MEET OUR TEAM

leadership team

Ryan Cole, Psy.D

president

Dr. Ryan Cole is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  He received a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012.  Dr. Cole has worked in the past at a community mental health center, neurodevelopmental assessment center, community hospital, and in private practice.  Dr. Cole and Dr. Snyder teamed up in 2017 to create Achieve Whole Recovery.  They both share a vision that addiction is a disease that can be treated effectively with well-researched medical interventions.  And they both share a commitment to this community, and to helping any person that has a desire to be in recovery. 

Kevin Snyder, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Vice President

Undergraduate studies – University of Colorado and Colorado State University

M.D. – Graduated 2001 from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

Psychiatry Residency – Completed in 2006 from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. Snyder is a Board Certified Psychiatrist.  Dr. Kevin K. Snyder moved to Colorado as a child and grew up most of his life in Monument, Colorado.  He finished undergraduate work at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  Before medical school, he worked as a psychiatric technician at an inpatient facility and an adolescent treatment facility. He returned to Colorado and worked as a Board Certified Psychiatrist at the state hospital in Pueblo for several years.  He also provided psychiatric care for patients at a few other organizations in Southern Colorado including the US Army at Fort Carson, the Colorado Department of Corrections, Aspen Pointe, and Cedar Springs Hospital.  He was the Medical Director for The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, a substance abuse treatment facility that cares for people with addiction and concurrent mental health issues.

Ashlee R

Director of Operations

Ashlee is a long-standing and faithful member of the Achieve Whole Recovery team. Since joining AWR in 2017, Ashlee has worked nearly every position within the clinic and knows AWR through and through.  With her extensive knowledge of the medical and addiction world paired with AWR’s mission, Ashlee accepted the position of Director of Operations on July 1st, 2020. This position has given her the responsibilities of clinic and patient care development, community liaison development, and probation and parole liaison officer.  She is passionate about her role with Achieve Whole Recovery and is grateful for the opportunity to serve AWR in this capacity. She recently has taken her role to the Denver area where she is currently working to expand AWR’s mission to three new northern clinics. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children, listening to live music, traveling, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Nebraska Huskers.

lori myers

Director of business development

Lori Myers has an extensive background in business development and patient/medical provider relations. Her true passion is connecting individuals with life changing services. Lori’s visionary perspective and growth minded approach has earned her the opportunity to serve the pediatric medical field for 10+ years. She is forever grateful for the lives that she’s impacted throughout that time. Lori is a native of Colorado (Colorado Springs) and is happiest when camping in the mountains, boating at the lake, and spending time with her husband of 19 years, her children, grandchildren, and her three sweet dogs. 

My life mission: To live and to lead with integrity, kindness, humility, intentionality, and encourage all whom God places in my path.”

Ashley clowe

Office manager-colorado springs

Ashley recently joined the Achieve Whole Recovery team as Office Manager in December 2021.  She is a native of Colorado Springs and has been working in the medical field for over 13 years. She has worked in physical therapy, orthopedics, radiology, pain management and personal injury clinics. She obtained her EMT certification right out of high school and has had a passion for the medical field ever since. Ashley decided to take a small break from the medical field, completing basic training at the Colorado Department of Corrections, where she was employed at a medium security prison. Additional roles in the medical field include; front desk operations, creating and maintaining policies for new and established clinics and volunteering her time in the community to help the homeless with basic medical needs. Ashley is very excited to join the AWR team and takes a human centered approach in facilitating the needs in medical care. Outside of work Ashley is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, loves all that Colorado has to offer, and most importantly spending time with her family.

addiction medicine Team

Robin Behr, NP

Nurse Practitioner

From a very early age, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I started working as a nurse’s aide when I was fourteen years old and I loved it.  I attended nursing school at the University of Iowa and worked as a cardiac scrub nurse for several years. I then transferred to Intervention Radiology and provided sedation for patients undergoing painful procedures. I continued this position for many years until I decided to go back to school to get my master’s degree. I attended Nurse Practitioner School in Omaha, Nebraska and then worked at the University of Iowa Burn Unit. Since that time, I have worked in Santa Fe, NM, Albuquerque, NM and most recently Roanoke, Virginia where I was a pain management provider. I work part time in a sleep medicine practice, and I work part time with Achieve Whole Recovery to provide medication assisted treatment for addiction recovery. I love seeing patients make progress in their recovery efforts and hope to help as many patients as possible achieve their goals. 

