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.
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 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.
Sarah Gibson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor who is passionate about counselor education. She offers clinical supervision at the Naropa Community Counseling Center to Master’s level intern therapists. Sarah’s professional career has included working in the field of substance abuse treatment, crisis counseling, and having a private therapy practice. Sarah earned her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech.
Sarah’s therapeutic approach focuses primarily on healing trauma and attachment wounds. Sarah’s approach to counseling is integrative, with a developmental theoretical focus. Her work and training includes Somatic Experiencing®, Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience (DAR-E)®, Motivational Interviewing, Chakra Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy. In addition to being a counselor, Sarah is also a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, hatha yoga and Kripalu YogaDance® instructor. When Sarah is not working, she loves to spend time with her human and animal friends and family.
Bill Monroe is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed addiction counselor. He received his master’s degree in social work 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.
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 and multicultural frameworks into their therapeutic work. With a background in reproductive and sexual healthcare, Mo is committed to trauma-informed work with clients focusing on gender, sexuality, and relationships. Mo is a graduate of Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology Masters program. They have additional training in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Mo has a special interest in working with LGBTQIA populations.
Aviva graduated from Naropa University with a Master’s Degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology and a concentration in Body Psychotherapy. She works from the belief that all people are doing the best they can with the tools that they have. She offers a non-judgmental approach in which clients are invited to explore their thoughts, feelings and sensations, to dive deeply into their personal issues, and to uncover patterns that may no longer be serving them. She believes in the innate healing capacities of every being, and she feels honored to assist clients on their unique journeys toward health and well-being. Aware of the diverse backgrounds and identities of individuals, she strives to understand each client’s worldview in order to help develop new tools that work for them.
August’s background in the mental health field has been primarily focused in crisis and trauma work, giving her over 8 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.
Ann-Clarke is passionate about healing, growth, and personal development. She is an advocate for the human experience and brings compassion, acceptance and humor towards welcoming all aspects of what it means to be a human in this world. She believes in empowering clients by supporting them to discover their truth from within. She is a deep-listener and offers a heart-centered presence, warmth and a non-judgmental space for her clients to explore their path and what it means for them to live an authentic and meaningful life. Through body awareness, mindful presence and the therapeutic relationship, Ann-Clarke hopes to facilitate greater self-awareness, self-trust, self-love and inner peace in her clients.
Ann-Clarke has a deep appreciation for the courage and vulnerability it can take to seek support and guidance. She feels it is truly an honor to enter into therapeutic relationship and witness her clients.
Autumn understands the courage it takes to reach out and ask for help. She knows from personal experience how grief, despair, anxiety or shame can trap us in the same old patterns, relationships and conflicts. Autumn is a third year student of contemplative psychotherapy. She offers a strength based, trauma-informed, creative approach. She believes there is no one solution, technique or practice for all people. We will explore together.
Autumn is married and a mother of three children, two of which are adopted. She believe that being in relationship whether as a parent, partner, friend or child is both nourishing and challenging. She is comfortable with complexity. The complexity of marriage, parenthood and all the confusing double-binds that life presents. She brings life experience of working with children, teens, adults and elders. As a doula, Autumn has attended over 200 births and taught childbirth education. She has taught teens about consent and healthy relationships. She has sat with the dying while working in hospice. She is comfortable working with individuals and couples over a wide variety of issues. She brings a specialized knowledge of adoption, pregnancy/postpartum issues and parenting. She knows what while we cannot always control what life brings, we do not have to hold it alone.
Charlotte is a registered psychotherapist currently pursuing a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University. She believes in a humanistic approach to psychotherapy and utilizing mindfulness tools as a way to help regulate and navigate our deepest emotions. Above all, Charlotte encourages an authentic connection with others and strives to provide a safe and relatable atmosphere for her clients. Charlotte is PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) Level I certified. She loves couples work and believes intimacy one of the most wonderful opportunities for humans to access the deepest layers of their shadow and ancient hidden trauma.
Prior to her work as a psychotherapist, Charlotte worked as a school teacher, yoga instructor, and massage therapist. These experiences contribute to and reinforce her ability to support clients overcome challenges and grow. She believes in a holistic approach to health and the importance of listening to innate somatic insight. Charlotte’s passion and experience helping others is evident in her presence.
