Meet Our Team

Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center Team

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Janean Anderson, Ph.D.

Janean Anderson, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CEDS-S Founder & CEO

Brooke Powers, Ph.D.

Brooke Powers, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Lauren Millard, Ph.D.

Lauren Millard, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Melissa McCormick, M.A., LPC

Melissa McCormick, M.A., LPC

licensed professional counselor

Brienne Brown, Ph.D.

Brienne Brown, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Colleen Mann-Buxton, M.A., LPC

Colleen Mann-Buxton, M.A., LPC

licensed professional counselor

Kaity Brock, Ph.D.

Kaity Brock, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Ryan Durgin, M.A, LPC

Ryan Durgin, M.A, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Allie dumas, MSW, LCSW

Allie dumas, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Emma Durham, Psy.D.

Emma Durham, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Esther Weiner, Psy.D.

Esther Weiner, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Gabrielle Eberstein, Psy.D.

Gabrielle Eberstein, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Amy Patinella, PSY.D.

Amy Patinella, PSY.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Lisa Choo, PSY.D.

Lisa Choo, PSY.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Jennea Abell, M.A., LPCC

Jennea Abell, M.A., LPCC

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Carlye Kopp, M.Ed., LPCC

Carlye Kopp, M.Ed., LPCC

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Brennalynn Flaherty, MSW, LSW

Brennalynn Flaherty, MSW, LSW

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Rebekah paster, Msw, Lsw

Rebekah paster, Msw, Lsw

Postgraduate Master's Resident

Kelsey Motley, B.A.

Kelsey Motley, B.A.

Unlicensed Masters Level Therapist

Veronica SCherbak, M.S.

Veronica SCherbak, M.S.

Therapy Extern

Conner Goode, B.S.

Conner Goode, B.S.

Therapy Extern

Annalise Floody, B.S.

Annalise Floody, B.S.

Therapy Extern

Christen Misra, B.A.

Christen Misra, B.A.

Assessment Extern

Kasia Severaid, B.A.

Kasia Severaid, B.A.

Assessment Extern

Olivia Chrisco, B.s.

Olivia Chrisco, B.s.

Administrative Manager, Executive Programs

Lauren Gray, B.A.

Lauren Gray, B.A.

Administrative Manager, Clinical Programs

Megan Fessler, B.S.

Megan Fessler, B.S.

Client Care Coordinator

Janean Anderson, Ph.D., CEDS-S

She / Her/ Hers

Founder & CEO

Licensed Psychologist

Certified Eating Disorders Specialist & Supervisor

Westminster Office

Introduction

I am a licensed psychologist, podcast host, and author who writes about eating disorder recovery.  I am also certified by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) as well as a CEDS Supervisor.

My first book, Recover Your Perspective, became a bestseller in the eating disorder field. It can be found on Amazon.

I am recovered from anorexia myself and believe recovery is possible for all people.  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 50 countries worldwide, averaging tens of thousands of downloads.  My podcast is available here.

Education & Training

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in Denver, CO.  I am a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and am an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.  As a CEDS-S iaedp Approved Supervisor, I am able to provide supervision to professionals seeking their CEDS credential. I am part of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Network of treatment providers and am a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).

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.  I have specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 2008.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)
  • iaedp Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S)
  • Doctoral Psychology Internship, University of California, Davis, Eating Disorder Emphasis Program, APA Accredited Doctoral Internship
  • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, APA Accredited Program
  • B.S. in Psychology Colorado State University, graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors

Professional Memberships

  • iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)
    • CEDS- Certified Eating Disorders Specialist
    • CEDS-S- iaedp Approved Supervisor
    • iaedp Member
  • AED (Academy for Eating Disorders), Member
  • APA (American Psychological Association), Member
  • APA Division 12- Society of Clinical Psychology, Member
  • APA Division 17- Society of Counseling Psychology, Member
  • APA Division 29- Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Member
  • APA Division 42- Psychologists in Independent Practice CPA (Colorado Psychological Association), Member

Approach to Clinical Work

I view psychotherapy as an opportunity for self-exploration and growth as a part of overall health.  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).  I also incorporate therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

I work to empower clients to create change in their lives by helping them build skills to solve their problems while using insight-oriented therapy to examine deeper emotions and patterns that caused and maintains the pattern they are working on.

