Sheila Ash is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been working in Mental Health and addictions treatment in Northern Colorado since the mid 90’s.
Sheila and her Husband Brad Barker became certified in Eagala in 2014 knowing they were going to share their ranch, their horses and their love with others. Brought together through their Christian faith, Sheila and Brad both know what it is like to struggle and they also know what it is like to be blessed, healed and loved. Brad continues building beautiful safe places and Sheila, together with Staff, continues creating programs and holding the safe places to heal.
Jeff holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with specialized training in Adlerian Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Medication-Assisted Treatments, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma- Focused CBT. He has been passionately serving diverse populations of people struggling with addiction and mental health issues for over 14 years. He is very active in the recovery community and is a strong advocate for mental health services. He has long term experience as a clinician and a manager in a variety of treatment settings, including Adult Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Therapeutic Communities, and Sober Living homes. His work experiences include Hazelden-Chicago, University of Colorado, and Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health.
Laura Whitcomb is a Masters level therapist and LPC Candidate. She has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University and her Masters in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Laura specializes in the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and phobias, depression, OCD, and ADHD. Her passions are social justice advocacy and working with identity development and interpersonal skills with women and girls. Laura has previous experience working as a court ordered family visitation supervisor; child protection caseworker; adoption and birth parent counselor; working with emotionally dysregulated children and at risk adolescents; and most recently has worked as a Generalist Clinician with university students. She is a native Coloradoan and lives with her husband and two daughters in Loveland. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado and has also lived in San Jose, CA. She enjoys watersports, scrapbooking, photography, and spending time with her family during her free time.
"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here, we should dance."
I believe effective counseling is influenced by the therapeutic relationship. The ability to connect and feel compassion without being judgmental is a key factor in successful counseling. That being said, I have had extensive life experience as a counselor, professional musician, and teacher. I use my clinical skills in concert with my life experience to provide the most productive counseling possible. I feel that my job is to “work myself out of a job” with my clients.
After finishing my Master’s degree, I worked at an overseas residential treatment facility while continuing to work on my Ph.D. Living on a small island in the South Pacific was exhilarating, but then again, I love to travel. Throughout my life, I have worked all over the country and the world.
As a Fort Collins therapist, I have worked with adolescents and adults experiencing an array of concerns. Most of my work has been with substance use difficulties and the co-occurring conditions that accompany and/or influence substance use issues. At the beginning, my goal was not to be a substance use specialist, however that’s where my path has led me. My experience includes work persons who are experiencing issues with addiction, ADD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, Asperger’s Syndrome, bi-polar, self-esteem, grief & loss, and relationship difficulties.
I approach the counseling relationship from a perspective of “meaning making,” which suggests that people act on what they believe about situations, not the situation itself. This idea prompted me to conduct my doctoral research on influences of alcohol use coming from a constructivist lens. I developed a screening instrument that assesses a person’s influences of alcohol use over a biopsychosocial spectrum. A biopsychosocial point of view aids me in helping people from a holistic perspective. Looking at the “whole” person is an essential strategy to provide my clients the best possible help they are seeking.
Karli received her Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies which ignited her passion for helping people and families. She received a Masters in Counseling at Colorado Christian University and is currently on the pathway for clinical licensure. Karli has experience working with individuals and families in traditional outpatient and inpatient programs as well as in home addiction treatment services. Karli promotes an integrative approach to therapy combining attachment, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral modalities to promote whole-person recovery and wellness. Karli is currently in process of becoming CAC II certified.
Keith has been in the social work field for 20 years. His diversity of research based and practical experience lends to expertise in helping improve the human experience on the individual, family and community levels. He has worked with youth and families, in crisis work, homelessness, natural disasters, psychiatric/medical detox care, as well as traditional mental health and addictions therapy, with people of all ages and backgrounds. Principle areas of practice have been trauma integrated care, addictions, severe and persistent mental illness, and community improvement. With a focus on experiential therapy, CBT, DBT, relapse prevention, mindfulness and holistic healing, Keith brings passion, fun and wisdom to the table in practice. Keith also specializes in experiential learning, fly fishing, outdoor adventure and dad jokes. Everyone has inherent worth and everyone is capable of change.
Neurofeedback Specialist And Counselor
Carli Torr holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the state of Colorado and a registered National Certified Counselor. Her clinical experience spans from relational issues, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, and concussion recovery.
