Meet Our Team!
Dr. Jon E. Eggert, EdD, NCC
Licensed Psychologist and Board-Certified Counselor
Following two decades of engaging in Forensic Psychology Practice at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, Dr. Eggert has returned to a setting (A New Leaf Therapy) for which his earlier background, education, and training, is a good fit. With Master’s Degrees in Counseling and Guidance and Theology/Philosophy, and a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology, plus over 30 years of marriage and family life, he is prepared to work with individuals, couples, and families as they navigate the ups and downs and twists and turns of their lives.
Dr. Eggert values work-life balance, individualized fitness and health, healthy recreation and leisure, and interpersonal relationship effectiveness. When depression, anxiety, fear, negative core beliefs, addictions, and other behaviors get in the way of these and other individualized values and goals, therapy can really be helpful. Dr. Eggert can accept Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Humana, Cigna, Medicare, Park Care, and self-pay.
Crystal Gerlock, LCSW
Crystal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is an expert in grief and loss to include complicated grief, and traumatic grief. She also has over 20 years of experience working with trauma, attachment disorders, caregivers, anxiety and depression. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences. She provides individual and couples therapy. She received her undergraduate degree in social work from CSU-P and her Graduate degree in social work from Newman University.
Crystal works from a strength based, person centered approach as she understands that each individual has a different set of life experiences, strengths, struggles and cultural background. She uses multiple techniques in her treatment to meet clients where they are which include but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Meridian therapy, EMDR, Art/Expressive Therapy and Brain Synchronization Therapy. Crystal works collaboratively with her clients to achieve an improved quality of life. She can currently accept self-pay, Cigna, United, Medicare, Humana and Park Care. She has applied for other insurances and we're just waiting to hear back.
Rachel Donohue-Dupler, LCSW
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who draws upon her clinical and community organizing experience to provide individuals and families with holistic, anti-oppressive, and person-centered therapeutic services. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Hunter College and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Political Science from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Rachel has worked with families and people of all ages dealing with a number of issues including depression, anxiety, complex trauma, attachment issues, and grief. Rachel provides individual and family therapy. Interventions are individualized to each client and can include CBT, mindfulness, somatic, Narrative Therapy, and various other modalities. Rachel also uses a Systems approach to explore and address the injuries caused by institutional oppression. She believes every person deserves a safe authentic space where their feelings can be freely expressed and where each person is seen as the expert of their own experience and their own healing. Rachel uses a relational and existential framework to walk with her clients and support them on their journey towards their own liberation and healing. Rachel is currently able to accept Medicare, Humana, Tricare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Cigna, Aetna, Park Care, and self-pay.
Erin Boling, LPC
Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working in a community mental health agency with adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from The University of Akron and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University.
She has experience in the treatment of a variety of mental health diagnoses such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, relationship conflict, personality disorders and trauma. She has also received training in the treatment of substance use disorders and has an astute understanding of the relationship between substance use and mental health.
Erin utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and enjoys integrating mindfulness techniques into her practice. She approaches the therapeutic relationship from a person-centered approach, as she understands that each individual has a different set of life experiences, strengths, struggles, and cultural backgrounds. She strives to facilitate a sense of personal empowerment for others and works collaboratively with clients to achieve an improved quality of life. Erin is able to accept Park Care, Anthem BCBS, Optum/United, Cigna, Humana, Aetna, Kaiser, and self-pay, and she is in the process of getting contracted with the following insurance companies and hopes to be able to accept Tricare within the next few months.
Kristin Brown, LPC
Kristin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Geneva College and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University. She is a part-time Psychology professor at Colorado State University Pueblo. Kristin specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families; and has over 10 years of experience in the field. Her areas of expertise include trauma, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, Autism, family discord, self-esteem/body image issues, parents/siblings of children with disabilities, and the LGBTQIA+ population. Her experience ranges from family and behavioral therapy within the home, school, and community settings; inpatient hospitalization; and outpatient therapy (school-based, individual, family, and group).
