Community Counseling Center

Serving Community Through Affordable Access

Vision Statement: We provide exceptional counseling services that are rooted in mindfulness. With compassionate presence and wisdom, we support the diversity, health and well-being of students and the local community. Our counselors are well trained in the integration of innovative, contemplative, creative and traditional methods of counseling.

Naropa Community Counseling integrates contemplative approaches with modern clinical practice to assist our clients in reaching their highest level of emotional and mental well-being. We provide cutting edge, transformative intervention across a broad range of therapeutic services. Naropa Community Counseling serves Boulder and Front Range residents with low to moderate income, with $30 individual sessions and $45 couples sessions (intakes are slightly more). We also accept Medicaid.

To learn more about the Community Counseling Center and to connect with us online, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for the most up to date information.

Naropa Community Counseling would like to thank the Credit Union of Colorado Foundation for their generous support.

Please note Community Counseling waiting list is experiencing high demand. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. Please expect a significant wait before services can start. Feel free to contact us at for a list of low-cost alternatives. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact the 24/7 Crisis Line at 303-447-1665.

About Naropa


This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and unlock your potential.

Ideal for those interested in contemplative and mindful healing

Somatic therapy: Focusing on the body's role in transforming behavior, integrating body awareness and movement with counseling skills.

Contemplative therapy: Merging in-depth training in cultivating mindfulness and compassion with therapeutic work.

Transpersonal therapy: Reconnecting the spiritual dimensions of human experience with traditional theoretical perspectives.

Wilderness therapy: Integrating therapy with experiential and nature-based wisdom.

Create effective change: Our interns are trained in stages of change/motivational interviewing, and are ready to help you make positive changes in your life.

Referrals: If an initial evaluation reveals that your needs would be better served elsewhere, we will provide referrals to local therapists and resources.

Client-centered and wellness-informed model

Our focus begins and ends with the needs of each client.

Treatment plans are reviewed by the director, and evaluated at least every six months.

As a wellness-informed model, we specialize in treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, and adjustment issues.

Group and individual services are available.

Information Regarding Students of Naropa University Seeking Counseling Services

Looking for information about the Student Counseling Center? Please visit the Student Counseling Center.

Students of Naropa University can access free counseling services at our sister center, Naropa Student Counseling Center on the Arapahoe campus. Naropa Community Counseling Center is the best way for students with Medicaid to access services affordable ongoing services.

Students who wish to pursue this opportunity can begin by calling NSCC at 303-245-4630 or by going to our Student Counseling Center Webpage or Student Counseling Center on MyNaropa

1-800-273-8255 Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Emergency Phone Numbers

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, out of control? Struggling with the idea of killing yourself? You can get immediate support in the following ways.

Additional Resources 

The following link has information about many important resources for a variety of issues you may be struggling with:

Naropa Community Counseling is located at 3400 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder.
We’re open Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

If you would like to make an appointment, please fill out this screening form. The purpose of this form is to make sure that our providers (interns) are able to meet your needs. We will offer you other low cost referrals if we are not a good fit for you.

Please note: You cannot use the Back function in this form. Sometimes the forms do not come through the system. If you have not heard from us several days after submitting your form, please call 303-546-3589 to check on the status of your prescreen. 

After we complete the screening, we will offer you a time for a 90 minute intake session. This appointment will be focused on gathering history and is not what therapy will usually consist of. We offer a low-cost self-pay option as well as accept Medicaid. For self-pay clients, all intakes are $35.

For all other inquiries, you can reach us by phone at 303-546-3589 or at

Please note that Naropa students can contact either Naropa’s on-campus Student Counseling Center or Community Counseling Service for any therapeutic needs.

Scope of Service

As a counseling center that largely employs graduate interns to provide individual and group services to clients, we are limited in the appropriate scope of our service and practice. Every client will receive an initial evaluation by interns resulting in recommendations for best treatment which are then reviewed by licensed staff.

