Westminster Therapists

Our therapist counselors specialize in working with couples, families, adults, teens, and children living in the Westminster and Arvada, Colorado area.

Road to Growth Counseling originally opened its doors in Arvada over 20 years ago. In that time, we have expanded from a single therapist to a thriving practice (now in Westminster) with individual, couples, and family counselors. In our collaboration with schools, medical practices, community agencies, and the very valued referrals from our clients, we have proudly helped thousands of people heal and grow into their best selves.

Compassion – Help through a focused understanding of others’ emotional states.

Trust – Create a safe and caring environment.

Education – Offer new skills and innovative services to complement traditional counseling techniques through ongoing research and training.

Collaboration – Assist people in harnessing their strengths to overcome patterns of emotional issues and personal struggles to reach their full potential.

Diversity – Respect the needs of all our clients.

 

To identify barriers to growth, resolve past struggles and focus on strategies to improve wellness, life skills, coping strategies, and interpersonal relationships.

Helping people of all ages live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

Specialty Areas:

  • Trauma Counseling
  • Anxiety Counseling
  • EMDR
  • Brainspotting
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Peak Performance Coaching
  • Healing from Co-Dependence
  • Recovering from Broken Relationships
  • Body Image
  • LGBTQ+ Counseling
  • Children and Teen Services
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Family Counseling
  • Divorce
  • Grief & Loss

Meet Our Counselors

Our Westminster counselors come from a variety of backgrounds and training to provide a unique understanding and expertise for your counseling needs. The right therapist will help you move seamlessly through the therapy process.

Stephanie Camins RTG Counselor

Stephanie Camins - Clinical Director - MA, LPC

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) #3338
  • EMDR Level 2 Certification
  • Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • Brainspotting Clinician
  • Divorce and Child Custody Mediation Certificate
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology – University of Northern Colorado
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – University of Colorado Boulder

I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families for 20 years in a variety of mental health and educational settings with a focus on increasing personal strengths and fostering healthy relationships. I specialize in the treatment of trauma and anxiety, along with depression, stress management, life transitions, relationship issues, parenting, interpersonal struggles and work and career issues.

In working with clients I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Brainspotting, Hypnotherapy, client-centered and systems modalities, tailoring treatment to the specific needs of each individual. Therapy is a collaborative effort in which the client and therapist work jointly to identify barriers to growth, resolve past traumas, and focus on strategies to improve wellness. My approach to counseling is warm, collaborative, supportive, and direct. My belief is that every person has the ability to heal, change and grow. A strong therapeutic relationship encourages trust and allows the client and therapist to work equally in a team approach on difficult issues. As part of this process, I work to create tools and coping skills to fit the needs of each unique person using a variety of techniques.

Read articles by Stephanie Camins – MA, LPC

Leah Christ - LSW

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
  • Certified Trauma Professional
  • Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate
  • Master of Social Work–University of Denver
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Social Work–Luther College in Decorah, IA

I have been working with children, adults, couples, and families since the start of 2023. In my work, I use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and systems approaches. Before Road to Growth, my prior experience included work in mental health, educational, and community outreach settings. I specialize in addressing trauma, depression, anxiety, and maladaptive coping behaviors. 

 

With a background in social work, I am especially aware of how our personal relationships, as well as the communities we’re a part of, shape how we move through the world. My passion is to advocate for and empower individuals, families, and communities.

 

It is a privilege to support folks through life’s challenges and empower them to create positive change. Starting the process of therapy can be intimidating, but I aim to create a safe, supportive environment, so that you can show up as your authentic self. To quote Maya Angelou, “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Life is full of adversities, but if we can access our inner strength and resilience, we do not have to be reduced by the challenges we face. I look forward to connecting with you!

 

Stephany Gonzalez - MA, MFTC

  • Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate
  • Master of Arts, Marriage, and Family Therapy – Regis University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents Play Therapy Certificate (In Progress) – Regis University

The moment I realized I wanted to pursue a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist was during my first psychology course in high school. This course sparked my interest in counseling, specifically with couples and families. A core value of mine is how important relationships are with the world, our families, and ourselves. Learning about the developmental stages inspired me to focus on the importance of all relationships. Relationships are fundamental to a child’s upbringing, not just to children but at all stages of life.

