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Our Staff

Naropa Community Counseling is 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.

Director

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’s degree in Social Work 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 7 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 member 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 SupervisorBrooks Witter

Brooks Witter

Brooks seeks to support the growth and development of vitality, wisdom and fulfillment in all those with whom he works. He has worked for two decades in various capacities supporting  adolescents, young adults and families thrive by clarifying and connecting with core values and guiding principles to make effective choices in navigating life’s complexity.

Brooks is a trainer, supervisor and practitioner of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a powerful science of human behavior rooted in mindfulness, values clarity and the creative power of human language. His work also draws deeply on his twenty-year study and practice of Buddhist psychology, philosophy and meditation, integrating twenty-first century neuro- and behavioral science with ancient wisdom cultivated by millennia of empirical analyses. With a dash of psychodrama and improvisational theater, he brings together a creative and dynamic set of techniques to inform a theoretically consistent approach to optimizing human performance.

His work in leadership and management as Clinical Director at Living Well, and as a volunteer on the Board of Trustees at Naropa University and as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, has afforded him great experience applying the art and science of liberation into organizational contexts. Brooks received his MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University, and his BA in Religious Studies at Brown University.

 

Intern Therapists

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August Perez

August is a third-year Naropa student in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology graduate program and has completed the first level of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training. After undergoing extensive training in crisis intervention, August is ready and motivated to work with the many experiences life has to offer. With a concentration in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and the mind-body connection, August aspires to help others discover the tools they already have to heal and empower themselves. Her passion is to work with individuals, couples, and families seeking enrichment and understanding for their everyday lives.

 

 

Desmond Cohen

Desmond

Desmond is a registered psychotherapist in Colorado and current student of Mindfulness-based clinical Psychology at Naropa University. Desmond practices psychotherapy from a foundational belief that awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations leads to a more empowered life. His work is based on creating a safe and trusting relationship in which he supports individuals to find the rich, and meaningful life they deserve. Desmond’s practice is grounded in client-centered, and evidencebased philosophies that include mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and Gestaltexperiential approaches. He works with individuals in grief, addiction, and the challenges of life to help them cultivate the inner strength that we all possess. 

 

 

Jordan Urban

Jordan

Jordan is a registered psychotherapist, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Counseling at Naropa University. She is trained in a breadth of therapeutic modalities, including Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Motivational Interviewing, and emphasizes the powerful connection between body and mind as a vehicle for healing and personal evolution. Jordan has experience working with addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and grief, and has deepened her work as a group therapist serving on the board of the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society. She works from a strengths-based, relational approach, creating an open and trusting space that empowers her clients to tap into their internal resilience and reach their fullest potential. Grounded in compassion and inclusivity of all people, Jordan aims to support her clients in moving through life’s challenges in a way that fosters self-discovery, growth, and meaningful change. 

 

Josh Rudder

Josh

Josh is a masters degree candidate in his final year of Naropa’s Graduate School of Counseling Psychology and practices through the lenses of trauma informed care (TIC), mindfulness traditions, and neurobiology.  Believing in the inherent wisdom and resilience of the human spirit, Josh assists clients in developing the strengths that will help them recover, survive, and thrive in the world. 

In addition to training in western psychology and mindfulness traditions, Josh has been avocationally involved in the substance abuse field for nearly eight years.  He is also an active member in the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society which both serve educate and advance the field of group psychotherapy.    As a facilitator with the WINGS Foundation, Josh also offers experience working with complex trauma and specifically trauma related to childhood sex abuse.  He has received additional trainings in the neurobiology of facilitation, polyvagal theory, and trauma informed care which strongly influence his work.

Josh worked for nearly fifteen years in the corporate world before seeking to align with his own right livelihood in the field of psychotherapy. He gained valuable experience and training in coaching, mentorship, strategic planning and execution, and organizational dynamics.  Combined with years of participation in collegiate and post collegiate athletics, Josh is also experienced in dealing with performance anxiety and the power of finding fulfillment over achievement.  

Mark DuMars

Mark DuMars

Mark is a third-year graduate student of Naropa University’s Contemplative psychotherapy program and as such, he has learned that to face an issue, or a whole series of issues is like cleaning a bathroom – people are not always comfortable doing that or have the patience to be thorough.  But seeing the task as restoring the bathroom to its original state is different than just constantly wiping up the grime.  Mark is committed to introducing this restorative concept and supporting folks as they learn for themselves what beauty lies within.  He is a former Viet Nam veteran, surgical physician assistant, structural therapist and educator with over 45 years of experience helping veterans and civilians through major trauma, substance abuse, life transitions, spiritual inquiries, suicide attempts and natural disasters.  His dedication is supported by his deep faith in the inherent goodness and nearly infinite adaptability of all people once they realize that what they think is not necessarily the truth.   

 

Maya Golan

Maya

Maya is a third year graduate student in the Somatic Psychotherapy program, a body/mind centered approach towards healing.  She offers a welcoming and supportive space for individuals to explore their issues, behaviors and patterns.  She believes that emotions and experiences are stored within and can be expressed by the body. By exploring body sensations and feelings that arise and examining their meaning, awareness can be gained that offers ways of coping with underlying issues in day-to-day life.

