ABOUT KRISTEN

Kristen Sandine LPC, RPT

Licensed Professional Counselor
Registered Play Therapist

Education:

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Certificate in Counseling Children and Adolescents

Regis University

Bio

Kristen (she/her) has always had a passion for teaching, caring for, and helping children and adolescents. She has enjoyed many roles throughout her career including early childhood teacher, nanny, and grief and trauma therapist. From these roles, she has come to understand how unique each family and individual situation is and approaches therapy from a culturally considerate and strength-based perspective.

As a preschool teacher and nanny for many years, Kristen recognized her passion for aiding children in developing healthy social and emotional wellness. She has aided many neurotypical and neurodivergent children in recognizing their unique strengths and how to use them to continue to grow and learn.

Kristen aids children and families to form healthy bonds, create helpful habits and coping skills, and reach their mental health goals. Kristen particularly enjoys working with clients experiencing family changes, illness or death in the family, anxiety, and behavioral, mood, or self-esteem issues.

The closest children in Kristen’s life include her niblings Sam, Lucas, Lily, and Jacob and the children in her chosen family, Olivia and Jack. She believes in making our community an accepting and loving place for them and all children!

In her down-time, Kristen enjoys traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, going to see live music, and spending time with her family and friends. Kristen works hard to spoil her cats, Sam and Dean, who like to make appearances on camera during Telehealth sessions!

With over 15 years of experience of working with children in various roles and over 5 years in private practice specifically, Kristen looks forward to meeting your family and helping you and your child feel confident in acheiving wellness!

ABOUT GRETCHEN

Gretchen Seefried LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Education:

Masters of Social Work

University of Denver

Bio

Gretchen is a licensed social worker and seasoned parenting coach who specializes in perinatal and early parenthood counseling and Synergetic Play Therapy.  She offers teletherapy sessions to children, teens, and young adults in the Denver metro area.

Gretchen identifies as an extroverted introvert who has an abundance of recipes, books, passwords, and children. She has a passion for babies and the children and teens they become. Gretchen has been studying parenting for over thirty years and much of what she knows she learned on the job!

When Gretchen’s oldest child was a preschooler, they began having morning battles over breakfast and wardrobe choices. One day things got so bad that when they arrived at preschool, they were both in tears. Gretchen has never forgotten the kind and nonjudgmental words of wisdom from her teacher:  “Pick your battles, and don’t fight about things that don’t matter.  Stop worrying about what other people think and listen to your child.”

While this didn’t solve every issue they would face in the years ahead, it sure was a great beginning! Within a day, the battles and the tears had stopped. Gretchen learned that giving her preschooler some sense of control ultimately helped her learn to make thoughtful choices and that regulating her own emotions helped her child learn to self-regulate as well.

Over the 29 years that followed, Gretchen has remembered that guidance and navigated both the main highways and side roads and detours of raising her five children. The same daughter who pushed her to the edge back then is now embarking on her own parenting journey and like her mother, she revels in the uniqueness of each of her kids.  As Gretchen reflects on the hands-on parenting years, she has deep gratitude for that early guidance from a wise preschool teacher.

Now, as a social worker and play therapist, Gretchen offers guidance to families in the form of counseling. Gretchen has experience working with teenagers who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, or trauma, as well as issues around family, friend, and relationship difficulties. She has an open, authentic approach and views her clients as the experts in their own lives. Her goal is to provide a safe space for them to ask questions, consider alternative perspectives, and experiment with new ways of problem-solving and regulating. She is trained in adolescent grief counseling,  developed and taught dating safety workshops, and is an ally to members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Gretchen’s goal is to assist families with improving communication and problem solving, and to support secure attachment and positive parenting. In addition to being a mom  and a social worker, Gretchen is trained in infant massage and as a postpartum doula.  Gretchen welcomes the opportunity to work with you or your child!

ABOUT JOSIE

Josephine (Josie) Ampaw, LSW, MA

Licensed Social Worker

Educator 

Education:

Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy – Denver Family Institute (in progress) 

Master of Social Work – University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction – University of Denver Morgridge College of Education

Bio

Josephine, who usually goes by Josie, Ampaw (she/her) is a licensed social worker, marriage and family therapist in training, and educator who believes that all the lived experience you bring helps your growth in therapy. Throughout her experience she has learned how important it is to meet adolescents, adults, couples, and families where they are and center their cultural wealth as well as their lived experience. In doing so, Josie is able to work collaboratively to find the best solutions and work through goals in therapy. 

Being a teenager is not easy and Josie understands that! Over the course of Josie’s career, Josie has had roles in classrooms from preschool to high school and in mental health facilities. Being in classrooms continues to teach Josie about the importance of understanding the experiences adolescents face in high schools. With this knowledge she is able to build trusting relationships with adolescents and be a support for them in their time of growth! Josie supports adolescents with issues around self esteem and mood disorders. 

Relationships center who we are and how we understand the world around us. With this in mind, Josie supports couples and families who are working towards their relationship goals collectively and individually. By supporting folks in their relationships, individuals are able to see more growth in their lives! With adults, couples, and families, Josie enjoys exploring the ways that their identities play a role in their day to day lives as well as work through specific relationship-based goals.

In her downtime, Josie enjoys reading, crocheting, spending time with her friends and family, and taking naps! Josie would love the opportunity to work with you! 

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