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Founder | Psychotherapist

Adriana Balentine MSW, LCSW, CACII, EMDR

Psychotherapist & Office Manager

Maren McDonnell MS, MFTc

Psychotherapist

Deanna Fierman MA, NCC, LPC

Psychotherapist

Laura Thompson PhD, LPC

Matt Bynum
Psychotherapist

Matt Bynum MA, LPCc

Psychotherapist

Mary Clare Crocker, MA, NCC, LPC

Sara Bitting
Psychotherapist

Sara Bitting, MSW, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Travis Herbert MSW

Wild Woman Project Circles Facilitator

Amanda Easton

Billing Administrator

Ashleigh Bonneville

Certified Feldenkrais® Practicioner

Ethan Cowan

Holistic Coach & Program Development Director

Hannah Kinderlehrer

Certified Feldenkrais® Practicioners

Kim Hansen, Tres Hofmeister, Kristen Mylander & Matthew Zepelin

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Kate Wood

Reiki Practitioner

Hillary DeParde

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Mariana Rittenhouse

Kundalini Yoga Instructor

Prabhusukh Singh PhD

Renee Madhurani Wiebe
Yoga Instructor

Renee Madhurani Wiebe

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Shieva Lintott

Founder | Psychotherapist

Adriana Balentine MSW, LCSW, CACII, EMDR

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
Psychotherapist & Office Manager

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, as well as, the Perinatal Mental Health Certificate Course. 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

Phone:(303) 746- 7844

Email: Maren@simcounseling.com

Psychotherapist

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
Psychotherapist

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
Psychotherapist

Matt Bynum MA, LPCc

Sometimes our conditioned tendencies prevent us from living the life we want to live. Matt believes therapy can be a laboratory, of sorts, to explore these obstacles and learn to live more in line with one’s desired values. With a companion on the path, these burdens can feel lighter. His hope is that you come away from therapy with an expanded sense of confidence, authenticity, and courage.

In working with Matt, you can expect a safe, compassionate place to explore the full range of your experiences. With humor, trust, and a genuine relationship, you can cultivate the skills necessary to improve the quality of your life. Matt’s work is influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), experiential therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), existential therapy, and a variety of mindfulness practices. Matt will work with you to help explore obstacles, and orient towards a life of healing and purpose.

Matt 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. He also has a background in outdoor education, and spent over a decade working with teens and young adults on wilderness expeditions. He has spent the last 4 years working in various settings including community mental health, inpatient substance-abuse treatment, and wilderness programs.

While Matt has experience in a variety of areas, he specializes in working with:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Shame
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Men’s Work
  • Addiction and family members affected by addiction
  • Attachment and relationship issues
  • Life transitions
  • Teens and Young Adults
Psychotherapist

Mary Clare Crocker, MA, NCC, LPC

Mary Clare’s philosophy of counseling is centered around compassion, acceptance, and a willingness to enter into an individual’s experience alongside them. She entered the counseling field because she has a genuine desire to help people get to know themselves and increase their self-awareness so they can live a more fulfilling life. Her goal is to respectfully challenge and encourage her clients to find emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual growth and healing. Counseling is an opportunity for one to freely express themselves, explore who they are as an individual, and understand the patterns of their behaviors in a safe environment. Mary Clare helps clients learn skills to improve one’s psychological flexibility, willingness to continue growing, and move in a direction that is in line with who they want to be and what is most important to them.

Mary Clare enjoys working with individuals from all backgrounds, with a specialty with young adults who experience both behavioral and emotional challenges. Her clinical training and experience include individual and group counseling in both inpatient and outpatient settings, along with crisis intervention, trauma-informed, eating disorders, and addiction counseling. Mary Clare is LGBTQ+ affirming. She utilizes evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness to help her clients work through the challenges they are facing, restore a healthy life, and have a lasting recovery.

Mary Clare Crocker is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher in the state of Texas and Colorado. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education, with an emphasis on Special Education and Rehabilitation, and a Master of Arts in Counseling, with an Emphasis on Rehabilitation and Mental Health, from the University of Arizona.

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

  • Young adults and Adults
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Life transitions
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
Psychotherapist

Sara Bitting, MSW, LCSW

It’s easier than ever for us to feel alone or ‘less than’ despite the promise of simpler connections through technology. Identifying and talking through emotions can be a challenge. Sara believes in the power of building relationships through compassion for people, and choosing to confront the difficult questions head-on, when you are ready for them. Sara believes that there is great healing through talking and processing experiences. Her goal in life is to create a more positive world by building better connections between people and helping them climb out of the hard places together. Sara aims to empower individuals by helping them discover and utilize their strengths, and adapts to meet each person’s unique needs.

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Baylor University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner, and pulls from attachment theory, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the Gottman Method and person-centered approaches to build an effective therapeutic relationship with each client. Sara has worked with youth in foster care, adoptive families, single parents, people and families in hospice care, and those on the road to recovery from substances.

While Sara has experience in a variety of areas, she specializes in:

  • Individuals 6 and older
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Families who have been touched by foster care and adoption
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Parenting
  • Caregiver fatigue
  • Grief and loss
Psychotherapist

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
Wild Woman Project Circles Facilitator

Amanda Easton

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 organizations.

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.

Billing Administrator

Ashleigh Bonneville

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!

Certified Feldenkrais® Practicioner

Ethan Cowan

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.

Holistic Coach & Program Development Director

Hannah Kinderlehrer

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.

Certified Feldenkrais® Practicioners

Kim Hansen, Tres Hofmeister, Kristen Mylander & Matthew Zepelin

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.

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Kate Wood

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 6-7:15 pm Earthways class

Reiki Practitioner

Hillary DeParde

Hillary is a fine art photographer turned Reiki Master. Warm, nurturing, and highly intuitive by nature, she creates an open and welcoming environment to begin, or further, your Reiki experience. As a conduit of universal life force energy, she’ll empower you to participate in your own healing, whether you’re seeking relaxation, balance, or clarity.

At the beginning of a session, Hillary will ask you about your goals, and together you’ll set an intention. During a session, you may visualize colors or images, experience physical sensations such as warmth or coolness, or feel various emotions. In a closing dialogue, you’ll share your experience, and Hillary will share her impressions and insights.

Deep relaxation, renewed energy, reduction in pain and severity of symptoms, and an increased sense of calm and well-being are some of the benefits experienced by Hillary’s Reiki clients.

Reiki can be helpful for anyone on a self-care, mindfulness, or healing path.

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Mariana Rittenhouse

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 8-9:15 am Earthways class

Kundalini Yoga Instructor

Prabhusukh Singh PhD

Prabhusukh Singh PhD has been studying eastern philosophy for over 25 years including Buddhism, Taoism, acupuncture, chi kung and martial arts. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, a master’s degree, and a dual PhD in neuroscience and physiology. He has also done several yoga teacher trainings and continues to learn, expand, and grow into the discipline of yoga. Prabhusukh Singh PhD is also an intuitive healer using deep meditative states of consciousness to help and heal others. His passion is in integrating yogic techniques, meditation, healing intention, and western knowledge of the human body.

To book a class or workshop please contact Prabhusukh Singh directly.

Website: prabhusukh.com
Email: prabhusukh9@gmail.com

Email:Prabhusukh9@gmail.com

Website:prabhusukh.com

Yoga Instructor

Renee Madhurani Wiebe

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

Earthways Yoga Instructor

Shieva Lintott

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

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