Clinical Team

Adriana Balentine MSW, LCSW, CACII, EMDR

Founder | Psychotherapist

Adriana believes that humans are extremely resilient and have an amazing ability to overcome some of life’s most difficult obstacles. She values the ability to connect and support one another when support and guidance is needed. Therapy is a collaborative process where the connection and rapport between the client and therapist is crucial. She prides herself in her ability to connect, empathize and to see your experiences through a non-judgmental lens.


In the therapeutic relationship, Adriana works along side you to help you see who you truly are and who you hope to become. She will help you navigate through your current challenges towards your desired change. In her commitment, and passion to serve others she will help you transform your life. She will support you in finding greater joy, acceptance in yourself and others, and to strengthen your relationships. She hopes to help you find pride in the way you show up in the world.


Adriana is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Colorado, a level two certified addiction counselor (CACII) and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has a decade of experience working in a variety of settings giving her a diverse background. She has worked in crisis settings such as hospitals, out patient community mental health centers, substance abuse facilities, as well as residential treatment and public school settings.


While Adriana has experience in a number of areas, she specializes in:

  • Tweens, teens and young adults

  • Substance abuse and addiction

  • Trauma and abuse

  • Life transitions

  • Dual diagnosis 

  • Chronic Illness

Travis Herbert MSW


Sometimes life is hard and it can be difficult to figure out the path forward. Travis believes that one of the greatest gifts in life is working through hard times and coming out the other side with a better understanding of yourself in the process. He has witnessed therapeutic relationships lead to transformative and lasting positive change in the lives of young people and adults. If we decide that working together is a good fit, Travis is committed to supporting your journey so that you may find your path toward healing and growth.  


Travis’ style is direct, collaborative and strengths based. Drawing from over 20 years of experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, his therapeutic practice is informed by traditional talk therapy modalities such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) alongside less traditional approaches including spending time outdoors, hiking, adventure-based activities, movement and art.  


Travis received his Master’s of Social Work from the University of New England in Portland, Maine and his undergraduate degree in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  He has spent over 15 years working with youth and adults facilitating outdoor, adventure-based experiences, including 12 years working for Outward Bound. Along with these experiences in the outdoors, Travis has worked with youth in foster care, survivors of trauma and abuse, young people in the criminal justice system and in a public school setting.


While Travis has experience in many areas, he specializes in:

  • Tweens, teens and young adults

  • Boys, Men

  • Trauma & abuse

  • Depression & anxiety

  • School Issues

  • Social & emotional learning & development

  • Life Transitions

Jill Leversee MA, LPC


Jill’s approach incorporates mindfulness and body-based interventions as a
way of supporting the client to deepen their connection to themselves,
cultivate trust in their own wisdom, way of approaching things and accessing
and aligning with their own core values. This attention towards present
moment awareness and inclusion of the body can also support the
development of the client’s internal resources, including grounding, working
with and befriending intense emotion and processing trauma.


Another vital element of Jill’s work is leaning into and harnessing the power
of the therapeutic relationship. With sufficient support, we can relax, we can
trust, we can feel possibility and hope. This happens through a collaborative
approach that reflects a trust in the client’s own unique process. Jill also relies
on the sacredness of being truly listened to and witnessed by another, within
which can contain the ability to transform pain and stuckness in and of itself.


She also believes that the therapeutic process is often far less about finding
solutions and much more often about uncovering a meaningful narrative or
perspective that feels productive, that turns a problem into an opportunity for
learning, perhaps even for transformation- and if nothing else, makes things
more interesting. Together, we will focus more on the sustainable practice of
developing good questions and cultivating meaning and less on finding
answers and looking for happiness- the latter two which tend to be more
fleeting in nature!

Jill is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado and has a
Master’s Degree in counseling with a focus on body psychotherapy and dance
movement therapy. She has a BA in dance, along with many years experience
as a dance educator, performer and choreographer, all of which she brings to
her work as a therapist. Jill has over twenty years experience working with
teens as a teacher, mentor and therapist. As well, she has a history of working
with clients who are healing from trauma and addiction and individuals in the
criminal justice system. Jill is also a mother who loves supporting parents.

