Meet Our Team

Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center Team

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Janean Anderson Ph.D.

Janean Anderson Ph.D.

CEDS-S Founder & Director

Lauren Millard Ph.D.

Lauren Millard Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Brienne Brown Ph.D.

Brienne Brown Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Bert Pace Psy.D.

Bert Pace Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Kiersten Eberle Medina Ph.D.

Kiersten Eberle Medina Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Megan Martinez Ph.D.

Megan Martinez Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Chris Gioielli Psy.D.

Chris Gioielli Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Margaret Piper Ph.D.

Margaret Piper Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Alana Liskov Ph.D.

Alana Liskov Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Resident

Janean Anderson, Ph.D., CEDS-S

She / Her/ Hers

Founder & Director

Licensed Psychologist

Certified Eating Disorders Specialist & Supervisor

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 Therapy

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

Coordinator of Group Services

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 Therapy

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 Colorado native 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

Company Cohesion Coordinator

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 Therapy

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. 

Bert Pace, Psy.D.

He / Him / His

Licensed Psychologist

Coordinator of Testing Services

Introduction

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of chronic depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, and general mental health issues. I know first-hand that starting therapy can be intimidating and that finding a therapist who you feel comfortable with is essential. I work hard to offer a warm and therapeutic environment that is built on offering compassion and understanding to those I work with.

Education & Training

I received my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Throughout my training, I worked in a variety of settings including community mental health clinics, university clinics, schools, and hospitals. I completed my predoctoral internship at Biola Counseling Center in Los Angeles, California.

  • Licensed Psychologist in Colorado
  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, George Fox University, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Doctoral Psychology Internship, Biola Counseling Center, APA Accredited Doctoral Internship
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, George Fox University, APA Accredited Program
  • B.S. in Psychology, Colorado State University

Approach to Therapy

My approach to therapy is psychodynamic. This means that I believe the root of most people’s struggles to be their early relationships and experiences. I find that these relationships and experiences have a profound impact on the ways in which people think and behave, the range and the type of emotions they feel, and the patterns of relationships they form. In therapy I work to help grow a deeper understanding of how they have gotten where they are, while focusing on tangible ways they can make changes.

Although my primary clinical orientation is psychodynamic, I am trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques. I work to integrate varying treatment approaches as needed, in order to best meet the needs of those I work with.

Therapy can be both incredibly relieving and challenging, often at the same time. Because therapy is not always easy, I work hard to provide a supportive environment to each and every person I work with.

Personal

Following my training in Oregon and California, I am happy to be back in my home state of Colorado. Having grown up in Colorado, I love the outdoors. In my free time I enjoy walks/hikes with my family, fishing, woodworking, and playing lacrosse.

Kiersten Eberle Medina, Ph.D.

She / Her / Hers

Licensed Psychologist

Introduction

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse, interpersonal trauma, relationship struggles, and identity development, as well as anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. I believe strong therapeutic relationships are built on trust, compassion, genuineness, and laughter. I provide individual therapy to adults and adolescents, as well as couples counseling.

Education & Training

I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO and completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame’s Counseling Center.

  • Licensed Psychologist in Colorado
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington State University, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Northern Colorado, APA Accredited Program 
  • Predoctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at University of Notre Dame, APA Accredited Program
  • B.A. in Sociology from Chapman University

Approach to Therapy

I work primarily from an interpersonal process lens and acknowledge the importance of culture, identity, and power as it influences our relationships and who we are. I believe our past experiences, both good and bad, shape how we move through and relate to the world. And while change can be difficult and even scary, everyone deserves the opportunity and space to become who they want to be.

As your therapist, my goal is to help you find new ways to relate to the world and to enable you to embrace your experiences more fully and bravely. I hope to do this by creating a safe, open, and collaborative environment where you can experiment with new ways of relating to yourself and others. I bring in skills from therapies, such as ACT and DBT, to help you find your strengths and develop your resources.

When working with couples, I use a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help couples find new ways to relate to each other and communicate their needs and wants in the relationship. As a therapist, I also want to create an open and safe environment for couples across the gender and sexuality spectra.

