Meet our Counselors


Lisa Smith, LCSW

Lisa's certification and Masters degree have provided her with counseling skills which she has used in various environments and settings; she has a unique insight and perspective working with individuals and families. Her expertise is wide and inclusive of most mental health conditions, situations, and challenges. In addition to her wide range of expertise, Lisa has specific and rare experience in working with families after an adoption, students in schools, and military personnel and their families during assorted transitions. As a military spouse and mother of 3 teenagers, she genuinely understands the challenges of day-to-day life of busy families and the added stress of military life.

Lisa works with individuals and families, pre-teen though adult, in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Trauma, PTSD
  • Life Transitions/Adjustments
  • Grief/Loss
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Self-injury
  • Self-improvement (stress management, coping skills, relocation, mindfulness, and more)

Passion

“You may not control life's circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.” - Atul Gawande

Empowering people to recognize their own strengths and value is Lisa’s passion. Many of our days are filled with self-critical thoughts and negative thinking, leading to negative emotions and low self-esteem. With low self-esteem a person will sometimes become stuck in life—too afraid to of change, self critical, or anxious about things. When a person meets with Lisa, she will help them to identify and develop their strengths freeing them to take charge of their life, find passion, excitement, joy and peace.

Experience and Strategies

Military personnel transitioning to civilian life, a person discharged from inpatient psychiatric care, an adolescent with a mental health challenge, or a blended family looking for support, you can be assured that you’ll feel valued and empowered. First and foremost, she’ll get to know you and your family—your values, culture, struggles and strengths. Her genuine interest in you will allow you to feel comfortable and supported, not judged.

Lisa has experience working with all levels and types of trauma. Trauma happens as a result of excessive and tremendous stress that overwhelms a person. As a trauma-informed provider, Lisa works from a framework of understanding, recognizing and responding to the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of trauma. Lisa works to empower the person, helping rebuild a sense of control over specific situations one’s life.

Meeting with Lisa will involve exploring, challenging and changing patterns of thinking to meet your goals so you can get the most of life. Her holistic approach considers all aspects of you and your situation. Call Thriveworks Colorado Springs 719-266-3919 or book online to schedule with Lisa.


Becky Witt, LCSW

Becky has a master's degree and certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She uses an array of counseling skills throughout her practice.

Passion

Empowering people to live healthy and fulfilling lives is Becky’s passion. She believes there are many roads to recovery, with the process being different for everyone. To meet these unique needs, she gets to know each person and creates individualized plans for recovery.

Becky’s genuine character quickly builds trust with adolescents and children, setting the foundation for growth and change. She works with young people who have serious emotional disabilities, school discipline issues, and helps with suicide prevention with teens.

In addition to working with teens, she has a strong passion in helping those who are struggling with substance abuse and their families.

Experience and Strategies

Becky’s approach with people is to identify and grow their strength, while considering physical, social and emotional health.

People will dream big with Becky – creating great expectations for themselves. With support and encouragement, people find themselves achieving more than they thought they could. These quotes summarize Becky’s perspective of the counseling process and the positive outlook she has:

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung

“Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen.” Author Unknown

Becky works with pre-teens, adolescents, young adults and adults. She specializes in the following:

  • Addiction (Substance Use)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and Bipolar
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-injury
  • Suicide Ideation

Call 719-266-3919 to schedule, or book online.


Julie Moser, LPC

Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),a Licensed School Counselor and has an MA in counseling.

Passion

Seeing people thrive is Julie’s passion. Life is tough, there are so many obstacles to swipe our feet out from under us. We have the choice to stay down or get back up. Julie partners with her clients; identifying and building their strengths, setting goals and supports with them. Julie is fantastic at advocating for her younger clients and building a support system around them. She knows that it takes a team to make substantial change in a young person’s life. Her genuine care, concern and respect with adult clients quickly build a solid foundation in the relationship. With this foundation, clients feel they can trust her, take risks and try new things without judgement. This is a recipe for success.

