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Colleen A. McKernan
Executive Director
(720) 810-5922

1490 N. Lafayette Street
Suite 208
Denver, CO 80218
Fax: (720) 941-4066

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Colleen A. McKernan, Executive Director

Colleen McKernan

Colleen A. McKernan
MA, Certified Systemic Play Therapist (CSPT)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) , Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)
EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant for Trauma
Certified ARISE Interventionist and Family Support Specialist for Recovery
Certified Conflict Resolution Trainer, Certified Mind Body Eating Coach
Certified Mindfulness in Recovery Teacher, Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator

Professional Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (BA) from Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Studies (MA) from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California
  • My counseling career began in the residential community as a direct care counselor and group therapist working with high-risk adolescents, transitioned into the addiction field as a DUI therapist and Outpatient group and family therapist to my current position as the Executive Director and Owner at Recovering Spirit
  • Certified Systemic Play Therapist (CSPT) 1000 clinical supervision hours
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) 4000 clinical supervision hours, passed MAC National Examination
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 2000 clinical supervision hours, passed MFT National Examination
  • Masters Addiction Credential (MAC) 6000 supervision hours, passed MAC National Examination
  • EMDRIA Certified Therapist, 2 years of clinical supervision, LMFT required
  • Certified ARISE Interventionist, 12 months of clinical supervision and education
  • I work with adults, couples, families and groups
  • I utilize a variety of experiential techniques in addition to talk therapy
  • Post-Master’s education includes:
    • Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Certificate in Play Therapy
    • Certificate in Driving with Care (DWC) for DUI offenders
    • Certification in SSIC (Strategies for Self-Improvement & Change) for Judicially Involved Clients and Substance Abuse Therapy
    • Specialization in LGBTQ Family Systems
    • Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for Trauma and PTSD
    • Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator
    • Eating Psychology Coach Certification

Techniques and Theoretical Orientation
I use a variety of evidence-based practices and therapeutic approaches depending upon the specific needs of my clients including:

  • Client-Centered
  • Holistic
  • Systemic
  • Jungian
  • Transpersonal
  • Reality
  • Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Solution-Focused
  • Experiential
  • 12-Step Integration

In addition to individuals, couples and family therapy, I also facilitate a variety of therapy groups for adults through the Outpatient program, as well as the Level II Education & Therapy groups. I believe in a multi-cultural and multi-spiritual approach to recovery. I strive to integrate recovery and wellness in body, mind, and spirit.


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