Jacaranda Palmateer, Psy.D.
Director of Counseling
PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2005
MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2002
BA Psychology, Colgate University, 1997
Professional Interests: College Counseling, trauma, cognitive and personality assessment, ADHD, LDs, grief counseling, individual/group psychotherapy, couple's therapy, giftedness, psychodynamic treatment, eating disorders, Prolonged Exposure, DBT.
Professional Experience: Employed at DU HCC August 2004-August 2005, and August 2006- present. Completed other training experiences at UC Boulder's CAPS, and at Metro State University's counseling center. At DU's HCC, I have also coordinated the assessment, outreach and training programs prior to becoming director.
Adam Altschuh, M.A.
B.A. Skidmore College, 2008, M.A. University of Denver, 2014, Psy.D. University of Denver, anticipated 2015
Professional Interests: Relationship issues, depression, anxiety, existential issues, health issues, psychodynamic treatment, mindfulness
Professional Experience: Individual and group psychotherapy, inpatient and outpatient medical settings, crisis management
Ross Artwohl, MSW, LCSW
Program Director, (AOD) Alcohol & Other Drug Support Services
MSW, Colorado State University, 2001
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2004
Professional Experience: I've enjoyed 14 years as a clinician within a college counseling setting. I maintain a specialization in the treatment of abusive alcohol and other drug use, couples therapy using a Bowenian differentiation-based approach, gestalt therapy and culturally competent psychotherapy with men. I also I lead community-based prevention work combining the wisdom of social work to inform my community organizing and the "tools" of public health to assist in the conceptualization of environmental "causes" and cures of abusive substance use and mental illness.
Anand Desai, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist/Group and Outreach Coordinator
PsyD: Counseling Psychology, 2012, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
MS: Counseling Psychology, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
BA: Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Professional Interests: College counseling, group therapy, couples therapy, grief/loss concerns, relational trauma, experiences of oppression/discrimination, sexual assault/dating violence, family of origin concerns, disordered eating, relationship concerns, psychodynamic treatment, emotionally-focused treatment, multiculturally-focused treatment.
Professional Experience: I have worked mostly as a therapist in college counseling centers (University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and University of North Carolina) and also have experience in assessment (LD/ADHD, personality, vocational). I have an extensive background in group therapy and am currently serving as the group and outreach coordinator at HCC. I also enjoy experiences with supervision/training.
Kirsten Ging, Psy.D.
BS Colorado State University, 1995
MA Psychology, University of Denver, 2009
PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2009
Professional Interests: GLBTIQ identity development, multiculturalism and diversity, family of origin and relationship issues, couples therapy, cognitive and personality assessment.
Professional Experience: University counseling center, GLBTIQ community centers for youth and adults, individual and group therapy for transgender persons, couples therapy, personality and ADHD/LD assessment, elementary school counseling
Gillian Kaag, Ph.D.
Director, (CAPE) Center for Advocacy, Prevention, & Empowerment
PhD Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 2009
MA Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 2005
BA Psychology, Women and Gender Studies Minor, Middlebury College, 2003
Professional Interests: Strong generalist background with special interests in trauma, gender-based violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking), social justice issues, career and professional development, training, depression and self-injury, relationship and interpersonal effectiveness, self-esteem, body image, mind/body connection, grief and loss (including survivors of suicide), life transitions, dreamwork, and existential issues.
Professional Experience: Medical centers (outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and mobile crisis settings), university counseling centers, community mental health, domestic violence shelter, residential treatment center, team lead for Dialectical Behavior Therapy program (groups and individual), Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused – CBT, Suicide Assessment and Prevention, Community Psychology and Program Evaluation (with a particular emphasis on gender-based violence issues).
Marjorie Lavin, M.D.
MD, Cornell University
Psychiatric Residency, Boston University
Professional Interests: Psychopharmacology, nutrition, wellness, and alternative therapies.
Professional Experience: Chief at Mental Health Kaiser (1983-1986); Chief at Mental Health Harvard Community Health Plan (1986-1991); Consultant/Editor at McKesson, Inc. (2000-present); Lecturer, supervisor, teacher in psychopharmacology, time limited therapies.
Alexandra McDermott, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, 2010
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver, 2012
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver, 2014
Professional Interests: I have worked in college counseling, community mental health, eating disorder intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. My experience also includes individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment.
Professional Experience: I have worked in college counseling, community mental health, eating disorder intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. My experience also includes individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment.
Kimberly Mercer, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Consultant / Staff Psychologist
PhD Clinical Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2010
MA Clinical Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2007
BA Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 1993
Professional Interests: I am passionate about the delivery of mental health services in primary care settings and believe that this model represents the future of mental health service delivery, as it conceptualizes mental health as being an integral part of overall health and wellness. I subscribe to an evidence-based treatment orientation, and utilize treatment modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based psychotherapy, Biofeedback, and Psychoeducation, which I customize to meet the needs of each individual patient. I especially enjoy working with treatment issues related to depression, behavior change, and behavioral medicine, and also have a strong interest in research, teaching, and scholarly writing.
Professional Experience: Integrated care, behavioral medicine, and generalist care across a variety of settings including: academic medical centers, university clinics serving student populations, primary and specialty care clinics, inpatient consultation-liaison, emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health, and a Veterans Affairs medical center.
Carolee Nimmer, Ph.D.
Training Director, Staff Psychologist
PhD Clinical Psychology, 1987
Professional Experience: Interned with a psychosocial rehabilitation center working with adults who have a persistent mental illness. Interned with the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence by teaching about bystander intervention, vicarious trauma, and domestic and sexual violence.
Chris Peavey, M.S.
BS Fort Hays State University, 2006
MS Fort Hays State University, 2009
Professional Interests: Religion in therapy, severe persistent mental illness, LGBTQI issues, stage of life problems, relational problems. .
Professional Experience: University Counseling Center, Private Outpatient Clinic, Community Mental Health, Emergency Services.
Julie Sutcliffe, M.S.
MS Kinesiology/Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2011
BA Psychology & Elementary Education Teaching Credential, Vassar College, 2003
Professional Interests: College counseling, adjustment and resiliency, relationships, family of origin issues, identity, sport and performance psychology, veterans, eating disorders, alcohol and other drugs, parenting, women's health.
Professional Experience: University counseling centers, community mental health, intensive outpatient treatment of eating disorders and alcohol and other substances, athletes.
Lies Van Bekkum, M.A.
MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2012
BA Psychology, Agnes Scott College, 2008
Professional Interests: International students, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender identity concerns, family of origin issues, multiculturalism and social justice issues, adjustment and resiliency, women’s health and other health issues.
Professional Experience: University counseling centers, integrated primary care and behavioral medicine, community mental health, individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, and cognitive and personality assessment.