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 Sonja Burke, Psy.D.

Dr. Burke is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado.  She grew up in Iowa and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa.  She relocated to Southern California where she earned her Doctorate of Psychology in the APA-Accredited Clinical-Community Psy.D. program at the University of La Verne.  She completed an APA-Accredited Predoctoral internship at the University of Northern Colorado Counseling Center.

Her supervised training includes: brief and long-term individual and group therapy, assessment, crisis intervention services, supervision and outreach programming at two university counseling centers, two community mental-health centers, a high school-based counseling program and a private practice.  Dr. Burke has provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families.  

The clients she has worked with have presented with a myriad of mental health concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, disruptive behavioral disorder, ADHD, post traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse/ assault, bereavement/grief work, and identity problems related to culture and LGBT concerns. She is especially passionate about exploring identity development in adolescents and young adults and equally committed to working with trauma survivors.

Dr. Burke has an integrative approach to therapy, grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy and ecological systems theory.  She often incorporates experiential interventions, such as, mindfulness exercises, art, and play therapy.  She aims to live mindfully and appreciate each day.  In her free time, she loves being outdoors, hiking, and exploring new places.

 

Angie Dunn, Ph.D.

Dr. Dunn is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado (license number 3567) who is trained and experienced in individual, couples, and family therapy.  She also provides testing, consultation services, and supervision to therapists in training.  She enjoys working with adults and adolescents.  Dr. Dunn specializes in the treatment of eating issues and body image concerns.  While she has chosen to specialize in the above areas, she has been trained as a generalist, which means that she is both interested in and qualified to work with a variety of concerns.  The most common concerns her clients want to work on include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, relationship difficulties, family issues, sexual identity, life transitions, identity development, and stress management. 

Dr. Dunn has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field.  During this time, she has worked in a variety of settings including eating disorder centers, university counseling centers, elementary and secondary schools, community mental health centers, and a psychiatric hospital.  She has been an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Northern Colorado and the University of the Rockies.  Dr. Dunn also been the coordinator of an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders.  She graduated with her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  She also has a Master's degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.

 

Sarah Koehler, MS, RD

Sarah is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Physical Performance.  She grew up in Colorado and completed her BS in Nutrition at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  She then completed her dietetic internship and Master’s degree simultaneously at Saint Louis University.  Sarah is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Through her work in the nutrition field, her Master’s program, and her dietetic internship, Sarah has experience with conducting nutritional assessments, providing meal plans, and assessing the physical and emotional aspects that come with diet issues.  Although she provides general nutrition counseling and meal planning for a wide variety of ages and health concerns, her passions lie in sports nutrition, eating disorder recovery, and weight loss counseling.  As a former collegiate athlete, Sarah is able to draw from her personal experiences to help people meet their challenges and set realistic, attainable goals for their specific nutrition needs.  Sarah loves establishing a personal connection with her clients, assessing their individual obstacles, and helping them live healthy, energetic, fulfilling lives.

 

Abigail Ward, MA, LPC, NCC

Abby is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado.  She completed her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Northern Colorado and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology at Western State Colorado University.

She has experience working with both teens and adults struggling with a variety of life-adjustment and mental health issues. Abby has a special passion for pregnancy and postpartum mental health issues, grief and loss, self-harm, and trauma. She also has experience working with at-risk and adjudicated teens struggling with substance abuse, self-harm, and other problematic behaviors.  Additionally, she has extensive experience treating eating disorders in teens and adults.  Abby uses a person-centered, attachment-based, and trauma-informed care model, which integrates mindfulness and somatic tools as well as DBT skills to promote growth, balance, and wellness.

In her free time, she enjoys time with family and friends, outdoor activities, reading, and creating space for self-care.

 

Kim Todd, MA, LPC

Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #5707) in the state of Colorado with over 11 years of experience working in the mental health field. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2004 with a BA in Biochemistry and graduated from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 2008 with a MA in Counseling and Human Services. She specializes in DBT and completed EMDR training in 2019. 

Kim has worked in a variety of settings to include hospital, residential treatment, and outpatient mental health. She often works with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, a variety of personality disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and those recovering from trauma. She enjoys working with teens, adults, and can provide group therapy. Kim is a former Full Operating Provider for Juveniles for the Colorado SOMB (Sex Offender Management Board) and has testified in court as an expert witness. 

