Our Team

Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center

Dr. Janean Anderson, Ph.D., CEDS - Director, Licensed Psychologist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist

Dr. Janean AndersonPh.D., CEDS
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Meet Our Team

Dr. Lauren Millard, Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Lauren MillardPh.D.

Introduction

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in eating disorders as well as gender-based trauma.  As a woman with personal experience with an eating disorder as well as a survivor of relationship abuse, I believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy relationship with their true self, their body, and food in order to live their lives in an authentic and meaningful way.

Education & Training

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and gender-based violence/trauma (sexual assault, relationship/domestic abuse) in Denver, CO.  I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University with the addition of earning my Graduate Women’s Studies Certificate.   I completed my doctoral psychology internship at the University of South Carolina followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Denver.  I have specialized in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma since 2012.  

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Denver Health & Counseling Center

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association

  • Doctoral Psychology Internship, University of South Carolina Counseling & Human Development Center, APA Accredited Doctoral Internship

  • M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, APA Accredited Program

  • B.S. in Psychology Colorado State University

Approach to Therapy

I take a holistic approach to psychotherapy to help my clients meet their goals and improve their overall sense of well-being.  I integrate various therapies into my clinical work.  Overall, I believe our functioning is the result of messages, both direct and indirect, we have received in our personal relationships (Interpersonal) as well as our society and culture in which we have been socialized (Feminist).  I also embrace mindfulness-based therapies, including DBT and ACT.

I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and compassionate space to collaborate with my clients in exploring their emotions in a more genuine way in order to develop awareness and insight regarding their functioning and they they want to grow.  My hope is that my clients will feel more empowered to function in their environment more effectively and authentically.  

I believe the relationship between therapist and client is one that is egalitarian and collaborative. In the therapy room, you will find that my style encompasses genuineness, warmth, direct and honest feedback along with a sense of humor and wit.  

Personal

I am a proud Colorado native and grew up in the Denver area.  I absolutely love living here!  In my free time I get the most joy out of spending time with my family, friends, husband and golden retriever, Marley.  I also enjoy spending as much time in nature as possible, dabbling in photography, cooking, watching movies, and curling up with a novel to read.  

Dr. Megan Wilhite, Psy.D. - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Megan WilhitePsy.D.

Introduction

I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders including; Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, and ARFID, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma (survivors childhood sexual abuse, rape, and domestic violence). I am deeply passionate about connecting with and understanding an individual's experience and empowering them facilitate change in their lives. I provide individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.  

 

Education & Training

I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma (childhood sexual abuse, rape, assault, and domestic violence) in Denver, CO. I completed my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles with an emphasis in Family and Couples. I completed my doctoral psychology internship at the Wright Institute Los Angeles, where I studied psychoanalytic therapy and concepts and provided long-term psychotherapy to individuals with eating disorders, trauma, and other mental health issues.  As part of my doctoral program I completed my clinical dissertation on The Silent Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Treatment Considerations for Male Survivors. I completed my postdoctoral training at Eating Recovery Center, Denver, where I provided treatment to individuals with eating disorders and other issues at the inpatient/residential level of care.  

  • Primary Therapist, Eating Recovery Center, Denver
  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis on Family and Couple, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles (Alliant International University), APA Accredited Program
  • Doctoral Psychology Internship, Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA)
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis on Family and Couple, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles (Alliant International University), APA Accredited Program
  • B.A. in Psychology, Metropolitan State College of Denver

 

Approach to Therapy

I work primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, however, integrate several therapies into my work including ACT and systemic interventions. I believe a critical factor in creating change begins with a strong therapeutic alliance and trust, so finding a therapist who is a good fit is an important part of the process.

I work to create a non-judgmental, safe, supportive environment for my clients to explore and develop a curiosity about their lives and functioning. It is my belief that through relationships with self and others, we can grow, develop, and heal; and in doing so can move toward a life that aligns with our values and goals. In providing trauma-informed care, I support individuals in developing internal resources which establish a sense of safety, self-compassion, and rebuild a sense of empowerment in their lives.

I believe that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation for open communication which supports deeper understanding of self and greater opportunity for growth. My aim is to provide services focused on connecting and understanding the individual's experience, explore patterns of behavior, and provide honest feedback with respect and compassion.

 

Personal

I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia before coming to the United States to play collegiate basketball in Denver. After completing my undergraduate studies, I returned home to Australia to continue my basketball career before moving to the States permanently. I lived with my husband in Los Angeles for 6 years before settling back down in beautiful, Denver. I love spending time with family and friends, being active and travelling whenever possible. 

Dr. Kelsey South, Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Kelsey SouthPh.D.

Introduction

I am a licensed psychologist practicing in Denver, CO. I am a generalist with specialized training in trauma and PTSD, interpersonal and sexual violence, eating disorders and college student mental health. I also provide psychological assessments including IQ, ADHD/LD, memory, and personality testing. I believe therapy is most effective when clients feel able to explore and understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the context of a genuine and authentic therapeutic relationship.

 

Education & Training

I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. I completed my doctoral psychology internship at Colorado State University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in specializing in trauma and PTSD at the Denver VA Medical Center. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Denver VA Medical Center, Trauma & PTSD specialization
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon (APA Accredited Program)
  • M.S.  in Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon (APA Accredited Program)
  • M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services (Specialization: College Student Personnel), University of Maryland
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Certifications:

  • EMDR Certified
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Provider Status

 

Approach to Therapy

My theoretical orientation is relational and psychodynamic with an emphasis on how relationships with ourselves and others are central to our growth and well-being, but which can also serve as a source of pain and disconnection. I strive to empower individuals to explore, understand, and transform their relationships with themselves and others to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.  

