Get to know us and our philosophy
ALISON COTTER, LPC
Individual and Child Counselor
When Alison is in the room, you know that you are in a safe and sacred space; a place where you can celebrate and honor your experiences of being deeply human. Therapy is, simply put, an intuitive space for Alison. She knows how to take clients to a depth of knowledge and awareness and hold them there in compassion. As she does this, her clients discover their own inner wisdom and learn to be who they already are.
Alison has a love and enjoyment in helping you to find clarity in what you are wanting. She understands that you are wanting change, but don’t yet know how to bring it about or quite where to start. Reaching out to Alison is a great place to start, as she gently partners with you to help put more language to what you are experiencing. Alison is deeply aware of the core human longing we all have to be seen, known and understood. Without that primary need being met, aspects of our lives can quickly feel disorienting. Alison partners closely with you to establish a place where your need to feel seen and understood is met, while she also helps you explore the challenges you are being faced with in relationships, dating, marriage, career, parenting, identity, and friendships.
As a native, Alison loves all things Colorado and resides in Lakewood with her husband, kids, and Goldendooodle. Alison earned her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2013. Alison has worked with a diverse network of individuals and families since then, supporting them in their unique journey.
Jennie Kologe, LPCC
Individual and Couples Therapist
Jennie’s therapeutic posture begins with the understanding that it is a sacred thing to enter into your story. As voices and demands clamor for attention seemingly now more than ever, she wants to create a therapeutic space that allows the noise to fall away and for your voice to be heard. Your life has such inherent value that it is a privilege to walk alongside clients who want to find greater freedom from cycles of shame and self-defeating emotional roadblocks. Both individuals and couples can benefit from someone hearing their stories, championing them toward fulfilling connection, in order to walk in peace in their closest relationships.
Jennie uses elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) hand-in-hand with an attachment theory orientation, striking the balance of mindful acceptance & hopeful change. She's completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her work, to help partners to find deep connection in their most tender relationships. She's also a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Essentially, she merges researched techniques with an emotional-focus approach, and finds her groove with clients by establishing meaningful relationship, then walking the path with them with insight and emotional attunement.
In her own journey in counseling, she found she wanted to bring others to that same place of emotional health. Outside the office Jennie and her husband are usually living up all Colorado has to offer, wrangling any one of their four kids, while sneaking in a few pages of the latest memoir she’s reading.
KELLY POAG, LCSW
Individual and Couples Counselor
Kelly's therapeutic approach is grounded in compassion, but fueled by a results-oriented paradigm that seeks to ensure client progress is in line with your individual goals. She relies heavily upon Rogerian techniques which involves a client-centered approach coupled with unconditional positive regard. A Social Worker at heart, Kelly truly believes that we all posses innate strengths and resources that make us capable to solve our most immediate dilemmas. Sometimes we just need a little help uncovering them. Whether you are seeking treatment from a place of reluctance or excitement, she recognizes the courage it takes to reach out.
Currently, Kelly and her husband have two children and reside in Lakewood, CO. She has over 14 years of professional experience working alongside survivors of trauma and abuse, children with behavioral challenges, at-risk adolescents, and marriages and families seeking to establish healthy relationship dynamics. Kelly also has professional experience collaborating with inter-disciplinary teams (schools, medical systems, foster-care, i.e) to help ensure client progress.
It has been Kelly's desire to provide therapeutic services that utilize the variety of skills she has gained over the years to create a welcoming and comforting environment for people to pursue change in their lives. It is her hope that therapy can act as a compass to help you navigate your pain in a way that enables new growth. Kelly's practice focuses on healing wounds that are impeding relational health, so that the progress you and your family make will be lasting.
HUNTER SAWYER, LSW
Individual, Couples and Family Counselor
As a therapist, I genuinely enjoy sitting with people and listening to their life experiences. I believe we all have a story, and I feel honored when people choose to share their stories with me. As I have learned in my own experiences of going to therapy, plus my experiences of providing therapy, I believe humans tend to have the answers they are looking for nestled within their own heart, soul and mind. We benefit from therapy because it often takes someone asking us the intentional questions we need to discover the longings of our heart, soul and mind. I am so glad that you are in this continued place of self-discovery and I feel honored that you may consider reaching out to me or our team of wonderful therapists throughout your journey.
A part of my story – my brother and I packed up our Jeep and headed West in 2008. There is something oddly beautiful about seeing your life fitting within 1 vehicle. Though we may not have had many possessions, what we did have was a fervor for something new and a desire to embark upon a new life. I found new life in working with individuals, youth and families, and have been doing so since 2009. I met my wife during this time and am grateful for our marriage and two little ones. Marriage and parenthood has added many wonderful aspects to my life and also provides its own set of challenges and needs for continued growth and discovery.
I often tell people that “I may not have many answers to life's big questions; however, I have a pair of ears that will listen.” And that is my promise to you – to listen – without judgment, and with an earnest desire to journey with you through the healing process. Keep up the great work.
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