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

Tori Kadera, BA

My name is Tori Kadera. I grew up living in Eagle River, AK.  I attended Chugiak High School and graduated in 1992. After graduating high school, I did some coursework on Psychology and Secondary Education at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.  I took a temporary office position with GCI and found I had talent for administration and leadership roles.  That temporary position took me on a 15-year adventure in the corporate world of telecom. I eventually transferred my college credits to Alaska Pacific University while I concurrently worked my way up to a Sr. Management position. I graduated with a BA in Organizational Management in 2008.

The harsh, dark winters in Alaska became very difficult on my sense of well being while raising two little children and managing a stressful career.  In 2012 my partner and I decided to move to a place with milder winters and more sunny days. We chose Evergreen, CO for its familiar wildlife, pine trees, and mountain lifestyle.  

Shortly after moving to Colorado I sought counseling to help with the transition from corporate manager to stay-at-home mother in a new community.  During my time in counseling, I rediscovered my desire to work in the field of psychology and help others. In 2016 I enrolled in a graduate program for counseling at Regis University. I am on track to graduate in May 2020 with an MA in Counseling and plan to open my own private practice.

I am passionate about helping others discover and connect with their golden authenticity in a way that brings fulfilling relationships with themselves and others.  I also enjoy family time, hiking, needle felting (wool sculpting), reading, learning, and covering tree stumps with flower mandalas.

Hannah Shirley, BS

I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and spent my free time as a child playing volleyball, reading books, having friends over, and being fascinated with the outdoors.  It was normal for you to see me running around for hours without shoes on – I would collect bugs, toads, and raspberries.  I believe this is where my love for biology began. I was so intrigued by biology that I studied it at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  During those four years in Lincoln, I wrestled with becoming a dentist, a physician assistant, or a nurse.  Wherever I looked, it seemed that none of these professions really fit what I was looking for.  I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.  I also graduated with a minor in Gerontology.

After graduating, I took two years to work for Focus, a nonprofit organization that serves college students.  It was during that time where I noticed the importance of mental health and how when we neglect it, it can affect our whole lives.  After working for two years, I was convinced that becoming a mental health counselor was the profession I was looking for as an undergraduate.  In 2016, I began my journey at Divine Mercy University and have been working on my Masters in Counseling ever since.  Learning about the many theories has been interesting, but I especially like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy.  I see the benefits of looking to our past and focusing on the present to think rationally and change behaviors to improve our mental health.  I believe that focusing on self-care, rational thinking, how our experiences impact us, and exploring boundaries are three skills that I believe can go a long way to our flourishing.

I currently live in Boulder, with my husband.  In my free time I enjoy mountain biking, crafting, organizing, and having friends over to grill.  I love getting to work with people of all ages and look forward to helping you find your next steps towards flourishing.