Staff Department "Child and Family Therapists"

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Amanda Abell, MSW Intern

Biography
Amanda is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work, with the ultimate goal of obtaining her LCSW to provide counseling. She is passionate about working with children, and their families, with chronic medical conditions. Since 2007, she has worked as a pediatric care manager for the Children With Life Limiting Illness Waiver and the HCBS-Children’s Waiver at Colorado Access. In her free time she enjoys swimming on a competitive swim team, spending time with her family, and cheering on her boys at sporting events. Amanda is looking forward to the education and experiences she will receive at The Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver.

Jennifer Ferris, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Since obtaining her Master’s of Social Work from The University of Chicago in 2006, Jennifer has had the privilege of supporting children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings and multiple modalities. Jennifer works with clients through traditional psychotherapy, as well as, behavioral techniques including CBT and DBT, as appropriate, to support clients in meeting their desired outcome goals. Jennifer typically utilizes play therapy, individual therapy, couples therapy, and/or family therapy, to alleviate symptoms of a myriad of diseases, disorders, and phobias. While working with any client, Jennifer’s primary objective is to create a safe environment for her clients to process their journey, and to be the center of initiative in their own lives.

Jennifer moved back to Colorado from Illinois where she worked with children and families in both school-based and private practice settings. In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time with her three dogs being outdoors and exploring the beauty that Colorado has to offer.

Jennifer is committed to helping clients be the change they want to see in their lives. It is a challenge to see yourself differently; here you can.

Kaylee Jeffrey, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Kaylee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker who has worked with children in various capacities for over 15 years.  She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where she completed her Master’s of Social Work in 2012 with specialized focus on Clinical Mental Health.  Her undergraduate work was completed at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work with a focus on Youth Development.

Although Kaylee has done individual work with adults, the majority of her work has focused on children and their families, primarily in school, residential and community settings.  She has extensive experience working with children who have experienced trauma and understands the importance of developing a trusting relationship with not only the child, but the family as a whole.  Kaylee has a very calm, caring and nurturing approach which allows her clients to feel at ease.  She provides a safe, comforting and non-judgmental environment and believes that through trust and communication, clients can feel empowered to envision the possibilities for change.

Kaylee has a strong passion for social justice and is a culturally sensitive and culturally aware therapist.  She understands that therapy is not one-size-fits-all and works hard to tailor her approach to meet each client’s individual strengths and challenges.  Kaylee specializes in helping clients work through issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, social skills, grief and loss, bullying, school adjustment, and life transitions.  She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

Kaylee is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Betty White.

Kellie Hearndon, LPC, NCC

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Kellie is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), certified as an Autism Specialist, and recgonized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Kellie has worked with children and families for six years in her capacity as a counselor; however, Kellie has worked with children for over 10 years in a multitude of settings. Kellie obtained both her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and Masters of Arts in School Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University. She had the pleasure of earning her Certification as an Autism Specialist from the Univeristy of Missouri at St. Louis. Kellie’s professional focus has been working with families who have children that have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kellie is very passionate to work with this population due to the time its takes to build a relationship with an individual who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Talia Horowitz, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Talia Salzberg Horowitz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified yoga instructor. She completed her Master’s Degree at Simmons College in Boston, MA in 2013 and has since focused her work primarily with multi-stressed families and children with complex needs in a variety of settings, including home-based and residential programs. In work with children and families who have experienced trauma, Talia utilizes training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and attachment-based therapy. Talia’s passion lies in integrating mindfulness and yoga techniques into individual, group, and family therapy, tapping into the profound therapeutic effects of the mind-body connection in enhancing health and wellbeing — especially for kids and teenagers. Since completing her yoga teacher training in Boston in January 2016, Talia has led multiple yoga/mindfulness workshops for teenage girls, taught yoga to stressed-out staff at her previous job, and taught free trauma-informed yoga classes to women living in homeless shelters. Talia is honored to serve clients from a place of non-judgment and warmth, with particular focus on emotional awareness and connection.

Liz Beers, LPC

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Liz is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling at the University of Memphis in 2012. Liz has worked primarily with adolescents and their families, and also has experience working with adults for individual therapy. She completed certification in EMDR, a trauma-specific therapy, in 2014 and has since then honed her skills to support individuals who have experienced significant trauma. Liz also utilizes various cognitive-behavioral therapies, such as narrative therapy and DBT, to help individuals process their past experiences and improve their day-to-day quality of life. She also has experience working with mood disorders, anxiety, attachment disorders, and family dynamics. Liz believes in empowering clients to lead functional, well-balanced lives.

Stephanie Griffin, LPC

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Stephanie Griffin is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), specializing in working with children and their families. Stephanie is originally from Texas, where she attended Texas Women’s University graduating with her Master’s degree in Counseling and Development, while specializing in play therapy.  After completing her Master’s program, Stephanie continued her education with significant course work at the University of North Texas’ counseling Ph.D program, while continuing to specialize in family and play therapy. Stephanie’s work has ranged from children as young as two years-old up through adulthood, as well as post-partum counseling with caregivers and newborns. Stephanie is trained in parent-child relationship therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, expressive arts therapy, and activity therapy. Stephanie tends to use an existential-humanistic approach in her sessions. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys outdoor activities including traveling, camping, backpacking, hiking and kayaking, as well as spending quality time with her family and friends.

Melissa Sauter, LCSW, CSST

Clinical Director, North Office/Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Systemic Sandplay Therapist. Melissa completed her Masters of Social Work in 2010 from the University of Denver with a certificate in Interpersonal trauma. Her undergraduate studies were focused on Psychology and health education. Melissa has provided significant years of support focusing on children and adults that are journeying thru complex illness, ensuring that families have the safe space to process thru their emotions and feel empowered and honored in a holistic sense. Melissa specializes her therapeutic support working thru grief, loss, trauma, working alongside high risk teens, children in the foster care system and families walking thru the adoption process. Melissa utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques some of which include cognitive behavioral therapy, sand play therapy and child and family sessions.

Outside of providing therapeutic services to children and families, Melissa spends her time as a youth group leader in high school ministry, serving orphans and vulnerable families in missions with street children and families that have survived war and traumatic events thru out the world and spending time with family and friends in the mountains.

Kelly Curnalia, LCSW

Owner/Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Kelly is a licensed clinical social worker (“LCSW”) and owner of the Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver. As a child and family therapist for many years, Kelly has had the opportunity to provide therapeutic support for many families. Kelly’s primary specialty is supporting and coaching children, adolescents and families through barriers that affect their overall happiness and quality of life.  For these therapeutic interventions, Kelly utilizes a combination of interventions including individual and family therapy.  Kelly has done significant work in the areas of child grief and loss, trauma, anger and anxiety, and at-risk behaviors, including truancy, drug and alcohol abuse, gang violence, and family discord.

In all her work, Kelly’s therapeutic approach is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to help her patients feel comfortable in starting their journey to a better quality of life. Kelly’s primary goal is to empower her patients by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to have sustainable long term change, so they are not reliant on therapeutic intervention long term.