At Petersen Family Counseling, our mission is to help families heal and restabilize. Damage caused by addiction, codependency, or divorce can disturb the family system and create strain between loved ones. Luckily, our counseling staff has the necessary experience to facilitate communication in these situations and repair broken bonds.

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Kevin Petersen, MA, LMFT

(720) 541-6289
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Kevin is a California native with an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Southern California. After graduation, he moved to Denver, Colorado in 1995. In 2008, after a successful career in marketing and sales, he enrolled at Regis University for a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree. He graduated in 2011 as part of the first class to graduate from their program.

After earning his Master’s, he worked for the Arapaho Douglas Mental Health Network as an in-home therapist, crisis evaluator, outpatient therapist, case manager for over three years in the Child and Family Services division. He also worked part-time for The Bridge House, ADMHN’s Acute Treatment Unit, as a Counselor and Mental Health Technician.

In 2014, Kevin opened his private practice, Petersen Family Counseling, where he specializes in working with individuals and families that are struggling with codependency, parents, and addiction.

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Courtneyrose Chung, MMFT, LPCC, MFTC

(720) 504-4329
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Courtneyrose Chung grew up in Oregon before moving to California in 2003 to pursue a degree at the University of Southern California. There, she graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree and worked in the advertising and health industries.

In 2015, she returned to the University of Southern California for a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. During her time in graduate school, she worked at Clearview Treatment Programs and the Richstone Family Center. At these facilities, she gained experience working with women, children, and families dealing with mental illnesses, trauma, and abuse.

As a member of the Petersen Family Counseling staff, Courtneyrose specializes in working with teens and women who have experienced trauma. She has training in EMDR therapy, Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents, and Trauma-Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga. With her experience from being a certified Hatha yoga instructor, she integrates evidence-based treatment modalities with holistic techniques into her clients’ treatment plans.

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Vance Wagner, MA, LPC

(303) 590-8018
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Vance Wagner attained his Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He has many years of experience working with at-risk adolescents and their families in both outpatient and residential settings. Additionally, he worked at a mental health crisis center where he helped ensure the safety of individuals experiencing extreme states of mind, as well as the safety of the community.

Vance believes in incorporating mindfulness practices into evidence-based treatment. As a therapist on the Petersen Family Counseling staff, he helps clients understand their mental health conditions and find new ways of remaining mindful. Rather than push away difficult experiences, he encourages them to stay present.

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Caitlin Duncan, LCSW, LAC

(720) 583-5949
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Caitlin Pugliese received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Originally from Boston, Caitlin moved to Colorado after engaging in a year of service with the Mercy Corps where she worked with homeless men and women who were struggling with addiction in Sacramento, California.

After moving to Colorado, she attended the University of Denver where she earned her master’s degree in Social Work and an additional certificate in Interpersonal Trauma Studies. In Denver, Caitlin worked for various nonprofits before dedicating herself to the substance abuse treatment industry.
As part of the Petersen Family Counseling staff, Caitlin specializes in addiction, family dynamics, codependency, and life transitions.

Michelle Byrd, M.ED, LPCC

720-372-3727
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I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to Colorado in 2017. I obtained a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016 and a Bachelor’s in Community, Family and Addiction Services with a concentration in Addictive Disorders and Recovery in 2014 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

My background consists of working in various settings in the behavioral health field including community mental health services, in the school system working with at risk children, inpatient psychiatric care with adolescents, adults and geriatrics, crisis intervention within a residential domestic violence shelter for women and children, outpatient and inpatient substance use recovery and therapeutic case management.

I am an existential and cognitive therapist emphasizing the importance of spiritual growth through the journey of inner healing. I deeply believe in the resiliency and power of the human mind as well as our potential to change our lives through our innate healing abilities. I am an avid practitioner of energy psychology methods to emphasize the mind-body-spirit connection in the treatment of psychological distress. Meridian tapping is one of my favorite modalities to use in working with clients and is a tool that can be used ongoing when life gets tough. I’ve learned that everyone is in recovery from something in life whether that be drugs and alcohol or other vices and traumas. If you often get lost in your own mind wondering about the purpose and meaning of your life, how to overcome cycles of defeat, contemplating who you are and who you want to become, I am here to guide you.

