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. Hishara will also engage in animal assisted therapy with her "official" side-kick Lava, when it is therapeutically appropriate. 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 to face and overcome challenge.

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. Lava's previous experience includes having completed his official training as a Therapy Dog, and he is especially good at making people comfortable!

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. Hishara and Lava both consider 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.

Marissa Battagalia

Marissa Battagalia, PhD

Based on her clinical training and experience over the years, Dr. Battaglia believes that therapy is a challenging, dynamic process in which guidance and support are key elements to helping clients overcome any issue. Educated in the empirically supported treatments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Structural Family Therapy, Dr. Battaglia initiates therapy by collaborating with clients and their families to identify their purpose for therapy and treatment goals. She assists clients with increasing their awareness and gaining insight, while teaching adaptive coping strategies and applying these skills to everyday life.

Dr. Battaglia works with clients of all ages and specializes in the treatment of following issues and disorders:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Depression and mood related disorders
  • Self harming behaviors
  • Self esteem issues
  • Stress management and relaxation training
  • Coping with chronic illnesses

Dr. Battaglia is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her Master of Science and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois. She completed her last year of training as the postdoctoral fellow in the Eating Disorders program at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Battaglia also has specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Outside of work, Dr. Battaglia values the simple pleasures in life, enjoys traveling, and visits with family and friends.

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

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.

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This saved my life

Chris at Thrive Works saved my life. I started at the beginning of the pandemic, by phone, and I didn’t think therapy by phone would have the impact that it did. But I tried for my kids, my marriage, and myself. I can’t say enough good things about Chris. Thank you for everything, and for literally saving my life. I wouldn’t be alive without his counsel.
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Great Service

Can't say enough positive things about Thriveworks Counseling and specifically my therapist, Chris. Deeply grateful for this space to work through challenging life situations that I recently went through.
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The Best

I am so pleased to find such a skilled an knowledgeable counselor. I have worked in the field for over 25 years and struggle to find such qualified and effective counselor as Jacob. I highly recommend this man for his sage wisdom and warmth.....
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Jakob Rosenthal is amazing

Jakob Rosenthal is the best therapist I've ever encountered! He gets to the bottom line quickly and kindly, and helps me to understand as well as helps me to have healthy coping mechanisms. I am a better person for having seen him.
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Initially I saw Jacob for my intake appointment and felt he was really great. I was placed with Kate Kelly and overall she is fabulous. She has helped me live to my full potential. She has helped me sort out my PTSD with childhood and adult trauma, as well as being a great resource for addiction counseling. She was also extremely helpful to point me in the right direction on how to deal with (or escape from) toxic family members. She was also a really great help to me during grief and loss of a loved one. I feel so much better than I did before going to Thriveworks. I'm in a great place now and will be back in the future. I can't thank you enough.
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I found them to be very helpful from the first call, visit and therapy. It’s a very warm and inviting office with a great staff.
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Outstanding Therapist

Jacob has helped me much more than any therapist I've ever seen. His skill, insight, and kindness are truly outstanding. Jacob has helped me change my life so that my depression is no longer in charge. His approach is very direct - which may not be for everyone but was perfect for me - but he always acts and speaks with sincere compassion. Thank you, Jacob, you have helped heal me at a level I thought was impossible. Also, Jennifer has always been super wonderful and responsive withheduling and questions. She goes above and beyond to be helpful and kind. Thanks Jennifer! You're awesome.
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Chris Saxon is a respected colleague who genuinely cares about his clients. He combines his education, vast experience, and authentic caring nature to create a safe environment where peolplecan learn, heal, and grow. I've even recommended Chris to my own family member!
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Fantastic Agency

With almost 20 years experience this is the most progressive counseling office I have ever had the pleasure to know. The Therapists are experienced and it is obvious that the management places the client experience above everything else.heduling is easy and can be done via email or text. I encourage anyone considering counseling to give Westminster a try. If you have a busy lifestyle this is the place for you.
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Peace and Comfort

The more I go to Counseling, the more I recognize the peace and comfort available there. The waiting area (I have always been seen punctually) has warm, comfortable decor and a great offering of beverages. The choice of beverages is just one expression of the warmth and hospitality they offer. I actually look forward to going there! The office is conveniently located and easy to find. I've always enjoyed front row parking, thanks to the abundance of designated visitor's parking. The office is on the first floor just off the lobby. Several counselors have greeted me warmly, even when they know I'm not there to see them. I highly recommend Thriveworks. It's obvious that they are in the counseling profession for the right reasons.
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Good Place with kind people

This counseling office is a breath of fresh air. Jacob has brought life back into my marriage. We had some deep issues, but I never felt judged and everyone is very kind. For the first time in a long time I feel like my relationship with my husband is on the right track. Thank You Thriveworks.
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