Therapy Team

Aaron Bilodeau

MS, LPC, NCC

Aaron is a Montana native with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology from Rocky Mountain College. He worked as a wilderness behavioral technician for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice working with incarcerated teenage men.  He went on to graduate with a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Community Counseling from the University of North Georgia.  

Anna Strange

LCSW

Anna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the helping profession for over 10 years. Anna specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (trauma informed), Nutrition Therapy and experiential therapeutic activities such as mindfulness, yoga, running and climbing. Anna is a Registered Yoga Teacher and is nearing completion in a certification as a Holistic Nutrition Therapist (summer of 2017). Anna has a variety of experiences including as a therapist with youth in the juvenile delinquency system, residential and day treatment, youth and families in the immigration system, in home family therapy and providing therapeutic adventure activities in Ecuador. Anna uses a variety of interventions including DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, movement and yoga based approaches and holistic nutrition therapy to address mental and emotional needs. 

Brian Darden

LPC

Brian received his MA in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 2000, and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2005.  He has worked in the past as a school counselor for 16 years working at an alternative high school that served military students and families. He has been working at the Family Care Center since 2013, and enjoys working with adolescents and adults. He works with adults and adolescents specializing in school issues, grief, trauma, depression and anxiety.

Corby Meyer

MA, LPC

Corby has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for the last 14 years. He has been a licensed school counselor for the last 13 years working in the Fountain Fort Carson School district. He was in the Army for 6 years and married to his retired Navy wife for the last 25 years.  He has worked and lived around the military for many years now. He has been certified in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and uses this to help many individuals, families and couples connect with each other and understand how to reach their goals. He has been working with his fellow therapists at the Family Care Center for over 4 years now and has enjoyed working with Active Duty Service members, their spouses and children.

Doreen DeRoss

MA, LPC, CAC III

Doreen received her Master of Community Counseling degree in 2007 and obtained her LPC in 2011. She obtained her Certified Addiction Counselor Level III in 2007 as well. She has been working with military service members and their families since arriving at the Family Care Center in 2015. She has previously worked in the Department of Youth Corrections and in Community Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, in which she is extensively trained through Behavioral Tech and the Linehan Institute. She has been providing comprehensive/adherent DBT for over five years and is also EMDR certified. She works with both adolescents and adults.. Difficult issues Doreen has experience in helping clients address and overcome include suicidal ideation/attempts, self-harming behavior, emotion dysregulation, anxiety, OCD, substance abuse, and addictions. 

Elizabeth Stallings

MC, LPC

Liz received her Master of Counseling degree in 2006 and obtained her LPC in 2010. She views counseling as a collaborative partnership in which both the therapist and client are working toward the common goal of issue resolution. Her approach to therapy is eclectic and client centered because no two clients are alike nor is the path traveled by each the same.Therapy incorporated into session depending on client’s special needs include Solution Focused, Life Coaching, Crisis Intervention, Family, Couples, Cognitive Behavioral, Personal Introspection and Growth. Difficult issues Liz has experience in helping clients address and overcome include addictions, mental illness, domestic violence, relationship issues, critical life decisions, depression, homelessness, family crisis, childhood physical and emotional abuse, end of life, PTSD, dual diagnosis, grief, loss and anxiety. Her background experience includes providing therapy in outpatient and inpatient mental health, Hospice, as well as counseling the Homeless in a clinical setting.

Erica Henkel

LCSW

Erica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the helping profession for over 10 years. Erica specializes in Child-Centered Nondirective Play Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and is a certified EMDR therapist. Erica is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and is currently training to become a Certified Yoga Therapist. Erica has worked across the lifespan with individuals and families in residential, day treatment, and outpatient settings, as well as working intensively with families in their home. She also has experience facilitating yoga based therapy groups for active duty military members.  Erica meets clients where they are at and uses a wide array of interventions including EMDR, TFCBT, Mindfulness and Yoga Based strategies, Person-Centered approaches, and Play Therapy.  Erica works with children and young adults and believes that each individual has an innate capacity to heal, but that sometimes a little extra support to maximize their full potential.   

Dr. James "Jim" Bixler

PsyD, LMFT

Jim Bixler is an experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has conducted over 16,000 hours of individual, couples, and family therapy, approximately 60% of which have been with active duty military. He specializes in working with trauma, mood disorders, marital counseling, and family counseling.  Jim is a veteran and served in the Army for 28 years.

