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Substance Abuse Counselors in Colorado Springs

 

Medical Services

Brad Witman,

PA

I have worked as a primary care Physician Assistant in adult internal medicine for the last nine years. Prior to becoming a PA, I worked for many years as a mental health technician in group homes for the chronically mentally ill and in long-term care and geriatrics in a social services capacity. I enjoy practicing medicine where there may be a shortage of providers or medical services as I believe everyone should have full access to quality medical care.

My hobbies include spending time with my family, Crossfit, playing acoustic guitar, reading about history and current events, and getting outdoors.

Jordan Rehfeldt,

MA

I just moved back to Colorado Springs after spending 3 years in Wisconsin. During my stay there I completed college courses and I obtained my CNA. I am now working full time and I plan on completing more school to eventually to receive a masters or doctorates degree, in the medical field. I also completed an associates degree as a Registered Medical Assistant in 2015. I have always been intrigued by the medical field. I am pleased to provide excellent medical assistant skills to Recovery Unlimited and am devoted to my job. In my spare time you will find me spending time with my 7-year-old daughter, my guinea pig, and the pup. We are always trying to do something as a family new and exciting.

Jaquita Jordan,

NP

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs. I spent 7 years in the Army prior to starting working as a nurse practitioner. I graduated from UCCS with my BSN in nursing and from University of South Alabama with my MSN and DNP. I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontologic Acute Care NP. When I am not working I spend my time with my family and try to enjoy all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. I especially enjoy watching my two nephews grow up.

Mental Health Service

Elizabeth "Dawn" Martin,

Owner, CACIII, ATP

After witnessing the destruction caused by addiction in my life, and the lives of my family members, I made it my mission to help others who have been affected by chemical dependency. I have worked in both residential and outpatient treatment settings, facilitating individual and group therapy to addicts and their family members. I am pleased to see people turn their lives around and become happy, healthy, and productive.

I opened Recovery Unlimited in 2012 and it has become a place where addiction is replaced by recovery and fear, anger; and guilt is replaced by serenity and peace of mind. Our team has formed a facility where people learn to create an easy life free from abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. In my spare time, I can be found traveling the United States on my motorcycle, spoiling the grandkids, baking pies or cakes, and absolutely enjoying life to the fullest!

Casey Pittman,

CACII, ATP, QMAP

I have provided substance abuse therapy for the past six years. I have experience in both group and individual settings. I am trained and have extensive experience in teaching groups in the form of Relapse Prevention, Early Recovery, Strategies for Self Improvement and Change I, II and III, Moral Rational Therapy and Matrix Model.

I currently attend college at Adam State University where I am getting a degree in Social Welfare. It is my privilege and passion to work with addicts and their families. I enjoy touring art galleries, hiking, reading, writing short stories, and spending time with friends and family.

Kathryn D. Shreve,

LPC

I have my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Oregon State University. In Colorado, I am registered with DORA as a LPC, and nationally I am certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). In addition, I am trained in EMDR with a certificate representing the trainings attended as well as the required consultation hours.

My approach to counseling is based on Humanistic-Existential philosophies drawing from Mindfulness Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and the Adaptive Information Processing model, which is the foundation of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I emply a strength based integrated approach based on the Recovery Model which values living life to one's full potential. My passion, enthusiasm, empathy, and patience cultivate strength- based interactions.

Jenny Brown-Johnson,

MA, LPCC, CAC II

I have been in the mental health and substance abuse counseling field as a counselor for three years and as a student, for a lifetime. I believe in taking the time to get to know ourselves better, what makes us tick, why we do what we do, and what we can do differently to ensure we are learning and continuing to grow towards our full potential. I have seen the destruction that addiction and mental health problems can cause in the lives of my loved ones and former clients, as well the beauty of those who have risen from the ashes and carried buckets of water back to those still suffering. I have worked in prison as a TC counselor, methadone, rehab, and county jail. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University at Pueblo (CSU-P) and my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). I am registered in the state of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) and have also earned my CAC II. I am working on licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). I am passionate about working with people and I am grateful and honored for the work that I do. In my free time you can find me on a trail in Colorado somewhere with my two dogs and husband, reading, spending time in a lounge chair in the backyard, or finding out when & where my favorite country star, Gary Allan, is going to be in concert.

