Therapist

Aaron I Anderson, M.S., LMFT

Location: Colorado | Utah

“I wholeheartedly believe that couples can not only overcome challenges they’re facing, but that through counseling they can come out stronger as a couple with a healthier, more vibrant relationship than they ever had.”

About Aaron Anderson
I have extensive training and experience in marriage counseling. I received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and did doctoral studies in Family Science. I’ve also specialized in working with couples for over 10 years. As a result of this rigorous training and experience you can rest assured that you are getting the specialized care for your marriage that you need.

I am also thoroughly involved with many aspects of marriage counseling professionally and in the community. I’m an Affiliate Faculty at Regis University in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy where I teach various courses related to marriage and family therapy. Through teaching with Regis University, I’m able to keep up with the latest research and methods in couples therapy and thoroughly enjoy teaching upcoming graduates how to be great couples counselors. In addition to my Affiliate Faculty position, I’m also a Clinical Fellow of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a past Board Member for the Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Being a marriage counselor isn’t just what I do, it’s who I am. You can rest assured that you are getting an expert who can help you give your relationship the best chance to succeed.

What is therapy like?

My therapy is pretty down-to-earth. We get right to the point to help you get the results you want to get. Most couples go round and round in arguments and can’t figure out why they keep doing it – especially when they know it only gets them the same results. I help you and your spouse explore the unspoken rules that keep you both in the same unhelpful pattern. You will get a better understanding of yourself and your partner by exploring the deeper, more core beliefs that you both have that are affecting your relationship. We will work on finding the ones causing you both to stumble and will help you co-create new ones with your partner that feels fulfilling and rewarding again. I will help you both to create new goals together as a couple that are exciting, vibrant, and passionate.

If you’re seeing me for infidelity, we get right to work rebuilding trust first and foremost. We do this by getting to work controlling the damage and chaos that comes when an affair has been discovered. Then we begin to unpack why the affair happened and how to keep it from happening again. There was a reason the affair happened. You can’t look back to the old relationship because there were pieces of it that made your relationship vulnerable. So, I help you build a new relationship and leave those vulnerabilities behind. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Online counseling with Aaron

During the Covid-19 crisis, I am still seeing clients in-person as needed and I am also seeing clients through confidential and secure online counseling to help with social distancing. With all the shutdowns because of Covid-19 that doesn’t mean that your mental health needs have stopped. Give our clinic a call to schedule an online appointment. You can still get yourself and your relationship back to a better place.

What do you do when you’re not doing therapy?

I’m an avid father of three children. I love exploring the many beautiful things the world has to offer and sharing them with my little family. This usually includes going to new restaurants with unique menus, going to small town festivals, and exploring new sites. And when I want to take time for myself, you’ll find me with a wrench under the hood of my hotrod or wasting my brain watching a scary movie.

Aaron specializes in:

Marriage Counseling

For years Aaron has specialized in marriage counseling. He helps couples heal from difficulties with intimacy, avoid separation/divorce, and stop frequent arguing.

Recovering After Infidelity

Aaron works with couples who have been wracked by infidelity to learn to trust again, overcome hurt from the affair, and rebuild their relationship into one that’s stronger than ever.

Men’s Counseling

Men face unique challenges and express themselves in unique ways. Aaron helps men ‘go deeper’ to get out of that run and finally feel more substance in their relationships, work, and family.

Jared Anderson

Location: Colorado

About Jared:

Jared is a lifelong learner on a mission to inspire transformation. His passion for mental health led him to pursue a master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative studies in his early 30’s. He is fascinated by the exploration through meditation, breathwork, and yoga. Since 2016, he has been serving as a life coach. Continuing his journey in the mental health field, he is now enrolled as an intern at Capella University, working towards becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. Jared is eager to combine the skills he has learned as a coach with the knowledge he is gaining as a therapist to better serve his clients.  

Who does Jared work with?

Men: As a man in today’s society, Jared understands the challenges and damaging messages that often arise. He has a passion for working with men, empowering them to become the best versions of themselves and navigate the difficulties they face. He believes that by supporting one another, men can break down negative societal norms and create a more positive and fulfilling life for all men. And he believes this work serves and supports women deeply. 

Couples: As a therapist, he is passionate about helping couples unearth root causes of their problems; leading to strengthened connections, love, trust, and overall satisfaction in their relationship. His objective is to support couples on a journey of self-exploration and growth, towards a harmonious and fulfilling relationship.   

