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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

Community-Based Therapists

Outpatient Psychiatry


Marisa A. Murgolo, MSW, LCSW – Community Based Psychiatry Supervisor 

Marisa A. Murgolo, MSW, LCSW, Community Based Psychiatry Supervisor

Growing up in my family equated giving back.  I always knew I wanted to be in a helping profession and by the end of college I decided that clinical social work was the field I would pursue.  After taking a year off to volunteer with Americorp, I went to Columbia University’s School of Social work, where I earned my Master’s degree. I moved to Colorado in 2002 and began working as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, eventually supervising this same program after gaining my clinical license (LCSW).  I was hired to supervise the Community Based Psychiatry program at the University of Colorado Hospital in 2006.  Being at the UCH has been the perfect fit, in that I get to supervise a group of amazingly talented therapists, be supported by a wonderful manager and administrative staff, and work at assisting in educating and being educated by brilliant residents, and attending psychiatrists.

 Tammy Herckner, LPC – IFT Therapist

     Tammy Herckner, LPC 

   I have worked as an Intensive Family Therapist/ Community Based for The University of Colorado Hospital for three years.  I began my career as a teacher and then decided to return back to school to get my Master’s degree in School Guidance Counseling.  While completing this program a couple of my professors talked me into going further to also obtain my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I have been working as an in-home family therapist since 2001, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado.  I enjoy working with families in their own natural environments.  Also, I enjoy working closely with the educational system and acting in the role of the child’s advocate in order to insure that their educational needs are being met.

 Mike DeSmet, LPC – IFT Therapist

            Mike DeSmet, LPC

  My name is Michael E. DeSmet, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I decided to become a therapist because I enjoy working with people and getting to know people.  I enjoy the relationships I develop with UCH clients/families and all other professionals connected to the Community Based Team.

 Michelle Herrera, EdD, LPC, MA – IFT Therapist

     Michelle Herrera, EdD, LPC, MA 

   I entered the field as I believe that we all have the answers to what may be challenging us within us. At times, we may be come stuck and need assistance discovering the answers. As a therapist, my goal is to support individuals and families so change can occur. I have sixteen years of experience in the field and provide counseling services for a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. I have worked in an agency, hospital, and private practice settings. I hold a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor. Working at the University of Colorado Hospital allows me to help families reach their potential.

Joel Green, LCSW – MST Therapist 

        Joel Green, LCSW


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I have worked on The University of Colorado Hospital’s Community Based Psychiatry Team since 2007.  I entered this field in order to serve my community and contribute to the effort of striving for social justice.  I feel very privileged to work with young people and their families as they make courageous efforts to improve their situations.


Mardi McHugh, LCSW – MST Therapist 

      Mardi McHugh, LCSW

  I have been with the University of Colorado Outpatient Community Based Team since 2007 and have over 15 years in the Social Work/Mental Health Field.  I hold a Bachelors of Science in Social Work (Nebraska Wesleyan University) and a Masters Degree in Social Work (University of Denver).  I have been Clinically Licensed in Colorado since 2002.  I was inspired to join the Social Work/Mental Health field due to having a friend involved in the "system" and watching her have challenges getting the services she needed.  I didn't want other people to have the same negative experience she had.  I love being a Community Based therapist because I am able to be flexible with where and when I meet my clients. Also I obtain invaluable information about the family and it's culture by meeting with them on their "own turf".

Armann Heshmati, LMFT – MST Therapist 

    Armann Heshmati, LMFT

I decided at a fairly young age to become a family therapist because I loved interactions with others that resulted in them rethinking what path they were on - and I wanted to be in a position to hear about the follow up.  Also, I am fascinated by how interconnected we are and how our families always have, and always will be a major part of who we are.  While I love working with kids and families, I am also very interested in marital issues and pre-marital counseling.  I love working in the community because I feel like I really get to know the resources, and something different may happen everyday


In addition to our permanent staff, the Community Based Psychiatry team includes a post-doctorate fellow from the Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health.  This program provides clinical training, consultation, advocacy, and research in infant and early childhood mental health.  Postdoctoral and community fellowships are offered to qualified professionals seeking advanced training in infant and early childhood mental health.  These fellows staff our Early Childhood Intensive Family Therapy team and provide direct clinical services to children under 7 years of age.