Anjali Nandi, MA, LAC, MAC is an organizational consultant and the Program Director of the Center for Change, a state-licensed adult out-patient drug and alcohol treatment agency in Colorado.
As a consultant and trainer, Anjali Nandi designs and delivers a variety of training seminars in the fields of addictions and corrections to state and local agencies throughout the country on topics as varied as implementation; organizational development; skills for effective supervision; evidence based practice; adult and juvenile assessment; group facilitation skills; curriculum building; cognitive skill-building; and basic and advanced Motivational Interviewing. She serves as an expert consultant to the Colorado SBIRT program providing coaching and training to agencies across the state as well as a consultant for the Evidence-based Practice Implementation for Capacity (EPIC) project in Colorado. She has been a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2003 and has been trained as an MI trainer by William Miller, co-developer of MI. She is an approved Motivational Interviewing trainer for the State of Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and provides training to persons seeking Certification as an Addictions’ Counselor. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences around the country and aids agencies in developing implementation teams and moving towards being a learning organization.
In her clinical work, as a bilingual psychotherapist, Anjali Nandi provides individual and group therapy to clients with depression, anxiety, addictions and trauma. In addition to this clinical and consulting work, Anjali Nandi has co-authored Probation and Parole Treatment Planner published by Wiley (2003), Interlock Enhancement Counseling (2012), and two books on Motivational Interviewing published by the National Institute of Corrections and available at http://nicic.gov/Library/025556 and http://nicic.gov/Library/025557.
|Elbert M. Hartman, MA, CAC III, earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Naropa University. He specializes in working with individuals, families and groups focusing on addiction, trauma, mood disorders and relationship dynamics. He has worked extensively with adults and adolescents in the criminal justice system with high success in reducing relapse rates. As a meditation practitioner, Elbert combines meditation with Gestalt psychotherapy and Enneagram typology to enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy.|
|Chris Bayless MA, LPC, CACIII earned her counseling psychology degree from Regis University in 2003. She has worked over eleven years in public mental health and addiction programs. She works from an existential, reality based framework using a direct, relational approach and encourages her clients to re-member parts of their authentic selves, while becoming aware of their habitual patterns of unhealthy being/living. She incorporates body awareness, health and spirituality into her work in addition to working with the mind, using CBT, ACT, MI, mindfulness based practices, brainspotting and humor. Her experience includes working with women and children of domestic violence, families, emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in day treatment programs, and adults, particularly men, with substance addiction, trauma and mental health issues. She has two private practices in Boulder and is an adjunct faculty at Naropa University.|
|Kristen Brickl, LPC, CAC II, earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and is a Certified Addictions and Gestalt therapist. She brings many years of experience and much enthusiasm to her work with people struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Kristen is also an educational trainer of evidence based practices and has provided trainings to therapists and staff in criminal justice organizations. Drawing extensively on cognitive behavioral therapy, MI, relapse prevention skill building, and education, her therapeutic style is supportive yet direct in its approach to enhance the effectiveness of therapy. Kristen‘s commitment is to value peoples’ strengths and relationally explore the many possibilities to create movement towards health.|
|Miriam Becker, MA, CAC II, earned a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 1998. She currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Boulder. She has extensive experience leading groups for women involved with addiction. She has also facilitated outdoor experiential for young people in trouble with the law. Miriam has also worked with Native Americans in a Residential Rehabilitation Center.|
|Jose Luis Lazcano, MA, earned a Master's degree in Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 1999. Originally from Spain's Basque Country, Luis has extensive training in multicultural counseling and emphasizes the use of his client’s strengths in the healing process. A longtime yoga practitioner, Luis uses the cognitive process to strengthen the link between mind and body.|
|Leslie McCormick, MA, LPC, R-DMT, received her Masters degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2006. She works through body-centered, experiential, psycho-dynamic, and cognitive approaches, depending on the goals and strengths of her clients. Leslie has experience working in private practice, out-patient, day treatment, residential treatment and hospital settings. Leslie maintains a private practice in Boulder and provides individual adult psychotherapy, and play and dance/movement therapy for children, and mindfulness-based groups for parents through agencies in Boulder and Denver. Her work has focused on trauma-resolution, attachment issues, grief and loss, body image, the impacts of oppression, and addiction issues. She is passionate about the process of change and brings her appreciation for the individuality of each person to her relationships with clients. Leslie provides psychotherapy services in English and in Spanish.|