Faith Transitions/Crisis: As someone who was raised in a devoutly religious household, he experienced a major faith crisis at the age of 19. This event led him away from church and left him feeling angry and hurt. However, after a long healing journey, he now has a deeper understanding of the role that religion and spirituality can play in our lives. He’s come to believe that religion can serve as a source of love, connection to self and a higher power, and virtuous living. However, he also recognizes that it can also cause deep pain and trauma. His personal journey, which has taken him from being an orthodox religious person to an atheist, and finally to someone with a rich spiritual life, has given him a unique perspective on the complexities of religion and spirituality. 

When Jared is not working:

When he is not in therapist mode, you can find him in the great outdoors, indulging his love for the mountains. Long hikes and snowboarding trips are his idea of a good time, along with cycling and reading. He also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend relaxing and doing a variety of activities.

Olivia G. Holt, M.A., LPCC

Location: Colorado

“Children and teens are constantly changing and going through challenges as they develop while finding out who they are – which is where individual counseling for your child, as well as family treatment, can give your family the tools to remain connected as your kids form their own identity.”

About Olivia

I received my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with the University of Denver and am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate with the state of Colorado. My experience consists of working with individuals such as children and teens, as well as their families, who are coping with trauma, homelessness, and domestic violence. I also have experience in working with groups and individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and legal difficulties due to high conflict relationship dynamics. I work with children and families to learn to implement personal coping skills, while developing their own style of communication through exploration of the five love languages and behavior patterns within their family. 

What is therapy like?

My approach to child and family counseling, is based on creating an open, accepting environment where the clients are the expert of their experiences. Many families and parents go through counseling and leave feeling disheartened due to a therapist not understanding their primary concerns or the underlying causes of their child’s behavior. My approach focuses on deep exploration of a child’s or teenager’s communication style, self-esteem levels and past experiences through Art Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy treatment. Each of these elements play a role in family relationships and are unpacked in order to create a new path for connection moving forward. Understanding the role each individual plays in these patterns, allows the client to create new patterns and goals for themselves and their family, that will open the door for continued growth and closeness through different stages of life. 

What do you do when you’re not doing therapy? 

I am very fortunate that traveling to new places and exploring different cultures has played a big role in my life – and a surprising aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been discovering beautiful sites in Colorado, as well as within the United States. Whenever I also have a hankering to travel back in time, you can find me reading historical fiction novels or watching period dramas. Spending time with my loved ones by going to restaurants, museums, and enjoying nights in, is also one of my favorite ways to decompress. 

Olivia specializes in:

Child & Family Counseling – My approach with children and teens, focuses on building a trusting relationship in a way that allows them to be themselves authentically and to develop and identify emotions and coping skills through Child-Centered Play Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches. This involves placing the client’s progress and strengths at the forefront, while frequently consulting with caregivers throughout treatment to apply learned coping strategies in the home. I work with families and individual children between the ages 3-17. 

My approach to family counseling recognizes the unique characteristics and situations that contribute to patterns of behaviors and current communication styles between family members. Whether you are navigating the challenges of blending a family, trying to stay connected through the adolescent years, or wanting to have more quality time, my work with families focuses on what success will look like to your family through the construction of specific treatment goals that make sense for each member of the family. 

Couples Counseling – I believe that every couple has their own style of intimacy, communication, and connection. My approach to therapy allows couples to uncover patterns that lead to difficulties in intimacy and communication while creating an open and accepting environment for each partner to be heard. This approach allows the couple to change old patterns and create new ones that are essential in the relationship moving forward. 

Dr. Antoinette Gomez, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, LACC

Location: Colorado

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. I am a graduate of the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work and Family Insitute and I hold a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. 

I have devoted 15 years to helping children and families be successful in relating to one another. I treat anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions and other life stressors.  

What can you expect from therapy with Dr. Antoinette?

In my work I use an abundance mentality and CBT to help clients restructure their thoughts and see the myriad of opportunities and skills in their lives. 

When working with couples I help them restore love, kindness, and connection through learning to communicate, negotiate and support one another. 

What do you do outside of therapy?

I am passionate about equity, justice, diversity and inclusiveness. I serve as the chair of Equity, Inclusiveness and Diversity for The Colorado Association of Victims Assistance. I also serve in my sorority graduate chapter as a trauma informed trainer. I am very involved in a women’s offering at my church and support three Missons in other countries. 