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

Personal

I grew up in beautiful Colorado and feel lucky to call Colorado home.  When I’m not working, I enjoy getting my hands on as many books as I can, catching a Rockies game, trying my hand at painting, and spending time outdoors.  Most importantly, I spend time with my loved ones, including my Golden Retriever and cats.

Lauren Millard, Ph.D.

She / Her / Hers

Licensed Psychologist

Director of Clinical Services

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.  

Brienne Brown, Ph.D.

She / Her / Hers

Licensed Psychologist

Director of Culture

Westminster Office

Introduction

I am a compassionate licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma, chronic illness and substance abuse, as well as depression, anxiety and general mental health issues.  I am incredibly passionate about working with individuals who are suffering; I believe a strong therapeutic relationship can create lasting, positive change.  As a multiculturally competent psychologist, I strive to create a safe space for all clients, regardless of background, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and gender identity. 

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

After receiving the majority of my clinical training in New York City, I am fulfilling a life long dream of relocating to the Denver area!  I find that my heart is happier in the mountains and am thrilled to be working with the incredible professionals at CTAC.  In my free time I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with family and friends. 

Kaity Brock, Ph.D.

She / Her / Hers

Licensed Psychologist

Training Director 

Denver Office

Introduction

I am a licensed psychologist offering individual psychotherapy to adults and teens, couples’ therapy, and psychological assessment to adults and adolescents. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and relational difficulties. I use active listening, empowerment, advocacy, and psychoeducational tools to help clients better understand how to work toward feeling better. My hope is that by talking through problems, learning a little bit about your worldview and how you can best approach problems, we can work toward achieving your therapy goals together.

Education & Training

I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. I completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology Internship Consortium. I have worked with victims of natural disasters and trauma; pre-school populations, as a Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator; college students in university counseling centers; with inpatient hospital populations; and in private practice. I am certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Colorado and Oklahoma.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman’s University, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Doctoral Internship, University of Denver Health & Counseling Center, APA Accredited Doctoral Internship
  • M.Ed. in Community Counseling, University of Oklahoma, APA Accredited Program
  • B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, University of Oklahoma

Approach to Clinical Work

I am a warm caring therapist who simply wants to help you get to a place where you are feeling like your best self. I aim to walk alongside you in your journey toward achieving your goals. I hope to create a warm, considerate, safe environment that invites you to come and speak your truth. I look forward to getting to know you and working together toward common goals.

I primarily view therapy from a relational-cultural lens. I believe that relationships and shared connections with others are the cornerstones of developing a healthy sense of self. Instead of focusing on becoming more independent from others, I believe that strong connections with others are the mark of positive well-being. Growth-fostering relationships and connection are thought to be conduits for change.

I also subscribe to the idea that emotions are influenced by biology and cognition. When individuals cannot make sense of their emotional experiences, are unaware of underlying emotions, or when events such as traumas disrupt their ideas about themselves, they can become dysregulated. Change occurs when individuals gain insight about their emotional experiences, learn skills to regulate their emotions, understand adaptive and maladaptive emotions, and can replace maladaptive emotions with adaptive ones.

Personal

I am a Texan who ditched the hot weather for the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I enjoy hiking, playing outside with my dogs, reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with my friends and family.

Brooke Powers, Ph.D., HSP-P

She / They 

Licensed Psychologist

Westminster Office – Accepting Clients in Early March!

Introduction

I am a licensed psychologist focusing on work with trauma, eating disorder and body image recovery, relationship challenges, domestic violence or IPV perpetration or trauma, 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!

 Melissa McCormick, M.A., LPC

She / They

Melissa McCormick, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Denver Office

Introduction

I am a non-binary licensed professional counselor at CTAC. I graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Central Florida in 2013, and have worked at all levels of eating disorder treatment through the years. I also have a special interest in the LGBTQ+ population and extensive experiences with eating disorders, including being on the board of directors for the Central Florida Chapter of International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), as well as the White Picket Foundation.

Education & Training

I have a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. I attend frequent continuing education on eating disorder treatment, trauma therapy, and training on the LGBTQ+ populations.

  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, University of Central Florida, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Central Florida, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association

Approach to Clinical Work

In my approach to clinical work. I operate utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and themes of self compassion and shame resiliency work. 

