Michelle Paget, LCSW, RYT
Michelle began her practice as a therapist working with children and parents. It was through this work and her own experiences in pregnancy and motherhood that Michelle felt inspired to support those who are on the journey of parenthood.
Throughout her 14 years in practice, Michelle became increasingly interested in more integrative and somatic ways of improving wellbeing. She blends the use of yoga with a focus in mindfulness, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and the brain-body centered technique of Brainspotting that works to heal emotional wounds and trauma from the inside out. Michelle aims to help her clients manage challenges, build greater awareness of thoughts and feelings and improve balance in their everyday lives.
Michelle loves to take an individualized approach to therapy based on the needs of her clients. She sees herself as a guide along a journey where her clients are experts in creating the lives they most want to live.
Michelle is originally from Kansas City but spent fourteen-years in New York City prior to moving to Denver in 2018. She loves spending time with her husband, two children and Boston terrier playing outside at city parks and going out for tasty baked goods. She also enjoys exercising through Peloton, hiking around the world and feels most connected to herself through yoga and live music.
Michelle’s rate is $175.00 per clinical hour. Please inquire about scholarship availability as needed.
Ashley Swanson, LPC
Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Colorado and Kansas. She began her counseling career as a biofeedback therapist in a holistic health setting. Within this counseling role, she discovered her passion for working with Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) as well as women who have received ADHD diagnoses in adulthood. Ashley also enjoys supporting college-aged womxn that identify as anxious, perfectionistic, and those that were parentified in childhood.
As a HSP herself, Ashley has specialized training to help HSPs navigate major life challenges while also fostering the many strengths and benefits of the neurodivergent brain. Ashley uses the gentle approach of Brainspotting to help clients process, and takes an integrative approach to counseling by emphasizing open communication, collaboration, and personal empowerment for each of her clients. Ashley is an experienced trauma therapist, with particular interest in childhood trauma and religious trauma.
Originally from North Carolina, Ashley moved to Denver in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys getting outdoors to explore new areas of Denver with her partner and their dog, Dexter. She also loves to wind down through creative writing, doing pilates, and checking out far too many cookbooks from the local library.
Ashley’s rate is $150.00 per clinical hour. Please inquire about scholarship availability as needed.
Jessica Harris, LPC
Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional School Counselor K-12. She is passionate about meeting you where you are, building an authentic connection, and helping you achieve a sense of empowerment.
Jessica is trained in Brainspotting, Trauma-Focused CBT, principles of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She has experience working with a range of treatment modalities, and is passionate about serving womxn in their 20’s and 30’s as they face an array of life stressors and life transitions. Jessica has a strong interest in working with neurodivergent adult womxn, particularly those that identify as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and greatly appreciates a holistic approach to treatment. She offers an unconditional positive regard and non-judgmental space for all.
Working with Jessica will look like…
Embarking on that journey with intention (take a deep breath – she’ll be right there with you!).
Oh, and you know that *thing* that you almost can’t talk about out loud for fear that it’ll become real/you’ll be judged/even therapy can’t help you deal with it? She’s here for it, inviting you to say it. Even if your voice shakes. Especially then.
Jessica’s rate is $130.00 per clinical hour. Please inquire about scholarship availability as needed.
Graduate Student Clinical Intern
Lauren Hugunin (hew-gun-in) is a second-year student in the Masters in Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Brainspotting practitioner with training in treating trauma and has completed education and an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Lauren is also in the process of completing Sex Therapy Certification through the Sexual Health Alliance. Lauren works with individuals and relationships (couples and alternative relationship structures).
Lauren decided to pursue a career in therapy after her own positive experience of healing during the postpartum period and beyond. Lauren seeks to be a therapeutic support for others in the way she was supported herself. Lauren is passionate about supporting moms and their partners as they navigate all stages of parenthood. Lauren seeks to help parents navigate parenthood in their own unique way, gain confidence in their parent role, reclaim their sexuality, reconnect with their partner(s), and deconstruct unrealistic dominant culture narratives related to parenting. She invites clients to bring their authentic, messy selves to the nonjudgmental space she will provide in therapy.
Lauren believes that clients have the answers within to make changes in their lives and that such answers can be unlocked within the supportive therapeutic space. Lauren’s therapy approach is rooted in feminist theory and she is drawn to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (centered on mindfulness and values exploration), Compassion Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems (parts work). In work with couples, I utilize aspects of Relational Life Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Lauren is from Denver, CO and enjoys spending time with her son, partner, and three dogs. In her free time, she loves to practice yoga and pilates, hiking, traveling, house music, listening to true crime podcasts, and reading.
Lauren’s rate is $85.00 per clinical hour. Please inquire about scholarship availability as needed.
Lauren receives direct supervision from Becca Hart, LPC, ACS, PMH-C.
Alaina is currently a graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Colorado Denver.
Alaina’s first career was in the arts before moving into the field of mental health. As an actor, she was innately curious about psychology and human behavior and spent much of her time trying to answer the age-old question, “why do people do the things they do?”
Through her own healing journey, Alaina realized her other interest lied in helping women and children survivors of domestic violence heal from their experiences. Since she loves kids, Alaina’s career goal is to become a trauma-informed therapist for children and their families.
Originally from Michigan, Alaina lived in Los Angeles for seven years prior to moving to Denver in 2019. In her free time, she sings with the Andrew’s Sisters tribute group, and travels to spend time with her long-distance partner. She loves being in nature, practicing yoga, dancing to funk music, and snuggling on the couch with her pooch.