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Dr. Talli Hitt received her Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Colorado, and her Psy.D. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She grew up in the Vail Valley and after 10 years pursuing her education outside of the state she is happy to be back to serve the community.
Dr. Hitt has extensive experience in crisis assessment and intervention, including work with the mental health co-response team in the state of Connecticut. She has experience in risk assessment training and supervision of clinical cases. Additionally, Dr. Hitt is skilled at conducting psychological and developmental evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults and utilizes her extensive training in this area to best support the academic and emotional needs of the child and the family. Dr. Hitt has experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and families in community based clinics, hospitals, and school settings. Dr. Hitt looks forward enjoying the beautiful valley again and serving this great community.
Aliya is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, who grew up on the East coast but has always been in love with the Rocky Mountains. She received her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Hamilton College, in New York. After completing her education, Aliya moved to Wyoming for three years before settling in Colorado.
Whether working in private practice, community mental health, or crisis response, Aliya employs a client-centered and eclectic approach, as she believes every client is an individual who is going to need their own, specialized treatment to help them move forward in their lives. She utilizes many different therapeutic methods including, CBT, DBT, Art therapy, trauma-informed therapy, mindfulness, and other techniques, to help her clients achieve their goals, move forward in their lives, and become their best selves.
Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor candidate who relocated to Colorado from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Ashley’s work has been focused in community mental health with a focus in trauma, providing individual therapy, group therapy, and family and couples counseling. She has also worked in crisis and de-escalation in an alternative school setting, offering support for children, adolescents, and teens with severe emotional concerns. She has worked with children as young as four up to clients in their sixties and seventies. Ashley’s interests lie in working with individuals who have trauma, depression, anxiety, victims of sexual abuse and sexual offenders, and clients who identify as LGBTQIA+. Ashley’s therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and she utilizes meditation and mindfulness skills. Each client is unique and has a different set of needs, which is why it is important to her to identify and utilize each client’s inherit strengths during the therapeutic process. She is passionate about offering services to clients out in the community so that there is one less barrier in place to receive mental health services. She is also extremely passionate about helping to end the stigma around mental health!
Erica is a licensed clinical social worker with the Hope Center in Eagle, Colorado. Erica is originally from the Chicago area. Erica attended DePaul University in Chicago, and studied sociology and political science. Upon graduation, Erica worked for a small nonprofit in Chicago providing after school programming for elementary school aged students, case management services for high school students applying for college and employment, and eventually became a Program Coordinator of a Career and College Readiness Program.
With a desire to pursue a career in school social work, Erica enrolled in the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and concentrated on clinical and school-based practices. After graduation, Erica began working as a school social worker in a high school on Chicago’s south side. Hoping to move closer to her family in Colorado, Erica moved to Denver and worked as a school social worker in several middle and high schools. Most recently, Erica has worked as a Child and Family therapist and School Social Worker at a Therapeutic Day School and Residential Facility in Denver. This allowed Erica to merge her passion of working in a school setting and providing trauma-informed therapy to students and families.
Erica is excited to move to the Eagle Valley area and continue her passion of working to support youth and families through school-based work. In her free time, Erica enjoys teaching yoga, skiing, cooking, and hiking with her husband and dog.
Alexa Maestranzi, Licensed Professional Counselor, is the new School-Based Therapist located exclusively at Berry Creek Middle School. Alexa has transitioned from School Counselor at BCMS to therapist after being in the school for 2 years. Prior to working in Eagle County Schools, Alexa was a School-Based Mentor through AmeriCorps at Steamboat Springs Middle School where she worked with a caseload of at-risk students by providing individual and group services. She has also worked
at a community mental health clinic in the city of Chicago while going through her forensic counseling graduate program.
The new school-based service through the Hope Center is extremely unique in that it is the first school-based therapy program in Eagle County Schools and allows greater access to services that families would not otherwise have. The therapy program is free of charge and located right at the school. Alexa is excited to continue being a part of the Berry Creek culture and looks forward to cultivating the necessity of this program and the great support it gives to the students!