Personal

I love to paint and I’m a big fan of my two cats, Gizmo and Tangerine. I also love Colorado, and just moved here from Orlando, Florida. I am enjoying exploring the city and the mountains!

Colleen Mann-Buxton, M.A., LPC, ATR-P

She / Her / Hers

Melissa McCormick, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Denver Office

Introduction

I am a licensed professional counselor and art therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders as well as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I provide individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. My lived experience of overcoming my eating disorder inspired me to become a therapist and ultimately informs my clinical work. I wholeheartedly believe that full recovery is possible, which can bring a unique power to the individual, family system, and society-at-large.

Education & Training

I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University. I did my field training at a community crisis stabilization center and local public high school. I have experience treating eating disorders in children & adolescents at the inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization levels of care. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Photographic Illustration with a Psychology concentration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Art Therapy specialization, Lesley University
  • B.F.A. in Professional Photographic Illustration, Psychology concentration, Rochester Institute of Technology 

    Approach to Clinical Work

    I approach therapy through a relational lens informed by attachment theory, though utilize other modalities like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Centering personal values and a self-compassion practice, I work to help my clients reconnect to their own inner compass and move towards what they truly want. I rely on mindfulness to promote a nonjudgmental inquiry into the negative core beliefs that hold us back.

    I am trained in Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) to be able to support the entire family system necessary for eating disorder recovery.

    All of that said, YOU are the expert on YOU, and I aim to be a witness to your process, providing nudges and maybe even some laughs along the way.

    Personal

    I grew up in the Philadelphia area as an avid creative and expressive kid. I’ve also had the opportunity to live in Rochester, NY and Boston, MA, and I am proud to call Colorado home! When I’m not working, I like to hike, work on my own art projects, and get lost in a great book or Netflix series with my 2 cats by my side.

    Ryan Durgin, M.A., LPC

    He / Him / His

    Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

    Licensed Professional Counselor 

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    I am excited to complete the final stage of my Postgraduate Master’s Residency at CTAC as I prepare to seek professional licensure by the end of 2022. I use a collaborative approach to create a safe and empowering environment where individuals can heal and grow. I have experience working with a wide variety of mental health concerns across diverse populations and primarily work with adults individually. My areas of specialty include working with queer and trans folks (LGBTQ+), empowering those healing from trauma, and supporting folks navigating through grief and loss.

    Education & Training

    I received my M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University after completing my B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from American University. My capstone projects for each were related to transgender experiences and identity development as well as clinical approaches to harm reduction in therapy. While completing Postgraduate Master’s Residencies, I have worked under and learned from supervisors who specialize in relationship counseling, cultural humility, and approaching therapeutic work through a social justice and trauma-informed lens.

    • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, Northwestern University, Program Accredited by CACREP
    • B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, American University

    Approach to Clinical Work

    Whatever brings you to therapy, know that healing and joy are possible. I take a holistic approach to well-being – helping to identify where healing is needed, highlighting your strengths, and cultivating a non-judgmental therapeutic environment. I use a combination of techniques (CBT, mindfulness, etc.) to compliment my foundational person-centered, psychodynamic, and a social justice approach. I believe that you are an expert on your own life and experiences, and by approaching the therapeutic process collaboratively while acknowledging larger systemic/environmental/cultural factors, we can work together to find a path to healing and growth.

    Personal

    I grew up outside of Philadelphia and then spent about a decade in the DC/Maryland area prior to moving to Colorado in 2021. I love it here! I enjoy hiking, being near water (without the humidity of the east coast), cooking, baking, playing and writing music, spending time with friends, and watching TV with my two cats.

    Allie Dumas, MSW, LCSW

    She / Her / Hers

    Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

    Denver Office

    Introduction

    Hello! My name is Allie, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have experience working with children & adolescents as well as adults looking to improve their mental health and relationships. I know from personal and professional experience that a comfortable and judgment-free therapeutic relationship is a critical component to healing. I believe that all humans are capable of recovery and I utilize mutual respect, validation, reflection, and even humor to empower my clients in achieving this.

    Education & Training

    I earned my Master of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2020. I completed my internship at Children’s Hospital Colorado working in the Pediatric ICU. I have experience working with children & adolescents with eating disorders at the Inpatient, Residential and Partial Hospitalization levels of care. I also have experience supporting the families of those struggling with eating disorders. I am trained in evidence based treatments for trauma and PTSD. I am trained in Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) techniques.

