Westminster Counselors


Chris Saxon

Chris Saxon, M.A., LPC, LAC

Chris' passion is helping people as they struggle with life choices, changes, and experience. He collaborates with his clients to develop treatment goals, focusing on solutions clients have tried and offering new solutions and perspectives on the problem. Chris tailors therapy to meet clients' needs and offers cognitive behavioral, existential, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused approaches.

Chris grew up in a family that served as a therapeutic foster home. His life experience includes living and teaching in Asia as well as working as a white water rafting guide. He has earned a master's degree in philosophy from Biola University and a master's degree in counseling from Colorado Christian University. Chris began his counseling career working with at-risk youth and inpatient addiction treatment. He has also worked as a clinical supervisor for a methadone clinic.

Offering an empathetic approach, Chris offers therapy to individuals and couples struggling with:

  • Addiction
  • Adolescent development issues
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Clinical supervision
  • Couples' therapy
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Life changes
  • Play therapy
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • And more

When life seems overwhelming, we often isolate ourselves and create destructive patterns to help us cope. These are short-term solutions which do not solve the problem in the long run. Counseling creates opportunities to move beyond survival and experience life and relationships more deeply.


Dale Wightman

Dale Wightman, LPC

Dale helps adults and youth to manage their moods, anxiety and anger, heal from trauma and loss, repair relationships, and reach important decisions. Dale is understanding, easy to talk to and creative at drawing out new alternatives. He will help you to weigh options, reach decisions and make new choices that will take you in a better direction. You may see in yourself the potential of building the courage and boldness to restore and strengthen relationships, enjoy a sense of wellbeing, accept success, earn happiness, embrace growth, and pursue excellence.

Dale works best with couples and individual clients that are struggling with the following issues:

  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Depression
  • Couple Therapy
  • Grief and loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias, panic disorders

Dale is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. He has two grown children and lives with his wife of 32 years in Littleton.


Hishara Jansz

Hishara Jansz, LMFT

Hishara is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples from diverse cultures. She uses a holistic, client-centered, cultural-oriented and strength-based perspective in her work. She treats a wide range of individual and relational issues, meets people where they're at in their journey towards healing and works within their reality to help them recognize and build on their own strengths and resiliencies to face and overcome challenges.

She specializes in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples therapy
  • ADD/ADHD in children and adults
  • Parenting issues
  • Child/adolescent counseling
  • Mood Disorders

Hishara’s previous work experience includes working with survivors of domestic violence, working with families at risk of abuse and neglect, and working in the field of community mental health. She has volunteered as a crisis hotline counselor, as a trauma counselor for survivors of the tsunami in South Asia, and as a Crisis Responder with the Aurora Community Crisis team over the last several years.

Hishara grew up in the island of Sri-Lanka and African countries of Zambia and Botswana, and immigrated to the US as a young adult. She earned a Masters degree in Psychology in 1999 and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2005 from the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas. She has several professional publications, honors and awards including Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Hishara believes in the inherent goodness of mankind which is her driving force for being a helping professional. She considers it a privilege to be able to offer solace and support to people in their times of distress and need.


Lori Montel

Lori Montel, MBA, CLC

Lori Montel is a certified life coach. She works with an action-oriented, individual plan focusing on your growth. As your coach, she is your motivator, supporter and cheerleader that encourages you to take the steps you need to change your life.

You will work together to unfold your “wants” to clarify your goals that are achievable steps for you. This is a self-discovering journey whether you are wanting to be a happier person, making a life change, overcoming self-limiting patterns, career move or fine tuning you — Lori is here for you.

These past few years, life has presented Lori with many of her own challenges and opportunities. During that time is when she made the decision to become a certified life coach. She was able to use her experience and passion to help others, and it became a very rewarding career.

Her education consists of a master of business education, a bachelor of science in technology management, early childcare director certification and life coach certification. She’s a very creative person who enjoys a variety of activities. She also paints, makes silk wedding bouquets and is a designer for Origami Owl.


Jacob Rosenthal

Jacob Rosenthal, LPC

At the core of Jacob Rosenthal’s repertoire of therapeutic styles and techniques is humanistic psychology, an approach that emphasizes viewing the individual as a whole and complete person. He believes that each one of us has the potential to live a happy, meaningful life, full of purpose, creativity and self-expression.

Jacob works with his clients to establish their needs and the most appropriate approach from which to address them. These approaches include methods such as EMDR, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and debt orientated brief therapy.

Jacob was born in Poland, and studied in Israel — where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with additional certifications in individual, group and family therapy. He began his work with diverse populations and individuals in therapeutic communities and later established a private practice.

Jacob served as a therapist in the reserves and has experience with disaster relief and population crises management. He received his master’s degree in counseling from UCCS in 2012, and has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since that date. The career choices that Jacob has made over the years stem from his deep understanding and compassion for that which makes us human.

Focused on premium care, Jacob offers individual and couples therapy including help for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Illness
  • Life changes
  • Self-esteem
  • And more

Often, a lack of drive, passion, or a sense of purpose can take the joy out of our lives; particularly, when accompanied by grieving or depression. Large or frequent life changes can leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed, leading to difficulties in unrelated areas the most vulnerable of which are our relationships and our creativity. This is all part of what makes us human and these are the issues that we bring to Therapy so that we can address them and move forward into a life full of meaning and joy.


Eirin Lewis

Eirin Lewis, LCSW

Eirin Lewis is a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in adolescent well being. With a background in child welfare, juvenile justice, and community mental health, Eirin has worked with youth and families who have experienced domestic violence, substance abuse, arrests, incarceration, and many other difficult situations. Because every youth is different, Eirin engages with them based on their present capabilities and readiness for therapeutic intervention while also challenging them to consider their feelings as related to their behaviors. She uses strength based and cognitive behavioral approaches to support clients in discovering and accepting their existing strengths so they can use them to improve their day-to-day living.