While Jill has experience in a number of areas, she specializes in:

  • Teens

  • Parenting

  • Personal Identity

  • Embodiment and the body/mind connection

  • Life Transitions

  • Accessing and owning your unique and authentic voice

  • Mindfulness

  • Addiction

  • Trauma

Brian Kim MA, LPCc


Each stage of life presents us with its own distinct set of challenges and obstacles.  Brian believes that when we learn how to properly direct our energies to meet and then overcome these challenges in our own unique way, we develop and mature towards greater well-being, growth, wholeness, and the freedom to be who we are.  Sometimes, it can feel too overwhelming, confusing, or painful to undertake such trials alone.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Seeking support is an act of courage and the first step towards creating the life you deserve.  Brian has experienced time and again the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship and its intrinsic capacity for healing and growth.  He considers it an honor and privilege to walk side by side with you as you discover who you are and who you are growing to become.


In his clinical approach, Brian’s work with clients is collaborative and relational in nature.  Together, we identify growth-inhibiting thoughts, habits, and behaviors that no longer serve you, understand the root of these patterns, and learn and apply new tools and behaviors that facilitate growth and life-affirming changes.  By learning to form a healthy relationship with yourself first, you are planting seeds to create positive and sustainable relationships with your loved ones, the greater community, and the environment.  Informed by evidence-based research, Brian utilizes mindfulness-based interventions that draw from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, and Contemplative Psychotherapy.  He also finds great value in walk ‘n talk therapy, hiking, meditation, yoga, and movement therapy that all serve as supplemental resources and inspire his clinical work.


Brian is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Candidate) and earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University with a specialization in Contemplative Psychotherapy.  His approach is unique in that it integrates a blend of both Eastern and Western psychology.  He has been actively working with adolescents and adults professionally in various settings including the Juvenile Assessment Center in Boulder as a Support Group Leader, out in the community, parks, hiking trails, and client’s homes as a professional mentor, at a domestic violence shelter as a counselor, and as a DBT group facilitator at a mental health clinic.


While Brian works with a wide range of issues, he specializes in:

  • Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults

  • Boys and Men

  • Depression and Anxiety / Self-Esteem

  • Failure to Launch

  • Trauma

  • ADHD

  • Career Counseling / Life Transitions

  • Mindfulness / Emotion Regulation

Becky Howie MA, LPC


Becky believes that all humans are works in progress, and as such, we sometimes get lost or detoured along the way.  Whether you are trying to numb pain, recover from a sudden unexpected change, or actively pursue personal transformation, seeking help in those moments is a sign of courage and strength, not weakness.  We all have an innate capacity for change and healing inside us and the therapeutic relationship can act as a container for that growth.  


Becky offers a compassionate, non-judgemental space to explore and work through whatever challenges you might be facing.  Her work is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), research on self-compassion, wilderness/nature-based therapies, and a variety of mindfulness practices.  Mindfulness helps create space in between stimulus and response, and in that space lives your ability to choose something different for yourself.  She will work with you to identify and shift patterns that might be getting in the way of your goals and happiness, and allow you to find your path to healing.


Becky is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado.  She has a master of arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University.  She also has a background in business and spent a decade working a variety of jobs in the corporate world, so she is all-too-familiar with the stresses and pressures the modern business world can sometimes impose on us and how we can work towards a healthier balance.  She has spent the past 6 years working with teens, young adults and adults in a variety of mental health settings, including home-based mental health care, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and wilderness retreats.  


While Becky has experience in a variety of areas, she specializes in working with:

  • Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)

  • Stress, anxiety, and depression

  • Trauma

  • Addiction and family members affected by addiction

  • Self-acceptance and low self-esteem

  • Perfectionism/people-pleasing behaviors that cause us to lose our true self

  • Relationship issues

  • Life transitions

Maren McDonnell MS, MFTc


What if life could be rich and meaningful? Many of us experience our lives as simply ‘ok’ or ‘fine’. Maren believes that every relationship in life, whether with yourself or a loved one, deserves to be fulfilling. It can be extremely difficult to find the time, space, or tools to nurture the important relationships in your life and it is critical if you are intent on living it to the fullest. 


Maren helps individuals, couples, and families nourish and grow their relationships by pulling from many different therapeutic modalities. She strengthens relationships using tools such as self-compassion, Mindfulness-Based therapy, and Systemic Therapy.


Maren is a bilingual Spanish/English Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate and has completed Level II of the Gottman Training. Maren is also a Certified Lactation Consultant and loves working with breastfeeding mothers and their infants. For more than 7 years she has helped diverse clients address an array of challenges. These experiences have provided her with a strong background of situations ranging from navigating rock bottom to enriching relationships. 


