Meet Our Faculty & Administration

Our faculty & administration consists of therapists with a wide range of specialties, licenses, and experience. Faculty members teach courses and supervise our student therapists. 

At DFI, our student therapists are a mix of graduate students in their final year of school and post-graduate students who are licensed or working towards licensure. These students see clients, take courses, and attend rigorous supervision in the pursuit of becoming the best therapist possible and receiving their certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. All of our student therapists are supervised by the highest quality supervisors and are eager to serve the Denver community.

The DFI Administration

Emily Dorn

Executive Director

Emily has been involved in the DFI community since 2015 as a student, Board member, Board chair, and currently as the Executive Director. Prior to entering the field of mental health, Emily spent 12 years in public education and nonprofit leadership as a special education and general education teacher, administrator, and systems leader. Most recently, Emily led the External Relations team for Rocky Mountain Prep, a growing network of elementary schools in Denver and Aurora. After graduating from DFI, Emily opened a private practice and joined the PASS Center as a therapist specializing in attachment and post-adoptive support for families. Emily holds a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Denver Family Institute.

The best way to spend a day: Traveling, adventuring, or exploring with no particular agenda or destination

Ayla Ault

(MSW, LSW)
Director of Student Services

Ayla is a Licensed Social Worker and holistic relationship therapist in private practice, who graduated from Denver Family Institute in 2021 and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2020. Prior to working in mental health, Ayla served in a rich variety of leadership and administrative roles in the federal government, where she worked for 11 years, and received a  Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

August Tousignant-Stanton

(LCSW, LMFT)
Program Director

August (they/them) is a DFI alum having graduated in 2012. They supervise at DFI, and is proud to be the Program Director. August holds an MSW from the University of Denver. They have over 10 years of experience in the field, including community mental health, work at the Denver County Jail, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. They are the owner and therapist of their private practice “Affirming Psychotherapy LLC,” and contracts with Children’s Hospital of Colorado in the non-epileptic seizure clinic.

Why I love DFI: Students receive a therapeutic education that goes the extra mile! Students present live and taped cases to supervisors, and work in a creative space to explore different facets of marriage and family therapy. I love how our students, faculty, and staff think of therapy experimentally. This creates such an innovative and insightful environment!

Gwen Bonilla

(LSW)
Clinic & Internship Director

Gwen graduated from DFI in 2019. She is so proud to continue to be a part of the community as the Internship and Clinic Director. In addition to her work at DFI, Gwen works as a clinician with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She specializes in narrative and experiential therapies and developed a model for therapy, Touching Stories, specifically designed for people with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. When not working or telling stories, Gwen loves cooking, camping, hiking, and traveling.

One book I recommend: As a narrative therapist, I have to recommend The Uses of Enchantment, by Bruno Bettelheim.

Terra Rosten

(MPH, MSW)
Program Administrator

Terra (she/her) is a public health social worker who graduated from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work and the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Public Health in 2021. Prior to working in mental health, Terra has served in administrative and social service roles from affordable housing to hospice. Terra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Sonoma State University. Terra is particularly passionate about integrating cultural competence and trauma-informed practices in mental health and health care.

The DFI Core Faculty

Kate Breslin

LCSW
Core Faculty

Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Sex Therapist. Her private practice focuses on clients who want to work on issues under the umbrella of relationships–with self, partners, family, society etc. Kate enjoys empowering clients to learn how to ensure their relationships lead to harmony, balance, and fulfillment. Kate is also committed to battling the stigma associated with the experience of sexual and gender minorities and supporting clients who identify with these communities.

Margaret Elliott Nelson

MA, LPC, AAMFT Clinical Member
Core Faculty

Maggie (she/her) is a DFI alum and a licensed professional counselor. She has over 10 years of experience in the field and owns her own practice, Elliott Counseling Services, where she focuses on helping couples and individuals navigate the joys and challenges of the relationships in their lives.

Misti Klarenbeck-McKenna

(LCSW, LMFT, ICEEFT Certified Supervisor)
Supervisor and Faculty Member

I grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota but I’ve been in Colorado longer than anywhere else so this is home. 

I moved from county social services work into private practice and my practice is focused on Emotionally Focused therapy and providing supervision. I take a ballet class any time I can fit it in and I love to travel with my family.

Why I love DFI: DFI is my professional family. I began my family therapy journey here over 20 years ago and love this community of dedicated MFTs who constantly strive for excellence and then apply it to meeting an important need in the Denver area. DFI changes peoples’ lives, from our clients to our students to our faculty and board. It is inspiring and I feel honored to be a part of it.