Linda hewitt, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Bio coming soon

Jane Mehl, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Westerns Governors University- Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Maryville University- Master of Science in nursing is a Family Nurse Practitioner, who is originally from Ukraine. She has fulfilled her dream to become an American. Her previous degree includes a Masters in international business management; however, she felt passion for a career in healthcare. She graduated with her bachelors in nursing in 2018, her masters in nursing in 2021. Her work experience includes positions in the trauma, neuro, and orthopedic unit at the local hospital. Patient focused care coupled with the nursing process are the cornerstones of her practice. She specializes in family practice, urgent care, and with her current focus on patients needing help with addiction and their mental health. Currently, Jane is in school for her postmaster’s certificate in psychiatric mental health nursing with a goal to better accommodate her patients’ emotional needs, in addition to their physical health. In her home life she enjoys hanging out with her husband, their children, and her cat Wasabi. She enjoys hiking (when she has time) with her friends, music, reading, and philosophy.

kari-beth Davis, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Originally from Los Angeles, Kari began her first career in public service working in local government facilities and helping people access the services they needed. Kari relocated to Colorado in 2011 with her husband and 3 kids and began pursuing a career in nursing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado and her Master’s degree from Regis University. As a nurse, Kari has worked in a variety of settings including surgical orthopedics, stroke recovery, and intensive care. She was part of the initial team to care for patients with COVID at Littleton Hospital in 2020 and enjoyed traveling to help nursing teams in Florida with their first surge during the pandemic. As a nurse practitioner, Kari enjoys partnering with her patients to create recovery plans specific to their individual goals. She strives to maintain an open, non-judgmental environment where people can feel supported and empowered to do the work of recovery. In her free time, Kari enjoys camping with her family and 3 dogs, reading young adult dystopian novels, and learning how to watercolor.

Denver hager, PA

Physician assistant

Bio coming soon!

Joseph Ramharack, MD

Medical Doctor

Joseph Ramharack, MD received his medical degree from St. George’s University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at North Shore Long Island Jewish University Hospital and Long Island College Hospital at State University of New York Downstate.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Ramharack has worked as a Hospitalist since 2015, and he has worked in the field of addiction medicine since 2016.

Kayla Mount

Medical assistant

Kayla started in the medical field as a medical assistant in 2012 and obtained her Medical Assistant degree through U.E.I Medical School. She began her career at a small Pediatric clinic in San Diego, CA., which quickly moved her into San Diego’s Top Medical group, Scripps health. She relocated to Colorado Springs in October 2019 and joined Achieve Whole Recovery shortly after. She has a passion for helping others and has enjoyed her career with AWR. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her 3 dogs, Dozer, Steeloh, and King. She loves cooking, D.I.Y. crafts and being an aunt to her 18 nieces and nephews.

Angelica cubias

Medical assistant

Angelica Cubias joined the Downtown Denver Achieve Whole Recovery team in September 2021 as a Medical Assistant. She is also phlebotomy certified. Angelica has been a medical assistant for 5 years. Her work experience has been in respiratory, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and some pediatric care, all located in the leading respiratory hospital in the nation affiliated with St. Joseph’s hospital. Angelica is currently in school part time to earn her Associates in Science, with the anticipation of transferring to a university, to achieve RN to BSN. Angelica is a very compassionate; selfless soul who loves to be supportive of those who need someone who genuinely cares, and to give people hope in this broken world. Addiction is close to home for Angelica, it is personal, therefore she came to Achieve Whole Recovery, to work with other individuals who also have a divine purpose for the lost people, and together, we will make a difference.

