Family Resources

Serenity Prayer
“God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I can not change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference”


  • Pleasure Unwoven: An Explanation Of The Brain Disease


  • Co-Dependent No More, Melody Beattie
  • Courage To Change, Al-Anon Family Groups
  • Paths to Recovery, Al-Anon Family Groups
  • Growing Yourself Back Up, John Lee
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Gabor Mate
  • Unbroken Brain, Maia Szalavitz
  • Attached, Amir Levine and Rachel Heller (excellent book for any family member in general and extra excellent for those in relationship with someone who struggles with addiction)
  • The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk (Learn about how trauma is stored in the body amidst what they are experiencing)
  • The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly, Brene Brown (Begin to learn about how families interact in relationship and both books discuss how shame impacts the self)
  • Boundaries, Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
  • Drowning in Addiction: Sink or Swim, Michael Arnold
  • Chronic Hope: parenting The Addicted Child, Kevin Petersen


Children’s Programs:

Denver and Online:

Melissa Barbash, MA, LPC, LAC
Individual Therapy: Partners of those who struggle with addiction, relationships, attachment, addiction, somatic (hakomi) mind body connection
Group Therapy: Women’s group for partners affected/impacted by addiction and Co-ed Relationship Process Groups
Private Pay

Lindsay Melka, MA LPC (Licensed in addiction previously in another state)
Individual Therapy: Addiction, Parents of an adult child who struggles with addiction, Siblings in recovery; EMDR
Private Pay

Ari Kipnis, LCSW
Individual Therapy: Trauma, Addiction, Veterans
Couples: Any range of need for couples work
Private Pay

Alyssa Dreher, MA, CACIII (LAC in summer)
Individual Therapy: Education and therapy provided for family members of those who struggle with addiction. Many years of family program education experience.
Couples Therapy: Parents who have a loved on in treatment.
Private Pay

Kimberly Thompson, LMFT
Individual Therapy: Teens and Adolescents impacted by addiction or by a family member’s addiction. Moms in recovery.
Group Therapy: Teen and family group therapy
Couples Therapy: Couples new to addiction treatment and new to couples therapy.
Private Pay – Insurance Possibly Soon

Annie Vail, MA, LPCC, CHT
Individual Therapy: Addiction and family members. Uses Hakomi somatic approach as well.
Couples Therapy: Great referral for underlying work post treatment. Uses PACT approach.
Private Pay

Shawn Brndiar, LSW, LAC
Individual Therapy: LGBT, Men who struggle with addiction,
Couples Therapy: Clients new to recovery and addiction work

The Catalyst Center, LLC
Individual, Group, Couples, Play Therapy and Teen/Adolescent Therapy – Excellent all around therapeutic practice with concentration on couples and children. All therapists are recommended. Jennifer and Leah will help clients find the right fit within the practice. This practice is primarily made up of psychologists.
Private Pay

Vanessa Tate, LMFT
Individual Therapy: Addiction and Support for Family Members; Uses somatic approach.
Couples Therapy: Good referral throughout multiple stages of couples therapy including conscious uncoupling
Cigna and Private Pay

Kayla Bettis-Weber, LCSW, CACII, RP
Individual Therapy: Family members, partners, adult children of alcoholics; trauma, crisis
Reiki Practitioner

Lauren Shelton, LCSW, LAC
Individual Therapy: Addiction and treatment for all family members, EMDR
United Insurance

Laura Henderson, LPC, M.Ed
Therapy: Addiction and relapse, adult children of alcoholics
Several Insurance Panels


Dr. Denise Vargas
Cigna, Aetna, (United in summer probably) – Also Private Pay
Dr. Vargas runs the women’s unit for mental health and addiction in Denver County Jail – she has a private practice focusing on addiction, family members, trauma. EMDR available as well.

Boulder and Online:

Marian Salley, LCSW, LAC, CGP, EMDR
Individual Therapy: Parents of those who struggle with addiction; Trauma
Group Therapy: Interpersonal Process Groups
Private Pay

Annie Vail, MA, LPCC, CHT
Individual Therapy: Addiction and family members. Uses Hakomi somatic approach as well.
Couples Therapy: Great referral for underlying work post treatment. Uses PACT approach.
Private Pay

Michael Lyons, MA, LPC, CSAT-c (ERIE)
Individual Therapy: Addiction, Family Members Education and Support
Private Pay

The Labyrinth Institute (LAFAYETTE)
Individual and Couples Therapy – Alexandra Hayes and Peter Lear recommended for addiction/ families – unfamiliar with the other 2 therapists, but I’m sure they are good fits for trauma, relationships.
Private Pay

Colorado Women’s Center (Boulder and Longmont)
Kirsten Larsen or any therapist
Individual, Couples, Group, Teen – Many focuses, including couples work/codependency and addiction

Queer Asterisk (Boulder, Denver, Longmont, Ft. Collins and Online)
Sorin Thomas, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP
Individuals, Adolescents, Children; different services offered including addiction treatment, family work
Provide queer informed framework
Most private insurance and medicaid/medicare

The Three C’s to Recovery:
You didn’t cause it.
You can’t cure it.
You can’t control it.

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