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Meet Our Therapists

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Daniel Jackson

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Dan has been working directly with adults, children, and families for over twenty years in a multitude of roles. In 2007, Dan received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University in Psychology. He worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services as a family case manager shortly after. While pursuing his master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy he worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Therapist intern at Youth Homes, Inc. He has worked with underprivileged youth specializing in solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral therapies. Upon receiving his Master's degree, he began practicing both privately and as a member of Kingsport Counseling Associates in East Tennessee. Dan moved to Colorado in the Spring of 2016 and began working with the Parent-Child Interaction Center & Canopy Counseling. He is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, published author in the Journal of the American Dental Association, and an avid outdoors enthusiast.  Dan is the proud father of two children.. Dan became an owner of PCIC in 2019.

Rebecca Arbach

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rebecca approaches therapy with a can-do attitude and provides a direct, but warm approach to therapy. Rebecca believes that when you decide to come to therapy, you get to be vulnerable and explore the fears and tough feelings that you worry you cannot reveal to the people you love. Rebecca understands the need to be vulnerable and has worked to create a safe place for those exploring their fears and feelings. Rebecca has a drive for helping individuals discover their self-worth and by assisting those who are determined to overcome life’s most challenging moments; Rebecca believes that everyone can heal, grow, and change if the desire is present. It will take time and dedication, but real change is possible.  Rebecca has a unique set of skills and life experiences that afford her to ability to connect with her clients. Rebecca has specialized experience in working with Veterans and military spouses, foster care, parenting & post-partum issues, as well as assisting couples who are on the brink of divorce. The population that Rebecca serves includes working with children (10+), adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Rebecca is a mother to two children that she shares with her spouse. Rebecca became an owner of PCIC in 2022.

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Jacqueline Hendrickson

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jacqueline believes counseling is a healing process devoted to gaining insight, building confidence, recognizing strengths, developing healthier coping tools and creating stronger relationships with self and others.  Jacqueline is dedicated to helping families explore difficult areas, acquire new skills, develop short and long term goals, and reach their full potential.  Jacqueline is genuine in her approach to working with children and families and she believes each person has the capacity for self-healing and change.  She is empathetic to client's struggles and is flexible in tailoring her approach and therapeutic technique for each client's individual needs.  She recognizes that counseling couples and families can be challenging, but is willing to put in the effort to encourage and support them through the process. Jacqueline graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science in 2009 from Oklahoma State University.  In 2011, Ms. Hendrickson graduated with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University in Texas.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is in process of gaining her certification in PCIT.

Kaitlyn Lomartire

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Kaitlyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific University in 2017 where she also competed as a college tennis player. Kaitlyn has had extensive experience working with survivors of gender-based violence (e.g., sexual assault/abuse, intimate partner violence) and their families as a victim advocate for the past 3 years. Kaitlyn's clinical experience consists of working with children, adolescents and adults who present with a variety of concerns, including, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, social/relational issues, sexuality, adjustment and attachment issues, substance use, disordered eating, grief and loss, self-injurious behaviors, and chronic illness. Kaitlyn uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Interpersonal Process Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Narrative Therapy in order to best fit the needs, strengths, and goals of her clients. Kaitlyn's therapeutic style is creative, witty, and compassionate in her approach to work with clients to foster growth, safety, and self-compassion. She is dedicated to providing a supportive and trauma-informed therapeutic experience for her clients in order to to empower them in progressing towards their goals and holistic well-being. She honors the autonomy, diversity, and strengths of each of her clients in her work to facilitate a process and opportunity to achieve their personal growth and goals. Kaitlyn aims to provide a therapeutic relationship where clients can feel vulnerable, validated, and empowered in navigating their personal challenges.

