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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.


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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

Since 2004, I have worked in a variety of treatment settings, including Inpatient Psychiatry, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Outpatient Clinics with Individuals & Groups. From this experience, I have developed a skill set that can apply to a variety of clinical needs. My current primary focus is working with young adults who are struggling with the challenges of emerging into adulthood while also battling depression, anxiety, mood instability, and other such symptomology. I offer treatment both through individual and group therapy. My approach is to assist clients with developing insight into themselves and their surroundings while increasing skills through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist in decreasing these symptoms. Techniques from DBT & CBT also translate into life skills that help establish independence by increasing self-awareness, relationship effectiveness, emotion regulation, and stress management.

I also use an integrative framework, incorporating a variety of evidence-based therapies and theories to provide the most effective treatment for the client. My style includes a “dialectic” approach of validating and being with clients while challenging and leading them toward change and growth. I also consider the system/environment of clients, therefore incorporating how this affects and can support them. Conclusively, I use a strengths perspective to assist clients in being the leading force of their therapeutic process.

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.

Emmy Crouter, LSW

As a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, I specialize in treating adolescents and young adults experiencing a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, family issues, emotional dysregulation, and trauma-related problems. I see each person as an individual within the context of their own unique circumstances and environment.
I have found that the years of adolescence and emerging adulthood lend themselves well to therapy, as clients are able to learn new skills and techniques to apply to their emotional and interpersonal lives that will be vital throughout the life course. Simultaneously, exploring and healing the root causes of one’s distress is just as important as building coping skills. In my practice, I work to both reduce symptoms and uncover and heal deeper issues at play.

My clinical approach to therapy is rooted in the interpersonal/relational tradition, in which the therapeutic relationship is honest, genuine, and collaborative. I also pull from psychodynamic theories, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed approaches.

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.

Tina Schmidt, MSW, Registered Psychotherapist

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.


Mallory Burggraaf, MSW

Mallory Burggraaf, MSW

Hello there! Thank you for taking the courageous step to explore ways to show up for yourself and support your healing process. I understand that by the time many people seek counseling they often feel hopeless, overwhelmed, uncertain, and in a high level of pain. With this in mind, one of my highest priorities is to cultivate a space that feels warm, inviting, empathetic, and nonjudgmental so that you may feel safe enough to stretch into showing up for your healing process. I truly believe that you are the expert of you and you have an internal reservoir of all the tools, knowledge, and wisdom to answer the questions you seek- but there are often blocks that inhibit accessing that information. My goal is to work with you to develop awareness around these blocks, equip you with skills to manage, challenge, and dismantle these blocks, and feel empowered in and grounded in your sense of self. I strive to create spaces where it feels safe for you to show up as you are, be seen and validated in your authentic self, learn ways to connect to your authentic self, let go of stories and coping mechanisms that no longer serve you, and help equip you with new tools for you to manage life’s stressors in healthier, more skillful ways. Additionally, as we engage in this work my hope is that you are also learning ways to see yourself, support yourself, show up for yourself, and feel empowered in your experience.

In honoring authenticity, every session with me can look a little different depending on what your needs are that session. Some sessions are more psycho education and skills focused, while others are more exploratory and process oriented. I seek to create spaces with you that feel dialectical- affirming where you are now, while also stretching into ways where we can grow and expand. I utilize a person centered approach and integrate techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to guide our work together. I also believe in the power of humor, and have been known to utilize laughter as medicine in our sessions as well. I work with ages 14 and older and I feel particularly passionate about working with individuals who struggle coping with Anxiety, Depression, high emotionality and/or dysregulated emotions, identity exploration, self-acceptance/issues around self-worth, and individuals who have experienced trauma, particularly sexual trauma. You are never alone in this journey; I look forward to walking alongside you wherever you are on your path.

I am an Independent Contractor working with Cherry Creek Psychotherapy.

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