Chistina Murphy MA, LPC, CPP, NCC, CNED.
Chistina Murphy MA, LPC, CPP, NCC, CNED, graduated from Regis University with a Masters Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with advanced training and certifications in clinical supervision as well as co-authoring the book The Empowerment Model of Clinical Supervision . In addition, she was the President & CEO of the Griffith Centers for Children for over 4 years and served in various clinical and executive capacities at the Griffith centers for 11 years prior. During her time at the Griffith Centers she became certified as an Executive Director and was asked to join the private and powerful network of executive women at Chief in April of 2022.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor Christina worked extensively with children who were in the care of social service agencies and were at risk of being placed out of home or in foster care. Her specialization in working with children is caring for the child and family as whole so that the “system” is healed and no one is left behind. Christina comes from a family preservation background which has enabled her to see the need to include the family in care of the child. While she has worked with children and for children, Chirstina also has worked with teens and adults and has been successful with helping those age groups move beyond their traumas to see hope and healing.
Due to Christina’s vast knowledge of clinical counseling and business background she worked to establish Lifes Hope Therapeutic Services PLLC, a mental health clinic located in Arvada, Colorado. This practice is unique in that it is designed with the clients in mind as well as the counselors. Her goal was to ensure that clients get the best individualized care while not burning out the counselors at the same time. Our unique model of onboarding, reasonable clinical case loads, and on-going support helps the counselors and clients have the best environments for hope, healing and the best therapeutic alliance available. For more information about Christina and Lifes Hope please visit:
Private Practice Name: Life Source Counseling LLC
Misty Marquez Lozano joined Life’s Hope team in 2020. Misty holds dual Masters in Marriage and Family and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She provides bilingual (English and Spanish) therapy to populations that include infant to adult with individual and/or family needs. Her background in the field for the last 17 years has been with at-risk families and youth dealing with various traumas, developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and teaching parenting skills as well as depression and anxiety symptoms.
Some approaches she is trained in are Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Alternative for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), Child/Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and promotes Trauma Informed environments and is a certified clinical supervisor. Misty’s passion is seeing families come together stronger for the better.
Private Practice Name: IMANI-JAI Counseling Services LLC
Kiani is a talented and passionate Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate, who graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2021. Kiani provides a welcoming, client-centered, mindful, and trauma-informed approach to counseling. Kiani believes that healing starts from within, and with a combination of evidence-based methods and compassionate support, anything is possible.
Private Practice Name: Phoenix Rising Mental Health PLLC
Kristen is a masters-level, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate. Kristen believes that everyone should receive therapy that is centered on one’s own perception of wellbeing and desire for self-importance. Her goal is to help individuals accept and trust themselves as well as to feel valued being themselves. Kristen has worked alongside BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, those within the criminal justice system, and intersecting identities. She has a background in supporting individuals who experience depression, anxiety, complex trauma, personality disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis (including early childhood memories and dream interpretation), existential and humanistic counseling, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy.
Kristen is also skilled in mental health assessments including diagnostic assessment, personality assessment, and intelligence and cognitive ability testing. Although diagnosis is just one piece to a complicated human puzzle, assessments may aid people in recognizing their own strengths and how to go about improving one’s situation.
Kristen graduated with her Masters in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver. She is able to apply non-judgmental empathy to many situations even when empathy is harder to find. She is familiar with the legal system and its effects on individuals’ freedoms, relationships, and mental health. She believes culture and identity are key elements to understanding the individual and their relationship within wider systems.
Private Practice Name: Safe Place Therapy LLC
Leslie started the journey of becoming a therapist when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago. During her treatment, she noticed that everyone was focused on her physical health but no one asked her about her mental health. She knows from experience that while everyone living with a life changing diagnosis is focused on physical survival, she believes you need to incorporate mental health as well. She provides a safe, non-judgmental space. In that space, you will practice real life experiences so when they present themselves outside of therapy, you have the tools to handle them with confidence. She uses simple techniques to change negative self-talk and to process trauma.
Leslie earned her Masters in Counseling from Regis University. Prior to joining Life’s Hope as a contract counselor, she worked with the underserved and underprivileged population in the northern part of Denver. She also has 17 years of experience in the healthcare human resources field. She has experience with Autistic adults, women who have been sexually abused, those experiencing the challenges of motherhood and recovery from broken relationship.
Private Practice Name: Caren Kelly Relationship Therapy LLC
Caren Kelly MA, MFTC is a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate who graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. Caren is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and MST. She considers herself a Narrative-conversational and Collaborative therapist who believes that as part of a team therapists and clients can rewrite their life stories. Caren’s work as an MFT brings systems therapy, believing that all people are part of a larger system, “no person is an island”, and allows us to look at how various living/working/social environments influence our behaviors. Caren has spent the past two years in different mental health facilities, including a mental health inpatient hospital and an Eating Disorder hospital. Most recently, Caren has been a community-based in-home adolescent family therapist, where she used MST therapy to help families of adolescents with behavioral issues.