    • M.S.W. in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • B.S. in Nutrition & Clinical Exercise Science

      Approach to Clinical Work

      When working with me you can expect a therapeutic relationship that is based in mutual respect and safety, one that feels comfortable and flowing. I achieve this through direct communication and approaching each person with curiosity and empathy, as well as the firm belief that every individual possesses strengths.

      During session we will identify unhelpful thoughts and patterns and overcome challenges with the goal of improved relationships with yourself and others. Utilizing methods such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and an emotion-focused approach I will help you in reconnecting with your values and living a life that feels fulfilling. I look forward to working with you!

      Personal

      I grew up in Arizona but have called Colorado home since 2017. My passions outside of my work include music (working on learning piano), playing soccer, making good coffee, spending time outside with my friends and my dog, Indie. I can often be found in coffee shops with my dog and a good book, relaxing in Denver parks, or snowboarding/hiking in the mountains.

      Emma Durham, Psy.D.

      They / Them

      Emili Pickenpaugh

      Postdoctoral Resident- Therapy & Assessment

      Psychologist Candidate

      Director of Testing Services

      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.

      Esther Weiner, Psy.D.

      She / Her / Hers

      Emili Pickenpaugh

      Postdoctoral Resident- Therapy & Assessment

      Psychologist Candidate

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      I am a postdoctoral resident offering individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and assessment services to adolescents, adults, and older adults. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, identity concerns, life transitions, and general mental health issues. I believe every human story is immeasurably valuable, and I am committed to creating a space that honors your story, experiences, and identities in a nonjudgmental, curious, and compassionate way.

      Education & Training

      I earned my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD, and completed my predoctoral internship at Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Wheat Ridge, CO. My research focuses on antiracism and white racial identity, and I am passionate about exploring these areas and their intersecting relationships with other identities and systems.

      • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
      • Doctoral Psychology Internship, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Internship Accredited by the American Psychological Association
      • M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland
      • B.A. in Psychology (Women’s and Gender Studies minor), Towson University

      Approach to Clinical Work

      Therapy can be an incredibly transformative experience, and I consider it a great honor to work alongside individuals throughout that process. When working with me, you can expect to build a relationship that is collaborative, transparent, and tailored to your specific strengths and needs, in order to build a life with increased connection and meaning. I also attend to ensuring that our relationship is safe and trusting, because I believe this is conducive to helping you feel empowered in making choices and being an agent in your own healing process. I often say that anything within the human experience is welcome to be discussed in the therapy room, so I enjoy getting to know those I work with amidst difficulties and stressors as well as aspirations, humor, and fun!

      I incorporate a wide range of therapy approaches, including Interpersonal Processing Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Existential Therapy. I also believe it is important to consider how multicultural and systemic factors shape our lives and incorporate that into all aspects of the therapeutic work. .

      Personal

      I was born and raised in Maryland, but have loved my time in Colorado since moving here! I love learning and trying new hobbies, but find passion in cooking, writing, and hiking/being outdoors.

      Gabrielle Eberstein, Psy.D.

      She / Her / Hers

      Emili Pickenpaugh

      Postdoctoral Resident- Therapy & Assessment

      Psychologist Candidate

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      I am a postdoctoral resident here at Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center. While I have experience with providing individual therapy to a range of adult clients, I am particularly passionate about serving queer and trans clients, women, and those who have experienced trauma and stigma. I utilize active listening, empathy, and empowerment to build a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients in the hope we can work together to relieve distress and achieve their goals.

      Education & Training

      I earned my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, and completed my predoctoral internship at Adler Community Health Services where I provided individual therapy, group therapy, and assessment services to women being released from the Illinois Department of Corrections as well as young adults volunteering in Chicago Public Schools. Prior to this, I worked in a private clinic which specialized in providing therapy services to LGBTQ adults. I have experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, interpersonal and relational issues, identity development, and gender issues.

