Mallorie Smolen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Owner – Mallorie Smolen

My name is Mallorie Smolen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Colorado and Connecticut.

EMDR Certified Therapist, EMDR Consultant, and Certified Sand Tray therapist.

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” Brene Brown

I welcome you to our practice. I know seeking therapy isn’t an easy thing to do, so I am glad that you are here! If we can do anything to support please do not hesitate to reach out and ask! We have a very open and inviting team who offers a variety of treatment support to meet your needs. We strive on professionalism, trust, advocacy, integrity, and respect. We cannot wait to meet you and begin you on your therapy journey.

I grew up in Connecticut and recently moved with my family to Loveland, CO. We truly love being in this wonderful state with all of the wonderful sunshine! I enjoy hiking the beautiful trails, seeing the wildlife, and of course the sunshine.

I am a person-centered therapist allowing you the space to explore your needs using a variety of treatment models. I meet with children and adults. I have nine years of clinical experience and am trained in the following areas: Certified in EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, OCD, Sensory Integration Therapy, Disruptive Behaviors, Depression, Anxiety and Mindfulness. As a clinician, I believe it’s important to be a lifelong learner. I engage in ongoing supervision and attend professional development training to promote my growth as a clinician.

I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Psychology. I graduated with my Masters in Social worker in 2012 from The University of New England in Portland, ME. I obtained my LCSW in 2014 in the state of Connecticut. Upon moving to CO I was able to receive my CO license in 2018.

I also incorporate non-traditional practices during your session. If you feel comfortable I enjoy implementing holistic modalities such mindfulness, the use of essential oils, and playing the sound healing bowls.

Please reach out and ask any question that you may have! I look forward to meeting with you.

Trainings that I have completed:

  • Certified Sand Tray Training (Ana Gomez April and May 2023)
  • Easy Ego State Interventions (Robin Shaprio, 2021)
  • Ana Gomez Master Class Series 1-7 (March 2021 to May 2021)
  • EMDR Certified (May 1, 2021)
  • EMDR training (Elizabeth Legg Ph.d July 31, 2021)
  • Playful EMDR Therapy (Part I) (August 2020)
  • Ethical Dilemmas in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Disassociation
  • Sand Tray (September 2020)
  • EMDR Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol (IATP) for Children (Feb. 2022)
  • Integrative Parenting Modules 1-5 (December 2021)
  • Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (October 2023)

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Jaime Tousignant, LPCC

“Happiness lies not in finding what is missing, but in finding what is present.”

-Tara Brach

Hello! My name is Jaime (she/her) and I am an EMDR trained therapist. Welcome! I’m delighted you’ve taken this brave step toward your healing journey.

I firmly believe that profound healing can blossom within the nurturing space of a therapeutic relationship and that each of us possesses an innate reservoir of wisdom that, when tapped into, fosters growth, transformation, and healing. As a counselor, I am deeply committed to walking alongside you as you navigate this sacred journey of self-discovery and healing.

In my practice, I embrace a relational and person-centered approach to counseling. I specialize in working with individual adults experiencing a spectrum of challenges including anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, life transitions, stress, burnout, and relationship issues. My innate passion for listening allows me to deeply understand your unique narrative and support you in crafting a path toward healing and empowerment.

I integrate a variety of therapeutic modalities including emotionally focused therapy, positive psychology, Transperonal therapy, strengths-based therapy, somatic techniques, mindful awareness, psycho-education, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This eclectic approach ensures that our therapeutic journey is tailored to your specific needs and goals.

About me:

I hold a Master of Arts in Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My background as a massage therapist enriches my practice, grounding it in somatic and energetic awareness. I embody a trauma-informed approach, guiding you to access the profound wisdom held within your body, moment by moment.

Having relocated from a fast-paced life in Boston to the serene beauty of Boulder in 2003, I found solace and inspiration in the wide-open sky, fresh air, and high desert mountains. Nature serves as my muse, igniting my creativity and nurturing my soul. When I’m not in the counseling room, you’ll likely find me hiking with my adorable dog, Cleo, indulging in a good book, deepening my yoga and meditation practice, or enjoying meals with friends and family.

Let’s embark on this transformative journey together. Your healing begins here.

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Courtney Blackmer, SWC

Hi there! My name is Courtney Blackmer.

