Clinical Services

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BIPR provides affordable counseling to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Psychoeducational and Psychodiagnostic testing are also provided.  BIPR is committed to helping under-served and under-privileged individuals and families.

Because of BIPR’s expertise in trauma and attachment, we see people from a wide socioeconomic range.  We are dedicated to providing high quality psychotherapy regardless of the ability to pay and therefore offer low fee psychotherapy and reduced fee psychotherapy.

We can help with:

  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Sexual and Physical Abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child Behavior Problems
  • Parenting
  • Adjustment to Life Changes
  • Grief and Loss


  • Child psychotherapy including Play TherapyTestimonial 2.2
  • Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Adult Psychotherapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychological testing

Zero to Five Services

  • Parent/Infant Dyadic Therapy
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Parent/Toddler Psychotherapy
  • Parent/Preschool Child Psychotherapy
  • Developmental, Cognitive and Psychological Testing
  • Nursery School Consultation
  • Preschool Consultation
  • Nursery and Preschool Inservice Training
  • Parenting Education Groups

Preschool Services

  • Therapeutic Preschool Services are offered through our collaborative relationship with the Connections Classroom at the First Presbyterian Preschool.
  • Preschool Consultation
  • Preschool Inservice Trainings


Lana4web Sarah Ahn, MSW, Contract Therapist
Sarah Ahn has a Masters of Social Work degree from Smith College School for Social Work. In addition to her psychodynamic and neurobiologically-informed approach, Sarah is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Her research interest includes the social and emotional challenges associated with children and young adults with sensory processing disorder. Supervision provided by Debbie Gould, LCSW.
Polly S. Douglas, MA, Post-Masters Fellow
Polly S. Douglass is a Post-Masters Fellow and a Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate. She received her undergraduate degree in Literature from Colorado College and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Regis University. Polly’s counseling practice is influenced by a psychodynamic approach, with an emphasis on attachment and neurobiology. Her clinical experiences and trainings include working as a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group facilitator, an Independent Facilitator of Becoming a Love & Logic Parent™, aLifePlan™ Facilitator, and EMDR trained. Polly’s presence as a therapist is active, direct, and engaging. She understands that individuals and families have unique needs and she approaches each therapeutic relationship with an attitude of openness, collaboration, and mutual respect. Supervision provided by Dana Charatan, Psy.D.
Ashley Davis, MA, LPC, Pre-doctoral Intern
Ashley is a Pre-Doctoral Intern at Fielding Graduate University. Ashley has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Hamilton College in New York. She received her Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she focused on developmental and child psychology, trauma, attachment, as well as family systems. Ashley’s clinical experience includes working therapeutically with adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups in a variety of therapeutic settings. She has worked in residential and wilderness therapy programs, in community mental health settings, and she currently has a private practice working with adolescents, adults and families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado, an EMDRIA Certified Therapist in EMDR, and a Certified Gestalt Psychotherapist. Supervision provided by Elyse Morgan, PhD, and Jackie Schwartz, PhD.
ek Elizabeth Klaers, MSW, LSW, Contract Therapist
Elizabeth received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and Certificate in Interpersonal Trauma Studies from the University of Denver. She completed additional coursework in couples and family therapy at the Denver Family Institute. Her diverse education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University where she studied yoga, meditation and somatic psychology.  Elizabeth has worked with adults, children and families for 12 years with six years of direct clinical training and experience. Elizabeth is trained in Brainspotting (Level II) and is a trauma sensitive therapist. In part, her approach to psychotherapy integrates elements of Neurobiology and Attachment Theory, Somatic Psychology, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Synergetic Play Therapy, Sandtray therapy and body-mind awareness practices. She works with adults, children and parents. In addition to working at BIPR, she maintains a private practice in Boulder. Supervision provided by Kathleen Lamero Dawson, LCSW.
Susana Lopez, LPC, Pre-doctoral Intern
Susana has earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is presently pursing a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University and acquiring certification as an addiction counselor. She has six years of clinical experience and has worked in an array of settings including:  pastoral care, an educational enrichment program, inpatient and outpatient communities, and a correctional facility. Susana approaches therapy with a variety of modalities comprising of: Psychodynamic theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Faith-Based Therapy. In addition to conducting her fellowship at BIPR, Susana has a private practice in Lakewood, CO where she works with adults and couples.. Supervision provided by Anne Reach, PhD. and Moana Kruschwitz, PhD. 
Jess Markowitz, MSW, LSW, Contract Therapist
Jess earned her M.S.W. from Smith College School for SocialWork in 2011. She completed BIPR’s Training Program during the 2010-2011 academic year, and conducted a second clinical internship at a residential treatment program for adolescents in Providence, RI, before moving to Colorado. Jess works with children, adolescents, adults, and families, using a psychodynamic, strengths-based lens. She provides outpatient services through BIPR’s clinic, as well as in her private practice in Boulder and Longmont. Supervision provided by Linda Brown, LCSW.
Marian Salley, MSW, LSW, Contract Therapist