Kristin works from a holistic and strengths-based approach; and believes in the mind, body, and soul connection. She utilizes multiple techniques in her treatment which include, but are not limited to, art/expressive therapy, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Kristin has found great value in spending time in nature, gardening, cooking, and practicing yoga. Based on these values, she strives to incorporate horticulture therapy and adventure-based therapy into her therapeutic practice in the future.
Kristin plans to offer two separate groups at A New Leaf Therapy which will focus on children going through life changes, and teen girls struggling with self-esteem, body image, and self-care. Stay tuned for more information regarding these offerings. Kristin provides individual and family therapy.
Kristin can take Cigna, Humana, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Kaiser, Medicaid, Tricare, and Park Care!
Regan Young, LCSW, CACIII
Regan is an expert in therapy for trauma, anxiety disorders, and depression. She has 20 years of experience working with these issues in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and community mental health centers.
Regan provides treatment with the goals of increasing vitality and happiness while also reducing or eliminating symptoms. Regan's clients have often said that their work with her taught them to love themselves again. Trauma can be life changing, but therapy can be life changing too!
Regan specializes in working with physicians, first responders, business owners, and therapists. She provides the most effective treatment approaches to help people reach their goals, and uses a variety of interventions so she can match the therapy to the experience you're looking for. Regan is credentialed at the highest levels of EMDR as a certified therapist and Approved Consultant. She is also extensively trained in Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture, Emotional Freedom Technique, and more. Regan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Cigna, Park Care, Kaiser, Tricare, Aetna, and self-pay.
Levi Middleton LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Levi Middleton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Full Operating Level Treatment Provider and Evaluator approved by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board. He is the Program Manager for offense specific services at A New Leaf Therapy. He has nearly 15 years experience working with mandated clients including adults and juveniles involved in the criminal justice system, especially those who have sexually offended. He has extensive knowledge in psychosexual risk and the use of PPG and VRT assessments. He has also provided expert testimony for proceedings in the criminal court of law.
Levi received his Associate of Arts degree from Lamar Community College in 1997. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo with a focus on fine arts and psychology in 2000. He received his Master’s Degree in clinical mental health from Adams State University in 2009. He has been listed with the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board since 2010.
Levi has experience working in various venues, including the Colorado Boys Ranch, a psychiatric residential child-care facility for adolescent boys, the Colorado Division of Youth Services, and in the private sector with two prominent agencies. Levi accepts Park Care and self pay.
Kimberly Blackwelder, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of social work and mental health since 2010. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2012 and has experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings to include public high school and mentoring programs, Colorado State Departments, and private practice providing substance abuse and mental health treatment.
She believes in the resiliency and strength of each person and works from a strengths-based perspective and a person-centered approach. She uses a collaborative approach to treatment with her clients to find the best fit of therapeutic interventions to treat a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, personality disorders, family and relationship issues, and substance abuse. In addition to competency in traditional therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she also specializes in utilizing Animal Assisted Interventions in order to assist clients in reaching their therapy goals and realize lasting change. Her therapy dog, Daniel, is a black Labrador terrier mix certified through Pet Partners to assist in enhancing the therapeutic process. Kim accepts Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Park Care, Medicare, Tricare, Kaiser, United, Medicaid, and self pay.
Megan Milberger, MSW
Megan is a Registered Psychotherapist who received her master’s
degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England.
She has 5 years of experience working with children, teens and
families in both group and individual settings. Over the past year
Megan has developed her skill set to include an array of strategies
to aid adults and couples well being. Her areas of experience
include addressing trauma, depression, anxiety, cognitive
distortions, adjustment disorder, and relationship conflicts.
Megan enjoys working from a strengths-based, client-centered and
solution-focused approach with implements of Motivational
Interviewing, Ego-State Therapy, Exposure and Response
Prevention, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among other
techniques. She is trained in Brian Synchronization Therapy for trauma therapy and in Level One of the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. Individualized care is crucial to her therapeutic approach. She aims to enable and strengthen clients with the resources, tools and life skills needed to overcome obstacles through strategies of empowerment, personal-reflection and growth, and a positive outlook of change.
