- Brooks Witter, MA, LPC Clinical Director
- Jill Dawson, MA, LPC Parent Liaison/Supervising Clinician
- Alex Fuller, MA, LPC Parent Liaison/Supervising Clinician
- Tyson S Rittenmeyer, MA, LPC, MT-BC Parent Liaison/Supervising Clinician
- Ryan Lane, MA Therapist
- Kelly Sue Cross, MSW, NLP Therapist
- Mary Hughes MA, LPC Therapist
- Sam Raymond, MA Therapist
- Zach Weinzetl, BA Therapeutic Activities and Community Facilitator
- Kirsten Carlson, MA, LPC Life Skills Counselor, Equine Therapist
- Angie Besel, MS Life Skills Counselor
- Lori Thompson Walsh, MA Life Skills Counselor
- Jenny Polston, MA Life Skills Counselor
- Katie Markley, MA Life Skills Counselor
- Kathleen Sullivan, MA Life Skills Counselor
- Emily Thelen, MA Life Skills Counselor
Marti moved to the beautiful Colorado Rockies from Arizona after her children left for college in 2007. She had spent ten years as a therapist helping struggling teens and adjudicated youth prior to working as Program Manager of Adolescent Services for the Supreme Court of AZ. In 1992 she worked with a team to develop St. Paul's Academy, a successful and nationally recognized therapeutic boarding school, where she remained a dedicated leader for eighteen years. During her tenure at St. Paul's, Marti became a leader in her field, serving on several boards and committees of national and regional organizations, conducting marketing and leadership trainings, and speaking at a number of national conferences sharing her wisdom and insight about providing therapeutic and educational services to special needs and at-risk youth. Marti is excited to have found her way to Living Well Transitions where she is able to continue to develop her love of marketing and connecting with others in the helping- industry field. Marti loves living in the country where, when she is not catching up with one of her daughters, she and her husband take advantage of the great outdoors by spending quality time with their two labradoodles.
Danielle moved to Boulder from New York City and joined Living Well Transitions in 2010. After earning her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, she went back to New York to complete her Masters Degree in Social Work at Columbia University. Danielle's clinical background includes working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with behavioral and emotional issues as well as developmental disabilities. Throughout her graduate training she provided psychodynamic treatment with young adults struggling including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief and bereavement. Danielle's role at Living Well began as a Life Skills Counselor and after two years she joined the Admissions and Marketing Department. This development has allowed her to grow as a clinician working with not only our young adult clients but with their families, prior treatment providers, and educational and therapeutic consultants. Danielle enjoys connecting with prospective clients and families on the front end and clinically assessing a good match with Living Well's program. She provides support to program staff during a new client's admission and enrollment period and helps clients and families with the transition from primary treatment to our 'real-world', transitional aftercare. Danielle takes great pride in networking and marketing for a program as unique as Living Well. Although she might one day return to the Big Apple, Danielle is very much enjoying her Colorado lifestyle by spending time outdoors and seeing live music.
Carl Baccellieri completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy at Drew University, and his Master's Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University. Carl worked with at-risk and adjudicated youth through the Florida Sheriff's Youth Camps to re-pattern harmful behaviors while opening to genuine human relationship. He also provided psychotherapy and career exploration to youth transitioning out of foster care into independent living through Synthesis CPA in Denver, CO. Along the way, Carl has spent over 10 years as an artist and entrepreneur, using both business and life as a laboratory for his studies in life design, personal productivity and intentional living. Carl is especially passionate about uncovering clients' authentic motivations and translating them into inspired life direction. Carl loves being in the wild, practicing yoga and meditation, flying stunt kites with his daughter, and playing his penny whistle, though rarely all at the same time.
Christina joined Living Well with over 15 years of management experience in the service and healthcare industry; 10 of which have been in Human Resources with a strong focus in employee development and benefits. She received her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources in the spring of 2012 and finds ongoing learning a key to professional effectiveness and satisfaction. A family move brought her to Colorado in the Summer of 2013 and a thoughtful search for just the right work environment and team brought her to take on the HR/Office Manager role. Her passion for art runs as deep as her desire to maintain meaningful interpersonal relationships in every sphere of life. Therefore, she concurrently sustains her art career which includes drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, graphic design and jewelry design, casting and fabrication. Throughout the years, she has studied art in San Marcos, Houston, and Austin, Texas. When family and her love for the mountains urged her to finally make the move from Austin, TX to Colorado, she found the ideal setting to align her professional, artistic, and personal pursuits and she is forever thankful. Christina loves the outdoors and can be found hiking, exploring, or just reveling in the natural beauty of the mountains whenever she can.
