Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.
— C. JoyBell C. —
I am a State Licensed School Psychologist in private practice permissioned by the State of Colorado under the designation of “Unlicensed Psychotherapist” (previously designated as “Registered Psychotherapist” – *see below). I received a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester, a Masters in Developmental Psychology and an advanced degree in School Psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. After completing an internship for Adams County District 12 in Colorado, I was hired by this school district where I began my practice as a School Psychologist. In the school setting my practice focused on working with both mainstream and disabled children and young adults, ages 3 to 21. I worked directly with students and their families, as well as interfacing with multi-disciplinary teams of mental health, healthcare and teaching professionals. The scope of my work included psycho-educational assessment, developing Individual Education Plans for the purpose of accommodating and remediation of learning disabilities, as well as behavioral disorders (e.g. ADD, ADHD, ODD, etc.) Additionally, I provided supportive counseling to students and their families struggling with depression, anxiety, school related phobia, trauma, and other challenges that impacted the immediate and extended family system.
Outside the school setting, I have consulted with the Colorado State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. In this capacity I assessed, counseled and developed programming to assist clients in transitioning from higher levels of care to independent living. Over subsequent years, I focused my professional growth in the area of supportive psychotherapy, integrating a range of relational, experiential and behavioral psychotherapeutic modalities and strategies, with a special focus on Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). My continuing training encompasses attending day and multi-day seminars, workshops and forums as well as multi-week long training and self-study programming. My training includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Advanced ACT for Practitioners, ACT for Adolescents, ACT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Therapeutic Interventions for Anxiety, Neuroscience of Happiness, and Positive Psychology.
I have worked many years in the private sector as a private business owner as well as a private investor. I believe my time working, collaborating and interfacing with people from varying professions, positions and walks of life has increased my understanding of the innumerable and diverse set of challenges confronting people personally as well as professionally. Additionally, I have spent a good deal of time coaching children and young adults in athletic pursuits. I have provided psychological consultation related to training and maximizing athletic performance. Some of the most common issues I address with young athletes are; how to handle the challenges and pressures of being a competitive athlete, optimizing time and effort via deliberate practice (Ericsson), mindful awareness and remaining present in the heat of competition, having a clear understanding of immediate, game-time, as well as long-term goals, clarifying what they value about their participation and understanding how this is tied to living authentically and being the person they truly want to be.
- BA in Psychology, University of Rochester
- MA in Developmental Psychology, Gallaudet University
- CAGS in School Psychology, Gallaudet University
Licensure and Registrations
- State of Colorado – Licensed School Psychologist (No. 157984)
- State of Colorado – Unlicensed Psychotherapist (No. NLC105840)*see below
- American Psychological Association
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
*As of July 14, 2020, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) changed the designation from “Registered Psychotherapist” to “Unlicensed Psychotherapist.” This change in designation is in name only and does not change or influence in any way a therapist’s ability to render psychotherapeutic services to their clients.