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Meet Our Team!

Halie Alexander

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Halie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. She has experience running therapy groups, working with those struggling with addiction, anxiety, grief and loss, and depression. Halie is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and approaches client’s goals from a strengths-based perspective. She works with adolescents, adults, and enjoys working with the elderly community, utilizing a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Halie is passionate about individualized care and aims to make clients comfortable sharing by incorporating alternatives to traditional therapy, including walk-and-talk therapy, outdoor sessions, and art-based activities.
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Parkcare, Medicare, United, Blue cross Blue Sheild, Kaiser Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid

Jim Tanner, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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I specialize in Christian Counseling, in working with first responders, and in working with men. I am passionate about the belief that men need support from other men. If you're a man looking for extra support in connecting with men, you are welcome to come to a weekly mens' group I facilitate to help them connect with one another. I have had the privilege to serve in the fire service, emergency services, as a chaplain, and a pastor. I was a firefighter for 20 years. I love to provide individual, couples, and family therapy and help others become the person they are created to be! I have six daughters and one awesome grandson! On my off time I love riding my Harley Davidson and training my dog, Harley, to be a therapy dog. Soon he will be in the office with me!
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, BCBS, United, Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid, Humana, Kaiser, Parkcare

Ronald Smith

Licensed Psychologist

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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:

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

Jessica Santangelo, MA. LPC, LAC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Jessica has been practicing as a licensed mental health clinician in a variety of settings over the past 25 years. She has a BA in Fine Arts and Elementary Education from Virginia Wesleyan College, an MA in Community Counseling from Adams State University, and two years of PhD studies in Jungian Psychology from Saybrook University. Additionally, she is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has completed extensive studies in Synergistic Play Therapy. She specializes in treating mood disorders, relationship issues, family issues, and can assist with improving overall life quality and satisfaction. Jessica believes people are influenced by a variety of forces, and approaches therapy from a biopsychosocialspiritual model of treatment. (https://www.verywellmind.com/understanding-the-biopsychosocial-model-7549226). This approach considers many different aspects of each person's life, and the most effective, researched ways of addressing issues in those different areas. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, trauma informed therapy, and mind/body health information to guide and implement treatment. "After many years of treating people in a clinical setting I have learned that there are a myriad of experiences and situations that shape who we are as individuals - mind, body and spirit. It is my intent to learn about these experiences and perceptions to try to understand what is underlying emotions and behaviors, and co-create goals and a treatment plan that meet each individual's needs. I enjoy learning about each client and what makes them unique, and partnering with that person to achieve their best outcomes." Jessica is available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at a New Leaf.
Currently Accepted:

United, Cigna, Aetna, Bluecross BlueSheild, Medicaid, Kaiser, Parkcare

Samantha Coleman, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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, and anxiety. 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, Private-pay.

Marilyn Hart Laughlin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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), Private Pay, Park Care, Cigna, Kaiser

Crystal Gerlock, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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, Private Pay, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Kaiser

Rachel Aguirre, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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:

PrivatePay, Medicare, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, United, Humana, Tricare,

Kristin Brown, LPC

Clinical Director

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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, Private Pay, Tricare, Kaiser

Kimberly Blackwelder, LCSW

11th Street Downtown Program Director

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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.

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 an EQUUSOMA Practitioner and will complete her advanced training in 2023. She is also a Beginning Level Somatic Experience Practitioner.

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.

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
Currently Accepted:

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

Regan Young, LCSW, CACIII

CEO

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Regan is an expert in therapy for trauma, anxiety disorders, and depression. She has 25 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, Private Pay, Medicare, Tricare, Kaiser

Levi Middleton LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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, Private Pay

Jasmine Carlson

Licensed Professional Counseler Canidate Ed.D. candidate

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My name is Jasmine Carlson. I am a LPCC and an Ed.D. candidate in Sport Psychology, I hold certification in trauma, animal assisted therapy, and managing suicide risk. I take a strengths-based approach to therapy where I meet the client where they are, and we collaboratively move forward towards the client’s goals. My style is direct, and attachment based. I work well with individuals in transitional stages of life and young people (who are constantly in transition!).
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser, CHP+

Daneen Tafoya

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

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Daneen is a licensed professional counselor candidate (LPCC). She attended Adams State University graduating with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health. Daneen has seven years of mental health experience working in different capacities.