Gwenivere Weiss is a third-year graduate student in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program at Naropa University, and is a registered psychotherapist. People often report that they feel deeply accepted and experience increased self-compassion when working with her. She is endlessly amazed by the human capacity and by her client’s resiliency. With a long standing meditation practice, she incorporates mindfulness and body-centered awareness into the therapeutic setting, holding the belief that each client has their own inherent wisdom. She is client-centered and passionate about supporting folks in tuning in to their own truth.
Gwenivere worked with young folks with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Bridging Worlds Behavioral Services, and also spent time in her practicum placement at Windhorse Community Services. She is currently training in Couples Therapy in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) model, and is a poet and artist who believes in the healing power of expression in all forms. She feels honored and grateful to get to study and practice psychotherapy.
Jammie is completing her final year of graduate school in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Program at Naropa University. With 8 years experience working with grief/loss, addictions and substance use she practices in a client-centered way, holding her clients with unconditional positive regard. She believes that everyone is worthy of love, belonging, and acceptance. She values where her clients are in their journey with compassion, patience, and non-judgment.
Jammie has worked with Focus Reentry, supporting women in the jail with rehabilitation, life transitions, and well-being. She also companions clients living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the community, offering a basic attendance approach. She believes in the innate knowing every being possess to heal and grow. She respects the therapeutic relationship, honoring her client’s basic goodness and wisdom they bring to every session. Working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, Jammie takes an integrative approach to her practice incorporating Gestalt, Trauma-informed care, present-centered awareness, Attachment theory, Existential therapy, Play therapy, Art therapy, body-centered awareness, breathe work, and Mindfulness practice. She has a commitment to social-justice and community support. Special interests include trauma, couples therapy, chronic-illness, polyamorous relationships, addiction, grief and loss, and is a Kink Aware Professional.
Keith is a grounded and empathic listener with an innate capacity for creating healing relationships. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, relationship problems or shame, he may be of service to you. He has years of psychology and psychotherapy training at Naropa University, the National Center for PTSD, Tripler Army Medical Center and Chapman University. He employs a simple approach which invites clients to become present and aware of their strengths and limitations. He encourages clients to form healthier relationships with the challenging aspects of their experiences with warmth and awareness. He uses techniques such as Acceptance and Commitment Based-Therapy, Gestalt Psychotherapy and Loving-Kindness Meditation.
Keith’s practice is centered upon years of contemplative training. He uses experiences and techniques from Buddhist and Dzogchen meditation lineages to compliment his clinical orientation. His primary motivation to unify the wisdom and love of these spiritual traditions with the practicalities and complexities of the modern world and the modern mind. He has worked with people from all walks of life including: students, veterans, homeless individuals, and incarcerated populations. He believes that all people have an innate strength and capacity to transform the world to create a more wholesome existence for all.
Kendra is a Registered Psychotherapist and third year student in the Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Naropa University. Specializing in Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy, Kendra advocates for mental health and well-being for every body. Kendra applies a person-centered, strengths-focused therapy style, incorporating felt-sense, body awareness, play, humor, imagination, ritual, and movement with her clients. She is trained in attachment theory, trauma awareness, conflict transformation, client-centered therapy, nonverbal behavior, multicultural counseling, and clinical hypnosis. She believes that a genuine, heartfelt presence holds power in the therapeutic relationship, that with support, life's challenges don’t have to be so hard or painful and that emotions and feelings can be transformed into valuable allies.
With a background in dance, fitness instruction, rites of passage, group facilitation, and mediation, Kendra is passionate about supporting people in their journey towards vibrant health and embodiment. Kendra works with youth to adults dealing with a variety of challenges including relationship difficulties, couples work, life transitions, stress management, self-care, sexuality, spirituality, and grief & loss. She is dedicated to providing a brave, nonjudgmental, and compassionate space for individuals to explore and expand into their inherent wisdom, unique gifts, and basic goodness.
Kristine Zappa is a registered psychotherapist and third-year graduate student in Naropa University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her focus is on Somatic Counseling through both Body Psychotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy. She is passionate about utilizing client’s strengths to foster compassionate connections to their bodies, emotions, and thoughts. Before attending Naropa, Kristine was trained as a dancer, through which she learned about the powerful connection between mental health and the body as well as the healing power of creativity. During her time as a modern dancer, she was introduced to Body-Mind Centering™, a modality that emphasizes one’s own experiential understanding of the body in relationship to present moment awareness and emotional states. Kristine is also a certified yoga instructor, focusing on mindful therapeutic movement combined with breath and anatomical support.