Marian received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies at the University of Colorado in 2004 and received her Master of Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in 2012. While attending Smith College School for Social Work, Marian interned at Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR) as well as Mental Health Partners as part of the Maslin Recovery Team. Her individual and group education, training, and clinical practice are grounded in the psychodynamic tradition with an emphasis on attachment and neurobiology. As well, she has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and course and group work in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). While Marian works with myriad mental health difficulties and age groups, she is particularly adept with women’s issues, young adult’s life transition and gender issues, depression, interpersonal relational struggles, and personality disorders. Currently, Marian continues her work at BIPR; is a post-masters fellow at the University of Colorado, Wardenburg Health Center, Psychological Health and Psychiatry; and maintains a burgeoning private practice. Supervision provided by Debbie Gould, LCSW.
David Sullivan, MSW, Contract Therapist
Dave Sullivan completed his Masters in Social Work in 2013 at Smith College School for Social Work.  Dave’s approach to psychotherapy utilizes a psychodynamic approach integrating neurobiological, attachment, and relational concepts.  Dave has worked in clinical settings for the last 8 years in Boulder, Denver, and Longmont.  Much of his work has been with adolescents and young adults; in addition, he’s worked with veterans, families, and children.  Dave is also a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC II) in the state of Colorado, working with drugs, alcohol, gambling, and specializing in technology addictions.. Supervision provided by Mark Grassman, MSW, LCSW.
 carol Carol Stanwood, MA, LPC, Contract Therapist
Carol Stanwood completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2003. After earning the Counseling degree and becoming licensed as a Professional Counselor, Carol has worked with adults who dealt with a broad range of problems including depression, anxiety, stress management, student adjustments, burn out, self-esteem issues, loss of income, change in finances, relationship problems, retirement and midlife issues, grief and loss and chronic pain. She has been successful in helping people discover stuck points and make changes which, they have reported, have led to a lessening of the issues that brought them to therapy and to more satisfaction in their lives.Carol currently lives in a community of older adults and has provided support groups there for relocated flood survivors and people impacted by the death of another resident. As a singer who frequently leads sing-alongs of “oldies” for retirement communities, Carol recognizes the healing value of self-expression in community.
 AshleyLester Ashley Lester, MA, Post-Masters Fellow
Ashley comes to BIPR with a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her experience includes work with a variety of populations including (but not limited to) children and teens on the autism spectrum, grief and bereavement work in hospice settings and court mandated adults dealing with substance addiction. She is informed by a variety of modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, and other mindfulness practices and experientially-based methodology, such as Gestalt. Her work as a psychotherapist is also informed by Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory and neurobiology.
Amber Courage, MS, Pre-Doctoral Intern
Amber has earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix and is presently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. She uses an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from Psychodynamic theory, Humanistic, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has three years of clinical experience and has worked with clients in an eating disorder clinic as well as individuals involved in the criminal justice system. In addition to participating in her internship at BIPR, Amber is a contract therapist in Denver, CO where she works with adults and couples.
  Jennifer Franklin, MA, MSW Intern
Jennifer Franklin comes to BIPR as a Masters of Social Work intern from the Smith College for Social Work. Jennifer’s most recent internship was at Mental Health Partners in Boulder County, where her clinical training focused on attachment, trauma and family systems. She is a certified EMDR therapist. Jennifer comes from a rich background in education. She received her Masters of the Arts in bilingual and diverse education in 2005. She moved on to work for Family Self-Sufficiency in Boulder County, where she was a bilingual case manager. During this time frame, she also taught parenting, motivational, and Getting Ahead (based on the Bridges out of Poverty model) classes. Jennifer is bilingual in Spanish and has fond memories of the Basque Country in Northern Spain where she taught English as a Second Language over a period of seven years while her Spanish language skills cemented themselves, and where she learned how to rock climb, her favorite pastime.
April Pojman, MA, MS, Bilingual Contract Therapist
April works as an nature-based and trauma-informed experiential therapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. April has undertaken additional training in the Hakomi method of body-centered therapy as well as EMDR trauma resolution therapy. Her strengths-based approach integrates elements of Neurobiology and Attachment Theory, Ecopsychology, Somatic Psychology, Internal Family Systems, Nonviolent Communication, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, expressive arts and mind-body practices. April believes in the underlying wholeness of each person and works to help people uncover their own basic goodness in each moment. While she enjoys working with a wide range of clients, after living overseas for more than a decade she has a special interest in supporting people navigating cross-cultural transitions. In addition to working at BIPR, she maintains a private practice in Boulder.
Ben_Green Benjamin White, MSW, LSW, Contract Therapist
Ben holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work, a B.A. in self-psychology from Colorado College. Having directed wilderness-based programs for Boston University and Colorado College, Ben embarked on a clinical career having observed a need for mental health treatment among college-age young adults. He is particularly interested and adept at working with the various ways that mental health issues affect people’s relationships. He incorporates these skills into his work as a therapist at AIM House in Boulder and in his clinical practice in Lafayette. In addition to these commitments Ben is the founder of “The Climate Within”, dedicated to understanding the relationship between nature and the human mind through ongoing writing, research and consultation. Ben is a licensed Social Worker in the state of Colorado, a core member of the National Association of Social Workers Colorado Practice Standards Committee (NASW) and a liaison to the Department of Regulatory Agencies on behalf of the NASW Colorado Chapter.In his spare time he can be found on all kinds of skis whenever feasible, with his dog not far behind (or ahead). Ben is an avid gardener, an amateur baker and is fascinated with apples, growing several heritage varieties in his small yard in Lafayette.