      • Psy.D. from Adler University, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
      • Predoctoral Internship at Adler Community Health Services, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association

      Approach to Clinical Work

      Humans are inherently social creatures, and because of this, I believe that our early attachments and our relationships greatly impact the way we view ourselves, others, and the world throughout our lifespans. When our interpersonal needs are not met, we can experience a number of issues which leave us feeling distressed. Because the relationships in our lives are so crucial to our wellbeing, my approach is using the dynamics present in the relationship between myself and my clients as a way of exploring the integration of attachment, interpersonal relationships, and self-organization as the motivation for change, with the goal of helping clients getting their needs met and alleviating distress.

      Personal

      I recently relocated to Denver after spending the last five years in Chicago, and I am so excited to explore the beauty of this city! When I’m not working, I enjoy drawing, cooking, watching TV with my dog, and spending time with my family and friends.

      Amy Patinella, Psy.D.

      She / Her / Hers

      Emili Pickenpaugh

      Postdoctoral Resident- Therapy & Assessment

      Psychologist Candidate

      Assistant Director of Training 

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      I am a postdoctoral resident 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 Ph.D. (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.

      Lisa Choo, Psy.D.

      She / Her / Hers

      Emili Pickenpaugh

      Postdoctoral Resident- Therapy & Assessment

      Psychologist Candidate

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      Hello, I am a postdoctoral resident 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., LPCC

      She / Her / Hers

      Jennea Abell, Postgraduate Masters Resident

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      I am a postgraduate resident 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.

      Carlye Kopp, M.Ed., LPCC

      She / Her / Hers

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident

      Denver Office

      Introduction

      Hi there! My name is Carlye Kopp and I am a Postgraduate Master’s Resident offering therapy to adolescents and adults here, at Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center. I have experience working with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, and more. I believe that people of all walks of life can benefit from therapy. In my work with clients, like you, I hold the belief that authenticity, positive regard, and working together can create positive change in the lives of others. My goal is to create a safe and positive space for you to experience healing.

      Education & Training

      I earned my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas. During my Master’s degree, I completed internships at Family Counseling Services, a local nonprofit serving low income clients; the Community Advocacy Project for Students, a Texas Tech organization that provides advocates to at-risk students in the local school district; and Lubbock Independent School District, providing therapy to students, K-12, during their school day. Each of these internships has allowed me the opportunity to provide counseling and advocacy to students and people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

      • M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University
      • B.S. in Community, Family, & Addiction Sciences from Texas Tech University

      Approach to Clinical Work

      I take an eclectic approach to therapy, meaning that I use a variety of theories and techniques in order to meet the individual needs of the client. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Feminist, and Existential viewpoints as a core to treatment. Although, I consider myself a student in life and am always striving to learn more from my coworkers and my clients to provide the best care possible.

      I believe that each client has an individualized lens of the world, based on their past and present experiences. With this being said, I work to understand the identities, experiences, and beliefs that each client holds. Together, we can work to process these viewpoints so that you can learn to live a more whole and happy life.

      Personal

      I am a born and raised Texan and grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I spent the last seven years in West Texas receiving my education from Texas Tech University. I recently moved to Colorado, for a change of scenery and to complete my licensure requirements. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Denver area, local nature sites, and restaurants! I love good food, spending time with my pets, reading, and binge watching crime shows!

      Brennalynn Flaherty, MSW, LSW

      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 adults and teens. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, life changes, trauma, and attachment injuries. I am passionate about supporting anyone who is struggling with mental health hardships, experiencing life changes, and helping those find their self-esteem and value. I believe that there is healing within the therapeutic relationship, and strive to provide a non-judgemental and client-centered environment for all clients.

      Education & Training

      I earned my Master of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado in 2022. Throughout my graduate degree journey, I gained clinical experience working with diverse populations as a behavioral mental health intern at a medical clinic, and as an intern therapist at Naropa Community Counseling Center. My academic experience as a social worker has refined my skills in both case management and advocacy within oppressive systems. I am certified in Level-1 Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, and is trained in several modalities such as CBT, Mindfulness, Somatic, and EFT. I believe strongly in remaining trauma-informed throughout my practice.

      • MSW in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver
      • B.S. in Music Performance from University of Colorado at Denver

      Approach to Clinical Work

      My approach to clinical work greatly changes in regards to what each client needs. I use attachment theory, feminist theory, CBT, solutions-focused therapy, and somatic therapy all while using a trauma-informed approach. I firmly believe in the practice of meeting my clients where they are. I understand that we are all diverse and unique when it comes to the care we deserve. Because of this, I dedicate my time and career to frequent training and learning opportunities in the ever-growing field of mental health with the intention to enhance and refine the therapy I provide for clients.

