Our Team

 
 

Phillip Horner, LCSW, CGP 

executive Director

Phillip (he/him/his) works with individuals and groups. As a therapist Phillip has focused on working with people who struggle in relationships. This could be because of early childhood trauma/s, difficult relationships, or unhealthy family relationships. Through training on attachment and trauma therapy Phillip aims to repair old relationships so you can have the one you want going forward. Phillip also work with people going through tough transitions in life. This could be time of life, coming out of intensive therapy previously or intense family dynamics. This could mean we are working on early attachments, relationships with men, or traumas that have greatly impacted you. He aims to work with those who want to feel seen or who have had trouble connecting before.

Phillip focuses on building a strong relationship with his clients, using this connection as the foundation and strength for the therapy.  In this space Phillip and the client can together repair attachments, work on past traumas, and discover intimacy without fear. He integrates approaches on DBT, Mindfulness, narrative therapy, and his foundation in attachment and psychodynamic theory.

On top of seeing clients individually and in groups, Phillip also holds the role of Executive Director for Whole Connection. In this role Phillip supports Whole Connection therapists, organizes trainings for all the Whole Connection staff, as well as for the local community, and helps operate the business side of Whole Connection so the clinicians can focus on giving the best service they can to their clients.


Supervisors

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Laia Jorba, LPC

Clinical Supervisor/Trainer & Educator

Laia (she/her/hers) works with adults with complex trauma from a place of hope, curiosity and resiliency. She is a body-centered psychotherapist, using sensorimotor processes to facilitate trauma integration and increased functionality, while regaining intimacy with self and others. She compliments this foundation with psychodynamic and attachment-based lenses, while integrating approaches such as EMDR, mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), creative processes, Authentic Movement, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and narrative therapy. She also works with body and cultural identity, adding a social and systemic approach to understand multicultural and transcultural challenges. She provides counseling in Catalan, Spanish and English and likes to work with people of all origins.

Laia has more than 15 years of experience as an educator, having taught nationally and internationally and is currently also a trainer at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is passionate to learn from the newest research and share this knowledge from a place of mutual growth. From this stance, she is eager to support other therapists through teaching, supervising and mentoring.

Laia trabaja con adultos con traumas complejos con una actitud de esperanza, curiosidad y resiliencia. Su trabajo se centra en el cuerpo, utilizando la terapia sensoriomotriz para facilitar la integración del trauma y una mayor funcionalidad, al tiempo que la persona recupera la intimidad con uno mismo y con los demás. Laia complementa este trabajo con lentes psicodinámicas y teorías basadas en el apego, a la vez que integra enfoques como la EMDR, mindfulness o atención plena, la terapia de procesamiento cognitivo (CPT), procesos creativos, movimiento auténtico, sistemas familiares internos (IFS) y terapia narrativa. También trabaja con temas de identidad cultural, agregando un enfoque social y sistémico para entender los desafíos multiculturales y transculturales. Laia ofrece terapia en catalán, español e inglés y le gusta trabajar con personas de todos los orígenes.

Laia tiene más de 15 años de experiencia como educadora. Ha enseñado a nivel nacional e internacional y actualmente también es formadora en el Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institut. Le apasiona aprender de los avances en investigación psicológica y compartir este conocimiento desde un lugar de crecimiento mutuo. Desde este posicionamiento, a Laia le gusta apoyar a otros terapeutas a través de la enseñanza, la supervisión y la tutoría.

Abby Howard, MSW, LCSW, CPCC

Director of Outreach & Engagement and Clinical Supervisor 

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Abby Howard (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical social worker and certified professional co-active coach working with adolescents and adults in Colorado through in person and telehealth services. Abby graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Social Work and has worked as a community organizer, teacher, and clinician in both community mental health and private practice settings for over 10 years. 

Abby is first and foremost a relationship builder, bringing her warmth, humor, intuition, and empathy to create connection and catalyze growth with individuals, groups, classrooms and communities. She works with people from many walks of life who are facing several different types of life transitions including stress around food, diet and eating, body image, religious trauma, depression, anxiety, the coming out process, and gender identity and confirmation.

Multicultural, relational, humanistic, and feminist theories are the foundation of Abby’s work with clients and she specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, compassion focused therapy, and body positive psychotherapy. Starting in October, Abby will begin utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is considered a best practice for healing trauma. 

In addition to serving as the Director of Outreach & Engagement and Supervisor at Whole Connection, she is adjunct faculty at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and has her own private practice. When she is not wearing one of her many social work hats she can usually be found cooking or baking up a storm in her kitchen.



Trainers & Educators

Marcia Warren Edelman, LPCC

Trainer & Educator/Consultant

Marcia is a Somatic Body Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in international educational exchange and Native American policy and advocacy. She works with individuals and groups in areas of race, culture and identity, through a trauma-informed lens. In addition to her private practice, Marcia provides workshops on Embodied Code-Switching, a model she created that supports the expression of multicultural identities through somatic awareness.