Jennifer LeBrun-Morrill

MA, LPC

Jennifer graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Regis University in 2009 and then received a specialization in Marriage and Family therapy in 2010. She has worked in a variety of settings with families, children and adults recovering from trauma and mental illness over the last eight years in the Colorado Springs community. She is passionate about the importance of families healing together and creating stronger, healthier, happier families.  Jennifer is trained in and has extensive experience practicing: EMDR, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Julie Wilson

MS, LMFT

Julie has been working with families for over 20 years.  After a 16 year banking and finance career, Julie started a career in non-profit management.  While working with families in this venue,  Julie was also a national consultant for Heartbeat International and trained  board members, executive directors and volunteers all over the country in different aspects of non-profit work.  Working with families became a passion for Julie and she returned to school graduating with a MS in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy.  For the last 8 years, Julie has worked as an in-home Family Therapist with families in the Pikes Peak region, many of which were active military.   Julie’s philosophy as a Marriage and Family Therapist is that any relationship can be improved and strengthened.  Julie strives to offer a safe place for individuals, couples and families to build healthy relationships.  Julie works with adults and adolescents specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, and couples and family counseling.  Julie is trained in EMDR therapy for the treatment of trauma.

Dr. Karlene Kilmer

PhD

Kathy Ewing

LCSW

Kathy graduated from Arizona State University with her Masters in Social Work in 2001.  Kathy received her LCSW in 2003.  In 2004, Kathy finished her certification of child development from Columbia University.  She has worked in the mental health field for the past 25 years with children and their families.  In addition, Kathy has been a registered play therapist for the past 14 years and specializes in play therapy and art therapy with children under 13 years of age.  Kathy believes in being child-centered and is focused with helping parents and other adults understand and have success in working with behavioral challenges of children.

 

 “Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet (Virginia Axline). 

Kelli Robbins

MA, LPC

Kelli has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1991 and has been practicing since that time.  She spent over twenty years at Aspen Point (formerly Pikes Peak Mental Health) as a clinician and obtained her Level 11 EMDR certification.  She then worked at Cedar Springs Psychiatric Hospital in the assessment and referral office for several years before becoming part of the Family Care Center team. She has been with the agency for 5 years.  She enjoys an array of clients from teenagers to adults, and is familiar addressing a wide range of client concerns, and has specialized training with couples. She received her Level 1 Gottman Relational Theory certification in 2013.  In 2014 she was certified to use CBCT-Cognitive Behavioral Co-Joint therapy for Couples who have PTSD. She feels that it is her pleasure and honor to serve Military families and the needs that are specialized to them and their service.  

Ken Datson

MA, LPC, NCC

Ken has been practicing for about 7 years, working with individuals and couples.  He joined Family Care in 2015 and worked with Active Duty Army and Air Force Service Members in the Partial Hospitalized Program for about a year.  He was raised in a 20  year career military family. His areas of specialty are EMDR, trauma, and addictions.  He also offers faith based counseling for Christians who request that such be added to their therapy.

Krisit Gallego

MA, LPC, NCC

As an educator with over a decade of experience, Kristi Gallego has worked with children in international school settings in Madrid, Spain, Beijing, China, and Colorado.  Fluent in Spanish, Kristi has experience with diverse populations, including English Language Learners.  Kristi has served as a School Counselor in Colorado Springs school districts for the last 4 years assisting children and their families with their mental health needs.

She is a nationally certified counselor and a graduate of the Master of Arts program in Counseling & Human Services at UCCS.  Kristi is passionate about utilizing the power of play to heal children and their families.  While she specializes in working with children and adolescents, Kristi also works with adults impacted by anxiety, depression, and adjusting to the deployment cycle.

Matthew Newton

MA, LPC

Matt received his MA in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in June of 1988. He received his LPC in May of 1995, and has been a practicing clinician for 20+ years. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Development and Infant Mental Health at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine in 2007. He specializes in working with young children and their parents. He specializes in working with attachment issues, behavior problems, ADHD, children on the Autism Spectrum, and trauma. He is a certified EMDR therapist and most of his work with younger children is processed through play. Parents are fully involved in the therapeutic process, as a great deal of time is spent reviewing various parenting techniques and ways children communicate their feelings and needs.

Shannon Kelly

MA, LPC, CAC III

Shannon received her MA in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006.  She received her LPC in 2008 in addition to becoming a Certified Addictions Counselor III the same year.  Shannon has been a practicing clinician for ten years.  She is trained in DBT and is a certified EMDR therapist and uses this technique with many to include trauma, addiction, performance enhancement, anxiety and depression.  Shannon coordinated the Partial Hospitalization Program and was a main therapist in the women’s program that primarily worked with active duty military.  She specializes in working with trauma, addiction, anxiety, military sexual trauma, depression and anxiety. 

Susan "Sam" Torres

MA, LPC, RPT, MFTC

By helping children handle their emotional challenges now, they will be less likely to carry those burdens into adulthood. Sam integrates Play Therapy with Family Systems Therapy, helping adults and children navigate family challenges like separation, divorce, co-parenting, adoption, anxiety, self-esteem, and behavioral troubles. Sam is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Marriage & Family Therapist Candidate (MFTC). She is also Theraplay® (attachment-based therapy) Level 2 and Marschak Interaction Method Trained (parent-child assessment), and a member of the Colorado Association for Play Therapy and the Association for Play Therapy (international).

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