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Cheryl Somers, M.A., LPC

Owner & Executive Director of Colorado Teen Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor

Working with teens has been my life's work! I specialize in providing support for teens and their parents during the adolescent years. My focus is to help teens discover their strengths and gain confidence in facing the many challenges and pressures of this incredibly important stage of their lives.

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Areas of Specialty

I work with teens who are struggling with:
• self-esteem
• anxiety or depression
• difficult peer relationships
• self-harming behavior
• conflict with parents/siblings
• anger
• adjusting to divorce or newly blended family
• grief/loss

Background

• Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
• Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
• Licensed School Counselor -Colorado
• Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Colorado-Denver
• 20+ years of experience working with teens -- as a teacher, advisor, school counselor and private therapist

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Michael Heckendorn, M.Ed., NCC

National Certified Counselor

My beginnings started in the small Northern Michigan town of Charlevoix where I was drawn into the idea of helping people. I’ve always had a passion for working with adolescent and young adults. It is the trickiest time to navigate one’s own identity and to develop very important skills that will impact their future.

For caregivers, this time of life can be the most difficult and confusing. The delicate balance between independence, self-concept, self-motivation, social conformity, risk-taking, and self-regulation is hard to understand and accomplish. This is why I became a counselor – to help adolescents and their families on the challenging road of self-discovery, healing, and purpose.

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Areas of Specialty:

• Self-Concept / Meaning
• Anger Management
• Self-Regulation
• Assertiveness Training
• Anxiety
• Suicidal Ideation / Self Harm
• Wilderness / Adventure Therapy

Credentials & Licenses

• Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Counseling – May 2012
• Master of Education Degree in School Counseling, CACREP accredited – May 2015
• Nationally Certified Counselor - May 2015

• School Counseling License: Indiana – May 2015
• School Counseling License: Colorado – June 2015
• Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate – July 2015

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Megan Yarnall, MA, NLC, MFTC

Registered Psychotherapist & Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

After my own transformative experiences hiking, climbing, and backpacking, I knew that I wanted to combine these experiential learning opportunities with helping people. As a narrative therapist, I believe that we can decide how much power the problems in our lives have; learning strength, endurance, and perseverance through activities such as backpacking and climbing helps us choose our preferred stories over our problem stories. I’m also particularly interested in the intersections between nature and therapy, and how we can use those to understand our identities.

I have worked with teens for nearly all parts of my career, starting with my days as a camp counselor teaching climbing and horseback riding. I am passionate about working with teens because this is one of our most vulnerable life stages, and developing the appropriate skills to face problems is important this during time. Additionally, I work with children, teenagers, and adults with autism and other disabilities, collaborating with their families and caregivers to teach important daily living skills and improve the client and family’s quality of life.

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Areas of Specialty:
  • Self-Esteem and Identity
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Recovery from substance abuse
  • Family/sibling conflict
  • Disabilities
  • Adventure/Nature Therapy
Credentials & Licenses
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, Pepperdine University
  • Completed Applied Behavior Analysis Coursework, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Registered Psychotherapist, State of Colorado
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, State of Colorado
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