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Ashlea was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but has spent the greater portion of her life as a Colorado citizen. Ashlea’s journey to the world of mental health has been quite unique! Having served now for almost ten years in public safety as a firefighter and paramedic, her knowledge of and lived experience as a first responder fuel her passion for mental health, especially for those with trauma histories.
Ashlea completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Counseling and her Masters in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling at Colorado Christian University. Ashlea completed her practicum and internship at Radical Healing. Ashlea enjoys working with both individuals and couples and is trained in various modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness, person-centered therapy, and somatic integration. She is looking forward to completing upcoming training in Neurosomatic Intelligence and the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT).
Ashlea enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as with her two dogs, Winston (a.k.a Tiny) and Bindi. Adventuring through travel and spending time outdoors also brings her joy..
Belinda knew that her path direction was set early, as her father was a US Army Vietnam war veteran. Growing up with a father who was career Army, Belinda became well acquainted with military life from a young age.
With a desire to serve her country herself, Belinda enlisted in the US Air Force and discharged after 6 years of service to pursue her Master's degree in counseling. Upon graduation, Belinda was able to serve military service members and their families as a volunteer counselor on the various installations she was attached to with her then spouse who was active duty Air Force. With her continued desire to help returning veterans and their families, she began working for the Department of Defense, counseling children of military service members.
After another relocation, she began working as a Behavioral Health Counselor for the Department of the Army at Fort Rucker, where she counseled active duty military, veterans and their families for 11 years. Noticing the impacts of combat, Belinda transitioned to the Department of Veterans Administration serving as a Readjustment Counselor at a Vet Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. She joined a team specializing in treating veterans who have had issues returning from combat deployments and/or have experienced sexual trauma.
Belinda's vast experience, coupled with her desire to serve those who serve others are valuable assets. A great majority of first responders have military experience and we are very excited to have another culturally competent clinician serving our member agencies!
Carl Malone is a Doctor of Bioenergetic Medicine (BD), Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) and a Registered/Unlicensed Psychotherapist in Colorado. Dr. Malone has practiced at The Natural Path in Fort Collins, Colorado for the past eight years, using a variety of technologies and protocols to promote health and wellness. He specializes in the use of natural options for building and restoring health.
Dr. Malone has been providing Neuro Emotional Technique™ to help release emotional issues for almost 25 years, with thousands of successful sessions. He also offers hypnosis to address trauma, adverse childhood experiences and emotionally charged life experiences. His specialty is finding somato (body) emotional connections, where emotions are disrupting the functions in the body.
Dr. Malone has been teaching low level laser therapy and body therapy for 20 years. He has assisted many people with injuries from car accidents, work-related and athletic injuries, as well as all types of pain and inflammation. His office also offers specialized heart scans for supporting cardiovascular concerns and biofeedback for allergies and sensitivities related to animals, environmental triggers, foods and pollutants.
In the 1980s, Dr. Malone worked for the NM Dept of Public Safety as the State Exercise Training Officer. Duties included conducting Emergency Operations Training, hazard mitigation and disaster drills to meet FEMA requirements.
In his free time, Dr. Malone enjoys classic cars, 4-wheelin’, and spending time outdoors with his wife, Kimberley, and Golden Retriever, Ruby.
Cheryl is a Registered Nurse who has been in the field for over 25 years. Her passion is to walk alongside people who are trying to find their way through life's hardships.
Over the past decade, Cheryl has been blessed to be a part of helping others pursue healing. Her passion is to serve within her nearby and global communities. She has encouraged and guided medical teams and communities in East Africa, as well as facilitated "The Journey Group," a biblically based program that helps lead the participant through their own stories of pain, disappointment and abuse, equipping them to share the care they receive with others.
Cheryl's heart is especially tender towards First Responder families because she has been married to her firefighter for 20 years. She has learned through her own personal journey as a fire wife that the families of First Responders need support, and often feel left behind as their loved one is recovering and healing.
She believes in sharing and listening authentically, practicing good self-care, and seeking to love with empathy and forgiveness.
Cheryl is FRTC peer support certified and looks forward to walking beside FRTC's families and creating a safe environment where they can feel heard, loved and supported.
Gail is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor in the state of Colorado. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wyoming. Gail has over 19 years of experience working in the mental health field in a variety of settings including residential, inpatient behavioral health, crisis assessment in the community and emergency departments, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and addictions. Additionally, she has leadership and program development experience. She helped develop and implement the co-responder program in Weld County, where she also worked with the Community Action Collaborative.
Gail's broad range of experience includes working with depression, anxiety, addiction issues, and complex trauma/abuse. She also has experience working with relationship/family conflict, first responders, veterans, and adolescents. Gail incorporates evidence-based techniques including EMDR, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing in her work with clients.
