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Updated on Mar 25, 2024

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Dana Santiago, PhD

Colorado, PSY.0006112; PSYPACT 14845

Seeing clients since
About Dana | She/her

Dana is a licensed psychologist in Colorado and PSYPACT approved telehealth provider for several other states. She uses a relational psychodynamic approach to help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how they operate in the world and in their relationships. She often sees clients who struggle with anxiety, overthinking, life transitions, low self-esteem, expressing emotions, imposter syndrome, and relational concerns. She specializes in working with BIPOC and people-pleasers.

Message to clients

Relationships are crucial to understanding yourself. In our sessions, we'll explore your thoughts, emotions, and relational patterns, exploring how past experiences shape your present relationships and sense of self. Together, we'll uncover unconscious patterns, untangle emotional blocks, and build insight into your inner world.

Education

PhD in Counseling Psychology | University of Denver, 2020

Race and ethnicity

Pacific Islander, Native American

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Native American culture, Pacific Islander culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Indigenous spiritualities

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Self esteem/self worth, Anxiety, Life transitions

Additional areas of focus

Biracial experience, Racial/cultural identity, Stress, Codependency, Mindfulness and/or meditation

Therapeutic style

Inquisitive, Calming, Laid back

Modalities

Psychodynamic

Cost

$200

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
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Peer review

Dr. Santiago possesses a powerful gift as a psychologist that helps the client move toward healing. I identify that gift as her ability to help clients form corrective relational experiences inside and outside the therapy space. I have witnessed her mutually create a therapy space with her clients that assists them with knowing what connections they hope to foster with others. In other words, she knows how to help clients form meaningful relationships that improve their overall functioning in society.

—Alejandro Cervantes, Ph.D.
Peer review

I have consulted with Dana for years and continue to be impressed with the depth of her insight. She often sees things that others do not which is an incredible asset to clients who are unsure why they are feeling stuck. As a person she is incredibly compassionate, loyal, and playful, characteristics that enliven her therapy work.

—Kelly Garrett, LMHC
Peer review

Dr. Santiago works hard to create and maintain safety for people looking to do this work. She is authentic and effectively uses the therapy relationship and other interventions to help people move toward healing. She helps people develop insight about themselves and how they functioning relationships in the world and assists clients in trying new ways of relating to others that cause less distress.

—Britney Tibbits, PhD
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Chelsea Newton, LCSW

Colorado, LCSW #09925324

Seeing clients since 2012
About Chelsea | She/her

Chelsea Newton delivers exceptional sex therapy services in Denver. She is a licensed clinical social worker and master’s prepared sexuality educator. She started her career in HIV prevention and quickly found a passion for working with children and families impacted my childhood sexual abuse. Chelsea has specialized knowledge and training in human sexuality, gender, and sexual identity. She started her sex therapy private practice in 2020 and has been supporting adults with a wide range of issues related to sex and sexuality ever since. Chelsea is dedicated to serving the queer and LGBTQ+ community with sex positive, identity affirming sex therapy. Chelsea helps her clients from a sex positive, social justice oriented lens.

Message to clients

I help baby queers and questioning LGBTQ+ people move through overwhelm, anxiety, and fear so that they can fully embrace their sexual identity and experience queer joy. Straying from heteronormativity can be daunting, especially if you have been living within comphet social norms for a while (like forever). You may be uncertain about your identity or what “label” fits your experience. You may fear that by embracing your queerness you will lose close relationships, be asked questions you are not ready to answer, or be rejected by those you love. I will never deny your queerness and you can be certain that I will support your sexuality. You deserve support now.

Education

Masters of Social Work | Widener University 2014; Masters of Education and Human Sexuality | Widener University 2014

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Christianity, Spiritism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Sex therapy, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault

Additional areas of focus

Gender identity, Transgender people, Trauma, Body image, Abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Empowering, Humorous, Direct

Modalities

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy, Narrative

Cost

$250

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Ms. Newton is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and respectful practitioner. She is consistently able to effectively communicate with others in an equitable and respectful manner. Ms. Newton has a very warm, direct, and approachable style that enables her to easily connect with others.

—Amy Menezes, LCSW
Peer review

Chelsea is a breath of fresh air. She is down to earth while leading with intuition and expertise. She has a special way of bridging connections with others and inspiring folks to connect with their own ability to heal.