Personal

I was raised primarily in California and Ohio, but I’ve lived in Colorado, Indiana, and Washington since beginning my graduate training. I am extremely happy to be back in Colorado with the mountains that I love. When I’m not curled up with a good book, I’m out traveling, hiking, camping, and taking photographs of my adventures. 

Christopher Gioielli, Psy.D.

He / Him / His

Postdoctoral Resident

Introduction

I am a postdoctoral resident offering individual psychotherapy to adults, couples therapy, and psychological assessment to adults and adolescents. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as relational conflict, issues in spirituality, and general mental health concerns. I believe psychotherapy is a sacred process that can look underneath the surface and explore deeply-rooted issues to help create long-lasting and significant change. My goal is to collaborate with you to help understand why you are hurting and help equip you to develop new ways of relating to yourself and others in order to find the relief and healing you want. I work hard to gain your trust and partner with you to co-create a journey toward healing.

Education & Training

I completed my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. I completed my predoctoral internship at SUNY Stony Brook Counseling and Psychological Services in Stony Brook, New York. I am currently in Core Training for Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) through the ISTDP Institute.

  • Postdoctoral Resident, Colorado Therapy and Assessment Center
  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Doctoral Psychology Internship, SUNY Stony Brook Counseling and Psychological Services, APA Accredited Doctoral Internship
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, APA Accredited Program
  • M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Institute for Spiritual Formation, Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A. in Biblical Theology, Moody Bible Institute

Approach to Therapy

I take a relational and psychodynamic approach to therapy, focusing on how emotional and relational experiences contribute to past and present suffering. My goal is to build a collaborative relationship with you to help understand why you are hurting and help equip you to develop new ways of relating to yourself and others in order to find the relief and healing you want.

I believe each individual is incredibly unique, diverse, and worthy of respect. This view causes me to see psychotherapy as a sacred process that can look underneath the surface and explore deeply-rooted issues to help create long-lasting and significant change. My hope is to partner with you to help you understand yourself, deepen your relationships with others, and foster your healing journey.

Personal

After growing up on the east coast and completing my education on the west coast, I am happy to plant roots in beautiful Colorado. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor adventures with my family, cooking, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Megan Martinez, Ph.D.

She / Her / Hers

Postdoctoral Resident

Introduction

I recently completed my doctoral training and I am pursuing licensure as a psychologist. I offer individual counseling services as well as services for couples and families. I have experience working with a wide array of mental health concerns including eating disorders, depression, interpersonal conflict, OCD, and trauma. I am passionate about providing a safe environment for those I work with and, through a strong therapeutic relationship, providing space for healing to occur. I believe in meeting clients where they are in their journey toward growth and walking alongside them to reach their goals.

Education & Training

I completed my PhD in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. I have worked at a variety of university counseling centers and completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Puget Sound’s Counseling Health and Wellness Services in Tacoma, WA.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, APA Accredited
  • Predoctoral Internship, Puget Sound’s Counseling Health and Wellness Services, APA Accredited Internship
  • B.A. in Psychology and English, Kalamazoo College

Approach to Therapy

I approach therapy with an interpersonal lens, though I also integrate other approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. I also integrate a strength-based approach, helping people to not only address their problems but also uncover and utilize their strengths. I believe that growth and change occur within a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship. Thus, fostering the therapeutic relationship is paramount.

I believe that a holistic perspective in therapy is essential, and thus better understanding one’s context, background, and identities can be an important part of the therapeutic process. As a multiculturally competent therapist, I aim to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all clients regardless of their backgrounds and identities.

Personal

I am a Colorado native and have spent the majority of my life in Colorado. I love the mountains and I am an avid hiker and backpacker. I hope to eventually complete the Colorado Trail and most of the 14,000ft peaks in Colorado. I also love good food, soccer, traveling, and playing card games with my family and friends.

Margaret Piper, Ph.D.

She / Her / Hers

Postdoctoral Resident

Introduction

I am a postdoctoral resident specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, as well as life transitions, identity development, and general mental health concerns. I believe showing up to do therapy work is courageous and requires a deep level of vulnerability, which can undoubtedly be challenging. I strive to lean into the work with my clients with compassion while creating a safe and comfortable environment. Being authentic in our therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance to me and I work to meet my clients where they are at as we navigate concerns and work toward goals collaboratively.