Counseling Services We Provide

Individual Therapy

Life is often full of transitions, growth, opportunities, and challenges. Naropa counselors provide confidential counseling for folks dealing with issues and problems of life such as:

  • Making difficult life choices
  • Coping with stress and anxiety
  • Managing conflicts
  • Difficult family dynamics
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Developing healthier relationships
  • Grieving losses
  • Healing wounds from the past
  • Self-exploration and growth
  • Living well with others
  • Addiction recovery
  • Finding meaning and purpose
  • Developing healthy boundaries
  • Identity issues
  • Loneliness
  • Healing from emotional and physical abuse

Because we do not have in-house psychiatric or intensive services, and individual counseling is provided by interns-in-training, we may need to refer clients with more complex issues to outside providers better suited to their needs.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is a means of resolving problems and conflicts that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. It involves both partners sitting down with a trained professional to discuss their thoughts and feelings. The aim is to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner, to decide if they need and want to make changes, and if so, to help them to do so.

Group Counseling

UPDATE: Please be advised we are moving all our groups to Telehealth (audio/video) platforms. If you have arrived at the clinic for a drop-in group and no one is here, please email us at and we will provide you with the Zoom link to join the group. Thank you and we look forward to continuing to serve our community online!

Group therapy is when 6-10 individuals meet face to face with one or more trained group therapists. The therapists and group members work to establish safety, trust, and ease, talking from their personal experience, and trying out new behaviors. We provide therapy and support groups based on a belief that individuals with similar difficulties can share concerns, learn new skills, and be supportive of one another, and that this can help facilitate change. Some examples of groups include: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Parenting groups.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. People with questions about accessibility or those who require disability accommodations should contact Joy Redstone at or (303) 546-3570.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are needs for clinical volunteers as well as marketing assistance. If interested in volunteering at NCC, please contact Joy Redstone, Clinical Director at for more information.

75.76% of clients rated their level of satisfaction with their counselor as "extremely satisfied."

84.85% of clients said they were "extremely likely" to recommend Naropa Counseling Services.


Community Counseling Services

[The] authentic relating group was such a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and grow.


Community Counseling Services

I very much enjoyed the time that I had at the Naropa Counseling Center and am thankful that Naropa offers such a great service!


Community Counseling Services

I found it very beneficial to my mental health. I looked forward to my session and took comfort knowing that my therapist was there for me.


Community Counseling Services

I'm truly grateful for the service!


Community Counseling Services

Naropa Counseling provides a wonderful and affordable service to our Scholars at the Watson Institute. Both Joy and Dacia are wonderful to work with and we cannot state enough how appreciative we are for the hard work every member of the Counseling contributes to make this quality counseling service a reality.


Community Counseling Services

I liked that you used your intuition and expressed genuine compassion for all things I had to say. It felt like you were being an authentic human that has been through suffering and genuinely wanted to help me.


Community Counseling Services

[My therapist] is amazing, she is a great listener, amazing at holding space and all around [a] friendly human being.

Our Staff

Naropa Community Counseling is primarily staffed by third-year master’s degree students in Naropa’s Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology. All intern therapists undergo rigorous training and clinical supervision. Intern therapists have real life clinical experiences via a required field placement; many have also accrued significant clinical work experience prior to attending Naropa. Licensed staff members are always onsite for guidance and emergency intervention. Our Mindful Medicaid Team is composed of post-graduate practitioners who receive clinical supervision as well.


Joy RedstoneJoy Redstone, LCSW, CAC III 

Joy Redstone is a licensed clinical social worker and addiction counselor (CAC III), as well as being adjunct faculty at Naropa and University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Joy received her Master of Social Work degree from Boston College in 1995 and completed post graduate certificates in addiction counseling and clinical supervision. She is a writer and artist, and contributes regularly to the Daily Camera. She began her career in Boston, MA and worked at Pine St. Inn and New England Medical Center.

Her work has focused on the intersection of mental health struggles, addiction, and oppression and has been characterized by a commitment to advocacy and social justice. She served as the Executive Director of Bridge House for seven years and was recognized for excellence in service delivery. Joy began her work at Naropa in 2012, and has worked in alcohol and drug education before assuming the role of crisis clinician. She became Director of Naropa Community Counseling (NCC) in 2015.  Joy also serves as a Board President for the Grief Support Network.

Joy offers vision, planning and program design for NCC, as well as clinical supervision and training for interns. Joy’s therapeutic approach draws on motivational interviewing, her undergraduate degree in comparative religious studies, and uses mindfulness to address the existential questions of meaning and suffering that underlie much of our seeking. Joy’s background in social work and systems theory informs her commitment to the individual’s journey towards laughter, beauty and integration.