Hannah Ross, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is one of the two School-Based Therapists located at Eagle Valley Middle School. Hannah previously worked for the Eagle County School District as a Prevention Specialist, providing social work services for three upper schools. Prior to that, Hannah worked for 8 years at a non-profit community mental health agency in Florida- Hibiscus Children’s Center. At this organization, Hannah served as Sexual Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator, and also provided individual and family therapy to youth ages 3-17 in both the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, and the Community Mental Health Program.
Much of the clinical services that Hannah provided focused on childhood trauma, as well as, depression, anxiety, and other life stressors that impact youth mental health. Hannah is excited to work with EVMS students to reduce barriers that often impact the large percentage of students who are not able to access quality mental health care, including cost, transportation, missing school, and parents being unable to miss work during business hours to make it to appointments. Hannah utilizes a trauma-informed approach, often including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy strategies, to assist youth in overcoming negative thinking patterns that can interfere with healthy functioning. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband and baby, hiking, watching sports, and baking.
Jennifer Kim is a licensed professional counselor candidate who relocated from the northern suburbs of Illinois to join the Hope Center team. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master’s degree in counseling from Northern Illinois University.
Jennifer has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in different settings. These settings include primary and secondary schools, after school enrichment programs, and a detailed practicum program. During Jennifer’s practicum experience, she had the opportunity to work with individuals who presented problems of depression, anxiety, stress, body image, substance use/abuse, interpersonal and family issues, and other common concerns in a college student population. She draws from Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and the idea of empowering and motivating clients to be the best version of themselves.
Along with taking in all of Colorado and what this beautiful state has to offer, Jennifer will continue her passion of working with children of all ages through school-based work. For self care, Jennifer enjoys exploring new towns, hiking, and being creative in any way possible with her thrift store finds.
Jenny Goldstein is the new School-Based Therapist at Battle Mountain High School. Jenny will be delivering individual, group, and family therapy services to referred students, and crisis services to campus as needed, in the hopes that eliminating common accessibility barriers and providing free mental health support directly to students will improve their mental and emotional health as well as overall educational and daily living outcomes.
Jenny studied English and Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in residential direct care with abused and neglected children for 2 years before pursuing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Jenny has worked as a counselor in two residential facilities; one serving male teens who had recently been released from juvenile detention and one serving emotionally disturbed female teens with physical and sexual abuse histories. She spent 4 years with a school-based nonprofit serving middle and high school students designated as at-risk, and one year working with behaviorally challenged students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in rural middle schools. In the summer, Jenny serves as the Behavioral Health Manager at Roundup River Ranch providing mental and emotional support and behavioral interventions to children and teens battling serious illnesses.
Jenny employs a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective and TBRI in her client interactions and utilizes humanistic and cognitive behavioral theories in delivering therapy. She incorporates play therapy techniques as well as sports, art, and music into student groups and individual sessions. Jenny is honored and excited to be a part of the Battle Mountain team and contribute to the social and emotional growth of this community’s amazing young men and women.
Lauren Ruhl is a graduate from the Sport & Performance Psychology Master’s program from the University of Denver. She is currently a licensed professional counselor candidate with diverse experience serving children as young as the age of nine to adults of middle age. Being a former collegiate athlete, Lauren’s passion lies in helping individuals live with a strong mind-body connection to allow for optimal performance and overall life. Her early experience involved working with Denver-area adults and children who have various types of disabilities (Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, dyslexia, learning impairments, various mental health diseases, etc.) to help them become their own self-determined advocate with the necessary skills to be successful within their living, working, and social environments.