—Erica Salazar, LCSW
Peer review

Chelsea is committed to providing experienced services to clients facing issues that many other providers are not comfortable or qualified to provide. She has broad experience with clients of various ages, life circumstances and socio-economic status. She knows what her strengths are will only take clients she knows she can help. She will work as hard as her clients do to improve their mental health.

—Betsy Kalkstein, MSW
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Monina Reyes, LPCC

Colorado, LPCC #0020948

Seeing clients since 2022
About Monina | She/her

Monina believes that there is so much power to be found within the therapeutic relationship. Her therapeutic approach centers around a social justice framework in order to humanize the mental health experience; she views her primary role as a therapist as one who shows up, listens, and empowers. She encourages the exploration of our relationship with our self and others through the use of person-centered, systemic modalities. Monina finds immense joy in fostering genuine human connections. Her favorite moments as a therapist are when individuals find their way back to themselves through means of vulnerability and self-compassion. Monina specializes in College-aged Students, Adults with Intersecting Marginalized Identities, LGBTQIA+ issues (Identity exploration and acceptance), Generational Trauma, Couples, and Self-Compassion Work. Individuals who are open to being vulnerable and committed to taking steps toward change may benefit from seeing Monina. Monina finds her lived experiences as a queer, first-generation Asian-American immigrant useful in her work as a therapist. She strives to seek commonality among differences.

Message to clients

When working with me, I want you to feel like you have complete ownership of your personal narrative. I believe that there is so much power to be found within the therapeutic relationship. When there is mutual trust, respect, and authenticity in the room, we can start to effect healing. I see you for all that you are, and all that you still hope to be.

Education

Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Florida State University, 2023

Race and ethnicity

Asian immigrant, Asian

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Asian culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Self esteem/self worth, First generation immigrant experience

Additional areas of focus

Adolescents/teens, Couples counseling, Depression, Life transitions, Racial/cultural identity, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Empowering, Humorous, Passionate, Conversational

Modalities

Attachment based, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Narrative, Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$120

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Individual Session

$160

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

I think therapy seekers should hire Monina because she meets them where they are, prioritizes the goals and needs of clients, and ensures that clients are knowledgeable and gain the necessary skills and psycho-education to move through their lives effectively. I also think that therapy clients will enjoy her humor and her warm approach to working with clients. It is also important to note that Monina embeds her lived experiences into the work without creating unethical countertransference.

—Josephine Ampaw, LCSW, MFTC, MA
Peer review

Monina is able to connect with clients at a level so deep that it feels as if you are naturally healing and changing through conversations with one of your favorite supporters ever; how rare. I believe people should seek therapy from Monina because on top of her being a knowledgeable, culturally-informed, and driven clinician, she is also a wonderful human being who has a knack for touching souls. I wish I could see her!

—Giovani Casseus, LPCC
Peer review

Monina offers a safe, non-judgmental space where you will feel free to be your authentic self. She views her clients through a holistic, multicultural lens and is an advocate for many. Monina will be a therapist that you will love to laugh with, but that you’ll also feel comfortable breaking down in front of. I could not recommend her more.

—Paige Shadden, RMHCI
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Leanne Morton, LPC

Colorad, LPC.0016303, ATR #19-152

Seeing clients since 2015
About Leanne | She/her

Leanne received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health and a Concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University. Transpersonal Art Therapy recognizes the mind, body and spiritual aspects of an individual, and that art-making can facilitate meaning-making and natural healing for therapy clients. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Colorado and a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Leanne holds a certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International (PSI).

Message to clients

My story of becoming an Art Therapist begins as a young girl; creating art was the only way I knew how to move through complex emotions throughout my childhood and into adulthood. One of the most profound transitions for me was the initiation into motherhood. Although I had been a practicing Art Therapist for many years, I was not granted immunity from the profound challenges of becoming a modern mother. Since then, I have learned how to reconnect with my inner wisdom and become the artist of my life again. My healing journey and experiences as a mother continue to inform my work supporting women throughout all stages of life. I am honored to walk alongside you as you continue to make marks on the masterpiece of your life.

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Naropa University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Spiritism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Wiccan/Paganism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Trauma, Postpartum depression, Highly sensitive people

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress

Therapeutic style

Holistic, Calming, Affirming, Inquisitive, Empowering

Modalities

Art therapy, Astrology, Attachment based, Mindfulness based, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused, Somatic therapy

Cost

$165

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Leanne embodies integrity and heart in her work with her clients. As a fellow therapist myself, I learn from and feel inspired by Leanne's work with clients. She is highly insightful, warm, and supportive of the creative expression of her clients.