Maggie Pfennig

certified nursing assistant

Maggie has been a CNA since 2018 after receiving her licensure from Ann Rose School of Nursing Arts. She quickly jumped into the field working part time at a Rehab and Acute Care Nursing Home and on a Medical/Surgical floor at Denver Health. Two years later she transferred to the Pediatric Ward and Pediatric ICU as a CNA/ Healthcare Tech, as well as a clerk and a Patient Safety Care Attendant. Maggie also has her phlebotomy license, as well as her BLS. Maggie joined AWR in April of 2022. She has a passion for helping others, while also encouraging patients to take their health into their own hands and advocating for the help they need. When she’s not at work you can find her at a concert, roller skating, paddleboarding, snowboarding, or spending time with her dog, Pie. 

Athena Givens

medical Assistant

Athena completed her Medical Assistant training from Pima Medical Institute in 2018 and has since worked in Cardiology, Orthopedics, Urology, and Allergy/Asthma specialty clinics. Athena also has experience in postoperative patient care and medical equipment sterilization. She spent 3 years at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs studying Nursing/Pre-Med and Spanish. She has been a hospital volunteer for 10 years in newborn hearing screening and the emergency department. Patients can count on her for compassionate and thorough help navigating their medical care. If she is not in the office she is most likely traveling to visit her family wherever the Air Force has taken them.

Hannah Hough

medical Assistant

Hannah graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a medical assistant in 2014 and has worked in dermatology, weight loss and oncology clinics. After taking some time away from the medical field, Hannah came back eager as ever, joining the AWR team in September 2021. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help people struggling with addiction and being a resource for them during their journey to recovery. In her free time, Hannah enjoys working in her yard and garden with her veiled chameleon and four cats. She also enjoys completing building projects for family and friends, hiking, singing and photography.

Cheno Molex

certified nursing assistant

Cheno graduated from Kaplan college in August 2011 in California. He was enrolled in the heart program where he studied phlebotomy, EKG, medical term, billing & coding. He moved from California and has lived in Colorado for more than 2 years. He has been a part of the AWR team for a year now and has enjoyed growing with the company. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Falcons, Lakers and Padres! Cheno also has a daughter who just turned 6 months old. 

denise Pequignot

medical assistant

Denise graduated from National American University in 2018 with a degree in Medical Assisting and an Associates degree in healthcare. She has a passion for helping others and is enjoying her career with AWR. In her free time you will see her out and about with either her son or husband and their 2 dogs Gunner and Jack.

Brittney Aiona

Executive Administrative Assistant

Brittney started as an intern out of high school for a pharmaceutical manufacturing company where she carried out various tasks and quickly became a process operator. After getting married, she became a stay at home mom to take care of her growing family. While at home, Brittney started and managed her own small business. She returned to the work force in August of 2018 as an administrative assistant at Achieve Whole Recovery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and animals, watching NASCAR, and supporting her kids in 4-H.

Jenise Cubas

Administrative Assistant

Jenise joined the Achieve Whole Recovery team in April 2022 and looks forward to learning and growing in the clinic.  She worked in administrative and social services the last 4 years.  Jenise is originally from southern California and moved to Colorado in 2018.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and taking road trips with her husband and 3 dogs; Wile E, Mr. Rogers, and Jack.

Carolyn fraser

Administrative Assistant

Carolyn joined Achieve Whole Recovery in December 2021.  She has been a resident of Colorado since 2000. She is a Native New Mexican. She received two Associates degrees from New Mexico State University and Colorado Technical University.  She has been working in medical offices since 2016 which have included gynecology, orthopedics, and chiropractic.  She has three adult sons, two daughter-in-laws, four siblings and a senior Pug/Yorkie mix.  She has witnessed the effects of mental illness and addiction and hopes to be able to contribute to helping those who are seeking help from  Achieve Whole Recovery.

jean panos

Administrative Assistant

Jean is originally from San Jose, California but has been in Colorado for the last 18 years, moving to Colorado Springs from Denver 8 years ago. Her background has always been in administrative and accounting support. She is excited to bring her  experience to Achieve Whole Recovery. Jeanie has a passion and drive for helping people and is looking forward to being a part of such a rewarding culture. In her downtime she enjoys reading, board games, cooking, hiking and being with her son and loved ones.

