The Founder of the Colorado Center For Healing and Change is Kelly Johnson. Kelly Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience. She completed her graduate studies from the University of Northern Colorado where she has a MA degree in Clinical Counseling and School Counseling. Kelly is registered with the State of Colorado to practice therapy and counseling. Kelly received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Colorado Christian University. Kelly also has several undergraduate and graduate levels interns working at the counseling center as well.
Kelly has extensive counseling experience over the past 10 years working and volunteering with diverse populations in residential treatment centers, group homes, mental health centers, churches, drug and alcohol centers, vocational rehabilitation programs, schools, and inner city ministries. Kelly offers her clients traditional counseling services and Christian based counseling services. Outside of her therapy practice, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, playing board games, and spending time with close friends.
The Center for Healing and Change believes the relationship between the client and counselor is the key to healing. We provide therapy services rooted in authenticity, acceptance, and empowerment. We also believe honesty and accountability are essential in the healing process. We works together with people to explore beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes that may hinder growth and positive change. We are solution focused and goal orientated in her approach to therapy. In other words, we genuinely wants to see our clients moving forward with their life; learning new skills, thoughts, and behaviors.
In addition to traditional counseling, faith based counseling services are also available for those who are interested in an integrated experience of spirituality and psychotherapy. We have been successful with counseling other Christians with integrating their faith into the counseling realm. This is an opportunity where the spiritual dimension from a Christian perspective is examined in ones’ life along with the emotional, mental, and behavioral dimensions. Please note, this is NOT about forcing an agenda on someone, but more about being open to the spiritual element in our lives. The Colorado Center for Healing and Change is a faith sensitive community respecting all beliefs and we have been successful at counseling individuals with a wide array of beliefs. Please click here for more information on our faith based counseling services.
Graduate counseling intern Barbie Sutton is completing the second year of her Master’s degree in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Denver. She graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado at Denver with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Her educational background as a Psychology major provides her a strong foundation in the theories of behavioral and mental health. As a Sociology major she is familiar with the impact that society issues can have upon the individual. Together, these degrees give her a holistic view of how society affects the individual, and the way the individual operates within society.
She has had over 4 years working to support high-risk populations. This includes: volunteering for a youth suicide-prevention, The Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver; volunteering at an Alcoholics Anonymous group, Day-by-Day; and as a mentor for an underprivileged youth. These experiences have exposed her to some of the various needs that the diverse population of Denver has. For the past year she has worked as a counseling intern at The Harbor Light Program. While here she provided individual and group counseling services to homeless male addicts and veterans.
I am at my best when I am doing something to help others. My life’s mission is to be a source of support and hope for others. Our lives can be scary, uncertain, and overwhelming. Sometimes people need a guiding hand, other times an ear to listen, or simply a shoulder to cry on. I am a counselor so that people do not have to face those challenges alone. My most important future contribution will be making the hearts of others even just a little lighter. I strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life: the compassion of my father; the kindness of my mother; and the strength of my sister. I have arrived here to improve the lives of those I encounter. In my personal life I find joy in spending time with the people I love, reading fiction novels, baking just about anything, and watching my dogs be silly.