Lauren’s understanding of the brain and neurological development has enhanced her knowledge around the imperative mind-body connection. Lauren transitioned her career towards performance and exercise psychology in Eagle County in the summer of 2017. Here she has since assisted sports teams, individual athletes, and weekend warriors in developing a mental toolbox to allow them to feel prepared in overcoming, managing, and preventing unique situations they may face in sport and life. Lauren was additionally an employee for Youth Power 365 and helped run the Girl PowHer program for the 2017-2018 school year. This experience is where her passion blossomed for wanting to help children and adults in Eagle County that are experiencing and struggling to manage mental health issues. Lauren is a strong advocate of mental health awareness and deeply loves supporting, guiding and serving for her community.
Mike Santambrogio is a school-based mental health therapist at Red Canyon High School via the Hope Center Eagle River Valley. His primary role is to serve the students at Red Canyon, being a consistent, genuine, and empathetic support. This is an incredible opportunity as it brings mental health support directly to the students, removing many of the accessibility barriers individuals experience in obtaining mental health services. In addition, the services provided to the students are completely free of cost to the students and families.
Prior to beginning this role with Red Canyon, Mike has worked throughout Eagle County serving children and families over the past 12 years. While the ways in which Mike worked with children varied, what remained consistent was his passion, commitment, and dedication to building and maintaining genuine relationships with those children. Whether coaching soccer or mountain biking, helping students become college or career ready, or running leadership support groups, Mike has found that there is no greater gift than to be able to support others, specifically children who are in need.
With regards to his professional training and education, Mike obtained his Masters Degree in Counseling as well as his LPCC (Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate) from Regis University in Denver Colorado and is working towards his full licensure after having completed his graduate degree. Prior to Regis, Mike received his BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. Most recently, Mike completed his psychological internship at Mind Springs in Eagle Colorado last August where he served as a mental health clinician. Upon hearing that Eagle County was looking to place mental health focused clinicians in our schools, Mike jumped at the opportunity to join the Hope Center.
Myriah Garaudy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works for the Hope Center as a school based clinician. Myriah is based out of Homestake Peak School.
Myriah is originally from Louisiana, where she went to Louisiana Tech University for her undergraduate degree in Sociology and as well as her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. After graduate school, Myriah worked for a non-profit agency in Louisiana that provided community based therapy to low-income children, teenagers and their families. Myriah has experience providing crisis therapy to children and teenagers who have been victims of abuse or have witnessed abuse or trauma. The majority of the clients that Myriah worked with were struggling with other symptoms that are associated with trauma such as depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, and often behavior issues. She provided counseling primarily to clients that were involved in the forensic interview process at the local Children’s Advocacy Center. The Center’s aim was to reduce the amount of times a child had to tell their traumatic story and gave those children access to counseling where often the client wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Myriah also worked in private practice in the community providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families for a variety of symptoms.
Myriah’s passion for providing counseling to children and teenagers has continued to grow and she is excited to serve the needs of the students at Homestake Peak School.
Myriah enjoys spending her free time hiking with her two dogs, riding horses, fishing and spending time with friends and family.
Ryan Coyle, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is the new full-time School-Based Therapist at Eagle Valley High School. Ryan comes to the Hope Center after three years working as a high school social worker and outpatient therapist in Denver. The majority of Ryan’s experience has been in the school setting in Denver or Chicago, and he is most excited about being able to provide clinical therapeutic services to students who might not be able to access them outside of school.
Ryan received his BA from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and his MSW at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Ryan utilizes a trauma-informed and cognitive-behavioral approach, helping his clients understand the body and mind’s reaction to stressors and working to create tools and strategies to overcome them.
Susan is currently interning with Hope Center and is expected to finish her Masters in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in May of 2020. Although she is new to her role as a School Therapist, Susan brings with her 20 years of experience as a Special Education Teacher. Susan received her Bachelors of Science in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida. Susan has taught children from age 4 to 18 in the field of special education where she made it a part of her practice to actively collaborate with a variety of service providers. It was through this collaboration that led her to seek a second career in counseling.
Susan has a great deal of experience with adolescents and has obtained years of training in memory, motivation, and executive functioning practices. Susan has experience in public and private school settings as both a Special Education Teacher and Instructional Coach. Susan and her family moved to Eagle, CO in 2017.