Our Therapists – Heart Centered Counseling

Meet our Therapists

Heart-Centered Counselors

Michelle Abernatha

Michelle Abernatha

Licensed Professional Counselor (MS, LPC, NCC)
I believe that it’s not always easy navigating through life. As your therapist, it’s my goal to walk with you along the challenging roads and paths, supporting you and your family. While walking with you I will provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and caring environment. I will provide a place you can come as your authentic self. If your authentic self has not yet been fully experienced, I am here to support you on this incredible journey. Working with me you will find a place where you and/or your child can come share, and explore your unique experiences, needs, thoughts, feelings, hopes for the future. I believe everyone has the innate tools within them waiting to be discovered. I am here to support and empower you, your child and your family.

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CARL R NASSAR

Carl R Nassar

Director and Licensed Psychotherapist (LPC, NCC, CIP)
Carl has both a passion for his work and the professional competence to do it very well. When you meet Carl, what you’ll first experience is a kind, compassionate person who’ll put you at ease with his care.

As you begin your work with him, it’ll quickly become evident that he’s an exceedingly well-trained counselor (with over 8 years of post-graduate training) and a highly experienced one (with over 17 years of clinical experience)…

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Tammy Boyer

Tammy Boyer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
When you meet Tammy, you’ll discover you have an advocate — and an ally — who works with you to get you relief from your struggles. She’ll offer you that relief in a supportive and nurturing environment, approaching you with the respect and compassion you deserve.Tammy is just the sort of caring, empowering counselor you’d been hoping for.

Tammy’s skill set extends beyond individual counseling. If you’re bringing in your son or daughter, you’ll be impressed…

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Kirsten Kloock

Kirsten Kloock

Licensed Psychologist (Psy.D.)
Dr. Kirsten Kloock, Licensed Psychologist, provides a warm, collaborative environment where she helps all her clients reclaim their well-being and their smile. Kirsten is experienced working with adolescents, their families, individuals of all ages, and couples. Kirsten balances her clinical experience with her sense of play and fun, as she guides her clients on the journey toward recovery. Kirsten describes her passion in life as helping people and relationships grow and thrive.

Kirsten is also experienced in psychological…

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Christine Bettridge

Christine Bettridge

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
When you first meet Christine, you’ll be touched by her compassion and inspired by her belief in you. In a safe, encouraging environment, Christine will assist you in reclaiming well-being within yourself and in all your relationships.

With over seventeen years experience in private practice, Christine brings more than just a variety of therapeutic approaches — she brings with her an ability to be deeply present, and a knack for guiding you seamlessly in your journey to wholeness. You’ll …

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Cindy Wells

Cindy Wells

Licensed Professional Counselor (MS, LPC)
When you meet Cindy, you’ll experience a warm, welcoming person. You’ll feel her passion for her work as a therapist, and feel at ease as you build a relationship together. You’ll experience a highly experienced counselor who will put her compassion and training to work for and with you.

Whether working with teenagers by teaching healthy coping skills to overcome an eating disorder; or helping young adults transition into careers, committed relationships, and financial responsibilities; or partnering with older adults …

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Kathryn Price

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
When you meet Kathryn Price, you’ll feel her genuine interest and caring approach. These stem from her long history (23 years) of helping clients meet their goals and heal their pain.

Kathryn has recently returned home to Colorado after many years of honing her skills and knowledge in Alaska. She is committed to and passionate about her work with children, adults, and families, and will gently and skillfully guide you on your path of healing from trauma, anxiety, loss, and depression…

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Rachael Coffren

Rachael Coffren

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC, ATR)
Rachael believes that you possess the strength to heal your life and experience well-being. With Rachael as your guide, you’ll discover your inner resources, find hidden strengths, and unlock your unique creativity – and, at the end of it all, you’ll reclaim your authentic voice and your best life.

Rachael supports you in expressing yourself fully – through thoughts and feelings – and finding your core self. Rachael incorporates a wide range of techniques, thoughtfully selecting the right mix for each client – ranging from solution-focused…

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Doug Wenger

Doug Wenger

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW,LCSW)
Doug approaches his life, his clients, and his work in a kind, caring and easy going manner. Doug listens mindfully to his clients and meets them where they are at — taking the journey with them to get to the places they want to be. Along the way, he incorporates humor, and is flexible with his style and approach to ensure his clients’ needs are being met. Doug view’s his work with his clients as a collaboration of efforts and expertise, together finding ways to meet needs and attune to feelings. Throughout their time together, Doug is always building positive relationships…

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Halldis Kelly

Halldis Kelly

Licensed Professional Counselor (Ph.D., LPC)
“Finding a therapist who feels right for you can be frustrating and time consuming,” Halldis says. “You want someone who listens, and has experience dealing with the issues you want to work on.” Halldis’s clients describe her as skilled, relatable, non-judgmental and down to earth. “I also try to tailor my approach to the individual and welcome feedback that helps me do so.”