As an educator on our team, Marcia offers a focus on cultural awareness, social justice, intercultural communication, and identity.  Through training, office hours, and individual conversations Marcia provides a guided discovery process for each of the above topics.  This allows our clinicians to build an awareness of how these topics show up personally and professionally as well as building an understanding of how to apply these learnings to client work. 

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Kat Austin, LMFT, LPC, LAC

Trainer & Educator/Supervisor

Kat (she, her, hers) brings 15 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families.  Kat believes in the human’s innate ability to heal and create transformation in their lives.  It is through the power of attachment relationships, be it with a partner, spouse, friend, or therapist, we are able to tap into this innate ability and grow to our self at best.  Kat is a systemic, experiential, humanistic, attachment focused therapist.  She is Certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and has extensive training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy (AEDP). 

Kat is partnering as an educator with Whole Connection.  She is excited to offer a focus on EFT and systemic work to the team.  Kat will be offering supervision, office hours, training, and support to therapists working systemically.  Kat is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate.


Clinical Therapists

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Dustin Hiles, MA, Registered Psychotherapist

Clinical Therapist

Dustin received his Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University, specializing in body-based methods of psychotherapy. He has worked with children, adolescents, as well as middle-aged and older adults, as teacher, tutor, and consultant—amongst other roles. He works in an eclectic, integrity-oriented manner informed by his multifaceted professional and academic background to support and foster clients’ potential for inherent health and embodied vibrancy. Such experiences have led him to engage with issues of community well-being and sustainability, collective
memory, imagination, and the role of language in our lives.

Through his work, he continually explores how to realize increasingly inclusive therapeutic practices that invite personal- and social-level healing. As a Registered Psychotherapist (NLC), Dustin offers a wide range of collaborative methods for challenging old patterns and creating new opportunities. He appreciates the depths of our many life challenges as well as our arising hunger for change and growth. He seeks to affirm strength and wisdom alike in each of his clients. To do so, he draws from Integral Theory, existential traditions, attachment theory, trauma awareness, and nonverbal behavior, as well as an array of various life experiences to inform his work as a therapist. He reveres the transformational capacities of relationship, empathy, vulnerability, curiosity, imagination, story, metaphor, and affirmative humor. Dustin also identifies himself as a life-long student of paradox, creativity, spiritual traditions, and the dynamic wisdom of embodiment.

Stacy Shelts, MA, Registered Psychotherapist

Clinical Therapist

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Stacy works with adults 18+ dealing with a variety of mental health issues, including relationship difficulties, crisis, and grief & loss. Stacy offers a judgment-free place where clients can experiment, explore, and even play as they work through challenges and try out new ways of being in the world. With a background in dance, meditation, and fitness instruction, Stacy is passionate about helping people feel better, build confidence, and express creativity. As a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Mental Health Counselor specializing in Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy, Stacy advocates for mental health and well-being for every body. Stacy has a person-centered, strengths-focused therapy style, incorporating felt-sense, body awareness, and movement with clients. Stacy spends her free time cooking, practicing yoga, and being active in her community.

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Maura Huebl, MA, LPCC

Fellow & Clinical Therapist

Maura Huebl (she, her, hers) was born and currently lives in Northwest Denver. She has a BA in Photography, a Masters of Education in Secondary Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction, and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. Maura taught language arts and social/emotional classes in Adams 12 and Denver Public alternative high schools for 10 years. While working with teens marginalized by the public education system, she observed that people become more empowered as they grow confident in their own identities. In light of this experience, Maura wanted to put her passion for holistic healing to work by helping individuals in their pursuit of creating a stronger Self. She is passionate about social justice and understanding how the intersections of ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, religion, socioeconomic status, age, and physical abilities can all contribute to a person’s social identity. In her free time you can find Maura connecting with loved ones, seeking ritual balance with nature, admiring street art, or relaxing with her nose in a beautiful work of fiction.

Ingrid Avison, MA, Registered Psychotherapist

Group Fellow & Clinical therapist

Ingrid (she/her/hers) is motivated in her work as a therapist out of deep investment and belief in the transformative power of healing through relationship, community, and insight. She works with individuals, groups, and families using evidenced-based approaches that emphasize clients as the experts on their own lives. Ingrid believes that each person holds the ability to lead a fulfilling life and that everyone faces hardships that challenge their capacity to thrive. Ingrid individualizes her approach with her clients by collaboratively establishing goals and working with clients as they cultivate insight, heal past or ongoing trauma, improve relationships, cope with challenging or overwhelming emotions, establish a greater sense of control over their life, change unwanted behaviors, and receive a supportive and validating environment to explore their identity and story.