Clinical Supervisors

Bill MonroeBill Monroe, LCSW, LAC

Bill Monroe is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed addiction counselor. He received his Master in Social Work degree in 2001 from the University of Washington. Bill’s professional background reflects one of his core values, to be on a path of continued growth and learning. As such, Bill has provided mental health and addiction recovery services in varied settings, from the outdoors (Wilderness Therapy), to primary care offices and hospital emergency rooms, to inpatient and outpatient programs. He has worked with clients of all ages and with diverse populations including Native Alaskan and Indian youth, homeless individuals, and our military veterans.

Along with his experience as a therapist, Bill has been a coach, mediator, facilitator, clinical and administrative supervisor, and crisis clinician. Bill’s therapeutic style and interventions are informed by Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brainspotting and Harm Reduction. When not at work, Bill is likely skiing in Colorado’s mountains, playing guitar with friends, or spending time with his family.

Mindful Medicaid Team

August PerezAugust Perez, focus on trauma, relationships and attachment issues

August’s background in the mental health field has been primarily focused in crisis and trauma work, giving her over eight years of experience in working with individuals, couples, and families to find healing and growth. After focusing on trauma and anxiety disorders in her undergraduate and graduate studies, August knew that she wanted to continue to work with those who experienced the sometimes intrusive and disruptive symptoms that these disorders bring. Her exposure to a diverse population has brought her many opportunities to work various roles, including family advocacy work, supporting youth in recovery, working with individuals experiencing crisis, and life coaching using mindfulness practices.

August’s approach to therapy is one centered on the client, couple, or family, and adapts to whatever is needed by that system. The mindfulness approach is one that keeps August’s therapeutic style grounded in the present moment and utilizes the therapeutic relationship itself as a vehicle of change and healing. August holds her LPCC and has her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in contemplative psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology from Naropa University.

Kristel EnglandKristel England

Kristel adapts to the needs of the client when offering art therapy and believes anyone can benefit from the creative power of engaging in mean-making through the art process. As a transpersonal art therapist, she believes that every person has the potential to tap into their creativity for health and healing. Art is for everyone, and no artistic skills are needed! Kristel will work with you to discover your own way of using art or creative expression as a meaningful tool for personal insight. She currently offers telehealth art therapy sessions to clients and welcomes working with individuals.

Applying a person-centered, strengths-based approach to therapy, she also incorporates attachment, mindfulness, nervous system regulation, art-based DBT strategies, and PhotoTherapy techniques into her counseling style. Special interests include issues around grief and loss, bereavement, existential concerns, anxiety and depression, trauma, and life transitions.

Kristel’s background includes working with adults with severe mental conditions and elders in hospice care with cognitive decline along with their caregivers and families. Kristel is a registered psychotherapist and holds a master's degree from Naropa University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with an emphasis in Transpersonal Art Therapy. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog, gardening, getting artsy, and listening to podcasts.

Sarah HaySarah Hay

Sarah has worked as a guide on international and wilderness expeditions, supported humanitarian assistance efforts abroad, and has served as a teacher and a mental health counselor in a variety of settings.

Sarah's practice often blends evidence-based Behavioral practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Activation, with mindfulness practice, energy work and humor. She believes that each of us possess our own unique, clear voice of wisdom that guides us towards internal and external harmony. She hopes to support her clients in accessing this clarity.

Sarah holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Master of Social Work, with a focus on mental health, from University of Washington. In addition to her clinical work with Naropa Community Counseling, Sarah serves as adjunct faculty with Naropa's Psychology undergraduate department. Outside of work, Sarah is a proud resident of Nederland, where she makes pottery, practices yoga and plays in the mountains with her family.

Hannah HorowitzHannah Horowitz

Hannah originally hails from Sonoma, California, and came into her own in New Orleans, Louisiana. Now in her third year of Naropa’s Transpersonal Counseling Program, Hannah is a registered psychotherapist and brings to her role with NCC experience in the fields of addiction science, yoga and mind-body modalities, motivational interviewing, and arts-informed education and counseling.