Megan helps to manage the many details that make Living Well's office hum. Megan is a Colorado native, originally from Westminster, CO. She has worked in the medical administration field for five years and went to PIMA Medical Institute in Denver. She is currently attending Regis University's online campus to complete her Bachelor's degree. In her spare time, she enjoys Colorado's outdoors and various festivals with her two young children. She also loves to cook and is passionate about healthy living.
Brooks Witter is a graduate of Naropa University, where he completed his Master's Degree in
Contemplative Psychotherapy. Brooks joined Living Well in 2004 after serving as a mentor in a
residential transition program for young adults. Brooks' therapeutic background is complemented
by his passion for the outdoors, being a wilderness adventure guide in Yosemite, and his experience
performing and teaching improv comedy in Boulder and Denver. In addition to his clinical work at
Living Well, Brooks served for 6 years on the Board of Trustees of Naropa University, and is Secretary
and Board Member for the Colorado Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
When not working, Brooks enjoys riding his bikes, exploring mountains, cooking, and spending time with
his amazing wife and two dogs.
After completing her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Delaware and spending four years as a social worker in Philadelphia, Jill moved to Boulder and earned her Masters of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She has worked with young adults in a variety of supportive roles, providing individual and group therapy in a university counseling center as well as case management services in non-profit agencies. With her compassionate and centered presence, Jill cultivates authentic, healing relationships with clients. Jill's passion for yoga and hiking also helps her bring a body-centered perspective to our clients' natural process of self-discovery and positive transformation.
Born and raised in eastern Iowa, Alex completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
and Religion at the University of Iowa. He then moved to Boulder to attend Naropa
University where he received a Master's of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling
Psychology. Alex has over 15 years of experience working therapeutically in the
mental health field with adults, children, and families. He has worked with adults with
chronic mental illness, children experiencing grief and loss, and families in crisis as
an in-home family therapist. He also maintains a private practice in Louisville and
Boulder, and is a Meditation Instructor at Naropa University. He is passionate about
supporting individuals in increasing their capacity for self-regulation and empathy. Alex
is particularly inspired by working with young adults, and supporting them on the journey
of waking up to their vitality and finding their true voice. Alex loves cycling, film, music
and spending time with his wife, Jessica, and son, Quentin.
Tyson grew up in west-central Illinois and moved to Colorado in 1997. Tyson has a BA in Psychology from
Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and earned his Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an
emphasis in Music Therapy from Naropa University. Immediately after graduate school Tyson began working at Living well
Transitions as a life skills counselor from 2007 to 2008 and afterwards left to pursue a position as an outpatient therapist in the
community mental health system in Fort Collins, Colorado. Tyson has worked in several different clinical settings from
the California Department of Corrections to serving as a residential counselor for people with developmental disabilities.
Tyson has found his therapeutic stride working from a mindfullness based approach that weaves narrative, creative arts, and
dialectical behavioral therapies. Tyson's experience with creative arts therapy
and knowledge of Music Therapy allows for natural pathways into the lives of youth in transition.
Ryan was born in Nashville, TN and was raised in southeast Kansas. While working towards his BA in
Psychology at the University of Kansas, Ryan volunteered and trained others in doing crisis and suicide
intervention work. Ryan went on to earn a Master's in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa
University in 2007. Since graduating, Ryan has worked extensively with individuals suffering from
addiction and psychosis, and has supported many clients in navigating periods of major life transition.
In addition to his work at Living Well, Ryan also serves as adjunct professor at Naropa University, and
teaches a contemplative form of martial arts to students of all ages and abilities. In all his pursuits,
Ryan's work is rooted in an approach of utilizing the authentic relationships with clients and students to
promote the realization of one's inherent clarity and strength. His loves are many and include: creating
art, movement in the form of dance and martial arts, science fiction, music, and world religions. He
currently lives in Lafayette with his lovely wife.
