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Boú Amaya, LPCC, NCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Candidate

Boú Amaya
Boú is a licensed professional counselor candidate who recently graduated from Adams State University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also maintains credentials as a National Certified Counselor. Boú has experience providing Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Grief Therapy, and Christian Counseling to adolescents and adults. She is also trained in Brain Synchronization Therapy, which is an approach to trauma therapy.

Boú is passionate about serving individuals who are battling with anxiety, depression, grief, and self-worth. By helping others identify their strengths and taking the time to work through past and present obstacles, Boú believes it is possible for each person to turn over a new leaf and have a life changing experience.

Currently Accepted:

Selfpay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Ronald Smith

Licensed Psychologist

Boú Amaya
I appreciate the opportunity to share about myself and my life experiences, and to be able to serve individuals and families in Southern Colorado. I am the son of an elementary school teacher and office supply salesman who grew up in smalltown Ohio in 1950s/1960s. My mother grew up on a farm, and the odds that I would ever be involved in counseling/psychology may have seemed pretty remote at that time. But after attending university in Ohio and being exposed to New York City from a previous relationship, a whole world opened up to me that I had never seen. I was introduced to psychotherapy/counseling by professional mentors who led me to want to aid and help others, and I have been in professional practice for almost 45 years. My wife MJ is the strongest person I have ever met in her recovery from severe injury in the last 40 years, and she has also served others as a licensed massage therapist for 32 years as well. I was in private practice in Ohio for 16 years before moving to Colorado, and have worked in child protection/social service, juvenile prisons, medical and psychiatric hospitals, mental health centers, and marriage and family services. I have taught students in Colorado colleges and schools, yet I have seen myself as a counselor/therapist training other healers and mental health practitioners. It is extremely rewarding when you see yourself making a difference, and I have worked with children/teens, individuals, couples and families. I enjoy the process of helping others to help themselves, serving others in Pueblo and Southern Colorado, being part of a team of servics professionals at A New Leaf Therapy.
Currently Accepted:

Self pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Humana, Tricare, Cigna, United, Kaiser, Parkcare

Samantha Coleman, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Boú Amaya
Samantha is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adam’s State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University – Pueblo, and a Psychiatric Technician Certificate from Pueblo Community College. She also maintains credentials as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).
Samantha has 17 years of experience working with adults, families, and children in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, a residential treatment center, a school setting, and a community mental health center. She discovered her love for trauma work while treating youth that have been the victims of sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking. Samantha believes in the importance of helping clients to both find and create internal and external safety to treat trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief/loss. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, somatic interventions, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brain Synchronization Therapy (BST), and Solution Focused Techniques. Samantha incorporates psychoeducation in sessions to help clients find language, meaning, and understanding for their experiences. Healing and change can be scary, but you are not alone in this journey.
Currently Accepted:

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser, United, Parkcare Cigna, Aetna, self-pay.

Marilyn Hart Laughlin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Boú Amaya
Marilyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices psychotherapy with adults as individuals or in groups. She received her Masters in Social Work in 2013 from University of South Florida - Tampa. She has 10 years of experience in social work and therapy. She worked in a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and in a community mental health clinic providing therapy for diverse populations. Marilyn’s professional training includes trauma-informed therapy, grief/bereavement therapy, solution-focused therapy and continuing education for Yoga instructors. She holds an RYT-500 certification in Yoga teacher training and includes teaching meditation and Yoga as adjunct treatment in psychotherapy. Marilyn works with clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. She also works with clients learning to improve self-worth after divorce or abuse. Marilyn has a passion for empowering clients to achieve their goals in life and in therapy. She believes that everyone can create the life they want by learning coping skills to manage the ups and downs that most people encounter.
Currently Accepted:

Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United (UHC), Self Pay, Park Care, Cigna, Aetna Kaiser