I am also an avid hiker and runner. As a former collegiate athlete, I participate in a local track club. I love nature and the calmness it offers. As a parent I love exploring the world of play, the arts and our lovely state with my daughter.  A coffee shop, reading, traveling, or enjoying time at the hot springs is where you will find me. 

Taking this leap can feel scary.

You bring value and many strengths to your relationships. Because I believe this with my whole heart, we will utilize these strengths in therapy while working towards individual goals that will inevitably benefit your relationship and help you reach your goals as a couple or family. If you are curious about how this works and want to take the next step towards healing, please feel free to schedule an appointment with me using the link below.

Shaelyn McCabe

Shaelyn McCabe

Location: Colorado

About Shaelyn

I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Regis University. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Special Education Teaching from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I have teaching experience in France, New York, and Minnesota. My passion for working with others with diverse and Unique abilities led me to pursue my teaching degree. This education and professional experience help me foster a deeper understanding of the challenges that individuals and families face in the educational setting and beyond. I was motivated to become a Marriage and Family Therapist because I want to work with family systems and couples more directly in a therapeutic setting.

What is therapy like?

My approach to therapy is driven by a passion for collaborating with others in their journey to reach their goals. As a therapist I am highly engaged in the therapeutic process, convey warmth and empathy, model direct and open communication and use a strengths-based approach. I am drawn to experiential therapy techniques which allow clients to explore, acknowledge, and modify their own communication patterns and ways of interacting with others. I believe in tailoring therapy to each client’s unique needs, utilizing skills from several different approaches.

What do you do when you’re not doing therapy?

I enjoy practicing yoga in my free time and want to pursue training to become a certified yoga instructor in the future. I also love to travel and explore new places and cultures that are different than my own. I love to socialize with friends and family and explore Denver and the surrounding areas. 

Gene Ira Katz

Location: Colorado

“The keys to succeeding in therapy involve learning how to maximize self-awareness, which includes understanding one’s own motivations and choices, and examining one’s sense of meaning and purpose.”

About Gene

I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology/Marriage, Family & Child Therapy. I am also an American Board of Sexology (ABS) certified Sex Therapist and Clinical Sexologist and I’ve been practicing as a professional psychotherapist in the State of Colorado since 2010. 

I have been an Associate Professor at Colorado Technical University’s College of Criminal Justice & Health Services since 2011, teaching a wide variety of courses in Psychology, Human Services, and Criminal Justice. 

In addition to over a decade of experience treating individuals and couples for a wide variety of problematic sexual behaviors, I have also focused considerable counseling efforts on LGBTQ+ issues, particularly those involving youth and those questioning their gender identity. I also hold professional certifications in Transgender Health, Treatment of Survivors of Human Trafficking, Culturally Informed Treatment, and several others relevant to my practice. 

I also enjoy speaking and presenting professionally. Upcoming speaking engagements include presentations for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), among others. 

Gene Specializes in:

  • Compulsive and obsessive sexual behaviors
  • “Problems” in the bedroom
  • Sexual abuse and trauma
  • LGBTQ+ and gender identity issues


What is my therapy style?

My primary counseling method is referred to as ‘person-centered,’ essentially meaning that the clients themselves possess all the necessary knowledge, skills, and wherewithal to heal themselves – they just may not know how yet. 

The person-centered approach is less directive than many other counseling styles, with not much in the way of advice-giving, or should’s or shouldn’t’s. Typically, I will ask a lot of probing questions. This is a process that promotes self-discovery, where the clients gain a greater understanding of their own decision-making processes, what drives their primary motivations, and a clearer sense of the meaning and purpose of their lives. 

Listening well is my foremost skill as a counselor, along with feeding back what the client has said in a manner that tends to help lead to a greater understanding of themselves. It is not for me to ‘fix’ anyone, but to help them to discover how to heal themselves. It is the clients who have all the answers – my job is to support them in figuring that out. 

Online counseling with Gene

When the Covid-19 pandemic started, I began seeing clients online, which I have found works just as well, and sometimes even better, than meeting in person. As the worst of the Covid crisis seems to be over, I have resumed seeing clients in person, however, I am also available to meet with clients through confidential and secure online counseling, which some have found to be more convenient, comfortable and affordable. Give our clinic a call to schedule and online appointment with me. 

