goal is to deeply support and celebrate clients as they strengthen their skill sets and adopt tools that improve overall wellness. Lastly, I am social justice-oriented and I view advocacy as a major component of my work.

        Personal

        I am a Denver native, and I am so excited to have recently moved back to Colorado! I love the outdoors, and you can often find me hiking, camping, and trail running during my free time. I love to read fiction novels, drink tea, spend time with family and friends, and go to stand-up comedy shows!

        Orphea Wright, M.A.

        She / Her / Hers

         

        Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

        Assessment Extern

        Westminster Office – accepting clients the week of July 10th

        Introduction

        I am a third year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Denver (DU). I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from DU and I’m passionate about improving mental health equity in research and treatment.

        Education & Training

        • M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
        • B.A. in Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

        Approach to Clinical Work

        My approach to clinical work is person-centered, trauma-informed, and integrative. I’m passionate about evidence-based, culturally-responsive, and values-guided treatment and draw strongly from behavioral and relational modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I am committed to providing affirming, inclusive, and reflexive care.

        Personal

        I grew up close to the ocean among the redwood forests of the San Francisco Bay Area. Sunshine, playtime with my rescue pup, being near water, observing nature, swimming, gardening, hiking, creating, yoga, meditation, good food, dancing, sunsets, rest, laughing with loved ones, and live music are what fill my cup.

        Tabitha Alverio, M.A.

        She / Her / Hers

         

        Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

        Assessment Extern

        Westminster Office 

        Introduction

        I am a fifth year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Northern Colorado. I have worked with clients experiencing a variety of concerns, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and chronic mental health difficulties. I will be providing assessment services and believe in  helping people identify and meet their mental health goals and needs.

        Education & Training

        I completed both my Bachelors in Science and Masters of Arts at the University of North Carolina. Prior to my entry in the University of Northern Colorado Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program, I worked with both active duty and veteran populations who have experienced traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and MST. Additionally, I have worked with college students providing counseling services on a college campus.

        • M.A. in Health Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
        • B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

        Approach to Clinical Work

        I approach my clinical work through a relational cultural lens focusing on the cultures and context that affect relationships and how clients navigate their world around them. I tend to use approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal process therapy, and client centered interventions. The therapeutic relationship is an important aspect of driving change, so I aim to create a space in which my clients feel safe, seen, and heard. Through this relationship I hope to increase client’s level of autonomy and build a client lead working alliance.

        Personal

        I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and was raised all over the country due to my father serving in the armed forces. I relocated to Colorado to continue my educational journey at the University of Northern Colorado. I enjoy talking walks with my frenchie Boba Fett and attending comic cons when I can.

        Bre Chiappetta, B.S.

        She/Her/Hers

        Caiti Grant

        Administrative Assistant

        Westminster & Denver Office

        Introduction

        Hi, I’m Bre! I am the administrative assistant here at CTAC. My job is to support our clinicians and clients by guiding them through a smooth scheduling process. I’m here to make a great first impression on our company through a smiling face, positive attitude, and exemplary service.

        Education & Training

        I received my bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After graduation, I moved to Denver and began work at a non-profit tissue bank where my passion for giving back to the community grew over the years. I am very excited to be working for yet another mission driven company that wants to give back to our larger community through mental health services.

        • B.S. in Biology from the College of Charleston, SC

        Personal

        I was so happy when I decided to pack my bags and move across the country to Denver…I could never imagine living in a place that’s more beautiful! I have a passion for being outdoors whether that’s a walk in the park, hike to an alpine lake, or a bike ride in the city. Yoga, art, and my dog Jax are some of the other things that keep my heart and my mind happy!

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