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Mira Lutz

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Mira graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2012 and completed her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northern Illinois University 2014.  She has worked with a variety of clients including adults, couples, families, school-aged children, and jail populations. 
Caring and compassionate by nature, she incorporates emotion-focused, strategic, experiential therapies and CBT.  She focuses on clients' unique strengths and works with each one to help them discover the highest level of mental health and wellness they can achieve. Mira incorporates the values of each client to best tailor treatment for the individual/family. She uses a direct approach with clients to identify areas of challenge, barriers to change, and individual strengths to achieve positive changes in each client's life. 


At The Parent-Child Interaction Center, Mira works exclusively by telehealth with:
Adolescent Issues - Including trauma, anxiety and depression, opposition and defiance, adjustment problems, attachment problems, parental conflict, school issues, grief and loss, coping, emotion and behavioral issues, self-esteem, social and relationship problems, substance use/experimentation, life skill issues, and expression of emotion and communication. 
Parent-Child /Family Issues - Parental conflict problems, divorce, separation, step/blended families, parenting skills, stress management, adjustment problems, grief and loss, and communication issues.
Couple/Marriage Issues- communication challenges, infidelity, trauma, loss and other issues.  

Carla Tungate

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Carla collaborates with her clients and families to create a space for exploration and growth, working with clients to identify and achieve their hopes for therapy.
 
Carla is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earning her bachelor’s in psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University, and her Master’s in Social Work at Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. Carla’s clinical experience includes working with students ages 5 through 18 in public schools supporting their social emotional goals, as well as working with a community mental health clinic, providing therapeutic services to individuals and families ranging from young children to adults. 
 
Carla is a certified Child-Centered Play Therapist, Parent Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT), and Within Agency Trainer of PCIT.
 
At the Parent-Child Interaction Center, Carla addresses:
 
Trauma, attachment, grief, coping, emotional regulation, transitions and adjustment, self-esteem, identity, relationship challenges, family dynamics, behavior management techniques, communication techniques, and life skills.
 
Professional Affiliations:
 
National Association of Social Workers
PCIT International

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Brittany Pivik

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Brittany is a recent graduate from the University of Wyoming with her master’s degree in mental health counseling. Brittany recently transferred to Fort Collins from Wyoming. She has over 7
years of direct experience working in the mental health field, specifically with at-risk youth and children. Brittany has always been passionate about working with children, especially those with trauma backgrounds. During her internship for her master’s program, she spent time training at the Play Therapy Center in Buffalo, WY where she received direct training and supervision and learned experiential play therapy techniques that are geared towards working with children who have trauma. Brittany is not a registered play therapist yet but she is currently working towards becoming certified through the Play Therapy Certificate program at the University of Wyoming. Brittany has also worked with individuals, couples, and families, thriving off helping others meet their health and healing goals. Brittany uses holistic and humanistic approaches with clients and understands that not one method works for everyone, so really tailoring to specific needs and
issues clients may be experiencing. Recognizing that people know what works best for them and joining them on their journey together to find solutions and making changes in their lives. A good therapeutic relationship creates a solid foundation for trust, authenticity, and positive outcomes to occur naturally.

Kaylee Coggins

Clinical Social Worker Candidate

Kaylee is a Clinical Social Work Candidate. Kaylee completed her degree at Colorado State University, receiving a Master’s in Social Work. She has over 7 years of experience in the mental health field and is passionate about helping others navigate the joys and challenges of life.

Kaylee utilizes a holistic, empowering, and person-centered approach, understanding the uniqueness of all people and their situations. Kaylee has experience working with perinatal mental health, early childhood mental health, and parent-child attachment. Kaylee works with children, teens, adults, and families.

Kaylee emphasizes building trust and creating a safe space for expression as the first steps in the therapeutic process. She understands that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Kaylee will meet you where you are at and walk beside you throughout your healing journey.