Michael Lopez-Jensen

(LCSW)
Supervisor, Professor, Core Faculty, Teaching Consultant

I was raised in the Chicago suburbs and attended college in upstate New York. I moved to Colorado in 1992 to teach elementary school.

When I realized that parent teacher conferences were my favorite part of teaching, I left the classroom to get a Masters in Social Work with a specialty in direct practice with couples and families. I graduated from the DFI certification program in 2002 and returned to join the faculty in 2004. Clients, supervisees & students tell me they appreciate my creativity, warmth and authenticity. My professional specialties include addiction, blended families, adolescence, parenting, and supporting couples impacted by infidelity. I enjoy creative writing; public speaking; travel; and laughter.

A book I would recommend: One book I would recommend is Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth.

Emily O'Rourke-Mills

(LMFT)
Core Faculty

Emily O’Rourke-Mills is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her BA from the University of Colorado, and her MA from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Emily has been in mental health care for 15 years, beginning as a sexual assault hotline volunteer during her sophomore year in college, and most recently serving as the Clinical Director for a dual diagnosis residential treatment program. She currently sees clients with a group practice in Denver, and teaches at the University of Denver, as well as DFI. Her career has focused on working with diverse, complex populations and bringing the concerns of historically marginalized populations to the center of her work. Emily’s work with clients is warm, curious and infused with humor and respect for the honor of hearing the stories of her clients. In addition to clinical work, Emily is a nationally recognized speaker, having given lectures on trauma informed care, LGBT affirmative treatment and human development. Emily is a Colorado native, having recently returned after a 10 year California adventure. She loves reading at coffee shops, and rediscovering Denver with her wife, and their pug, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Favorite spot in Colorado: I have so many favorite spots in Colorado that it’s hard to choose just one! I love spending time in Grand County, but there’s nowhere on earth that I’d rather be than Folsom Field on a Saturday during football season.

The DFI Affiliate Faculty

Kate Breslin
Faculty Member

Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Sex Therapist. Her private practice focuses on clients who want to work on issues under the umbrella of relationships–with self, partners, family, society etc. Kate enjoys empowering clients to learn how to ensure their relationships lead to harmony, balance, and fulfillment. Kate is also committed to battling the stigma associated with the experience of sexual and gender minorities and supporting clients who identify with these communities.

Sarah Brill, LCSW, EMDR Certified
Faculty Member, Supervisor, Teacher

Born in California and raised in Colorado, I love both the energy of the city and tranquility of the mountains. I’m a people-person at heart, and even the most seemingly chance story never ceases to captivate and inspire me.

For this reason, I was drawn to pre-medical studies in my undergraduate education at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I earned my B.A. After living in Los Angeles for a few informative years, I proudly earned my Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver and my Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Denver Family Institute. I’ve worked at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, and in various educational settings — providing me with a broad range of experience in the therapy and medical fields. I’ve also gained experience in the criminal justice system working with individuals transitioning from prison to parole, conducting both individual and group therapy sessions.In my experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, I’ve recognized that my specialties surround helping people to discover their authentic passions and paths, as well as helping to facilitate genuine communication between couples and families. Certified in EMDR, I also specialize in trauma work.

Te Anna Brown, MA, LPC, NCC
DFI Instructor – Trauma and Attachment

Te Anna Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She owns a private practice called Embrace Counseling, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, with a minor in Spanish, from Kent State University. She holds a Master of Counseling from Covenant Seminary. She holds a postgraduate certificate as an Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner through the Institute for Human-Animal Connection Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. 

She is certified as a Grief Educator, a Certified Shame-Informed Treatment Specialist (CSTS), and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medical Provider (CMHIMP). Te Anna is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Drama Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) – specializing in trauma and anxiety, grief, Couples, BIPOC and Expressive Art Therapy treatments. She is a member of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA).

Te Anna is a Board member for a mental health organization called Anchor International. She is also on the Advisory Board and a Grief Group Leader for women who have experienced pregnancy loss with a non-profit called Adam’s Purpose. Te Anna has worked in corporate industries in Public Relations as well as various non-profits which have both helped her to realize her giftedness and calling for serving families and supporting marriages in the area of mental health and overall wellness.

Te Anna’s heartfelt compassion and commitment to each person she serves, specifically caring for their unique needs – mind, body, and soul. She specializes in joining people in their stories, nurturing a safe, warm atmosphere for authenticity, grace, and healing. Te Anna has a huge heart for the inner-city, a Spanish speaker and thrives in multicultural communities. She has served families in diverse communities for over 20 years in counseling, business industries, ministry and fitness and nutrition. She has been called a “Facilitator of Hope and Encouragement.”

Kate F. Cobb, (PhD, LMFT)
Clinical Supervisor

Kate is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. She works in private practice at Colorado Couples and Family Therapy and specializes seeing couples and young adults.

