2017-2018 Intern Therapists

Michele Hart, Naropa Transpersonal, MA expected 2018, Intern Therapist
Michele believes that our most difficult life experiences offer the tremendous opportunity for our deepest transformations. While profoundly painful, overwhelming and disorienting, she believes that these experiences are often the catalyst for discovering our own innate power and purpose in life. She honors the transformative process, holding space with patience and a compassionate understanding, knowing each journey unfolds in its own way. Through her integrative approach, she guides her clients to recognize and draw upon their own wisdom as they navigate their journey to knowing and embodying their most authentic selves. Michele brings a trauma-informed approach which incorporates Gestalt, parts work, PACT couples-therapy and body-centered awareness.


Zach Kruger

Zachary Kruger, Naropa Contemplative, MA expected 2018, Intern Therapist

Zachary offers a warm, compassionate, and curious presence to help clients deepen their understanding of themselves, their relationships, and how to navigate life’s challenges.  He offers a non-judgmental space for clients to explore what is and isn’t working in their lives and examine how their choices reflect their personal values.  Zachary feels everyone has an indelible connection to their innate goodness, clarity, and wisdom and that sometimes we can lose sight of this connection when facing difficult times and circumstances.  He feels that his role as a counselor is to guide others in discovering the clarity and wisdom within their pain and confusion.  Zachary brings to sessions multicultural humility, mindfulness techniques, ACT, and his experience working with adults and adolescents dealing with anger, addiction, and homelessness.

Melissa Martinez, Naropa Transpersonal, MA expected 2018, Intern Therapist

EspañolMelissa reconoce la totalidad de lo que significa ser humano, honrando todos los aspectos de nosotros mismos para la sanación transformativa, a través de prácticas basadas en atención plena. A través de prácticas de cultivo de autenticidad y presencia Melissa tranquiliza a su cliente, todo se lleva acabo con compasión, curiosidad y aprecio.

Melissa tiene entendimiento en las luchas de las personas marginalmente oprimidas, los trastornos de ansiedad y la adicción, utilizando diversas  modalidades como la psicología Jungiano, la terapia persona-centrada, trabajo de piezas – usando Gestalt, y otros alternativas en esta área, juntos exploramos las partes más profundas de su ser.

Melissa welcomes the entirety of what it means to be human, honoring all aspects of ourselves is central for transformative healing. Through mindfulness-based practices Melissa reassures the cultivation of authenticity and presence. In the therapy room all is held with compassion, curiosity and appreciation. Melissa has understanding in the struggles of marginally oppressed persons, anxiety disorders, and addiction. Using various modalities like Jungian psychology, person-centered therapy, Gestalt -parts work, and more, together we explore the deeper parts of being you.

Dia Nicholson Dia Nicholson, Naropa Transpersonal, MA expected 2018, Intern Therapist

Dia meets clients where they are, with the knowledge that growth can only happen when we touch into the wisdom of the present moment.  Dia trusts that each person already contains everything they need to thrive.  Through a warm and safe relationship with her clients, she simply assists with this process.  Dia utilizes mindfulness techniques, Gestalt principles, family systems, trauma and attachment theory.  Dia brings two decades of contemplative practice and mindful parenting to her experience as a counselor.

Todd Thillman Todd Thillman, Naropa Transpersonal, MA expected 2018, Intern Therapist

Having spent many years working with death/dying, loss and grief in hospice, Todd is familiar with being with people as they navigate difficult moments in their life. He brings a gentle, honest and direct approach that fosters authentic expression of one’s experiences. By utilizing a client-centered approach, he works to create a safe, therapeutic space where one can give voice to the inner workings of their heart. He will not only encourage gently touching the difficulties one has encountered but also celebrating and growing the inherent brilliance and resilience one possesses. Todd trusts in the innate wisdom that each of us holds and, to that end, will always work to honor the goals set forth by the client. His approach incorporates working in the moment with what is present and draws from techniques of mindfulness, Gestalt,psychodrama and other expressive modalities.

Anne Vail, Naropa Transpersonal, MA expected 2018, Intern Therapist

Annie comes to Boulder Emotional Wellness with a passion for counseling. After nine years of being on her own path of healing, growth, and self-exploration, she realized that therapy is a significant factor in each person living their most full, actualized selves. Annie works to approach each client with a balance between empathy, safety, and connection, alongside the capacity and willingness to be with her clients in the more challenging content of their lives. This may mean providing a compassionate mirror to those things that are holding a client back in their life. It may also mean moving into and attending to healing old wounds.
Annie attends Naropa’s graduate program in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. She has also completed four years of training in the Hakomi method, a mindfulness based, somatic psychotherapy. Annie brings her background and training in non-violent communication, gestalt therapy, trauma-informed therapy, social justice, attachment work, and authentic relating skills into her practice. An avid lover of all things wilderness, she weaves the power of nature into sessions as well.
Annie works with both couples and individuals. Some of the issues she works with include: grief, trauma, attachment woundings, non-traditional families, depression, anxiety, decision making & career choice, relationship challenges, and self-growth. Annie is thrilled to be working at Boulder Emotional Wellness with an incredible team!