While Maren loves working with clients experiencing a multitude of life situations. She has a particular interest in:

  • Couples

  • Families

  • Individuals 6 years and older

  • Grief and Loss/Ambiguous Loss/Disenfranchised Grief

  • Life Transitions

  • Mother-Infant Attachment and Breastfeeding

  • Pre-Marital

  • Supporting Supporters

Deanna Fierman MA, NCC, LPC


Deanna believes that therapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client, and that by working together we can help you move toward understanding and healing. Her greatest strength in working with people is her enthusiasm for creating space for the unknown, uncomfortable, and unfamiliar. She strives to kindly challenge the way people think, and to be challenged herself. Deanna feels honored when asked to be present in challenging times, and aspires to balance holding room for discomfort while helping people discover how to move forward. Her ultimate goal is to help people heal by building upon respect, honesty, and mindfulness.


Deanna has significant professional experience in both community mental health as well as university settings. She has worked as a counselor at CU Denver, and was a lecturer, researcher, and academic advisor at CU Boulder for twelve years. She has also provided counseling in schools, crisis centers, hospitals, and both residential and outpatient settings. Deanna is a licensed professional counselor, and received an MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from CU Denver, and an MA in Cognitive Psychology from CU Boulder. She obtained a BA from Carleton College where she completed a minor in Gender Studies, as well as majors in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Deanna has also trained in the martial art of aikido since 2007, and delights in integrating concepts from aikido into her clinical work.


Deanna’s clinical practice is strongly informed by experiential and existential modalities, attachment theory, and feminist and narrative therapy. She has participated in numerous symposia on gender and sexuality, and has formal training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Clinical Supervision, and suicide prevention.

While Deanna loves working with clients experiencing a multitude of life situations she has a particular interest in: ​

  • Teens and Young adults

  • Couples

  • Intellectually curious people

  • Relationship issues

  • Life transitions

  • Multicultural concerns

  • Members of LGBTQIA+ communities

  • Polyamorous individuals, couples, and families

  • Therapists and therapists-in-training

SIM Holistic Coaches

Laura Thompson PhD, LPC


Laura believes wholeheartedly that life is filled with opportunities for learning and growth. While we may not always seek these opportunities (and we may even want to run from them!), they are a part of the human experience. Our willingness to face our vulnerabilities and pain is ultimately what strengthens us. Laura also believes that relationships, both with yourself and others, matter.  Often small changes in our lives can yield positive results.


As your therapist, Laura will hold space for you to process whatever it is that is challenging you and will support you in working toward acceptance, self-love, and positive change.  Laura works from an integrative approach and has a very down-to-earth, compassionate style. She is warm, accepting, authentic, and insightful (and sometimes funny), and will both support you and gently challenge you to be your best self. 


Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse University, she also completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Addiction Studies. Prior to this, she earned her Master’s in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Laura has spent the majority of her career working with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty/staff of all ages in University environments, both nationally and internationally. She has also worked with individuals outside of these settings.  She is passionate about world travel, the great outdoors, life-long learning, and human connection.  


While Laura considers herself to be a solid generalist, she is particularly interested in working with:


  • Substance Abuse Issues (including individuals with family members who are struggling with substance abuse)

  • Issues related to identity

  • LGBTQ individuals

  • Multicultural Issues/Cultural adjustment

  • Life transitions 

  • Grief/loss

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship challenges

  • Undergraduate/Graduate Students/Young Adults

  • Athletes

SIM Collaborators

Hannah Kinderlehrer

Holistic Coach

Hannah believes it is our birthright to fall in love with our selves and our life, from the inside out. She is passionate about supporting people’s journey of embodiment and her work focuses on creating a resourced, supportive relationship with the world, beginning with our body. 


Her coaching work is based on her own experience living with chronic illness, injury and disordered eating. She has created an incredibly full life, and often refers to herself as the luckiest Lyme/Mold patient alive. Through meditation, movement, nature, community and Hakomi Therapy, she has transformed struggle into a meaningful journey, and she uses these same resources to support your journey through suffering and challenges.

Holistic Coaching works with every aspect of you and your relationships, to transform your life from surviving into thriving. Coaching helps you discover and transform the unconscious beliefs/habits that hold you back from healing, in order to forge a new relationship with yourself, your body, and your life. 


Holistic Coaching helps with:

  • Isolation, loneliness, alienation

  • Transitions

  • Feeling stuck in life

  • Repeating the same harmful patterns

  • Poor health and quality of life

  • Feelings of unworthiness

  • Feeling disconnected from one’s body and oneself

  • Depression and Anxiety

Some of the ways I work include:


  • Using mindfulness to rewire the brain for nervous system regulation and healthy attachment. 