Originally from Illinois, Kelly Sue is a long time 'Boulderite', living and working here for 25 years. Kelly Sue earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver in 2004. Kelly Sue has had the opportunity to serve and scaffold her community in a number of ways; working as an interventionist, a parenting consultant and a program director for a therapeutic program assisting adolescents. Additionally, she has educational and professional backgrounds in Art and in Bodywork. Her natural enthusiasm and curiosity guide her work and facilitate her ability to connect meaningfully with our clients. After many years of living in Boulder, she is deeply rooted in the community and draws upon its abundant inherent resources to foster positive change amongst her clients. Kelly Sue uses Acceptance and Commitment therapy in her work with clients, as well as Solution Focused Brief Therapy. She connects deeply with the contemplative view of LWT, as she has a long-standing mindfulness practice herself. Her philosophy in life is about finding what makes you come alive and doing and living it. Kelly operates from this philosophy everyday and supports her clients in searching for and embodying what makes them come alive. Outside of her professional intentions, Kelly Sue enjoys knowledge, nature and the time with her amazingly cool sons.
Mary was born in Sturgeon Bay WI, on the Door Peninsula. This is where she learned to
love and use the healing power of nature. Since then Mary has backpacked, hiked, climbed,
biked and kayaked extensively in the West and North West. Mary graduated with a BA from
the University of CO at Boulder then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Transpersonal
Psychology from Naropa University. This is where the alchemy of psychology, compassion,
meditation, nature and healing all came together. Mary has worked extensively in community
mental health as a psychiatric crisis worker for adults, children and families. She lives in the
mountains west of Boulder with her family close by and is an active, caring member of her
community. One of her many pleasures is sharing this beautiful place with others. Mary is an
enthusiastic, curious human being who loves to share her wisdom as well as continue to learn
and grow in each new situation.
Sam received his BM in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the University of Maine at
Augusta. While living in Maine he designed and built dry stack stonewalls and later taught
English as a second language in Yeo-ju, South Korea. Sam is a graduate of the MA in
Contemplative Psychotherapy program at Naropa University. His clinical experience includes
over three years of experience mentoring young men in a residential transitions program,
providing individual psychotherapy for adults, conducting Reflective Play Therapy with students
of the Denver Public School system, and facilitating peer groups in in-patient addiction centers
and a local homeless day shelter. Sam's passion for working with others stems from his
experience of cultivating awareness, discovering passions and developing meaning in his life
and relationships. Sam continues his study of music composition, jazz guitar and meditation. He
enjoys spending time with friends and family and appreciates opportunities to savor the culture
and landscape of Boulder.
Prior to joining Living Well Transitions in 2008, Zach worked extensively with teens and families in both
wilderness and residential programs supporting clients' individual and family therapies. Through this
experience Zach saw the importance of continued support for families and clients after transitioning
out of primary care programs. Zach graduated from Naropa University with Bachelor of Arts degree
in Contemplative Psychology with a focus on Health and Healing and Transpersonal Psychology. Zach
uses his personal connection with and appreciation of nature to help clients engage with their larger
world. An avid fly-fisherman, horseback rider, kayaker and rock climber, Zach personally embodies a
contemplative approach of integrating mind and body to connect more deeply with people and the
environment. Zach has a beautiful daughter that fills his world with joy and occupies most of his free
Born in Wisconsin, Kirsten moved to Colorado after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Psychology and Zoology. She planned to attend veterinary
school, but became inspired while working as a veterinary technician in the process of helping people cope with grief when losing a pet. This inspiration led her to complete the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at Naropa University from which she
graduated in 2009. She trained in Equine-assisted psychotherapy and Wilderness Therapy,
enjoying the grounding connection animals and nature bring to the therapeutic process. She
worked in private-practice in Boulder as well as in Denver with high-risk adolescents who were
part of the Treatment Alternatives for a Safer Community (TASC) program before joining the
Living Well Transitions team. She is certified in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy, the Adolescent
Community Reinforcement Approach substance-abuse treatment model, as an Outdoor
Educator with the National Outdoor Leadership School, and a Wilderness First Responder. Her
passions include animals, wilderness, counseling and teaching. When she is not working, she enjoys horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, and playing with her beloved dogs.
Angie moved to Colorado from Iowa for graduate school after completing her
Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology at Iowa State University. She earned her
Master's of Science degree from Colorado State University in Human Development
and Family Studies with a Marriage and Family Therapy specialty. Angie's
experience includes working with individuals and families in a medical setting,
adolescents and their families in the juvenile justice system, and individuals,
couples, and families in a private practice. Throughout her experience, Angie most
enjoyed working with young adults and helping them through the challenges of
transition into adulthood. Angie loves to incorporate humor and fun into her
interactions with clients as well as her love for being active and in the outdoors. In
her free time, Angie enjoys skiing, hiking, running, biking, ultimate Frisbee, spending
time with her husband, and playing with her two crazy dogs.