Daneen has an eclectic approach to therapy using her skills to provide a safe space for clients to focus on overcoming challenges so they can heal. She provides therapeutic services using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, Brain Synchronization Therapy (BST), Trauma Focused-CBT, and Play Therapy. Daneen is passionate about providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds. She offers face to face therapy or telehealth sessions on Thursdays.

Daneen believes the whole person, mind, body, and spirit work together to establish harmony in daily life. Daneen is passionate about serving her community and assisting others to “live their best life.”

Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser

Lindsey Dunbar, LPCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
psychotherapist

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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 will officially earn her license in February 2025. Lindsey graduated with 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 started working on 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. She still offers QPR trainings. In her last months at PDPHE, she was working on a grant around substance abuse prevention and data 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 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 (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), brain synchronization therapy (BST), interpersonal therapy (IPT), 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 and new perspectives to help the client heal and learn how to manage struggles on their own. Her focus in counseling includes working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss (including, specifically, pregnancy and infant loss), trauma/PTSD, and relationship problems. She loves to work with and help people of all ages, backgrounds, and with varied experiences. She offers both in-person and Telehealth sessions. In her spare time, Lindsey loves spending time with her husband and two dogs and especially loves hiking, running, biking, yoga, being out in nature, playing piano, and traveling!
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, , Kaiser Aetna, Cigna, CHP+

Zendon Bernal, SW-C

Clinical Social Worker

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Zendon is a graduate student getting his Masters’ degree in Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Zendon has always wanted to help the youth of our community. “Children are our future, if we are able to intervene and help change their outlook on life now, they will be able to change our lives in the future.” Zendon is an open-minded individual with a passion to help his clients in support and therapeutic growth. He wants to know who you are and why you think and feel the way that you do. He wants to dig deep with you and help you find the problems and then find solutions to fix them in a fast manner.

Zendon works with children and youth ages 5-18. Does your child have behavioral issues, adjustment issues, along with anxious or depressive thoughts? Zendon utilizes a wide variety of tools and techniques, play led therapy, art led therapy, activities, breathing techniques, coping skills, and help kids think outside of the box to help get to the root of the issues.

Zendon works with the LGBTQIA+ community. Helping them understand their unique struggles. Offering unconditional support, safety, and understanding while navigating through what could feel like a breach of peace. As well as reaching for a better understanding for oneself.


He wants to be able to shine a bit of light into someone's darkness.
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:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna , Kaiser

Sarah Millard

Masters Level Therapist

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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

Private Pay , Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna , Kaiser,

Lois Barger

Clinical Social Worker

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Lois is a graduate student at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is currently finishing her last semester in 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 individual therapy throughout her MSW internship at A New Leaf Therapy, as well as case management, client interaction, and community outreach. Lois has experience in working with all ages from various backgrounds. As a Veteran and former Army Medic, she is interested in advancing her knowledge and working with fellow veterans, their families, and other individuals as they deal with matters such as life adjustments, reintegration, PTSD, anxiety, depression and many other concerns people face on a day-to-day basis. She works from a client-centered and strengths-based approach and has experience in Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In her free time, sheenjoys spending time with her husband Aaron. The newlyweds enjoy takinglong road trips, visiting the beach, touring historical shops and museums,hiking, and spoiling their three cats rotten.
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Cigna, Aetna, medicaid , Kaiser,

Teresa Pacheco

MA, MFT-C
Marriage Family Therapist-Candidate

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Teresa comes to A New Leaf Counseling with a BA in Education, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in
Marriage and Family Therapy.
I have 20 years plus of experience as a School Counselor. I worked with students ranging in ages 4-14 as well as working with families. I have also worked in Addiction/Substance Abuse counseling in residential treatment. I am working on attaining a Marriage and Family Therapist certificate provided me with experience counseling couples, families and individuals.