Maya is bilingual and bicultural. She grew up in Israel, where she studied and taught social theater and has broad experience in movement, including instructing yoga. Her goal is to support others in their unique journey, helping them to pave their own paths towards being their true selves.  

 

Mo Bankey

Mo Bankey

Mo offers a contemplative and collaborative therapeutic approach utilizing mind-body and present moment awareness to support clients in connecting with their intrinsic health and inherent wisdom.  Mo believes strongly in the power and responsibility of community to support healing, and integrates social justice frameworks into their therapeutic work.  With a background in reproductive and sexual healthcare, Mo is committed to trauma-informed work with clients with a special interest in gender, sexuality, and relationships.  Mo is a third-year student in Naropa’s Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology graduate program. 

 

 

 

Sophie Nevill

Sophie Nevill

Sophie is a third-year graduate student in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program at Naropa University. Creative and deeply heart-centered, Sophie strongly believes in the inherent wisdom, light and goodness of each human being and aims to empower and support her clients to live from their highest potential.

With over 6 years experience in practicing and teaching meditation, Sophie brings a high level of presence, non-judgment and warmth to each of her sessions. Known by her clients for her nurturing, gentle and uplifting nature, Sophie aims to create a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore all aspects of their being with curiosity, understanding and kindness. She brings an extensive background in transpersonal approaches, mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, Attachment Theory, and the mind/body connection.

 

Stephanie Winkler

Stephanie Winkler

Stephanie is a graduate student in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program at Naropa University. With a commitment to social justice, she honors the differences in each individual, seeks to empower her clients, and advocates for systemic change. Her therapeutic approach, informed by both eastern and western psychological perspectives, is rooted in the integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Stephanie brings her extensive training in trauma theory to Naropa Community Counseling Center. Her wholehearted desire to work with people who have experienced trauma is fueled by her role as a co-facilitator of a weekly WINGS support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She trusts in the transformative healing process, appreciates the resilience of the human spirit, and is dedicated to creating a collaborative space in which each client is able to connect with their own wisdom.

In addition, Stephanie is inspired by helping mothers build the confidence and skills necessary for success and well-being. She understands the courage and determination needed to balance parenting practices with personal goals. When working with any client, Stephanie strives to assist in the search for meaning and to enhance the capacity for joy and connection. 

 

Sylvie Lam

Sylvie Lam

Sylvie is a holistic and creative registered psychotherapist and third year student in Naropa's Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling program. Guided by her collaborative spirit, non-judgmental curiosity, and a big heart, Sylvie is excited to work with anyone longing for more vitality, clarity, and connection. Sylvie has specific experience working with chronic health, addiction, and sexual trauma and seeks to incorporate a social justice oriented and trauma-sensitive lens with all her clients.

She draws on her training in the Hakomi method (a body-centered mindfulness driven modality) and her experience studying clinical herbalism and yoga to create a holistic healing environment that honors the wisdom of each client's body, mind and spirit!

 

 

 

External

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Kari Halvorson 

Kari’s primary philosophical view when working with clients is all beings have basic goodness and strengths. As such, she actively balances empathy and validation, with challenging clients to reach their desires. She uses a warm and practical approach, because she believes structured relationships play a key role in fostering more self agency and confidence. In 2013 Kari attained her master’s of science in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University, where she actively functioned as an integral team staff member and counselor, and participated in numerous trainings on topics ranging from mindfulness to couples counseling. Now, she is delighted to serve the community at Naropa’s Center.  

 

Melissa Utz

melissa utzMelissa is a counselor, executive coach, and qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher.  She understands that it takes courage and curiosity to bring change into one’s life and honors the ups and downs inherent to each unique journey.  Melissa came to her work as a coach and therapist after a 13-year corporate career in high tech and recently completed her Master’s degree in counseling from Naropa University.  She works to support clients as they build self-awareness, increase resilience, and release behaviors that no longer serve them on their path to a more engaged and satisfying life.  Melissa cultivates an environment of creativity, warmth, humor, and non-judgment, allowing folks to explore and transform at their own pace.

 

 

 

Ivon Waters 

ivonIvon graduated in May of 2017 from Naropa University where he pursued a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy while focused on his family life as well. It allowed him to have an education with combination of the head and the heart.

It is the balance of the head and the heart that guides Ivon's approach to therapy. He is deeply moved by Rogers elaboration of the characteristics of successful therapist: genuineness, warmth, and empathy. Providing an atmosphere characterized by openness, trust, and compassion, he guides clients through their own inner process as they present their concerns. Ivon helps clients to refine and address their own concerns and empower them with the tools to make change happen. He believes in the inherent goodness and wisdom in each and every person that makes personal transformation possible and lasting. He aligns himself strongly with humanistic and client-centered therapy as well as motivational interviewing principles and is constantly searching for ways to empower clients to form a strong therapeutic relationship. Ivon believes that the therapeutic relationship is key as clients search for self actualization or achieving better functionality in their daily lives. Growth and process occur within the unique subjective experience of every person.

 

 

What Our Clients Say...

  • "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."

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