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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.

Call 720-441-3714 or complete a Contact Form to schedule an appointment with Michael.

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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
  • Master of Education, School Counseling
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
  • Licensed School Counselor, Indiana
  • Licensed School Counselor, Colorado
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, Colorado

 

Megan Yarnall, MA, NLC, MFTC

Registered Psychotherapist & Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

I have worked with teenagers since I was a teenager myself! Starting out as a camp counselor, I have always taken an experiential approach to teaching and working with children and teens. I enjoy supporting teens in navigating the rocky path of figuring out who they are and what they want to do. My specialty is working with teens who confront perfectionism, anxiety, and disabilities, as well as motivation, identity, and behavior issues.

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.

Call 720-441-3714 or complete a Contact Form to schedule an appointment with Megan.

Areas of Specialty:
  • Self-Esteem and Identity
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Recovery from substance abuse
  • Family/sibling conflict
  • Disabilities
  • Adventure/Nature Therapy
Credentials & Licenses
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, State of Colorado
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, State of Colorado
  • Registered Psychotherapist, State of Colorado

Jamie Doak, MA, LPCC

Nationally Certified Counselor & Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and over the years have taught English and writing in grades 8-12. I loved helping my students connect with characters in the novel we read and learn to identify, write, and sometimes, take control and change their own stories. I noticed that I was spending my planning period, my lunch break and hours after school talking with my students and helping them navigate their world- and that I enjoyed this way more than grading papers or lesson planning! I made the switch to counseling and have spent the past few years as a counselor in a high school working with students and their parents to figure out how to deal with the inevitable difficulties of being a teen.

It's normal for teens to struggle- and it's important that they learn healthy ways to cope with stress and doubt along the way. I specialize in working with middle and high school girls who struggle with stress, anxiety or perfectionism. I believe it is vitally important for young women to recognize that their worth is not determined by their performance, their strength is not measured in trophies and their beauty is not judged by the media. I would love to work with your teen and help her shed the pressures of who she thinks she's supposed to be in order to become the strong young woman she was meant to be.

Call 720-441-3714  or complete a Contact Form to set up your first appointment with Jamie.

Areas of Specialty:
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-Esteem and Identity
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Body Image
Credentials & Licenses
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Denver Seminary
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, Colorado

Alexandra Papa, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I wanted to be a counselor since my high school internship with an elementary school counselor. I am a Colorado native that moved across the country for my high school years so I empathize with those who go through significant transitions. I have been a camp counselor, a mentor, a tutor, a school therapist and school counselor working with high school and elementary students. My focus has been on helping kids create attainable goals and work on their anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I have facilitated small groups such as Smart-Girls that focus on coping and anti-bullying skills.

The counseling theories I use most often are solution focused and strengths based. I love creating interventions that incorporate a teen's interests including art and play therapy. Many kids and teens are not ready for talk therapy so I like to include other engaging options around play to help a teen solve their problems. I would love to work with your teen to help them focus on their strengths and together conquer their challenges.

In my free time I ski, workout, walk my dog Murphy Sue and spend time with my husband, Tyler, family and friends

Call 720-441-3714  or complete a Contact Form to set up your first appointment with Alexandra.

Areas of Specialty:

I work with younger teens on:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Friendship and relationship issues
  • Bullying issues
  • Coping skills
  • Grief and loss
  • School related issues
Background
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Licensed School Counselor in the State of Colorado
  • Masters Degree in Counseling -from University of Colorado Denver
  • Member of American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
  • Presented at the Colorado School Counselor Association 2016
  • Trained in the Smart-Girl empowerment program
  • 6+ years working with students as a School Counselor and School Therapist
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