Carli is Board Certified in Neurofeedback and conducts brain mapping and neuro-conditioning identifying areas of the brain that need strengthening and developing protocols that lead to self regulation and freedom from feeling “stuck”. She believes that no one should have to go through the trials of this life alone and is passionate about helping people of all ages and demographics through their healing journey.
Ms. Voelsing works in Fort Collins, CO and specializes in Psychiatry. Ms. Voelsing is affiliated with Mountain Crest Behavioral Health, Poudre Valley Hospital and University Of Colorado Hospital.
Stepheny is proud dog mom and all around advocate of all things geeky. She is a registered psychotherapist who holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and psychology and a master’s degree in criminal justice and legal administration from Colorado State University. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling to become an LPC and CAC II certifications, with course work for both to be completed in the Summer of 2018. She is also currently training her dog Zoe to become a certified therapy dog in order to begin offering animal therapy services to the clients of Aspen Ridge North. She has worked in crisis invention services with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as in inpatient psychiatric care working with individuals with dual diagnosis of substance abuse disorders and depression.
Additionally, she has worked in medically assisted treatment, providing counseling services to those in opiate addictions recovery. She specializes in trauma informed care, inner child, geek therapy, gestalt, and cognitive behavior therapy. She remains active in community victim’s services advocacy in Larimer county serving as a volunteer on the national rape crisis hotline as well as an application processor for Colorado’s Address Confidentiality Assistance program.
Beth’s passion and life work the past 25 years has been about supporting others towards greater potential and wellness. She has worked in a variety of settings as an Expressive Arts and/or Yoga Therapist/Teacher including: Cancer Care, Hospice, Senior Care, Medical Fitness, Schools, Museums and Yoga Studios. She is committed to community service and is an advocate for self-empowerment, personal awareness and life skills to enhance well-being.
Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapies. She also completed a 2 yr. Integral Yoga Therapy certification program (with internship) and has also earned a ertification in Level 1 Tai Chi for Health.
When not teaching or practicing Yoga or Tai Chi, Beth is outdoors with her family biking, hiking or kayaking. She loves the quiet of a Colorado snow storm to catch up on reading or to bake cookies with her now teenage kids.
Life is beautiful and it can also be very challenging. Often we know it is time for a change in our lives, but may not know how to begin that process. When we are struggling, it is easy to feel alone and isolated in our struggle, creating feelings of sadness,anxiety, frustration and hopelessness. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mindfulness Teacher, it is my desire and honor to encourage and support clients through the extraordinary process of change. I believe in every person's innate ability to learn new skills, adopt valuable tools and uncover unique and beneficial strengths.
I utilize mindfulness, self-compassion, yoga and Hakomi to facilitate deliberate and gradual exploration, deepen awareness and shed light on the changes you want to make. Being in the present moment and learning to accept yourself lovingly, gives you opportunities to recognize unconscious patterns and discover new ways of being.
When you are bestowed with time and space, with the realization of choice, positive transformation can occur. As your counselor, I am deeply committed to encouraging and supporting you as you release the past, excavate your strengths and practice being in the world in a more enriching way.
Pia Jansen is an internationally renowned psycho therapist with an emphasis on Experiential Healing and Learning. After receiving her Master's in Child and Family Therapy from the University of Amsterdam in 1987, she traveled the world for 8 years providing and teaching Wilderness therapy.
After her arrival in the USA she became counselor and activist for victims of domestic violence and refugees from warn torn countries. Her advocacy resulted in numerous international publications on the correlation between human violence and animal cruelty. In 2010 she made the leap from being a more traditional therapist to equine assisted therapy and became an advanced clinician as well as mentor for EAGALA. She is honored to work with her "Unbrilded" herd of 6 horses and 2 miniature donkeys every day; providing healing for children, adults, couples and families.
Janada Halbisen-Gibbs is an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist and co-founder of Triple T Haven. She is committed to holding safe space for trauma survivors to find their own healing with horses. Janada felt a profound connection with horses from early childhood and could always be found in the middle of the herd. She has followed her passion by volunteering at Equine Rescues and Sanctuaries all over the United States. Along the way, Janada explored various modalities to support horses’ physical and emotional health. She has studied with Kathy Malone of Blue Gate Horse in Glacial Horsemanship, Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, The Masterson Method and, of course, with the greatest teachers of them all, the horses themselves. It was through this journey that Janada was led to Equine Assisted Therapy and EAGALA. She resonates with the powerful practice of holding space and client-led experiential therapy. “Be where you are, the horses will meet you there”.
