About Our Counselors at LifePaths Counseling CenterProfessional Counselor Bios, Photos, and Locations Served.
Professional Counselors at LifePaths Counseling
A lot of people feel more comfortable starting to work with a counselor if they can see the person’s photo, and read a little about the person ahead of time. You’ll find that below. As the Director of LifePaths, I want you to know that I’ve personally chosen each of them, and I feel that I have some of the best counselors in the Denver Metro area. I appreciate you coming here to learn about what we do and who we are, and I hope that you find the help you want here with us.
Cathy Wilson, LifePaths Director
We want you to feel your experience with us is valuable so much of our work includes brief and evidence-based therapy solutions. One thing we like to say is that we are always working our way out of a job, because our first priority is to help you get to the point that you don’t need a counselor!
We all feel strongly about staying current with our work and the industry of mental health by continuing education. You may want to ask about this when talking with us, or any counselor you are considering working with. All of our counselors are happy to talk with you about our training, education, approach and areas we specialize in. Read more about each of the counselors below.
Jodi Hardesty, MA LPC NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Through my own journey I know what it is like to have to work through painful experiences and emotions, but the amazing truth is that there is hope for healing.
Since 2001, I have been honored to have had the opportunity to share in the journey of healing with so many people. I am humbled every time I hear “thank you for helping me find the tools to get my life back” or “I have never told anyone this before”. Remembering those breakthrough moments bring tears of joy to my eyes. I am so thankful that my clients know that they are safe with me and can trust that I will care for them and their pain as if it were my own.
Part of being human is having emotions, but sometimes it can be challenging to cope with them. My passion is to help you through these times with grace, humor and respect. I am committed to giving you the support and tools you need to become a happy, balanced and successful person. I have a compassionate and straight-forward approach to counseling that is effective in allowing you to come to resolution, clarity and empowerment. This approach is also effective with couples and families to strengthen bonds, and heal relationships. This process enables individuals and families to develop an appreciation and understanding even through conflict.
I have worked in the mental health field since 2001. My Colorado license is “Licensed Professional Counselor” and I have earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education. I am also Nationally Certified.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), a trauma symptom reduction tool that has proven to be amazing at increasing the speed of healing. It is important to me to continue learning and building on my education and training, and I also teach classes. I work for Dispute Resolution Professionals as a presenter for their co-parenting after divorce class. I teach multiple classes through Esteemed Human Development International for Employee Assistance Programs, as well as at Arapahoe Community College.
Some of the types of classes I teach are Coping with Anxiety, Managing Stress in the Work Place, Coping with Depression, Leadership Skills, Networking, Organization at Work and Home, Weight Management, Nutrition and many more.
I look forward to the opportunity to share in your own journey to healing and fulfillment. Please call for a free initial phone consultation.
Lindsay Windels, LPC LAC
Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor - Littleton Counseling Location
I think recovery from anything is one of the most beautiful and strong things a person can do. Recovery includes healing, mending, and recuperating from any and all of life’s twists and turns. I work with individuals to strengthen and discover their resilience – their ability to recover from life’s difficulties. I want my client’s to recognize that they are not alone, that through their courage to seek counseling, they have also found a trusted ally to navigate difficulties in their lives.
I believe in challenging and compassionate work with my clients. While working with substance abuse and mental health disorders, I feel it is important to be honest, up front, and caring in regards to dangerous or unhealthy behavior patterns. I work from a place of authenticity, and I feel that the relationship between the therapist and the client is of the utmost importance in order to promote long lasting change. I enjoy a holistic approach to recovery, and often incorporate mindfulness interventions that focus on the person as a spiritual, emotional, and physical being.
I am licensed as both a professional counselor and an addictions counselor and have experience working in both a private practice setting, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. My specialties include working with substance abuse and process addictions, trauma, depression, anxiety, boundary setting, and lifestyle and relationship issues. I work with family members of those struggling from addictions and help loved ones regain their sense of self after focusing their time and energy on others. I value diversity in my practice and I encourage a safe space in which clients can feel comfortable being vulnerable.
I look forward to welcoming you into a collaborative and safe place where growth is possible!
Avary Lin-Ye, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor-Littleton Counseling Location
There is something both universal and unique about the human condition. With life transitions there is often a need for meaning-making, clarity, and resolution before moving towards the uncertainty of a new place or direction in life. As individuals we experience varying degrees of disconnection and alienation from our environment and from ourselves during these times of turmoil and reflection.