Venice Gallegos, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Boú Amaya
Venice comes to us with 30 years experience working with adults, couples, teenagers and children with expertise in helping people of all sexual orientations through all manner of pain whether affecting concentration, anxiety, difficulty managing daily life, feeling angry and unheard when what you really are is heart-broken or scared, about a few things. Or, feeling lost and unseen, friends or not, we can sometimes feel alone, secretly afraid there’s something wrong with us and don’t know what to do with that. Venice is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with years of experience listening and helping people find and do their work on their terms. She works with individuals of all ages, and also provides couples and family therapy. She likes to say that the client leads and she collaborates, grateful to be the working partner for this part of the journey. Further, she offers mind-body practices closely aligned with gratitude work, believing that this work can help quiet the static our repetitive thoughts create, better enabling our clients to do the work they came for. She also has 20 years experience as a sandtray therapist, using this work in a number of different ways, sometimes helping a child or family communicate or seek further services, for example, and sometimes letting sandtray be of more use in other ways, whether a soothing tool or a way to work in silence when needed for adults too. Venice has developed a way to work with couples that goes deep and changes lives. Her people have told her so. She loves this work because very often the parties involved actually learn how to really negotiate through uncomfortable feelings, making all the difference along the way for all involved.
Venice received her Masters in Community Counseling from Adams State and her Bachelors from USC-Colorado. Starting her career at Parkview, working on the mental health floors and Emergency Department, she was schooled in a systems approach to client care that she maintains to this day, identifying that one’s sense of self is formed through the experiences you enjoy or endure and what you say they mean as each of us grow up. Experience has taught her that when the alliance between client/s and therapist is enabled to be built and mutually trusted, the work can often feel lighter, even powerful, definitely different than what the client first feared therapy might be. She looks forward to meeting you.
Currently Accepted:

Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United (UHC), Self Pay, Park Care, Cigna Kaiser

Taylor Lopez-Cepero, RD

Registered Dietician

Boú Amaya
Taylor is a Registered Dietitian who received her Master's Degree in Dietetics Systems Leadership from Montana State University. She has experience working with women, infants and children providing breastfeeding and nutrition education with the WIC program at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) specializing in breastfeeding and prenatal/postpartum nutrition, and has received specialized training in nutrition for mental health.

Taylor is a Registered Dietitican who works with people who have been diagnosed with a medical condition such as prediabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, etc. using evidence based medical nutrition therapy. She believes in personalized nutrition counseling based on her client's goals and provides accountability for individuals struggling with low motivation to change their habits. Taylor aims to help people heal their relationship with food by coaching on how to mindfully eat to reduce stress and anxiety at mealtime. She believes we all deserve to treat our body's with respect and acceptance no matter what size or shape we are.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Tricare Out of Network

Crystal Gerlock, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Boú Amaya

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.
Currently Accepted:

United (UHC), Humana, Cigna, Park Care, Self Pay, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Kaiser

Kristin Brown, LPC

Clinical Director

Boú Amaya
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 Pennsylvania State University. She is the Clinical Director at A New Leaf and facilitates the Internship Program. She is also a part-time Psychology professor at Colorado State University, Pueblo.
Kristin specializes in working with children and adolescents; and has over 10 years of experience in the field. 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 spirit connection. She utilizes multiple techniques in her treatment which include, but are not limited to, Expressive/Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Meridian Therapy, Acudetox, and Brain Synchronization Therapy.
Kristin has found great value in spending time in nature, gardening, cooking, and practicing yoga. Based on these values, she strives to incorporate these practices into her therapy approaches whenever she can! Kristin provides individual, group, and family therapy.
Currently Accepted:

Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United (UHC), Humana, Cigna, Park Care, Self Pay, Tricare, Kaiser

Rachel Donohue-Dupler, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Boú Amaya
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.
Currently Accepted:

Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United (UHC), Humana, Cigna, Park Care, Self Pay, Medicare, Tricare, Kaiser

Kimberly Blackwelder, LCSW

11th Street Downtown Program Director

Boú Amaya
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 - DOC and DHS, CSU-P Counseling Center, and in private practice settings providing substance abuse and mental health treatment. She has been supervising A New Leaf Therapy graduate interns since the program started in 2018.