She looks forward to each unique experience working with a
diverse array of individuals and families. She hopes to
continue learning and expanding her knowledge base for the
continuance of her lifetime. At this time Megan accepts self-pay, Aetna, Cigna, and Medicaid.
Rachel Hadaway is proud to have earned her BSW through Colorado State University and her MSW through Colorado State University-Pueblo. She has a history of working with people with disabilities, victims of violence, and in the child welfare system. Rachel is looking forward to working with teenagers and adults who have a wide array of backgrounds. Rachel works from a strengths based, person in environment approach. By giving clients the tools and support they need Rachel hopes to help them thrive in their lives. Rachel is excited to work with clients in order to meet them where they are and continue to grow and learn through this experience. Rachel provides individual and couples therapy. Rachel accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and self-pay.
Mona Moncibais, MSW
Mona Moncibais is a recent graduate of Colorado State University Pueblo with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University Pueblo in 2017. Mona has a history of working with developmentally disabled adults, and is focused in working to improve quality of care while reducing stigma for individuals with mental illness. Mona works with individuals of various ages who have been exposed to trauma. She is trained in Brain Synchronization Therapy and her approach to therapy is client-centered and strengths based. Mona is excited to meet clients where they are and help them improve their quality of life. Mona accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and self-pay.
Sarah Lawler, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Sarah Lawler is a recent graduate of Adams State University with a Master’s degree in Counseling with emphasis in Clinical Mental Health. She completed her internship with A New Leaf Therapy, working with clients facing a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief and loss. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Sarah also has experience providing ABA therapy for children and adolescents, and recently worked at an intensive outpatient eating disorder clinic, providing group therapy. Through her work as a hospice volunteer, Sarah has developed a passion for supporting clients through experiences of grief and loss. She loves working with clients of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Sarah accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, and self-pay.
Julie Silvestri, MFT-C
Marriage and Family Therapist
Julie recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Julie has experience providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and working with children with developmental disabilities, as well as their families. She also has experience working with the geriatric population. Julie is an open-minded individual with a passion to help her clients in support and therapeutic growth. Her specialties are with families, their kids, and couples, looking at how the family system functions, generational cycles of patterns, and work with the client(s) to break these cycles. She also aims to create a space of safety and acceptance for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Julie provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Julie is excited to continue learning and helping clients of all ages. Julie accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and self-pay.
Graduate Student Intern
Jasmine Carlson is a graduate student who is completing her Master’s Degree from University of Western States online in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and her E.d.D. In Sports Performance Psychology. Jasmine completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2020 at Concordia University, St. Paul. Jasmine has worked in the field of coaching for 10+ years and in non-profit, disaster relief, and crisis intervention for 20 years, Jasmine has specialized working with youth in crisis and using physical training to improve mental health. Jasmine is from Wyoming and has traveled the entire USA and around the world, she has also lived in Mexico where she attended Spanish language school. Jasmine is an elite level athlete and a lover of the outdoors, camping, hiking, running, cycling, and horseback riding. Jasmine takes a strength-based approach with her clients and believes that everyone has a valuable story to tell and life to live. Jasmine accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and self-pay. We offer a reduced session rate for seeing graduate interns.
Graduate Student Intern
Alan Owens is a graduate intern currently completing his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, where he also earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Psychology. Alan is a Colorado native and has spent extensive periods of time outside of the country, bringing a wide array of experiences and an inclusive mindset to his practice. Alan believes every person experiences the world in their own unique way. As such he believes it is important to understand a person’s story to find the best therapeutic process. He takes a multi-modal and whole person approach to therapy, applying techniques from a variety of orientations to best fit an individual’s needs. Alan is a researcher at the Lyda Hill Institute of Resilience, focusing his research on trauma recovery, self-efficacy, resilience, suicide attempts, and mindfulness. Alan accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and self-pay. We offer a reduced session rate for seeing graduate interns.