Courtney is a warm and empathetic therapist dedicated to supporting her clients’ mental health and holistic wellbeing. A firm believer in the therapeutic power of human connection, Courtney cultivates an atmosphere of rapport, where clients are empowered to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences freely.

With a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Denver, Courtney is well-equipped to address a wide variety of mental health challenges faced by children, teens, and adults. She incorporates various therapeutic modalities, including Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Nature-Based Therapy, and Somatic Therapies, among others. Courtney tailors her approach to meet the unique needs of each individual, offering compassionate support on their mental health journey.

In her free time Courtney enjoys skiing, whitewater kayaking, and other outdoor adventures. Before becoming a therapist, she was a documentary filmmaker, radio host, and massage therapist. Informed by these experiences, Courtney brings a creative spirit and somatic awareness to her work with clients. She grew up in the foothills west of Loveland and is excited to be back on home turf.

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Stefani Edwards

Hi there! My name is Stefani Edwards.

“Emotional well-being is just as important to us as breathing is!”


Hello, my name is Stefani and I am an EMDR trained therapist.

Since I was a child, I was consumed with empathy for animals and for friends’ going through various issues.  There wasn’t a stray dog I didn’t pet or a friend who called for advice that I didn’t try to help.

My desire is even more intense to help people overcome life’s many challenges.  I provide a warm, empathetic, and safe environment where you can develop an interest in your own psychological growth.  Listening, exploring, guiding, and supporting are ways in which I help empower you to grow and evolve.  Through a collaborative relationship, we will work to minimize your struggles and maximize your ability to move through life’s challenges with confidence. I am a person-centered therapist, and I tailor my modalities to match the needs of each individual person. My primary focus is working with teenagers and adults.

As a child, I grew up in sunny Florida, but my family often took vacations in Colorado where I fell in love with the mountains.  After graduating from the University of Florida, I decided to move to Colorado to enjoy the beauty of this state year-round.  I have two teenage boys and absolutely love our time together.  It wasn’t until they grew older that I decided to pursue my dream of being a therapist and received a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

By the way, I still have tremendous empathy for animals and am never without a family pet.

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Jessica Austin, LPCC

My name is Jessica Austin (she/her) and I am an EMDR trained therapist.

“We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world.”  Gabor Maté

I am honored to take this journey with you. I am a person-centered counselor, believing that we all have the capacity for growth. My job as a therapist is to hold the space for your healing. I use an integrative approach incorporating modalities such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gestalt, somatic work, mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). My areas of focus are trauma, anxiety, life transitions, grief, gender, sexuality, and spirituality. I work primarily with adolescents and adults.

After working for years in educational and community services I answered the call to become a counselor. I have a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Adams State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Colorado. Before joining The Other Road Counseling, I spent a year and a half providing grief counseling through hospice.

I am originally from the East Coast but have been in Colorado for 14 years. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family (including our three dogs) and playing pickleball.

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Samantha Harder, LPC

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” – Brené Brown

Hi there! I am Sam and I am so glad you are here. Gosh, being a human can be hard sometimes, can’t it? Perhaps even harder than we ever imagined it would be. I am a firm believer that no one should ever have to go through life’s difficulties alone, which is precisely why I decided to become a counselor. While I know you have every ounce of strength, courage, and power within yourself that you will ever need to overcome those struggles, I will be here with you every step of the way to support, challenge, and encourage you as we work together toward your goals.

I believe that true, holistic wellness is always possible, even with the extremely painful and trying experiences life sometimes throws our way. I am a client-centered therapist who highly values the therapeutic relationship and I work very hard to create a safe, trusting environment where my clients feel heard, supported, and fully accepted just as they are. It is my goal to work with clients to identify their strengths, apply them to various parts of their lives, and address client concerns head on as we work through them together in a way that aligns best with their values.

As a Colorado native I have spent much of my life enjoying the beauty that our great state has to offer as a large part of my own wellness journey. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Denver in 2015. After undergrad I went on to play professional soccer overseas for a few years before pursuing my Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wyoming (graduated May of 2021). My travels and life experiences have given me rich exposure to many different cultures and individuals from all walks of life, which allows me to approach treatment with my clients from a multiculturally sensitive lens.

I have a wide range of experience working with clients of all ages using various modalities and techniques such as play therapy for children, talk therapy for adolescents and adults, expressive arts therapies, mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, crisis and trauma work, along with CBT, and DBT. I recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy and we will work together to find techniques that fit best with your needs and goals. Regardless of the method, you will ultimately be in the driver’s seat and you will get to decide where we go on this journey. I look forward to working together!

