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.
Intern Counselor (EMDR trained), TeleHealth and Littleton (Fee=$45/session until May 1, 2023)
I believe that each and every client has precisely what they need to heal themselves within the container that therapy offers. As a counselor, I focus on creating a safe and supportive space for clients to begin to unwind the issues that brought them to seek counseling. Through empowering each client to unearth and heal their wounds, whether they are buried deeply or not, clients gain a richer understanding of who they are and how they can transform current challenges into growth experiences. Counseling that is imbued with presence, compassion, empathy, and informed techniques and skills, can lead to lasting and meaningful client changes.
I’ve spent much of my professional life working for a national medical specialty society creating mutually beneficial collaborations and strategic partnerships. While fulfilling in that I assisted non-profits and for-profits in finding areas of alignment to generate change and innovation in the medical community, my heart has always been focused on working directly with individuals, families, and groups in finding their own way through life’s inevitable challenges and changes. Through training and certification in a variety of healing arts modalities, including meditation coaching and teaching, yoga, neuromuscular therapy and bodywork, and energy medicine, I have worked directly with clients from many diverse backgrounds. Working with clients as they discover facets of themselves that lead to inspired actions and lives of personal meaning is incredibly fulfilling.
My own counseling journey began with the sudden passing of my mother when I was a teenager. Diving into the depth of that trauma and subsequent healing through therapy, and combined with my own inner drive to assist others, has brought me to the profession of counseling.
Jennifer Bourdeon, MA LPCC
Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate, TeleHealth and Littleton (Fee=$125/session)
Looking for assistance to navigate personal, relational, or familial issues? Would you like to feel more fulfillment or a sense of purpose in your life? I believe when we are able to identify challenges or unhelpful frameworks that have been guiding our experience, we are more able to live life fully. My approach is structured to provide coping skills and strategies that will assist you find your innate expression and create awareness around behaviors and patterns that may be holding you back from a more satisfying life
Currently, I work with individuals, couples, and families to address issues such as anxiety, attachment and behavioral issues, boundary setting, body dysmorphia, communication difficulties, depression, self-esteem, self-harm, suicide ideation, trauma and grief and loss. In our work together, we will focus on five areas of life in which these issues primarily present: emotional, intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual.
My primary background and undergraduate degree are in the biological sciences, and I place significant importance on an understanding of the nervous system and neurological development concerning social engagement and behavior expression. Additionally, I come to this work with 12 years of yoga and meditation practice and instruction, and thus bring a concentration in mindfulness and somatic methodologies into the counseling space. I have worked extensively within the non-profit sector utilizing trust-based relational methods with individuals from traumatic backgrounds to improve parenting skills, intra-familial connections, and decrease emotional disturbances. I genuinely enjoy learning, and continue to engage in additional training and educational courses since completing my MA in Clinical Mental Health.
If you are here, I encourage you to keep going, and take the next step. I see therapy work on a daily basis and change lives for the better. If you would like to contact me, I offer a free 10-15 min. consultation to discuss options and explore the best fit for you.
Intern Counselor, TeleHealth and Littleton (Fee=$45/session unti May 1, 2023)
Hi! It’s nice to “meet” you. My name is Jarae Martinez and I’m grateful that you’ve considered me to help you navigate the journey that mental health can be sometimes. I practice from a place of compassion and helping you understand that you deserve that compassion yourself as well.
Each person has the possibility to overcome their obstacles and I love to be the helping hand and empathetic ear to help you through this process. I do this through positive self-talk, affirmations, and challenging negative feedback loops. I work towards helping you understand what values and self-limiting dialogue and beliefs that may be holding you back. I am passionate about somatic healing, such as breath work, meditation, and yoga.
I have a trauma informed approach in working with clients, understanding that most people have experienced trauma at one point during their lives, although I do not assume this. Trauma-informed exercise is another area I’m in love with, helping clients understand how to feel safe, strong, and in control of their bodies. I weightlift, snowboard, and do yoga as my somatic passions and am appreciative of the healing power that movement can have.
As a first generational college student and woman of color, I also am compassionate about navigating pressure, perfectionism, and the challenges that come along with managing the balance of everyday life and often use mindfulness techniques to help manage these pressures. Let’s talk more and move towards the change that you’re looking for.
Gina Hebb, MA LPCC
Licensed Professional Counselor - Candidate, TeleHealth and Littleton (Fee=$135/session)
I believe that everyone is doing the best they can with the tools they have. I have come to a deeper understanding of that statement in my work as a counselor, 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.
Cathy Wilson, LPC ACS
Director of LifePaths Counseling Center, TeleHealth Only (Fee=$160/session - unavailable for new clients at this time)
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.