Bethany Wilson LPC, BCN
My approach to counseling emphasizes two things: relationships and the brain. Mental health professionals have known for a long time that the relationship an individual has with his or her counselor is the greatest predictor of success. I want to understand someone in the context of their story. Your story matters–even the messy parts. Secondly, I want to use brain-based interventions. Everything we do has a reason. From having snacks in the waiting room, doing cartwheels, processing trauma through EMDR, doing “parts work”, or neurofeedback–there’s a brain reason for it.
Phase I NMT
The Neurosequential Network acknowledges that Bethany Wilson has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level.
Certified in Neurofeedback
Bethany Wilson is board certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
Christina Cooley LPC
I believe in the power of story. The stories we believe radically shape the trajectory of our lives. Luckily, we can shape our stories. This often begins with the courage to engage in honest self-reflection. As we explore parts of ourselves we can engage our experiences and our pain in a way that leads to growth and healing. Life is about the journey, not the destination, and so let’s enjoy the journey.
To understand our experience, it is crucial to look at how our brains and bodies develop and function. My approach is rooted in current brain research that focuses on the importance of our attachment relationship and considers how physiology effects our responses to trauma. My goal is to create safe space to explore, heal, gain helpful tools, and embrace our authentic selves.
Dan Defouw LPCC, BCN
Born and raised in Colorado, I have grown to love the area, the people, and the outdoors. I love the mountains, seasons, music, and nature that Colorado has to offer, but I also take every chance I can to travel and see other parts of the world. On my days off, I’ll probably be exploring Colorado, reading, listening to music, or doing some photography.
My philosophy has been developed over years of working in a variety of mental health settings from clinical and educational to personal. As I continue to work and learn, my philosophy around working with others continues to develop. I use a multicultural lens when working with others, and bring in topics of background, privilege, and race into work to look at how these things impact and influence the individual. I also look at things with the brain in mind, if someone has had a traumatic past and/or early childhood, their brain is likely impacted by this. Similarly, if someone has had a great childhood, their brain is also likely to be impacted by this. I strive to work with both the individual and their brain to help the person decrease problematic symptoms, while increasing a sense of efficacy and agency in life. Not everyone gets the same chances growing up and not everyone gets to have a perfect brain when they’re grown up. I use counseling and neurofeedback to help each individual I work with have the best chances at living their best lives. I am a strong believer that there isn’t one perfect therapy or medication for each person and strive to use an integrative approach, working mostly with neurofeedback and counseling, while coordinating with other providers to make sure that each client receives the best care possible.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) in the state of Colorado. I received my Masters of Arts in Multicultural Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver and have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Colorado State University. I am also Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) and am continuously working on expanding my knowledge and expertise in these subjects. I strive to continue to better myself in the fields of counseling and neurofeedback with continuing certification, consultation, and education.
Certified in Neurofeedback
Dan Defouw is board certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
Jennifer Wilson LPC
As an Iowa native, I enjoy being active and in the outdoors with friends and family, whether skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, or trail running…anything to take advantage of living by the mountains! On off days, you’d probably find me out there, or antiquing and finding projects to do around home, I enjoy being creative and active most!
I believe that at the center of much of our human desire is to have unconditional care and positive regard, to know we are safe both physically and emotionally, no matter how messy we might believe or feel we are at times. I think one of the biggest challenges is allowing ourselves the space to embrace our ‘mess’ and finding healthy ways to accept certain parts that might feel or be out of our control, and riding through the difficulties, rather than forcefully pushing against it, shaming ourselves for it, or avoiding it. Having the support of others and knowing that there is a safe space to work through the challenges that come are important for us to move forward positively from those challenges . I believe that the therapeutic relationship is highly important in this regard, in trusting therapy as a space to identify and process through the hard things that we struggle to feel or think and being met with empathy in return.
I approach therapy with an eclectic and holistic style, to best meet the individual needs that clients have. I believe identifying contexts in the biological, psychological and social realms are important in understanding our full stories and how we have gotten to where we are, as well as are contexts for healing. I strive to help identify motivations and drives behind thoughts and behaviors, and how we can meet those needs in constructive and healthy ways. I also believe that collaboration is key to therapy–working together to support my client’s self-efficacy, and identifying natural strengths, while providing tools to equip my clients as well. I know that sometimes taking these steps can be incredibly vulnerable and challenging, and I am greatly honored to be entrusted as a part of a client’s journey.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I initially got my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Child, Adult, and Family Services at Iowa State University. From there, I moved to Colorado to complete my Master of Arts in Counseling at Colorado Christian University and have experience in both private practice, as well as in a community agency. I was trained more specifically in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trust-based Relationship Interventions (TBRI) and attachment based work, as well as have been a trainer for Motivational Interviewing. As a result, I use an eclectic approach tailored to individual needs. However, I tend to maintain a consistent person-centered focus and know that my therapeutic lens is geared toward a trauma informed perspective.