Originally from the Lone Star State, Lori holds a BS in Outdoor Recreation Therapy and
Exercise Sport Science from Texas Tech University and a Master's Degree in Transpersonal
Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Her diverse experience enables her to take a
multifaceted approach in applying evidence-based practices. She worked as a School Resource
Officer in the public school system, where she played a proactive role in initiating non-violent
communication among students, teachers, and administrators to ensure a more peaceful
and productive learning environment. After resettling in Colorado Lori owned and operated
Elevation Training, a personal training business focused on the connections between mind,
body and soul to achieve ultimate health. Lori has also provided mindfulness-based therapy for
individuals within the criminal justice system. Her compassionate approach often draws on the
natural world as a source of healing and a means to explore one's true self. When not working,
she enjoys CrossFit, cycling, hiking, and camping with her family and dogs.
Jenny first joined Living Well Transitions in 2011, as an Intern, while attending Naropa University. There she earned a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Jenny completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Women's Studies at Northern Arizona University. Jenny has over nine years of experience working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, and young adults in multiple settings including residential treatment facilities and wilderness therapy programs. Jenny's therapeutic approach draws from several counseling modalities including; transactional analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and trauma resiliency. She has an extensive background in nutrition, natural cooking, and healing with herbs and supplements. Jenny has a true passion for holistic healing and building healing relationships with others. As a Vocational Specialist at LWT, Jenny supports clients who are looking for work in Boulder by helping with resume and cover letter writing, practicing job interview skills, brainstorming how to innovate in the workplace, creating time for self-care and lifestyle balance with a work schedule, and many other skills. In her spare time, Jenny loves spending time with her family, gardening, and cooking healthy meals. She is also an avid hiker, skier, and whitewater kayaker.
Originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Katie completed her B.S. in Fine Art at the University of Oregon. Inspired by a creative and holistic approach to psychotherapy, Katie moved to Boulder where she received her Master's in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University. She also has intensive training in EMDR, addictions counseling, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Katie describes Art Therapy as a modality that helps her clients gain greater clarity of values and move past areas in their life that feel stuck. She finds making art creates space to be with things in our lives requiring attention: the decision we are afraid to make, the feeling that is hard to name, or the issue that keeps returning. Often times making art can serve as an accurate reflection and acknowledgment of the artist, helping to honor one's unique identity. Katie enjoys working with people from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, a value derived from her time spent traveling the world, engaging in service projects, and making art. Her clinical background includes counseling work with adopted youth, teens in wilderness settings, and in residential treatment. Katie also uses art therapy, in her private practice, to work with adults and families who have experienced domestic violence. With her free time, Katie loves being in nature, camping, climbing and kayaking.
Kathleen moved to Colorado from her hometown of Chicago, to pursue her Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She received her BA in Sociology from St. Norbert College in 2005. Kathleen's passion for supporting people in their process of growth was ignited when she served as director of an independent preschool in Chicago. Following her move to Boulder, she was a mentor for at-risk adolescents, where she grew inspired to support young adult clients in identifying their values and power in the world. Believing that a healthy therapeutic relationship is the fundamental property in fostering growth and change, Kathleen is committed to meeting each client with empathy and genuine positive regard. She sees herself as a mirror for her clients, reflecting their choices and behavior in the present moment, and reminding them of their stated goals. Kathleen's approach draws from several clinical techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. As a School Specialist at LWT, Kathleen assists clients in choosing classes that support their growing independent adult identities, providing psycho-education and a context to practice skills that cultivate confidence and change. Kathleen is a long time practitioner of yoga and dance and credits much of her personal healing to developing a mindful and intentional relationship with her body. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys spending time laughing with friends, exploring the mountains with her dog, Nellie, and seeing live music around Boulder.
Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) in 2007 and has held a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification since 2006. Emily earned her Master's degree at Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy. Prior to joining Living Well Transitions, Emily worked in both wilderness and residential therapeutic settings with adolescents, young adults, and families. She has been a lead field instructor in settings encompassing the four seasons of the northwoods of Minnesota, the deserts of Utah, the mountains and rivers of Montana, as well as southern Australia. The healing power of nature continues to run deep in her life, fueling her desire to share with others what has been healing for herself. Central to her work with clients at Living Well is bringing intention to the transition from transformative experiences, such as wilderness therapy, into everyday life in the 'front country'. Emily's passion and curiosity about the world is satisfied by exploring the natural world during her time off, both quietly and boldly. She enjoys photography, climbing, cycling, snowboarding, hiking, good company, and being mindful about creating a purposeful life.