Her favorite part of working with clients is helping them to think more systemically and relationally about their problems. Kate earned her PhD in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2020. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as well as a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa. Kate grew up in the Chicago suburbs and after completing all of her higher education in Iowa City, she and her husband moved to Denver in 2020. She spends her free time exploring the city, the outdoors, spending time with her family and all their dogs, as well as making art and singing in a local choir. Kate is excited about teaching and supervising at DFI because she is passionate about learning, loves helping others become great therapists, and enjoys being a part of a community of other therapists.

Abby Derr-Moore, LPC, LMFT
Faculty Member

Abby is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and AAMFT-Approved Supervisor Candidate. Abby received her Master’s degree through the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Colorado State University. 

Abby is a private practitioner serving Northern Colorado and the Denver Metro area specializing in Complex Trauma, Dissociative Disorders, and Attachment. Abby has a particular focus working with international adoptees, Personality Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and couples & families struggling to connect. She integrates multiple trauma reprocessing modalities including EMDR, somatic work, and parts work to help complex trauma survivors heal. Couples and families benefit from attachment-based therapies, including the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy to build connection and foster healthy communication. In addition to private practice, Abby is a clinical supervisor for graduate students who are attending the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Denver Family Institute and Colorado State University. When Abby is not seeing clients or supervisees, she is providing education opportunities around her specialties through the means of clinical consultations, trainings, and presentations to higher education, hospitals, and community mental health facilities throughout the state.

Grace Edstrom, LCSW
Faculty Member

A native of Boulder, Colorado, Grace Edstrom earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and her Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Denver Family Institute. 

She works with individuals, couples, and teens, and practices therapy through a strength-based and attachment lens. Grace is passionate about being a therapist because she believes that human relationships are “what it’s all about.” She knows that when we feel seen, safe, and supported by the important people in our lives, we become braver, more authentic, and better able to be fully ourselves. Becoming a part of the DFI community was this incredible experience of finding my professional family. It gave me the skills, confidence, experience, and mentorship to discover my most authentic self as a clinician, and was the spring board from which every aspect of my career jumped off. I am proud of the work DFI does, how it serves both its students and the community, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the ways in which DFI shaped my life.

Nykol Harrison, (PhD Student, LMFT, LAC, RPT AAMFT Clinical Fellow)
DFI Instructor Family Play Therapy: Assessment and Interventions, Supervisor

Nykol Harrison holds a Bachelor of Sociology concentration in Criminal and Social Justice, minoring in Family Life and Sexuality, a Master of Social Justice, and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, emphasizing Psychophysiology.

Nykol is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow, presently licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and Registered Play Therapist (RT-P). She holds postgraduate certificates in Art and Play Therapy and Human Trafficking, specializing in LGBTI, HIV, and Co-Occurring disorders. Nicole is a small business owner of Bruised Not Broken Therapy, LLC, and currently works with families, individuals, and couples. Nicole is an active member of The Black Psychologists Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Association for Play Therapy. In 2015, Nicole was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as a member of The Colorado HIV Alliance for Prevention, Care, and Treatment, for which she served for six years. She has worked as a Positive Women’s Network member, the Colorado Black Health Collaborative, and the Above Waters Project. Nicole has been awarded scholarships from the Colorado Department of Public Health, the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling (NAADAC), and AIDS Watch.

Joyce Miles Jacquote
Supervisor

My name is Joyce Miles Jacquote. I obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. I hold the licenses of LMFT Supervisor and LCDC. 

In addition, I am the owner of a solo private practice, Overcoming Miles Counseling, PLLC. In my private practice, I provide therapy via telehealth for individuals, couples, and families in the states of Colorado, Texas, Utah, and Washington. My therapeutic passions are serving the communities that I am a part of, including the Black and Brown communities and Queer communities. On a personal note, when I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, listening to music, and tending to my plants.

Will R. Logan LCSW, LMFT
Supervisor

Will Logan (they/them) is a queer and trans/nonbinary Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. They graduated from DFI in 2017 and earned their MSW at the University of Denver in 2016.

Will has 13+ years of experience in the sexuality field, and their private practice is focused on trauma and attachment work—spanning from queer and trans-affirming family therapy to individual therapy in the areas of sex, gender, and sexuality. Their work as a therapist and supervisor is rooted in values of anti-racism, anti-oppression, abolitionism, and disability justice.

Ashley Niemann
Supervisor

Ashley (she/her) works as a Clinical Supervisor at Denver Family Institute and is the founder of Aspen Grove Mental Health, a practice specializing in working with teens, young adults and relationships. 