—Melanie Warning, LPC
Peer review

Leanne offers a grounded, attuned, and heartfelt presence as a therapist. She walks the walk herself, knowing what it is like to do deep healing and growth, making her a strong guide in accompanying others on their own journeys. Leanne is an excellent practitioner, with much experience, knowledge and passion.

—Lane Taplin, LPC, ATR
Peer review

Leanne is a wonderful person and therapist. She is one of the most compassionate and empathetic therapists I know. She also brings a high level of professionalism and excellence to each task she undertakes.

—Andrea Russell, LPC
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Joni Beckner, LPC

Colorado, LPC #6453

Seeing clients since 2005
About Joni | She/her

Joni Beckner, MA, LPC, ATR-BC holds a BA in Social Work and received her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2008. She was the Director of The Center for Hope & Healing and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist. Employed by HopeWest for 21 years and now in private practice, her work has included counseling and supporting terminally ill patients and their families. Her interest and passion for using art therapy with children, adolescents and adults has evolved out of her experiences in hospice and palliative care, in psychosocial rehabilitation for chronically mentally ill adults, private practice for seven years and psychiatric & behavioral hospital care in both acute and residential treatment. Joni’s associations include the American Art Therapy association, the Art Therapy Association of Colorado and the National Association of Social Workers. Her presentations at the local, regional and national levels have pertained to her work with incarcerated grieving teens, bereaved children and teens, anticipatory grief and art therapy. She is an advisory board member for Sozo Youth Sanctuary Foundation. Ms. Beckner established ArtLight Therapy & Studios to incorporate her creative therapy practice with her own artistic endeavors. Over the years Joni has enjoyed freelance and fine art projects, which have included children’s book illustration, real estate illustration and commissioned drawings and paintings. She has participated in juried exhibitions at the regional and national level. Her contributions of original art to many non-profit groups have included the National Hospice Foundation.

Message to clients

ArtLight Therapy & Studios is a gallery and studio space dedicated to art therapy practice, creative psychotherapy, and the exhibition of emerging and established artists. Nearly 30 years of experience inform my counseling, art therapy practice and creative coaching. I am working in Western Colorado and online with a wide range of clients who are looking for expanded wellness and peace, direction, connection and purpose. One of the most significant aspects of this process is shining a light on those places that are challenging for us- the beliefs we hold that don’t serve us or the thoughts we have the keep us from living into the brighter more illuminated places for which our heart longs.

Education

Masters of Art Therapy & Counseling, St. Mary of the Woods College, 2008

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Hispanic culture, European culture, Black culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism, Indigenous spiritualities, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Adolescents/teens, Adults, Anxiety, Depression

Additional areas of focus

Existential questioning, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Midlife stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia spectrum, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Spirituality, Parenting, Neurodivergence, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Life transitions, Infidelity/affairs, Depression, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Cancer, Body image, Anxiety, Adolescents/teens

Therapeutic style

Calming, Holistic, Passionate, Laid back, Conversational

Modalities

Art therapy, Depth psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Ecotherapy (nature therapy), Attachment based

Cost

$150

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Individual Session

$150

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Couples Session

$150

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Many through Sondermind (ask me during a consultation!)
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Does not provide superbills for out-of-network-benefits
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Peer review

Should you decide to work with Joni, you will be heard, you will be encouraged in your work to heal, and you will be accompanied by a dedicated therapist. Her skills are sound and experienced, and her presence by its nature is both safe and warm.

—Catherine Owens, MA, LPC
Peer review

Joni will hold space for whatever struggle you are going through. She is sensitive, kind, non-judgmental, and immensely supportive. Her knowledge of psychotherapy and art therapy make her a cut above the rest. Utilizing creativity for personal growth, navigating the challenges of life, and healing and recovery is a powerful avenue that Joni understands. Even if you don't think that you are creative, she can help you tap into a deep well of resources within.

—Lisa Burns, LPC
Peer review

Joni is a kind, compassionate counselor. She is approachable and has a great ability to meet each client where they are in their own individual process. She has extensive training in a variety of theoretical frameworks and modalities to promote healing and change for each person that she works with in a supportive environment.

—Brittni Turner, LPC
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Dana Santiago

$200

Self esteem/self worth, Anxiety, Life transitions

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$250

2012

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Sex therapy, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault

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Monina Reyes

$120

2022

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Self esteem/self worth, First generation immigrant experience

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Leanne Morton

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2015

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