A graduate from the Smith College, School for Social Work, Ingrid grounds her approach in contemporary psychodynamic theory, with an emphasis on attachment-based, relational, and body-centered therapy. She has both training and experience in helping clients through depression, anxiety, attachment trauma, grief/loss, sexual trauma, emerging identity, gender transition, interpersonal and family conflict, and intimacy struggles. Ingrid is committed to working within an anti-oppressive frame, examining and acknowledging systems of power and oppression that influence client experiences. Ingrid welcomes and is committed to working with people of all gender, sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, and class identities.  


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Jack Dickey, Registered Psychotherapist

Therapist

Jack (he/him/his) is completing his Masters at Naropa University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Specializing in mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, he is passionate about helping people connect with authentic senses of self-empowerment and innate health while healing mind, body, and spirit. Jack has a background in supporting the LGBTQPIA+ community as a peer mentor and group facilitator at Queer Asterisk, as well as therapeutically supporting families and individuals. Jack is very excited to work with Whole Connection in its mission to bring compassion, dignity, and support to every human journey - liberating persons from learned trances of unworthiness and suffering. Jack loves poetry, dogs, mountain hikes, and meditation.

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Sean Scott, Registered Psychotherapist

Therapist

Sean is a third year  graduate student in Naropa’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program. Before coming to Naropa, he received his degree in psychology at the University of Victoria, Canada, and  has experience with helping others in his past 6 years of working in  social services. Sean has supported the well-being of  others in areas such as mental health, homelessness, family issues, trauma, and addictions. Sean utilizes various transpersonal modalities, including Internal Family Systems, Gestalt, and Mindfulness practices. He sees counseling as a collaborative process that is client centered overall and believes that therapy offers a chance to facilitate self-knowledge and acceptance, personal resources, and emotional growth. In turn, this grants us with more autonomy to live in life-affirming ways. When not working or in school, you can find Sean fishing, hiking, playing guitar, meditating, or spending time with those close to him. Sean says he couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Whole Connection family!

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Brittney Reney, Registered Psychotherapist

Therapist

Brittney Reney is a Registered Psychotherapist pursuing her Masters in Clinical Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work and is excited to be joining the Whole Connection Team this year.

Brittney focuses heavily on clients’ strengths and believes that therapy should be a collaborative and empowering process that awakens one’s own capacity to heal. With a strong emphasis on Attachment Theory, a core aspect of successful therapy is cultivating a nurturing atmosphere and developing an attuned therapeutic alliance that models empathic connection. By diving into the past and exploring life events and relationships from a psychodynamic standpoint, Brittney aims to understand how these early experiences currently manifest in clients’ lives. This includes uncovering core beliefs about the self and understanding relational patterns that may be preventing one from living authentically and having meaningful and fulfilling relationships. Brittney often draws from evidence-based techniques such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Social justice is at the heart of Brittney’s practice. She is committed to practicing from an anti-oppressive standpoint and demonstrates this by engaging in critical self-reflection regarding her own sociocultural location and biases. While on her journey as a healer and advocate for vulnerable and marginalized populations, Brittney has adopted a Trauma-Informed lens and continues to be amazed and inspired by the resilience of her clients and their communities.

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Leah Fox, Registered Psychotherapist

Therapist

Leah (she/her/hers) works from a place of non-judgmental discernment. This means that she encourages individuals not to judge their actions and behaviors, but rather to openly notice the impact of behaviors, in order to help individuals move towards increased harmony in their lives. Leah’s background is in education, and she believes that both learning and personal growth happen within the context of supportive relationships. Her goal is to create therapeutic relationships which help individuals to create positive shifts in their lives. Leah is earning her Master’s in Social Work from Colorado State University. She appreciates the focus social workers have on social justice, and she examines how individuals, families and communities are impacted by wider societal issues. Leah is a certified Mindfulness teacher for youth. She defines mindfulness as noticing what is happening right now. Leah supports individuals to bring awareness to their experiences, so that they can break patterns which no longer serve them. She enjoys working with people of all ages, as well as with groups.


Office Support

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Tina Collins

Administrative Assistant

I was looking for a way to make a difference in people’s lives and be a part of something meaningful when I became a part of Whole Connection. I have years of experience in office assisting and am so glad to be a part of the team. I enjoy working with everyone here and really admire everyone’s commitment to helping others. I am available to help everyone who needs assistance in the process of finding out if Whole Connection is the right fit for what you need.

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Good Canine citizen in Training

Mila is the newest member of our Whole Connection Family. She joins her dad, Phillip, most days and is in training to be a good canine citizen and eventually a therapy dog. She is a sweetheart and is working hard to learn her commands. She loves her people and other dogs. She currently joins some clients during their sessions as she learns how to be a good therapy dog.