  • Discovering and transforming the unconscious beliefs,habits, and creating choice using Hakomi Depth Psychology

  • Creating a self-loving relationship- with self-esteem and connection to ourselves, anything is possible. 

  • Utilizing mindfulness and embodiment for pain relief, freedom, joy, and emotional regulation.

  • Creating and supporting healthy dietary and movement habits that last.

  • Creating resources to implement in daily life and a supportive community around you.

  • Holding unconditionally accepting space through deep contact and listening.


Hannah holds degree from Naropa University, is a certified Hakomi practicioner and is also certified through the Peacemaker Institute. She has been a student and teacher of Shambhala Buddhism for 15 years. She is a choreographer, a teacher trainer, and facilitates therapeutic groups and workshops. She teaches embodied meditation, and Rites of Passage at the Boulder Shambhala Center and Shambhala Mountain Center. 

Stacy Dixon

Yoga Instructor

Stacy started studying Eastern Philosophy at a very young age; she studied the ancient roots and science of Yoga in India and that began her professional career as a Yoga teacher and guide.


She has lived all over the world and studied Buddhism and Yogic Philosophies first hand with teachers and Monks and has a gift for imparting their knowledge through intuitively guided sessions. She specializes in Yoga, Meditation, Breathwork, and creating personalized practices for individuals.


Her sessions are an eclectic fusion of Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, and incorporate training and guiding the mind through movement and breathing techniques while having fun!


Stacy believes that we all have the right to living a life rooted in inner peace. The healing tools she has learned have been practiced for thousands of years. Her passion is sharing them with others to help guide people toward a sense of inner peace and healing. This in turn helps others remove conscious and subconscious blocks to return back to a balanced life where people feel empowered and able to follow their life's purpose.


Stacy truly believes in taking the daily practice from the mat out into our daily life and so it is a lifestyle and a constantly evolving journey of healing oneself and expanding the vessel for love, joy, happiness, and peace.


To book group or private sessions contact Stacy directly. 


Phone: 720-693-4190

Movement Teachers

Ethan Cowan

Certified Feldenkrais® Practicioner

Ethan is a body-worker [Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner] and movement facilitator whose formal training comes through the Feldenkrais® lineage and whose curiosity and interest in movement comes from somewhere mysterious, deep inside. Luckily Ethan's life has been full of opportunities to explore movement through the wonderful cultures of gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding, jazz music, and contact improvisation.


In addition to bodywork and teaching movement classes, Ethan has spent many years as a 'manny' to infants and toddlers, who are the best, most interesting movers out there. The very young have helped him understand how much of an honor it is to help people move through life and to help life move through people. Ethan brings this sense of privilege to his activities as a bodyworker and teacher, where he has the pleasure of helping dancers, musicians, executives, therapists, teachers and others use movement to increase choices, decrease compulsions, reduce pain and increase capacity for enjoyment of life.

Kim Hansen, Tres Hofmeister, Kristen Mylander & Matthew Zepelin

Certified Feldenkrais® Practicioners

The Feldenkrais Method® is a world-renowned system for developing awareness through movement – wonderful for artists and martial artists, dancers, athletes, injury prevention and recovery, and increased vitality for people of all ages.

The Sunday class will be taught by a rotating schedule of 4 teachers. With diverse backgrounds in dance, massage therapy and anatomy, aikido, individualizing learning for those with disabilities and their caregivers, and meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition these teacher bring many perspectives to this work. Come experience the qualities that Kim Hansen, Tres Hofmeister, Kristen Mylander and Matthew Zepelin each bring to their lessons.

Renee Madhurani Wiebe

Yoga Instructor

Renee's desire and purpose as a yoga teacher and trainer is to inspire others to listen to their truth; to look inwards and find the answers there, to connect with their body, heart, and breath and be ready for the changes to come when this happens. What we manifest can often become reality so being ready and willing to see it, receive it, and work with it each day and each minute becomes our daily practice of yoga. Yoga goes way beyond asana and she likes to incorporate meditation, pranayama, mantra, mudras, restorative, and asana alignment and flow into classes. 


Renee has been studying yoga for 15 years and still feels like a beginner some days. "If we don’t reach a new level and have to keep starting over what’s the point?" She has many teachers in her life who she continues to study with weekly. She also enjoy being a mother, and a wife, a snowboarder, painter, and her latest passion is playing the guitar.