What do you do when you aren’t doing therapy?

As mentioned above, in addition to teaching university-level classes, I am very active as a speaker/presenter for conferences, workshops, seminars, and so on, which keeps me quiet busy.

I am also a prolific writer and have published hundreds of freelance articles for a wide variety of publications and news outlets. 

Samantha Jamili

Location: Colorado

About Samantha

I am in my final year of graduate studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Massachusetts, Global. My goal as an intern is to provide tailored counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I have over 15 years of experience in client-facing roles in the service industry as a hairstylist, providing solutions and support for exceptionally diverse populations – people really do tell their hairdresser everything! I have experience and a passion for working with individuals and families affected by physical and intellectual disabilities, chronic or terminal illness, and mental illness.  

What is therapy like?

My focus on building confidence in individuals has been a beneficial asset throughout my career and I plan to use this experience to continue with helping others by uncovering your strengths, identifying potential problems and helping you develop healthy strategies to cope with what you are struggling with. You are the expert of your life experiences, and my goal is to help you sort through any trials you may encounter along the way. 

What do you do when you’re not doing therapy?

Between providing therapy and finishing my degree, I am most likely spending time with my husband and fur-children, catching live music or enjoying the mountains and any great weather on my motorcycle.

Bryson Lind, M.A., LPCC, LACMHC

Location: Utah | On-line Colorado

About Bryson (he/him)

I received my master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. My experience consists of working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, faith/spiritual crises, LGBTQIA+ realities, grief and loss, and those who have undergone emotional trauma. 

Who do I work with?

  • LGBTQIA+ older teens/adults and their families.
  • LGBTQIA+ couples and parents.
  • Individuals looking for more satisfaction, peace and confidence in their spirituality. 
 

What are your favorite things to do when you are not working with clients?

  • Learning new skills and hobbies through YouTube videos. 
  • Creating through painting, drawing or digital art. 
  • Being active by hiking, road biking, swimming, volleyball or lifting at the gym.
 

What is therapy like?

I approach counseling by creatin an open, accepting environment where clients are the experts of their own life experiences. I have a nurturing, warm nature that is easily approachable to most people. Therapy requires determined, purposeful and energetic effort, however I like to incorporate lighthearted laughter and humor too. I offer my expertise and suggestions in a direct but empathetic ad informed way. We work on solutions and theories about how to address your next steps collaboratively.

Though generally eclectic, I primarily utilize principles from Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My approach focusses on a deep exploration of an individual’s past. uncovering desires, creating goals, nurturing acceptance, and exploring values moving toward the future while still focusing on and savoring the present. We dissect barriers that have interfered with such aims, whether social/cultural, biological, or self-derived. After teaching skills to minimize and accept obstacles to change, we work to more fully implement behaviors and thoughts that align with your core values.  

LGBTQIA+ Experiences

Both therapist and client are complicated and unique people and I acknowledge that many of our experiences will not be shared, however, as a gay therapist I provide a perspective that can often cut out a great deal of explaining, discomfort, and distrust that is often brought to or appears in therapeutic work with a therapist who does not experience LGBTQIA+ experiences. I am passionate about working with and helping LGBTQIA+ people to find meaningful peace and wholeness in their lives no matter what challenges they might face. I love to work with families and parents that want to understand how to support and love their children more fully. I additionally work with LGBTQIA+ couples and families that wish to work on their own relationships and create more satisfied and full experiences of living. 

Faith/Religious Transitions and Crises

Spirituality is a vital part of our identity and being whether you identify as religious, spiritual, or none of the above. Each of us must learn to uniquely navigate our own journeys on how to address this important part of ourselves. However, sometimes in life we hit snags that can cause distress and upend our world. It is often beneficial to invite a respectful outside perspective and listener to help navigate those snags and provide you with valuable reflection and feedback to move forward with satisfaction, peace, and greater confidence in yourself.

Chris Cummins

Chris Cummins, LMFT, LCADC, ACS

Location: Nevada

Chris Cummins is the Co-Owner and Clinical Director for The Marriage and Family Clinic specializing in marriage and couples counseling, reconciliation from separation/divorce, and substance abuse treatment. He was born and raised in Las Vegas and graduated from Cimarron-Memorial High School. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from UNLV, specializing in Addictions Treatment and Family Studies. After, he graduated from Regis University with his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Chris is formally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and is proficient in the best practices of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Chris’ educational background has been rigorously focused towards gaining the knowledge and competencies to provide effective therapy for you.