I specialize in working with adults 25+ struggling with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. These populations often come with a spiritual brokenness that shows up in their life as lack of identity, purpose and meaning. I am passionate about serving those who feel stuck and desperately seek growth and abundance. In my practice I utilize various treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness based relapse prevention, emotional freedom techniques, thought field therapy (TFT), breath work, guided imagery, guided meditation and biofeedback. I am also a member of The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) and The National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

I believe it is my soul’s purpose to guide you through the wounds of trauma and spiritual growth. You are not stuck in the pain you feel right now and we are just steps away from releasing you to your fullest potential. I grew up feeling deeply alone in an environment where I never felt I belonged and was always the outsider looking in. I experienced compounding trauma throughout my journey that lead me to an awakened path and changed my life forever.

I subsequently found my calling to face my own darkness and developed the ability to walk alongside others in confronting their shadows. In my own healing work, I found the world of energy psychology and it’s connection to abundance and spiritual transformation. I now specialize in energy psychology, trauma, spirituality and addiction recovery. I believe in the mind, body and spirit connection to restore ourselves to wholeness and love. I am trained in Somatic and Attachment-Focused EMDR, Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, The Emotion Code, CBT and DBT. We may also supplement your therapy approach with somatic exercises, law of attraction work, inner child healing, breathwork, meditation, biofeedback, Enneagram coaching and indigenous healing practices. In my personal life I find balance in nature, a meditation practice, art, travel, reading and spending time with my husband and two dogs, Samson and Charlie. I am additionally deepening my spiritual path through an apprenticeship with a local shaman/curandera to learn about ancestral medicine and energy healing.

Blair Thurston

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Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Blair received her Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder and her Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in couple and family therapy from the University of Colorado Denver. Blair took a short hiatus between programs and moved to Granada, Spain for a year and a half to teach English and assist with a bilingual initiative at an elementary school before returning to the states for graduate school. She completed her Master’s level internship at Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado doing experiential work with kids, adolescents, couples, and families. During this time she also volunteered with the Betty Ford Children’s Center and gained experience working with children living in addicted homes. To support her interest in working with couples, Blair went on to complete an intensive externship training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.

Blair’s background and expertise is in working with family members who have a loved one struggling with an addiction. She has worked as a group facilitator, a family educator, a program coordinator, and a couple/family/individual therapist who is passionate about treating addiction systemically by examining the roles, participation, and dynamics of the entire family system. She believes that health in one individual has a positive ripple effect on the entire system and teaches family members how to break codependent patterns in order to develop healthy, satisfying, balanced, and emotionally connected relationships. Blair is especially effective in working with individuals who struggle with feelings of resentment, guilt, and fear in their relationships and seek freedom from the emotional roller coaster of their lives. She specializes in compassionate boundary setting, healing codependency, and empowering individuals to step into and reclaim their sense of self-worth. Blair believes that, regardless of the circumstances of our lives, is our responsibility to heal ourselves so that we break the cycle of intergenerational trauma within our families, our communities, and our world.

Blair infuses her work with a sense of lightness, curiosity, hope, and possibility in the face of feelings of despair, powerlessness, and hopelessness that so often accompany families impacted by addiction. She has the ability to “zoom out” and contextualize acute distress within the larger picture of one’s life, exploring themes of purpose and meaning with her clients. Blair’s greatest passion is self-study and assisting others on the journey within; the journey to know themselves deeply and intimately. She is especially interested in shadow work and helping people reclaim the parts of themselves that have previously been rejected; the parts of themselves that have been locked away behind closed doors. She offers a safe container for people to both examine the dark and celebrate the light, as one cannot exist without the other. Blair has found the Enneageam to be a particularly powerful tool for self-discovery and she loves incorporating it into her client sessions. Some of Blair’s personal interests include studying the Human Design system, astrology, physical fitness (running/cycling/HIIT training/yoga), consciousness, energy work, the Spanish language, breathwork, Latin dancing, travel, and holistic wellness.

Learn More About Our Counseling Staff and Services

Our compassionate staff is ready to help you and your family regain stability and begin living happier, healthier lives. To learn more about the Petersen Family Counseling staff and what our addiction therapy services can do for you, call us today at 720-513-1465.