Renee has completed her 500 hr. ERYT in Prana Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea as well as a 200 hr. ERYT in Shambhava Yoga from Shoshoni Yoga Retreat

Amanda Easton

Wild Woman Project Circles Facilitator 

Amanda is committed to supporting women on the journey toward a nourishing, harmonious life that brings attention and intention to nature and the spiritual realm of our busy lives. She is passionate about bridging the gap between our spiritual truths and our beingness in the world with tools and practices that support the integration of these aspects. As a single mother of 6 she knows the complexities of life and has come to value the mundane as well as the revolutionary. She has also been a teacher for 20 years, working with children of
all ages in public and private schools, volunteer mentorship programs, and spiritual


Amanda's personal meditative practice, journey with yoga and energy medicine has led her to this facilitating of Wild Woman Project Circles so naturally and authentically. With her background in educational psychology and Waldorf education she brings a wide lens to a deep practice of becoming and ritual.

Shieva Lintott

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Shieva is a creative artist and a practitioner of the shamanic arts, and after 7 years of personal yoga practice, she became certified in Earthways Yoga. She blends Nature Ways, classical 5 element theory, and intuitive flow into each class. Having gone through life's trials and tribulations Shieva turned to yoga and nature for healing of her mind, body, and spirit. She Reflects playfulness, expression, and disciplined focus on and off the mat. Her classes help connect you more deeply with relationship to self and relationship to Nature, around and within us.

Shieva teaches the Sunday 8-9:30am Earthways class

Mariana Rittenhouse

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Mariana first came to yoga in 2011 as a way to bring more balance into her hectic New York City life, but it wasn’t until she attended her first Kirtan that she started to understand what it truly means to be a yogi. Over the years, she’s delved into the world of yoga as a means to truly understand what it means to be connected to your essential self, which is so often overlooked in today's chaotic culture. In her classes, Mariana seeks to create a spiritual home for her students to experience true wellness and the connection of mind, body & soul.

Outside of the yoga studio, Mariana is a dedicated student of Cha Dao (The Way of Tea) and practices crystal bowl sound healing. She leads both tea and sound ceremonies from her home nestled in the Boulder mountains.

Mariana teaches the Wednesday 8-9:15am Earthways class 

Kate Wood

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Kate was first introduced to yoga by way of the Bikram practice while she was living in Manhattan.  She was drawn to the heat and structure of the practice, as well as the cleansing benefits Bikram offers.  After moving to Colorado Kate began practicing daily and eventually entered Core Power Yoga’s Hot/Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training where she learned the fundamental healing benefits of yoga, opening mentally and emotionally.  As life unfolded with different experiences, Kate knew she needed something more – to go deeper into her own healing – and in 2019 she underwent Earth Ways Yoga Teacher Training, where she learned to connect the Chinese 5 Elements, Acupuncture Points, the Indian Chakra System, and Native American Nature Healing Methods to the practice of yoga.  She is Chief Marketing Officer of her NY-based firm and when Kate is not practicing yoga, she is hiking, trail running, back country camping and skiing, rock climbing, road biking or mountain biking, listening to a podcast, watching a documentary or reading a book.  She is also a lover of wine and dogs.

Kate teaches the Monday 6-7:15pm Earthways class

SIM Admin Team

Hannah Kinderlehrer

Program Development Director

Hannah believes it is our birthright to fall in love with our selves and our life, from the inside out. She is passionate about supporting people’s journey of embodiment and her work focuses on creating a resourced, supportive relationship with the world, beginning with our body. 


At SIM we are so grateful to have Hannah to support the organization of our programs, provide valuable resources for the clients we serve and also to facilitate much of our a community collaboration.

Ashleigh Bonneville

Billing Administrator

Ashleigh believes that we are all connected and that we all need each other for the world to go round. We all have our favorite things to do and her favorite thing may be different from yours, which is why we need each other.


Ashleigh’s focus is on the operations and organization of the space around you. She believes that when the things around us flow naturally and everything has a place, our lives are calmer and we can be more focused on the things that change your world.


With a high level of attention to detail and an approach to make life easier in the future, Ashleigh helps creates and implements systems and solutions. 

We are so grateful to have Ashleigh on our admin team, keeping everything in order and allowing us to have more joy in the work that we do!

Maren McDonnell

Office Manager

Maren believes that every relationship in life, whether with yourself or a loved one, deserves to be fulfilling. It can be extremely difficult to find the time, space, or tools to nurture the important relationships in your life and it is critical if you are intent on living it to the fullest. 

While Maren loves her clinical work with Individuals, Couples and Families she also values using the organization side of her brain to keep SIM operating smoothly. She enjoys helping connect SIM to the community to keep that essential part of our holistic approach bountiful. 

We are so grateful to have Maren on our admin team, keeping the office going!

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