Psychiatry Team

Julie Brann, Pmhnp

Nurse Practitioner
Director of Psychiatric Services

Julie Brann received her degree in nursing, and she later earned a Master’s degree in pastoral care and worked as a counselor for nearly ten years. She was awarded a doctorate in ministry with an emphasis in counseling. Julie has served in the military, worked in private practice, and worked for the Veteran’s Health Administration. She approaches healing from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective utilizing complementary and alternative methods as well as conventional medicines. In addition, Julie Brann is a Master Psychopharmacologist (awarded to her by the Neuroscience Education Institute). Julie has a passion to help people of all ages, races, lifestyles, and spiritual backgrounds reach maximum wellness in body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Brann treats adults, children, and adolescents. 

Kimberly Vialpando, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Graduate Studies:

Master’s Degree in Nursing specializing in Family Practice University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Post Master’s Degree specializing in Psychiatric Care across the lifespan from University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Kim has most recently been a medical provider for an opioid treatment program specializing in medication assisted treatment. Kim has worked in multiple nursing specialties across Colorado in the past including orthopedics, pediatrics, and psychiatric services.

Kim’s psychiatric practice involves a holistic approach focusing on the patient as a person and their individual goals for treatment.

Kim enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband and daughter, and getting outside!

Deb Avery, PMHNP

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Undergraduate studies:

Bachelor of arts, Anthropology, Miami University, Ohio

Bachelor of science, Nursing, Fort Hayes state University, Kansas

Graduate studies:

Master’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the life span, Walden University, Minnesota.  Board-Certified.

Deb has an extensive history in nursing beginning in 1992. Her background includes geriatric care, emergency and trauma care, cardiac diagnostics, pre-op and surgery, postop, community health and psychiatric care. She also worked as a travel nurse in New York City, Fort Collins, Palo Alto, and Oakland California.

Deb’s psychiatric practice is holistic-based and focuses on the patient and their particular goals for mental wellness. She utilizes medication but also supplements, lifestyle modifications, functional medicine practices and community resources to help her patient achieve their goals. She treats each individual in the context in which they live, which is different for each person.

She has received level I training in Brainspotting, a specialized therapy for addressing trauma.

She has co-authored a paper on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in the Psychiatric setting with Dr. Julie Brann PMHNP-BC, and they presented a poster on this topic at the Neuro Education Institute conference in 2019.

Deb enjoys her 3 dogs, traveling, cooking and baking and considers herself a life-long learner. She is currently studying to be certified in Functional Medicine and she is also a clinical instructor for the Pikes Peak Community College nursing program.

Caitlin Brandt, PMHNP

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

 

Graduate Studies: Master’s of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the lifespan from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.

 

Caitlin started her nursing career at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the Trauma ICU. Since then Caitlin has worked in multiple ICUs across the country including Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ, Westerly Hospital in Westerly, RI, and Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, MO. She also worked as a PACU nurse at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, CO while working on her master’s program. Caitlin’s psychiatric practice involves a holistic approach utilizing conventional medicine in combination with supplements, alternative and complimentary methods, and lifestyle modifications to help patients of all ages achieve their goals.

 

Caitlin’s hobbies include riding and training horses and baking. She has a horse and a pony that she occasionally competes in local Eventing and Dressage competitions. One of her future goals is to become a certified Equine Therapist and share her love of horses and the power of their ability to heal with her community.

Kim Smith, PMHNP

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Kim received her nursing degree in 1998 and has worked in several different specialties including OB, pediatrics, Hospice, and Psychiatry.  She received her master’s degree in Nursing Informatics from Walden University and worked as the Clinical educator for 9+ years at a large Hospice organization in Central Kentucky.  She went on to receive her Post-Master Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University.  She has previously worked for a large hospital system in Northwest Indiana on the adult inpatient psychiatric unit as well as psychiatric consults at the local community hospitals. Kim’s goal as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to ensure equal access to mental health care in communities and to help decrease the stigma related to psychological disorders. Kim’s passion for psychiatry comes from multiple personal, family, and work experiences and she strives to provide holistic care to all her patients. 