In her work, Hannah honors the complex mixture of the external and internal that fashion how we show up in this world. She has a particular love for helping people to engage with all pieces in themselves - from cultural influences to early childhood experiences to personality structures - and believes that by getting to know all parts of ourselves we can compassionately, wisely grow.

Prior to coming to Naropa, Hannah received a BA in English and Sociology and an MA in English from Tulane University. She has experience teaching creative writing to people of all ages and backgrounds. Hannah believes that our use of language has a tremendous impact on our relationship to the world, and she is endlessly excited by the potential of the spoken and written word to reconstruct reality. Her favorite color is blue, her favorite tree is a redwood, and her favorite fruit is a raspberry.

Jamie LowyJamie Lowy

Jamie is a sunshine chasing, adventure seeking, and avocado loving, healer who constantly walks the path of personal growth and development. She once struggled with being in control, feeling overwhelmed, fighting perfectionism, and fear of the unknown – until she started living from a place of love. Jamie is grateful and proud of her journey as it has given her the ability to slow down, quiet her mind, and strengthen her connection to Spirit.

Jamie completed her undergraduate degree in speech language and hearing science with a minor in linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counseling at Regis University. She works with young adults as a life skills coach at Expanding Roots Wellness, is a registered psychotherapist, a certified Speech Language Pathologist Assistance, and a trained yoga teacher.

Jamie enjoys creating a comforting space for people to tap into their authentic selves. She is known to create small-stepping-stone routines that eliminate resistance. Jamie is skilled in a strengths-based approach and possesses the ability to listen with the whole self: heart, mind, body, and spirit. After clocking time with Jamie, her hope is that people will walk away with a deep breath and the knowledge that their unique story is heard, valued, and important.

When she is not with clients, Jamie is practicing yoga, dancing to music, or traveling to a new country.

Megan BestMegan Best

Megan is a third-year graduate student pursuing a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of Northern Colorado.  She believes strongly in the capability of each person to forge their own path through life’s transitions, obstacles, and challenges. She views the counseling relationship as a tool to help individuals tap into their own inner wisdom and capacity for healing. Counseling is a spontaneous process that can be aided by mindfulness, humor, body awareness, role-play, artistic materials and media, or anything that becomes relevant and meaningful in the moment. Her honesty, authenticity, and willingness to be present and sit with another’s experience help her to create a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients. Special interests include relationship concerns, sexuality and sex positivity, body image, trauma, parenting and family issues, and spirituality.

Megan’s prior experience includes years working with children and families as an elementary school teacher, and over a decade of experience living in an ashram as a certified yoga and meditation instructor. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, yoga, sewing, knitting, reading, and spending time with her 8-year-old son.

Mercedes BeckerMercedes Becker

Mercedes is a registered psychotherapist and a graduate student in the Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Regis University. She is a warm and creative clinician who draws from evidenced-based practices to provide an individualized counseling experience for each client. She believes the key to therapy is trust and aims to develop an authentic and sincere relationship with each of her clients.

Mercedes is passionate about the mental health field, and prior to becoming a therapist, worked with a diverse population of adult and adolescent clients in mental health crisis in the in-patient setting. She also worked as a researcher and published research on suicide prevention programming. She is gratified to support clients in overcoming suffering and achieving wellness through counseling.

Intern Therapists

Rhiannon Stone-MillerRhiannon Stone-Miller

Rhiannon helps her clients find their own direction by providing deep insight, warmth and support.  She supports the client in identifying the source of their issues, guiding them to find new directions and solutions.  The client is also encouraged to listen to what’s right for them in therapy and to practice this in their life.  Rhiannon offers various forms of therapy, and as a trained Transpersonal Art Therapist, invites the client to use art as a means of self-discovery.

Rhiannon’s transpersonal orientation includes the use of mindfulness, somatic awareness and art interventions to support the client’s individual healing and growth. Rhiannon’s personal healing within her family system and relationships provides her with insights to quickly identify and work to heal negative emotional and relational patterns. She incorporates a social justice lens, fostering a keen awareness of cultural humility and trauma sensitivity. Through her work with children and adults, she has found that each person holds an innate wisdom and desire to heal when met with presence. In her free time Rhiannon explores nature, creates art and spends time with her loved ones in the sunshine.