Gail's style is warm, supportive, and engaging. She will work collaboratively with you to establish concrete goals and identify the steps needed to help you overcome your current challenges. She believes in creating a safe and supportive environment to help you explore what's not going well and develop the skills necessary to achieve your goals. Gail is ready to walk beside you in your journey to make the meaningful change you desire.
It isn't any wonder that Jarah has developed into an industry leader in Crisis and Trauma counseling for both individuals and families. Jarah began her career in emergency departments for two large hospital systems in northern Colorado. However, the true desire to serve the First Responder/family population runs much more deeply and personally.
Jarah grew up around the First Response community as the daughter of a law enforcement officer and sister of a combat veteran. Visits to her grandmother brought additional tales of emergency services. Her grandmother was a 911 operator and was involved in the Fire Service, and marrying a law enforcement officer ultimately set her path. The pride of assisting others and seeing firsthand the emotional toll emergency service took on her loved ones, their families, and her coworkers opened the doors of empathy and care and helped Jarah create her own slant of mitigating trauma in others. Seeing First Responders in the emergency room, meeting with patients, and witnessing the toll the calls were taking on them deepened her commitment to serving the behavioral health needs of First Responder communities.
Jarah has been successfully serving the behavioral health needs of others since 1997. With her unique history and skill set in the emergency services, First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to add Jarah as another culturally competent, EMDR and FRTC National Peer Support Academy trained therapist.
Jason received his MA in counseling from Colorado Christian University and graduated from Crown College (MN) with a degree in Christian Ministry.
Jason’s areas of concentration are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He is also a PREPARE/ENRICH marriage enhancement facilitator. Jason is EMDR and FRTC peer support trained and is a member of his department's peer support team. He integrates Christian principals into his clients' journey toward healing, welcomes diversity and does not discriminate based on religion, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Jason has worked in the emergency services field for over 20 years as a firefighter/paramedic. From his own experience, he is aware that too little attention has been paid to the mental health of first responders and the failure to see PTSI in this population. He is currently working to change this perception in the field and reduce the stigma for those seeking mental health support.
Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Specialist in the state of Colorado, practicing as a therapist since 2009. Jeff has practiced in a variety of settings and, along the way, acquired additional training in several modalities that address trauma, substance use, and couples/family counseling.
Someone can feel perplexed by disruptive habits or patterns in their lives, which can include but is not limited to depression, anxiety, substance use, relational struggles, and the lingering affect of trauma. All of these concerns can be shaped by social-cultural aspects of one’s identity and lived experience, and Jeff is sensitive to including
this when the person/couple feel it is important.
Jeff believes that counseling is effective in discovering an open and transformative place where old ways of feeling and living can loosen and carry forward into new, enhanced ways of living.
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 23 years of diverse experience in both inpatient and outpatient medical and behavioral healthcare settings. She has worked as a medical social worker, crisis counselor, victim advocate, and served as a co-responder on the crisis response team for an Arizona police and fire department. She helps clients address a variety of issues including anxiety, grief, loss, depression, divorce, complex medical diagnoses and trauma. Jennifer works from a strengths-based perspective utilizing EMDR, CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and other evidence-based strategies to empower her clients to meet their goals.
Jennifer is a very compassionate and thoughtful individual and has a great sense of humor! When you meet with her, you’ll be met in a non-judgmental space. Her compassion will give you a sense of ease and calm. Your thoughts and feelings will be witnessed and validated. You will learn empowering tools to work through areas that you identify as important and will feel supported on your healing journey.
Jennifer is a graduate of FRTC's National Peer Support Academy and is a valued and culturally competent member of our clinical team.
Jess is an EMDR trained and National Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor. They received their master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University and are currently working on becoming a Certified Addiction Counselor. Additionally, Jess is an FRTC trained peer supporter.
Prior to becoming a mental health counselor, Jess worked as a medic in EMS and Humane Law Enforcement, as well as in an emergency veterinary clinic. They had the honor of working with a Community Mental Health Crisis Team for 3 years before opening a private counseling practice in Greeley, Colorado.
Jess enjoys meeting with a variety of clients, including those struggling with rediscovering their life path, those dealing with PTSI, trauma, suicidal thoughts, shame or other struggles that hold them back from fully living the life they desire. They also work with people experiencing mental health issues resulting from a head injury and those struggling with somatic symptoms.
Jess provides a straightforward, trauma-informed approach for those who need a large space and want results. Their eclectic, "custom designed" approach incorporates elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, the Enneagram, and other models as needed.
