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COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY

Drawing from an eclectic mix of therapeutic techniques, we are committed to creating a unique and personalized psychotherapy experience for each of our clients based on your individual needs, goals and strengths. Each of your lives and histories, genetic and cultural inheritances, physical, emotional and spiritual experiences are unique and distinctive. To create an environment where health and healing can take place it is critical that we draw from a variety of theories and techniques that fit your specific life and circumstances, creating a holistic therapeutic experience exclusively for your wellbeing.

Here is a partial list of theories, techniques and therapies we draw from:

  • Attachment
  • Art
  • Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Contemplative
  • Developmental
  • Ecological
  • Existential
  • Experiential
  • Feminist
  • Filial
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Integral
  • Jungian
  • Multicultural
  • Play
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution-Focused
  • Systems
  • Transpersonal

Psychotherapist Amy Skinner, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S

Professionally

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.

Presently and over the past ten years no matter where my work has taken place - Nederland and the surrounding mountains, Denver, Boulder, Mexico - my focus is on the health and healing of community.

To address the complex needs of these different communities I use my counseling and mediation skills on two levels: individual community members and the system as a whole. On an individual level I counsel children, teens, adults, elders, singles, couples and families. On a systemic level I mediate for and between for-profit and non-profit businesses, boards, employees and employers, citizen groups, foundations, government programs, schools, and small business owners.

What I find fascinating and challenging about community work is that there is never one, simple, concise answer about how health and healing occurs. This means that over the past ten years I have worked closely with people facing a broad range of issues and diagnoses:

  • Addiction
  • Aging
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Body Awareness
  • Career/Job
  • Cutting
  • Delusional Disorders
  • Depression
  • Death and Dying
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Foster Care
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief
  • Homelessness
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Skills
  • Money
  • Parenting
  • Perpetrators of Crimes
  • Phobias
  • Physical, Sexual, Verbal and Emotional Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sex
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Skills
  • Stress
  • Terminal Illnesses
  • Time Management
  • Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Victims of Crime

Personally

Although I enjoyed working in Denver, Boulder and Mexico, 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. I am a past board member of TEENS, Inc. and Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. Additionally we participate in the the Peak to Peak Human Services Task Force, Peak to Peak Prevention Coalition, and have created a Mountain Community Health Coalition.

My focus has been and continues to be dictated by the needs of the people in front of me and the community surrounding us. Having experienced genuine healing and growth with hundreds of clients I am confident we can work together to find the change you seek in your life.

Business Manager, Richard Brandon

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. 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 getting to know all of you more!

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

Marie-Anne Aebi, MA

I was born and raised in a small town called Spiez in Switzerland. Throughout my life, I have often been the person friends came to, to seek counseling or just have someone to listen to them. I enjoyed serving people in the hospitality sector as a professional chef as well as social worker. I have enjoyed the outdoors and using the outdoors as a tool to promote change. Furthermore I knew I wanted to help others and got my Bachelors of Art in Social work in 2009 from the University of Applied Science Northwestern Switzerland in Olten, Switzerland with a focus on Social work in International Context.

Before starting my BA in Social work I decided to spend three months as a volunteer English teacher for People to People in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Being in Mongolia was an important experience to understand what poverty means and what problems people in poverty are facing on a daily basis. This experience reinforced my passion to listen to people and attempting to support them. It also taught me what it means to have a simple life and still be content with it. Back in Switzerland I lead a youth group and worked in a Residential Home for children. Working with those children in a residential setting I experienced firsthand the importance of forming relationships and bounds for a healthy development. Furthermore, I became aware of the limitations of being in a residential setting and decided to continue my journey into using nature and adventure education as an approach. I graduated 2011 with a Master of Arts in Adventure Education from Prescott College in Prescott Arizona and worked as a Wilderness Lead field Instructor for a Wilderness Therapy program for adolescents. As a Field Instructor I worked closely with the Professional Counselors and supported them during Group sessions.

This experience showed me that I had a passion for counseling. I got a certificate in Substance Abuse counseling and started my path towards a Masters in Professional counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia. When it became time to look for a Internship site I thought back to where I liked it best in the all the states I had lived and where I would like to be licensed as a Professional Counselor after graduating. While getting my MA in Adventure Education I lived in Colorado for a year and I loved it. It reminds me a lot of Switzerland. I come to the conclusion, that Colorado is where I wanted to be.

For the last two years prior to coming to Colorado, I worked as a social worker in Frutigen, Switzerland with children, teens, adults and the elderly. I have worked closely with clients with a broad range of issues, such as divorce, addiction, poverty, physical or emotional abuse, foster care, money, work issues and social skills. I have counseled individuals, couples and families in a social work context. Currently I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado.

For fun I like to spend time with friends and family, swim, scuba dive and be outdoors.