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Heather Griffith

Licensed Social Worker

My counseling background is from a social work perspective, which means I love to solve problems! A lot of my work focuses on building skills for children, youth, adults, and families in order for you to live your best lives outside of our sessions. I focus on teaching how the brain works in order for you to understand the things we are processing in session, to be sure you are ready to continue that work outside of our time together. I have been in practice in one setting or another with youth, families, and teachers since 2006 and completed my master's degree in 2010. I am in the process of completing my dissertation for my doctorate in educational leadership and equity in early childhood at CU Denver. The focus of my research is parental and cultural attachment and alienation. 

 

My work is informed by not only my professional learning experiences but also by my personal life experiences through being a mom in the foster care system, living with a chronic auto-immune disease, having personal journey's with weight issues and weight loss, and utilizing my own therapists through those struggles. Currently, my household consists of myself, two elementary-school-age children, and two dogs - which is very calm for us. At times there have been four children (preschool through high school), a husband, three dogs, four chickens, two pet rats, two parakeets, and friends staying with us while in addiction recovery, and many other situations that have provided growth in understanding and empathy for all the intense paths life can bring us.

Tomi Castillon

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Tomi is a licensed professional counselor candidate. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from the University of Wyoming in 2019, and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wyoming in 2022.

Tomi is driven to create a safe and equitable environment for her clients. Her goal as a counselor is to help her clients achieve social and emotional well-being, and to restore peace in their relationships with their loved ones. Tomi counsels from a person-centered lens, believing that people grow when they are heard and understood.

Before becoming as a therapist, Tomi was a youth developmental professional for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she also worked as a care professional at a residential facility for adolescents. Having once been considered an “at-risk teen” herself, Tomi understands that childhood and adolescence are critical developmental periods that are as exciting as they are challenging.

Outside of work, Tomi enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with family.

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Interns

At Parent-Child Interaction Center, we have partnered with several local universities to provide learning opportunities to future therapists. Please inquire at admin@p-cic.com if you have an interest of pursuing an internship with our practice.

Interns can provide therapy for reduced or no cost to you.

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Michael Lincoln

Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

Michael is a Marriage and Family Candidate who believes the therapy room is where lives and relationships put together the puzzle pieces to figure out how to thrive. Michael uses warmth and humor as he works to provide insight into existing patterns so that new, beneficial ones can be created. Michael employs Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy in individual work and lots of Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) strategies with relational clients.

 

Michael’s path to being a therapist all started when he worked as a manny for over a decade in New York City. Working with kids inspired a passion for developmental psychology, behavior management, and parenting. That emphasis on parenting influences how he thinks about helping all clients, whether that’s re-parenting one’s self, reconstituting attachment in relationships, or helping families shift perspectives to create more understanding. Michael utilizes a systems approach with a strong attachment focus and a trauma lens to guide clients in their healing process.

 

Michael completed his M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at CSU where he continues to work towards his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science. His research work examines the efficacy of parenting interventions to improve father’s sensitivity to their children. When he’s off the clock, he might say that he’s hiking or biking—doing the Colorado things—but he’s more likely to be hunting down new recipes to whip up or the best food spots around town.

Megan Johnson

Licensed Professional Counselor

If you are looking for someone to work with virtually, Megan is a warm, bright, empathetic, and patient counselor. She is welcoming and non-judgmental of anyone she has the opportunity to
engage with. Megan believes that there are times in all of our lives when we need a little extra support, encouragement, and guidance. She is here to offer this to you, while also teaching you skills to regain strength, empowerment, and hope. Megan values diversity among each of her clients. Megan views counseling as a collaborative experience in which each individual, couple, and family can bring their struggles, doubts, worries, and concerns into a safe space with a compassionate and competent counselor. She uses encouragement, validation, and directivity to facilitate growth within her clients’ lives at every stage. Megan is here to help you and your family build trust, facilitate behavioral change, increase emotional awareness and expression, establish safety within your relationships, learn new skills, foster self-awareness and
understanding, and find strength from within. She meets each individual, couple, and family wherever their needs are most focused in that moment by using a variety of approaches and
techniques including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Megan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling/Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado. She
became a part of the Parent-Child Interaction Center in early 2020 and can’t wait to work with you!
At the Parent-Child Interaction Center, Megan works with:

Children and adolescent issues including trauma, abuse and/or neglect, anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, abandonment, domestic violence, parental conflict, adjustment and

attachment issues, anger management, developmental delays, social/relational issues, coping skills, self-esteem, self-image, peer-pressure, school conflicts, grief and loss, effective
communication issues, divorce, step/blended families, and self-injurious behaviors. Couple issues include the building of trust and effective communication, expression of needs, grief
and loss, infidelity, attachment issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, sexual/intimacy issues, and more.

