leadership team

Ryan Cole, Psy.D


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.

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. 

Joseph Ramharack, MD

Medical Doctor

Bio Coming Soon

Lisa Nicodemus, RN

Registered Nurse

Lisa received her Bachelors in Nursing from University of Colorado in 2013, as well as her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in 2009. As an acupuncturist, she worked in a community clinic in downtown Seattle. As a nurse, she has worked many years in the addiction and mental health field, holding certifications in both addiction and psychiatric-mental health nursing. She is passionate about working in the addiction field. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Lindsey stein, RN

Registered Nurse

Lindsey received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in 2016.  Early in her nursing career, she worked in the traditional hospital setting gaining medical surgical and critical care experience.  For the last five years, she has taken her heart for people and nursing skills abroad to India, Uganda, and Argentina while working for a non-profit missionary organization. This is her first job in addiction and mental health. She made the jump to join Achieve Whole Recovery out of a passion and desire to help those suffering from the all encompassing effects of addiction and mental health illnesses. She is a die hard Green Bay Packers fan who rarely misses a game. When the Packers aren’t in season, she loves to be with people and stay active outdoors! 

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.

Sarah Norman, BA

Medical assistant

Sarah graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Since graduation, she has been involved in healthcare in many aspects including phlebotomy, home health, and senior care. Her hope is that her experiences at AWR and those in the past will help her achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a Physicians Assistant. Sarah is passionate about serving others and helping them achieve their goals. In her free time, you can find Sarah jogging the trails of Colorado Springs and spending time with her husband and dog, Lincoln.

Jaecynda Nienhuser

certified nursing assistant

Jaecynda is a new CNA currently attending the University of Wyoming to attain a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Jaecynda is excited to be here at AWR and is very intrigued by the different aspects of addiction medicine. She enjoys interacting with others, and is very friendly and outgoing. In her free time, Jaecynda enjoys playing basketball and cooking.

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.

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.

Reece Blood

Administrative Assistant

Reece joined the Achieve Whole Recovery team in April of 2022 as an Administrative Assistant. He has 3+ years of customer service experience and is currently in the Air Force Reserve as an Administrative Assistant as well. He is originally from Dallas Texas, but has moved around his whole life due to being in a military family. When not at work, you can likely find him in the gym where he enjoys spending his free time. He also enjoys a good game of chess when he can fit it into his schedule! Reece is excited to work for AWR, and can guarantee that he will bring a happy, caring attitude to work!

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.

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. 

Dan Low, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dan Low is a board certified adult psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2000 from Rochester Community and Technical College. He worked as a Registered Nurse in various capacities at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He also provided care at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital and Winneshiek Medical Center in rural Iowa. In 2009, Dan obtained his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Drexel University. He obtained ANCC certification as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2009 as well. Since then he has worked as an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner at Backbone Area Counseling Center in Manchester, IA; Regional Family Health (integrated primary care) in Manchester, IA; St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA; AspenPointe (both inpatient and outpatient services) in Colorado Springs, CO; and Value Care Health Clinic (integrated primary care) in Colorado Springs, CO.

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


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


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.

Syamjith Jayadevan, PMHNP


Syamjith Jayadevan has been in the healthcare industry since 2010. He graduated from University of Kerala with a BSN in 2010. After working as a RN in a psychiatric emergency room at the onset of his career in one of the busiest Level I trauma hospitals in Texas, Syamjith found a passion to help people beyond the duties as a RN. This encouraged him to pursue his Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Texas at Arlington and his Psychiatric Mental Health specialization from University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. Syamjith brings with him his passion to help people and his experience working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient clinic managing chronic disease and in the emergency room managing urgent and higher acuity illness. As an RN he has worked in a wide variety of settings ranging from Psychiatric ER to Surgical ICU. When he is not working, he enjoys outdoors, hiking, cycling, and playing soccer.

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!

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-Jordan, Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Gaal-Jordan 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


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).  


  • Trauma
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Anger

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.