JANA BRIGGS COUNSELING Associates Team
Sharon DeGuevara, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa in 1997 and her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1999. Sharon has over 18 years of experience working in residential treatment, mental health centers and counseling agencies. She is passionate about promoting self-care and healthy body image.
Sharon has extensive background working with children, adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings. She provides therapy to individuals, couples and families and addresses issues including abuse, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, mood disorders, parenting, school issues, trauma, PTSD, and couples/family communication.
Sharon's counseling style is welcoming, casual and approachable. She utilizes therapies such as Dialectical & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment therapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation. By also incorporating play and art therapy with children and teens, she challenges students to grow through difficulties. She assists adolescents on the road to finding themselves – working specifically with self-esteem, trauma, eating issues, peer pressure and self-harming behaviors. By providing a safe and open environment, Sharon encourages clients to find and use effective ways to cope with life transitions, face challenges, promote positive change, and achieve their goals. Sharon believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to improve their situation and live their lives to the fullest capacity.
SharonDeGuevara.com / 303-345-1157
Ashley Williamson, Licensed Professional Counselor
Ensuring that clients feel safe and comfortable in the office is the most important part of counseling for Ashley. She believes that a strength-based relationship between the client and counselor is the starting point for fulfilling the goals of therapy.
While Ashley utilizes a variety of counseling techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing – these fancy terms aren’t what people are seeking. Ashley understands that people want someone who listens, and guides them in a path of discovery and healing. That is her goal.
Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and her Masters in Counseling from Regis University in 2014. Ashley has worked at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center counseling adolescent boys during their stay at this high security facility, as well as the Eating Recovery Center in Denver, In addition to these experiences, she has experience working with adoptive teens and their personal concerns with cultural identity, adoption, abandonment, body image, addiction and confidence.
Ashley is a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching at various studios for the past ten years. For Ashley, yoga is a remarkable pathway for personal discovery, and through yoga instruction she’s enjoyed helping people realize the powerful healing connection between mind and body. When not counseling or teaching yoga, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband of 21 years and three young adult children. If there is still time left over, she loves to hike in the beautiful mountains of Colorado with her dogs.
AshleyWilliamsonCounseling.com / 720-231-3359
Hannah Kautz, Licensed Professional Counselor / Registered Play Therapist
Hannah’s philosophy is to help clients cope with everyday stress and to figure out how to have the most fulfilled lives possible. Hannah works with children, adolescents and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, and grief. Her theoretical orientation is Person Centered Therapy, DBT, CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, as well as Behavioral Therapy. Being a Registered Play Therapist, Hannah offers specialized treatment for children, adolescents and parents. She also has concentrated training in Anxiety Disorders.
Hannah graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of General Studies of Psychology and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Mary. She is Licensed Professional Counselor with previous extensive experience with Homeless Veterans suffering with addiction and mental health issues.
Hannah has been married for 5 years and has two Golden Retrievers, Kate and Redford. She loves to be outdoors hiking and spending time with family and friends.
HannahKautzCounseling.com / 913-827-2526
Josh Schmidt, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
Josh received his BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado in 2001. Early in his career, Josh was a professional rafting, mountaineering and climbing guide and program director for a Colorado adventure company. Shortly after, he and his wife spent a year working and exploring beautiful New Zealand. Upon returning, Josh attended Denver Seminary and received his MA in Counseling. After graduating, he served nearly nine years as a pastor to students and families at a local Denver church. Throughout that time, Josh continued to develop his passion and skill set around counseling.
Josh began Belay Counseling and Coaching, LLC in 2016. This exciting new direction has allowed him to step further into his sweet spot of genuinely partnering with adolescents, adults, couples and families in areas of deep personal and relational transformation. Josh integrates cognitive-behavioral, person-centered and narrative therapies into his counseling approach. He is eager and competent in working with people of different backgrounds and faiths. Josh's personal conviction is anchored in the belief that deepest and truest internal and relational healing comes from a personal and active relationship with Jesus Christ. This worldview shapes his heart and hope for people, but he is careful to only talk about spiritual matters at the initiation of his clients.
