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James Garofalo

MA, CAC II, Founder/Owner

Interestingly, it was by total accident that I stumbled upon and then fell in love with counseling. As a veteran of the United States Army, I first began my journey as a counselor while working with fellow soldiers after returning from a yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2008. It was during my reintegration process into the civilian life when I began to spot the many flaws and sadly, many stigmas within the mental and behavioral health field. As Founder and CEO of ViewPoints Psychotherapy Services, LLC., it is my utmost priority to provide the single best services to the diverse clientele that work with my team. Here, you are not a price-tag nor a number but instead, an individual who has the right to the highest quality treatment with every intention and rightful decision of living the highest quality life. Our team is comprised of qualified and licensed professionals who provide years of experience and education in their field. We provide unmatchable expertise that utilizes research and evidence-based treatment modalities and walk you through the process every single step of the way. Whole-Person treatment is the vision that we uphold to the highest degree. Whether you are seeking services for mental health, substance use, vocational counseling & aptitude testing, or physical wellness/nutrition, ViewPoints Psychotherapy provides whole person treatment for the whole you.

Stephanie Tucker

MEd., LPC, LAC

As a military spouse and mom, I understand how difficult it can be to find time to meet face-to-face for therapy appointments. One of my roles at ViewPoints Psychotherapy is to ensure that you are able to receive the care you need, despite this obstacle and that is why I offer a wide range of options providing precisely that. With teletherapy, I am able to video in (or chat by phone) from anywhere in the world that is convenient for you and whenever you need it the most – over lunch, between meetings, or from the comfort of your home. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in the beautiful state of Colorado. While working towards my master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, I first gained clinical experience in addictions during my internship at a residential treatment facility. I then branched out and began work with the Army Substance Abuse program while stationed with my husband in Korea. Over the past three years, I have been working in a community mental health agency addressing both substance abuse as well as the full spectrum of mental health issues. I am trained in an increasingly broad range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) but above all, I take a humanistic approach when working with you to meet you exactly at the stage in life where you are and begin the process through the journey of healing. I appreciate and welcome the unique opportunity to learn, explore, and understand your story and to join you on your path towards achieving your goals.

Laura Dillabaugh

MS, LPC, BCC

I work with individuals, couples, and families while specializing in grief and loss, crisis counseling, stress management, and work/life balance. For the last seven years, I have worked with the military population (soldiers, spouses, & children) on issues related to deployment/reintegration, and marital/relationship issues pertaining to a variety of topics including deployments. My counseling approach is nondirective which means that I will meet you in a nonjudgmental way, listen to what you would like help with, and work with you to set attainable goals to get you there.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor here in Colorado and a Board-Certified Life Coach. I have earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. I have been counseling for over 14 years and working with a broad range of clients to include children (primarily 6-12 years old), adolescents, and adults.  You might be surprised to learn that I do use humor in some sessions as well, so you might even find yourself laughing a bit when we’re together.

Ben Neale

PsyD., LP

My therapeutic approach is collaborative, insight oriented, and considers the impact of socialization on how you understand your identity. My treatment methodology and techniques are grounded in the fit between you and I, client and therapist. By co-constructing this empathic and accepting space, we can work together to explore past and present concerns. The interventions, duration of treatment, and outcome is different for everyone. I believe change is rooted in relationships and identifying patterns that inhibit one from living a fulfilled life. Through an examination of these patterns, I can help you develop alternative and more adaptive ways to manage stressors, connect genuinely with others, and enact meaningful advances in your life. In addition to providing counseling, I also offer clinical assessment for individuals. I have offered clinical services in a number of settings including: university counseling centers, integrated medical settings, community mental health centers, and long-term care facilities. My current clinical interests include concerns related to men and masculinities; the lived experience of marginalized peoples; mood and anxiety disorders; relationship / family concerns; grief / loss; trauma; chronic pain and health psychology. I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. My Bachelor’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies is from Knox College. I hold a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Student Development and Pupil Services with an emphasis in Social Justice. My Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) is from the California School of Professional Psychology San Francisco at Alliant University. In my spare time, I enjoy travel, cycling, and spending time with my family.

