Bethany Wilson

Owner | Founder | Clinical Therapist | Neurofeedback Specialist

I may not be a native, but I do love Colorado. I grew up close to St. Louis, Missouri and just in case you were wondering, yes, yes we are the Stanley Cup Champs. But Denver has become home. I love that I have the beauty and adventure of the mountains on one side and the fun of the city on the other. On my days off, you’ll probably find me in the mountains, in the kitchen, or on the sofa binge watching Netflix…and more specifically, probably watching The Office…again.
It’s so hard to struggle. Sometimes the struggle has words, sometimes it shows up in behaviors, and sometimes it’s just this gut level feeling that says, “something’s wrong”. I have a soft spot for people with early life trauma. The fact is, those experiences can affect us and our relationships for the rest of our lives, but seeing people heal and connect, no matter their age, is my absolute favorite. Your life, your challenges, your fears make sense. You make sense. That includes the kid throwing a tantrum to end all tantrums, the teen who wants nothing to do with his or her parents, and the person struggling with a lifetime of worry, fear, or sadness. There are times when “doing the best we can” may not look like much from the outside, but we’re giving it everything we’ve got on the inside. Healing is possible. The past doesn’t have power over our future. We do.

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 his or her 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, doing cartwheels, processing trauma through EMDR, to “parts work”, or neurofeedback–there’s a brain reason for it.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and am Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN). I hold a Master of Arts degree from Colorado Christian University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Missouri–Columbia. I am Phase 1 certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and have a variety of experience and/or training in early childhood development, Neurofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment, Motivational Interviewing (MI), experiential therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

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

Clinical Therapist | Neurofeedback Technician
I am an adventurer, passionate about journeying with others, exploring both physical places and emotional spaces. Although I grew up in California, I now call Colorado home and fell in love with the sun, the mountains, and all the fun, sleepy towns. In my free time you can find me hiking, floating the river, creating Pinterest fails in the kitchen, and sharing meals with friends.
Life is hard, and not because you are doing it wrong. It is just part of being human. My own experience, however, has taught me the profound difference connection and hope make in the midst of suffering and heartache. As a therapist, I am committed to journeying alongside you as you navigate hard things, empowering you to recognize and healthily express emotions, increase capacity for connection with self and others, and holistically work through maladaptive coping mechanisms.

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.
I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado. I graduated with my Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary and hold a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Continuous learning is extremely important to me, and therefore, I love to engage with current research. My own research has revolved around the link between self-perception and behavior and the effects of shame in the intersection of Christian faith and sexuality. Because of the profound impact movement has had in my own healing journey, I also currently hold a group fitness certification and conduct classes geared around integrating breath and movement to increase wellness.

Elisa Isakson

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate | Neurofeedback Technician
I have spent most of my life here in the Denver Metro area and like to think at this point I can call myself a native. Despite living near the mountains, I have a real soft spot for the ocean and can spend hours sitting on the beach watching the mystery and power of the waves. On my days off you can find me exploring a new coffee shop—I am quite particular about my morning go-juice, reading, and attempting to check another 14er off my list.
In this life, it is impossible to come out unscathed. As we journey forward, we continue to accrue new scars, bruises, and scrapes. It often seems the world asks that we simply put a Band-Aid on our deep wounds and keep moving, when so often our injuries and brokenness need more attention and care. As a therapist I am passionate about making the journey with you. Hoping to empower you to further understand your experiences and tend to your wounds. I believe that when a safe space is created within a relational context to name, understand, and feel our experiences, we can begin working towards healing and growth.

In order to begin the work towards more wholehearted living, we must first take the time to understand our story, how we have learned to relate to people through our early experiences, the coping strategies we picked up, and the vows we began to make. As we bravely begin to understand our unique journey, we can begin to engage and live differently. We can begin to heal.
I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary and have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Weber State University in Utah. In a field that is constantly evolving and changing I am passionate about being a continual learner. I conduct much of therapy from narrative, person-centered, and attachment-based approaches. I also have a passion for trauma work and hope to receive more certifications in this field.

Dan Defouw

Director of Neurofeedback | Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
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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.

SkyYounger

Office Manager
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Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I fell in love with the sunny days and snowy mountains of Colorado. After 24 years of living here, I think it’s safe to call it home. All my life I’ve had a passion for creative writing and am a singer/songwriter in my off time. I love hiking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my husband and 2 ½ kids. My son is a freshman at CSU and my daughter is in 7th grade, but I also have a small, fuzzy, tantrum throwing, Pomeranian named Gus.
As a kid I was extremely sensitive and shy. It always felt as if my skin was almost too raw to walk the world. I found myself retreating into corners, rather than risk the pain but that was painful too. These days, I’m beginning to think of it more as my “superpower”. A portal towards empathy and connection with others. I am driven to be a kind person. A person that wants a soft place to land and wants others to find that place too.
Bachelor of Arts from Maryville University. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last 18 years and have loved every sweet difficult moment of it. I have been on a life long journey of educating myself on all things “healing”. Whether it’s various therapies, breathing or yoga.

Thanks for getting to know us a little bit, we hope to get to know you more too.

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