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 with her clients to find the best fit of therapeutic interventions to help them reach their goals.

Kim is passionate about healing trauma in all the forms it may take in our lives. "Trauma is a fact of life, but it’s not a life sentence." - Peter Levine PHD

Kim uses a variety of therapies to help match clients with the type of experience they are looking for. She works with adolescents and adults. Kim is trained in multiple therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, EMDR, Acudetox, BST, and energy psychology techniques. She also specializes in utilizing Animal Assisted Interventions in order to assist clients in reaching their therapy goals and realize lasting change. She's completed extensive continuing education at The Institute for Human Animal Connection at Denver University. Her therapy dog, Daniel, is a black Labrador terrier mix certified through Pet Partners and he visits clients when they're in the office. Kim also has two therapy horses, Sunny and Georgia, who are the stars of A New Leaf Therapy's Horse Play Equine Therapy program. Kim is currently a Level one EQUUSOMA Practitioner and will complete her advanced training in 2023.
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
Currently Accepted:

Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tricare, Kaiser, United (UHC), Park Care, Self Pay, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Megan Milberger, MSW

Registered Psychotherapist

Boú Amaya
Megan is a Registered Psychotherapist who received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England. She has experience working with children, teens and families in both group and individual settings. 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 and Trauma Focused CBT, Level One of the Gottman Method for Couples, and part of the NADA acudetox team. 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.

Megan 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.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Rachel Aguirre, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Boú Amaya
Rachel Aguirre is a Licensed Social Worker with a history of working with people with disabilities, victims of violence, and in the child welfare system. Rachel is proud to have earned her BSW through Colorado State University and her MSW through Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Rachel works from a strengths based, person in environment approach. She uses multiple evidence based practices that include, but aren’t limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Brain Synchronization Therapy. Rachel is also a couples therapist, using the Gottman Method to work with couples to better their relationships. By giving clients the tools and support they need Rachel hopes to help them thrive in their lives.
Rachel is passionate about supporting professionals, parents, and young adults with whatever they are coming in with and meeting them where they are. She is actively engaging in different trainings in order to provide best practice to her clients, both as individuals and as couples.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Regan Young, LCSW, CACIII

CEO

Boú Amaya
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.
Currently Accepted:

Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, Cigna, Park Care, Self Pay, Medicare, Tricare, Kaiser

Mona Moncibais, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Boú Amaya

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.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Julie Silvestri, MFT-C

Marriage and Family Therapist

Boú Amaya

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.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Levi Middleton LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Boú Amaya
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.
Currently Accepted:

Park Care, Self Pay

Daneen Tafoya, MS

Master Levels therapist

Boú Amaya
Daneen is a recent graduate with 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.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Rachel Soto, MA, LPC-C, CAS

Licenced Professional Counselor-Candidate, Certified Addictions Specialist

Boú Amaya
Rachel (Rae) Soto, MA, LPC-C, CAS
Licenced Professional Counselor-Candidate, Certified Addictions Specialist

Rae is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate and a Certified Addictions Specialist. She completed her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 2022 and her Bachelor's in Psychology from CCU in 2020. Rae has been working in the substance use field since 2013 as a case manager as well as an addictions counselor and has experience working with individuals involved in the legal system, pregnant women, and women who are postpartum. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy from a strengths-based and person-centered approach to treatment and is also trained in Brain Synchronization Therapy.

Rae believes that everyone has a powerful story to share and aims to provide a safe space for each of her clients. In her spare time, she enjoys going for drives with her family through the mountains, listening to music, reading, and spending time with her grandbaby.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Lindsey Dunbar, LPCC

Psychotherapist

Boú Amaya
Lindsey is a licensed professional counselor candidate (LPCC) who graduated with her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from University of Phoenix in 2022. She earned her first master’s degree in public health sciences and worksite wellness from University of West Florida in 2016 and her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from Colorado State University (CSU) - Pueblo in 2014.

