Jennifer Amaral-Kunze, M.Ed, LPC, CMHIMP (expected August 2019)
Jennifer developed Beyond the Mirror in 2006. Her clinical experience includes extensive work with trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, human sexuality, women’s issues, family therapy, teens & adults with Aspergers/Autism, GLBTIQ issues and integrative nutrition for mental health. Jennifer integrates a variety of techniques and perspectives from interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfulness techniques, and the identification of personal values & goals to create a treatment that is tailored to each individual. She believes in a whole body approach to mental health disorders; In many cases, nutritional and integrative medicine can work together with &/or replace medications to decrease symptoms and support mental health. She is currently working on her CMHIMP [Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider] and Certification in Biochemical and Nutritional Approaches to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery.
Life generously provides us with experiences & distractions that can make it challenging for us to connect with our intuition & core values. In our busy world, connecting to ourselves & others can be challenging to achieve. Counseling is a way to create a space for the truth to present itself. I am honored to learn from you & guide you toward what is truly important to you. Together, we can become aware of what supports you in connecting to your inner knowing- your most authentic self.”
Jen Knopp, MA, LPC
Jen earned her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University in May 2009. She has worked in multiple therapeutic settings and provided counseling services to a variety of different populations. Some of these include individual, family, group,couples counseling, co-occurring disorder counseling, school-based, residential crisis counseling, and vocational rehabilitation counseling. Jen has devoted many hours towards eating disorder counseling, awareness, and prevention. It is Jen’s belief that each client is unique; therefore, the counseling services provided need to suit the individual.
“I love helping people create balance in their lives emotionally, nutritionally, and physically through teaching people how to live intuitively. This means that I believe each person has a different formula that produces a healthy balance in their lives. I assist people in assessing all areas of their lives, identifying which areas may be out of balance, and developing a solution based plan to create the life they have always wanted.”
Robin Faris, Master’s Level Intern
Robin is pursuing her MA in Counseling with Northwestern University. Years after earning her BA in Rhetoric at the University of Illinois, she decided to return to school because she observed an increase in anxiety and depression throughout a fast paced society and wanted to be a helper. She belives in taking time to reflect, slowing down, and taking walks to help gain perspective on the swirling chaos of our ‘ever-infiltrated-with-information’ world.
Bree Hough, MA, LPC
Bree has a Master’s of Arts degree from Colorado Christian University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her approach is eclectic and seamlessly combines Person Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT], and Cognitive Behavior Therapy [CBT], to address a variety of life issues She encourages balance, a non-judgmental stance, and self compassion, in her work with clients. Integrating mindfulness, she specializes in: anxiety, depression, self-wroth/self-esteem, and relational issues, as well as, chronic pain, grief, parenting issues, self-harm, and ADD/ADHD. She also integrates, guided imagery & relaxation, guided journaling, Individual DBT skills training and creative self discovery into her practice.
Esther Hansen, RD, RDN
Esther Hansen is a registered dietitian nutritionist RD, RDN) whose passion is to help local residents maintain ultimate health. She gives clients the tools to maintain a healthy weight, gain energy, and beat disease. She believes that a healthy diet and lifestyle is the first line therapy for preventing or reversing disease. She is a certified First Line Therapy [FLT] provider, which means she is highly trained in wellness coaching. Esther is also a health and wellness consultant. She has contracted with local and national agencies including: Poudre Valley Hospital System, Larimer County Health Department, Columbine Health Systems, Benchmark Medical Group, Poudre Valley REA,The Chiropractic Wellness Center, Town & Country Foods, Orthopedic Center of The Rockies, Nobel Energy, The Health District and more.
Whitney Walkenhorst, LCSW, LAC
Whitney Walkenhorst is born and raised in Fort Collins and has both her Master’s and Bachelor ‘s Degrees in Social Work from Colorado State University. While at school, Whitney specialized in working with individuals who are struggling with substance abuse issues and mental health. After school she continued her work with individuals with substance abuse issues in an inpatient setting until opening her private practice in 2017. In 2018, Whitney began the process to expand her scope and has been working towards become a Certified Daring Way Facilitator in Brene Brown’s work.
“Through my work with people, I have discovered that most of us have negative beliefs about ourselves and that are not serving us but we continue to feed into these messages. We need to learn to overcome our own negative self-talk by fostering, strong healthy connections with those who we feel safe with. We all want to feel good in life, and this looks different for each person.”
Shelley Prior, MS, RD
Shelley is a Registered Dietitian who is inspired by experimenting with new foods and flavors, picking beautiful produce from local farms and her families garden, and sipping hot cups of tea with friends! She completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science, as well as Coordinated Master’s Program in Dietetics at Colorado State University. She enjoys providing nutrition counseling & education in a variety of settings including, The Women Infant and Children [WIC] Program, and Long Term Care.
“As we learn to nourish our body from a place of kindness, compassion, and wisdom we begin to realize the innate gift of joyful eating we all posses. I value exploring our unique, individual, connections with food. I have witnessed first- hand the healing power of food, and I am delighted to partner with YOU on your nutrition journey.”
Judi Ashley, MA, LMFT, CAC III
Judi graduated from UNC with Masters Degree in Agency Counseling & has worked within the substance abuse field for the last 20 years. She enjoys helping people achieve and work on creating an addiction free lifestyle. She recognizes that recovery can include struggles & setbacks. During these setbacks she believes her job is to empower clients to continue to keep working and move forward without the judgment. She tells all her clients it’s a process and it’s okay to allow yourself and others patience in the process. Judi enjoys helping clients face everyday life stressors and frustrations be it relationships, work, finances and all we face in our lives and need to manage and cope with.