Jason Bell is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. Jason’s training and experience include individual, couple, and group counseling for adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of concerns ranging from chronic acute mental illness to developmental challenges, life transitions, grief, career struggles, existential crises, and relationship problems. Jason is passionate about providing a safe haven in therapy, where clients can gain insight and develop solutions as they work through their struggles without fear of judgment. Jason also serves as the Counseling Center Executive Director.
Lisa Vander Griend is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor with a BA in Sociology from Davidson College and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Additonally, Lisa is the Center’s Intern Manager. Outside of Southeast, she has also served as President of the Colorado Association for Play Therapy. Lisa works primarily with children ages 2-12 as a play therapist. She is passionate about working with children who have experienced trauma (e.g. sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse, and transitional situations such as divorce or death). Through play therapy and the formation of a positive therapeutic relationship, Lisa believes children may be honored and empowered to face and overcome the trials and wounds in their lives. Lisa also works with adolescents on a variety of issues from anxiety and depression to adjustment issues. Finally, she works part time as an adjunct at Denver Seminary teaching and supervising students in the graduate counseling program.
Jayne Statler is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She leads our team as our Care Coordinator. Jayne works with men and women of all ages and has particularly broad experience in treating adults with both mental health and substance use issues. She also enjoys working with couples and families. Jayne’s areas of specialty are anxiety and depression, women’s emotional health, adult attachment issues, family therapy, trauma treatment, domestic violence, and substance abuse/dependence. Jayne is a certified EMDR clinician and has an interest in utilizing this technique when clinically appropriate. Jayne has found EMDR Therapy very helpful in areas such as trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem, anxiety, and when one “feels stuck.” Jayne became a therapist to help people navigate their complex worlds in order to live a healthier, happier life. She believes in a holistic approach to health and that all components of ones’ life are interrelated.
Dr. Anna Cejka is a Licensed Psychologist who holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in health, from the University of Colorado, Denver. Additionally, she serves as the Center’s Professional Development Lead. Anna provides comprehensive care and support for adolescents and adults who have a chronic illness, as well as with their family members and caregivers. She has particular skill providing psychological care to cancer patients, survivors and their families. Anna has also been trained in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, personality disorders and schizophrenia. She utilizes various therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation. She believes in incorporating clients’ values, goals and personal preferences into a treatment plan to improve overall quality of life and emotional functioning. Anna has received training at numerous sites throughout the metro area, including St. Joseph’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Jewish Hospital, and she completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Rocky Mountain Behavioral Health in Casper, Wyoming. She has also taught psychology courses to undergraduate students at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Jeremy Baker is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. He is also a National Certified Counselor and a trained Prepare-Enrich marital and pre-marital facilitator. He serves as the Center’s Marriage and Family Chair. Jeremy’s training and experience include working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. He enjoys partnering with clients in order to provide an environment and relationship in which clients feel safe, accepted, and loved no matter the struggles or painful circumstances in which they find themselves. Jeremy’s areas of strength include marital and pre-marital counseling, family therapy, adolescent issues, parenting issues, divorce and separation, anxiety and depression, grief, attachment issues, addictive behaviors, identity formation, and life transitions.
Jonathan Carr is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Director of Client Experience at Southeast Christian Counseling Center and has served children, teens, individuals, families, and groups in clinical, school, church, community, and wilderness settings. Jonathan is passionate about providing a supportive, creative, and collaborative environment to explore your path of healing and growth. Jonathan graduated from Denver Seminary with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is devoted to caring for the unique needs and goals of each person.
Nate is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC), who has worked with individuals, couples, and students in private practice and university settings. He has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and an undergraduate degree in political science. Nate is committed to integrating sound clinical techniques with a person-centered approach that honors both the client’s immediate needs and the deeper elements in-play that often drive human behavior. Nate’s areas of strength include anxiety, depression, men’s issues, attachment issues, sexual compulsivity, identify formation, life-transition, issues with infertility and couple’s work. Nate is passionate about fostering a felt sense of wholeness and well-being in his clients, where they are empowered to create change in their own lives, relationships, and communities.
Lori Sorrel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Center’s Intake Manager and Cultural Integrity Lead who holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. She has worked with a non-profit organization serving university students in Texas, China and Colorado for 19 years. Lori genuinely loves people and sharing in the amazing and unique stories of their lives. She is committed to the truth that each one of us is worthy of love and respect, intrinsically bearing beauty and courage. She is full of hope that there can be restoration, growth and healing, even amidst deep wounds. Specific areas of interest in counseling include adoption and foster care families, attachment issues, trauma, and life transitions.
Jeannine Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor with over a decade of experience working with adults and adolescents. She also serves as the Center’s Forensic and Group Services Manager. Jeannine’s training includes specialization in working with couples, trauma (EMDR), and substance abuse in addition to general mental health concerns including anxiety and depression. While serving as a clinical supervisor in the forensic realm for many years, Jeannine has a depth of knowledge in assisting clients who are involved both past and present in the criminal justice system through court-ordered treatment, victims of violence or crime, and first responders. Jeannine was a coordinator of an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescents earlier in her career and enjoys working with adolescents as they navigate developmental challenges. Jeannine places an emphasis on collaborating with clients to provide practical tools in an effective manner as well as a safe place to work through deeper issues.
