COGPS Apprentices

The COGPS Apprentices are a group of volunteers who are dedicated to fostering quality group treatment and practices across the State of Colorado. They help COGPS to expand our reach and accomplish large scale projects. If you’re interested in joining this team APPLY TODAY.

 

 

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Anthony Dellascio
Contemplative Psychotherapy Graduate Student at Naropa University

Anthony has 5 years experience working with others and leading projects in a corporate environment.  While new to the world of psychology proper, he has long held interest in human behavior and how to work with others to reduce suffering.  Anthony also believes that combining the psychological views of both East and West is the path most suitable for healing emotional wounds.  As a COGPS Lil’ Groupie, Anthony is interested in diving deeper into group theory and psychodynamics in order to be of greater benefit to others.



Qiana Torres Flores
Multicultural Clinical Mental Health Graduate Student at the University of Colorado at Denver

Qiana is a 3rd year graduate student at UCD, pursuing her MA in Multicultural Clinical Mental Health.  In addition to being a Colorado native, a Yoga instructor, and a spiritual student, she has 7 years of public policy experience working with state legislatures across the nation. Qiana’s expertise was in evidence-based state policies that help low-income families move up the socio-economic ladder. As a social justice advocate and a proud Xicana, she aims to become a multiculturally competent therapist to individuals, couples, and groups, primarily serving people with low-incomes and trauma survivors. As a Lil’ Groupie Qiana is interested in putting her systemic and experiential lens to work at COGPS to strengthen its inclusivity, and, create opportunities to bring members together in fun, memorable, and meaningful ways.



Kirsten Hartz
Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology Student at Naropa University

Kirsten is a student at Naropa University where she is working towards completing a Master’s in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. Coming from a background in publishing and journalism, Kirsten is passionate about the power of storytelling and expressive writing as powerful tools for empowering individuals and communities to connect more deeply with themselves and others. She has experience working with youth as a mentor, counselor, and educator, and currently runs bi-weekly kids groups as Youth Volunteer at a local domestic violence shelter. She has experience teaching yoga to kids as well. As a counselor in training, Kirsten is oriented towards a mindfulness based approach, combined with cognitive/behavioral therapeutic techniques, in her future work with clients. As a COGPS Lil’ Groupie, Kirsten is eager to explore and witness the ways in which group becomes a microcosm for the systemic issues that impact clients on a personal level.


Matt Bynum
Contemplative Psychotherapy Graduate Student

Matt comes from an extensive background in outdoor education with adolescents. He has spent the last 14 years teaching and facilitating groups for teens in wilderness settings and has seen the power groups hold. He is currently a graduate student of Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University. In his spare time, he likes to rock climb, mountain bike, and laugh until he cries.


Brian Kim
Contemplative Psychotherapy Graduate Student

Brian Kim is an aspiring psychotherapist who is currently a graduate student in the Contemplative Psychotherapy program at Naropa University. Currently volunteering at Windhorse Community Services where he attends to individuals suffering from extreme states of mind, Brian values the grounded authentic approaches of the contemplative disciplines when working with others. Originally from the New England area, he loves and appreciates nature, music, new experiences, and relationships.


Emily Forse
Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology Student at Naropa University

Emily is a student at Naropa University where she is working towards completing a Master’s in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. She spent several years exploring self-awareness, the teachings of Buddhism, and meditation practices as well as the fascinating dynamics of community and group-living while working at a residential meditation retreat center in Northern Vermont. She spent most of her years after college as an organic, small-scale farmer and gardener both in France and the U.S., but is now exploring a change in education and career to follow her interests in understanding cognitive processes, exploring the nature of subjective projected experiences, and learning how to foster healthy interpersonal relationships and societies. She likes cuddling with soft dogs, going on hikes while identifying plant species, and foods that are combination sweet and savory.



Moriah Karlin
Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology Student at Naropa University

Moriah Karlin uses they-them-their pronouns. They are a student at Naropa University where they are working towards completing a Master’s in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. They were born and raised in Portland, Oregon, before gentrification and Portlandia. They were raised with a strong Jewish identity and additionally began practicing Buddhist meditation as a teenager. Moriah has been a part of communal living and retreat centers, experientially studying group dynamics for the last 13 years. They are working to create community for Jewish queers in Boulder. Moriah is excited to learn about group psychotherapy in action, and feels energized by the vital quality of group work. With extensive experience working with children and young adults, Moriah is curious about using process groups with teens and parents.  Their passion is cuddling in bed with friends, their dog Nellie, and watching too much RuPaul’s Drag Race.


Madeline Stein
Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Student at Naropa University

Madeline (she/her) is a second year student in Naropa’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Program. She received her BA in Human Rights from The Evergreen State College and carries her passion for social justice into her understanding of Transpersonal psychology. An abolitionist through and through, Madeline is most interested in developing theories utilizing group process to promote large scale social change. Currently, Madeline is an education assistant with Rocky Mountain Integrative Academy. She is passionate about counter cultural education systems and helping youth feel seen, valued, and empowered. She hopes to one day open her own school. As a COGPS Lil’ Groupie, Madeline is interested in utilizing her human rights and transpersonal education to help COGPS and its members work towards a more inclusive and compassionate society. If Madeline was trapped on a desert island and could only bring one book with her, it would be a Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Tool. Her favorite condiment is Sriracha.


Amber Adams MA, LPCC

Amber is a private practitioner and owner of Skyward Counseling. She specializes in addiction/ recovery, trauma, grief and bereavement, and veterans issues. She believes in deconstructing the sociocultural or sociopolitical narratives that rob clients of power and agency, and bringing awareness to language and contexts that provide meaning in order to help clients construct a dynamic understanding of themselves, their capabilities, and their relationship with their community and environment. She holds an MA in Counseling from Regis University and an MA in Literary Studies from the University of Denver. She is also a United States Army veteran.



Tyla Devon

Tyla is a second year graduate student working on her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Tyla has been a mentor in the mental health field for 4 years working with young adults in Boulder. Tyla is most passionate about utilizing mindful movement such as yoga, slacklining and nature walks as well as the outdoors as a means to connect with and assist others.



Martina Holzach
Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology Student at Naropa University

Martina originally comes from Switzerland but spent the last twelve years all over the world. Living and studying many years in New Zealand, following her Master in Industry and Organization Psychology she returned to the Himalayas, where she dived further into the wisdom of buddhism and guided groups to remote areas. When she was not guiding she taught yoga, yoga therapy, Thai yoga massage therapy, skiing and snowboarding in the Swiss Alps. She currently is in her first year in the Contemplative Psychotherapy program at Naropa and excited about stepping into the field of counseling and group therapy.


Ryan O’Millian
Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology Student at Naropa University

Ryan first began his “masters-level” training in group dynamics as a teenager – where he spent his formative years as a professional online and live poker player. Unbeknownst to him, this is where he began developing the focused – yet diffuse – awareness that a group facilitator needs. Years of soul-searching and personal therapy later, he now channels his energy and enthusiasm into practicing Modern Group Analysis and Systems-Centered Group Therapy while pursuing a Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University.