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WHO WE ARE

Our group practice consists of mental health providers dedicated to serving families of young children.

We are a training program and work collaboratively as a team. Staff and interns receive regular supervision and training, and clients benefit from the collective wisdom of all of our team members.

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MARY BETH SWANSON, LCSW

she/her

Director & Therapist

I have been in the human services field since completing my Masters of Social Work from University of Denver in 1996. While I have worked in a number of different settings and agencies, I have always come back to my love of children and my passion for helping them become their best selves. 

I specialize in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, which includes lots of social and emotional development and support, as well as coaching for parents and caregivers. I utilize play therapy as the primary tool for connecting with children and allowing them an avenue to express themselves. I am also trained in EMDR with additional training on healing early developmental trauma for children.

Specialties/services:

  • Early childhood

  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy

  • Individual and dyadic play therapy

  • EMDR

  • Parent support

  • Maternal substance abuse disorders

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AMY TUTTLE, LCSW

Therapist & Group Coordinator 

I received my graduate degree in social work from Colorado State University. My social work background offers me a broad perspective of the concerns that clients bring to therapy and an appreciation for how these concerns are impacted on individual, family, community, and societal levels. I combine a variety of theories and perspectives to best support the unique goals of each client, including trauma-informed therapy and mindfulness.

 

Reaching out for support takes courage and vulnerability, and I feel privileged to work alongside each client I meet. I believe that supporting clients always begins by building a safe, respectful, and genuinely caring relationship. From this foundation, we can work together to build upon clients’ strengths and work towards meaningful change.

Specialties/Services:

  • Individual adult

  • Adolescents and teens (11yrs+)

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Mindfulness

  • Narrative therapy

  • Art therapy

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EMILY BARFUSS EGBERT, SWC

she/her

Therapist

I received my graduate degree in social work from Colorado State University. My training and work experience have centered on perinatal mental health, early childhood mental health, parent-child attachment, and supporting families affected by incarceration. I am passionate about using holistic and person-centered techniques to ensure that what is done in therapy is personalized, collaborative, and unique to your needs.

Parenting is vulnerable, tiring, and rewarding. I will honor and respect your family values and build upon the strength you and your family already possess. I believe every parent, child, and family deserve healing and joy. I look forward to learning and growing with you!

Specialties/Services:
• Individual adult
• Early Childhood Play Therapy
• Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

• Incarceration Support 

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RUTH KRUG, LCSW

Therapist

I am a licensed clinical social worker. I received my graduate degree from Colorado State University. I have training with the Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health and have a pediatric and adult medical social work background. I have additional training in trauma sensitive yoga and am a certified trauma informed yoga therapist (RYT-500) and have training as a death doula.

 

I specialize in using yoga therapy in sessions, a holistic and body-centered approach to healing, that incorporates using gentle movement, breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques. I believe that a body centered approach is one in which can be the most powerful and transformative experience in a therapeutic setting.  In sessions you will gain resiliency through holistic, somatic tools that can transform your life and can be used for parents, mothers, caregivers and children. I believe everyone deserves to heal, to feel whole and embodied.   

Specialties/Services:

  • Adolescents, teens and individual adult (11yrs+)

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Chronic pain

  • Grief, bereavement and loss

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered)

  • Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • Medical Care Coordination 

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MADDIE DARNELL, MSSW, SWC

Therapist & Chief Operating Officer

I received my undergraduate degree in Marriage and Family Studies in 2019. I received my graduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in Social Work with a concentration in evidence-based interpersonal practice and a certification in trauma in 2023. I’ve dedicated the majority of my career thus far, to working with traumatized children, families, and caregivers. Additionally, I hold experience in various medical settings and crisis work. Though healing is a serious and thoughtful process, when appropriate I strive to bring gentle humor into my work. 

 

I am a firm believer in catering therapy to fit an individual client's needs. Whether that is gaining insight, processing emotions/traumas, shifting thought processes, etc. I strive to be strengths-based and solution-focused. When working with adults, my goal is to help you find compassion for yourself and accept where you are in your journey. As well as where you would like to be. I utilize methods from Dr. John Gottman’s research when working with couples, and am certified to teach the “Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” and the “Bringing Baby Home” workshops. I am certified to conduct the Crowell Parent-Child Interactional assessments and Working Model of the Child interview for parents/caregivers. 

 

When working with children, my focus is on creating a safe space for them to express their emotions. Whether that is through play or talk, etc. I believe in partnering with parents and caregivers, utilizing a child-centered approach. I truly feel it’s a privilege to be a part of an individual's journey and look forward to working towards healing and wellness with you!