Janada is a passionate advocate and facilitator for healing trauma and resilience practices. She is an avid explorer of therapeutic modalities and how to support them in partnership with horses. In addition to her EAGALA certification, Janada attended The Academy for Coaching with Horses. In 2014, she created and co-facilitated a retreat for therapists to explore compassion fatigue resilience practices with horses, mindfulness meditation and nature immersion.
Julia Miguel is the co-founder of Therapeutic Melodies Music Therapy Services, LLC. She completed her undergraduate work in music therapy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She finished her internship at NeuroRhythm in Colorado Springs and afterwards received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy degree. After she received her degree she passed the national board certification exam. She has experience with multiple populations and diagnoses. These include children with a wide range of developmental disabilities in a clinical, school, and caretaking setting, older adults in a nursing home, and children in a school and clinical setting who have experienced trauma.
Julia loves serving and helping others. Her main instrument is her voice; she has sung in choirs for 20 years, participated in multiple musicals, operas, and competitions, and received private voice lessons for 10 years. She has also played the guitar for 8 years, the piano for a total of 13 years, and the autoharp for 7 years. Julia plans to further her training by attending the Neurologic Music Therapy Institute. Julia began working at Aspen Ridge North in March of 2018 and works with the group of clients to grow their social skills, their emotional processing skills, and to improve their quality of life. She is fully dedicated to her clients and seeks to help them reach their full potential through the vessel of music.
Director of Client Services
Andrew is in long-term recovery after getting sober in an extended care treatment program several years ago. After finding relief in the work he put into himself while in treatment, he decided to help others find the same hope and serenity that he did. After working for some time in client housing as a Support Staff member he was promoted to Assistant Medical Coordinator. Helping others being his passion, Andrew decided that he could make more of a difference working in client housing and moved to Fort Collins to become the Housing Coordinator at AspenRidge North. In his free time, Andrew enjoys fly fishing, snowboarding and backpacking.
Chief Executive Officer
Ethan is an organizational leader with 15 years of experience growing service organizations in technology, education and healthcare. He has worked as an educator, strategy consultant and executive with organizations that include Monitor Group, Teach For America and Citibank. His passion for the helping professions has now lead him to the AspenRidge Recovery programs, where he oversees the organization in many capacities.
Ethan holds an MA in Education, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern School of Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Cortland has held many positions in the treatment field from house manager to clinician to administrator. His academic background is in both education and social work, which allows him to bring a unique set of skills to this position. He currently holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. Cortland uses his own addiction recovery coupled with his educational and professional experience to help clients succeed. Similarly Cortland uses this skill-set to create lasting connections with local agencies, ensuring that clients receive a high level of continuity in their care over the course of their treatment.
Director of Admissions
Donna Segrin began working in the addiction and recovery field in 2013 after learning how to maintain sobriety herself. Before she began working with AspenRidge Recovery in 2015, she worked on the front lines at multiple treatment facilities with women in early recovery providing crisis management and real time support and guidance. Donna developed a passion for addiction and mental health treatment after seeing the growth that could be accomplished in just a few months. Today, Donna works to be a resource in the addictions community helping to guide those struggling with addiction into treatment centers that can meet their individual needs.
Human Resources Manager
Katheryn has a Communications degree from Colorado State University. She is a Human Resources Professional that truly found her niche helping employees. Katheryn has worked in the healthcare industry for many years and looks forward to adding addiction recovery to her knowledge bank.
Laura Beth "LB" was a client at AspenRidge in early 2016, and successfully graduated in the summer of 2016. She continued to do volunteer work weekly with AspenRidge women’s housing, and attended holiday events with AspenRidge to remain involved with the new clients in the community. This is where she found one of her greatest passions was helping those in early recovery maintain their sobriety. LB believes having fun, volunteering and remaining connected with like minded individuals is a massive component in life long happiness and sobriety! LB joined the AspenRidge family in July 2018 to pursue her passion of helping others, as the Alumni Coordinator. In her free time, LB enjoys weight lifting and exploring the great Colorado outdoors with her life partner and their puppy, Gaia.
