Meet Your Clinicians

 

 

 

Brianna Hammerman, MA, LPC & Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist

Brianna Hammerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a trained couple and family therapist with a degree from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to opening a private practice in Denver & Boulder, the majority of her clinical career was working in a residential treatment center treating adults suffering with severe and persistent eating disorders. She is incredible passionate about supporting the entire family system in the process and working together to create a sustainable recovery focused environment.

Brianna is a life long horse lover and enthusiast and believes in the restorative healing power that comes from being in relationship and partnership with horses- one that allows choice, respect and cooperation. Brianna originally started her equine therapy career as an Equine Specialist under EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) over 10 years ago, and is now a dually certified as a mental health provider and equine specialist and is also trained as a trauma focused equine assisted psychotherapist (TF-EAP).

Current practice focuses predominantly on working with older adolescents, emerging adults and working professionals who have experienced relational trauma (abuse, neglect, break ups, grief/loss, etc.), are wanting to develop healthy relationship patterns and Eating Disorder recovery. 

 

Rachel Winkler, MA, LPC

Rachel is dedicated to providing clients with a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment to support them in meeting their goals of therapy.  Rachel works with clients to explore behaviors, beliefs, and dynamics that may be contributing to current suffering. Rachel encourages self-compassion and mindfulness strategies to support change & client’s movement toward greater fulfillment. Rachel believes that a fundamental shift from judgment to curiosity and compassion can open up space for tremendous healing. Rachel’s goal in working with clients is to help them cultivate a greater sense of compassion, connection, and mindful awareness with themselves and others.

Rachel counsels from a blended approach using techniques from several therapeutic modalities, including: Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Response Therapy (ERP). Rachel uses an experiential approach called emotion focused couples therapy (EFT) to work with couples.

BACKGROUND: Rachel has a broad and unique base of experience providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy services to clients in inpatient, day treatment, community, and private practice settings. Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Iowa. Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado.  

AREAS OF FOCUS: Rachel offers individual and couples counseling to teens and adults with a variety of presenting concerns. Rachel seeks to respect the multiple identities clients may hold across race, religion, culture, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and others.  Rachel provides LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy which means that clients who are members of this population will encounter a loving, open, and non-oppressive environment. All are welcome here.

 Rachel has expertise working with:

–        Anxiety
–        Depression
–        Life and career transition
–        Bereavement and Loss
–        Eating Disorders
–        Identity Development
–        Couples Therapy & Relationship Concerns
–        LGBTQIA+ Concerns
–        Self-image & self-esteem issues

 

Shallon Duesbout, MA, LPCC & Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning 

Shallon Dusebout is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC). Since 2015 she has been working with children and teens in equine and therapeutic settings. After developing a lifelong passion for and expertise with horses since childhood, Shallon decided to pursue counseling to help empower others to make positive change in their lives. She completed her Master’s at a Christian University because she wants to be able to incorporate faith of any kind into her work. Shallon is certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She is also trained in EMDR to competently and empathically treat those with single incident or complex trauma.

Shallon believes that relationships with horses reveal underlying strengths and challenges while also empowering individuals to succeed and build healthy relationships. Equine Assisted Therapy offers a unique opportunity for children and teens to explore interpersonal issues, increase self-esteem and confidence, and grow in hope and self-efficacy. As your therapist, Shallon will work to provide a safe place for your child or teen to explore the important issues in their lives, enact change, and empower growth.