“I believe people who come to therapy are insightful and caring-at-heart,” Halldis says, “but we all experience significant life events…

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Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr

Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D.)
Thomas Barr, Ph. D., is a licensed psychologist who blends kindness, humor, and thirty years of experience. Tom helps you quickly get the relief you long for, and supports you in building the life you’ve always wanted.

Tom has experience as a psychologist, mental health counselor, and marriage and family therapist. His over 30 years have enabled him to develop many strengths and specialties:

Tom has expertise in general psychology…

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Sharon Cleveland

Sharon Cleveland

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
Sharon is a very easy therapist to talk to. She has warmth, compassion, and understanding. And you’ll quickly feel her commitment toward your healing and growth. Sharon believes you possess the potential to transform and blossom – all you need is the right environment and the right support. Sharon is confident you’ll find this with her — that as a team, you and she will help you gain the insight and the courage to make lasting change and progress.

When appropriate, Sharon might incorporate…

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Adrian Oxton

Adrian Oxton

Professional Counselor (MA, NCC, LPC, LAC)
Adrian is a kind and compassionate counselor. He creates a warm and safe atmosphere that will help you feel more comfortable discussing issues that can be difficult to discuss with others. Adrian prides himself on being a non-judgmental therapist who has unconditional acceptance for his clients.

Adrian has many years of experience helping client’s work through any difficulties they may have. Meeting with Adrian will help you learn more about yourself and grow in healthy…

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Abbie Conner

Abbie Conner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)
From the moment you meet Abbie, you’ll feel her warmth and genuine concern for your well-being. You’ll feel heard and validated, and you’ll experience Abbie’s empathy, patience and kindness.

With Abbie, you’ll quickly feel put at ease, and build trust and confidence as you start to work together. You’ll build a healthy therapeutic relationship, one that will empower you to quickly get to the root of your whatever’s troubling you. Abbie has a great deal of experience working…

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Laura Reid

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)
Laura strongly believes that you have wonderful, amazing strengths inside, and wants to help you discover and live these strengths. When you first meet Laura, you’ll notice her bright and friendly demeanor. You’ll immediately feel comfortable sharing your stories with her, as she walks alongside you with sensitivity and humor.

Laura loves working with all populations, and finds each person to be a gift. Laura works with kids of all ages, adults, couples, and families, and is particularly experienced working …

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Eva M. Ward

Eva M. Ward

Licensed Professional Counselor (MS, LPC)
Life brings unique challenges to each of us. Eva understands that it’s not easy to adjust, face, and heal from the changes and losses in our lives.

With Eva, you’ll find yourself in caring and experienced hands: Eva has been licensed in four states, working as a psychotherapist since 1998. She’ll put her near-20 years of experience to work for you, supporting your ability to heal and move forward in the directions you choose. No matter where you are in your journey, Eva wants to come along side you and provide insight…

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Katie Monnig

Katie Monnig

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, NCC, LPC)
Katie brings a warm, calming presence to her work with clients. You will experience a compassionate therapist who listens to your story with great care, while helping you discover healing and new insights.

Katie knows that seeking support takes both strength and courage, but she believes in how brave and resilient you are. Katie will help you build upon the strengths you already have to empower you through your healing journey, helping you get to your best life. Katie views…

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Laurel

Laurel Carter

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
Laurel exudes her own special brand of kindness: When you first meet her, you’ll feel safe and cared for. From that safe place, Laurel will use her years of clinical experience to support you in reclaiming a healthy, balanced life.

Laurel has expertise working with concerns such as feelings of depression, suicidal idealization, trauma, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, growth and development, spiritual support, and a love of self. as she aims to help you discover your innate ability to…

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Lauren Stanley

Lauren Stanley

Licensed Clinical Social Worker ( LCSW )
Lauren is passionate about helping you build a meaningful life. She believes you are deeply courageous for reaching out for help. When you meet with Lauren, you’ll feel welcome, safe, and reassured. You’ll find yourself able to begin exploring the issues that brought you to therapy, both easily and comfortably.

Lauren believes that you and your struggles are unique and, with that in mind, she’ll create a thoughtful, individualized approach to support you in constructing your best life. Lauren has experience….