|Tom Midgley, MA, LAC, earned his Master's degree in Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. He brings experience and enthusiasm to his work with people struggling with substance abuse and addiction. He prides himself in treating people not issues. His focus is not only on the immediate needs of getting sober but the long-term process of leaning to live life in a joyous and clear way. Tom utilizes many techniques to achieve this including cognitive-behavioral education and skill building, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practices. A whole person approach is incorporated utilizing resources such as nutrition, physical growth and mindfulness-based modalities. His therapeutic style is both collaborative and supportive.|
|Michael Owen, BA, is currently completing his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Regis University. Michael has a certification in body-centered counseling and hands-on energy healing. Michael provides therapy and case management for Spanish speaking clients.|
|SE Rafferty, MA, LAC earned her Masters of Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Wilderness Therapy from Narop University in 2008. She has over a decade of experience working with adolescents and adults, has facilitated many groups outdoors and strives to bring a connection to nature and life cycles into her work. Rafferty is earning a Gestalt certification where she practices supporting clients' realization of their whole selves.|
|Lalo Rivera, MA, LPC received her Master's degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Lalo has experience working with individuals and groups in both school and community based settings. She has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents and working in the fields of addiction, sexual violence, domestic violence, and grief and loss. Lalo specializes in a body-centered and experiential approach to therapy.|
|Craig Salerno, MA, CAC received his Master's degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. He attained his Certified Addiction Counselor I in 2009 and strives to merge his trainings in Western therapy with the mindfulness-based orientation of Eastern psychology. Drawing from his experience working with teens, adults, and families, Craig takes a client-centered approach to counseling and psychotherapy. He has experience working with clients in various capacities, including group, residential, and individual psychotherapy.|
|Joe Soma, MA, MS, CHT, LPC, has a degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, an MS in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton, is a certified Hakomi therapist, and is Level II certified in EMDR. He is an adjunct professor at Naropa University and is currently in private practice with offices in Boulder and Denver. He has group experience in the areas of Domestic Violence, Parenting, Anxiety in children, and Drug and Alcohol groups with adults and adolescents.|
|Christi Strickland, MA, earned a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and is also an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses in group dynamics, systems theory, community development, and leadership. She has served as Asst. Dir. of a wilderness program for adjudicated youth and is also trained as a grief counselor. Her therapeutic and group style is holistic, direct and oriented towards health.|
|Melissa (Mel) Volz, MA earned a Master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Mel earned her Gestalt Therapy Certification from the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies. She has experience working with individuals and groups, both adolescents and adults with addiction struggles and trauma. Mel combines body awareness practices along with skills building to support clients in their unique path towards health.|
|David Lipton, MS earned a Master of Science in Teaching degree from Boston College, specializing in Mathematics. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Oberlin College, and also participated in Naropa University's Contemplative Psychotherapy program. After several years teaching high school mathematics, he spent over 30 years in a corporate I/T environment as a software developer and project management consultant and trainer. David also teaches meditation and private clarinet lessons and does academic tutoring. He joined Center for Change in March 2012 as the Longmont office manager.|
|April VanHoof, has over ten years of experience in a professional office environment. She served nine years Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps, providing administrative expertise in several areas of office operations. She has specialized in Military Legal Administration, Military Counseling and Leadership. She strives for utmost proficiency in all clerical duties while providing superior customer service at all times.|
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|Audra Schaefer, BA, earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado at Denver. Her academic achievements included a summa cum laude designation. She has fifteen years of experience in a professional office environment with an emphasis in customer service, communications, clerical operations, and administrative duties. She strives to take initiative and focus on attention to detail while trying to exceed the expectations of her team leaders, co-workers, clients, and referral sources.|