We are currently offering Telehealth to safely meet the needs of our clients, and are happy to offer technological guidance to facilitate a positive experience.

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

Chelsey Banning, BSW

I was raised in Cowden, Illinois. My journey towards becoming a helper began early in life as I struggled with loss and anxiety from a young age. As an adolescent, I had life-changing experiences with peers sharing traumas and coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) that further cemented my compassion and curiosity towards the human experience. I found my life path open towards studying at my undergraduate social work program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where I began working with individuals and understanding the impact of oppression and systemic barriers to communities of people.

Regis University's Master of Arts in Counseling program was when I truly started my journey inward after moving across the country away from family. Through the difficulties, I gained humility in accepting help from others and to face myself through personal therapy and creative expression with depth psychotherapy electives. My theoretical orientation is rooted in person-centered and narrative therapy with using creative expressions like painting, writing, and identifying with certain imagery and themes present in the music, stories, and materials we gravitate towards so that we may know that "there is some good in this world and it's worth fighting for" (J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954).

When I am not focused on my professional development I like to spend time out in nature whether it be hiking or riding my bike along Boulder Creek trail. I love to paint, discuss films/literature, play video games, attend live shows, and learn about mythology, history, animals, and various topics that catch my intrigue.

Sabrina Sherman, MSW

I grew up moving around the US but primarily resided in Santa Monica and NYC I was an actress for many years and went to the University of Southern California to study film and acting. Upon graduating I experienced a profound loss and struggled to find meaning in my work as an actress. I realized that as much as I loved and will always have a deep appreciation for the arts, being a support for others is my true passion.

I moved out to Colorado and started my Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver in September of last year. In the short time, I have been at DU I have learned that the most important thing we can do is be gentle with ourselves and not set a timeline for when we have to be "better ", “a success” or "cured". Healing is never linear and often doesn’t happen in the time frame we initially want but the kinder we are to ourselves the easier the process becomes. I have found that so much of our healing comes from within but having the tools to help guide ourselves back to our true self makes a world of difference.

In my spare time, I love to go for a run, swim, rock climb and go on outdoor adventures. I am very interested in learning about new cultures, exploring a new city or learning a new hobby. I also am a huge animal advocate and am always excited to talk about my love for my kitten Tallulah.

Branden Smith, BS

I grew up in West Fargo, North Dakota. From a very young age, I loved learning how everything worked, and science became a life-changing interest. While I excelled academically, I struggled making friends through grade school. With a little maturity and a new school, my middle school years brought me happiness with both friends and learning. As I grew into high school, I found another interest in sports including BMX, pole vaulting, swimming, and water skiing. I was excited to have so many interests and the ability to learn what I put my mind to. Through my late adolescence and early adulthood, I experienced some emotional challenges, which would change the way I lived for a period of time. Thankfully, I eventually received the right care, and the entire experience would quickly result in my dedication and perseverance in becoming a therapist.

I took a few courses in psychology at North Dakota State University and realized the uniqueness of the science behind human experience. I became infatuated with understanding both the healthy and struggling mind. I was hooked, so I decided I wanted to get a degree in psychology and eventually become a therapist. I graduated from the NDSU Psychology program and decided it was time for a change. I had never lived anywhere other than North Dakota, and if there are two things that are missing from my home state, it’s mountains and big cities. Denver was always a dream, so I applied to Regis University for Counseling. Now I am two years into my master’s degree in and I am more dedicated to the helping profession than ever before.

Through the years, I began to understand the pure science of psychology was missing the uniqueness of human experience. As much as science can tell us, individuals and their life stories can tell us more. While my base theoretical perspectives are Existentialism and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, I believe there are techniques and ideas from every historical theory of counseling that can be useful if the need arises. We know everyone is different, and what helps one person may be less helpful to another. It’s the beauty of recognizing the differences between us all that can bring us together.

When I’m not focused on my studies and professional development, I enjoy a variety of activities. As the self-described nerd that I am, I spend a lot of time studying cosmology and astronomy, politics, philosophy, technology, and so much more. I also dedicate time to guitar, cycling, camping, video games, photography, and video production.