Victoria Thomas, LPC

Vicky is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She graduated with her Masters in Counseling from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling. She will be eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in May 2017 and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Addictions Counselor. Vicky has worked in the field for over 10 years. She has experience working with adolescents, adults and families struggling with addiction, grief & loss, sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression and anxiety.

Michelle Kozimko, LPC

Michelle is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from University of Northern Colorado and her Master Degree in Counseling and Human Services from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Michelle has worked with teens and adults focusing on substance abuse since 2006. Michelle started working with young children and families specializing in Play Therapy and Theraplay in 2009. In 2011, Michelle established a grief and loss program for the community. Michelle uses a client centered approach, individualizing the therapeutic process to each individual client. Michelle sees clients of all ages, from age 2 through adults. She especially enjoys working with pre-school and elementary age children. Michelle specializes in EMDR, Play Therapy, Grief & Loss, and Trauma Focused CBT.

Ashtin Green, LPC

Ashtin Green is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She began her work with The Family Center in 2010. Ashtin is currently certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and personally specializes in working with children and adolescents. Her focus revolves around trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and family violence. 

Edith Cooper, LCSW

Edith Cooper graduated with a Master's of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University in 2016. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is passionate about providing trauma treatment to youth and families. In 2018 Edith completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training through EMDRIA and is pursuing certification. While EMDR is the modality Edith primarily uses in therapy, Edith is experienced in other modalities that meet the person and family's needs. As a native Spanish speaker Edith is experienced in providing therapy to families in Spanish and in working with the immigrant and refugee population. Additionally, Edith is well experienced in providing therapy to youth seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, self-injury, suicidal ideation, and PTSD.

Dawn Rockwell, MSW

Dawn has been working at The Family Center since July 2016. She is currently a Registered Psychotherapist pursuing her LCSW. She received her Bachelor’s degree from CSU-Pueblo and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University. Dawn has experience working with sexual abuse, domestic violence, and depression, anxiety, in an individual, family or group setting. Dawn works with all ages of clients, she enjoys working with adolescent girls and women. She is trained in TF-CBT and Play therapy. She is currently training in EMDR therapy. Dawn is also an SOMB treatment provider for adult sex offenders.

Eric Peterson, MSW

Eric has a Masters degree in Social Work from Aurora University, in Aurora, Illinois and is a is a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. Eric is currently pursuing his LSW. Eric is a Therapist, Life Skills worker, and Family Preservation worker at The Family Center. Eric has spent three years working with youth in a therapeutic capacity and spent two years overseas working with teenagers in the correctional system. Eric has worked with all ages, but specializes with early adolescents and teenagers. Eric has special training in diverse and vulnerable populations, trauma work, and youth work.

Nick Pisano, BA

Nick began working at the family center on January 15, 2015. He is a therapist and also does some in-home work in the areas of Life Skills Parenting and Family Preservation. He works well with families in crisis and with healthy families to create their own child-centric parenting structure. Nick is very passionate about his families and works hard with them to achieve full reunification.

Rebecca Bleeker, LPCC

Rebecca is a Registered Psychotherapist and Nationally Certified Counselor. Rebecca is currently pursuing her LPC. She graduated with her Bachelors from Eastern Illinois University in Psychology and Master’s Degree from Marquette University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Rebecca aims to understand each individual’s unique experience from a place of empathy and presence. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. She has experience working with diverse and vulnerable populations struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and anger management.

2016 The Family Center Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

2016 The Family Center Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

 Lori Meister, BA

Lori has worked at The Family Center for going on 22 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Lori has worked in Family Preservation and Life Skills Parenting for the past 5 years. As a part of these in-home services, she specializes in sexual abuse, including sibling incest, family violence, and high conflict custody issues. Lori is also experienced in facilitating supervised visitation for registered sex offenders, as well as parents involved in high conflict custody cases.

Kristi Foss, BSSW

Kristi has worked with victims of sexual abuse for over 20 years. She is an SOMB treatment provider for adult sex offenders and specializes in couples therapy and reunification therapy for sex offenders and their families.

Jennifer Ledbetter, BA

Jennifer has been at The Family Center since June of 2015. She is part of the Life Skills and Family Preservation team. She has had training in Beyond Consequences Parenting and implements the practices with her clients to help create a new style of parenting. Jennifer most enjoys working with children because of their imagination and the simple fact that they are just fun to be around. She plans on returning to school and receiving her masters degree in the future.

Kyler Miller, BA

Kyler recently started working at The Family Center having just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Psychology. He is an in-home worker in Family Preservation and Life Skills Parenting. Kyler plans to continue his education, to work towards a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology after acquiring more experience.

Courtney Williams, BA

Courtney graduated from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a degree in Psychology and a minor in criminal justice. She immediately began her career working with kids with autism. Courtney recently began working for The Family Center providing in-home services as a Family Preservation and Life Skills worker. In her spare time, she finds peace driving through the mountains or watching a good movie.

Stefan Barker, BSW

Stefan is a Registered Psychotherapist. He received his bachelor’s degree in both Social Work and Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Wyoming. He is currently in his last year in his MSW program at Walden University. He has worked in the mental health field with both families and adolescents since 2006 and enjoys expanding his scope of this field. He will be training to serve the Family Center in Life Skills Parenting and Family Preservation.

Melanie Cansler, Office Manager

Melanie is The Family Center's glue. She is responsible for providing assistance and effectively coordinating the staff for smooth and accurate operations. Prior to coming to The Family Center, she spent 25 years in operations and management. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Mackenzie Bond, Administrative Assistant

Kenzie has been part time at the Family Center since early 2016. She works closely with Melanie and the partners to effectively manage and promote continuous positive change. On her days off, she balances being an Emergency Medical Technician and running her own cleaning business. Kenzie feels that helping people, no matter the condition, is her calling, and she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Melissa Miles, Intern

Melissa has her BSW from CSU-Pueblo. She is currently in her final phase of completing her MSW at Newman University. Melissa has a passion for children and adolescents, however, she loves working with all age groups. She recently began her internship at The Family Center and is looking forward to learning more about Trauma-informed therapy and working with individuals and families who have experienced sexual abuse and family violence.

Stephanie Kol, Intern

Stephanie received her BA in Communication with a minor in Counseling & Human Services from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS). She is currently working towards her MA in Counseling and Human Services, with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health at UCCS. Stephanie is most passionate about student affairs in higher education and hopes to be a counselor on a college campus after completing her degree. As a new intern at the Family Center, she is excited about the opportunity to work with children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and families.

The Family Center team building--we solved our Escape Room in just 20 minutes!

The Family Center team building--we solved our Escape Room in just 20 minutes!