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Melissa Stiller

Melissa Stevens

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
My name is Melissa and I’m a calm, gentle and soft-spoken person. I was recently described as: “Calm and collected, serene, an excellent listener, non-judgmental, open, kind, thoughtful, accepting, welcoming and heartfelt.”

When you meet me for the first time, you’ll sense a compassionate and non-judgmental atmosphere. Then, together, we can create a safe space for you to set down your burdens, invite your emotions for a cup of tea and conversation, and begin exploring all of the possibilities and…

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Monica Bland

Monica Bland

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Monica’s warm, accepting personality will quickly put you at ease. Because Monica believes in an individual approach, she will integrate just the right variety of therapeutic modalities that best fit your needs. Working together, you’ll heal and grow through this tailored therapeutic process.

In a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere, you’ll feel comfortable as you move toward accomplishing your own personal goals, all the while guided by the expertise of a professional with over 20 years of …

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Allison Woods

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
As you get to know Allison and work with her, you will know that she is there for you. You’ll know this through her ability to be deeply present with you, her curiosity about you, her genuine way of talking with you, and through time: the clarity you develop together about how you’re proceeding in your life and where you want to go.

You’ll experience kindness and gentle honesty – because you deserve it and because a part of therapy can be learning how to treat yourself with more patience and compassion…

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Jim Lutz

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
Jim understands that therapy can be daunting and that is why he offers a unique therapeutic experience that is warm, inviting and peppered with his gentle sense of humor, as well as tailored to the individual needs and experiences of each client he sees.

Jim’s therapy style is relaxed and empathetic. Having worked with substance abuse disorders and severe and persistent mental illness, he understands how to handle the needs of those in high crisis situations…

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Mary Jane Brown

Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor (LPC, LAC)
Life presents each of us with challenging events and unique struggles from time to time. Sometimes, in that process, we lose sight of the amazing qualities we have and forget the beautiful talents we possess. Please come join me, Mary Jane, and process life’s hardships with a genuine, knowledgable, and approachable voice: I’ll help you move through your challenges and back to feeling at peace and successful again.

Mary Jane comes with over 10 years of experience in the field….

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Sarah Breseke

Licensed Professional Counselor (Ph.D., LPC)
When you meet with Sarah, you’ll feel accepted and respected as an individual. She believes that dealing with difficult emotions and stressful situations is a challenging part of life, and that all individuals can gain the resources needed to overcome these struggles. She also believes that a trusting relationship with a therapist can be the foundation for both understanding and transforming these difficulties.

Sarah has worked for fifteen years as a psychotherapist with individuals, groups and families….

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Shane LeMaster

Licensed Addictions Counselor (M.A., LAC, CC-AASP)
Clients describe Shane as an out-of-the-box clinician that is easy to get along with, knowledgeable on a variety of topics, credible with lived experience, and as having the ability to make therapy fun and interesting.

Shane worked in community non-profit mental health from 2008 to mid-2016, where he gained extensive experience working with the entire spectrum of mental disorders and with all populations and age groups….

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Jeff Vovilla

Licensed Professional Counselor (M.A., LPC)
When you meet Jeff, you’ll quickly feel comfortable and at ease. Jeff’s passion for guiding you to health and healing is evident from the start: He asks thoughtful questions and genuinely listens to your story. You’ll feel heard – on a deep level – and together you’ll find unique and empowering solutions for your life’s struggles.

Jeff’s training is in Marriage and Family Therapy, which allows him to view the world in terms of parts working together to achieve a greater whole….

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Mary Preston

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
When you walk into the office with me, you’ll feel you’ve reached a place where it’s safe to speak about what you’re keeping inside. I’m calm, gentle, and accepting. I’ll hold space for you and stay with you as you work on sorting through and dealing with strong emotions.

I’m trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, and work with individuals and couples, including children of all ages….

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Nathan Preston

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
When you meet me, you’ll discover that I approach therapy from a place of care, trust, and authenticity. You’ll quickly learn that I’m supportive, responsive, and non­judgemental. I’ll maintain a safe space for you as you engage in the process of bettering yourself.
I am a Solution ­Focused therapist, trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, and I have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, teenagers, and families….

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Douglas Blocksma

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
When you first engage with Doug, you’ll experience his open-hearted and easy nature. With a sense of curiosity and a genuine sense of humor, Doug’s goal in his counseling practice is to aid others in finding their authentic selves amidst the many challenges in life.

Doug has over 7 years of experience working with individuals, adolescents, couples and families. He relishes the balance of staying present and in the moment with his clients while also….