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Marissa Katz, SWC

Hi there! My name is Marissa Katz.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brené Brown

Hello, my name is Marissa (she/her) and I am a strengths-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed therapist and social worker.

Dr. Peter Levine once said, “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” I truly believe that, when open and ready, we have the ability to recognize, acknowledge, and heal from the challenging beliefs and experiences from our past that may be impacting our present. My goal as a therapist is to meet you wherever you are, fully and without judgment, to join you on your journey to a more whole and valued sense of life and self. I aim for our time together to be built on mutual trust and authenticity, and although I come to space with a lot of empathy, laughter, and care, I am not afraid to challenge you to work towards becoming a better version of yourself. I work with clients of all ages and utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities and holistic approaches based on what serves each individual best and aligns with their interests and values.

As a practicing Clinical Social Worker (which is a fancy way of saying a social worker who focuses on mental health), I see your past and present as only one part of your story, which also includes the people and systems you’ve encountered and the ways our world has shaped your life and your truths. Beyond our work in our sessions, my aim is to make life feel easier for you- sometimes that can happen with outside resources. With your interest and consent I would be happy to explore these outside options with you if they feel relevant.

If you’re wondering about me, I was born and raised in New York City (you can tell I’m very “East Coast”) and am now based in Longmont with my two very furry cats and my fiancée. I am Poly and Queer, culturally Jewish, Neurodivergent, mostly able-bodied, invested in social and environmental justice, and I am open to working with folks with similar or completely different backgrounds, beliefs, values, and experiences than my own. Though I am now a Clinical Social Worker at The Other Road Counseling (having received my MSW at Colorado State University), I originally earned my undergraduate degree in theatre. You can say I’m a little bit of a theatre nerd! When I’m not singing in the car, you can find me spending time with loved ones, taking care of and eating plants, making or experiencing art, petting every creature I encounter who’s open to it, or wandering around outside taking in all the nature I can.

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Monica Vessio

Hi there! My name is Monica Vessio.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Carl Rogers

Hello, my name is Monica and I’m so happy you’ve taken the first step in your therapy journey! I
truly believe we live in an era of instant gratification, overwhelming news outlets, and
increasingly more and more difficult obstacles to face. My goal as a clinician is to provide you
with a safe space to be vulnerable without fear of judgment or repercussion.

Who I Am

Raised by Italian immigrants, I had a very ‘old school’ upbringing where mental health wasn’t
discussed, or even really known about. I understand how discouraging it is to have feelings
invalidated, shrugged off, or not taken seriously. It was not long before I was experiencing
heightened levels of anxiety and depression as a child and adolesent. As time progressed,
communication, education, and openness were essential in my journey to becoming who I
currently am.

I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto,
Ontario. After working in the field for a few years, I decided to go forward and apply for a
graduate program in counseling. I am a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado’s
Clinical Counseling masters program. I have also obtained my LPCC, and I am currently in the
process of working towards full licensure in Colorado.

When I am not in practice, I enjoy playing video games, anime, roller skating, hanging out with
my two cats, watching horror movies, and being in nature!

My Philosophy

Our values are what drives us in life. Our goals, thoughts, communication styles, relationships,
and hobbies stem from what we truly hold close to our hearts. When we become fused with
unhealthy ideas and language (“I’m not good enough”, “I have no future”, “There’s no point”), we
are taking our thoughts literally and encouraging self-defeating behavior. Unhealthy coping
comes when we become incongruent with what we truly value, and avoid or ‘stuff down’ those
uncomfortable feelings. By identifying these, we can work together to identify ways to help you
live through your values and manage everyday stresses.
Having an open dialogue about our struggles and developing healthy communication habits
helps get us to the place where we want to be. I understand how uncomfortable therapy can be
at first, but I truly hope we can work together to get you to a place where you want to be!
I have experience in working with trauma, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+, suicidal
ideation, and chronic illness/TBIs. I have previously worked with children, adolescents, adults,
and elderly folks.

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Meet Drew Feldbaum, SWC!

Hi there! My name is Drew Feldbaum.