Experience and Strategies

Julie’s expertise really shines when working with kids and adolescents. With over 14 years of experience, she truly understands that each individual is unique. Carefully creating individualized interventions and treatment plans is one of Julie’s specialties.

Think of the teen who is frequently suspended from school with discipline problems, or the teen that has been hospitalized several times for self harm. Think of the child who will not speak in class due to anxiety, or the student with ADHD who is failing a class. What about the blended family where the children are struggling to get along? All of these issues are complicated and involved multiple factors and influences in the child’s life. Julie has extensive experience in working with these situations; you can trust that she will connect with your child, team with you, and work towards the goals which are set.

Adults will find Julie engaging and non-judgmental. She works with clients in a positive manner, challenging them when needed; encouraging them to grow their self-confidence. Medication will help some people and talk therapy will help all people. Teaming with you, you will feel empowered and confident to face previous fears.

Julie Specializes in many areas:

  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Body Image & Self Esteem
  • Children, Pre-teens, Adolescents, Young adults
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Academic and Learning Challenges
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Self-Improvement - stress management, time management, coping skills, assertiveness, mindfulness, Goal setting, conflict resolution

To schedule with Julie, call Colorado Springs Thriveworks at 719-266-3919 or book online.

Julie treats many different conditions in addition to being a counselor in Thriveworks Groups.


Drew Pierce, NCC

Drew is a NCC (National Certified Counselor) and Licensed School Counselor license. He also has a MA in Counseling and is working toward LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).

Passion

Drew’s passion is to empower individuals to find joy by learning how to positively deal with the events life gives them. Working with people in a relational, genuine and caring manner, Drew partners with them in developing grit and resiliency. Children, teens and adults will find great benefit in meeting with Drew. People are drawn to his dependability and positive outlook.

Being tested in life and experiencing difficult circumstances has taught Drew a lot about himself. His personal philosophy is that difficult times and bad things are a really great opportunity to develop into your ideal self. Nobody chooses the difficult days, weeks and months that life hands us. When these moments come, we can choose to meet them head on, learning about ourselves and the world, or we can choose to let these moments break us. Working through tough events, Drew has developed his own resiliency, grit, empathy and compassion for others. These life events have helped to shape his practice and his skills as a counselor.

Experience and Strategies

Drew has impacted many people through his practice. From correctional facilities, to military families, to middle students and everyone in-between, he has helped individuals achieve the happiness they deserve. He uses many strategies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help people identify negative cognitions and see how it translates to their outward behaviors. Believing that self-esteem is key, he partners with clients, working to build self-esteem through studying mindset and attitude. He also has special spot in his heart for youth, helping them to grow their self-esteem and develop into young men and women. He prides himself in being a positive person that they can depend on.

Drew genuinely wants to get to know you and work with you to figure out all the goodness life has to offer. Call Thriveworks Colorado Springs 719-266-3919 or Book Online to schedule with Drew.

Drew treats many different conditions in addition to being a counselor in Thriveworks Groups.

  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Relationships – couples counseling, premarital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce, co-parenting, family therapy, conflict resolution
  • Grief and loss
  • Life Transitions/Adjustments, career counseling
  • Children, Pre-teens, Adolescents, Young adults
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Self-Improvement - stress management, time management, coping skills, assertiveness, mindfulness, Goal setting, weight loss, insomnia, conflict resolution
  • Self-injury

Katrina Hepner, NCC

Katrina is an NCC (National Certified Counselor) and a Licensed School Counselor. She also has a MA in Counseling and is working toward LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).

Passion

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world"- Helen Keller

Katrina partners with her clients through a genuine and compassionate relationship, working with them to learn bravery, experience joy and achieve their goals. Katrina believes that life isn't about getting things perfect, it’s about achieving your individual best. People enjoy Katrina’s passion for life and her out-of-the-box thinking. She knows that only one person can help you become your best self....You!