Education & Training

I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. During my doctoral program, I also completed my MA in Psychology at Texas Tech. During my program, I served diverse populations at various sites including the Texas Tech Student Counseling Center, a private practice, hospitals, and a community mental health service providing psychological testing services.

I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services, where I served the CU Boulder student population working on the Eating Disorder Team, providing individual and group therapy (DBT, eating disorder/body image), as well as served as a Behavioral Health provider at the Wardenburg Medical Center. As part of my training, I completed my dissertation, The Presence of Negative Stereotypes Toward Student-Athletes Amongst University Faculty Based on Race and Gender. As a former student-athlete, I have found working with individuals on athletic identity and athletic identity loss to be especially meaningful.

  • Postdoctoral Resident, Colorado Therapy and Assessment Center
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University, APA Accredited Program
  • Doctoral Psychology Internship, the University of Colorado at Boulder Counseling and Psychiatric Services
  • M.A. in Psychology, Texas Tech University, APA Accredited Program
  • B.A. in Psychology, Texas Tech University

Approach to Therapy

To me, the most important component of therapy is having a strong foundation within the therapeutic relationship. With that foundation, I believe change is possible. My therapy style using an integrated approach based strongly on ACT, CBT, and interpersonal approaches. I believe building self-awareness of one’s emotional experiences, thought processes, and behavioral patterns can help clients work toward achieving goals and ultimately a fulfilling and meaningful life where one’s values feel attended to.

As we engage in process-oriented work I also assist my clients in building skills and tools they can use to help address presenting concerns whether by building effective communication skills, distress tolerance skills, or engaging in self-compassionate thoughts and behaviors. Ultimately I strive to allow our strong therapeutic relationship to foster a collaborative change process.

Personal

I grew up in Miami, FL before moving to Texas to play collegiate soccer for Texas Tech where I completed my undergraduate and graduate school programs. My fiancé, our pups, and I are very grateful to call Colorado home, as we enjoy traveling and everything outdoors from camping and climbing to hiking and skiing. When not outdoors I love cooking, watching sports, some downtime reading, and most importantly spending time with loved ones.

Alana Liskov, Ph.D.

She / Her / Hers

Postdoctoral Resident

Introduction

I am a postdoctoral resident specializing in the treatment of complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and general mental health concerns. I am also passionate about working with underserved populations, the Latinx community, and other communities of color. I aim to provide a supportive therapeutic environment where I work with clients to listen to their concerns, and collaborate on goals for how they can create meaningful change in their lives.

Education & Training

I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and completed my predoctoral internship at a youth correctional facility, Lincoln Hills School, in Wisconsin. I completed my M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. I have worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, and corrections..

  • Postdoctoral Resident, Colorado Therapy and Assessment Center
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Denver, APA Accredited Program
  • Predoctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at Lincoln Hills School, APA Accredited Program
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology from University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Approach to Therapy

The therapeutic process is different for everyone. For those who are just beginning, or for anyone, I am happy to answer any questions about the overall process and different types of therapy. My personal therapy style is eclectic/integrative. I primarily enjoy pulling from systems frameworks, strength-based approaches, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also encourage sessions to be more than talk therapy if a client has a creative or artistic side. I welcome integrating art, music, writing, poetry, etc. if a client finds this helpful and relevant to their goals.

While therapy can be undoubtedly difficulty and even painful at times, I believe in balancing this with humor and lighter moments, or practicing calming techniques, such as mindfulness/meditation exercises during sessions, if a client feels they may benefit. I believe in creating a positive, caring, and collaborative relationship with clients, in order to help get them to where they want to be.

Personal

I have been living in Denver for a little over a decade. I grew up on the east coast, and lived in Bolivia/Peru for 3 years, prior to moving here. I am fluent in written and spoken Spanish. I love dancing and my Zumba classes. I enjoy hiking and backpacking and have bagged several of the easier 14ers. I also have an adventure kitty named Kira who goes for walks and is on Instagram. She earns her keep by getting free food, so naturally, I’m very proud of her. 

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