Leadership

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Heart-Centered Counselors

CARL R NASSAR

Carl R Nassar

President (PhD, LPC, CIIPTS)
Carl founded Heart Centered Counseling in 2013, with the hope of removing the barriers people encounter when reaching out for mental health care. In the early years, Carl was as a jack-of-all trades, doing everything from installing printers to opening mail to seeing clients, and has slowly matured into the role of running a mid-sized organization with a healthy delegation of responsibilities.

Heart Centered Counseling grew out of Carl’s own private practice, where he routinely …

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Carla Eliza Amarillo

Carla Eliza Amarillo

Insurance Director

Carla joined Heart Centered Counseling in December 2015, helping with insurance benefit verification. But she quickly showed her merit by taking on additional tasks, and it wouldn’t be long before Carla was leading the twenty (20) person insurance team. Carla manages and supports her team with hands on approach, as they help ensure all clients have a solid understanding of their insurance plans; assist clients with billing issues; and guide therapists with reimbursement questions.

Before joining Heart Centered, Carla, in her…

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Rebecca Wilson Kase

Rebecca Wilson Kase

Community Relations, Greater Denver Area

Rebecca is a leader, counselor, teacher, and yoga instructor…a woman of many skills. She joined the Heart Centered Counseling team in 2017 and is based in the Denver region.

Rebecca is a licensed clinical social worker and national trainer on topics such as EMDR, trauma focused treatment and trauma informed care. When she’s not traveling and training nationwide, she works with Heart Centered Counseling, serving as Director of Community Relations. She also sees clients out of the Littleton office, specializing in EMDR and trauma focused treatment…

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Ginger Klein

Ginger Klein

Front Office Director & Regional Co-Director for Colorado Springs

Ginger joined Heart-Centered Counseling in 2018 as the First Contact Team Director (our team of Patient Care Coordinators) and counts it as a privilege to ensure that those who call in have a comfortable and warm experience from their first initial connection with us.

Prior to working with Heart Centered Counseling, Ginger worked in the field of Human Resources with various small to medium sized businesses. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional with the Society of Human Resource…

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Cassie Krajewski

Cassie Krajewski

Regional Director for Greater Denver (LCSW, LAC, EMDR)
Cassie enthusiastically joined the Heart-Centered Counseling team in early 2019. Previously, she had been running a successful private practice but found herself desiring to make larger impact on a broader scale within mental health care. When she witnessed how Heart-Centered was improving access to mental health services and met the competent and caring team there, she decided to jump on board and hasn’t looked back.

Cassie is a clinician first and places the highest priority on supporting her clients. She comes with diverse clinical experience treating trauma…

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Adrian Oxton

Adrian Oxton

Assistant Director (MA, NCC, LPC, LAC)
Heart Centered Counseling’s culture of thoughtfulness and compassion for clients and staff members drew Adrian to join the team in 2015. He began as a full-time therapist, but now also serves as an assistant director, sharing in the important operational work of the organization.

Prior to working at Heart Centered Counseling, Adrian honed his clinical skills working with adults from an array of backgrounds at a community health center. Over time he developed his passion and expertise in the fields of trauma and addiction, recognizing that the majority of individuals …

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Sarah Pedicini

Sarah Pedicini

Referral Coordinator
Sarah joined Heart Centered Counseling in early 2019 as a part of its front office team. She quickly advanced into the Referral Coordinator position where she’s a master at working with referring partners: Caring for their clients by matching them with a therapist. Sarah also schedules tele-health appointments and maintains relationships with tele-integrated facilities. She works diligently to make sure that all clients are met with kindness and patience.

In her free time, Sarah is a top-notch baker who enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing, traveling…

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Dave Rastatter

Dave Rastatter

Vice President (MA, LPC)
Dave was pleased to join Heart Centered Counseling in early 2019. He brings over 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in health care operations to inform his work with our organization. Dave has held various positions at an adolescent outdoor experiential program, community mental health center, large health care system and regional health plan focused on advocating for and serving the lower income residents of Colorado.

Dave brings a sense of passion and purpose to his work of expanding access to high quality and affordable behavioral health care…

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Kim Sharpe

Kim Sharpe

Director of Provider Outreach and Community Relations
Kim’s professional life has centered around helping people by supporting direct-care providers. Throughout her career she has developed and implemented many communications strategies and community initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of children, youth and families throughout northern Colorado and the United States.

Joining Heart Centered Counseling in fall 2019, Kim brings to the organization the ability to establish authentic relationships with local, regional, state and national health, education…

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Lauren Stanley

Lauren Stanley

Director (LCSW)
Lauren joined Heart-Centered Counseling in 2016 as a full-time psychotherapist, a decision primarily influenced by HCC’s culture of openness, inclusivity and compassion. Lauren became assistant director in 2018 and then assumed the role of director in 2019, joining the leadership team in navigating operations of HCC as a whole, being ever-mindful of staying true to the guiding principles of the group.

Her career began in her hometown of Houston where she secured a competitive post-graduate fellowship after graduating with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston…

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Doug Wenger

Doug Wenger

Senior Director (LCSW)
Prior to arrival at Heart Centered Counseling, Doug worked in a number of leadership positions at a community mental health center in New Hampshire, where he enjoyed the challenges his work presented. He’d also worked in various management positions throughout his career, which included supervising and mentoring staff.

Doug arrived at Heart Centered Counseling in 2015, after moving to Colorado from New Hampshire.

Starting as a clinical therapist, Doug took initiative and began providing staff…

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