Caren came to therapy after a 28-year career in the cosmetology industry. That old saying about your hairstylist being a therapist was proven true when she decided she had a knack for listening and talking people through their life struggles and decided to go into the field as a profession. That, partnered with friendships with people in alternative lifestyles, led her to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Caren is more than comfortable with LBGTQ+, polyamorous, and other ENM relationship structures, and is openly polyam herself. There is no fear of lifestyle judgment in her office and she feels that no one has a space to judge another person.Whether you are struggling with a relationship, anxiety, depression, ADHD, or just life changes, Caren will use evidence-based therapies to help you through.
Private Practice Name: Renae Pester Psychotherapy LLC
Renae Pester is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate who holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She provides evidence-based, compassionate treatment for depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress management, self-esteem issues, relationship challenges, career and academic challenges, childhood emotional neglect, and major life transitions. Her clinical approach involves first collaborating with clients to identify and treat their most pressing concerns. Awareness is facilitated in a gentle and non-judgmental manner. She gradually works with clients in exploring thematic patterns to help them make the essential changes needed in order to achieve their short-term goals and pursue their long-term dreams.
Renae’s professional background includes providing supportive counsel to people experiencing mental health concerns alongside medical issues, offering mindfulness-based treatment to hospice clients, and assisting university students in navigating various life challenges. Some of the therapeutic interventions she uses include mindfulness-based treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, gestalt therapy, and motivational interviewing. She enjoys helping people discover effective solutions that align with their core values, strengths, and purpose.
Private Practice Name: WholeHearted Therapy LLC
Weston helps men and women who are dealing with trauma and addiction to heal, recover, and create fulfilling lives. I have an extensive clinical background empowering clients’ to overcome a wide-variety of challenging issues including: anxiety, trauma, addiction, depression, anger, estranged relationships. I also specialized in working with men-specific issues.
EMDR is an excellent intervention to help clients reprocess disturbing or traumatic experiences, as well as help desensitize triggers or urges for self-destructive behaviors or distressing emotions (e.g. addiction, self-harm, anxiety disorders, etc).
We provide ongoing support for those in recovery from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. If you are tired of struggling and are ready for a change, there is no time like the present. Dealing with our “issues” can often feel scary and hopeless, but with a little bit of encouragement and a lot of support great things happen. When humans face great adversity, they have a tendency to succeed. Sometimes people just need a little bit of help.
Private Practice Name: Bradley Williamsom, MA. Counselor LLC
Brad Is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate who graduated from UCCS with a Master’s degree in Counseling. He puts great pride in his ability to develop safe, empathetic, and trusting relationships with his clients. Bradley brings a Client-Centered and Solution-Focused approach to counseling.
Bradley’s passion for helping people stems from his early life experiences as a child dealing with family divorce and grief. It can be overwhelming going through these life changes alone as a child. This experience has helped Bradley not only understand and relate to his clients, but also provide tools to cope and heal.
Bradley’s experience and background includes working for Title 1 Elementary schools providing individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis services. His expertise includes working with children along a variety of topics including depression, divorce, anxiety, grief, and school-related issues. Bradley has had the privilege of developing relationships with children and teens through work and volunteer opportunities for 14 years.
Private Practice Name: Meghan Rich Psychotherapy LLC
Engaging in therapy can be challenging, yet deeply transformative.
Therapy is a collaborative experience. As your therapist, I will support you as you process your past and present, heal your inner wounds, gain personal insight, release what no longer serves you, grow in your relationships, forgive yourself or others, embrace your authenticity, explore your purpose, claim your power, craft your future, and/or find your version of harmony and thrive. You are motivated, invested, and willing to persevere with curiosity through the challenging phases of therapy. I will meet you where you are, provide a safe space for your unique story, and walk the journey with you.
My counseling style is grounded in a person-centered approach through a humanistic lens, trauma informed, holistic, intuitive, infused with authenticity, and sprinkled with light-hearted humor. The therapies, modalities and techniques I apply most often are Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Existential Therapy, Somatic work, and mindfulness.
Serving individual adults (ages 18 to 65) as a licensed professional counselor candidate (LPCC) under supervision, I value the diversity of racial and cultural identity and background, nationality, sexual and affectional orientation, gender identity and its expression, religious background and spiritual belief, relationship status, “family” structure, mental and physical health and ability, political view, and educational and economic status. All are welcome!
Venissa C. Daise MS, LSW
Mental Health Counselor
When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel.
My greatest passion is helping individuals rebuild their lives one day at a time. I assist my clients, who include children, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.
- Grief & Loss Counseling
- Functional Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Anxiety, PTSD & ADHD Therapies
Private Practice Name: Ameerah K. LLC Ameerah Kais, MA, LPCC, NCC
I became a therapist because I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is our own love and acceptance. A deep understanding of ourselves is at the heart of healing and change. I believe in every person’s ability to heal and am committed to providing hope for all ages. My expertise lies in working with individuals who are suffering with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Candidate, receiving my Masters in Counseling from Regis University. Prior to joining Life’s Hope Therapeutic Services, I completed my internship hours as a community therapist where I provided in-home intensive treatment and case management for high-risk children and families. My approach is client-centered and solution focused. Utilizing the strengths of an individual to personalize a plan for each person. I am passionate about using evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma – Informed Care during therapy.
