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About Melissa Raddatz

About Melissa Raddatz

Team Interns

About Bria Tavakoli

Practicing Clinician Intern

I’m here to meet you where you are and help you create a life you love and cherish. My goal is to provide a welcoming, judgment-free, and brave space to explore your unique challenges. I work with individuals and couples and all relational structures, including polyamorous and LGBTQIA+ dynamics. I’m deeply passionate about my areas of specialization–sex therapy and guiding clients through psychedelic preparation and/or integration work. Through attachment work, Internal Family Systems, and DBT, I support clients in building better relationships with themselves and others. I can guide you as you improve your communication skills, navigate your desire differences, process trauma, and shift insecure attachment patterns into more secure, grounded, and satisfying ways of relating. As a yoga and meditation instructor with 15+ years of teaching experience, I can fluidly weave mindfulness and embodied awareness into sessions. As the proud daughter of an immigrant and a purity culture dropout, I hold an understanding, compassionate space for those with similar experiences."

I am completing my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University while concurrently engaging in training in sex therapy through the Sexual Health Alliance. My psychedelic training includes studies through Psychedelics Today and attending the Psychedelic Science conference in Denver in 2023.


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About Lake Philpot

Practicing Clinician Intern
Starting August 5th, 2024

As you go through life’s journey, I am here to support you on your path toward growth
and healing. I believe that everyone can create positive change in their lives and that therapy can be a powerful tool for achieving personal and relational goals. Together, we will focus on your unique experiences and work towards building healthier behaviors and stronger connections. Whether you are facing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or any other challenges life may bring, I aim to create a welcoming, non-judgmental, and warm space where you feel seen, heard, and understood.

My approach is rooted in evidence-based practices such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the Gottman Method. I place great value on viewing our lives and challenges through a systemic lens. As social and interdependent beings, our issues are rarely isolated or purely individual. It is important to understand how the difficulties we face are closely entwined with our relationships, the organizations we belong to, and the broader community and culture.

I am currently working toward completing my master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy at CU Denver. Additionally, I am training in Level 1 Gottman certification, and I plan to attend the Emotionally Focused Therapy externship in the Fall of 2024.


Clinical Therapist Candidates

About Alana D'Ambrosio

Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

I am a relationship anxiety and betrayal therapist. I help people overcome emotional pain, grief, and uncertainty in order find hope and connection in their next chapter in life. My training and experience have led to an expertise in providing support to people as they heal from affairs and relationship betrayals. I work with couples hoping to forgive, reconnect, and create a new relationship post-betrayal as well as individuals looking to grieve, grow, and move- on after a break-up or divorce.

I am also specialized in supporting people as they process the many transitions of parenthood. The experience of becoming and being a parent is filled with joy and it can also be filled with anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty. I see both parenting couples looking to increase their communication and connection as well as individuals overwhelmed by the parenting experience. My therapeutic approach can be described as no-nonsense and direct with a sense of tenderness, humor, and flexibility. I will create a safe and validating space for you to step into vulnerability, hang out with the emotions you have been running from, and find your voice to express your needs. I draw from various evidence-informed modalities such as: The Gottman Method of
Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Humanistic Therapy, and Internal Family System (IFS).

I believe relationships can be the most powerful form of support when we are able to see and respect one another's unique humanness. My role is to provide therapeutic support to honor the delicate balance of autonomy and interdependence that is so important to relationship and individual happiness. Let's collaborate to understand your unique experience, set achievable goals, and create a fulfilling experience of life.


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About Ayla Maduzia

Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

It is spectacular and magical to invest in understanding the deep inner workings of yourself. I hope to help you create a deeper awareness of yourself in order to nurture the relationship within, and with those around you.

I work with adolescents, individuals, and all manners of relationships including polyamorous and LGBTQIA+. I am not simply a couples therapist, instead my focus is on relationships and however those relationships exist in your life.

I work from a systems framework in hopes to help you identify your strengths, your growth areas, your attachment history, and any conflict cycles that exist within your relationships.

