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Welcome to Cherry Creek Psychotherapy

We’re Denver’s integrative, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Specialists and we’re so glad you’re here.

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Our History of Championing Wellness

Since day one, Cherry Creek Psychotherapy has focused on helping kids and young adults thrive. In fact, when our founder, Patrick Cole, first started the practice, his primary goal was to provide a very unique, adaptive and comprehensive adolescent therapy program in both individual and group settings.

In order to do so, Patrick took his years of experience practicing both Relational Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and adapted the material and style to better suit a younger audience. To this day, the adolescents within our groups at Cherry Creek Psychotherapy help to develop and evolve the curriculum by identifying what works for them and what doesn’t. This collaborative effort is what makes Cherry Creek Psychotherapy unique, fueling our innovative practices and positive evolution.

OUR TEAM

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Patrick Cole, MSW, LCSW

First and foremost, I rely on my intuition and experience working with clients. My approach is relational and always flexible, depending on the energy and personality of the client with whom I’m working. The therapeutic alliance is everything, in my opinion. I take time and care in establishing each unique alliance. Once established, my clients and I typically agree to collaborate in the spirit of mutual respect for one another, always in the client’s best interest, with his or her growth obviously the main objective. I look forward to each and every session and feel quite grateful that I am able to do the work I love all day long. I believe that my clients feel my passion and appreciate my dedication to their wellbeing, as well as my curiosity about each client’s experiences navigating their (internal & external) world.

Therapy sessions (Individual & Group) with me are therefore often very different from one another ... I try and bring spontaneity, a sustainable pace, some surprise, and lots of authenticity working with teenagers and young adults. I understand that my clients want to know me and understand me in order to trust me to help them.

Ideally, our sessions are dynamic, interactive but always with sincerity and heart. Sessions can be fast-paced and educational or slower-paced and more thoughtful.

I am knowledgeable and experienced with:
Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Acceptance & Commitment
Therapy Experiential (or exposure)
Therapies Traditional and Modern Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic Therapy
Attachment/Adoption work

Carissa Westerfield, MSW, LCSW

I received a Master Degree in Social Work June 2004 and have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since September 2006. My experience in the field of mental health extends over more than a decade, working primarily in Porter Adventist Hospital’s Behavioral Health Department (Adult and Geriatric Inpatient Units and Intensive Outpatient Program-IOP). I continue to work on strengthening my diagnostic and clinical skills by currently working as one of the intake therapists for the Mental Health- IOP and DBT-IOP at Porter Adventist Hospital. I have co-facilitated Adolescent and Emerging Adult DBT/CBT groups with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy, LLC since May 2012. Additionally, I have a small private practice of individual adolescent and young adult clients.

The primary forms of treatment I am versed in are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), although am eclectic in my approach by incorporating a variety of evidence- based theories and therapies to provide the most effective treatment for the client. A creative perspective is also offered by pulling from my Dance (ballet and modern) education and background, specifically increasing my understanding of “Mindfulness” skills and practices. My style includes a “Dialectic” approach of validating and being with the client while challenging and leading them toward change and growth. Additionally, I use a strengths perspective to assist clients in being the leading force of their therapeutic process. I also consider the system and environment of the client, therefore communicating and educating family members so the system can support the development of the client, as well as grow along with them.

I am an Independent Contractor working with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy.

Rachael Price, MS, LPC, NCC

I work with each client to learn new, adaptive and increasingly effective skills for coping with dysregulated emotions, interpersonal difficulties, distress, and life’s other challenges utilizing psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions. My years of experience in working in mental health care and support across multiple levels of care have taught me that the therapeutic relationship is the most successful predictor of helping a client reach his/her/their therapy goals. I strive to foster an accepting, meaningful, and compassionate relationship with each client. My goal is to provide my clients with a validating and empathetic environment through which clients have a safe space to gain self-awareness, practice self-love, and learn empowering skills to make life worth living.

As a licensed and board-certified counselor my areas of specialty include interpersonal relationship instability, emotional dysregulation, difficulty with tolerating distress, behavioral instability, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, self-harming behavior, and chronic suicidal ideation. I offer individual DBT skills training and also co-facilitate a number of DBT skills training and process groups for adolescents and young adults along with my colleagues at Cherry Creek Psychotherapy. Additional areas I greatly enjoy working with are those considering or actively engaging in the process of recovery from substance abuse, those hoping to find tools and strength to change dynamics co-dependent relationships, and those diagnosed and living with Type 1 diabetes. I work with clients ages 15 years and older, specializing in work with adolescents and young adults. Your well-trained dog is welcome to accompany you to therapy sessions.

I am an Independent Contractor working with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy.

Ben Digati, MA, LPCC, MFTC

Thank you for being curious about the work that I do!

Since 2006 I have held positions as director, lead therapist, community mentor, program supervisor, on-site residential manager, and field guide in some of the most admired residential and wilderness therapy programs in the country. I have grown up alongside my young adult clients in these programs. Running groups with young adults feels like a reunion, and I want that sense of belonging for each of my group members. Connection is the oldest antidepressant, and the practice is the ultimate coping skill (especially for social anxiety)!

In addition to holding multiple certifications in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, I have specialized training as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), and the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

In group, you can discover choices that you didn’t know you had and can start today to improve your life.

I am an Independent Contractor working with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy.

Kyle Tick, MSW, LCSW

I understand by the time an individual is looking for a therapist, they already feel off balanced and are ready for a change or help. It takes a lot of courage to make the next step and regain control of your life. That mentality is where I meet my clients as they walk through my door.
I’ve been practicing therapy for over 30 years and I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, loss, illness, and life stage transitions. Making personal and life changes can be difficult. A skilled and caring therapist can help when we feel confused, stuck or overwhelmed. l strive to create a safe, caring environment for my clients. I listen empathetically, helping develop self-compassion and awareness, so they can cultivate acceptance and create change.

I employ a range of methods in my practice such as a strength-based treatment approach that combines techniques based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness practices.

I am trained as a family systems therapist and am always aware of the context of family of origin and present family dynamics. Physical health and emotional health are intertwined. It’s important to connect with someone who understands the complex relationship between health and well-being.

My practice is filled with empathetic listening, interactive dialogue, and an energetic and practical problem-solving system. I enjoy working with clients to help them feel their best and reach their goals. For additional background information please visit my website: www.kyleticklcsw.org

I am an Independent Contractor working with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy.

Jay Weinberg, MA, CAGS

I strive to support, empower and enable my clients to successfully navigate life's challenges. My approach is relational, experiential and educational in nature. Rather than trying to control, eliminate or avoid painful thoughts and emotions, I work with my clients in learning new ways to relate to life's difficult and often painful experiences. Whether you are a parent, a spouse, a student, a young adult, a business professional or senior, my goal is to help you live a rewarding and meaningful life, living authentically, and becoming the person you aspire to be. My training and continuing education has concentrated on cognitive behavioral interventions (ACT, CBT, REBT, DBT) and Mindfulness treatment modalities, with a focus on anxiety, depression, attentional, behavioral and impulse control difficulties, school and athletic performance, motivational and relationship difficulties, senior issues and life transition challenges.

In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am a state licensed school psychologist. Taking an integrative systems approach, I work closely with parents to provide support, promote communication and foster a better understanding of how they can facilitate their children's social-emotional well-being while on their journey towards health and personal growth.

I am an Independent Contractor working with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy.

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