Following their own head/neck injury, Jess was partnered with their mobility support/medical alert Service Dog, Kindynos. Kindynos is a Dutch Shepherd who likes to keep watch over counseling sessions when they are not actively working. Jess and Kindynos consider it a privilege to be members of the FRTC team.
While her medical center experience is diverse, including stand-alone, community owned facilities, as well as large multi-facility organizations, Karen has always worked within integrated delivery systems.
Karen has been a part of the Weld/Larimer Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), first joining the steering committee in 2004. She has been a CIT trainer since the establishment of the first Weld/Larimer class, a coalition which later expanded to include Boulder County. She became a mental health consultant for the Larimer County Regional SWAT Team in 2013, completing the FBI Negotiations Course in September of that year. Karen also responds to crisis negotiation calls in Boulder County through the Longs Peak Crisis Negotiators.
Karen has instructed on identifying and de-escalating psychiatric crises for Colorado State University law enforcement personnel, as well as for the Ranger Excellence School. She has studied forensic psychology under Roy Hazelwood, Reid Meloy, Kris Mohandie, Phillip Resnick and John Douglas.
We are excited to have Karen join our team of culturally competent clinicians serving our first rResponders and their families, as well as interfacing with medical/behavioral health clinicians, facilities (inpatient and outpatient) and various departments to coordinate the logistics of their specific care needs.
Kelly has been working with individuals, couples and families for over 20 years. She has experience helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, PTSD, trauma, and substance abuse. Kelly spent many years working in behavioral health, including inpatient psychiatric facilities and emergency departments, and developed a strong connection and partnership with first responders. She has also worked closely with law enforcement as a child protective caseworker for Larimer County. Kelly has built her practice working with those who are on the front line helping people in the community.
Kelly also enjoys working with spouses of first responders to help them process mental health and emotional challenges. She utilizes EMDR, CBT, DBT, trauma-focused CBT, solution-focused therapy, and strength-based therapy in her clinical practice. She also has experience using art with victims of trauma and abuse.
Kelly will welcome you into a caring, nonjudgmental and safe space during your sessions. Her warmth and empathy will help you feel at ease and comfortable while working together. You’ll appreciate her down-to-earth spirit and feel she is someone who is easy to talk to. FRTC welcomes Kelly to our clinical team!
Leslie Nine CCHTLeslie is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master, who is also trained in Reflexology. After over 20 years in the First Response EMS and Wildland Fire fields, she began looking for ways to mitigate the impacts of her own compounded traumas. She found great personal comfort in hypnotherapy and energy work in the form of Reiki and Reflexology. Upon finding how well these treatment modalities worked for her, she wanted to share her excitement with her fellow First Responders and became trained in these modalities several years later.
During her time in First Response with a fire district, Leslie held positions as an EMS Coordinator and Division Chief. Later she began working as an EMT with a large hospital based ambulance service. She was also instrumental in developing an EMS Wildland Response Team and EMS Honor Guard Teams. Leslie continuously strives to broaden her knowledge and education by obtaining numerous ICS, structural firefighter, and FEMA certifications. She is also an FRTC Certified National Peer Support Academy graduate.
In her hospital district, Leslie has served as Field Training Officer, Peer Support Team Coordinator, All Hazard Response Team for Wildland Deployments Coordinator, and she's currently holding the position of Captain in her agency. She has also been recognized as a two-time Employee of the Year in the hospital district where she currently serves.
After completing his BA in Anthropology at UNLV, Mark moved to Colorado to attend graduate school at CSU for Human Development and Family Studies (with a Marriage and Family Therapy focus). Growing up in a military and first responder family influenced Mark to respond to 9/11/2001 by enlisting in the Army National Guard as a Military Police officer. Later, Mark volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan in 2010 and conducted convoy security, detainee operations, trained ANP, and worked alongside German MP’s and other NATO forces on various missions. After serving for 7 years and reflecting on his experiences in the military, Mark decided to change the mission of his life to be more in line with his values and experiences. After separating from the military and completing his Bachelor's Degree, Mark spent 10 months backpacking through Europe, southeast Asia and Oceania to explore and learn from other cultures, which led to him deciding to become a therapist. Mark is passionate about supporting the healing of trauma in ourselves, our relationships, and collectively so that we can learn to thrive as one species on this one planet we all call home.
Today, Mark lives in a blended family with his wife, three children, dog and two ball pythons. Together, they love to feel/experience adrenaline and grounding on their slackline, SUP boards, bicycles, rollerblades, and longboards. Mark also loves doing yoga with his wife, Joy, who is a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner. They are passionate about physical, relational and spiritual evolution, and love to nerd out on related podcasts and documentaries.