Anna Abrego

Executive Administrative Assistant

Anna graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a Pre-Medical Biological Science degree with a Minor in Chemistry. She also attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston for a couple of years when she took leave to have beautiful boy/girl twins! She continued gaining health/medical experience in the school arena as an elementary school health aide and later as a severe, special needs classroom paraprofessional after which she became an administrative assistant with Brain and Body Integration and Achieve Whole Recovery. Anna loves spending time with her husband and 3 teens whether at home or out enjoying scenic Colorado. She is active in her church, enjoys staying healthy through dance and exercise and is proud to be a part of a great team at Achieve Whole Recovery.  

Justina Laulu

Administrative Assistant

Justina joined the AWR team in August 2020. She has 4+ years of customer service and enjoys helping her team and everyone around her the best she can. Justina has learned a lot since the beginning of her employment at AWR, and she looks forward to continuing to learn and grow in the clinic. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and creating Tiktoks with her siblings and cousins! 

Jennifer Dillie

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Dillie has 20 years of customer service experience. She has worked in the financial industry in banking and accounting as well as provided customer service for large organizations. She has medical office experience and always seeks to put patients and physicians first! In her free time she loves to travel. She also loves to spend time with her husband and 2 daughters camping and hiking and exploring nature and going on adventures in Colorado!

Rino Grgas

Administrative Assistant

Rino joined the Achieve Whole Recovery team in July 2022. He has worked in the medical field in Radiology for the last 4 years and was a Veterinary Technician for 20 years. Rino is originally from Southern California and moved alongside his family to Colorado in June 2022. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and his Schnauzer mix Roger.

Mental Health Therapy/Addiction Therapy

Laurie "Tara Kim" Warchol, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Laurie “Tara Kim” Warchol is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs, with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services in May 2011. Tara Kim got her feet wet in the field decades before her University education began, due to a life-long passion for personal growth and transformation. She specializes in life transitions, stress and anxiety management, building self-esteem, and faith/ spirituality. Tara Kim has worked in both private practice and agencies, and has spent time in the fields of mental health, addiction, brain injury, healthcare, and hospice.

Tara Kim brings a warm, creative and intuitive approach to therapy, and enjoys creating a supportive and safe environment for her clients. She puts a priority on building trust in the counseling relationship to facilitate growth and change. She is integrative in her focus on solutions and wholeness, and utilizes CBT, HeartMath Interventions, EMDR, Energy Psychology, and body-centered techniques. One of her greatest joys is helping clients reach a greater level of wellness and resolution, so they can move on with their lives.

Maribeth Cooley MA, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Maribeth Cooley is a talented and compassionate therapist with extensive clinical experience serving diverse populations in a variety of practice settings to include hospital and private practice, and as a federal employee providing psychotherapy for Active Duty service members and their families in Mental Health, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Primary Care clinics. She has also provided clinical services to our Veterans in VA Mental Health and Substance Abuse clinics. Since retiring from federal service in September 2018, Maribeth chose to contract with Achieve Whole Recovery to continue doing what she finds so rewarding – helping people live healthier lives with improved mental health, increased meaning, satisfaction, and happiness.

Starting therapy can often be anxiety-provoking, but Maribeth uses a gentle approach and provides a non-judgmental and safe space to discuss things that may be difficult to open up about. She can assist you in identifying what you truly value and help you make specific changes to effectively deal with the challenges that are preventing you from living out these values. These challenges may be: unresolved childhood/adult trauma; depression; out-of-control anxiety; chronic insomnia; debilitating panic attacks; OCD; toxic or unsatisfying relationships; parenting problems; unmanaged psychosis or bipolar disorder; lack of social skills; addictions; disordered eating; problems setting effective boundaries; complicated grief; difficult life transitions/challenges; and bad habits that keep getting in the way of you functioning as you desire.

