About Denver, CO
Known as the Mile High City, the Denver metro area has the best of everything. They are just minutes from the mountains. Being one of the sunniest cities in the country, it is filled with year-round experiences. There are thousands of miles of state and national parks with countless trails, and opportunities for mountain adventures. The city is ever growing and filled with local parks as well as fun local eclectic restaurants and coffee shops. There are many outdoor festivals throughout the year. One of the highlights is Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park where you can see a show or hike the many miles of trails that surround the venue.
In-Home Community Support
Serves clients ages 14-24, and their families. Our clients frequently come to us before or after completion of a wilderness program or short/long term residential treatment.
Sarah Schwartz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, with a concentration in children and families. Sarah comes to Vive with nearly a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked in schools, in residential treatment facilities, within a therapeutic wilderness program, in various outpatient behavioral health clinics, as well as in the home and community. Sarah uses a strength-based, person-centered approach in her practice and has extensive training in both CBT and DBT. She is purposeful and compassionate in building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client, as she views the relationship between the therapist and client as the foundation for the change-making journey. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time in the out of doors, be it taking a bike ride, going for a long walk with her dog, or enjoying Chicago’s lakefront with family and friends.
Shaun Hutto is Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate LPCC with a Master Degree in Counseling with a focus in Clinical Mental Health. Shaun has worked for over a decade in the mental health field ranging from youth residential faculties, detox centers, crisis in-patient treatment centers, High Intensity Treatment Teams, various mental health agencies as well as private practice and in-home therapy settings all the while providing support with various agencies both local and state agencies. Shaun believes that life is a collection of stories, your stories. They shape you, mold you but they do not need to define you. Shaun believes in a holistic approach one which is built on support, trust and empathy. His therapeutic orientation comes from depth, transpersonal and a narrative approach. Shaun also believe in the power of play. I have experience dealing with trauma, crisis, loss, anxiety, grief, depression, sexual abuse and addiction. He enjoys working with all ages but none more so than children, youth and adolescents as well as their families, helping them be and see the best of themselves even if they do not see it at the moment. Shaun has experience using CBT, DBT modalities, I am a Narrative Therapist who uses Depth and transpersonal aspects in my therapy as well as an aspect of play. Shaun has two kittens named Sam and Dean, I enjoy all physical activities from soccer and board games to weight lifting. In Shaun’s spare time you can find him at a museum, zoo, reading anything from comics to a journal article, listening to music at home in the car or at a concert and spending time with his friends and family.
David Elliot is a Licensed Social Worker who obtained his Master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. He enjoys working with families and adolescents to explore new ways of communicating that aim to strengthen familial connections through empathy and understanding. David supports families in the present as challenges arise, working with them to collaboratively identify opportunities for growth within their current communication strategies. His background is in Structural Family Therapy, which aims to identify and refine each family member’s role to enhance healthy boundaries and relationships between each family member. David’s lighthearted approach creates a safe and non-judgmental environment to help his clients navigate challenging situations through open and honest dialogue. David loves the outdoors and often snowboards, hikes, jogs, and plays disc golf. He also has a passion for indoor activities including cooking, playing drums, and maintaining his coral reef and fish tank.
Kaley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver, where she focused on providing trauma-informed therapy to adolescents and families. She has experience in nonprofit and hospital settings and specializes in helping people cope with grief and loss, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Kaley is a strengths-based therapist and has training in modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She has a warm, genuine approach and values walking with clients on their journey of healing and empowerment. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, drawing, practicing yoga, traveling, hiking, and soaking up the Colorado sunshine with her husband.
Melissa Volz is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts Degree in Transpersonal Counseling in Psychology from Naropa University. She has years of experience working with individuals and families in a variety of settings, including addiction agencies and private practice. Melissa is also a certified Gestalt therapist with a passion for using what is in the here and now as a way to access feelings and emotions that are difficult to reach at times. Melissa helps parents see that the parent/child relationship is a direct path to personal growth as well as an opportunity for healing their own unmet needs in childhood. Melissa uses a strengths-based, client-centered approach to aid teens and young adults in viewing their current challenges as a path to self-actualization and growth. She believes and teaches that the teenage years are a time in which differentiation from the family is a right of passage and the whole family is affected by this change. Melissa believes that the whole family needs to be involved in working together to address the unique needs, challenges and desires of each member in the family in order to help the teen flourish individually. In her spare time, you can find her hiking, cooking, or spending time with her dogs and 13-year-old daughter.
Andrea Anderson is a registered psychotherapist with a master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She is an equine therapist for kids and adolescents at a local farm and has worked at inpatient psychiatric hospitals, an alternative high school, a meditation research lab, and a suicide hotline. Andrea’s main motive in working with adolescents is to help them unearth and cultivate their intrinsic passions, approaching life with a sense of curiosity and awe. As a therapist, she believes in the basic goodness of all people, and that authentic, passionate mentorship can transform a person’s concept of self, others, and the world. She has completed trainings in clinical hypnosis, gestalt, wilderness therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. In her free time, Andrea enjoys paddleboarding, camping, skiing, cooking, yoga, biking, playing the Native American flute and hanging out with her pet rabbit, Mr. B.