Philosophy of Treatment: I am an empathetic and compassionate counselor, who creates a safe place for my clients to explore and discuss strategies to enhance quality of life. My philosophy is founded in a strength based, all
inclusive, and client centered approach. I am passionate when it comes to my work with couples and families. I love working with couples who are motivated to see positive change in their relationship. During my time as a school counselor, I saw how important it is to work with the family system when a child is experiencing setbacks. I like counseling and teaching families’ vital skills to help them recognize and understand the structure, patterns, and boundaries within the family system.
All identities, backgrounds, and relationship configurations are welcome and honored in this space.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid , Kaiser

Megan Milberger, SWC

Registered Psychotherapist

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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:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna , Kaiser, CHP+

Tanya Guardamondo

LPC-C

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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:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna , Kaiser

Leah Cancino

Clinical Social Worker

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Leah is a Clinical Social Work candidate who graduated with her MSW in 2023 from the University of Oklahoma. She is working on her hours for her LCSW. She obtained her Bachelors degree in 2020 from CSU-Global. She started as an intern therapist with A New Leaf Therapy but has accepted a position as a clinician. Leah is certified in Brain Synchronization Therapy for trauma. She has experience in the area of first responders as she was an EMT for 10 years. She has worked with the incarcerated population as well as those who have suffered from domestic violence. Leah enjoys working with children and hopes to become a licensed play therapist in the future!
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Brandie Sutton

MFT-C, Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

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Brandie recently received her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Grand Canyon University. Brandie specializes in Christian counseling and loves seeing individuals, couples and families. She works from a solution-focused approach which includes DBT, CBT, ACT, as well as Family Systems (Bowenian) therapy & the Gottman Method. Brandie is a wife and mother of four and is eager to offer her experience in marriage and child-raising to her diverse client base. She is passionate about offering her client's safe environment which offers them the opportunity to open up and create a strong therapeutic alliance.
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Stephanie Chamberlin

Licensed Professional Counselor Canidate

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Stephanie is a dedicated and compassionate intern pursing her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Bellevue University, Nebraska. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Chemical Dependency, Substance Use, and Addiction from Grand Canyon University in 2019.
Stephanie has experience working with the addiction population as a certified addiction technician and a registered psychotherapist. She is also certified in acute crisis counseling, enabling her to provide effective care for clients in crisis situations.
Stephanie’s therapeutic approach is centered around the person, focusing on their unique experiences, strengths, and perspectives. She incorporates aspects of attachment theory, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and somatic therapy into her practice, tailoring her approach to the individual needs of each client.
Stephanie views the therapeutic process through a holistic lens, recognizing the importance of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. She values collaboration with her clients, creating a safe and supportive space for them to explore their thoughts, feelings, set goals, and achieve personal growth. She is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of her clients.
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna , CHP+

Mikayla Turner

Graduate Student Intern/ Estudiante de posgrado

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My name is Mikayla, and I am obtaining my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University with the intent of LPC licensure after graduation in spring of 2024. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish as well as one in Psychology from CSU Pueblo and have worked as a qualified Spanish interpreter for years. Through my work as an interpreter, I have worked in various mental health settings where I found my passion for counseling. I believe clients deserve counseling in the language of their hearts and provide services in both English and Spanish. I work from a culturally aware, and culturally sensitive lens with theoretical leanings
towards CBT and Existential therapy. I do believe in a collaborative approach and cater care to each individual client and their needs. Personally, I love everything to do with art, enjoy knitting, music, reading, and spending time with my loved ones.

