Dr. Nikki Kraslin
Dr. Nikki Kraslin is a licensed clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and the founder of Denver DBT & Psychotherapy. She has helped people with diverse complaints including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, personal growth issues and relationship problems. She currently offers individual psychotherapy sessions, psychoanalysis, couples therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups and mindfulness groups. She also provides clinical supervision and consultation to graduate students, psychology candidates for licensure and psychologists/therapists in the community.
Dr. Kraslin has a unique approach that blends relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, insight oriented technique, DBT and mindfulness. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology where she supervised doctoral candidates and co-facilitated advanced seminars in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and multiculturalism. Dr. Kraslin is currently faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the department of psychiatry. She teaches psychiatrists, psychologists, and master’s level clinicians enrolled at the Denver Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Kraslin uses the metaphor of tinted glasses to explain the psychotherapy process. All people see the world through lenses shaped by their unique backgrounds and experiences. Therapy helps us recognize the hue of our own distinct lens, creating the possibility for growth, change, and a more authentic and fulfilling life experience.
Dr. Nahed Barakat
Dr. Nahed Barakat is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned a master’s degree from Pepperdine University and a doctoral degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has since worked at both Regis University and the University of Denver providing individual, couples, and group therapy. Dr. Barakat’s approach combines the tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a multicultural approach that focuses on the diverse and unique needs of individuals. She focuses on helping clients live a meaningful, fulfilling life according to their values and goals. Dr. Barakat works with a variety of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship concerns, multicultural concerns, identity development, and grief & loss.
Dr. Barakat is also a staff psychologist at the University of Denver’s Health & Counseling Center where she simultaneously serves as the Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives. She teaches a professional seminar on issues of power, privilege and oppression, and provides clinical supervision to doctoral students in training as well as postdoctoral residents.
Therapy with Dr. Baraket will be a collaborative process where you will be challenged to examine your underlying values to help you create a life that feels deeply meaningful. This process will be challenging, yet, Dr. Barakat’s curiosity and use of humor create a sense of safety and freedom to explore some of what is keeping you from living your most authentic, fulfilling life.
Dr. Brian Beaumund
Dr. Brian Beaumund is a licensed clinical psychologist who offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy. With particular expertise in trauma, he also helps clients with a range of other presenting issues, including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders and relational conflicts. He is the Adolescent Program Director for Denver DBT & Psychotherapy supporting both adolescents and their families in individual, group and family settings. Dr. Beaumund uses an easy-going blend of humor and direct, honest communication to connect well with clients in this age group.
Dr. Beaumund’s approach to therapy is integrative, in that he supports his clients with a range of DBT and CBT techniques while understanding change through a relational, psychodynamic perspective. He helps his clients develop insight into the cyclical patterns that are leaving them feeling stuck. This insight unfolds within the context of a compassionate, yet engaged and lively, therapeutic dynamic. Thus, therapy serves as both a place to develop a deeper understanding of oneself, as well as a place to discover new and creative ways of being.
Dr. Beaumund is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He teaches a professional seminar where he provides ongoing supervision of the doctoral students’ clinical work. Dr. Beaumund has also taught a range of courses in the counseling psychology program at DU and has served as the outreach supervisor for the Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic.
Dr. Kritika Dwivedi
Dr. Kritika Dwivedi earned her doctoral degree at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Following her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Dwivedi joined Denver DBT & Psychotherapy as an adult DBT group co-facilitator as well as an individual and couples therapist. Dr. Dwivedi has also led weekly DBT groups for at-risk young women in a residential setting.
In 2015, Dr. Dwivedi received a scholarship from Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Since that time she has served as member on several different committees within the division and was recently appointed as the co-chair for the Multicultural Concerns Committee. Dr. Dwivedi has presented on psychology supervision at the APA national conference, the demands of doctoral training programs and supervision at the Division 39 yearly spring meetings, and dynamics of multicultural psychology training at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit.
Dr. Dwivedi values the opportunity to provide therapy to diverse populations. Her practice maintains a commitment to multicultural humility and social justice consciousness, both within herself and towards others. Dr. Dwivedi practices from a relational perspective meaning that she highlights the importance of client and therapist working as a team to understand the client and their world.
Dr. Adrienne Franks
Dr. Adrienne Franks is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialties in adult, adolescent, and couples counseling. She has helped people with an array of presenting concerns, including: depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, and self-esteem. She also has extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and associated traits. Dr. Franks currently provides individual psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) sessions, couples counseling, and leads a weekly DBT group for women. She believes every person is unique, so she individualizes and tailors her approach to therapy utilizing insight-driven and skills-based techniques.
