About Metis Center For Psychological Services
At the Metis Center For Psychological Services, we focus on the needs of each patient. Our patients are our number one priority in each of our three locations. It’s hard to look yourself in the mirror and admit that you might be facing some problems you can’t overcome yourself; with our counseling and therapy, we’ll be able to assist you in becoming the best version of yourself.
There is a certain stigma associated with psychology, which is why we create a safe environment so you’re able to make the changes in your life that you need. When you book an appointment with us for counseling and psychotherapy, you’re making a commitment to yourself to work through the issues you feel are most important to overcome.
The emphasis for mental health is very low in our society. Due to this if you feel that you need help with your inner demons, with negative influences in your life, or because you had a traumatic event happen to you, it is imperative that you seek the help you need. There’s nothing wrong with going to counseling and seeing a therapist; in fact, in the long run it will aid you in making healthy conscious decisions. Some of the therapeutic approaches we offer are: couples therapy, neurofeedback, cognitive processing therapy, and eye movement, just to name a few services.
Our main office in Boulder, CO, has been established for a number of years, but we wanted to give others all over Colorado the benefit of our psychotherapy services. Recently, we opened two new locations, one in Erie, CO, and the other in Durango, CO. When we decided to open two more locations in different parts of Colorado, we wanted to ensure that each person seeking counseling in these areas was able to access our services. We look forward to helping every person who comes to us for psychotherapy and counseling needs.
For any questions, please contact us.
A Welcoming Space
We wish to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds and situations, including those who might be struggling with questions about their sexuality and spirituality. We want all of our guests and clients to feel comfortable. Our office is a nonjudgmental environment and a LGBTQA safe space.
Please feel to reach out with any questions you might have about us, our therapy practice or the process of psychotherapy. We’re eager to hear from you!
Free Initial Consultation
If you’re serious about making healthy, lasting change through therapy, then it is vital that you find a therapist that you work well with. We offer a free initial consultation in order to help you find that good fit for you. Please contact us if you’re interested in seeing if we would work well together. We’d be happy to discuss your needs and goals, our therapeutic approaches and what methods we think would benefit you, individually. There’s no pressure to work with us further if you don’t wish to.
Just give us a call at (720) 387-8458 or email us to request a free initial consultation. We’re happy to answer any questions you have in order to assist you in finding a therapist who is a good fit for you.
Meet Our Clinicians
About Sunda Friedman TeBockhorst, PhD, ABPP
I am proud to be a Colorado native. I was born in Denver and lived around that area for a few years. When I was young, however, my family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As a result, I feel that I really grew up in North Carolina rather than Colorado. After completing my undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, though, I moved back to make Colorado my home state once again.
After I returned to Colorado, I went to work at the Longmont Police Department as the first Victim Services Coordinator. It was an important role, but I felt that I wanted to do more so I continued my education by going to graduate school. I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver before starting on my Ph.D. My long academic journey was finally completed when I earned by Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. (Click Here for a list of my professional credentials and affiliations.)
I currently live and practice in Boulder, Colorado and enjoy the proximity of my extended family in the area. I am married, and have two young children.
About Melissa Horne, Ph.D.
Colorado has been my home for 26 years and I love living in this state. I was raised in the rural community of Black Forest, which has since experienced explosive development and change. I feel a close connection to Black Forest and Colorado as this beautiful mountainous community contributed to my own growth as a therapist and person.
During my college experience at the University of Denver, I was lucky enough to be exposed to psychologists and therapeutic practices which encouraged my own professional interests. I pursued my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology through the University of Northern Colorado. During this time, I worked with college students and adults with severe and chronic disabilities. Since then, I traveled to Moscow, Idaho where I worked with the LGBTQ population and college students, and Grand Rapids, Michigan where I worked primarily with low-income couples and individuals as well as completed several psychological evaluations. I have worked in both college and community mental health, and enjoy the opportunity to meet with individuals with different life experiences from my own.
I currently practice in the Durango office. I enjoy spending time on the endless biking and hiking paths nearby and finding any excuse for a mountain getaway.
About Brian Keating, M.A.
As a therapist with a passion for working with people navigating challenging transitions, I take the time to hear your story and consider all the pieces that influence your experience. I utilize a mindfulness-based approach and have also begun including neurofeedback and other forms of biofeedback to help empower clients to fully understand their body and mind.
I have been helpful to individuals, couples, and families working through challenges related to death-loss, depression, and anxiety. I use an integrated approach that focuses on the holistic needs of each person including those struggling from depression, anxiety, suicide-loss, and overall despair. Along with the challenges individuals face following a death loss, I also recognize the disorienting and confusing emotions encountered when experiencing non-death related loss and transition. My experience also includes working with children affected by a family member’s cancer diagnosis.
Working in the mental health field since 2012, I have worked in residential, inpatient, and community programs. As a graduate of the Contemplative Psychotherapy program at Naropa University, I received my MA after completing clinical placements in the fields of elder care, hospice work, and psychiatric supported assisted living. Along with my work at the Metis Center’s Boulder office, I also work as a post-graduate trainee at Judi’s House in Denver facilitating grief groups for children and adults, and serve as a member of the National Mental Health Panel for Camp Kesem.
Prior to working in mental health, I was a professional musician, recording and touring both on the national and international level for twelve years. I love the Beatles and Motown, and am grateful that my skill and appreciation for deep listening has been an asset in both fields. I am honored to have the opportunity to hear your story and bear witness to its telling.
I am not able to accept new clients at this time.
About Claire Dowdle, PsyD.