Stephanie Fitzsimmons is a Licensed Professional Counselor and EMDR Certified Clinician. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University. Stephanie has spent over a decade working with victims of Domestic Violence and their families. She specializes in trauma, attachment issues, grief and loss as well as adults struggling with life changes. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a collaborative, compassionate, non-judgmental space where individuals feel safe to express themselves. Stephanie incorporates a strengths-based holistic approach utilizing interventions such as Mindfulness, EMDR, Solution-Focused and other modalities, as appropriate, to meet the individual client’s need. She believes that the therapeutic relationship in itself can be a powerful tool for transformation and healing. Her hope for clients is that they find tools needed to enable them to live happier and healthier lives.
Emily Meyer is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) who holds a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. She is also one our Intake Coordinators. Emily has served children, teens, and young adults in clinical and university settings. She takes an empathetic, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to counseling, and collaborates with her clients based on their unique needs and goals. Emily strives to create an atmosphere where her clients feel safe, seen, and understood. She loves helping others navigate and make meaning out of their pain. Specific areas of interest in counseling include trauma (EMDR), anxiety, depression, grief & loss, chronic illness, and life transitions.
Ryan Beerwinkle is an Intake Coordinator, and a Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate. He received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and holds an undergraduate degree in Theology. He is also a certified administrator of the Prepare-Enrich Relationship Assessment tool. Ryan is passionate about helping individuals and relationships experience healing, growth, and freedom. Ryan believes in helping clients engage in a holistic approach to their mental health. He does this by helping individuals build awareness of how the spiritual, biological, psychological, and social spheres of their lives are uniquely connected. Ryan works with couples, both married and dating, to cultivate trust by improving communication patterns and increasing the bond of their relationship.
Clair Crow is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and a Master of Arts in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage, Couples and Families, from MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS. In December, 2017 she also completed an externship in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples. She has experience serving adolescents, adults, and couples. Clair’s specific areas of interest in counseling include anxiety and depression, life transitions, grief, attachment issues, and relationship problems. Clair truly feels that it is an honor and privilege to journey alongside her clients in their desire for restoration and healing. Every client has a unique story, which Clair desires to empathize and connect with to create an environment where the client feels accepted, loved, and cared for.
Annie Sluka is an Intake Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate. She graduated from Denver Seminary with a Dual Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. She additionally has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has had the privilege of connecting with individuals of diverse backgrounds and clinical needs through spending over seven years in the Social Work field. She is passionate about integrating body, soul, mind, and spirit in the way she listens and facilitates a safe space for clients to process their stories and move towards healing in the broken areas of their lives. Annie loves building meaningful relationships with clients and is excited to continue engaging in this identity-shaping work with adults and adolescents at Southeast.
Natalie Halcomb is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a DVOMB provider. A native of Colorado, Natalie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary. Natalie has been in the cousneling field for five years and her training includes trauma (Brainspotting), substance abuse, relationship and family difficulties, and mental health concerns including anxiety and depression. For much of her counseling career she has worked in the criminal justice system through court ordered treatment working with individuals on relationship problems, anger, and domestic violence issues. Prior to her counseling career she volunteered and worked with adolescent programs helping kids and teens navigate developmental challenges. She believes it is important to provide a safe space for individuals to gain insight, have a place to develop interpersonal skills effectively, and to work towards holistic health.
Abby Klima is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) in Colorado, National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Intake Coordinator. Abby received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colorado Christian University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Denver Seminary. Abby is currently working to become a Registered Play Therapist. She has experience working with children and adolescents with complex and developmental trauma and maladaptive behavior concerns in residential settings and private counseling practices. Abby is dedicated to journeying with children and adolescents, alongside their families and/or caregivers, towards health and wholeness through a trauma-informed, culturally competent, and strengths-based approach. Specific areas of interest include trauma and abuse, emotion regulation, attachment issues, life transitions, identity development, and mood disorders.
Franklin Sarker is an intern currently pursuing his masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. He is a graduate of Cornerstone University and holds a BA in psychology. Having an international background and experience working in Cornerstone’s campus diversity initiatives, Franklin has the privilege of working with a diverse range of people which has expanded his perspective on life. He also worked extensively in Applied Behavior Analysis therapy and has experience working with children with disabilities and behavioral challenges. Franklin believes everyone needs to express their unedited self with another trusted person to grow and heal. He desires to create a space where sacred stories can be shared and explored. Franklin has a desire to help people unpack their cultural, religious, and family hurts so that people can live fuller, purposeful lives. By using mindful based – cognitive therapy and honoring clients’ stories as sacred, Franklin hopes to partner with individuals and couples in their journey towards health and wholeness. He is passionate about working with couples and individuals with anxiety, depression, relational, existential and spiritual issues.
Davina Gorsh is an intern currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Iowa. She has received a Level 1 certification in trauma work at the Allender Center in Seattle and is a certified facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich assessment tool. Davina’s approach is empathetic and collaborative as she believes the therapeutic relationship can be an effective tool in the therapy process. She counts it an honor to hold a safe space for those pursuing transformation, healing and change.
Rachel Knoll is an intern currently pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Rachel is passionate about working with individuals as well as couples and families, particularly “third culture” families. She is also a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator. Rachel’s approach is direct, but collaborative and empathetic, and she believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and working with her clients to find growth and healing.
Heather Roa is Southeast Christian Counseling Center’s office coordinator. She has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Michigan and worked as a publications manager, photographer, and translator at the headquarters for multiple national service-based franchise companies for nine years in Ann Arbor, MI. After that, she lived abroad in the Philippines for almost seven years with her family where they served as missionaries working with college students and abused girls as well as engaged in disaster relief work. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2014, she worked as a house parent at a residential treatment center for troubled youth in Idaho and then as a family coach in Denver helping young people needing intensive mental health interventions.
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