Maribeth has the following academic degrees: A Bachelor of Science with a double major in Learning/Behavioral Disorders and Elementary Education; a Master of Arts Degree in Guidance & Counseling; and a Master of Social Work specializing in clinical social work.  She is licensed in the states of Colorado and Texas as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in good standing. On a more personal level, Maribeth is the mother of five adult children, has five grandchildren, and three spoiled dogs. She enjoys hiking with her husband, gardening, birding, playing all sorts of board/card games, and has a keen interest in learning to watercolor. 

If it is important for you to include your spiritual/religious beliefs within the psychological aspect of therapy, Maribeth has experience providing this integration. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is part of a nationwide network of professional counselors who provide local mental health services to referrals provided by New Life Ministries. Just let her know!

Darla SLICTON, Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist

Are you feeling hopeless about where you currently are in your life? Did you expect to be somewhere else at this point in your life? Do you feel like you’re unable to connect with others or that others don’t understand what you are going through? One of the most difficult things about experiencing mental health symptoms is that you often feel alone. Often times you feel as if no one “gets you” or that things will never get better. Depression, anxiety, hopelessness, lack of motivation, stress, and similar feelings can stem from unresolved trauma, guilt, or grief. I can help you learn how to address these issues in a safe non-judgmental setting. Thinking, I’ve tried therapy before and it didn’t help. Maybe you didn’t have the right therapist.     
 
I’m a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for 15 years. I believe in using a holistic approach to treat the whole person; only by looking at the person as an integrated whole can we adequately address how the mind and body interact to bring about symptomology. Because I believe in treating the whole person I vary the treatment approach to the specific needs of each client in an attempt to bring about the best outcome.

Nicole Gaal, Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Gaal joins AWR with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has received training in cognitive processing therapy, solution focused behavioral therapy, and EMDR. Although she specializes in treating trauma, she has helped many who experience depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse issues, elderly issues, and is LGBTQI+ friendly. She practices therapy from a person centered approach and will meet you where you are in order to foster a positive working therapeutic relationship.

JoAnne Kuhn, MA, LPC

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR; NATIONAL CERTIFIED COUNSELOR

Are you feeling disconnected from others?  Do you feel depressed, angry, or anxious? Are you struggling to gain some traction to get your life moving forward, instead of staying stuck in the same place or looking backwards?  Or perhaps you need help to make a relationship work or be a better parent.  Whatever your concerns, I would be honored to assist you in finding your way through these obstacles so you can get back on track and be the person you are meant to be.  I offer a safe, nurturing, and problem-solving approach within the Achieve Whole Recovery office suite. 

I received my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado. My prior career experience includes many years providing human resource management support to key business organizations.  I began my counseling career as a clinical counselor at a large local non-profit serving our military and veteran population and their families.  I then spent time counseling patients at a behavioral health hospital in Colorado Springs.  Both of these rich experiences helped me to gain experience working with a variety of clients and their needs. I was fortunate to be exposed to a variety of therapeutic techniques and tools, and to learn about available community resources for those in need.

I believe in a caring, person-centered focus.  The focus of my practice now is to provide transformative therapy in a non-judging manner to adults age 18 and over. I have a passion for working with clients who struggle with trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting problems, and relationship issues.  Our sessions together are meant to help you grow and gain insight, with a supportive and educated therapist by your side.  

carrie hobaugh, lcsw

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work.   I have 38 years of experience working with families and children in various settings.  Most recently I retired after 30 years at the Department of Human Services where I served as a manager in Child Welfare.  

I work with adolescents and adults that are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression.  I have experience with those who are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, domestic violence, addiction, child abuse and neglect, and adolescents that are out of their parents’ control.  I am skilled at coaching those with career changes including retirement, employee and employment struggles, college adjustments, life transitions, adjustment problems, and relationship issues.  

I believe in a collaborative approach and draw from a variety of methods that are tailored towards each client’s needs.  I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you to address the challenges that you are facing each day. 