      Personal

      I was born in Colorado and have lived here ever-since. I received my B.S. in Music Performance from UC Denver in 2019, and still engage in my passion for playing guitar, piano, and singing. I enjoy spending quality time with my son and learning new skills like home repair and interior design.

      Rebekah Paster, MSW, LSW

      She / Her / Hers

      Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

      Postgraduate Master’s Resident

      Denver 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 eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and identity exploration. I am a firm believer in people’s capacity to heal and grow, and I aim to provide a safe, affirming, and empowering space for that healing and growth to happen.

      Education & Training

      I earned my Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University in in 2021. I have worked in eating disorder treatment centers at the inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, IOP, and outpatient levels of care, with specialized training in the treatment of severe and enduring eating disorders. In addition to my clinical training in eating disorders, I completed a two-year fellowship program during my graduate degree that aims to improve culturally competent care for Jewish-identifying clients.

      • M.S.W in Social Work from Columbia University
      • B.A. in International Relations from University of Rochester

        Approach to Clinical Work

        I approach my work from a Health at Every Size (HAES), anti-diet, and social justice-oriented lens. I often incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Positive Psychology during sessions. In addition, I am a firm believer that humor and playfulness can play an immense role in a person’s healing. My clients are, and always will be, the experts on their own lives. I aim to empower them to set and achieve goals that will improve their overall wellbeing, while consistently supporting my clients and offering them tools to build the lives that they want to lead.

        Personal

        I was born and raised in northern New Jersey. After college, I spent a few years living in NYC before moving out to Colorado. When I’m not at work, I enjoy skiing, hiking, cooking, and hanging out with my cat.

        Kelsey Motley, B.A.

        She / Her / Hers

        Carlye Kopp, MEd, LPCC

        Postgraduate Master’s Resident

        Denver Office

        Introduction

        I am heterosexual unlicensed professional counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, self harm and suicide ideation. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. My lived experience led me to admitting myself to Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center. Here I learned I wanted to use my lived experience and recovery to show others recovery, healing and joy are possible.

        Education & Training

        I have a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio and currently in a Masters Program of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Colorado Christian University. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Sound therapist, Certified in Mindfulness, Register Behavioral Therapist, and a Crisis Text Line Volunteer.

        • B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Development from The University of Texas at San Antonio

          Approach to Clinical Work

          People come to therapy for many different types of healing and recovery. I know from my own experience how hard recovery and healing can be. I like utilizing the holistic approach to well being, I focus on healing of the individuals mind, body, and spirit with utilizing the techniques of, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal, Mindfulness based interventions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Movement Therapy, Sound Therapy, Yoga Therapy, and Breath work. I believe that my clients know themselves best and building rapport, knowing their values, and beliefs we can create a wonderful healing journey together.

          Personal

          I grew up in Houston,Texas and then spent 8 years in San Antonio, Texas prior to moving to Denver, Colorado in 2020. Colorado has always been my dream state as I am an adventure seeker. I live here with my 2 dogs and cat. We love going into the mountains in our Sprinter Van that I made into a camper. In the mountains we like to camp, snowboard, hike, snowshoe, dirt bike, mountain bike, slack-line, high-line, climb, and one-wheel.

          Veronica Scherbak, M.S.

          She / Her / Hers

          Veronica Scherbak

          Therapy Extern

          Denver Office

          Introduction

          I am a therapy extern offering individual, couples, and family psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. I specialize in working with interpersonal and relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, and identity development. My goal is to provide my clients with a safe and supportive space where they can explore and process their experiences.

          Education & Training

          I am currently a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Colorado State University (CSU). I completed my master’s in counseling psychology at CSU. I have experience working with a wide range of individuals both in a university counseling center and community mental health setting.

          • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University
          • B.S. in Psychology, University of Colorado, Denver 

          Approach to Clinical Work

          I approach therapy from primarily an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework, but I also integrate aspects of Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT) into my work, depending on my client’s needs.