As a former Marine, Katrina enjoys relating to others who know the military lifestyle. She also enjoys meeting with children, adolescents and young adults, as she guides them to be at their best; finding joy, growing self-esteem and experiencing success. Katrina is an expert in finding strengths in individuals who are living together in families. Helping families learn to respect the individuality of each person while remaining in a harmonious family relationship is Katrina’s goal when working with families.

Experience and Strategies


Katrina is an active duty Marine Corps veteran and was a school counselor for over 10 years. Her extensive and diverse experiences with people of all ages and cultural background provide her with skills to genuinely connect with her clients and individualize a treatment plan with them. The strategies she uses are unique to each client and are evidenced based – meaning they have been proven effective in others. Katrina will greet you with a smile, a warm personality and a nonjudgmental attitude. She wants to work with you to look past personal mistakes and on to possibilities. Call Thriveworks Colorado Springs 719-266-3919 or Book Online to schedule with Katrina. Katrina treats many different conditions, in addition to being a counselor in Thriveworks Groups.

  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Relationships – couples counseling, premarital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce, co-parenting, family therapy, conflict resolution
  • Spiritual struggles
  • Work/Career Adjustments, career counseling, life transitions
  • Children, Pre-teens, Adolescents, Young adults
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Self-Improvement - stress management, time management, coping skills, assertiveness, mindfulness, Goal setting, weight loss, insomnia, conflict resolution
  • Self-injury

Sara Mann, LPC

Sara Mann, a Licensed Professional Counselor, has a passion for working with children, adolescents, military families and people from all cultures and stages in life.

In a counseling relationship, Sara approaches people with a humble curiosity. Believing that people know themselves best, she enters their world as a guest. Through exploring situations together and working with people's strengths, she and the client will find a way forward together to resolve the situation and/or enhance the client’s life.

Finding the strengths in people is the way forward. Building on successes builds self-esteem and confidence. When people have confidence, they are less afraid to take risks and fail. They are resilient. This is what Sara hopes for in the people she works with.

Child and Adolescent Counseling:

“I find that through playing, activities and conversation, their strengths and self-esteem will grow, giving them confidence needed to be successful. I love to see them smile brighter, walk lighter and have that inner resilience and grit to tackle whatever comes their way.”

Sara’s 8+ years as a school counselor give her well rounded perspective when working with a child or adolescent. Some areas she explores with each client:

  • Developmentally, where are they?
    • Are they thinking in black and white or are they able to think of other possibilities?
    • Emotionally, are they able to self-reflect have some control over emotions?
    • Socially, are they able to take a different perspective and have empathy?
  • What is important to the family?
    • Our children are raised with values and morals. Learning what these are is important to Sara. As she seeks to understand the family, it provides a clear vision of the child.
  • Who are important people in the child’s life?
    • Who has influence in their day?

When working with families, adolescents and children, Sara sees herself as part of a team. Collaborating with families, caretakers and schools on behalf of the child provides a framework to support the child and adolescent in all areas of their lives.
Sara specializes in the following for all people:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Relationships – couples counseling, premarital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce, co-parenting, family therapy, conflict resolution
  • Grief and loss
  • Work/Career Adjustments, career counseling, Life transitions/adjustments
  • Body Image & Self Esteem
  • Children, Pre-teens, Adolescents, Young adults
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Self-Improvement - stress management, time management, coping skills, assertiveness, mindfulness, Goal setting, weight loss, insomnia, conflict resolution
  • Self-injury

Sara is a provider in many of our small groups. The benefits of participating in a small group are plentiful!

  • Strong sense of belonging
  • Connection and relationships with other people
  • Sharing of positive ideas
  • Growth in self-worth and self confidence
  • Strengthen relationship skills
  • Sharpen communication skills
  • Find passions and interests

At Thriveworks Colorado Springs, we are continually running small groups. We find the therapeutic setting and the sense of belonging create an ideal environment to grow and develop in any area. Contact 719-266-3919 to schedule. See details under the “Groups” tab.


Thriveworks Counseling
5410 Powers Center Point Suite #210
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Tel : (719) 266-3919

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8AM-8PM
Sat-Sun: 8AM-4PM - Closed Sunday

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