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The Family center


Celebrating our 30th year working with children and families in Colorado Springs and Teller County

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The Family center


Celebrating our 30th year working with children and families in Colorado Springs and Teller County

 

THE FAMILY CENTER OF COLORADO SPRINGS

The Family Center of Colorado Springs is a privately owned psychotherapy practice. Established in 1989, The Family Center provides a wide range of therapeutic services to individuals and families. Our staff is committed to providing the highest level of service to those who seek assistance in coping with the many difficulties individuals and their families may face throughout their lifetime.  It is our belief that people are best able to overcome difficulties when the focus of treatment is on identifying and building on the strengths and resources that every family has available to them.

 
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our mission


Protecting the child while advocating for the family.

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our mission


Protecting the child while advocating for the family.

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Our program provides specialized, trauma informed treatment in the areas of: intensive family therapy, incest treatment, treatment for 3rd party sexual assault victims, and family violence treatment. 

The Family Center offers comprehensive services for the entire family in a cost-effective manner.

We accept Medicaid (CCHA and Colorado Access), Tricare military insurance, Victim’s Compensation, and Core Service funds through numerous Colorado counties.

We also offer a sliding scale fee for those without insurance.

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The Partners


The Partners


Gayle christensen

LCSW, OWNER

Gayle has worked as a therapist for sexually abused children for over 35 years. He enjoys working on a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to promote the safety of children and build on the strengths of families. Gayle provides services and treatment for sexual abuse victims, sexual offenders, individual therapy for adults and couples, and specializes in clinical supervision and family therapy. He is a provider of expert testimony for criminal and child protection cases involving sexual abuse, specifically regarding the behavioral dynamics of victims and offenders. Gayle graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1980 with an MSSW degree and is licensed in Colorado as a LCSW. He is an SOMB Full Treatment Provider for juveniles and adults as well as an SOMB treatment supervisor. His passion as a supervisor is for helping professionals develop their own clinical skills, judgment, and personal strengths. With clients, he focuses on promoting strengths, confidence and coping skills in families and individuals. In his spare time, Gayle likes to build and drive nostalgic hot rods and spend time with his grandkids and family.

 

LISA                 WHITE

LCSW, OWNER

Lisa has worked in the child welfare system as a therapist for over 30 years. She has extensive training in family therapy and various forms of treatment for victims of trauma. Lisa graduated from the University of Denver in 1984 with a master's degree in clinical social work. She is licensed in Colorado as a LCSW and a SOMB Full Treatment provider for adult sex offenders and sex offender clinical supervisor for other therapists. She runs a sex offender treatment program with Gayle Christensen and supervises the Family Center’s in-home Family Preservation and Life Skills programs. Lisa specializes in working with troubled teenagers, victims, and families impacted by sexual abuse, and provides expert testimony for criminal and child protection cases.
 

MARTA PUCHALLA

LMFT, OWNER

Marta has a Masters of Psychology with more than 24 years of experience in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. In addition to providing couples' therapy, family therapy, and evaluating high conflict custody cases, she has extensive continuing education and experience working with victims of family and domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, and trauma. She has participated in numerous community organizations to establish best practice protocols for child welfare, custody, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Her passions include accompanying people on their journeys to physical, sexual, and emotional health and safety. She coaches individuals and families to become safe, nurturing, healthy, loving in order to develop a vision for the future that can become their reality. When she isn't working, Marta enjoys making jewelry, testing new recipes from Bon Appetit, and chasing her granddaughter down the ski slopes. 

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