Through play therapy, I have discovered I am passionate about working with children. My focus is to help all clients but especially children, adolescents, and their families by providing a space where they feel safe, heard, and empowered. During my time as a post-graduate marriage and family therapy candidate, my goal has been to strengthen my work with children and adolescents to help them communicate through their primary language, which is play.

As humans, I believe we all have a natural desire to connect, grow, and improve. Although asking for help is no easy feat, therapy allows individuals the opportunity to grow and improve. As a bilingual and bicultural Latina, I have seen first-hand that it is not a cultural norm for everyone to seek help. I acknowledge that it is extremely brave to ask for help, therefore I encourage you to remember that your experience is uniquely yours. This journey we call life often comes with obstacles, some greater than others. Regardless of the obstacles or challenges you may be facing; it would be my honor to have you as a client and walk beside you as you work to improve your relationship with yourself and with others!

  • Candidata a terapeuta matrimonial y familiar
  • Maestría en Artes, Terapia Matrimonial y Familiar – Universidad Regis
  • Licenciatura en Psicología – Universidad Estatal Metropolitana de Denver
  • Certificado en Terapia de Juego en Consejería para Niños y Adolescentes – Universidad Regis
 

El momento en que me di cuenta de que quería seguir una carrera como terapeuta matrimonial y familiar fue durante mi primer curso de psicología en la secundaria. Este curso despertó mi interés en la consejería, específicamente con parejas y familias. Un valor fundamental para mí es la importancia de las relaciones con el mundo, nuestras familias y con nosotros mismos. Aprender sobre las etapas de desarrollo me inspiró a concentrarme en la importancia de todas las relaciones. Las relaciones son fundamentales para la educación de un niño, no solo para los niños sino en todas las etapas de la vida.

A través de la terapia de juego, descubrí mi pasión por trabajar con niños. Mi objetivo es ayudar a todos los clientes, pero especialmente a los niños, adolescentes y sus familias, proporcionándoles un espacio donde se sientan seguros, escuchados y empoderados. Durante mi tiempo como terapeuta prelicenciada, mi objetivo es fortalecer mi trabajo con niño(a)s y adolescentes para ayudarlos a comunicarse a través de su lenguaje primario, que es el juego.

Como seres humanos, creo que todos tenemos un deseo natural de querer conectarnos, crecer y mejorar. Aunque pedir ayuda no es tarea fácil, la terapia brinda a las personas la oportunidad de crecer y mejorar. Como Mexico-Americana, he visto de primera mano que no es una norma cultural que todo el mundo busque ayuda. Reconozco que es sumamente valiente pedir ayuda, por eso te animo a recordar que tu experiencia es únicamente tuya. Este viaje que llamamos vida a menudo viene acompañado de obstáculos, algunos mayores que otros. Independientemente de los obstáculos o retos que puedas estar enfrentando; ¡Sería un honor para mí tenerlo como cliente y caminar a su lado mientras trabaja para mejorar su relación consigo mismo y con los demás!

Read articles by Stephany Gonzalez – MA, MFTC

Reaghan Beaver - MFT Intern

  • Master of Arts (In-Progress), Marriage and Family Therapy – Regis University
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level 1 – Bridging the Couple Chasm 
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Certificate
  • Bachelors of Arts, Psychology – The Ohio State University

Every person, place, and thing has played a part in who we are today – these experiences have an impact on our beliefs about ourselves and the world. Coping strategies and relational patterns are developed at an early age. While the context in which we use these changes, the behavioral patterns are not likely to – leading some to feel lost and stuck.

I am currently enrolled in Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions pursuing a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am completing my final degree requirements as an Intern at Road to Growth Counseling.

Conjointly, I work in the hospital setting where I provide support and care for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis.  I have experience working with people who are in varying life stages and tailoring my approach to my clients’ needs.

I am confident in helping you build a tool kit to navigate life’s challenges and achieve your goals. I believe that we are all imperfect beings that have lived experiences that make us uniquely us.

In my approach I will help you identify barriers to growth, overcome past traumas, and focus on strategies to improve your overall wellness. I can help clients disrupt these learned behavioral patterns through utilizing an integrative and holistic approach to therapy that allows me to treat clients from a systemic and experiential perspective.

