Pronouns: she, her, hers Interim Assistant DirectorKatelyn is the crisis coordinator at the counseling center as well as a clinician and clinical supervisor. She received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from CU Denver and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University. Katelyn is a licensed professional counselor and specializes in individual adults who have been impacted by chronic or acute trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.
Pronouns: she, her, hersInterim Crisis Coordinator Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in Colorado and Florida. She graduated with a M.S. in Professional Counseling Psychology from Florida International University. Jessica started her career in the mental health field over twelve years ago in Mexico City, she has been part of a wide variety of work settings which range from residential treatment centers to research programs. Jessica specializes in treating difficulties with emotion dysregulation, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and has also worked extensively with LGTBQ teens and multicultural communities. Her theoretical foundation is rooted in evidence-based practices and third wave approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). In her practice, she seeks to deliver culturally sensitive interventions, in which the client’s cultural background is recognized, respected, and incorporated into treatment. Jessica provides services to CU Denver students in both English and Spanish depending on personal preference.
Pronouns: she, her, hersPsychotherapist Heather Aberle is a licensed professional counselor, psychotherapist, and certified practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy. Heather is the Trauma Specialist at the Counseling Center and is on campus part-time. She also has a private practice working with adolescents and adults. Heather completed her master's degree at CU Denver. She specializes in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) which is designed to quickly and painlessly "clear" the distress associated with trauma or other disturbing events. Heather utilizes RRT to address symptoms associated with PTSD, anxiety, panic, depression, guilt, grief and loss, phobias, abuse, and assault.
Pronouns: she, her, hersPsychotherapist Heather Hurd joined the Counseling Center in 2016 as a full-time licensed therapist after 21 years working primarily with adolescents. Heather's clinical experience includes individual, group, and family therapy with a focus on the adolescent female population and topics specific to them. Heather is a graduate of Spelman College and earned her Master in Counseling Psychology from CU Denver.
Pronouns: she/her/hersClinical TherapistChelsea is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, licensed in North Carolina and Colorado. She graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Addictions from Eat Carolina University. Chelsea also completed a graduate certificate in Military and Trauma Counseling from East Carolina University. Chelsea started her career in the mental health and substance abuse field more than 6 years ago in North Carolina. Chelsea has experience working in a variety of settings which range from acute inpatient mental health and detox programs to outpatient community mental health and substance abuse programs. Chelsea works from a theoretical foundation based in Person-Centered Therapy and focuses heavily on the strengths within the individual and how to use those strengths to support recovery and growth. Modalities/Interventions most commonly used: Coping skills, distress tolerance techniques, assertiveness training, communication/interpersonal effectiveness skills, goal setting, cognitive distortions/reframing, substance use recovery/abstinence, mood management/emotional regulation.
Pronouns: she, her, hersClinical Counselor/Multicultural Specialist Avary Lin-Ye is a full-time licensed professional counselor, specializing in multicultural concerns throughout life transitions, such as adolescence, migration, education, family roles, illness, and loss. Avary earned her master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University Barnard College. She is also a National Certified Counselor. Her counseling background ranges from healthcare to private practice, serving both domestic and international populations of diverse cultural identities. Avary provides services to CU Denver students in both English and Mandarin Chinese depending on client preference.
Pronouns: she, her, hers PsychotherapistPatricia is a full-time bilingual (Spanish speaking) counselor licensed in the state of Colorado. Her first years of educational and professional experience were in Mexico, and in 2011 she migrated to San Antonio, TX to complete her master’s in counseling at Our Lady of the Lake University serving mainly Latinx, refugee and immigrant communities from all over the world. She has experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, intergenerational trauma, acculturation issues, PTSD, depression, life limiting disabilities, grief, anxiety, etc. Patricia has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, public schools, in home therapy, outpatient and community mental health centers.
Pronouns: she, her, hers Clinical CounselorJennifer Whang is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Colorado. Jennifer got her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from California State University of Northridge. Her experience in working with mental health has ranged from an outpatient mental health clinic to private practice, to home-based family therapy. Areas of focus with clients in navigating intersections of identity, including race, cultural, and relationships.