Chris has extensive experience working with couples and families in various settings including: The Regis Center for Counseling and Family Therapy, CrossRoads of Southern Nevada, Vegas Stronger, substance abuse treatment settings, psychosocial rehabilitation, and as a family caseworker. Through Chris’ interactions with couples and families, Chris has found that relationship problems can be overcome through establishing mutual solutions. Chris collaborates with you and highlights strengths that will help you to achieve your goals for therapy.

Throughout Chris’ time working with different populations, Chris found his niche in couple’s therapy. Chris is passionate about helping you get through difficult times in your relationship whether the problems are related to communication, substance abuse, affairs, sexual issues, constant arguments, financial disagreements, health-related goals, or other matters that are impacting your relationship. Chris works with you as a couple to positively impact your relationship in an environment that is welcoming and non-judgmental.

Chris Specializes In:

Marriage and Couples Counseling

In couple’s counseling, Chris creates a supportive environment that allows you and your partner to express yourselves and pursue your desires for your relationship so there is positive and lasting change.

Reconciliation from a Separation/Divorce

If you are reconciling from a recent separation or divorce, Chris helps you to establish what you want your relationship to look like this time around. Chris discusses what went well in the past, what challenges there were, and what you would like to change for the better. 

Substance Abuse

Chris has experience working in substance abuse treatment settings to address minor to severe substance use ranging from occasional marijuana use to daily methamphetamine or heroin use. Whether you are hesitant about treatment or highly motivated, Chris meets you where you are to provide support and move towards recovery.

About the Author

Chris Cummins is the Co-Owner and Clinical Director with The Marriage and Family Clinic. He specializes in couples counseling, reconciliation, and substance abuse counseling. Chris enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Rey Ulan

Location: Nevada

I can help you see your mental health, thoughts, and emotions with fresh eyes so you can reintroduce calm to your life, improve your relationships, and live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. If, for example, you’re embarrassed or uncertain about situations at work or at school, feel bombarded and overwhelmed by your own thoughts, or feel awkward and uncomfortable in social situations I would love to help you create coping strategies, navigate your relationships, and find peace.

I provide support from a humanistic, strengths based approach which incorporates elements of mindfulness, emotional regulation, behavioral activation, inner strength, and relational growth to help people understand themselves so they can overcome current and future hurdles while enhancing the fundamental building blocks of their lives.

Choosing therapy is an act of courage and self-advocacy. Continuing down this path may lead to new perspectives, enhanced senses of gratitude and compassion for yourself and others, a heightened feeling of fulfillment, and much more. I would be honored to walk alongside you as you start this new chapter in your life!

Payton Holt

Location: Utah

About Payton:

I received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University located in Denver, Colorado. I am currently licensed as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Utah and as a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate in the state of Colorado. I have experience working with couples, families, and teens. I specialize in working with couples, parents with difficult children, and those experiencing anxiety at any level. 

What is therapy like:

My typical stance as a therapist is to be both direct and directive. I am direct in the sense that I’m not going to beat around the bush. I will tell you hard things to hear when needed. Being directive looks like me bringing skills and tools to the table for you to explore and learn. I’m not the kind of therapist that you have for the next 10 years. I want to help you learn what you need to in order for you to get back to a place of stability and happiness quickly. Although my approach is focused on results, I understand the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance. It’s not all business all the time. I’m light-hearted at times and find humor to be a great addition in the therapy room. I seek to also connect through empathy. Life is tough, and I’ll never minimize the struggles we each face. 

Lastly, the approach I use with couples is rooted in Relational Life Therapy. This modality is fantastic for couples struggling with communication problems, major differences in personality, frequent arguing or conflict, and those suffering from what I call “Roommate Syndrome” (essentially living parallel lives in the same home, with little emotional connection). 

When working with parents and individuals, my approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Both approaches take into account the multidirectional impact of our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Using those approaches, I help you find practical ways to make real and lasting changes. 

What do I do for fun:

When I’m not in the office I enjoy being in the mountains exploring, fishing, or meditating. I’m an avid sports fan and enjoy both playing and watching a range of sports. Having played football at a collegiate level, that is my favorite to play and watch. I have a great liking for chocolate and movie theatre popcorn. Last, but certainly not least, I love being with my wife and two kids. 

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