Jose Ramon

MSW, LCSW

I first found my love for serving others while I was active duty in the United States Army as a Bio Research Assistant at the Army Research Institute. I later became a licensed clinical social worker specializing in senior care and working with adults who experience chronic pain or have been diagnosed with a chronic medical illness that has had a significant impact on the individual and his or her family.  I also specialize in working with those who have a chronic and persistent mental illness, families, and individuals coping with acute stressful life events.  My philosophy is congruent with best clinical practices and evidence-based practice which includes optimizing the social and cognitive patterns in relation to the current stressors and previous narrative of the individual for self- transformation and to get back the quality of life everyone deserves to have.  I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy and apply mindfulness skills to reduce acute anxiety and depression to assist the individual further in being able to resolve chronic stressors and other behavioral health domains that have had an impact on the individual. I believe it is necessary to incorporate treatment models that have shown clinical significance.  I believe in working together with the individual and his or her support system as an active part of the treatment. Together we develop a treatment that is individualized and tailored in a manner that allows the individual to participate at his or her own pace to facilitate healing, progress and transformation. I am fluent in Spanish and in my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar, tinkering with drum machines and music software, and I am currently learning to play the piano.

Kristin Tanner

MA, LPCC, NCC

As a counselor, I feel privileged to join individuals during critical seasons of life. Throughout the therapy process, I strive to create an environment where you feel completely safe and honored. With this as a foundation for effective therapy, I am able to provide compassionate support and offer treatment for a variety of mental health concerns. I have completed the requirements for the master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. My experience includes counseling adults in a community mental health setting, providing treatment for a variety of clinical issues including depression and anxiety. My counseling approach often includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), although I am intentional about integrating other treatment interventions based on your unique needs. I currently work with adolescents and adults to address a broad spectrum of mental health concerns, while specializing in depression and anxiety. My experiences living overseas enable me to be particularly sensitive to social and cultural factors influencing the counseling experience. Further, I deeply value advocacy and pursuing social justice regarding mental health issues. In my free time, I enjoy painting, writing, traveling, and spending time in nature.

Tanna Skinner

PMHNP-BC

There is now a trend toward integrating behavioral and physical health. It is critical to assess an individual as “whole person” to include physical health, mental health, and social dynamics. I believe in not only treating symptoms, but also evaluating and treating everyone as a unique individual. My passion is to provide the highest quality health care that promotes empowerment, enhances wellness, and strengthens our community. I work mindfully with other professionals in the community to provide the most comprehensive care for my clients and families. I collaborate with primary care clinicians, specialists, dieticians, alternative health providers, and other professionals in the area to support your total health and wellness. I started my career in mental health, working on acute inpatient units. This was my passion upon graduating, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Kentucky University. I have over 10 years experience working in the behavioral and medical fields. I have worked in emergency and trauma care. Transitioning to the acute medical field was based on a desire to have well-rounded experience in both mental health and psychical health, as I think they should be treated as one. I take a holistic approach in developing treatment plans through evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management. More importantly, I teach, prevent and empower individuals to take an active role in their own health. I use evidence based treatments. Medications are used in conjunction with therapy as the catalyst for growth, with a focus on prescribing, reducing the use of substances that can increase addiction, and customizing a pharmacological plan specific to the unique needs of the individual. Personally, I have specialized over the past two years, with children and adolescents. If we can address the needs of our youth at and promote early intervention, we can strengthen our future community. I also understand the military population after having spent 27 years as military wife. I have raised two amazing young men and understand the stressors that military life can have on families. I am committed to serving the community and helping to make it strong and healthy. On my days off, I like to practice what I educate my clients on. Hobbies, diet,, sleep hygiene, and exercise are vital to mental and physical health. Hiking is my most enjoyable hobby. I will get out on the local trails during sunshine, rain, or snow. I am very deliberate in cultivating self-care through a good diet and sleep routine. I enjoy spending quality time with my family. In my free time during the warm season, you will find me out backpacking or attending a community event/activity. In the winter season, you will find me on the ski slopes.

Adrien

MA, LPC, NCC

I use a Multi-Theoretical Approach to therapy, which means I may use bits and pieces of several different theoretical models in order to tailor sessions to meet your needs and help you reach your goals in a way that is most effective for you. Some of these theories include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Multi-Systemic Therapy, and Depth Perspective. I use a strengths-based approach which means we’ll address the things causing you pain, suffering, uncertainty, and stress by using your strongest qualities, while also building other skills to help support you long-term. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and a National Certified Counselor. I hold Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Xavier University. I have experience in child development, with delinquent adolescents, adult clients suffering from varying psychological disorders, veterans suffering from PTSD, and outpatient substance abuse treatment. My professional interests include continuing education, working with trauma, substance abuse treatment, animal- assisted therapy, and mind-body work. In my free time, I enjoy everything Colorado has to offer! In the warmer seasons I enjoy hiking with my dogs, gardening, and camping; and in the colder seasons I enjoying skiing and watching the Cincinnati Bengals lose football games. I am currently training my English Labrador, Ellie, in animal-assisted therapy so you may get to meet and utilize her in session beginning 2020.