Mark has additional training in Gottman Level 2 couples therapy and is currently attending the Sexual Health Alliance to become a sex therapist. Mark specializes in supporting couples in moving from gridlock to dialogue about their life dreams, insecurities, fantasies, and more. He enjoys supporting clients who practice a wide range of relationship or loving lifestyles/identities such as monogamy, nonmonogamy, kink, LGBTQIA and other marginalized or unique populations.
Mark worked for 3 years at CSU in student counseling and cofacilitated groups for anxiety and Dialectical Behavior Therapy before deciding to pursue private practice. Mark is also excited about the possibilities and future of psychedelic assisted therapy and appreciates the power of nature to remind us of who we are.
Nataeah completed her undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and her Master's at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Her specialty is Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Addiction Counseling. She is EMDR and Acudetox (ear acupuncture) trained.
Prior to entering the mental health field, Nataeah worked as a firefighter/EMT for 4 years with a professional fire agency in California. After moving to northern Colorado with her family, she worked for a law enforcement agency for 3 years in a county based behavioral services program.
Nataeah is Native American and connects with her ancestral roots in her holistic approaches to therapy. She works with people of all ethnicities, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and gender. Nataeah has experience working with clients who struggle with trauma, PTSI, relationship difficulties, and substance abuse issues.
With relationships in the First Responder tribe seemingly collapsing and divorce rates rising, it has become increasingly necessary to look at how we see ourselves. How can we hope to have healthy relationships with others if our relationship with ourselves is not authentic and loving. Sometimes we just need someone to empathetically “hear us” and help assist us on our own path to being the person we've always wanted to be.
First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to introduce Niki Woods. Niki is a Certified Love and Authenticity Practitioner. She is also a Certified Whole Healer, which is a modality that works on the entirety of a person through Mind, Body and Soul.
Niki is a national speaker and trainer and has been featured on radio shows dedicated to improving relationships with oneself and others. Her story about her own path to healing is uplifting and compelling, as she has firsthand knowledge on how to maneuver life’s roadblocks.
As Niki worked through her own transformative healing, she found her calling in life and is now dedicated to helping her clients rediscover their Authentic Self. Niki believes that everyone has the capacity to heal deeply, if they so choose. The only requirement is courage and the ability to grow into the person you have always wanted to be.
Niki is the founder of Blank Canvas Ltd., a project dedicated to freeing people from beliefs, patterns and rules that were born out of fear. Niki’s mission is to assist people in choosing to discover their healthy subconscious thoughts so that they may live from a place of true awareness and courage in choosing their own healthy life paths.
Niki is culturally aware, being married to a firefighter for over a decade, and is a graduate of FRTC's National Peer Support Academy.
Everyone has a unique story. Everyone needs someone to trust with that story. Shannon can be that trusted sounding board. She can be that person who can help you navigate the significantly challenging times of life. In session, you will experience her calm and genuinely caring demeanor. You can expect to be heard and validated.
Shannon graduated from Colorado State University with a master's degree in Social Work. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she has been providing support for individuals across their lifespan in various settings. Her work experience comes from several years of community case management, crisis stabilization in inpatient and outpatient settings, and medical social work in an emergency department and outpatient clinic.
Shannon primarily works with individuals experiencing anxiety and panic, depression, trauma, or a life transition. She can help you develop practical skills through mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness utilizing a combination of CBT, DBT, and EMDR. Please reach out to learn more about these approaches and how they may be able to help you.
As the wife of a firefighter and paramedic, Shannon is culturally aware, and we welcome her to the FRTC clinical team!
Taylor is a peer support and EMDR trained Licensed Professional Counselor. She uses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of care which strives to affect the mind, body, spirit, social and emotional aspects of a person to bring about change. A graduate of Colorado Christian University, she incorporates Christian principles in her practice while welcoming diversity, and does not discriminate based on religion, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
In addition to counseling, Taylor has worked in the emergency response field for the past 16 years as a firefighter/EMT/Captain. She is a certified ACE peer fitness trainer, CrossFit Level 2 and CrossFit Kids certificate holder, and has worked as a fitness trainer for the past 7 years. Taylor has been trained in the core skills of Motivational Interviewing and is a certified Peer Support Team member. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) and Domestic Violence Counselor.
We are very excited to have Taylor join our regional peer support family.
Todd's primary goal is to help you identify and pursue desired changes which will result in a positive and fulfilling life. He will help you gain a better understanding of your past and plan for the future. Todd specializes in trauma therapy, using Brainspotting as the primary treatment modality.
With a background of over 30 years as a first responder, Todd has seen and experienced firsthand the many ways traumatic experiences impact our lives. Gaining an understanding of the effects of trauma and the way the body holds trauma is key to healing the mind and body.
Todd specializes in serving first responders, military personnel, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual abuse, and clients suffering from PTSI/D.