Josh is a Colorado native, avid mountaineer, climber and cyclist. He and his lovely wife have been married over 18 years and have two adventurous, school-aged children. Ultimately, Josh is a guide at heart, and his passion is to walk with people toward healing, wholehearted living and freedom.
BelayCC.com / 720-583-5483
Amy McMullen, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate who specializes in the mental health and wellness of children, adolescents, and young adults. She utilizes a variety of modalities including play, art, family, and talk therapies to create an individualized and evidence based treatment plan as unique and special as the clients she sees. Amy works with individuals who struggle with anything from adjustment and behavior issues to severe depression and trauma.
Amy graduated from Metro State University of Denver in 2011 with her BA in Psychology and received her MA in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Regis University in 2018. She started Blue Butterfly Counseling in the summer of 2019, bringing her dream of serving the community through private practice to fruition.
Amy is a Colorado Native and an avid Colorado sports fan. When not working with clients, she can typically be found watching The Colorado Rockies or The Denver Broncos with her friends and family. She is a proud cat-mom to her sweet black and white kitty named Shiloh Rain. Before starting her private practice, Amy spent seven years in youth ministry at her childhood church. Ministry, and particularly service to others is still a large passion and part of her life.
BlueButterfly-Counseling.com / 720-841-4395
Carla Farris, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, PNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
When meeting with my clients my goal is to create a safe, compassionate, collaborative environment. I also want to develop a trusting and therapeutic relationship by completing a thorough psychiatric evaluation in a non-judgmental, caring place. I want to provide client centered care and treatments based on evidence-based guideline by diagnosing according to the latest edition of the DSM and listening to the clients concerns and symptoms. I effectively manage client symptoms by initiating, adjusting, and monitoring medications. I think it's important to improve client's self-awareness and knowledge regarding mental health illnesses and medications by educating on the proper use, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions of medications and the course and prognosis of mental illnesses.
I am a strong advocate for mental health care. I believe when we arm our clients with knowledge they have a much better chance for a healthy, successful future. As Maya Angelou said "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better."
Carla Farris PMHNP-C, FNP-C, PNP / 720-340-1412
Claire Webber, Certified Professional Career Coach / Certified Professional Resume Writer
With a rich background in Talent Development, Claire is a proven Career, Recruiting, Human Resources, Training, and Employee Engagement professional. Claire holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University, and she is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW). Claire incorporates a results-based and applied psychology approach to talent management and career advisement. After spending many years serving within large corporations and start-up companies, successfully hiring hundreds of teammates, she currently serves as an independent consultant across a variety of industries with Clarity Career Solutions.
Claire serves both job seeking individuals and organizations by identifying and establishing strategic career development opportunities. With a passion for purpose and creating value, Claire is recognized as a dedicated relationship builder, effective motivator, exceptional communicator, and creative strategist. Claire finds joy in partnering with clients as they dare to explore the intersection of talent and passion in order to accomplish BIG dreams.
ClarityCareerSolutions.com / 303-223-6355
Catherine Kozanecki, Counseling Intern
Catherine lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Nazarene University in 2017, and has since spent much of her time in the classroom and teaching English as a second language. Her time working with children and adolescents sparked an interest in mental health, prompting her to begin the process of attaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Colorado Christian University. As a counseling intern, Catherine works with clients from many different phases of life, with an emphasis on adolescents and young adults. The years leading to adulthood pose many challenges, and Catherine hopes to assist her clients in embracing change and reaching their full potential. She has special interests in childhood anxiety and assisting children and teens in creating positive self-image. In 2020, Catherine launched the C.A.L.M. Program (Conquering Anxiety & Learning Mindfulness), which utilizes a skills-based approach to help teenagers gain coping skills to overcome anxiety. Catherine has experience working as a counseling research assistant, and she currently works as a new client coordinator, administrative assistant, and counseling intern for Jana Briggs Counseling & Associates.