Kristine has worked with adolescent trauma in a crisis unit and has experience in hospice care. She is trained in DBT facilitation, client-centered therapy, attachment theory, trauma-informed care, and social justice counseling. She also has extensive meditation experience. Amongst her many interests, Kristine is passionate about issues related to sexuality and couples work. She is honored to be part of the Naropa Community Counseling Team and deeply appreciates your consideration.
Lauren is a registered psychotherapist and a third year graduate student in Naropa University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. She specializes in Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy, which uses body awareness and expressive movement to deepen the therapeutic process. Her present-moment and body-centered focus helps clients develop self-awareness, authentic communication, and trust in their natural capacity for healing and growth. She is trained in attachment theory, client-centered therapy, multicultural counseling, nonverbal communication, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness meditation. Lauren’s compassionate, nonjudgmental and collaborative approach draws on each client’s unique strengths. She enjoys using creative and mindful modalities to help clients work through challenges related to life transitions, self-understanding, identity, relationships and sexuality, stress management, spirituality, trauma, and addiction. Committed to social justice and inclusivity, she also sees these issues within a larger societal and systemic context.
Outside of counseling, Lauren volunteers with Focus Reentry, a non-profit that brings services and mentoring to people involved in the criminal justice system. She leads dance meditations and womxn's’ groups, and is Naropa’s student representative for the American Dance Therapy Association. Her background includes teaching English as a second language, a BA in world religions, and training in a variety of dance styles.
Lucia is a registered psychotherapist and currently a third year graduate student at Naropa University working towards her Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. She brings curiosity, warmth, a sense of humor and a deep trust in the human’s intelligent essence to her therapy practice. Having worked as a yoga therapist and yoga teacher trainer for 14 years, Lucia is deeply interested in the ways the body, thoughts and emotions are constantly communicating. She believes that relationships can be a huge potential for healing, which has lead her to seek training in couples counseling with PACT, focusing on attachment theory and neuroscience. Lucia has experience working with people with body image concerns, eating disorders, trauma and sexuality matters. Born in Uruguay, raised in Brazil and having lived in several countries before settling in the US, Lucia brings a multicultural and open-minded presence to therapy. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and finds it easy to connect with people from different walks of life. Her biggest teacher is her five year-old daughter, whom she spends a lot of her free time with.
Luke is in his final year as a Master's student in Naropa's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. His approach to therapy is informed by his current studies in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology, as well as his work in Outdoor Education, Wilderness Therapy, and his own meditation practice. Growing up in NYC, and living in the rural Adirondacks before coming to Colorado, Luke appreciates a wide variety of world-views and welcomes diverse perspectives on well-being ranging form the spiritual to the neurobiological.
Luke brings a calm, caring, and warm presence to therapy. While holding respect for the courage to question, change and explore oneself, Luke also invites curiosity and humor into each session.
Michelle is a Colorado registered psychotherapist, currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Somatic Counseling and Body Psychotherapy. She offers a client-centered, trauma-informed approach to counseling based on her belief in the innate wisdom of all individuals. Her style of counseling is collaborative and unique to each individual, which may include the use of body awareness, breath, and movement to help clients with their healing processes. Through her years as a massage therapist, Michelle has developed intuitive and creative strategies for helping others heal, and learned to view pain (emotional and physical) as a part of larger systems, including body, mind, relationships, and environment. She offers a balance of compassion and honesty in her interactions, creating space for authenticity, growth, and change.
Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in social work which informs her passion for social justice and a commitment to inclusivity and empowerment. She has a passion for working with adolescents and adults on variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, stress management, and life transitions.
Orrin is a third-year graduate student in Naropa’s Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program. He is also a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. Prior to attending Naropa University, Orrin resided in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in upstate New York for about a decade, and spent four of those years in secluded meditation retreat. This experience led to his understanding that mind is intrinsically healthy and joyful, and that all emotions provide fertile ground to learn about the self. After leaving the monastery, he felt called to find a way to use this view to work with others. He is able to provide tremendous space for whatever is arising in the experience of the client, as well as reflect back the sanity that is present but may be obscured. Orrin brings humor, patience, and gentleness to this process and is eager to work with any person, whatever their background or presenting issue.