Mi nombre es Mikayla, y estoy obteniendo mi Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en Adams State University con la intención de obtener la licencia de LPC después de graduarme en la primavera de 2024. Tengo un título en español y una en psicología de CSU Pueblo y he trabajado como intérprete de español calificada por años. A través de mi trabajo como intérprete,
he trabajado en varios entornos de salud mental donde encontré mi pasión por la profesión. Creo que los clientes merecen tratamiento en el idioma de su corazón y proporcionar servicios en inglés y español. Trabajo desde un punto de vista culturalmente consciente y sensible con inclinaciones teóricas hacia la CBT y la terapia existencial. Creo en un enfoque colaborativo y atiendo la atención a cada cliente individual y sus necesidades. Personalmente, me encanta todo lo que tiene que ver con el arte, disfrutar de tejer, la música, leer y pasar tiempo con mis seres
queridos.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Shylynn Cordova

Graduate Student Intern

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Shylynn Cordova, Graduate Student Intern


My name is Shylynn Cordova. I am a native to Pueblo, CO but have recently changed pace to small town living. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and animals. I am currently a graduate student at Adams State University (online) working towards obtaining my masters in clinical mental health counseling. I received my bachelors in psychology from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2020. I have worked many jobs that involve interacting with people; including retail and case management in a community mental health clinic. The clinical approaches that interest me are CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Person-Centered, and Solution-Focused. I find that the approach varies on what works best on the individual and may change based on circumstances. Most of my experience is based in a clinical mental health setting with adults but I am open and willing to work with other populations.
Currently Accepted:

Privat pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Michael Hazel

Graduate Student Intern

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Michael is a graduate intern working toward a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Adams State University. He was previously a special educator, with children and adolescents a continuing focus of his counseling work. His clinical approach starts squarely from a humanistic approach to the client’s concerns and their strengths but recognizes systemic realities as well. Work is focused on solutions to help you feel better here and now while also finding existential space for those big questions about how to live well over time.

He has training in trauma-treatment modalities including Brain Synchronization Therapy (which works like EMDR) and utilizes methods from CBT, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and existential therapies.

Client needs of special interest include spiritual and religious counseling, ecological and climate-related distress, relational issues, parenting, and those facing transition, loss, or other big adjustments in life. You’re never alone in finding your way; all clients can expect a warm and collaborative approach through whatever work they need to do. He likes to take therapy sessions outside the office whenever clients want to add movement, nature, or a little of both to their sessions.

Michael has traveled widely, living in 10 different states and overseas but has called Pueblo home for the past 5 years. In his free time, he can be found working on bikes for a local nonprofit (or riding them!), gardening and gathering, reading, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Shana Smith

Graduate Student Intern

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Shana is a graduate student intern, who is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling at Touro University Worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. With her diverse professional background spanning veterinary care, non-profit development, and medical aesthetics, Shana brings a wealth of experience to her current role.
Throughout her career, Shana has remained dedicated to serving her community through volunteer work with organizations such as the National Zoo, Marine Mammal Society, and Conservation International. Her passion for helping others has been a driving force in both her professional and personal life. In her leisure time, Shana enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and cherishing moments with her husband, pets, and new baby boy.
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Mathew Mauck (he/him/his)

Graduate Student Intern

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A warm hello to everyone! My name is Mathew Mauck and I am a Graduate Student Intern currently working towards completing an M.S. degree in psychology from Capella University. I obtained an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration from the University of Arizona Global Campus that greatly taught me the importance of helping the underserved populations in our community. I am passionate about many things with one of the greatest being that I serve on the board of directors for a nonprofit organization in Las Animal County called PALS that helps animals in need by providing low-cost or free services to their owners. I love animals and all things horticulture; I hope to one day incorporate the two into my counseling approach with animal assisted and gardening therapy. Currently, the therapeutic approaches I most utilize are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person-centered, and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) to assist clients with anxiety, depression, substance-use, and more. Above all, my goal as your therapist is to effectively collaborate in a safe space to create an opportunity for positive growth, mindfulness, and self-actualization.
Currently Accepted