Kimberly Hettel LPCC
As someone who had never lived outside of Missouri, I am ecstatic to have recently become a Coloradoan. I was drawn in by the mix of beautiful mountain views and exciting city life, and I’m looking forward to becoming a regular at the nearest Dutch Bros. Coffee. I like to spend my free time exploring new places, listening to live music, and hosting game nights with good friends. I might also be the biggest animal lover you’ll ever meet—meaning I will always say yes to seeing pictures of your furry friends!
To those who are looking for someone to talk to: I’m so glad you’re here. I’m glad you’re taking these steps toward growth, healing, finding peace, letting go, or taking back. While counseling helps in a variety of ways, it is my belief that the therapeutic relationship is the most impactful. Therefore, my goal is to be a safe, accepting, and competent counselor for you—no matter where you’ve come from or where you’re trying to go.
My approach to counseling is insight-oriented in nature, meaning I believe there is much importance in understanding what led you to the difficult spot you are in now. I believe that every maladaptive behavior or thought pattern may have once helped us get through something really hard, and therefore understanding the origin story of your symptoms can help us locate the need that wasn’t met. As a result, compassionately exploring your past experiences in a space you feel safe in opens the door for the formation of more adaptive coping skills and corrective experiences.
As we sit in that space together, you will be encouraged to develop an appreciation for your brain and body for all the unique ways they try to meet your needs and protect you from harm. Any and all emotions will be welcomed and honored in that space—especially the “messy” ones. It is my goal to make it a space of safety, healing, and new beginnings, and it is my greatest honor to share it with you.
I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) in the state of Colorado, as well as National Certified Counselor (NCC). I received my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Evangel University after completing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Missouri State University. I have experience working with a diverse array of clients with a wide variety of concerns, but I’m especially passionate about working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety as well as those recovering from traumatic experiences. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and as someone who strives to be a life-long learner, I eagerly look forward to continued training in other trauma-informed practices.
Maddie Hargrove LPCC
As a born and raised Coloradan, I grew up not far from Restoration Hope in Littleton, but currently reside in Denver. I will always call Colorado home – I swear there is no better state. My hobbies include cooking, reading, working out, and spending time with my friends and family.
I believe that the inclusion of mental health wellness is vital to one’s overall health. I believe that while each client’s experiences, backgrounds, cultural identities, and general beings are unique, so too should be their counseling experience. Through the use of a strong, collaborative therapeutic relationship and an integrated approach, I aim to help my clients use self-reflection, goal-setting, and problem-solving to achieve their optimal mental health and highest potential. I am a firm believer that every individual possesses the ability to grow and evolve and that with the proper guidance and support within a safe and nonjudgmental environment the client can achieve self-actualization.
I am an excellent communicator and have a keen ability to build and foster relationships, brainstorm solutions, plan, and make deliberate decisions. I am drawn to the counseling profession because of my strong ability to empathize, my desire to help and advocate for others, and my positive first-hand experiences.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and a range of other mental and behavioral health disorders. I take a trauma-informed approach to therapy, using a multicultural and person-centered lens. Therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited to, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.
I graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an Occupational Therapy emphasis and Business minor in 2017. I graduated from Adams State University with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2023.
Kelli Ruhl LPCC
Born and raised in a close-knit Colorado ski town, I count myself lucky to have been exposed to the magic of Colorado and the people drawn to it from the start. After living, learning, and working in both Denver and Boulder over the last 14 years, I now find myself putting down roots in the charming town of Louisville, where I live with my husband and our three kids. I enjoy reading good books, drinking great coffee, and spending time with my family and friends.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process between client and counselor based on trust, authenticity, compassion, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. My role is as guide, ally, mirror, holder of safe space; my job is to enter into my client’s world, viewing their life through their lens. If I accomplish nothing else, I hope to show the client that they matter, that their experience is valid, and that they have within them the resources necessary to self-actualize.
I work from a foundation of person-centered therapy, which is a non-directive, empathetic approach rooted in the belief that every human being has an inherent capacity to reach their full potential. From here, I integrate a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which are skills-oriented approaches tailored to each client and their unique story with the aim of developing healthy ways of regulating emotions, challenging harmful narratives, cultivating strong relationships and communication skills, and learning how to live mindfully in the moment. I feel strongly that healthy relationships, self-love, and hope for the future are key to making positive change.
I am passionate about helping individuals who are struggling with substance abuse find hope and healing. I use a trauma-informed approach to work with clients as they navigate their unique experience of recovery with a focus on self-exploration, rebuilding healthy relationships, addressing trauma, and developing healthy coping skills.. My role is to walk alongside my clients through their personal journey, with the hope that they leave our time together having gained insight into themselves as well as a sense of empowerment, strength and motivation.