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Alison Butler

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
When you first meet Alison, you’ll be greeted with warmth and a kind smile. Along with Alison’s heart-centered nature comes her gentle sense of humor and positive attitude. As you get to know Alison and work with her, you’ll find her to be a genuine, gentle, caring and authentic therapist.

Alison will meet you wherever you are in your life journey, and collaborate with you to help you reach your goals.

Alison knows it is daunting to reach out for help: it takes courage and strength….

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Crystal Meredith

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Crystal works with adolescents, adults and older adults both individually and as a family unit. She provides support through life transitions in a caring, compassionate manner through a variety of therapeutic approaches.

Crystal prides herself on developing a trusting relationship in which the client feels safe, empowered and ready to make the changes necessary to lead a healthy and satisfied life……

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LeAnn Woods

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
LeAnn has a natural tendency toward positivity, hope, and laughter. You’ll know she cares through the compassionate, curious, and sometimes playful relationship she’ll form, one that provides a sense of safety and trust.

LeAnn has experience with children, teens, families, adults, and enjoys working with couples. She has practice and skill with areas …

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Janese Greenhalgh

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)
Janese believes there is always a ray of hope in every situation or event life hands you. When you meet Janese, you’ll experience her kindness, sincerity and ability to make you feel comfort-able and at ease. She is genuine, down to earth and – most of all – a good listener.

Janese enjoys working with children, teenagers, adults, families and couples. She has experi-ence and training in treating a multitude…

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Melissa Stillman

Licensed Professional Counselor (MS, LPC)
Melissa has a natural ability to connect with others and create a comfortable, safe space for personal healing, growth, and empowerment. Melissa creates a trusting rapport, and adds a dash of humor, as she builds a successful restorative process.

After earning her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami, Melissa gained valuable experience in…

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Ryan Hale

Ryan Hale

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
When you meet Ryan, you’ll quickly feel comfortable with Ryan’s counseling approach: He’s warm, caring and inviting. Sometimes, he’ll offer a safe place to explore your feelings and heal. Other times, he’ll gently challenge you to take the actions necessary for change.

Ryan uses an approach that involves awareness, reframing and a focus on solutions to help you navigate your way through your challenges, and find your way back to your best life…

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Eddie Mockus

Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D., LP)
Eddie approaches therapy with the same passions, skills, and strategies that he uses to guide his own life.

Eddie’s clear embodiment of warmth, acceptance, self-exploration, and transparency provides a therapeutic environment that is inviting, supportive, and safe.

Likewise, Eddie’s strong training background and expertise ensures that his practice is effective, evidenced-based, and helpful to the clients he serves….

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Stacy Musial

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)
When you first meet Stacy, you’ll feel her unwavering acceptance, empathy, understanding, and excitement. She’ll work side by side with you, forging a partnership that supports change and the discovery of your authentic self.

Stacy will offer you gentle encouragement to move forward, empowering you to discover your light within, and to shine brightly. You can expect mutual respect and dignity when working with Stacy. She also thinks out of the box when necessary…

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Angela White

Angela White

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA,LPC)
Angela puts her heart into understanding and connecting with each and every client. Through kindness and empathic listening, Angela accepts you wherever you are. It is very important to her that the therapy room is an inviting and safe space for you to unburden yourself from the heaviness you’ve been carrying for so long.

Angela helps puts pieces together, figure out what is working well and also what is not working, and helps you find your inner voice of wisdom and healing. Rather than consider herself an expert, she honors the light and values the…

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Angelica Morse

Angelica Morse

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)
Angelica strongly believes that you don’t have to be held back by your past. Instead, she has faith that you can grow, learn, and move forward in your life. Angelica is here to work alongside you to find ways to heal and to grow.

Angelica is deeply committed to working with people of all ages as they move through life’s many challenges. Whether you’d like individual support or help for the whole family, Angelica is here to encourage a return to well-being…

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Rena McDonnell

Rena McDonell

Licensed Professional Counselor (MS, LPC)
Rena is an empathic, open minded and intuitive clinician with over eight years of experience. She uses an eclectic and balanced approach to help you overcome a variety of challenges such as chemical dependency, trauma, heartbreak, and attachment wounds. She believes that each of us has the innate ability to heal ourselves and to grow.

Rena is trained in EMDR, EFT, expressive arts, yoga as therapy, mindfulness, creative writing and other modalities to work with individuals and groups for long term recovery and healing…

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Susie Mullen

Susie Mullen

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
Susie provides support to guide you to a place of well-being, self-reliance, and hope. Susie understands that – sometimes – life can create an experience of uncertainty, confusion, and discomfort. She’ll help you reclaim your innate, individual strengths, teaching you how to maneuver through life’s unexpected challenges and create meaningful resolution.