I approach therapy with a warm, non-judgmental stance which assists clients in safely exploring emotions, beliefs, early-life experiences and  problematic patterns and and strategies they may have learned over time. Based on clients' presenting concerns and goals for therapy, I integrate techniques from various evidence-based therapies including psychodynamic, emotion-focused, interpersonal process, motivational interviewing, attachment-based and third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies (e.g. ACT, DBT). I also consider sociocultural factors (e.g. race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, SES, disability status) that may be salient aspects of clients' identities. 

In the therapy room, I am present, authentic, and empathic (and occasionally funny). I view the therapeutic process as collaborative, and welcome clients' feedback about their experiences in therapy to tailor or adjust our focus as desires. 

 

Personal

I am a California native who was drawn to the beauty of Colorado. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, including my dog. I also enjoy playing volleyball, tennis, snowboarding, listening to live music, and exploring the myriad of fun things to do in Denver and the surrounding areas.  

Dr. Saryn Levy, Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist Candidate & Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Saryn LevyPh.D.

Introduction

I am a psychologist candidate specializing in trauma, interpersonal dynamics, and general mental health. Individuals frequently find themselves stuck: in seemingly repeating patterns, with symptoms of anxiety and depression, or with pain from the past. I believe that a warm and collaborative therapeutic relationship can facilitate healing, growth, and change, ultimately resulting in a greater sense of personal fulfillment.  

 

Education & Training

I received my B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Emory University, and subsequently completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. Prior to joining CTAC, I trained in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, college counseling centers and the VA. I have treated individuals including students, veterans and survivors of torture, across the lifespan.

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University (APA accredited program)
  • Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at Bellevue Hospital Center (NYU-Bellevue Psychology Internship Program, APA accredited)
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University (APA accredited program)
  • B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, Emory University

 

Approach to Therapy

My approach to therapy is primarily psychodynamic, but I work from an integrative lens. I believe that much of our present is informed by our past, that our relationships are central to our well being, and that learning to acknowledge and accept all parts of ourselves relieves suffering.

I strive to create a warm, open, and nonjudgmental therapeutic space where patients feel safe articulating difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Psychotherapy also provides tools, insights, and support to facilitate this process. Engaging in psychotherapy can be simultaneously challenging, meaningful, painful, and rewarding. My hope is that through a collaborative relationship, you can feel supported in experiencing this process together.  

 

Personal

I recently moved to Denver after completing my doctoral training in New York City, and am thrilled to have traded Manhattan's skyscraper skyline with Colorado's beautiful Rockies. In my spare time, I love reading, cooking, and spending time in nature.

Allison Cohan, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 Allison CohanLCSW

Introduction

I am a licensed clinical social worker, focusing on the treatment of eating disorders, adolescents, families and couples. Through working with individuals with eating disorders, I have gained interest and proficiency in often co-occurring issues including, trauma, anxiety, depression and complex relational patterns. I find so many aspects of the eating disorder journey to be deeply human and universally relatable, and I strive to bring this understanding to the wonderful supports and loved ones that surround my clients. 

In addition to working at Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center, I maintain my own private practice in Denver located inside the Gaudiani Clinic at Rose Medical Center.  More information about my private practice can be found here:  www.allisoncohanlcsw.com

Education & Training

I am a licensed clinical social worker, focusing on eating disorders/disordered eating and exercise addiction issues. I received training to work with adolescents as well as adults and individuals along with members of their families through my post graduate years at Monte Nido & Affiliates, under the supervision of Carolyn Costin. Prior to that, I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Skidmore College in the study of Psychology and Neuroscience, and my Master’s degree at Boston College in Clinical Social Work. My final graduate internship, was at the Klarman Center of McLean Hospital. I have focussed on the treatment of individuals with eating disorders since 2012. 

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of California and Colorado
  • Private Practice clinician co-locating at the Gaudiani Clinic in Rose Medical Center
  • Monte Nido & Affiliates Primary Therapist
  • Graduate internship, Klarman Center, McLean Hospital
  • M.S. in Clinical Social Work from Boston College
  • B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Skidmore College

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Approach to Therapy

I approach therapy in a way that encourages clients to develop the emotional space to examine challenges without identifying as the problem themselves. This healthy distance allows clients the ability to collaboratively examine a situation, pattern or behavior, from a position of curiosity and empowerment. With families and couples, I help foster an environment for both the voice of each individual and illumination of the interpersonal dynamics at hand. I am as comfortable incorporating traditional, evidence-based methods, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as I am spirituality, relevant philosophical concepts and a post-modern Narrative Therapy lens.

In my work, it has become abundantly evident that eating disorders thrive in isolation. Because of this, I am happy to provide adjunct couples and family therapy to my individual therapy clients or exclusive couples and family services for those who identify that need initially. I find it imperative to maintain a collaborative working dynamic that is uniquely and authentically driven by each client. Creating a non-hierarchal space is a core therapeutic value of mine. Through this approach, I hope each of my clients feels a sense of deep empowerment and connection to the resources they already possess, while discovering new ones.

 

Personal

A bi-coastal transplant, I am happy to have landed here in Denver, Colorado. When I am not working, I am likely soaking up a yoga class, adding to my long list of podcasts or exploring a trail with my dog. Since I am still new to the Denver area, I am currently enjoying discovering new restaurants and other local haunts.