We are currently offering both Telehealth and In-Person psychotherapy sessions, depending on client needs. Call for more information to see which fits best for you!

Meet Us

We are a family business owned and managed by married-couple Amy Skinner and Richard Brandon. Residents of Gilpin County, we are grateful to live and work in our mountain community! We supervise a staff of Counseling Student Interns earning their Master’s Degrees who provided sliding scale psychotherapy year round to community members along the Peak to Peak Highway. As an organization we highly value community participation and currently volunteer with the Peak to Peak Human Services Task Force, Peak to Peak Prevention Coalition and Communities that Care. Additionally we created and manage the Mountain Health Collaborative, a group of healthcare professionals that volunteer during local disasters.

Amy Skinner, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S
Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC # 6118) in the state of Colorado. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC #290030) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS #01953) through the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT #S1823) through the National Association of Play Therapy. I received my MA in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder. I received my BA, cum laude, in English and Women's Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed working in Denver, Boulder and Mexico, but realized I missed putting down roots in my own community. A Gilpin County resident since 2001, I opened Peak to Peak Counseling in 2008 to put my time and energy into serving people in Nederland and the surrounding mountain areas. For fun I love to take pictures, run, watch movies, travel, read books, hike and play the piano. You can also find me catching a CU football game in Boulder, or enjoying the latest play in Denver. I have served on local non-profit boards in our mountain community and I am a past board member of TEENS, Inc. and Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. Counseling clients and supervising counselors is my life’s passion and I can’t wait to work with you!

Richard Brandon, Registered Psychotherapist
Business Manager and Supervisor

Over the past three decades I've enjoyed working in the hospitality industry throughout the Midwest and Colorado. Whether greeting guests in hotel management, feeding hungry college students, balancing the books, or creating decadent desserts as a pastry chef, I've appreciated balancing my detail-driven business skills with a passion for making people feel at home. Volunteering with programs such as CROP Hunger Walk and Meals on Wheels taught me about the complexities of living with limited resources and opened my eyes to social challenges such as substance abuse and poverty. Additionally I've always valued engaging in my local community through singing in choirs, playing the piano, and participating in spiritual groups.

After vacationing and living in Colorado on and off since childhood, I decided to put down roots in Gilpin County in 2016. As a Registered Psychotherapist (NLC.0107998), Peak to Peak Counseling is a place I can combine my customer service experience, social justice beliefs, and commitment to community. I love that my passion for health, wellbeing and service fits well into my new career path, and I look forward to working with you!

Master's Degree Program Students

Peak to Peak Counseling partners with local universities to provide internship and practicum sites for students during their next to last and final year of their Master's Degree Programs. In return they receive real-world experience, extensive free training and clinical supervision throughout the year from Peak to Peak Counseling owner Amy Skinner, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S.

To apply for these positions students must demonstrate solid clinical skills, applicable life experience, and a commitment to serving our unique mountain community. They offer counseling sessions at a sliding scale rate as well as working with schools and community non-profits in the area.

If you are interested in a Psychotherapy Intern position, please contact us.

Psychotherapy Interns and Practicum Students

Bryson G. Lind BS Psychology

I grew up in the small rural town of Oakley, in Southern Idaho. It was an amazing opportunity to grow up in a place that instilled in me the values of working hard and treating all fellow human beings as if they were family. Oakley was also a very religious community which has indelibly imprinted upon my life many varied, important, and complex learning experiences. On my personal journey I have experience with the intersections of religious identity and LGBTQ+ identity, and I’m grateful to have been the benefactor of the services of dedicated mental health professionals. In my own personal therapeutic work I have learned to transform some of my own life’s greatest challenges into cherished strengths, life teachers, and engines of transformative growth. It is my desire and privilege to be a part of that process through my work in the mental health field, walking alongside my fellow travelers in life’s greatest and most difficult journeys.

Through great personal efforts and life experiences, I eventually recognized a calling and purpose to help people in the mental health field. I wanted to utilize my own unique experiences and hopefully benefit those I serve as much as I have benefited from those who have served me. Since making the decision to become a counselor I have graduated from Brigham Young University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. I have worked as a mentor at a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys, a psychiatric technician at a mental health and addiction recovery hospital, and an ABA specialist for children who experience autism. I moved to beautiful Colorado to actualize my goals to become a counselor through the Master of Arts Counseling program at Regis University.

I believe that every theory offers unique and differentiated insights concerning the human experience and that no theory is a “one size fits all.” As we aspire to be gentle, merciful, and attentive to the messages that our most true and inner self is calling us to do and believe, we become healthier, braver, more confident, more at peace, more joyous, and more at one with ourselves and the world around us.

When I’m not attending to my own professional growth you can find me learning and reading about any and everything, bike riding, lifting at the gym, spending time with family and friends, playing games, drawing, painting, participating in church, piano playing, discussing politics and philosophy, and singing.

Jessica Joy Rangel, BS

I was born in Chicago and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. Having my own struggles as an adolescent, I began receiving counseling at a young age. The compassion and guidance that I had been given has influenced my lifelong desire to support and empower others in their own healing journey. After graduating from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, I moved to Colorado, eager for a fresh perspective.

Moving to the mountains, I quickly gained a passion for the outdoors. I worked in a variety of different mental health facilities including residential treatment centers, transitional housing, and outpatient clinics. Ultimately, my draw towards nature led me into the field of wilderness and outdoor-based therapy. It was here that I gained a passion for sustainable life skills, the value of community, and the healing power of sharing our stories with others.

The devastating loss of a family member led me to more deeply explore the mind-body connection and the impact that grief plays in our lives. I completed a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training through Kula Collective in 2018 and have since been deeply passionate in exploring somatic therapy.

Currently, I am receiving my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regis University. My theoretical orientation is grounded in a humanistic, person-centered approach as I believe in the innate wisdom that each individual holds. I use somatic and mindfulness modalities to promote self-exploration, awareness, and resourcing.

In my free time, I enjoy playing ukulele, hiking, climbing, camping, traveling, and practicing yoga.