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

1490 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, CSPT, LMFT, LAC, MAC
EMDRIA Certified Therapist
Certified ARISE Interventionist
Eating Psychology Coach
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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