          In therapy I help my clients explore their past and present experiences, as well as their cognitive processes and values. I encourage my clients to reconnect with their authentic emotional experiences and to engage in behaviors that are based on their personal goals and needs. I believe that living a value-driven life can lead to lasting change, growth and fulfillment. Additionally, I approach therapy from a feminist and multicultural perspective, and I believe that each client is a unique individual with their own story to tell.

          Personal

          I was born in California to immigrant parents from Ukraine and grew up in Colorado. Other than therapy I am passionate about dance, and take and teach lyrical, jazz, and contemporary dance classes. I also enjoy reading, cooking, playing video games, spending time with my family and friends, and taking care of my hedgehog.

          Conner Goode, B.S. 

          She / Her / Hers

          Veronica Scherbak

          Therapy Extern

          Denver Office

          Introduction

          Hello! My name is Conner Goode and I am a Therapy Extern offering individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. During my therapeutic experience, I have worked with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, adjustment struggles, relationship concerns, trauma, and more. I aim to provide a safe, inclusive space for my clients to help them process difficult emotions while engaging in psychoeducation to further their understanding of how to help themselves. I believe in collaborative work within the therapy space to allow for a strong therapeutic alliance fostered upon trust, vulnerability, and growth.

          Education & Training

          I am currently a second-year doctoral student in the PsyD of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Denver. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminology from the Ohio State University in 2021. My clinical work has included involvement in community mental health services, specifically with children and families. I have also conducted individual therapy with adults through community mental health services at the University of Denver. 

          • B.S. in Psychology and Criminology, Ohio State University

          Approach to Clinical Work

          Within therapy, I aim to use a variety of different therapeutic approaches to cater to my client’s individual specific needs. I often tend to utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Therapy, and Existential Therapy the most, but always remain person-centered. I also emphasize intersectionality and the several identities my clients hold, therefore leading to an emphasis on social justice issues that have a way of impacting our lives.

          I believe in meeting people where they are and using that as a starting point to foster growth and healing through a collaborative approach. Therapy can sometimes be difficult, especially when processing past events and current circumstances. I am there to be a nonjudgmental, empathetic presence that can aid in guiding towards a more adaptable way of life. Overall, my goal within therapy is to help my clients conduct their own change in their lives and thus promote a sense of long-lasting self-esteem in their abilities to produce change.

          Personal

          I am originally from Dayton, Ohio, and have only lived in Colorado for a year, but am loving every minute of it! My passions include my dog (a boxer named Rhea), soccer (Go Chelsea!), painting, listening to true crime podcasts, and going to the movies. When not in school or at work, you can find me coaching my two youth soccer teams!

          Annalise Floody, B.S. 

          She / Her / Hers

          Veronica Scherbak

          Therapy Extern

          Denver Office

          Introduction

          Hi! I am a current therapy extern offering individual psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, children, and couples. I work well with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, along with interpersonal relationship concerns, and the unexpected challenges that may arise in life such as grief, stress, and loss. My goal is to provide clients with a safe and supportive environment through the skills of empathic listening and unconditional positive regard. I aim to help clients understand themselves better through a collaborative process of self-exploration and psychoeducation.

          Education & Training

          I have earned my Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW) double majoring in Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology. I graduated from the AmeriCorps program in 2021 working for City Year Chicago as a Student Success Coach. I am a current doctoral student studying for my Psy.D. at the University of Denver, and have both therapy and assessment experience through my clinical training. It is important to me that my clients feel respected and cared for within a safe environment to explore and process challenges that may affect their relationships within themselves and with others.

          • B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

          Approach to Clinical Work

          I find my therapeutic roots in psychodynamic, integrative, and humanistic theories. In therapy, I help my clients explore their past and present experiences, encouraging them to explore patterns of their behavior and what internal processes may be contributing to maladaptive coping strategies. I believe that each person is unique, with their own individual story to tell, and I aim to work through a multicultural perspective that allows clients to gain insight and improve their overall well-being based on their specific needs.

          Personal

          I was born in Rockford, Illinois and raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I attended college in Wisconsin before living in Chicago for a year, and now am a full-time resident in the beautiful state of Colorado! Other than therapy, I am passionate about running, skiing, and traveling all over. I also enjoy fostering dogs, watching thriller movies, and spending quality time with family and friends.

          Christen Misra, B.A.