Eileen Deitsch

PMHNP-BC

Individuals seek help after attempting to solve problems on their own, finding the results to be lacking. The recognition of a persistent struggle requires honesty to face the stressor and its impact on one’s life. In addition to a desire and willingness for change, honesty can set a foundation for personal growth. Rather than view mental health from solely an illness perspective, I believe in viewing a client’s symptoms in the context of their life, values and future goals. My perspective on human potential for change, healing and growth has developed over many years. I became a nurse over thirty years ago. I began and maintained practice in medical surgical nursing, obtaining my nursing education with a master’s degree from Pace University. Five years later, I received a second master’s degree in the specialty of psychiatric nursing. I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients in psychiatric emergency rooms, inpatient units and most recently in the outpatient setting. I also taught, as a psychiatric nursing professor for over fifteen years and, desiring to incorporate more holistic interventions in working with clients, I completed a post Master’s program at UCCS, becoming a PMHNP. As a PMHNP, I look forward to exploring the best treatments for each individual. I ask that clients consider their health in terms of their medical, psychiatric, dietary, physical activity, daily schedule, economic, social/ relational and spiritual status. I advocate strongly for the utilization of an interprofessional team, while I focus specifically on how psychiatric medications can help. There are many safe and effective psychopharmacologic options that can expedite stability and health. I appreciate that the healing process is different for everyone. I have held off in working with clients in private practice for quite some time specifically because I felt I needed to have a better firsthand understanding of what it means to heal and grow. For some, that takes a while! I also step away from the serious side of life and just jump into the outdoors, hitting the trails running, biking, hiking and skiing. My husband of twenty-five years has morphed me into a football fanatic. He has, in turn, learned to love camping (kind of). We joke that we’re not sure how but are thankful to have two great young adult kids launching off into their own lives and careers. Our most recent child is a whippet who is remaining a puppy after 3 years.

Laura Barney

MA, LPC

My role as a therapist is to provide a safe, secure space where you can discover the best version of yourself. As the expert of your life, I want to learn from you what you want to achieve in therapy. We will work as a team, build a relationship with trust, and I will support you as you challenge yourself to learn and grow. I combine evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with experiential approaches in a unique way that will allow you to grasp new concepts, approach your beliefs in new ways, and apply new skills in everyday life. I enjoy working with children, youth, and adults and use age appropriate play, art, and sandtray therapies to engage young children. I focus on both mental health and special education challenges using a family centered approach. I specialize in adult and childhood trauma as well as a wide range of mental health concerns and general life stressers. I have studied CBT through the Beck Institute and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) through the Child Trauma Center. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Montana State University and my Masters in Counseling Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Let's begin by accepting who we are, as opposed to who we are expected to be

Christal Lichtenberg

MSW, LCSW

Recognizing and understanding challenges interfering with one’s quality of life is difficult. Taking the initial step toward the path of emotional freedom is uncomfortable. Making a breakthrough in treatment sets the foundation for power, resilience and healing. In addition to private practice, I have worked in community mental health & various state and county agencies as a clinician. I received my Masters of Social Work from Newman University. I specialize in personality disorders and trauma but am well versed in working with a variety of populations. Treatment approaches integrated in my practice derive from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior therapy, behavior modification and Psychodynamic therapy. Many people struggle in isolation due to the uncertainty related to reaching out for help. My approach to counseling stems from the belief that healing starts with connection. By placing an emphasis on person-centered and humanistic approaches, I view my clients separate from their “problem” and believe it is important for clients to drive their treatment. My approaches are practical in everyday life and unique to each individual. Therapy is not a “quick fix” but rather a process that takes time and patience. While providing comfort, support and a safe space, I am dedicated to being a continued support, so that you are not alone.   I am open to accepting clients from all walks of life and appreciate the opportunity to work alongside you in this part of your transformation toward power, resilience and healing.

Kelsey Garofalo

Administrator

As an administrator, I get to do what I love every single day…help people who are helping people. There is nothing else in this world I would rather be doing. My role is to create team efficiency all the while minimizing the administrative and clerical burdens on our clinicians. What does this mean for you? A smoother progression from the moment you pick up the phone and schedule your first appointment to the moment you are successfully discharged from our program. My motto is one that both myself and our practice adhere to and that is client satisfaction begins with clinician satisfaction. I am passionate about providing precisely that so your journey and experience with your therapist is both pleasant and productive. In my free time, I love to hike, I am a licensed cosmetologist and find a creative outlet in doing hair, and I have a rambunctious 5-year-old boy who keeps me running just about every day. Life is great!

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