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Ashley Henslee

Graduate Student Intern

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Hello, my name is Ashley, and I am a graduate student, in my final year of working on my master’s degree in social work from Grand Canyon University with the intent of LCSW licensure after graduation in January of 2025. I am a Pueblo Native, and I have always had a passion for helping people and walking alongside them through their journey. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and have worked in the social work realm in various positions and capacities since then providing supportive, therapeutic, trauma-informed, and evidence-based practices such as resiliency, solution-focused, creativity through art and expression, and strength-based. As I hear my client’s life stories, I come alongside them in their journey in an integrative and eclectic manner that is holistic of mind, body, and spirit and help them heal, grow, and learn. Trauma can happen in the context of relationships and therefore can be healed in the context of relationships. I look forward to meeting you and working alongside you through your journey.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, going kayaking in the summer, crocheting, scenic photography, reading, exploring new things, mountain drives, and being outdoors.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Natalie Madrid

Graduate Student Intern

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Natalie is a Registered Psychotherapist who has worked in the mental health field for the last 13 years. She completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colorado State University–Pueblo in 2009 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Social Work from the same university. Throughout her career, she has worked in various mental health settings, including Adult and Adolescent treatment centers, the Department of Corrections, Adult and Adolescent Psych Facilities, Care Coordination, and Child Welfare. Natalie approaches her work with cultural awareness and sensitivity and uses strengths-based and person-centered therapy to help her clients.
Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Brenda Sampson

Graduate Student Intern

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Brenda is a graduate student earning her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Colorado Christian University (CCU). Brenda’s desire and focus is to add value to other people’s lives through counseling those in need. She will counsel all ages and backgrounds, and she is an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.
In 2017 Brenda moved from Arizona to Colorado to pursue her goals in education with a focus on psychology and counseling. In 2021, she graduated from Liberty University online with a master' degree in industrial and organizational psychology which is the study of behavior in the workplace. Then she went on to continue her studies in clinical mental health counseling at CCU. Her passions outside of work and school are hiking, skiing, road trips, community gatherings, and concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Brenda’s focus in her counseling work-study is with a person-centered therapy approach. She is certified in emotional freedom therapy (EFT), and trained in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Adding value as a career coach with a rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) approach is also Brenda’s passion for helping others.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Pauline Hoyte

Graduate Student Intern

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Hello, my name is Pauline, and I am a graduate student working on a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. From a young age I have been interested in our stories of life and our resiliency to complete our individual journey. I believe we are created not only to live but to thrive. As such, I prefer an integrative, collaborative, holistic (mind, body, and spirit) approach as I walk beside you on your life journey. Previously I have been a spiritual companion, co-leader in seminary trauma courses, and a general advocate for underrepresented persons and those who have been marginalized. There is little that surprises me since there is so much that influences who we are today and who we can be tomorrow. In my free time I enjoy sunrises, sunsets, walks in nature, reading, knitting, music, discovering new places, and I can keep listing. But, know that I truly appreciate this opportunity to meet you.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, CHP+

Michaela Harvey

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Candidate

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Michaela is a graduate student earning her master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo where she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2019. Michaela has always had a heart for helping people succeed. After dedicating the last four years of her career to Child Welfare, Michaela understands the importance of the whole family's mental wellness. What started as a desire to learn more about herself quickly blossomed into a desire to help other people learn about themselves along the way.
Michaela uses a solution-focused approach to help individuals find the light when everything else seems dark. Working with people of all ages, Michaela welcomes you with grace to not only help you learn about yourself but also to help you be the best version of yourself possible. “We cannot change what has
happened to you, but we can change how you respond and address it moving forward”. You are the expert of your life, and Michaela would love the opportunity to help you grow and become more self- aware of who you are.
In Michaela’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, leading her church’s youth group, and spending time outdoors. “I am so excited to be a part of the team at A New Leaf Therapy and I welcome this opportunity with arms open ready to see what tomorrow brings!”