After all, helping adults, children and families identify their own unique competencies, and overcome adversity, is Susie’s professional passion…

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Chandra Mecherikoff

Chandra Mecherikoff

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
When you meet Chandra, you will quickly sense her relaxed presence and genuine interest in getting to know you as a unique individual. Chandra brings experience, acceptance, compassion, and a straight-forward style to her relationships, creating a safe environment for trust, explora-tion, and healing.

Chandra will partner with you to set clear goals and strategies to help you move through current obstacles. Together we will identify the skills and strengths you already have, while also working to develop new approaches…

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Ariel Friese

Ariel Friese

Licensed Professional Counselor (MC, LPC)
My focus is helping you become — or return to being — the best version of you. I bring over 10 years of experience to our work together, including training in a number of research-based therapies that have been shown to help people reduce worry, find happiness, and overcome past wounds and traumas.

I’ll infuse our therapy with a balance of humor and compassion. Your work in the therapy room will be directed by your goals, and guided by my knowledge and experience…

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Jodi Alieksaites

Jodi Alieksaites

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
Jodi brings a clear presence and relaxed acceptance to each of her clients. Her approach is always to support a sense of empowerment and create a deep healing. Jodi’s focus is keen yet relaxed, creating an opportunity to engage quickly. She’ll help you build emotional intelligence and learn to live well in the life you have, all the while helping you build your best life.

Jodi has passion for working with clients needing support with major life transitions, stress, grief and loss, low self-esteem, parenting challenges, childhood behavioral concerns, spiritual exploration, exis-tential concerns, and women’s issues…

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Genesa Falcao

Genesa Falcao

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
When you meet with Genesa, you will always be treated with kindness, compassion, and an open heart. No matter where you come from or what you have experienced, Genesa believes there is always a wellspring of internal strengths and resources available to you.

Using gentle guidance, Genesa will help you to access these strengths and resources so that you can create a life that is in alignment with your goals. Informed by both Eastern and Western psychology, Genesa uses mindfulness based practices, somatic techniques, and cognitive interventions to help you…

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Blake Engelman

Blake Engelman

Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
When you meet Blake, you’ll experience his warmth, compassion, and genuineness. He blends these together to create a collaborative environment, one where you’ll be heard and validated, He considers it a privilege to sit with both individuals and couples working through life’s difficulties.

Blake knows therapy is a personal journey and the therapist-client relationship is of utmost importance. He welcomes you into a warm and inviting environment, where you’ll feel safe, encouraged, and confident in the counseling process…

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Sue Bolint

Sue Bolint

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MA, LMFT)
Sue believes life can be a wonderful journey. But, she understands how, sometimes, along the way, you might experience both minor and major turbulence. This might include a life transition such as divorce, loss of a loved one, changes at work, trauma, or a different unexpected event.

Susie understands you want to live fully, with a sense of meaning and purpose. She can guide you on this unique journey. While the work may be challenging at times, Susie believes this is also some of life’s most important work. After all, it shapes so much of your experience…

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Debbie Gentry

Debbie Gentry

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Debbie has been bringing hope and healing to individuals, couples, and families for more than 15 years. By creating an atmosphere of safety, acceptance and support, she’ll compassionately guide you through a process of self-discovery, leading to greater emotional, relational, and spir-itual growth and fulfillment.

Whether you are feeling anxious about an upcoming change, broken by the loss of a loved one, overwhelmed by what’s happening in your significant relationships, or wondering why you can’t seem to manage your life, you’ll find Debbie easy to talk to and sincere in her desire to help…

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Natala Paroz

Natala Paroz

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW)
Natala is a kind, supportive and nonjudgmental therapist who creates a warm therapeutic environment. Through a combination of empathy, sincerity and unconditional regard, you will be offered a safe place to explore your feelings, identify your goals and work towards creating your best life.

Natala has over sixteen years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in outpatient clinics and school settings. She is experienced in working with individuals with the diagnoses of autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, gender and sexual identity issues…

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Jay VanDerWerff

Jay VanDerWerff

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor (MSW, LCSW, LAC)
Jay recognizes that your decision to start therapy is deeply personal, and very brave. He takes care to ensure that your courage is rewarded with positive outcomes. When you meet with Jay, you can expect to be honestly heard and to have a conversation that leaves you feeling hopeful and empowered. You will appreciate his warmth, sense of humor, compassion, and patience as he skillfully partners with you to find solutions and achieve wellness.

Jay brings a depth and breadth of clinical understanding into your therapy, and adapts these to your unique needs…

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