Our Team

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. Dr. Kraslin 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. Additionally, she is a professor at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis where she teaches psychiatrists, psychologists and master’s level clinicians enrolled in post-graduate training programs.

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.

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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. In addition to his work as a professor, Dr. Beaumund currently serves as the outreach supervisor for the Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic at DU. In this role, he is working with Colorado African Organization (a local refugee center) to provide mental health resources to the refugee and immigrant communities in Aurora.

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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 also leads a weekly adolescent DBT group 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 in 2015, the demands of doctoral training programs and supervision at the Division 39 yearly spring meetings in 2015 and 2016, and dynamics of multicultural psychology training at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit in 2015.

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. Kritika Dwivedi​​

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 co-leads a weekly DBT group for adults. 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. She also works at a community mental health center as the Adult Psychological Assessment Specialist and Department Coordinator. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology where she co-facilitates 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. Adrienne Franks

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. Megan LaVoy

Dr. Laurel Marco

Dr. Laurel Marco 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. Laurel Marco

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 areas of specialty include trauma, 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. Risa Muchnick
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