Hi there!
Life can be messy, terrifying, and incredible. I became a social worker because connecting with people in whatever season their life is in allows me to truly witness the human experience.
Why I work with trauma:
There is hope. Complex trauma, attachment insecurities, anxiety, depression, multiplicity, suicidality…etc…all of these have the potential to heal. That doesn’t mean that the terrible things that happened can be reversed because, well, I’m not a magician, nor time traveler (although that would be great). However, we can re-orient stuck parts who are still living and reliving memories underneath the surface, the negative beliefs about the Self that come with them, and the responses that are attempting to be protective, but may also need some re-orienting. It might feel like this is how you’ve always felt and how you always will feel because we cannot take away what happened, but I can tell you from experience personally and professionally that it is very possible to move forward. Let’s give it a go to let go.
I work with highly-motivated folks who are seeking Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. I particularly enjoy working with those who have previously experienced domestic violence and/or child abuse/neglect. The majority of my training has been through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

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Meet Morgan Pertzborn, LPCC!

Hello! My name is Morgan (she/her, they/them) and I am a person-centered, intersectional, strengths-based therapist.

“Childhoods never last. But everyone deserves one”. –Wendy Dale

I am a passionate adolescent and family therapist, dedicated to helping those with neurodiverse symptoms, early trauma, and social/emotional or complex behavioral challenges.
As a bisexual, gender queer, neurodivergent person, I understand the challenges of not feeling seen or heard in emotional struggle. Communication and accurate self-expression and advocacy can be challenging for anyone. I strive not only to help my clients understand and process the challenges and trauma in their life, but be able to fully incorporate skills – new and old – into daily routine so that they can advocate for their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs for the rest of their lives. By using a variety of interwoven therapeutic approaches including talk, play, art, mindfulness, and more – I meet each person where they are at so that each client feels seen and can express themselves in a way that feels most impactful for them. In my practice, I embrace a relational and person-centered approach to counseling. I specialize in working with young children, adolescents, teens, parents, and families experiencing a spectrum of challenges including anxiety, relational problems, social/behavioral concerns, aggression, neurodiversity (including developmental delay, autism, ADHD, and more), life transitions, early childhood trauma, and more.
I integrate a variety of therapeutic modalities including emotionally focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, transpersonal and mindfulness-based therapy, strengths-based therapy, bibliotherapy, psychoeducation, play therapy, and expressive arts therapy. This eclectic approach ensures that you can feel as safe as possible to explore what you are wanting to without the pressure of always having to talk about the heavy stuff.

About me:

I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Democracy and Justice Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. I’d always worked with children and families, but there was one job that led me to where I am now. During the COVID pandemic, I was a preschool teacher and worked with the “tough kids” who were mostly aggressive, restless, anxious, or had learning disabilities – but all full of their unique gifts, strengths, and so much love. Through my work with kids, I’ve been able to learn more about the world around me than any book could ever teach me.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and was actively involved in feminist and social justice groups in college. I researched reproductive justice for incarcerated women and my passion for women’s health/infertility/reproductive justice, BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ health care, family rights, prison reform, and childcare continued to grow. Social justice remains a huge passion of mine. I still read about these topics often and love to connect with people whose identities intersect with this experience.
I moved to Colorado for grad school and fell in love with this state. I co-created a group in 2022 for outdoor enthusiasts to go camping and hiking with, which quickly grew to be a group of almost 2,000 people in the state. I am a bit of a hobby collector (neurodivergence things), so there’s a lot of things I enjoy outside of therapy. I am often traveling to some part of Colorado or nearby state to sleep under the stars with my partner, dog, and closest friends. I love reading and am almost always listening to an audiobook and in the middle of somewhere between 2-5 books. I also love art – I originally started my undergrad as an art major and continue to paint and do ceramics as often as I can. When I have time, baking is a big part of my identity and playing around with my own recipes is another thing that brings me joy. I look forward to connecting with you and learning about all the things that bring you joy as well!

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Meet our new Pet, Maverick!

Meet Maverick! He is a pure-bred yellow lab with loads of personality and gentle charm.

Maverick is best known for his snuggles, clumsy demeanor, and kind eyes. He is a young pup who has a love for people, peanut butter, and playing with his four-legged brother Atlas in the yard! As a dog who was originally bred for working outside, Mav has found enjoyment and purpose in supporting the humans he meets on their journey through life. He wants his new friends to know that he understands how hard life can be sometimes. He comes from a background that brought a lot of challenge and fear in his early days, but he is living proof that even our toughest experiences don’t have to define us. He is a very good boy who can’t wait to connect with you during your therapeutic journey!