Ben Aiken (he, him, his) holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. In 2014, he completed a clinical internship at a prominent social service agency serving the greater South Florida LGBTQ community where he advocated for and worked closely with his caseload of gender nonconforming clients and their loved ones. He also co-facilitated a process group for transgender persons and a support group for their significant others, friends, families and allies. He’s received extensive training in the Standards of Care published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Ben is registered with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and is a National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors. He also holds an MBA from California State University. He’s lived abroad in South Africa and Israel and has a rich multicultural perspective toward his self and others in the world.
Elizabeth Barber (she, her, hers) holds a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling and MBA from Regis University, Denver. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor candidate. She completed internships at ARTS-Addiction Research & Treatment Services, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver and at the Gender Identity Center. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Sand Tray Therapy, EMDR therapy for trauma, and Neurofeedback, a type of EEG biofeedback used to treat neurological conditions. She loves working with the gender-variant community and helping individuals uncover their true self. She has a private practice in Greenwood Village, CO.
Kate Breslin (she, her, hers) holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Mental and Sexual health from Washington University in St. Louis. She also completed her undergraduate studies from Washington University with majors in Biology and Anthropology and a minor In Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During her graduate studies, she completed internships working with survivors of intimate partner violence, as well as working with adults with Alzheimer’s and other memory loss diseases, promoting their sexual health and well-being. Kate is a passionate advocate for equality across gender and sexuality spectrums and enjoys helping others advocate for themselves and develop their strengths. In her free time, Kate can be found reading, hiking, or playing with her cat, Rowan
Jessica Dallman (Jess; no preferred pronouns) received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana and an M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology–Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. Jess has been a teacher on the Navajo Reservation through Teach for America, worked wilderness therapy with youth, been trained in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy and EMDR therapy, and is trilingual (English, American Sign Language, Spanish). Jess integrates nature-based and body-based interventions in order to help clients regulate emotions and stress, as well as develop fulfilling relationships. Jess’ private practice, Natural Wisdom Counseling, has offices in both Boulder and Denver.
Lola (Great Dane) (she, her, hers) has been working in therapeutic settings since 2012. Lola works therapeutically with Jess Dallman and likes to challenge gender stereotypes. She is a great teacher about resting, playing, forgiving, communicating clearly, and holding appropriate boundaries. She likes fireplaces, naps, hiking, sitting on laps, and chasing squirrels.
Sarah Eisenbud (she, her, hers) holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Regis University and was certified as a narrative therapist by The Kenwood Center in Minneapolis. Sarah is a passionate advocate and incorporates an awareness of culture and social dynamics into her counseling with individuals and groups. As an integrative narrative therapist, she works from the perspective that people aren’t problems and works to help re-define relationships between individuals and the problems that influence them. She is the founder of the Denver Narrative Therapy Project, LLC, a private therapy practice and narrative consulting business, www.denvernarrativetherapy.com where she specializes in working with men, survivors of sexual abuse, and the LGBTQ community.
Scotty Hanley (she, her, hers) is originally from Sparks, Maryland, she has three older brothers and grew up playing sports and trying to keep up with her siblings. She completed her undergraduate degree at Amherst College where she double majored in psychology and history and she played lacrosse and squash there as well. After a few years sailing in the Caribbean and a few years teaching in Baltimore she pursued her master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Denver. Scotty first became involved at the Gender Identity Center as a volunteer in May 2013, then became an independent intern the following year, and since her graduation in June 2015 has become a pro bono clinician. When not working Scotty is volunteering for Colorado Adaptive Sports, exploring Colorado, cooking, or reading.
Katie Meloan, MA, LPCC, NCC (she her hers) works from a Feminist and Existential Perspective with some Gestalt Interventions. She believes that transitioning genders is a spiritual path, regardless of one’s religious beliefs. In the experiencing of life from different genders, a newfound awareness of self, of life, and of all existence opens before us. Katie completed her internship at the Gender Center in the summer of ’14, and has served as a Pro Bono Psychotherapist and OSTS since then. Katie earned her Masters in Clinical Counseling, with Honors, at Adams State University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a member of ACA, the American Counseling Association, ALGBTIC, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, CAP, the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, and Sigma Chi Iota, the National Counseling Honor Society. Katie currently resides in the mountains of Park County with her sister and doggie. She would consider it an honor to accompany you on your personal journey of discovery, self-awareness, and authenticity.
Becki Aarts (she, her, hers) is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Becki loves children, which is why her undergraduate studies from the University of Minnesota focused on Child Psychology. She worked as a Nanny as well as a teacher. She then decided to pursue her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Becki gained clinical practice during her internship at Advanced Behavioral Health focusing on Dialectical-Behavioral- Therapy (DBT). Becki facilitated individual as well as group sessions during her time there. Becki loves the outdoors, which is what brought her to Colorado. She is a motivated, young individual that wants to help make a difference in the lives of those she meets. She believes each client represents the start of an entirely new objective in respect to their uniqueness.
Elise Peterson (she, her, hers) is a licensed professional counselor candidate in the state of Colorado. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver. Her professional priorities are to continually seek out opportunities to learn and grow, so that she may provide clients with the highest level of care. Elise has gained clinical experience working with at-risk youth and adults suffering from co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Elise is excited to join the Gender Identity Center community as an on-site supervisor to be able to be a part of providing a safe and accepting environment for all. When not working, Elise enjoys spending time with her two mini poodles and skiing the Rocky Mountains!