Counseling allows for the processing of such major fundamental shifts. The unknown can be frightening and bewildering on the one hand but also exciting and hopeful on the other. I believe that resilience comes from adversity, and we are stronger with each step we take in the positive direction. It takes a lot of courage to share your vulnerabilities with another person, and I want to honor that trust with respect and dignity as we navigate the complexities of your struggles. To share your pain and suffering gives them voice to be heard and potential to be strength. From a place of compassionate empathy, I meet you wherever you are in your journey and help you work through your challenges within a safe therapeutic space. Together we can explore and discover where you can heal and where you can grow.
I am a Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor with specialization in Life Transitions, such as Adolescence, Terminal Illness, Loss, and Migration. I received my Master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University’s Barnard College. My counseling background includes work within multiple settings, such as private offices, hospitals, homes, and community centers, supporting adults and adolescents in their varied life transitions.
I hold an integrated counseling approach that incorporates Existential, Reality, and Narrative Therapies, allowing for a comprehensive and holistic model of counseling and wellness. I aim to build a therapeutic relationship that promotes finding freedom within your limitations and empowerment in the choices you make to meet your needs.
Traci Hart, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Traci Hart is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Centennial, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baylor University in 1993 and her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Stephen F. Austin in 1997. She received her License of Professional Counseling from the state of Texas in 2000 and became a member of the Texas Counseling Association.
After receiving her license, she practiced as an independent contractor for the Minirth Clinic, P.A. (currently Hope Speaks). She developed and led a six-week group for Women’s Issues. During this time, she also practiced at, and eventually managed, a partial hospitalization program in Garland, Texas.
Traci moved to Colorado in 2008 and immediately obtained her License of Professional Counseling in Colorado and became a member of the Colorado Counseling Association (CCA). She was nominated and elected to serve on the board of the Colorado Licensed Professional Counselors Association as Networking Chairman. In 2009, she was nominated and elected to serve on the CCA board as Co-Chairman of the Events Committee. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.
She has joined LifePaths Counseling to facilitate therapy groups and share her expertise in the areas of narcissistic personality qualities and more.
Jennifer Bourdeon, Intern Counselor
Jenn holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and previously served as an educator teaching Chemistry at a Private High School before moving to Colorado. She continues to work with teens and adolescents teaching mindfulness courses for various organizations and educational institutions. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Mental Health and additionally has an extensive background in mindfulness and meditation practices.
She has completed various yoga trainings (Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini, and Nidra) and currently teaches private group sessions and public studio classes at numerous locations in Douglas County. Jenn reports the greatest benefit in teaching these techniques is the ability of the practices to assist the client in relaxing the nervous system in such simplistic ways, that deeper release of emotional and mental bodies becomes effortless.
Currently Jenn works with a non-profit organization that serves populations with trauma backgrounds. She assists individuals to become aware of their current expression, move toward emotional release, and positive manifestation.
I believe that everyone is doing the best they can with the tools they have. As a graduate student at Adams State University and Colorado Registered Psychotherapist, I have come to a deeper understanding of that statement and its application to the circumstances in each person’s life. I am dedicated to helping individuals develop tools so that they can live their life more intentionally and reach their personal goals.
In my previous career as a teacher I found a passion for helping children develop coping skills and working with parents to develop a consistent, supportive, and loving parenting style that fit with their personality and values. My volunteer work with teens as has included addressing the social, academic, and personal pressures that seem to come from every angle during the middle and high school years. Learning to manage these stressors as a teen or young adult is a constructive step toward success later in life.
In any stage of life, daily pressures can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it is persistent stress, grief, or pain that can send us down a road of anxiety, depression, or anger that we never thought we would travel. Other times, sudden and unexpected circumstances transform our lives in ways that we never expected. In each of these, I believe that self-awareness and self-compassion are the first steps toward resilience and living a more intentional life. My role as a counselor is to offer a safe environment, help you set and achieve your goals, and celebrate your successes with you, so that you can embark on a new, more purposeful way of being in your world.
I help individuals with ADHD, learning and developmental disabilities, anxiety, depression, guilt, parenting challenges, and coping strategies. Having been a teacher, I have some insight into the pressures that teachers face as well. With this focus, I hope to help children, teens, families and young adults achieve the goals they want in their lives.
April Eavers, Intern Counselor
I am of the mindset that human beings are inherently valuable. As we are endowed with inherent dignity, we are also inclined toward suffering. Sometimes we find ourselves in a place we begin to question this value, leaving us to feel shame, guilt, isolated and alone. This can happen regardless of age, experience, ability, status, culture and spirituality. At times we fall, or, the source of this pain can be through no fault of our own, but we lack both the tools and insight to step forward. This is a time in our lives when we may find ourselves, scared, vulnerable, angry, sad, and feeling stuck in in emotions that serve to inhibit our basic rights to belonging, happiness, and connectedness. I hold on to the belief that everyone deserves to know that they are OK as they are; imperfect and complex yet containing worth.
