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Aaron Wiemeier – LPC

Executive Director
Keynote Speaker - 3x Published Author 

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Aaron J. Wiemeier is a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field and is a nationally recognized author, trainer and educator. He is an expert in the neurophysiology of trauma, attachment & adoption and has worked successfully with the most difficult of clients and with the most chaotic and conflictual systems. His pioneering work and program development led to highly successful outcomes that increased permanency in least restrictive settings and ultimately reduced fiscal spending particularly in the mental health, educational and legal systems. A former Dean of Students and three-time published author, he has authored 2 books on developing emotional intelligence including school-based curriculum that can be implemented in short 15-minute increments to not interfere with the demands of classroom instruction. His latest co-authored work titled School-Based Interventions for the Traumatized Student, is the culmination of a life’s work centered around creative ways to reach, work with and inspire hope in children who have experienced trauma.
  • Trauma
  • Attachment
  • Adoption
  • Affect Regulation and Emotional Intelligence
  • Mental Health in Education
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • EMDR Trained Clinician

Craig McCullough - LPC

International Affiliate - Dublin, Ireland
National Trainer-Consultant



Craig McCullough is a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and adults. He has worked in a variety of settings that has led him to become a specialist in trauma-focused care and treating the spectrum of neurological differences from autism to ADHD and the broader spectrum. He is a nationally recognized trainer in this area as well as a PEERS certified provider. In addition, Craig enjoys working with his clients around various developmental challenges of their life events finding meaning in their unique narratives.
  • Trauma
  • Attachment
  • Adoption
  • Men’s Issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • PEERS Social Skills Groups

Jen Thorstad - LPC

Senior Leadership Team
Clinician & Consultant



Jennifer Thorstad is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in attachment/adoption support, trauma narratives, anxiety and panic disorder, ADHD , depression and mood disorders in both children and adults. She is also a certified HeartMath practitioner and can utilize heart-rate variance biofeedback. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from UNC Charlotte and has experience counseling in various settings including outpatient therapy, enhanced mental health services for children and adolescents, and psychiatric emergency services.
  • Trauma
  • Attachment
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Mood Disorder
  • Faith Issues
  • Life Transitions

Paul Roy – LCSW

Senior Leadership Team
Clinician & Consultant



Paul is a licensed social worker who specializes in couples and family therapy with a focus on EFT techniques that are centered in the Gottman Institutes research on relationships. He works predominately with young adults and couples in an office based setting. He has also taught family therapy techniques and skills at the University of Denver, supervising masters-leveled students at the University of Colorado, and provided clinical consultation for organizations such as the Kempe Center.
  • Couples & Family Therapy
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Men’s Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma, Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Deeper Understanding of Self
Cheyenne has her Master's in Social Work and is a Clinical Social Work Candidate. She graduated from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Four Corners Program and cares deeply about merging her passion for social justice and how oppressive systems can affect our mental health. Accepting ourselves for the fullness of who we are; including all of our intersectional identities, is a primary area of expertise which entails all of the different hats we wear throughout our days and different roles we take on. Integrating these can lead to empowerment of ourselves to find fulfillment in confidence, decision-making, and relationships. Utilizing evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cheyenne has worked with individuals across the lifespan from children who have experienced grief and loss, to caregiving for the aging population with neurological developmental disorders. Cheyenne most recently has worked with the Fort Lewis College Counseling Center, both with traditional, non-traditional, and first-generation students facing an array of life-challenges and traumas such as depression, anxiety, sexual violence, relationship issues, women's issues, spirituality, suicidality, and historical trauma. Cheyenne identifies as an Indigenous and Ashkenazi Jewish multi-racial woman who is an LGBTQIA+ ally.
  • Historical & intergenerational trauma
  • Sexual violence
  • Grief & loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Life transitions
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Women's issues
  • Spirituality
  • Identity formation
  • Suicidality
Adrian Lobb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Colorado State University and his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University. He has experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, families who are in the Division of Youth Corrections and Child Protective Services, individuals struggling with life transitions, anxiety and depression and families and couples in conflict. Adrian has experience working in residential and community-based settings. Adrian enjoys supporting individuals, couples and families of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and ethnicities. Adrian works from a systemic perspective, meaning he looks at how the whole system is functioning. He works to create a therapeutic space that is collaborative, respectful and non-blaming. Adrian views the client as the expert on their life and relationships. Think of him as a guide, supporting you as you explore the possibilities and solutions already within you, your relationships and family. Adrian is currently training to become an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. Adrian is also pursuing further training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method. In his free time, he likes to paint, draw, write, read, watch movies, play video games and spend time with friends.
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