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Welcome to Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health

We are Denver’s premier Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) collective, offering an experienced team of clinicians who also integrate CBT, ACT, attachment, somatic, and trauma therapies in working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families. We are so glad you are here.

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Our History of Championing Wellness

The Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health has deep roots in the Denver community. The foundation of the collective began in 2008 as an idea and a dream. Back then, a few passionate Denver area therapists were working independently, but beginning to collaborate around the core of adolescent and young adult dialectical behavior therapy groups. Over time, these professional relationships deepened around shared values involving comprehensive and integrative client care.

Many years later, we came to realize that by coming together under one roof, we would be able to collaborate in a more efficient and effective manner, further deepening our commitment to our clients, and expanding our services to meet the needs of our community. Finally, in 2019, The Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health was officially created, and we’ve been learning, growing, fine-tuning and improving ever since.

Today, we are comprised of clinicians with years of experience and a variety of complimentary specialties, coming together to deliver streamlined and individualized care to each and every one of our unique and diverse clients.
We look forward to hearing from you, so that we can share more about the details of our unique collective!

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

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.

Chloe St.Pierre, MS, LPCC

The decision to begin counseling requires courage and hope. Are you going through a difficult chapter in your life? You may be feeling confused or lost and in need of support. As a counselor I believe that you have the power to create change in your life and it is my goal to offer a safe, nonjudgmental, and empathetic environment so you can begin your healing journey.

I work with adolescents and young adults experiencing challenges such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, family issues, and trauma. I understand that every person I work with has their own unique story, so I offer a collaborative relationship to assist in clarifying their thoughts, emotions, needs, and values. I aim to help individuals find effective methods to coping with distress and to heal from the pain in their life. I come from a person-centered approach while utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed approaches.

I am an independent contractor for the Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health.

Hannah Gandsey, MSW, LCSW

I am an attachment-focused, trauma psychotherapist specializing in adolescents and their families. My training and areas of expertise include Somatic, CBT, DBT, behavioral, family therapy, and EMDR approaches to best address trauma, attachment and relational wounds, parent/child relationships, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and suicidality/self-harm. You can expect work grounded in anti-oppressive and culturally responsive care in working with me.

I am an Independent Contractor with the Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health

CJ Clinkscales, MA, LPCC

First and foremost, I believe that an authentic, understanding, and meaningful relationship is at the root of the work I do. I believe that we, as humans, are relational beings, and we all struggle and suffer in various ways which can cause a great deal of confusion and frustration. It is my intention to understand each client for who they know themselves to be, act, and operate in the world. Due to this, each session can look quite different, as I believe in aiding those I work with in gaining and/or reintegrating personal choice, responsibility, and freedom into their lives. Ultimately, I aim to assist everyone I work with in growing towards and accomplishing their version of well-being.

My sessions (individual and group) tend to be focused on building insight and relationships. I try and bring authenticity openness, spontaneity, and non-judgmental stance towards every issue, and long to hear, see, and understand the uniqueness of each client’s experience. I understand that trust is a crucial part of any relationship and that my clients often wish to understand me in order to build this trust and security in order to do meaningful work together.

Specifically, I specialize in trauma, culture, and identity related issues through my master’s in International Disaster Psychology. I have worked in private practice, school-based, outpatient, in-patient, and hospital settings providing individual, couples, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Outside of this specialty, I focus in issues related to past and current trauma, mood, temperament, anger/aggression, depression, anxiety, adjustment, work/school, relationship, sex/sexuality, culture/ethnicity/identity, identity confusion, and substance-use.

I am knowledgeable and experienced with:

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Trauma Oriented and Informed Therapy Practices
Attachment and Relationship Related Therapies
Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Therapy
Existential-Humanistic Therapy
Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy
Cognitive, Trauma Focused, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapies

I am an Independent Contractor with the Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health and am also a current Doctoral (PsyD.) student at the University of Denver currently specializing in Substance-Use, Early Childhood Mental Health Psychology, and Psychodynamic Theory.

Andrea Houdek, MA, LMFT

Thank you for stopping by! It takes courage to reach out to a complete stranger for help with your personal journey. I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a trauma therapist. My approach to counseling is validating that you know yourself best and my role is to help you understand the “Why” of things. There is a very close connection between brain and body which guides us through life. Recognizing what is going on and having the tools to work it out is life changing in an amazing way!

I am an Air Force veteran trained to work with our military and their families. I also am a trauma informed therapist for our first responders and their families. My approach to therapy is very systemic. This means I look at all the systems you are connected to and become curious on how they interact with the problem we are working on. People are not the “Problem”, rather people have “Problems” that demand their attention. Our systems include family, friends, co-workers, and family members that may no longer be with us. I look at generational legacies that are handed down from generation to generation that may be giving power to the problem at hand. I utilize various modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) somatic interventions, and Sandtray. I am gentle in my approach and tend to ask many questions to clarify thoughts to grow understanding.

We are complicated as human beings and have many parts guiding us through life. I try to look at the “Whole Person” and their many parts to bring growth and control back into any chaos that may be disrupting daily interactions with self and others.

You are much stronger and braver than you realize!

I am an Independent Contractor with the Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health.

Tina Schmidt, MSW, LSW

I believe that you, as the client, know yourself best and I will create a personalized therapeutic approach to help you navigate change and achieve personal goals. My goal is to work with you to create an optimistic therapy environment of collaboration, understanding, and empowerment.

I work with children and adolescents 6-18 years old and their families in building trusting relationships that promote healthy emotional regulation, safe boundaries, positive relationships, increased self-esteem, and resiliency. I also work with individual adults to address concerns such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, life-phase transitions and more.

I strongly believe in ongoing professional development and collaboration in order to provide the best therapeutic services.

I am an Independent Contractor working with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy.

Kaitlyn Whittinghill, MSW, LCSW

My passion is health and wellness. I am a psychotherapist, as well as a yoga instructor and I enjoy using a holistic approach to address clients' current concerns and goals in treatment. I work with adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, as well as grief and loss. My training and areas of speciality include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, family and group therapy, bereavement and the use of yoga to decrease current symptoms and increase mind-body awareness and connection.

I am an Independent Contractor with the Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health.

Michael Schweiger, MA, LPCC

I desire to help each client I work with truly achieve freedom, healing, and experience abundant living. Throughout our journey negative beliefs and emotions impact how we view of ourselves, others and everyday life. My years of expertise in a variety of environments allows me to understand the many pieces that make up a person's story and help you realize how your past experiences impact you today. My goal is to help you breakthrough barriers and show you how to shift your internal mindset to see clearer than before and live a life in freedom, confidence, and joy.

My approach to counseling is integrative in nature meaning I utilize and combine different approaches to fit the need of each client. A few common approaches I use are CBT, Emotion-Focused, and Psychodynamic based therapies. Although I am willing to meet with youth to older adults I specialize in working with youth and young adults as I worked with these populations for extended periods of time.

My areas of speciality are: trauma, chronic illness, depression/anxiety, porography, couples, and faith-based counseling. Our sessions will not only focus on your immediate needs and challenges, but equip you with tools to continually overcome challenges after therapy so you continue to thrive in your everyday life.

The first step to pursue counseling can be intimidating, but it is through knowing ourselves more you find meaning, purpose, and freedom. My commitment is to listen, empathize, ask questions, build you up, share truth, and provide you with empowering tools to live your life to the full. I would be honored if you would let me be part of your story!

I am an independent contactor with the Cherry Creek Collective for Mental Health.

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