Staff Department "Child and Family Therapists"

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Maranda Davis, LPC

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Maranda is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2007. She has provided therapeutic services in numerous settings, including community-based services, outpatient, and residential treatment facilities. She also has experience providing early childhood mental health consultation to early childhood education centers. Though the majority of Maranda’s clinical experience has been with children and adolescents and their families, she has also provided therapy services to adults. Maranda is trained in EMDR and has extensive practice utilizing various therapeutic techniques such as play therapy, Parent Child Interaction, TF-CBT, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She has provided support to clients who were struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relational conflict, behavioral problems, and social skills, just to name a few. Additionally, Maranda has provided therapeutic support through group work, addressing issues such as parenting, trauma, social skills, body safety, and grief and loss. The driving force behind Maranda’s work is her strongly-held belief that all people matter and should be treated with respect, understanding, and compassion. Maranda also believes that her role as a therapist is not to provide answers or fix things for others but is that of a companion who comes alongside her clients, creating a safe and supportive environment for them to work through whatever it is they are experiencing during specific legs of their life’s journey.

Dasha Kouznetsova, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Dasha has 10 years of experience working with diverse populations in New York City including children and youth in crisis, juvenile justice involved youth and their families, adults in alternative to incarceration, and clients navigating an HIV diagnosis. She earned her Master of Science of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2013 and has focused on working with children, youth and their families since then. Dasha uses various therapy modalities to meet her different client needs including traditional psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Dasha strives to create a warm, safe and supportive environment for her clients to process their life experiences and accomplish their goals. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dasha enjoys hiking, knitting, doing yoga, dancing to fun tunes, and connecting with family and friends.

Kristin Marrs, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Kristin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and completed her Masters of Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2011. Throughout her career, Kristin has worked with a variety of client populations, including; infants, children, adolescents, and adults; in multiple settings; home, school, and inpatient. Kristin specializes in helping clients work through a variety of issues, including; depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, social anxieties, and behavioral difficulties. Her approach in therapy focuses on strengthening the entire family system to help the family thrive in their environment. Kristin strives to create a comfortable and safe environment throughout therapy. She is trained in Youth PTSD CBT Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kristin is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and enjoys the outdoors, running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Hannah Pitts, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist

Biography
Hannah Pitts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas in 2014. She completed additional training in play therapy to become a registered play therapist in 2017. Hannah utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques including trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, solution focused therapy and sand tray techniques. Hannah provides individual and family sessions. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking and skiing with family and friends or reading a good book.

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.

Kaylee Jeffrey, LCSW

Child and Family Therapist Supervisor

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.

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.

Melissa Sauter, LCSW, CSST

Clinical Director/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 supporting children and adults that are journeying through complex illness; ensuring that families have the safe space to process through their emotions and feel empowered and honored in a holistic sense. Melissa specializes her therapeutic support working with families as they navigate through their stress, grief, loss and trauma. 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 enjoys spending time with her family, friends and being in the mountains.

Kelly Curnalia, LCSW

Executive Director/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.