Graduate Student Intern
Danielle Tye is a graduate student intern who is completing a Master’s degree in Social Work through Concord University online. Danielle completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2010 from Marshall University. She has been working in the mental health field for ten years and has experience working with both adolescents and adults from different backgrounds. She looks forward to working with diverse client populations. Danielle is enthusiastic about helping individuals with depression and anxiety learn ways to cope and thrive. Danielle is originally from West Virginia and moved to Colorado with her fiancée, daughter, and two dogs. She loves the great outdoors and can be found hiking on a trail in her spare time. She will be at New Leaf Therapy until her graduation in fall 2022, when she will pursue her individual licensure. Danielle can take Aetna, Cigna, Medicaid, and a reduced self-pay rate. Danielle is on a school break and will return in January of 2022.
Graduate Student Intern
Daneen is a graduate intern pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health from Adams State University. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2014. She has worked in the mental health field for five years, providing crisis intervention and connecting others with community resources. She has experience with individual and group therapy.
Daneen believes the whole person, mind, body, and spirit work together to establish harmony in daily life. Her approach is integrative and holistic, using Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, and Family Systems Therapy with a touch of mindfulness to address life's challenges. Daneen is passionate about helping others live their best life.
In her free time, Daneen enjoys concerts, sporting events, listening to different sorts of music, and riding her bike. Daneen accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and self-pay. We offer a reduced session rate for seeing graduate interns.
Rachel Soto, BS, CAS
Graduate Student Intern
Rachel is a graduate intern pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She completed her bachelor's in Psychology in 2020 from CCU and is a Certified Addiction Specialist. Rachel has been working in the substance use field since 2013 and has experience working with individuals involved in the legal system as well as pregnant women and women who are post-partum. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from a strengths-based and person-centered approach to treatment. Rachel is looking forward to the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Graduate Student Intern
Jessy is a graduate student at Adams State University. She is currently working towards her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and will pursue her LPC licensure after graduating in May of 2022. Her passion lies in helping others find their path towards healing, and meeting clients where they are so they can work towards holistic wellbeing. She has been in the mental health field for 7 years, and has experience with adults and teenagers from diverse backgrounds. She works from a client-centered approach, and has experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, and
snowboarding in the great outdoors of Colorado with her husband and their two dogs.
Miranda Puente, BSW
Graduate Student Intern
Miranda is a graduate intern pursuing her master’s in Social Work at Colorado State University Pueblo. She also received her Bachelors in Social Work from CSUP in May 2021. Miranda has counseling experience in a hospital setting often with ages 30 and above. Miranda is a supportive intern whose passion is empowering others and watching them grow. Her focus is on mental and behavioral health. Her approach technique is applying Cognitive behavioral therapy and strengths-based perspective. She is eager to learn new skills to help clients succeed in a diverse setting. Miranda accepts Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and self-pay.
Graduate Student Intern
Peg is an intern in pursuit of a master’s degree in Social Work at CSU-Pueblo. As a former educator of students with physical and behavioral issues, she encouraged young people to identify and build upon their strengths, recognizing that people have different life experiences that color their perceptions of the world they live in. Some individuals find that experiencing other domains such as exercise including Tai Chi, yoga, walking in nature, and activities with animals, may enhance their outlook on life. Peg has also had careers in the fields of animal services and special education. As a Social Work student, she is learning to incorporate different techniques including solution focused therapy, CBT, and mindfulness to meet the needs and empower people who present for help.
A New Leaf Therapy is lucky to have Michael Gallion as our Billing Manager. You may receive emails from Michael requesting and providing information about your insurance benefits.
Receptionist, Administrative Assistant
Nicole Friend is one of our administrative assistants. She does quality control, office tasks, and some of our human resources duties.
Lina N Poulson
Receptionist, Administrative Assistant
Lina Poulson is our receptionist and one of our administrative assistants. Lina is usually who you will reach when you call our office Monday through Friday from 8-5. She is really nice and easy to talk to, but if you're nervous to call for any reason you can also schedule with Lina by text at our main office number, which is 719-948-7120.
Sunny is one of our therapy dogs! She's a 3 year old mini-Goldendoodle. She loves to snuggle.
Daniel is one of our therapy dogs! He's a Lab and Scottish Terrier mix and is 7 years old. If you meet with Kim, chances are you'll meet with Daniel too. He's squishy and soft, and he's a great listener.