Additionally, Dr. Franks offers psychodiagnostic, personality, IQ, ADHD, and learning disability assessments for children and adults utilizing empirically validated testing instruments. In addition to her work with Denver DBT, she also works with veterans at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center providing psychological testing and outpatient mental health treatment. Her past work experiences also include working at a community mental health center as the Adult Psychological Assessment Specialist and Department Coordinator, and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology where she co-facilitated an advanced seminar in psychological assessment for doctoral-level students.
Dr. Franks views life as an ever-changing journey. She believes that every person has the ability to create a life of sustained happiness and fulfillment, but previous experiences can interfere with this process. She views therapy as a place to clear these roadblocks to contentment and forge new paths towards discovering one’s true self.
Dr. Lindsey Gagnon
Dr. Lindsey Gagnon is a licensed clinical psychologist and leader of the early adolescent group at Denver DBT & Psychotherapy. Additionally, she provides adult individual psychotherapy and is particularly skilled at working with clients to practically examine their current concerns and make concrete changes that increase quality of life. Her clinical specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-worth, difficult life circumstances and problematic behaviors such as eating dysfunction, substance misuse, and compulsions.
Dr. Gagnon has varied work experience and extensive knowledge of contextual behavioral sciences. She is adept at applying functional analysis to help clients identify and understand the purpose of their unwanted behaviors, thus increasing the likelihood of lasting behavioral change. Dr. Gagnon has worked in research at CU Boulder, as a therapist at the Veterans Affairs hospital, and as a resident at Kaiser Permanente. She has also worked in community mental health, college counseling settings, and as a clinical supervisor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Gagnon has a deeply human approach to therapy, knowing how difficult life circumstances and challenging personal histories can create internal struggles for anyone. Her interpersonal style is light but nonetheless challenging such that client concerns are considered with depth and reverence but also with the help of a little humor. For her, therapy is founded in a sincere relationship that she hopes creates an environment where, said informally, the “tough stuff” can be handled, attended to, and made to feel easier.
Dr. Alison Gothro
Dr. Alison Gothro is a psychologist candidate who earned a master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and a doctoral degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She completed her APA accredited internship training at Regis University’s Office of Counseling and Personal Development. She then completed a postdoctoral residency at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center and has since worked in a private practice setting providing individual therapy.
Dr. Gothro’s approach to therapy emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship as an agent for growth and development, valuing the importance of genuine human connection. She works collaboratively with clients, encouraging a stance of mutual curiosity about their life experiences. Dr. Gothro further encourages clients to identify and shift the repetitive, cyclical patterns that keep them from being the best version of themselves. She uses interventions based on attachment theory, DBT, systems and mindfulness. Dr. Gothro works with a variety of presenting issues including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship concerns, adjustment concerns, identity development, and difficulties related to family of origin.
Dr. Gothro has a particular interest in working with individuals with disordered eating from a Health at Every Size (HAES) framework. She discovered her passion for this work after completing a placement at an eating disorder treatment facility in Denver and has continued this work in each subsequent setting.
Therapy with Dr. Gothro will be an open and engaging process where you will be challenged to examine your underlying narratives and beliefs. While this process can be difficult, it can also result in navigating the world and your life with greater ease and freedom. Further, Dr. Gothro’s openness, curiosity, empathy, and sense of humor create a supportive environment from which deep awareness, connection and growth can emerge.
Dr. Megan LaVoy
Dr. Megan LaVoy is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her masters and doctoral degree from the University of Denver. She currently offers individual, couples, family and group therapy, working with children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of specialty include trauma, self-compassion work, gender and sexual identity exploration, as well as sport/performance psychology. Dr. LaVoy’s primary treatment approach includes a combination of insight oriented and relational theories; she also has experience in Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and DBT.
Dr. LaVoy completed her APA accredited internship training at Regis University’s Office of Counseling and Personal Development. She went on to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Lavoy has served as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She also provides sport psychology services for some of the university’s athletic teams. Dr. Lavoy has worked in college counseling centers, community mental health, family trauma clinics, as well as gender identity centers.
Dr. LaVoy believes that, while we are all doing the best we can to live the most meaningful lives possible, prior experiences and hurt can create obstacles in that process. She uses a collaborative approach to help you find compassion and understanding for yourself and your life experience. This process will enable you to clear the obstacles that are keeping you stuck, paving the way for you to find new ways of relating to yourself and others.
Dr. Laurel Marco
Dr. Laurel Marco is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned both her master’s degree and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked with a diverse population of individuals, couples, families, and groups, in the assessment and treatment of a vast array of difficulties. She currently offers individual and couples psychotherapy and co-facilitates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups.
Prior to joining Denver DBT & Psychotherapy, Dr. Marco completed her APA accredited internship training at the Jefferson Center (a community mental health center in Wheat Ridge). She also has prior experience conducting neuropsychological assessments on individuals with memory disorders and traumatic brain injuries. Most recently, she presented her doctoral research on money attitudes at the Applied Contextual Behavioral Sciences World Conference.