Having experienced suffering many times over, sometimes due to my own behavior, and sometimes due to circumstances beyond my control; I understand that having appropriate support can help us to overcome even the greatest obstacles. No matter how we arrive in in counseling, we need the room to feel safe, understood, and to reach reconciliation without judgement. I have had the great fortune to feel support at times when I felt undeserving and at times when I appeared to have it all together but did not. It is my hope to pass along that same support and comfort in a professional relationship.
I have spent most of my working life in the helping profession, teaching life skills to people with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mentoring children who have been adopted and those who benefit from behavioral supports. These roles have enlightened me to the unique challenges’ caregivers face, especially caregiver burnout. My experience has also taught me to stand up for people who are marginalized and to reciprocate respect regardless of need or ability. I am currently completing the Counselor Education graduate program through Adams State University, enhancing my skills through an evidence-based curriculum. I appreciate the opportunity to strengthen my skillset and to learn through doing in a counseling environment.
Kelly Coté, LAC LPC
Licensed Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor - Littleton and Centennial locations
Sometimes the unimaginable happens and our life comes crashing down around us. Relationships end. People close to us die. Our past starts to haunt us. We lose our sense of purpose. We suffer pregnancy loss(es). Grasping at ways to cope, we end up drinking too much or numbing in other ways. We end up feeling isolated and disconnected from the world around us. Life is really hard at times. These experiences will change us, but you don’t need to suffer.
I am dedicated and passionate about helping people pick up the pieces when life seems to have crumbled around them. I believe we all have what we need to heal, sometimes we just need someone to support us along the journey. You may be wondering how overcoming this is possible. You may not know where to start. You might not believe things will ever get better. I’ve been there! I know what it’s like to feel broken and I also know what it’s like to come out the other side. When our life has been turned upside down, sometimes healing means finding a new normal.
Everyone’s path to healing is different. You are the expert in your own life, however, I am here to help you sort through all the painful things that have happened. I will support you in finding your new normal and help you build the life you deserve and desire.
Some areas I specialize in are substance use, traumatic or difficult life experiences, anxiety, grief, and infant/pregnancy loss. I use a variety of modalities to best meet your needs. Additionally, I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Panic Control Treatment. EMDR is a type of therapy that enables people to heal from various symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor with over 10 years of experiencing helping adults and adolescents heal and create the life they want. Throughout my career, I have worked in both private practice and community mental health settings with adults and adolescents.
Alires Almon, MA, Executive Coach
Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology
Throughout my professional career, I have committed my skills and talents as a facilitator and organizational development professional to support both individuals and organizations in developing themselves to be the best leader and contributor they can be.
The whole person walks the journey toward their goals. Not only in the workplace, but in their life in the community and at home. After all, it is the whole person who walks into the workplace everyday, not just the “work” person.
Executive Coaching will focus on the challenges and opportunities you have to grow and be successful in reaching your goals. Unlike therapy, coaching provides a person a perspective of success on their own terms.
As an entrepreneur, a corporate executive, or someone who just wants to improve their leadership skills, the time and effort you put into executive coaching can bring about your own definition of success.
The coaching journey takes work–plain and simple. With all goals, you have to do the work. My role is to assist you in looking to your future, setting a plan, and helping you take the journey to that end.
Formally trained in psychology, I have a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. I have also received training through the Coaches Training Institute, and am an authorized practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®).
I look forward to working with you and making your goals a reality.
Catherine Wilson, LPC
Director of LifePaths Counseling Center
I am so proud and grateful to be the Director of this group of exceptional people!
I feel honored and humbled by the fact that people allow me to become a part of their lives to help them through troubles they face. Working as a counselor is the most meaningful work I can imagine! I am grateful I have a way to provide this service to people in our Denver community, along with the counselors that are also part of LifePaths.
I have been in the field of counseling since 2005, working with adults, teens, and couples in both a private setting at LifePaths Counseling Center and working for a mental health agency in the Littleton area. Since 2012, I’ve expanded LifePaths to include additional counselors to be able to serve more people in our Littleton/Ken Caryl/Columbine community. In 2017, we added another location in the Denver Tech Center to allow our counselors to serve the south Denver metro area. At the beginning of 2019, we expanded to be able to also see clients in two Denver locations.
I obtained my Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Regis University. I am licensed in the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO LPC #6143).
Continuing education is important to me. Since beginning work as a counselor, I have participated in classes and workshops and regularly read books/magazines related to mental health. I also seek information from many sources to help me do this work to the best of my ability.
It is important to me that I do my work well, that I maintain my skills, and that I always provide these services within the highest ethical standards of this profession. When I personally chose the counselors that work here, I purposely chose people who also maintain these high standards for themselves.