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) 403-2012 or email me 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 Psychologists
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 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, 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.
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.
About Caroline Leach, MA, LPCC
I grew up in a rural area outside of Philadelphia. I was fortunate to attend a non-traditional school that emphasized community and responsibility, where my authentic voice was not only acknowledged but also encouraged. I graduated with Phi Beta Kappa academic honors from Oberlin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Law & Society.
After college, I lived and worked at Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO where I was introduced to mindfulness meditation and the beautiful landscape that I now call home. I have worked as a hotline advocate and community educator for The Blue Bench, Denver’s Rape Crisis Center. I have been on both residential and outpatient treatment teams in Lafayette and Boulder, working with a range of different populations and mental health issues. I am currently completing a Master’s degree in Contemplative Counseling Psychology at Naropa University. I am currently a therapist at the Naropa University Counseling Center and live in Boulder with my big sister.
In my own journey, I have struggled with the self-aggressive tendency to hide or reject certain aspects of myself. I have learned that the parts I have deemed unworthy have an important story to tell and deserve my attention and loving-kindness. I am committed to showing up candidly and non-defensively as your ally. Whatever you are facing is welcome and need not be faced alone.
About Jodie Miller, MA, LPC
I am joining the Metis Center all the way from south Louisiana. I always say that I’m proud to come from humble roots: a large Cajun family of Franco-German lineage.
My upbringing and my life have fostered within me a compassion for people with complex family relationships; for individuals who are attempting to live true to themselves while surrounded by those who can be intolerant and inflexible; and for folks from multiple ethnic, cultural, religious, and sexual backgrounds.
I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I’ve been practicing mental health counseling for seventeen years and have been licensed as a professional counselor in Louisiana for ten of those years. I am excited about the prospect of living near the mountains and sharing my gift with the wonderful people of Colorado.
I am particularly skilled with individuals experiencing disturbances of personality and behavior, unwanted feelings of sadness and worry, draining feelings of shame or guilt, uncertainty and confusion regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, grief over personal and material losses, and several other issues that anyone and everyone experiences at some time.
My counseling techniques include mainly rational-emotive behavior therapy combined with a somewhat neo-Jungian approach called archetypal psychology. I also rely on research in the field of evolutionary psychology to inform my counsel. Using archetypal and evolutionary psychology, we identify which roles (the good, the bad, and the ugly!) we are playing in life and how these roles help us to survive psychologically. Once these roles are identified, we work together to help each individual “persona” convert irrational thought processes into more healthy and rational ways of thinking.
I look forward to joining you on your journey of self-acceptance and fulfillment.