Jaylynne Koch, LPC

Hello, I am Jaylynne Koch. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and PhD Candidate in Developmental Psychology. I work primarily with children ages 2-10. I offer a safe psychological environment to build the therapeutic relationship and allow the freedom for the child to express themselves that is developmentally appropriate. I also work closely with the family system which plays a vital role in the success of therapy with a child.

 

The language of children is play and the toys are the words. I use that language to help children express themselves and process life’s challenges in a developmentally appropriate way. I am trained various evidence-based play therapy and trauma therapy modalities as well as parenting approaches to help meet the need of the child and the family. I also utilize yoga techniques as I am a Registered Yoga Teacher and trained in evidence-based Yoga-CBT.

 

I find it a great privilege to be invited into the world of your child. I also am honored that you would place your trust in me to help your family through whatever issues you may be facing. My work is important in the lives of children and their families. I also find it fun to live in the imagination of children!

Ken lingle, lcsw

Hello!  My name is Ken Lingle and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I  have been providing therapy for over 20 years.  I have extensive experience working with children, teens and adults effected by trauma.  I have helped people successfully deal with challenges such as divorce, substance abuse (individual or exposure within the family unit), and child abuse/neglect.  I have also worked extensively with couples and families.  My counseling style is empathic, empowering and strength-based. My approach utilizes a combination of evidence-based interventions depending on the individual need. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy (SFBT).  

SPECIALTIES

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Anger

Amanda Crum, mftc

Hello! I am Amanda Crum. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate. I graduated from Capella University in 2020 and am working towards my LMFT. I specialize in systemic work. I believe we are impacted by our environments, whether that is family, relationships, friends, school, work, church, going to the grocery store, an encounter with a stranger, everything impacts or shapes us. I work with individuals, couples, friendships, families, teens and children.

I work collaboratively with my clients to create achievable, realistic goals and hold my clients accountable. A successful outcome will include honesty, openness, vulnerability, and working hard. I will create a safe space for my clients to build trust and explore this journey with them. The therapy modalities that guide me are Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and MRI Systemic Therapy. I have several trainings in play therapy techniques.

Jennifer Keyser, LPC

I have eight years of experience as a counselor. I have worked with a wide variety of issues involving both mental health and substance abuse. I primarily use elements of CBT, solution focused, and person-centered therapy but tailor my approach to fit each individual’s needs. I am empathetic and have a listening ear. I will give you a safe space to be able to share without judgment. I am here to help you navigate whatever struggles life has handed you.

stefney dunson, LPC

Along with being a Licensed Professional Counselor, Stefney is a retired veteran of 28-years. While in the military, he was responsible for the overall health, morale, and welfare of assigned personnel. He dealt extensively with psycho-social concerns and adjustment issues for Service Members and their families. He worked together with medical treatment facility regarding issues dealing with suicide awareness. He has also conducted group therapy in Pueblo, CO with teens that had interaction with law enforcement due to marijuana use.

Erica Palmer, Psy.D

In over a decade of clinical experience, I have worked with adolescents and adults experiencing trauma, depression, suicidal tendencies, suffering with personality disorders, bipolar issues, and psychotic disorders. For the last 9 years, I have developed a passion for helping people of all walks of life to transform themselves and make the changes in their lives that they desire. I meet my clients where they are from a humanistic and validating approach that has proven effective no matter where the starting point for change may be. From major depression and complex PTSD, including suicidal situations, to bipolar and schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses, I have experience and expertise in all of these areas as well as with personality disorder issues.
No matter where you find yourself today, I can help you find a path to a better tomorrow. I can offer you a safe place to start that work today.

Ashley larsen, MSW, CAC II

When you connect with me, you can expect an honest conversation about your patterns, challenges, and goals. Together, we can figure out the pieces that are no longer working and identify the areas that you want to grow and strive for. I am passionate about providing a safe space for managing addictions for teens and adults. My approach to therapy is strengths-based. I want to work together to identify strategies and supports that will build on your foundation and support your recovery. I am also passionate about working with teens and adults around domestic violence, anxiety, depression, and general mental health concerns. I value authenticity in our work and incorporate an approach that is person-centered, trauma -informed, and transparent.

