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

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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, LPC

Trained in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR

Specialties: Trauma, Addiction Recovery, Spirituality, Energy Psychology, Existential Growth 

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I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to Colorado in 2017. I earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s in Community, Family and Addiction Services from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and have specialty training in EMDR, somatic psychotherapy and Energy Psychology. I’m experienced in various settings in the mental health field including outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric care and crisis intervention with families facing domestic violence.

My deepest passion lies within guiding others through the journey of trauma healing and spiritual growth. If you often get lost within yourself wondering about the purpose and meaning of your life, how to overcome cycles of defeat, how to detach from pain of the past, contemplating who you are and who you want to become, or have a longing for expansion of your soul, I’d be honored to walk alongside you.

Over the course of my personal and professional experience with recovery, I discovered a common theme in the human experience. We are all wounded in some capacity, we all search for meaning, we all develop behaviors to feel worthy and to establish a sense of safety, we all want to feel connected and we all ultimately desire to live free from pain. The reparative experiences we will create together will allow you to process events from the past and design a renewed lens to see the world through. We will emphasize the importance of removing traumatic and energetic blocks from your system in order to unlock the truest potential within you. My goals are to instill awareness of your inner guidance system, innate healing capabilities of the body, the role spirituality has in recovery from our pain and the power of the human mind. I’m a huge advocate of teaching you to find answers within yourself, to provide you with the tools to have a well-balanced life and to confront the obstacles that keep you stuck.

In my practice I utilize various conventional, alternative and holistic treatment modalities including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, meridian tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques and Thought Field Therapy), Internal Family Systems (IFS), muscle testing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We may also incorporate complementary tools in your treatment including Enneagram coaching, breath work, sound healing, meditation, energy balancing, aromatherapy, “earthing” techniques, Human Design, spiritual rituals and indigenous healing practices.

In my personal life, I live by the style of treatment asked of my clients in the therapy process. I find overall mind, body and spiritual health to be an essential value for healing and growth, as well as a beautiful way to exist. I work towards this through connection with nature, travel, journaling, creating art, reading, learning, curiosity, loving on my pups, spontaneity and connecting to my body through dance, Qigong, yoga, meditation, biking and hiking.

If you would like to learn more about my specialty in the emerging and evidence based sub-field of mental health treatment referred to as Energy Psychology, please click the following link:


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.

Stephanie Johnson, MEd, MSW, LSW Love and Logic Coach

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Stephanie was born in Tucson, Arizona but was fortunately raised in Colorado! She obtained her undergraduate degree in sociology with an elementary teaching certificate in 1998. She taught four years, while earning her Master’s Degree in Education before the birth of her twin girls. She stayed home with her daughters for several years and received training in Love and Logic® parenting. She has facilitated classes and provided individual support to parents for over 14 years.

Stephanie’s passion for supporting children led her to return to school and earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Denver. She graduated with honors in 2014. Stephanie began her social work career at The Arapahoe County Department of Human Service as a child welfare case worker, supporting parents and children through some of the darkest times in their lives. In 2017, Stephanie was offered a position as a Behavioral Health Counselor at CeDAR (The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation) where she is still currently employed.

Stephanie specializes in child development, parenting, addiction and supporting those who are interested in working toward a more authentic and fulfilling life. Stephanie’s many years of working in various roles with children, parents and individuals has provided her with a unique ability to genuinely empathize and provide patients with a safe space for exploring how to institute positive change.

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.