Kayla Schultz,

MSW

I have my Master's Degree in Social Work from The University of Alabama. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado and have began working towards the clinical hours needed for a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a LAC (Licensed Addiction Counselor). At Recovery Unlimited, I work as an Assessor and have worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities. I also have a background in geriatric social work. Originally from North Carolina, I enjoy my free time on the water, spending time with my dogs and watching HGTV.

Mary Duffy,

BA, NLC, ATP

I am the intake coordinator and case manager at Recovery Unlimited. Originally from Chicago, I moved out to Colorado for school. I am now a graduate from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with my Bachelors in Psychology. I have worked in the substance abuse and addiction field since 2015. I have been approved by the State of Colorado as a registered psychotherapist. I am currently working towards my CAC I / II. I hope to get my masters in counseling in the next few years. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my cat and staying active by doing yoga, going for a run and rock climbing.

 

Leah Harris,

NLC, CAC III

I have a Bachelors Degree in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling from The State University of New York at the College of Brockport.

I am registered with DORA as a CAC III. I have worked in a variety of outpatient treatment settings for the past 2.5 years. I have experience working in both an individual and group settings. I do not use one specific therapeutic modality because I believe each client is unique and therapeutic modalities should be tailored to each individual based on their needs, experience, and goals. The therapeutic modalities I do reference as a part of an integrated model are motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based, person centered, and dialectical behavioral therapy. I strive to maintain an open and accepting therapeutic environment for each individual I work with. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Colorado is a beautiful state so I often take advantage of the good weather by spending time hiking, or taking my dogs to the park. When I’m not spending time outside I can be found painting or creating new art pieces.

Jerry Varrone,

MA, CACIII, ATP

I have worked in the field of substance abuse and Addiction since 1972 and was on the first committee to establish Regulations for Addiction Counselor Certification in the State of Montana. I was the first director of the Riegel Center Inpatient Program at Penrose Hospital and remained there for 4 years. Later, I opened my own agency, Genesis, which provided Domestic Violence, Level I, II DUI services, and all court ordered offender services.

After 30 successful years, I sold the agency. I have worked part time for Recovery Unlimited since January of 2015 providing individual and group counseling services in the form of Anger Management, IOP, Relapse Prevention, and SSIC. In my spare time, I can be found seeking bargains at the Goodwill, golfing, or having slumber parties with my grandchildren.

Ann-Marie Manning,

MSW, LCSW, LAC

I have over 14 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with chemical dependency and/or mental health issues. My goal is to collaborate with clients in order to assist them in reaching their goals. For years, I have worked with clients in mental health facilities and substance abuse agencies.

Additionally, I have worked with adults on probation or parole. Part of my work consists of listening to my client's story and helping her/him create tools, to use in their lives.

My holistic approach is professional, open-minded, accepting, creative, and engaging but also involves a variety of therapies. My approaches are designed to assist you in better understanding yourself, the triggers you may have and why you have them. The best counselors or therapists are those that have done their own work and have healed themselves. I enjoy hiking, gardening, and I am learning how to fly fish.

Dominic Alvarado,

MSW, NLC, ATP

I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and have completed training for SOARS. I have over 1500 hours of supervised experience, to include performing biopsychosocial, mental health, and substance use assessments, administering psychosocial skills groups, and providing individual treatment using SFBT.

Devon Fernandez-Martinez,

 

I was born and raised here in Colorado and the entirety of my family comes from Puerto Rico. I have worked as a UA technical support specialist for about two years now. The amount of change I have been able to witness in people is truly inspiring. I am currently taking classes Colorado Technical University in hopes of obtaining a bachelors in business management.

Donnie Fennimore,

CAC II

I have worked as an intern providing office management services since 2013. In 2015, I was approved by the state of Colorado as a registered psychotherapist. I have received over 3000 documented supervision hours conducting intakes, and co-facilitating group therapy. I am certified in Moral Rational therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma informed care.