I am passionate about exploring your experiences throughout childhood and adolescence in order to frame how that experience, trauma, or wound influences your adult life, and relationships. I am not limited to these populations, however I am passionate about working with those facing religious trauma, religious sexual trauma, and those in the life stage of fertility, conception, prenatal, postpartum, as well as grief and loss surrounding these specific life stages.

Through our time together, I might utilize talk therapy, somatic techniques, art therapy, writing techniques, among others that support healing and deepen our understanding of your experiences.

I believe it is vital to the healing process to put language to feelings, and how that feeling shows up in your body. This creates a connection from what we feel in the brain, to how these feelings manifest themselves in our body. This brings greater awareness, and a depth to the emotional landscape. In this, we are connecting our mind to our bodies and I find that pivotal to the therapeutic process.

Involvement + Trainings:

Level 1 Emotionally Focused Therapy - EFT Externship

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Member

Postpartum Support International Member


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About Francine Bejarano

Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a person for others to lean on when they are going through a difficult time. I believe that giving folks a safe space to be vulnerable in sharing their experiences can be empowering and an opportunity to foster growth.

I am dedicated to guiding individuals who face difficulties in building meaningful connections. Together, we explore early childhood experiences, uncovering past wounds and unraveling self-limiting narratives. Through a blend of emotionally focused and narrative approaches, I facilitate personal growth, drawing from both individual and collective stories. My expertise extends to working with individuals, couples, and families, rekindling those precious bonds you've tirelessly nurtured.

I have received an MA in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Colorado-Denver in August 2023. I am trained in Level 1 & 2 Gottman Couples Therapy and am working to complete certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Externship completed in September 2022 and working towards completion of Core Skills in March 2024.

Let me help you reconnect with your loved one and strengthen the bond you worked so hard to create over time.


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About Talia Watrous

Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

It can be so painful to feel stuck, missed, or unseen in your relationship. We can get caught up in negative cycles with the people we love most, and sometimes we are acting out our past without realizing it. I help couples build understanding and compassion for each other so that they can collaborate on creating a life together.

I believe in perfect faith that everyone is capable of growth. With the utmost care & attention, I support my clients in bringing their whole selves into my office and into their relationships. I especially enjoy working with couples experiencing intimacy issues, high conflict, or who want to take their relationship to the next level. Ultimately, I aim to increase your connection to foster positive, sustainable change. Let's create a relationship you are proud of.

Areas of experience:

I am working towards my AASECT certification in sex therapy with master sex therapist Dr. Neil Cannon; I have training in desire gaps, out-of-control sexual behavior (OCSB), erectile dysfunction, kink, polyamory/ENM and low desire. I am a Gottman Level 2 therapist. I combine their research-based model with Emotionally Focused therapy rooted in attachment science. I have my Masters in Marriage and Family therapy and am currently working towards licensure.


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Licensed Clinicians

About Melissa Raddatz

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Addictions Counselor

Owner and Clinical Director

I've been working in the mental health and clinical field for over a decade and have witness the major impact relationships have on a persons health and well-being. This realization led me to getting my masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and extensive training and credentialing in areas of addictions, sex and intimacy, family dynamics, death and dying, couples conflict, and trauma.

Along with my clinical training, I've moved into the realm of providing clinical supervision to budding clinicians. As a trained American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist clinical supervisor I focusing my time on ensuring a positive impact on my community and future clinicians. This includes providing client contact hours, ensuring clinical integrity, and a wealth of knowledge for those that I supervise.

I am also an approved Office of Behavioral Health trainer for the core curriculum class in addictions counseling through the Colorado Department of Human Services

 I am only accepting private pay clients and fees can be referenced on the 'Rates & Insurance' page.


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Associations, memberships, and board positions

AAMFT - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist
AASECT - American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
ICEEFT - International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
RMFTN - Rocky Mountain Family Therapy Network, associated with AAMFT, Member at Large Board Member

Administration Staff

About Shar Curtis

Administrative Director

All around business machine that helps Kenōsis Counseling function at its finest.