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Interns

At Parent-Child Interaction Center, we have partnered with several local universities to provide learning opportunities to future therapists. Please inquire at admin@p-cic.com if you have an interest of pursuing an internship with our practice.

Interns can provide therapy for reduced or no cost to you.

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Kelly McDonnell

Social Work Candidate

 

Kelly is a clinical social work candidate and earned her Master of Social Work from Colorado State University. With experience working with adults and teens, she has a commitment to holistic well-being. With a compassionate and empathetic approach, she specializes in creating a therapeutic space where you feel seen and heard. Through active listening and a holistic perspective, Kelly fosters a collaborative and trusting client-therapist relationship, valuing and embracing the uniqueness of each individual. Using a rich blend of therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) she ensures a tailored and effective approach to mental well-being.

 

Kelly creates a safe and welcoming environment, and gently challenges you to explore and celebrate your strengths, guiding you on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Kelly has a passion for working with adults and teens who struggle with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, relational stress, the daily stressors of life, and those who have experienced trauma.

 

In her free time, Kelly loves spending time outside - in her garden or in the mountains.

Interns

At Parent-Child Interaction Center, we have partnered with several local universities to provide learning opportunities to future therapists. Please inquire at admin@p-cic.com if you have an interest of pursuing an internship with our practice.

Interns can provide therapy for reduced or no cost to you.

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Mischelle Zielke

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Mischelle welcomes everyone to experience what the counseling journey can be for them. It excites her to share the many interventions, therapeutic strategies, and modalities that exist to benefit clients’ goals in this day and age! She graduated from Colorado State University and completed a master’s degree from Colorado Christian University. Mischelle has spent decades volunteering time, skills, and services with children, adolescents, and families in Fort Collins and greatly enjoys professionally working with this community. Her warmth, empathic concern, and humor help clients transition from the start of their counseling journey to completion of their therapeutic goals. Mischelle thrives in wearing a Solution Focused Brief therapy lens while incorporating a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques to adequately meet each client’s needs and concerns. She seeks client’s strengths and previous successes to address current life struggles. She honors the uniqueness and personal history of each client. Mischelle strives to provide culturally competent services while empowering clients to grow towards their goals. 

Clinically, Mischelle provides services in person and telehealth and provides mental health care that helps clients feel seen, heard, and known throughout the counseling relationship. 

 

Mischelle works with various counseling concerns some of which are listed below: Family of origin issues, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), parenting: relationships- overwhelm- routines, anxiety, depression, religious exploration- transitions, premarital counseling, self-esteem, life transitions, mindfulness growth, career transitions, grief and loss, and expression of needs. 


Outside of work, Mischelle loves to travel and explore new locations with her husband and children. She has lived in or visited over a dozen countries and nearly 30 states.

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Cody Weese

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate 

My approach with clients is to develop a genuine and non-judgmental space where clients have the freedom to explore their experience and all the thoughts, emotions and challenges that comprise it. I take a directive approach and am an active participant in the therapeutic process to help clients achieve their desired outcomes. I take an integrative approach and borrow from multiple clinical theories and modalities, with the most utilized being Solution-focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Existential philosophy and behavior and cognitive neuroscience, and Rogerian therapy. Using these theories, I help clients develop and cultivate a philosophy of life that is informed by their experiences, strengths, and challenges in order to get clients accept the inherent responsibility required to live an authentic, meaningful, and value-driven life.