I have been practicing over the last 15+ years in various capacities within the mental health world including residential treatment for adolescents, community mental health centers, domestic violence focused treatment, collaboration with the offender population, addictions focused therapy, and in-patient behavioral health. I graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s in social work in 2007 and with a master’s in social work in 2008 from DU. Evidence based treatments I am trained in and often pull into sessions include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Person Centered Therapy (PCT).

I offer in office and telehealth sessions for adults and adolescents.  I look forward to supporting you in your recovery journey with mental health and/or addictions!

Patrice Werling, Psy.d

Dr. Patrice Werling is a licensed psychologist and Colorado native. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Dr. Werling has training and experience in evidenced-based therapy working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and bipolar disorder, as well as people navigating life transitions, relationship concerns, and chronic health conditions. She has worked in community mental health centers, schools, and inpatient hospital services for clients of all ages with a special emphasis in trauma-informed treatments and working with underserved communities. Dr. Werling has also conducted research in alternative treatments for the physical and mental impacts of managing autoimmune diseases and this research informs her approach in helping clients through a holistic, biopsychosocial model.

Debbi Johns, psy.d

Dr. Debbi earned a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1997 from Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology in California. She has experience working with severely mentally ill adults and teens, chronic pain patients, individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries, children and teens with trauma histories, and special needs children and their families. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in East Los Angeles at Roybal Family Mental Health Clinic in 1995-97 and then raised four children with her husband. Dr. Debbi taught psychology at the college level and substitute taught at all levels of the school system. She completed a postdoctoral internship with Brain and Body Integration where she continues to do weekly evaluations. Dr. Debbi became a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado in 2021. Her life experiences as a wife, mother, teacher, friend, therapist, and diagnostician have resulted in a whole person approach. Dr. Debbi is a client-centered clinician who prefers an eclectic approach, considers the whole person, and works to integrate body, mind, spirit. She also works with issues related to faith. Dr. Debbi engages with families, women, children, and adolescents. On a personal note, she and her husband have been married 29 years and enjoy traveling.

Soraya Orr, LPC

Hello, My name is Soraya Orr, The therapeutic process should be genuine and comfortable, this mean you getting to know me.

I have a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of Saint Elizabeth. I’ve been practicing for over six years.

I am a mother of three wonderful children with special needs. I understand stress, life transitions, and how lonely it can all get. I have been there myself.

Issues

BIPOC, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Greif, Life transitions, Family problems, anger management, LGBTQ, etc..

Approach to Therapy

My goal is to provide you the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings without having to filter what you want to say. I want to help you identify coping strategies and understand how to use them. I use a caring, empathetic, and motivational approach to help guide you on the path of healing and growth.

I use integrative techniques to help meet you where you are and give you the personalized care that you need.  Some therapeutic approaches I use are, CBT, Mindfulness, Trauma Focused, Solutions Focused.  Most importantly, I get to know you as an individual and meet you where you are.

What My clients should expect to take away

My goal is to provide you unconditional positive regard and empathy while helping you identify maladaptive patterns of thinking and behaviors that could be getting in the way of you living your best authentic self. I want to help you become a better problem solver, no matter how big, or small your concerns are.

My specialties include supporting clients experiencing anxiety, depression, processing trauma, recent life transitions, and difficulties developing/maintaining healthy relationships.

Debi Barela

Administrative Assistant

Debi graduated from Otero Junior College with an AA Degree emphasizing on Business Management.  She started her career in human resource and office management.  Debi joined the administrative staff at AWR in October 2018.  Since then she has worked in the therapy offices, helping each therapist manage and build their independent practice.   She loves being a part of a team who is helping people achieve their mental health goals.   Her focus is on keeping herself mentally and physically healthy, through diet, mediation, hiking, running and weightlifting.  She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and grandchildren.