Read articles by Reaghan Beaver, MFT Intern

Rory Dushman - MFT Intern

  • Master of Arts (In-Progress), Marriage and Family Therapy – Regis University
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents Play Therapy Certificate (In Progress) – Regis University
  • Gottman Level 1 Certification (In Progress)
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education + Middle School Endorsement – University of Illinois
  • Colorado Elementary Teaching License

When you walk through my door, I welcome each of you into my tribe. The innate vulnerability and humbleness of your mere presence are both respected and appreciated. In our shared space, values are rooted in empathy, awareness, accountability, and integrity. I believe only YOU are the true expert and historian of your life, and I graciously stand beside you on this path of exploration, healing, and endless growth. I am an ear, a tool, a voice, and at times a guide to support you on this beautiful and winding path.

In our sacred, safe space, I hope to shift personal and global perspectives from fears, weaknesses, and stagnation into confidence, superpowers, and growth.

My own superpowers show throughout my therapeutic background and are harnessed through a healthy integration of my parts as a neurodiverse individual, family member, friend, educator, life-long learner, and purveyor of creativity. My inspiration for working with families and youth stems from my broad experiences of engagement across holistic pedagogical models of education and child care.

Through a foundation in narrative therapy, I engage amidst the world and my clients with an understanding that each of our realities is established through the unique collection of our experiences. Recognizing the potency of differentiating care based on clients’ needs, I pull interventions from a plethora of therapeutic modalities and theories. Play therapy, experiential engagement, and emotionally focused therapy are at the heart of the process we will collaboratively build.

Gray matter, matters! I perceive the world as a “gray person”, a humanistic worldview that honors the exploration of personal and systemic experiences by eliminating all-or-nothing thinking, opening the door to endless possibilities of growth, understanding, and connection. Do you resonate with envisioning life as a rollercoaster, changing speeds, directions, and levels of excitement and fear? I invite you to join me on this non-linear ride of self-exploration and growth.

Read articles by Rory Dushman – MFT Intern

Lisa Albright (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern)

  • Master of Arts (In-Progress), Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Northwestern University
  • Masters of Arts, Gallatin School of Individualized Study – Focus = Producing and Directing in Theater, Film, and New Media, New York University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theater – Ithaca College
  • Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA)

An intense desire for connection is a basic human need hardwired into our cellular makeup. Each one of us longs to feel seen, to feel heard, and to feel a sense of acceptance and belonging. The ability to connect and engage in supportive, loving, mutually respectful relationships allows you to be your best, “true self,” flourishing personally and socially.

How do we create connection? What obstacles get in the way?

One of the most common barriers to connection is anxiety. High levels of anxiety not only interferes with connection, but it also is linked to a variety of debilitating mental and physical health issues. Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes; one aspect I have had experience with can be thought of as “performance” anxiety. Think of all the ways you are asked to perform in your day-to-day life? Academically in school, on the playing field, in your place of employment, in your social groups, on the dating scene, for your family, for your friends…. Often people have an idea of who you should be and how you should act; this can feel stressful and confusing. Anxiety about “performing” for others can lead to intense physical reactions, such as a racing heart, sweaty palms, and an inability to think clearly. Performance anxiety can also manifest emotionally, eliciting feelings of awkwardness and insecurity, feelings of unworthiness, feelings of loneliness, feelings of being stuck or stifled, and feelings of frustration. To combat anxiety an individual must feel empowered to self-compassionately face their fears. Beyond learning techniques to relieve physical anxiety, an individual must work to discover ways to calm their mental and emotional anxiety. For example, a client may do well to get curious about where their anxiety comes from, what triggers it, what purpose has it served, and how it can be transformed to help rather than hinder daily functioning. A client might also work to discover and celebrate their unique strengths, as well as contemplate what gives them a sense of meaning and purpose in their life. This kind of focused work can lead to deep self-knowledge and powerful self-confidence.

Can you imagine connecting with others from a place of knowing who you are and what you want? Connecting to another person with attention and openness stemming from your rock-solid inner strength and confidence? From such a place, anxiety loses its strangle-hold and transforms into an easy state where positive connection grows effortlessly.

I come to clinical mental health counseling from a background in the arts and my style is strength-based and client-centered. This means that my clients can expect my full attention, unconditional positive regard, and a positive attitude. My clients can also expect to work with me collaboratively and creatively to explore issues, gain insight, and build a doable plan-of-action to develop robust wellbeing, self-love, and connection.

What is getting in your way? How can we remove the obstacles to loving connection to the self and to others?

Read articles by Lisa Albright, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

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