She enjoys exploring Colorado with her husband and 3 boys, exercising, cooking, reading, and volunteering regularly at church and her kids' school. 

 

Brenda Baldry, M.Ed., LPC

Brenda recently retired from Academy School District 20 after 14 years of experience in counseling elementary-aged children. She has dealt with a myriad of issues; divorce, grief, depression, anxiety, suicide/threat assessment, PTSD, RAD, Autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse (just to mention a few).  Before D-20, she had 10 years experience in the Cheyenne Mountain and Weld County school districts as a middle/high school counselor. What has fueled this longevity of 24 years in the counseling arena is her passion for the next generation. She has a Master’s in Education from Colorado State University (1986) and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado since 1995. She has logged over 64 credits in counseling and education methodologies in addition to her M.ED.

Brenda grew up on the plains in Southeastern Colorado and is a native of this great state. She raised three boys in the Black Forest. Besides having the gift to connect instantly with youth, ages 5-21, she shares compassion and empathy for parents of the 21st century. She is creative in blending eclectic counseling techniques with a strong emphasis using Cognitive-based models.  Her undergrad training as an educator provides a rich foundation for integrating mini-lessons and hands-on activities in the counseling session. Kids spend 12-20 years, 180 days a year, 7.5 hours a day in school. Her extensive knowledge, experience and connections from within the educational system will support your child to thrive both in and outside the schoolhouse doors.

When she is not at work, you will find her in the garden or at her son’s baseball practice, scrimmage or tournament. She is now consumed with wanderlust; a strong desire to travel and is often googling her next adventure to anywhere….

She is excited for this next chapter in her journey and would welcome the opportunity to walk beside you and your kiddo for this next chapter in yours….

 

Mindy Tygar-Boyd, LCSW

Mindy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado. She completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at Colorado State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology at Lake Forest College.

Mindy is able to address a variety of concerns due to being trained as a generalist. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with a wide range of mental health issues. Mindy has a passion for helping clients with their relationships, phase of life issues, depression, and anxiety.  Additionally, she is experienced with emotionally supporting clients with parenting issues, identity development, and career changes. Mindy uses a tailored, strengths-based approach, which integrates Motivational Interviewing and CBT to promote holistic wellness, growth, and positive outcomes.

In her free time, she enjoys time with family and friends, hiking, and yoga.

 

Heather Rodriguez, LMT

Heather moved to Colorado Springs over 10 years ago. Before moving here, she was a collegiate softball player in the state of Texas. After acquiring a sport related back injury in 2013, Heather sought out holistic alternative medical care. The care that she received from her massage therapist left a mark and she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in massage therapy.
 
Heather received her massage therapy training from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. She earned her diploma in 2015 along with a certification in Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy. In 2017, Heather received her certification in Sports Massage from the Colorado School of Healing Arts. With her background in athletics, Heather understands the therapeutic needs of today’s athletes. Her education, knowledge, and experience with the treatment of basic athletic injuries aid her in the evaluation and treatment of her clients.
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Heather continued her education in 2018 by attending the Klose School and received her certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage learning by way of the Vodder method.  She also became certified with RockTape.  
 
Heather is passionate about educating her clients and empowering them to take control of their own health and well-being. She has a mindful, nurturing touch and a relaxed, professional presence that allows her to work well with a variety of clients.

 

Petra Kowalski, MA

As a sport psychology coach, Petra works with performers in many different disciplines including: youth through adult athletes in a variety of sports; parents and coaches; U.S. Army Soldiers, Wounded Warriors, civilians, and family members; law enforcement officers, firefighters, and nurses; business executives, and corporate teams. She is also the author of a sport psychology blog called “The Ultimate Mindset.”

Petra has been a soccer coach at the high school, club, collegiate and semi-professional levels for eight years before officially turning her focus to the mental game. Since then, she has been helping individuals and teams improve their performance through research-based mental skills, resilience, leadership, and team dynamics training.  

As a Colorado native and competitive athlete, Petra was a ski racer, golfer, collegiate and semi-pro soccer player and nationally competitive Ultimate player. She enjoys trail running, strength training, hiking, skiing, Ultimate, and golf.

Relevant Certifications & Affiliations:

  • M.A. Kinesiology, Sport & Exercise Psychology (CSU Chico, 2009)
  • Primary Instructor, Master Resilience Training (University of Pennsylvania, 2015)
  • Member, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (2009-Present)
  • Advanced National Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America, 2008)
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