I also want to acknowledge the difficulty in finding a therapist that fits both your unique needs and goals while also being someone who you feel genuinely accepts and connects with you. Research consistently shows the Client-Therapist fit in therapy is the largest contributing factor in the client’s success, making it an important decision. Whether it’s my specific approach to therapy, how I present in the therapeutic space, and/or it just doesn’t feel like the right fit, that’s completely okay and normal. I want your experience in therapy to be a positive and meaningful one, so I encourage any potential clients to shop around and see whose style feels right for your needs and goals.  I strive to cultivate a non-judgmental and collaborative space where you can explore the various aspects of your experience, how they contribute to your unique story and values, and any future directions.

Interns

At Parent-Child Interaction Center, we have partnered with several local universities to provide learning opportunities to future therapists. Please inquire at admin@p-cic.com if you have an interest of pursuing an internship with our practice.

Interns can provide therapy for reduced or no cost to you.

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Shannon Denny

Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

Shannon is a dedicated Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate (MFTC) with a strong commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of children, adolescence, families, and adults. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from California State University Long Beach and holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis and Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Currently, she is working towards achieving her MFT licensure.

Shannon has a variety of experience working with adolescence, families, and adults in outpatient and in-home settings. In her therapeutic approach, she draws upon a variety of techniques, including Cognitive, Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Multisystemic Therapy, Gottman Level I & II approaches, and various attachment styles. 

Beyond her professional commitments, Shannon enjoys spending free time in the outdoors by snowboarding, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her two dogs.  

 

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Julia Schafer

Social Work Candidate

Julia is a Clinical Social Work Candidate and received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. During her graduate internship in a community mental health agency, she conducted diagnostic and bio-psycho-social assessments, led an alcohol and drug addiction therapy group, and provided one-on-one therapy. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, guiding them through struggles with trauma, obsessions and compulsions, anxiety, depression, identity issues, life transitions, and more.

Neuroscience, and personal life experiences, reveal to us how every person is entirely unique. By virtue of this, Julia firmly believes that the most effective treatment strategy is to use a variety of therapy modalities that are precisely tailored to meet your individual needs. Some of the therapy modalities Julia has been trained in and draw from her practice include Cognitive Behavioral

Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Narrative Therapy. Empathy, non-judgment, authenticity, and humor also form the foundation of her approach. In addition to her professional qualifications, Julia finds it crucial to emphasize the shared human experiences and the insights she has gained from personally confronting challenges such as anxiety, perfectionism, and self-esteem issues. These experiences have cultivated in her a deep belief in the inherent resilience and transformative potential within every individual. Whether you are grappling with lingering trauma, battling anxiety, wrestling with intrusive thoughts, or encountering other obstacles, Julia will meet you where you are. Her goal is to create a safe, down-to-earth space where you can learn practical coping skills and write a new story of resilience and strength.

Santina Wahl

Licensed Social Worker

Santina holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ashford University, completed in 2010, and a Master's degree in social work with a Trauma Certification from the University of Knoxville, TN in 2015. With over 20 years of experience working with a diverse clientele, including military servicemembers, individuals, couples, families, and groups. She excels in customizing her treatment approach to meet the unique needs of unique individuals.

In my role as a therapist, my goal is to provide guidance and support in assisting you in uncovering your own solutions, truths, and life's purpose. Together, we will work collaboratively to establish clear goals and work towards helping you reach your full potential. I strongly believe that building a nurturing and therapeutic relationship is essential for healing. By creating a secure, affirming, and non-judgmental environment, I encourage you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and challenges with compassion.

I have specials interest in addressing issues related to difficulties in interpersonal relationships, emotional dysregulation, family dynamics, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and readjustment counseling. I employ a variety of therapeutic modalities including ACT, DBT, CPT, CBT, EMDR, Grief Therapy, SBT, and Superhero Therapy to support your journey towards growth and healing.
 

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