Although I’m a Minnesota native, I first moved to Colorado to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following my love for the outdoors and skiing in particular, I spent two years after college living and working in the Rocky Mountains. This time was formative for me to better understand my self and my strong desire to give back to the world in the way that I was meant to. I moved to the Bay Area and began my graduate training through Stanford University Medical School. Throughout my training, I have worked at three VA hospitals, as well as Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where I completed my postdoctoral fellowship in trauma informed clinical care. With my clinical training finally complete, I am back in Colorado for good and I could not be more excited to return to the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
I am passionate about providing evidence-based treatment that is flexible, compassionate, and individualized. I have experience delivering a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches with diverse populations. With a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness based interventions, I have the training to be both flexible and grounded in my approach. I have a background in trauma psychology, and have worked extensively with people in the aftermath of traumatic experiences ranging from childhood abuse to war trauma. I am passionate about working with women and men who have experienced sexual trauma in childhood and adulthood, and feel honored to help people heal from these overwhelmingly painful experiences.
I work in the Boulder and Erie offices.
About Rachael Sullivan, PsyD
While my educational journey of the last ten years has taken me from New York to Hawaii and in between, I am thrilled to now call Colorado home for good. Having recently relocated from California, it is with great excitement that I join the staff of the Metis Center.
A client-centered clinician at my foundation, it is my top priority to foster a genuine therapeutic relationship. My background in working with adults and youth who have experienced trauma has provided me the tools to ensure a safe and empowering environment. I have experience working with a variety of clinical concerns and practice from a strengths-based, culturally sensitive, person-centered perspective. By tailoring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other current evidence-based practices in creative ways to meet the individual needs of the client, I seek to honor human uniqueness.
I was fortunate to attend graduate school at the University of La Verne near Los Angeles where I received my doctoral degree in Clinical-Community Psychology. This education provided an emphasis on multicultural competency and social justice, which allows me to assist clients in examining the impact of the multiple environments in one’s life.
I currently practice in the Boulder and Erie office. I am a West Virginia native and an avid sports and music fan. I enjoy spending as much time as possible in the beautiful Colorado landscape.
It is a true privilege to walk alongside clients on their journey to positive self-growth and I am continually inspired by how much I have learned from my clients. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you in navigating your individualized path to wellness.
Well-versed in cognitive behavioral techniques, I am dedicated to assisting individuals explore the power of thoughts and how altering thoughts often can improve functioning. I am comfortable utilizing traditional and creative interventions, and hope to honor your uniqueness by jointly creating an individualized plan for treatment.
About Courtney Glueck, PhD
Hailing originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and having spent the last 10 years in Athens, Georgia, I could not be more excited to be venturing out west to join the Metis team practicing in Durango, Colorado. Growing up, I was always drawn to the field of psychology and helping both individuals and families in need of emotional support. I have also always been fascinated by the human condition, what makes each of us who we are, and how we can work together to bring the best out of each other.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Louisiana State University (geaux tigers!) and followed up my undergraduate experience by earning my doctorate in school psychology from the University of Georgia. Throughout my graduate training, in particular, I gained extensive experience working on what many consider to be the “front lines” of service provision for children and adolescents, the public schools. I was trained in assessment and consultation techniques designed to help children with specialized needs succeed in an academic setting, but I sought to make psychotherapy a more prominent part of my work.
Following graduate school, I was fortunate enough to find a position at a private counseling practice in a rural town in north Georgia. During my time there, I became a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of psychological and psycho-educational conditions, including disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, anger management problems, interpersonal challenges within family systems, etc. My approach to psychotherapy can best be described as an integrative or eclectic approach, utilizing one or more of many theoretical frameworks when conceptualizing a case and/or approaching treatment planning and implementation. Most commonly, I employ aspects of cognitive, behavioral, family systems, and/or person-centered approaches in my work with individual clients and families.
I work in the Durango office.
About Travis Byrne, MEd, LPCC
Although I am delighted to call Denver home, I am passionate about traveling the world to connect with and learn from cultures diverse from my own. I foster a diversity-affirmative approach to therapy that places the emphasis of counseling theory and practice equally on the cultural impression of both the therapist and the client. It is a professional goal of mine to highlight the importance of offering behavioral and mental health interventions that are specific to your unique cultural weave. Moreover, I believe that a counselor’s technical skills are only as important as his or her ability to connect with you, otherwise personal growth in therapy may be limited. Establishing a balanced, supportive, and safe relationship with you is a paramount aspiration within my counseling framework. It is my mission to provide you with an empathetic and egalitarian counseling experience by not only using research-based and proven interventions, such as behavior analysis, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), but also with my ability to foster a compassionate and nurturing therapeutic alliance.
While earning my Bachelor of Science in psychology from Washington University in Saint Louis, including graduate work at Washington University School of Medicine, my academic focus was on behavioral medicine. I often counsel individuals who are faced with the challenges of living with an acute or chronic illness or infirmity. At University of Missouri—Saint Louis, and with a focus on diversity counseling, including a special focus on counseling sexual minorities (LGBTQI), I completed my Master of Education in clinical mental health counseling. Finally, I continued with post-graduate training in behavior analysis from University of Cincinnati where I concentrated on helping those who live with behavioral or developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and their caregivers. My education and training would not have translated into becoming an effective counselor if I had not allowed myself to be vulnerable, take risks, and learn to believe that within each of us is the potential to be better. For me, the most rewarding education I received, and my greatest personal growth experience, was during my time as a recipient of counseling. I believe that great therapists have learned and benefited from the experience of being in therapy.
I understand that our wellness problems and the stresses that occur along our life’s journey contain the seeds of opportunity, and that this awareness allows us to seize the moment, take control of our life, and transform these situations into something better. In other words, each of us has the power within us to evoke positive change in our life. I welcome you to begin your change.
I am available to see clients in the Erie and Boulder offices.