I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the state of Colorado as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in May of 2022, and obtained my Bachelors of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013. I am a certified Brainspotting practitioner and have training in DBT and Motivational Interviewing. I have worked extensively with trauma and addiction as a primary therapist and group facilitator at the Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) levels of care. I look forward to ever-broadening my scope of practice through ongoing education and certification, specifically in the realms of trauma, somatic experiencing, and addiction.
Cori Holden LPCC
Although I was born and raised in California, I have been in Colorado long enough to call it my chosen home. I love everything Colorado has to offer, especially the beautiful mountains, the sunshine, and seeing friendly faces everywhere you go. Essential parts of my day include enjoying my morning iced coffee(s) and listening to my favorite songs on repeat in the car. When I am not at work, I enjoy baking, reading, being outside in the sunshine, and spending time with my friends and family!
I believe that every individual has the innate ability to grow, heal, and find fulfillment in life. I strongly believe it is my role as a counselor to foster a safe and empathetic space for clients to explore their concerns, express their emotions, and discover their own solutions. I see myself as a facilitator and companion on a client’s path to self-understanding and positive change. My approach is warm, empathetic, genuine, and aiming to build a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust and collaboration.
I believe the therapeutic process can be broken down into two main parts; understanding and healing. Understanding where unwanted thoughts, emotions, and behaviors originated from can empower clients by helping them realize that these patterns are not inherent to their identity but rather learned responses from life experiences. Once the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are understood, we can collaboratively work towards adjusting them to meet the client’s needs and reach the client’s goals.
My approach to counseling is eclectic in nature, using multiple trauma-informed methods to meet each client’s unique needs. These methods include but are not limited to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Together, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, focusing on the client’s unique needs and goals.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the state of Colorado. I graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2023 after obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
I grew up in the foothills of Northern California near stunning Lake Tahoe. I finally landed in Denver Colorado about 5 years ago and truly have found home within this city as an adult. I love time spent outdoors with my loved ones or by myself. I enjoy hiking and backpacking with my partner and our big German shepherd dog, reading good books, hosting friends and family in my home, and traveling.
As humans, we are all experiencing life within the context of own personal narratives. I believe that therapy offers space to make sense of the story that you are living. As a therapist, I am committed to co-creating safe spaces and journeying alongside of you, so that you as the client can experience healing, freedom, and hope within the different parts of your story. I consider it a true honor to be able to sit with you as you discover what is most true and authentic about yourself and your story. Working together we will look inward towards your core self and explore ways of cultivating a deeper sense of self-compassion, empathy, and healing. Understanding the fragmented parts of our stories can help us to experience a life that is more connected and whole. As humans we are impacted by larger systems such as, our family systems, our relationships, culture, or our traumatic experiences. All these systems create complexities within our own internal world and how we are making sense of it.
I approach therapy through a relational attachment-informed, trauma-informed, and grief-informed lens. I deeply believe that all people are worthy and capable of experiencing wholeness in their lives. I believe that our bodies are incredibly intuitive and have so much wisdom to offer us in our journey of healing. Together we will be curious about your internal world and the experiences that have impacted your story thus far. My hope for our work together is that you experience a safe space to explore your emotions, connect with your core self, experience empathy, support, and attunement as you heal and find continued freedom. My greatest hope for you in our work together is that you would experience a deeper sense of safety, love, and hope in the simple fact that you are not doing the work alone.
I completed my undergraduate degree in 2016 in religious studies in Southern California.
As someone who grew up in a small town along the coast of South Texas, I love being outside and enjoying the sunshine. I’ve enjoyed living in Colorado for the past few years and trading the beach for the mountains. In my free time, you can find me drinking a cup of coffee, reading a good book, painting, and getting outdoors with friends.
Life inherently involves struggles, suffering, disappointment, betrayal, and loss. We come into this world feeling unafraid and safe, but slowly these hurts enter our lives. There can be so many different ways that life just tends to happen, whether in our relationships, careers, or larger systems. I believe all humans are incredibly resilient and can experience healing and change. As a therapist, I am committed to creating a sacred space to journey alongside you as you seek understanding, self-compassion, and congruence within yourself. Your story matters, and I feel honored to sit with you in the process of finding healing.
I approach therapy through a holistic and client-centered lens. I believe looking at the biological, psychological, and social aspects of our lives provides important insight into our healing journeys. Our brains and bodies store important information, and listening to these different parts of ourselves in a non-judgmental, empathetic way can create space to accept the whole self. My hope is through curiosity, support, and creativity, we can explore your experiences and natural strengths to help you gain new tools. Together, I hope we can cultivate a space where vulnerability, safety, and trust grow to allow you to live more fully as your authentic self.
I am in my final year at Denver Seminary, where I expect to earn my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2024. I am also a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. Life-long learning is one of my greatest passions, so I love investing time into expanding my understanding through ongoing education and research in trauma, sexuality, and interpersonal issues.
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