Change can be difficult and it is not uncommon for people to feel overwhelmed by situations in their lives. Dr. Marco creates a nonjudgmental environment where she works with clients to collaboratively understand their obstacles, develop goals, and follow through with strategies to achieve positive change. She helps clients acquire skills needed to become experts on themselves.
Dr. Risa Muchnick
Dr. Risa Muchnick is a licensed clinical psychologist. She offers a variety of services, including individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as clinical supervision, professional consultation, and organizational consultation. She has been leading Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups for Denver DBT & Psychotherapy since 2014 and served as the Adolescent Program Director from 2014-2016. Dr. Muchnick’s specialty areas include: anxiety, depression, relationships, and self-esteem. Dr. Muchnick enjoys and has extensive experience treating both adults and adolescents. Her primary treatment approach is a blend of contemporary psychodynamic and relational theories, and she has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), emotion-focused couples therapy (EFT), mindfulness-based approaches, and, of course, DBT.
Dr. Muchnick has served as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver and at the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver. Dr. Muchnick also served as an assistant to the Latinx Psychology Specialty at GSPP during its development in 2015. She is fluent in and provides treatment in Spanish. Dr. Muchnick has worked in outpatient medical settings, college counseling centers, forensic treatment facilities, and sexual assault survivor programs. She welcomes working with individuals of all backgrounds.
Your work with Dr. Muchnick will feel like active collaboration and curiosity about how the patterns that hold you back have come to be and, more importantly, an endeavor to untangle and rework them. This will not feel like a merely intellectual or abstract process, but rather a dynamic and lively experience that—when done well—feels like you are entering the heart of the problem and working actively to change it.
Dr. Jennifer Paul
Dr. Jennifer Paul is a licensed clinical psychologist who offers individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. Specializing in child, adolescent and family work as well as trauma throughout the lifespan, she also helps people with a range of other presenting issues, including: depression, anxiety, sexual behavior, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship problems, parenting challenges, self-esteem, identity issues, family conflict, and existential crises. Dr. Paul’s underlying passion revolves around facilitating connection, growth, and authenticity for her patients and their families.
Dr. Paul’s warm, participatory, and authentic relational style is the foundation of her practice. She believes that therapy is not a one size fits all approach; treatment is therefore a personalized process based on each individual, couple, or family’s unique set of circumstances. She offers a highly integrative, dynamic, and contextual approach rooted in relational/attachment theories, insight-oriented techniques, and developmental science. Dr. Paul has experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Paul’s experience spans a variety of therapeutic settings including: children’s hospitals, various schools (elementary, middle, and high school), non-profit organizations, community mental health centers, a university clinic, and child/adolescent residential treatment centers. Dr. Paul has worked with a diversity of ages and family compositions; she believes that childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood are unique intervention opportunities where psychotherapy can alter developmental trajectories and have a lifelong impact.
We all experience challenges that hinder our ability to lead meaningful, productive, and connected lives. Dr. Paul’s treatment approach is for you if you’re interested in going beyond simple behavior modification to address the root causes of your stresses and struggles and transform your life. With an attitude of care and collaboration, she offers genuine pursuit to know each child, adolescent, and adult she encounters, aiming to lead them to their healthiest, most genuine, purposeful selves.
Dr. Katie Walker
Dr. Katie Walker, one of our post-doctoral fellows, began her psychology training by completing a master’s degree in Psychological Intervention in Clinical and Health Settings at the Universidad de Jaén, Spain. She went on to earn a second masters and a doctoral degree at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Walker currently offers individual therapy for both adolescents and adults; she also co-facilitates DBT Groups. Dr. Walker works well with a wide array of issues, including trauma, adjustment to life changes and/or stressors, and mood disorders.
Dr. Walker believes in the power of human connection to heal, seeking to foster a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients. She approaches each client individually, drawing on a variety of therapeutic techniques and theories in order to find the best combination for each person with whom she works. As such, Dr. Walker uses both behavioral and interpersonal approaches to therapy, allowing for both structure and humanity in the therapy room. Dr. Walker balances her personal warmth with an active and engaged approach, encouraging mutual curiosity as she strives to help clients learn more about themselves, their patterns, and their strengths.
Dr. Walker has completed extensive graduate training in working with Latinx individuals and provides therapy in Spanish. Additionally, she has a strong background in assessment, neuropsychology and health psychology; this contributes to her comprehension of the deep connection between physical and mental well-being. Further, Dr. Walker understands the interplay between biological predispositions and learned patterns of behavior. When nature and nurture combine in a way that keeps us stuck, it can be very difficult to change, even when those patterns get in the way of living our most desired lives. She works collaboratively with clients to help them recognize their unhelpful patterns, personally and interpersonally, and to facilitate development of new ways to approach themselves and others. Dr. Walker aims to help clients realize a more satisfying life that aligns with their values.