Ashley is a newcomer to Colorado having moved around the US, originally from Minnesota. She is a graduate of Northcentral University in 2018 where she was trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in children and adolescents. Ashley has training and experience specifically working with Autism, Trauma, Permanency/Adoption and Grief and loss with children and teens. She is honored to give back to the next generation of therapists and support their journey of finding unique passions within the mental health field. Outside of the office, you will find Ashley spending time with those she loves and outside in the sunshine as often as possible.

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Etta Skoch (AAMFT Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate)
Supervisor

Etta is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and a DFI alum who believes deeply in the power of relationships. She received received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver in the Family Systems Concentration, completed the AAMFT approved post-graduate certificate in Couples and Family Therapy from the Denver Family Institute and is working towards a Sex Therapy Certificate. 

When she is not supporting her incredible clients in her private practice here in Denver, she is loving up on her two babies, partner and two giant breed pups. Etta thrives from the energy her many roles as a daughter, sister, mother, partner, healer, connector, supervisor, friend, and adventurer provide her.

Kerry Stutzman, MSW, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor 
Supervisor, Alumna, Board Chair 2012 – 2017, Tenant

Kerry thinks of herself as a Parentologist. She studies parenting, practices parenting on her six kids, teaches parenting and works with parents in her private practice.

Her private practice office is at DFI South where she works with individuals, couples and families. In the summer of 2019, she conducted a research project about parent-teen relationships and is passionate about working with parents of teens. Kerry is a Denver native who marvels every day at how amazing the Rocky Mountains are, She loves to cycle, sail, go on picnics and have family dinners. I couldn’t pick just one. You can pick whichever you choose. Her favorite place in Colorado is Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp near Pike’s Peak where she has been a camper, counselor and director, and where her extended family goes for holidays to sled and play broomball. Website is kerrystutzman.com.

Why I love DFI: Because DFI provides high-quality, experiential training for therapists who think about the whole family system and look for strengths first.

Susan Terkhorn, (MA, NCC, LMFT)
DFI Core/Senior Faculty, Clinical Supervisor, Instructor, & Supervision Consultant

Susan is a licensed marriage and family therapist and sex and relationship therapist in private practice. As a proud alumni of both Denver Family Institute and the University of Northern Colorado she is also excited to support future couple and family therapists.

Additionally, she is currently a group facilitator for the WINGS foundation. Prior to her work in the field of mental health, Susan received an MA in Art History from NYU and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was a jewelry designer, a restaurant owner and am the mother to three amazing children.

Why I love DFI: DFI is a special place because it allowed me to shine, to be authentically me and to feel accepted! I truly became the person and therapist I am today through the nurturing and supportive DFI community.

August Tousignant-Stanton, LCSW, LMFT

August (they/them) is a DFI alum having graduated in 2012. They supervise at DFI, and is proud to be the Program Director. August holds an MSW from the University of Denver. 

They have over 10 years of experience in the field, including community mental health, work at the Denver County Jail, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. They are the owner and therapist of their private practice “Affirming Psychotherapy LLC,” and contracts with Children’s Hospital of Colorado in the non-epileptic seizure clinic. Why I love DFI: Students receive a therapeutic education that goes the extra mile! Students present live and taped cases to supervisors, and work in a creative space to explore different facets of marriage and family therapy. I love how our students, faculty, and staff think of therapy experimentally. This creates such an innovative and insightful environment!

Why I love DFI: Students receive a therapeutic education that goes the extra mile! Students present live and taped cases to supervisors, and work in a creative space to explore different facets of marriage and family therapy. I love how our students, faculty, and staff think of therapy experimentally. This creates such an innovative and insightful environment!

Darin Wallis, (PhD, LCSW, LMFT, CACIII, AAMFT Clinical Fellow & Approved Supervisor) 
DFI Core/Senior Faculty, Clinical Supervisor, Instructor, & Supervision Consultant

Dr. Wallis is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work and an Affiliate Faculty at Regis University in their Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy program. 

Darin teaches and is a clinical supervisor at Denver Family Institute where he is currently a Core Faculty Member, consulting on clinical supervision, and formerly the Interim Executive Director. He received his MSW from Colorado State University, his post-graduate certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy from Denver Family Institute, and his PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), a Certified Addictions Counselor III (CACIII), an American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor. Darin is the Past President of the Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, is the Past Chair of the Council of Division Presidents for AAMFT, and a Past Director on the National Board of AAMFT. Dr. Wallis is the owner of the Colorado Center for Couples & Family Therapy. Darin is also part of the group practice at Denver Family Therapy Center. Dr. Wallis is also one of the founding members of the Colorado Center for Applied Systemic Thinking (CoCAST), which trains therapists on systemic / relational therapies and supervision.