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, MA, LPC - Clinical Director

  • 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 - Associate Clinical Therapist

  • 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 - Associate Clinical Therapist

  • 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 – 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

Izzy Meliora - MFT Intern

  • Master of Arts (In-Progress), Marriage and Family Therapy – Regis University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Youth Engagement – Colorado Christian University
  • IPE Implicit Bias, Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Training
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ Specialty

Hi there! I’m Izzy and as a couples and family therapist I believe that healing happens through connection – with oneself, with others, and with our world. As a queer woman, I believe in the importance of found family and welcome all kinds of couples, families, individuals or any creative definition of community that need support in seeking deeper connection. Even as individuals we exist in tandem with our loved ones and our communities, and I aim to connect my clients with the systems they are already apart of, outside of and within themselves.

It is incredibly important to me to create a space where you can be brave and open. I know firsthand how vital it is to feel seen and accepted for who you are – and how scary it can feel. It takes courage to share ourselves with others and I’m honored to be next to you as you move courageously into that process. In our sessions, you’ll find an open, creative and collaborative environment. I’m here to listen, to make space for each unique story, and to support you in finding your way through whatever challenges you’re facing. I hope we can think outside the box, approaching your difficulties with creativity and courage to work towards healing and growth. This may mean that we incorporate music, movement or play into our time together to facilitate new experiences and new methods of connection.

Thank you for considering inviting me to be part of your support system.  I look forward to meeting you and walking beside you on your path to connection and growth.

Read articles by Izzy Meliora, MFT Intern

Kelsey McKay - MFT Intern

  • Master of Arts (In-Progress), Marriage and Family Therapy – Regis University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – University of Colorado, Boulder
  • IFS Informed

Hi there, I am so glad that you are here! My name is Kelsey and I was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. I am currently a student at Regis University, finishing up my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am excited to be welcomed as an intern at Road to Growth Counseling, as I strive to resonate and connect with each of my clients.

Creating and building impactful relationships is at the heart of my work. I highly value cultivating a warm, inclusive, and empathetic environment. I utilize a client-centered approach, as I believe that you are the master of what makes you, uniquely you. Through self-discovery, self-compassion, and curiosity, I am committed to guiding you on a path to healing, wherever that path may lead.

I am drawn to working with individuals, couples, and families from a holistic and systemic view, as there are a multitude of considerations and complexities to take into account with each client’s distinctive story. From experience with many different treatment modalities, I use a combination of theories depending on the needs and goals of the client. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) are at the forefront of my practices, as I believe in the importance of the need for secure attachment, safety, belonging and connection. As humans, we are made up of many different parts and experiences. I invite you to join me in gently unraveling the layers of experiences and emotions to heal and grow. In addition to working with adults, I am passionate about working with children in play therapy. Utilizing a non-directive approach, I possess a remarkable ability to attune to the child in the therapy room and uncover their needs.

It takes a lot of strength and courage to notice when something in your life needs to change. That is why I am here, to support you through each aspect of your healing journey. You own the ability to uncover and awaken solutions within yourself, however, I am here to empower you every step of the way.

Read articles by Kelsey McKay – MFT Intern

Lisa Albright, MAC - 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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