Senior Outreach Manager
Liz began her career in the recovery field in 2015, and quickly found a deep passion for helping those suffering from addictions. Through advocacy, outreach, and community involvement, she believes that we can help reduce the stigma of addiction and make treatment more accessible. Liz understands the impact that addiction and mental health disorders have on an individual, their family, and their community. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Advertising from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. Currently, she serves as Outreach Manager for AspenRidge Recovery where she assists those suffering from addiction to navigate the resources available to them. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and showing her son the beauty of Colorado.
Director of Client Services
Angelica Zaun is the Director of Client Services for AspenRidge Recovery. Angelica began her journey towards recovery years ago with stints in multiple treatment facilities and detoxes, all of which she began using shortly after discharge. At the time, Angelica could not understand why she was not able to remain sober after she graduated, no matter how seriously she took her recovery while she was there; Angelica was the perfect patient!
Five years ago, after many years of active addiction, Angelica went to a long term program and the entire process began to make sense. She was given all sorts of tools in those programs and she even retained them! The problem was, she didn't know how to put them into practical use. Angelica could easily talk about the tools that could keep her sober but when push came to shove she didn't have a clue how to enact them. This is how Angelica's passion was born, many painful years of active addiction solved by checking in to a facility that would allow her the freedom to make mistakes and correct them, learn how to call her friends in sobriety when she was struggling, learn to love, respect and utilize the women around her and learn how to confront those women in a healthy manor rather than shy away from her voice and her needs. Angelica learned how to connect to a world much bigger than herself.
Today, Angelica gets to help men and women grow and develop the skillset that undoubtedly played a huge role in saving her life. Angelica takes pride in her role at AspenRidge Recovery, and the effort in supporting clients to become active in setting up their foundation for long term recovery.
Team work makes the dream work. -Angelica
Katie is a very hard working and enthusiastic individual who works as weekday female support staff. She utilizes her personal adversity in recovery to inspire and empower the women in the community. Katie was heavily involved in planning and launching the women’s program at AspenRidge North.
Katie is a native of Fairhope, Alabama and tends to use the word “ya’ll” more often than necessary. She enjoys the outdoors, loves to challenge herself physically, and is always willing to try and make you belly laugh till it hurts.
Katie graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications/Marketing. Prior to AspenRidge North, she spent 15 years in the wholesale Consumer Products Goods industry selling to retail such as Wal-Mart, Target, and several other national accounts. Additionally, she is enrolled in CAC-1 classes and is optimistic on her future in the addiction field.
Neal is a passionate and driven individual working as male support staff. His passion for relieving the stigma of addiction, raising awareness on mental health issues and hunger for impact has bought him to our Aspen Ridge North location in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Neal also loves to visit New Jersey (where he grew up) and travel with family and friends. He thoroughly enjoys reptiles, ripe bananas and people watching. Sometimes all at the same time.
Neal holds a CAC-1 and a Bachelor’s of Science in marketing/business administration and psychology from Rutgers University. Neal has worked in marketing, business development and academia on the east coast before joining us in Colorado.
Karen Rodriguez became a part of AspenRidge North after moving from Prescott Arizona, where her recovery took place. She has had a lot of personal experience with treatment both long term and 28 days programs. The experience she had in Prescott opened up a new perspective for her and ignited her desire to help people who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. In order to do so she is obtaining her CAC I And in the process of continuing her education towards a masters in social work at the local state university.
Community Outreach and Admission
Erin Greney is a Fort Collins, Colorado native who has found a deep sense of passion for the recovery community. She has experience in the medical field and has personal experience through her own recovery process in that of addiction and mental health. Erin has a degree from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. Erin enjoys spending time with her son and being outdoors.
Steven brings to AspenRidge Recovery more than 25 years of brand and marketing experience from a variety of industries including: energy, telecommunications, travel & hospitality, legal, talent management, and technology. He has helped organizations build and activate their brands to drive growth and customer loyalty. His strongly held belief is that the best brands are built from the inside out, so building and nurturing "brand culture" is his professional passion. Helping others find recovery is his personal mission and why he has made AspenRidge Recovery part of his family. Steven holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Colorado State University.