In early 2017, she began working as a health educator for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) on a grant encompassed around mental health and suicide prevention. Through this work and personal experiences, Lindsey discovered her calling to become a counselor and went back for her second another master’s degree. During her time on this program at PDPHE, she was able to become a certified suicide prevention Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper instructor and has done numerous presentations within both Pueblo school districts to teach young people about the importance of talking openly about mental health and how to seek help. Lindsey was also one of the original founders of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Pueblo County (SPCPC), as this topic is very important to her, and she wanted to see this work continue even after her program’s funding ended. Most recently, she was working on a grant around substance abuse prevention and data governance/integration to help provide education on the issue and help create a better treatment system for those suffering from abuse and/or addiction.

Lindsey was also a mentor for several months through Miscarriage Matters, Inc., helping women who have suffered their own losses across the country process, cope, and grieve their pregnancy and/or infant losses. Having gone through five consecutive miscarriages herself, Lindsey became very passionate about this topic, and much of what she went through (combined with her professional experiences in public health) is what led her down the path to counseling. She also taught a personal health and wellness course at CSU-Pueblo for a semester.

Lindsey works from a person-centered, humanistic, and strengths-based approach, while combining aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness practice. She believes there is power in storytelling and first-hand accounts from clients, which is crucial in helping develop a course of individualized treatment that truly resonates with each client. Lindsey is genuine, empathetic, and observant and wants to help clients in a collaborative manner by offering guidance, combined with preferences from the client on how they best heal and manage on their own. Her focus in counseling includes working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma/PTSD, and relationship problems. She loves to work with and help people of all ages, backgrounds, and with varied experiences. In her spare time, Lindsey loves spending time with her husband and two dogs! She especially loves to hike, run, do yoga, being out in nature, playing piano, and traveling!
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, and Cigna

Jasmine Carlson

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Boú Amaya
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. We offer a reduced session rate for seeing graduate interns.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Sarah Millard

Gradute Student Intern

Boú Amaya
Sarah is a graduate student intern who is completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. Sarah completed her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Colorado State University in 2011 and obtained her secondary teaching license in 2015 from Colorado State University-Pueblo. For the past seven years, Sarah has worked as a high school teacher in Canon City, Colorado, a job that helped her realize her passion for helping others. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her partner and their six pets.
Currently Accepted

Selfpay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Zendon Bernal, MSW

Graduate Student Intern

Boú Amaya
I am a graduate student who will be completing my masters degree in social work from Colorado State Univeristy Pueblo in 2023. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Social work from Colorado State University Pueblo May 2022. I was able to work in child welfare in Chicago, Illinois for about four months. Through my experience in the social work department at the college I found my calling in helping people. After being in Chicago I found myself and I knew just then I wanted to further my education. In college I was a collegiate cheerleader for 4 years. I have an menior in Honors, which when helped me find ways to accelerate my learning. I work part time at Starbucks and part time coaching an all star cheer team at Stuntz Academy.

I am excited to be apart of the team here at A New Leaf Therapy, I’ve always dreamed of helping people and now that my dream is coming I can not wait to see what awaits for me!
Currently Accepted:

Selfpay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Joyce Vasquez

Graduate Student Intern

Boú Amaya
Joyce is a graduate intern pursuing her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2020 from CCU. She has been working in the mental health field for the past 2 years and has experience working with both adolescents and adults from diverse populations. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from a person-centered approach to treat clients from various backgrounds. Most of her experience has been in Case Management utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Joyce is excited to help clients reach their treatment goals.
Currently Accepted:

Selfpay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Lois Barger

Gradute student Intern

Boú Amaya
Lois is a graduate student at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is currently working towards her Master of Arts degree in Social Work and will pursue her LCSW licensure after graduating in the summer of 2023. Lois graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo in the spring of 2022. Most of her experience has been in case management, client interaction, and community settings. The majority of Lois’s experience has been working with adults, elderly, and infants from diverse backgrounds. As a Veteran and former Army Medic, she is interested in advancing her knowledge and working with fellow veterans and their families as they deal with matters such as reintegration, PTSD, anxiety, depression and many other problems veterans and their families face on a day to day basis. She works from client-centered and strengths-based approach and has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Aaron, the newlyweds enjoy taking long road trips, hiking, and spoiling their three cats, Cali, Jasper, and Logan rotten.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Cigna, Aetna, medicaid

Tanya Guardamondo

Graduate Student Intern

Boú Amaya
Tanya is a graduate student at Colorado Christian 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 the fall of 2023. Tanya graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado Technical University. Most of her experience has been in case management and acute settings. The majority of Tanya’s experience has been working with adults and seniors from diverse backgrounds. She works from a client-centered approach, and has experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, vacationing in Estes Park, and spoiling their two dogs, Bella and Rusty, rotten.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Brandie Sutton

Graduate Student Intern

Boú Amaya
Brandie is a graduate student who is working towards her Master of Science degree in clinical Mental Health counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Grand Canyon University.
After eighteen years as a Human Resources Director, Brandie has decided to follow her passion and become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Brandie is a wife and mother of four, and is excited to offer experience in both marriage and child raising to her clients, especially with blended families. Brandie
believes strongly in the benefit of premarital counseling, as well as couples and family therapy. She is excited to help individuals, couples, and families to reduce distress and conflict, and to work towards building better communication, and problem solving skills, in order to achieve better relationships and
an overall improvement in well-being.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Michelle Smith

Graduate Student Intern

Boú Amaya
Michelle is a graduate student completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and a Certified Wellness Coach. She spent her career helping people better understand themselves and overcome the various barriers they experience due to severe and persistent mental illnesses, substance abuse issues, trauma, intellectual disabilities, and acquired brain injuries regardless of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, and political affiliation. Michelle works from a client-centered and strengths-based approach. Michelle enjoys colorful Colorado, knitting, and spending time with her family. Michelle is grateful and honored by this opportunity to be a therapist and to help people thrive.
Currently Accepted:

Self Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Natalia Karwasinski

Receptionist, Administrative Assistant

Boú Amaya
Natalia is our receptionist and scheduler for our Mesa Junction offices. Natalia is who you will usually reach when you call our Mesa Junction buildings 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 by text at our main office number, which is 719-948-7120, or by emailing frontdesk@anewleaftherapy.org.

Lina N Poulson

Office Manager

Boú Amaya
Lina Poulson is our Office Manager. Lina is in the office Friday from 8-5. You may occasionally receive emails or calls from Lina about appointments, billing or your chart.

Kim Garcia

Receptionist, Administrative Assistant

Boú Amaya
Kim is our receptionist and scheduler for our downtown offices at 11th Street. Kim is who you will usually reach when you call our Mesa Junction buildings Monday through Friday from 8-5. She is really kind and friendly, but if you're nervous to call for any reason you can also schedule by emailing her at hello@anewleaftherapy.org.

Administration Staff

Lina N Poulson

Office Manager

Lina Poulson is our Office Manager. Lina is in the office Monday through Friday from 8-5. You may occasionally receive emails or calls from Lina about appointments, billing or your chart.
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Dawn Armijo

Billing Specialist

Dawn Armijo is our Billing Specialist. You may receive emails, calls, or texts from Dawn requesting and providing information about payments and your insurance benefits.
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Natalia Karwasinski

Receptionist, Administrative Assistant

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Natalia Karwasinski is our receptionist and scheduler. Nancy 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 by text at our main office number, which is 719-948-7120.

Dog Therapist

Daniel

"Therapy Dog"

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. 
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Sunny

"Therapy Dog"

Sunny is one of our therapy dogs! She's a 3 year old mini-Goldendoodle. She loves to snuggle. 
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