Eirin earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Denver in 2012. Her internship and post-graduate experience include child welfare and behavioral health assessments. Seeing the need for more clinicians who understand and appreciate the unique struggles youth often face drove Eirin’s passion to work with youth on a therapeutic level.


Brittany Seymour

Brittany Seymour, LCSW

Brittany is a licensed clinical social worker, and earned her master's degree at the University of Chicago from some of the most knowledgeable and effective providers. She understands that beginning counseling and committing to treatment can be intimidating. Therefore, she provides a warm and non-threatening environment where you are able to grow and learn to live a happier life.

So many things in life can prevent us from feeling fulfilled. With clinical expertise she will help you eliminate negative emotions impeding your quality of life. Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

  • Weight issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Depression/Feelings of hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Destructive Stress
  • And the daily challenges of everyday life

Your treatment will focus on your strengths and allow you to individualize your road to change.


Yuko Kishimoto

Yuko Kishimoto, PhD

Yuko Kishimoto is licensed psychologist who enjoys providing both therapy and psychological/psychoeducational testing services. When working with her therapy clients. Yuko integrates existential and relational approaches with cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques. Yuko enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds and paying attention to cultural variable that may play a role in the therapeutic relationship.

Yuko’s counseling services best align with clients that face the following challenges:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Occupational Issues
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Psychological Testing

With regard to her testing services, Yuko currently offers IQ testing, educational testing and ADHD testing services. Common referral questions that Yuko can assist with include: Do I have an intellectual disability; Do I have a learning disorder; Do I have ADHD symptoms.

Yuko started her graduate training at a school psychology program and completed her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of Houston. Her predoctoral internship training was completed at TX A&M University’s student counseling service. Her previous experiences include working at college counseling centers, public school setting and private practice settings.


Paulina Siegel

Paulina Siegel, LCSW, CAC II

Many of us experience difficult roadblocks throughout life. Learning the tools to cope with these barriers is possible and achievable. Although it may seem daunting, change is always within arm's reach. Using Acceptance Commitment Therapy as well as other Cognitive Behavioral Treatments, Paulina Siegel helps her clients examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are perpetuating struggle. Together, they identify new choices and practices that help clients transform the way they show up in life.

Her areas of clinical expertise and specialization include:

  • Addiction (Substance Abuse)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Co-Dependency
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • ADHD
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • LGBTQI Issues
  • Sexual Deviancy
  • Life Transitions

Paulina received her LCSW from the University of Denver. She is also a Certified Addiction Counselor, and has worked with adolescents, young adults, and adults. Paulina values and honors each individual's unique journey through her warm and honest style. Together, Paulina and her clients work to process earlier experiences, address current day concerns, and gain the skills necessary for long-term change. She looks forward to being part of each client's courageous path.


Jessie Huffman

Jessie Huffman, LSW

Jessie is a licensed social worker who specializes in work with children and teens. She comes from a strengths based perspective and believes that children naturally gravitate towards healing when they are given a safe and therapeutic environment to work through challenges. Her work has brought her experience in the following areas;

  • Behavior issues and modification
  • ADD/ADHD or ODD
  • Parenting, Co-parenting and family issues
  • LBGTQI/ gender identity
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bullying issues

She received her Master’s degree from the University of Denver, where she chose a concentration in Family Systems due to her love of working with youth and their families. Jessie primarily utilizes directive and non-directive play therapy, however every child is unique and has a unique set of needs, which she continually reassesses throughout their time in therapy. Jessie loves working with children and seeing them overcome detrimental feelings or behaviors. Once these challenges have been integrated and worked out, it opens the door for a child to thrive in all areas of his or her life. Jessie feels privileged to be a facilitator in this therapeutic process.


Angela Carton

Angela Carton, LPCC

Angela’s greatest reward as a counselor is assisting her clients to explore ways to make the changes in their lives that are needed in order to have hope and success in their future. She believes that we all have situations in our lives where we need someone to talk to who really listens in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner – a safe place to explore the issues and concerns that prevents one from living a full and happy life. Angela is skilled in the following areas of counseling;

  • Anxiety and Depression (with all ages)
  • Anger Management (with all ages)
  • Gender Identity (with all ages)
  • Trauma (with all ages)
  • Couples Counseling and Infidelity
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting issues
  • Behavioral Issues with young children related to ADD, ADHD, ODD, Divorce, Separation anxiety and Adjustment Disorders

Angela earned her Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University of Minneapolis, MN in 2015. She holds a LPCC license in the state of Colorado and LPC Intern license in the state of Texas. Her internship and post graduate experience includes working in group and individual settings in a psycho-educational environment with court mandated clientele. These groups included counseling for sex offenders, violent people, individuals with substance abuse issues and parenting classes. .


Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly, LCSW

Kate is a licensed clinical social worker that believes that each of us has strengths and abilities that often exceed our own recognition. She can help you find yours. With over 13 years of experience providing outpatient therapy there are few problems that she doesn’t have experience treating. She is adept at being supportive and challenging at the same time, and works well with adolescents and adults of all ages.

Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

  • Trauma Recovery; EMDR
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance dependence and abuse; dual diagnosis
  • OCD
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • GLBTQ

Kate is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her master's degree at the University of Maine and is excited to bring her learning and expertise to the state of CO. She is also trained in EMDR which is a proven method with great results with trauma clients. Kate works evening and weekend hours.


Thriveworks Counseling
8461 Turnpike Dr. #203
Westminster, CO 80031

Tel : (303) 214-2106

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8AM-9PM
Sat-Sun: 8AM-5PM

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