          She / Her / Hers

          Veronica Scherbak

          Assessment Extern

          Westminster Office

          Introduction

          I am fifth 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.

          Kasia Severaid, B.A.

          She / Her / Hers

          Veronica Scherbak

          Assessment Extern

          Denver Office

          Introduction

          I am a fourth year doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Denver. At CTAC, I am involved in assessments with adults. I have experience working with clients with a wide range of mental health needs, including individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. Throughout my training, I developed a passion for working with children and adolescents, as well as an interest in conducting assessments.

          Education & Training

          I am currently a PsyD candidate at the University of Denver. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Berkeley with majors in International Economic Relations and Fine Art, and I did my Clinical Psychology post-baccalaureate at Northwestern University. Prior to CTAC, I completed training at the Denver County Jail, local emergency departments, and the University of Denver Professional Psychology Clinic, as well as in private practices. I also spent three years involved in research into early detection of psychosis-spectrum disorders.

          • B.A. in International Economic Relations and Fine Art, University of California at Berkeley

          Approach to Clinical Work

          I generally utilize a combination of psychodynamic theory and behavioral interventions, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In testing and in therapy, I focus on developing a strong therapeutic alliance that facilitates a cooperative and egalitarian approach to working together. From there, my approach is pragmatic and unique to each client’s needs.

          Personal

          I was born in Gdansk, Poland and moved to the U.S. when I was 10. Since then, I have lived all over California, and in Chicago, Illinois. Graduate school brought me here to Denver and I’m enjoying being by the mountains again. I am an abstract painter and avid nature walker, and I love traveling and finding new restaurants and cafes to enjoy.

          Olivia Chrisco, B.S.

          She / Her / Hers

          Caiti Grant

          Administrative Manager of Executive Programs

          Westminster Office

          Introduction

          Hi there! I am the Administrative Manager, Executive Programs for Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center, and am based out of the Westminster location. My goal at CTAC is to help the clinicians and staff by taking administrative tasks off of their hands so they are able to better assist their clients. My role involves human resources (HR), supporting hiring and recruitment efforts, collaborating with the Director of Culture, and liaising with the CEO about business strategy. Like everyone else at CTAC, I strive to create an open and safe space for everyone to feel welcomed!

          Education & Training

          I received a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration with a concentration in Experience Industry Management from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

          Personal

          I am originally from California and now a new resident of Colorado, and I absolutely love it here! I love skiing, hiking, and being near the mountains. During my free time, I am planting plants, playing games with family and friends, and hanging out with my two cats, Louie and Tito.

          Lauren Gray, B.A.

          She / Her / Hers

          Caiti Grant

          Administrative Manager of Clinical Programs

          Denver Office

          Introduction

          Hi, I’m Lauren and I am the Administrative Manager of Clinical Programs at CTAC! I do all the behind the scenes stuff for our clinical programs and manage our Denver office. Paperwork truly is fun for me, and I’m grateful to do it for this amazing place!

          Education & Training

          I attended the University of Denver where I received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology. I have 7 years experience working in the disability field, primarily as a behavioral therapist for kids and adults with autism. After leaving the disability field, I worked as an office manager for a startup. My love of psychology, helping people, paperwork, and office management brought me to where I am today at CTAC!

          Personal

          I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where I developed a love for hiking, kayaking, skiing and taking care of people. I moved to Denver for college and realized I could do all that here, with the bonus of sunshine! I love to bake desserts, go on walks, explore new coffee shops, workout and listen to music. In 2022 I raised and trained a black lab puppy for Freedom Service Dogs, one of the coolest experiences ever!

          Megan Fessler, B.S. 

          She / Her / Hers

          Caiti Grant

          Client Care Coordinator

          Westminster Office

          Introduction

          Hello! I am one of the Client Care Coordinators here to help you get started on your therapy or assessment journey. I will be your first point of contact here at CTAC! Mental health and organization are two of my biggest passions in life, leading me to this dream job. My goal is to provide you with a comfortable, safe, and open space from our very first interaction. You’ve taken the first step, let me help you the rest of the way!

          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 so excited to match you up with our professionals and provide you the tools you need on your journey!

          Personal

          I grew up in a military family but have been located in Fort Collins for over 15 years and am excited to be relocating to Westminster in the near future! 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!

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