Specialties/services:

  • Trauma-informed care/practice 

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) 

  • Parent Child Interactional Therapy (PCIT)

  • Abuse, neglect, divorce  

  • Incarceration support 

  • Couple and relationship issues 

  • Circle of Security Parenting 

  • Parent coaching and education 

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ANDREA JOYCE, LPCC

she/her

Therapist & Referral Coordinator

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate. I received my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2023. Before joining the Willow Collective team, I taught in early childhood and elementary education. My experience as an educator helped me realize the importance of prioritizing mental health needs in children and adults.
 

I work closely with clients to create a therapeutic relationship that reflects empathy, trust, and respect. I believe individuality should be honored, so I utilize a variety of counseling theories and techniques to meet the diverse needs of clients, including person-centered therapy, trauma-informed therapy, play therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I hope to make therapy a collaborative and worthwhile experience for the client to recognize their strengths and ability to achieve their goals.


Specialties/Services:

  • Early Childhood

  • Individual and dyadic play-based therapy

  • Art therapy

  • Individual adult therapy

  • Caregiver support

  • LGBTQIA+

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SAMANTHA DAYAK, MSW, SWC

Therapist

I am currently in the process of completing my Master's in Social Work degree from Colorado State University. Prior to this, I received my undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have worked in the human services field for 5 years, specializing in Early Childhood Mental Health. I am well experienced working with children ages 0-5 in foster care, foster families and biological parents. I have found my passion in working with young children and caregivers to create healthy bonds by creating a safe and inclusive environment while prioritizing the child and caregivers’ needs. 

 

I utilize client centered and child directed play therapy to lead my practice. My values lay in creating authentic relationships and creating spaces where people are welcomed and able to collaborate and learn from one another. 

 

Specialties/services

  • Early childhood

  • Individual adult 

  • Play therapy 

  • Parent support

  • Care coordination

  • Incarceration support

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BRITNEY HAAPANEN, MS, MFTC

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Therapist

I am a marriage and family therapist with a graduate degree from Colorado State University. Since graduating from the University of California, Davis in 2013 with degrees in Psychology and Music, I have worked to support children and families in various capacities, including as a researcher and an early childhood educator. My training and work experience have centered on perinatal mental health, early childhood mental health, and parent-child attachment.

I believe that we as humans cannot be fully understood in isolation. We are all parts of families, relationships, and systems that impact us in all sorts of ways. Therefore, my work with clients encompasses these additional layers of understanding, exploring the relationships and systems that inherently play a role in our mental health. For my child clients, I believe in a child-centered and child-directed approach, with play-based therapy and caregiver-child attachment at the center.


My therapeutic approach encompasses a variety of theories and perspectives to meet my
client’s where they are, and best meet their individual, family, or couple goals. I believe that
building a safe, trusting connection is the foundation of a therapeutic relationship, and lead
with that in mind with all of my clients.

 

Specialties/services​

  • Family/individual therapy

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Early childhood

  • Individual and dyadic play-based therapy

  • Caregiver support & education

  • LGBTQIA+

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KRISTI ZAMBRANO, LCSW

Therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I completed my master's in social work in 1998 at the University of Chicago, and since then have worked and been licensed in Chicago, Illinois, Phoenix, Arizona, the San Francisco Bay Area, and now here in Colorado. My work has focused on children and their families, including adolescent foster youth, families involved in child protective services, adoptive and foster families, and families who've experienced trauma and substance use.

 

In 2008 I completed the Harris Institute's Infant Mental Health program while working with substance-exposed newborns and their families. I fell in love with this work with young families and their caregivers, and am delighted to be able to practice it again at The Willow Collective, after having taken time away from the field to raise my own children.  

 

I am passionate about building a strong relationship with my clients, understanding all aspects of their individual and systemic situation, and identifying & developing already present strengths.

 

Specialties/services​

  • Child-parent therapy, dyadic and family therapy

  • Parent / caregiver support

  • Adoptive & foster families

  • Trauma-informed care

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KAITLYN EWAN, LSW

Therapist 

I am a Licensed Social Worker and completed my Master's of Social Work degree, as well as my Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Behavioral Health, at Colorado State University. Through my training and professional roles, I have gained experience working through the complexities of family life - including substance use, sexual abuse, developmental disabilities, complex trauma, and foster care.

 

When working with children and families, I strive to create a safe and empathetic space that celebrates and honors every family's values and journey. I utilize strengths based and client focused perspectives to guide my practice and meet my clients where they are. Through the use of multiple perspectives and theories, I aim to create a child-centered, trauma informed foundation from which true healing and growth can take place. 

Specialties/Services:

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • Strengths-Based Work

  • Systems Theory

  • Abuse and Neglect

  • Incarceration/Incarcerated Parent Support

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