Mike Murphy BA- Chief Operations Officer
Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and has been in the field of mental health for about 10 years with Life’s Hope and as a volunteer in various capacities with other mental health providers. His background also includes being a Custom Trim Carpenter with his own business for over 20 years. Now he serves as the COO at Life’s Hope where he uses his expertise of being an entrepreneur to keep the office in order and all of the counselors supported!
Ladybug is a 6-year-old therapy dog and started at Life’s Hope in 2018. She specializes in helping the clients feel safe and at home when they are in session. Ladybugs favorite office pass time is running into each office and saying “Hi” about 10 times a day! Ladybug is a real social bug!!!
Camilla Bradley, Intern
Welcome! I’m Camilla. And I am here to remind you that you are whole. I believe in my bones that we are all whole, insightful beings with an innate capacity to heal. However, healing is not easy. And it is hard to do it alone. That’s where I come in. Self-understanding, self-compassion, and self-acceptance are three powerful tools when it comes to this work. Of the three, self-acceptance can be the hardest to master. It just doesn’t come as easily as we’d like it to. Especially for those of us who have never experienced it before. Being totally and radically accepted by a therapist can be the first step in the journey to self-acceptance. And it is my honor to help individuals feel seen, met, and accepted for who they truly are. Sometimes we need to experience acceptance from another before learning how to offer it to ourselves. I speak from experience. So many blockages stem from our inability to self-accept. We celebrate some parts, while banishing the others. As a result, we are fragmented… A collection of parts deemed “good enough” while the rest are stored somewhere far away, in the basement of our souls. I believe that this disallowance of self is where physical, mental, and spiritual dis-ease take root. In order to heal, we have to stop treating ourselves as fragmented parts and embrace the truth of our wholeness. I am here to show you that you are, and have always been, perfectly whole.
We may not love all parts of ourselves. But it is through our oneness that the broken parts of us are made whole. I am impassioned by my desire to meet myself and others fully, so that we may all feel comfortable bringing our entire selves into the world. When we bring our full selves, we bring our full hearts. We all deserve to unlock this true capacity to love. For love is our greatest power and our greatest gift. I have worked as a healer in many capacities. I am a life coach, a health coach, and a master’s student at Naropa University’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Program. In these roles, I am compassionate, inquisitive, and present. However, my greatest strength lies in my heart. I love fiercely and freely. I hope to encourage the light and sacredness in each individual that I encounter, so that they may feel safe and empowered to bring their own unique gifts into the world. If this is something you feel drawn to, I would be honored to connect with you further!
Joey Stoops Counselor
Joey Stoops is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate working in Arvada and Boulder. He holds a master’s degree in clinical mental-health counseling from Naropa University, and works one-on-one with adolescents and adults, both in person and via telehealth.
As a therapist, Joey holds that the stories we tell are an important part of who we are—and often lead us to uncover, confront, and ultimately heal the unprocessed pain we’ve been carrying. He believes that we don’t have any bad parts of ourselves; instead, we have parts that have become disconnected from the eternal Self, causing suffering and discord. By reconnecting these lost parts with the Self, we can begin to live more empowered, authentic lives.
Joseph Bentley, Counseling Intern
Joseph’s career path has been inspired by education and experiential learning in various meditation, mindfulness, and holistic practices. Cutting edge research is showing cultivated daily practice in mind-body connection and mindfulness can be instrumental in transformation and skillfully moving through challenging emotions and experiences. Accumulated challenges, wounds, and stressors can be deeply impactful in personal and relational dynamics. Mindful awareness can be a foundational and powerful first step in the change process. Mindfulness, somatic based, attachment work, and integrative approaches can be instrumental in discovering more of ourselves and deepening our relationship with self and other.
In his work he incorporates techniques from mindfulness-based approaches/practices, Gestalt therapy, Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy), Transpersonal Counseling, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and parts work, among others. He is trained in and integrates Somatic-Based approaches (building the connection between mind and body) into his work.
Joseph’s approach is client-centered and humanistic, with the understanding that the individual is already whole, he facilitates individuals’ unique process in working toward goals, healing and growth, through challenges in relationships, emotions, mental health, and life experiences. Research has shown relationship can be an instrumental factor in healing, growth, and development and having a container with unconditional positive regard, validation, and empathy can be an integral support in healing and growth.
Joseph works with adults and emerging adults experiencing relationship issues, men’s issues, difficulty navigating life or career transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, interest in self-exploration, grappling with spirituality, or having difficulty integrating mystical or challenging experiences.
Joseph grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and moved to Denver, Colorado three years ago and he is a master’s student at Naropa University studying Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling. He loves to snowboard, and he enjoys weightlifting, hiking, camping, traveling, meditating, reading, and being outside in nature. When he is not at work, he spends time with loved ones.