I believe that all people have the ability to change and I look forward to being part of that process. On the weekends, I volunteer at church, play the drums, watch football and ride my Harley.

Antonia Stewart,

Medical Services Coordinator

I am native to Colorado Springs and a grateful mother to a wonderful little boy. Having had personal experiences with addiction, I am personally invested in the therapeutic process of recovery for every person. I am passionate about medication-assisted therapy and I am the Vivitrol program coordinator at Recovery Unlimited. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, hiking, and "folklorico" traditional Mexican dancing.

Shannon Nopper,

LPC, LAC, NCC

I have a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. I have been working in the field since 2008 providing CBT, Seeking safety, Relapse Prevention, Helping Women Recover, SSIC, various dual diagnosis curriculums, and MRT, in addition to individual counseling. I am certified in SSIC, SOARS, and MRT. I also have experience in assessing adults for substance dependence and mental health. I have recently become certified in Acudetox and enjoy sharing holistic approaches with my clients.

I enjoy gardening, needlework, knitting, crocheting and quilting when I am practicing self -care. I also consider myself to be a life long learner and I am constantly pursuing new interests and techniques that I enjoy educating others about.

Jessica Blount,

MS, LPC, NCC

I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis. I am registered with DORA as a LPC, and I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I am currently working on my CAC II for Substance Abuse Counseling. I have worked with individuals struggling with substance abuse and or mental health issues for over three years now. I have experience working in both an individual and group setting. I use a holistic approach in therapy and strive to provide an accepting environment and an open-mind. I utilize an integrative therapy modality that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, person centered, motivational interviewing, and humanistic. I am passionate about tailoring each therapeutic session toward the individual goals of clients.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am a huge animal lover and have a passion for social justice. I enjoy learning, and I am always trying to educate myself on new therapeutic treatments. I also love to read and listen to music.

Emily Thorne,

MSW, LSW

I have a Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and am originally from the Denver area. I am registered with DORA as a Licensed Social Worker, LSW, and am working towards CAC III certification and LCSW licensure. I have experience working with veterans and incarcerated individuals in the mental health field and addictions recovery. My experience includes group therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, support groups, and psycho-educational groups. My modality changes based on the individual goals and strengths of each of my clients, and I enjoy building a therapeutic alliance where an individual can thrive in their treatment.

While not at Recovery Unlimited, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, going to the theater, live music, and doing crafts.

Michael Hillstrom,

MA, CAC II

I received my Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2016. I am registered with DORA as a registered psychotherapist. I previously worked in a residential treatment center for two years as a primary therapist utilizing both group and individual therapy. I believe each client is unique and attempt to match the treatment modality that may best help them recover and improve their lives.

In my free time I like to spend time with my family, watch football, and head to the mountains for some fly fishing.

Jannette Gonzalez,

MA, LPCC

I have my bachelors degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Counseling and Human services. I work as a substance abuse and mental health counselor at Recovery Unlimited. I have experience working with trauma, family preservation, and mental health. I discovered that I wanted to be a counselor at the age of 13 and have a passion for working in my chosen field that has only grown with me. My theory is gestalt, though I use CBT, DBT, SFBT, person centered and a multitude of other techniques to help each client I work with. I believe each client responds differently to different techniques. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, weight lifting, and anything related to Harry Potter.

Tiko Hardy,

LCSW, PsyD

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and I am in the process of working towards becoming my Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). I have been a social work practitioner for nearly 20 years and I have devoted my life to serving and partnering with individuals from various backgrounds.

I grew up in generational poverty, both of my parents were addicted to a variety of substances. I found myself going down the same path, but I am so grateful that my path shifted. My personal journey has taken me from GED, to earning a doctorate degree. I came from a difficult and painful background so I know first-hand, the strength and courage that it takes to become an active participant, in your own life.

My academic and vocational background includes a Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD), with a concentration in Criminology; Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), with a concentration in Mental Health to include a certificate in Trauma; Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) with a concentration in Social Justice.