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. She completed internships at ARTS-Addiction Research & Treatment Services, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver and at The Gender Identity Center of Colorado. 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.
Tobi Brenner (she, her, hers) earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a multicultural focus from the University of Colorado Denver. She is originally from Florida and completed her undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems at Florida State University in 1996. Tobi’s professional background thus far has focused on career counseling and development in a business consulting environment. She has lived and worked across the country, settling in Denver in 2003. She has a passion for social justice and strongly believes in the mission of the GIC. She is honored and excited to be working within the transgender community. Other passions include dogs, particularly large breeds, football, and international travel.
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.
Jennifer Fulling-Smith (they/them/theirs & she/her/hers) earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Georgia State University as well as a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling. Their/her academic and research interests include LGBTQ+ youth, namely gender nonconforming youth and safe relationships with adults, play therapy services for youth and families, and play therapy supervision of counselors-in-training. Jennifer holds the following credentials: Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Before graduate studies, they/she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Art Institute of Atlanta and continues to integrate creative expression into clinical work and research methodology. Jennifer enjoys hiking and camping with their/her partner and dog, running, tennis, and peppermint tea.
Leslie Jordan, LPC, CAC III (she, her, hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addiction Counselor. She has been working in the mental health field since 1999 and is committed to helping people live their most authentic lives. She feels honored to be in a
position where she can support individuals and couples as they courageously address the barriers that keep them from connecting with themselves and with each other. She strives to demonstrate that courage in her own life and often draws inspiration from her clients. She is in
private practice in Wheatridge where she sees individual and couples.
Kat McLaughlin (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing her clinical licensure in social work. Kat majored in philosophy and religion in her undergraduate program, and completed a master in social work degree nearby at the University of Denver. She has a strong background in family therapy, substance use counseling, and working with the LGBTQ+ population, and she expresses true excitement about working with GIC community. She is originally from North Carolina, has two cats, and loves both the mountains and the sea.
Dennis Newman (he, him, his) received his Masters in Counseling Psychology with a multicultural emphasis from the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his undergraduate degree in English and Political Science in 1995. He earned a law degree from Florida State University in 2001. Dennis’ academic interests include law, social justice, queer studies, community advocacy, critical studies, and identity development. Dennis was born in San Francisco, but has lived in 19 states. In his spare time, Dennis relaxes with family and friends, reads comic books and fantasy novels, and watches tennis. He is excited and grateful to join the GIC team!
Rita Nolan (she, her, hers) holds a BA in Psychology from Northeast Louisiana University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Utah’s with an emphasis in aging. She is a Licensed Social Worker and is working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She completed internships at the Salt Lake City Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, the Gender Identity Center of Colorado and the Marian Center. Rita served honorably for 23 years in the United States Air Force and, after serving around the globe including the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan, is retired. She loves doing whatever makes her heart happy. She enjoys helping others along their path, regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation.
Julia Oppy (she, her, hers) is an Argosy DMFT doctoral student, earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University, Denver and earned her B.A. at Indiana University, Bloomington in Cultural Anthropology focusing on cross-cultural gender studies and sexual deviance. Her academic and counseling interests include gender/gender identity, sex/sexuality and issues associated with these subjects that are considered non-conforming in society. Julia is dedicated to achieving fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and becoming as fit and healthy as possible in body, mind and spirit. In her free time, she enjoys learning, discovering Colorado through the great outdoors and surrounding herself with amazing people. She is passionate about the LGBTQ community and is looking forward to helping individuals navigate their distinct emotional, mental and physical journeys.
David Prouty (he, him, his) earned his Master’s of Social Work from Metropolitan State University Denver. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Seattle University in 2009 and has been in the field for the last five years working in non-profit management of Harm Reduction and HIV/Hepatitis C Prevention programs in rural NE Colorado. He is passionate about LGBTQ community building, Sex Positivity, Harm Reduction and HIV/Hepatitis C Prevention. David is driven by social justice and working towards a better heart-centered world and he strongly believes that healing begins when people care enough to love. David is ultimately interested in working in therapeutic settings within the LGBTQ community focused on issues related to shame, loss and grief. David is interested in becoming a clinician working with individuals while also potentially teaching in a post-secondary institution. It is David’s great joy to be part of the GIC team!
Ersin (air-sin) Sulukioglu (he, him, his) received his Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Adams State University. Prior to that, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, majoring in English and Political Science. Throughout his professional life, Ersin has worked in many different places, with many different people, doing many different things. What has always stayed with him however, is a desire and passion to create positive change in this world – for his fellow human beings and for all the inhabitants of this incredible planet! His future plans include most likely going back to school for a PhD, and eventually starting a community center that provides services for underrepresented populations and communities. He is a Colorado native who loves dancing, coffee, hiking, donuts, and enjoying the wild ride and new adventures that life presents each and every day.