Currently Accepted:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Leanne Sanchez

Graduate Student Intern

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My name is Leanne Sanchez, and I am currently working towards obtaining my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University (online). I received a double bachelor’s in psychology and Spanish from Colorado State University- Pueblo in 2019. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings for several years as a Clinical Care Specialist/Case Manager, and I was previously a volunteer victim’s advocate for survivors of sexual violence as well. I am passionate about helping others and I am very excited to join the team here at ANLT. Some theoretical approaches to counseling I am most interested in are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), person-centered, positive psychology, as well as working through a multicultural and holistic lens. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with loved ones, reading, writing, dancing, and spending time in nature.

Mi nombre es Leanne Sánchez y actualmente estoy cursando una maestría en Consejería de Salud Mental Clínica en Adams State University. Previo a mis estudios de postgrado, obtuve una doble especialización en psicología y español de Colorado State University - Pueblo en 2019. Durante varios años, he trabajado en entornos de salud mental, tanto en el cuidado de pacientes hospitalizados como en el seguimiento ambulatorio, desempeñándome principalmente como especialista en cuidados clínicos y gestora de casos. También, he trabajado como defensora de personas que han sobrevivido abuso sexual. Me apasiona mucho ayudar a la gente y estoy muy emocionada de unirme a este equipo en ANLT. Algunos enfoques teóricos de consejería que me interesan son la Terapia Cognitivo-Conductual (CBT), la Terapia Dialéctica Conductual (DBT), el enfoque centrado en la persona, la psicología positiva y el trabajo desde una perspectiva multicultural y holística. En mi tiempo libre, me gusta escuchar música, pasar tiempo con mis seres queridos, leer, escribir, bailar, y pasar tiempo en la naturaleza.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Gianna Rose

Graduate Student Intern

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Gianna Rose
(she/her/hers)
Master’s Level Counselor

Hello! My name is Gianna, and I am a Master's level counselor working to complete an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Palo Alto University. The therapeutic approaches most rely on are existential, person-centered, Gestalt, transpersonal, and ecotherapy theories. These approaches focus on creating meaning in our lives, uncovering our inner resources, more fully experiencing present-moment awareness, and
connecting to resources outside of ourselves, such as nature and community. My hope as your therapist is to show up as my authentic self, meet clients wherever they are, and co-create a safe space that is ripe for self-exploration, curiosity, and transformation.
Currently Accepted:

Private pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Michelle Smith

Graduate Student Intern

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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:

Private Pay, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna

Lina N Poulson

Office Manager

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Lina Poulson is our Office Manager. Lina is in the office located at 327 Colorado Ave Monday through Friday from 7:30-4. You may occasionally receive emails or calls from Lina about appointments, billing or your chart, or other updates about the company. Lina is always here to talk with you about your appointments, treatment and care with A New Leaf Therapy.

Natalia Karwasinski

Administrative Assistant/ Billing Assistant

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Natalia is one of our Receptionists, and is located in our 315 Colorado Avenue building. She is really nice and easy to talk to, but if you're nervous to call for any reason you can also schedule by emailing frontdesk@anewleaftherapy.org. Natalia can be reached Monday through Friday from 8- 4:30.

Alaina York

Administrative Assistant

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Alaina is one of our Receptionists, and is located in our 107 W. 11th Street building. You can contact her by emailing frontdesk@anewleaftherapy.org or calling her directly at 719-506-0216. Alaina can be reached Monday through Friday from 8- 4.

Meagan Silson

Adminstrative Assistant

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Meagan is one of our Receptionists, and is located in our 107 W. 11th Street building. You can contact her by emailing frontdesk@anewleaftherapy.org or by calling our main line. Meagan is in office Monday through Wednesday 8:30-3:30

Dawn Armijo

Billing Specialist

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Dawn is one of our Billing Specialists. You may receive emails from Dawn requesting and providing information about your insurance benefits.

Michael Gallion

Billing Specialist

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Mike is our Billing Specialists. You may receive emails from Mike requesting and providing information about your insurance benefits.

Holly Fanzen

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Holly is one of our Receptionists, and is located in our 117 E Pitkin ave location. You can contact her by emailing Hello@anewleaftherapy.org or calling her directly at 719-948-7120. Hollycan be reached Monday through Friday from 9-4:30

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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