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Meet Our Team

We value the advanced doctoral training that psychologists receive, which is the highest degree available in psychology.  Therefore, Reaching Hope is staffed only by Licensed Psychologists and Psychologists-in-Training who specialize in treating complex trauma. 

 

A licensed psychologist is an advanced mental health professional with a doctorate degree in psychology, that is why they are called a "Doctor." They have the highest degree obtainable in the field of psychology and have completed the licensing requirements at the doctoral level. This includes passing both the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology and the Jurisprudence Examination, as well as completing one year of post-doctoral supervision.

 

People often confuse psychologists with psychiatrists. A psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor and can prescribe medication.

 

All Reaching Hope staff hold a doctorate degree, or are pursuing a doctorate degree (and already hold a master's degree). 

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Dr. Ambra Born, PsyD, LP

Executive Director | Co-Founder | Trauma Psychologist

Dr. Ambra Born, co-founder of Reaching HOPE, is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with child, adolescent, and family survivors of complex trauma. Ambra believes in people's ability to recover from adversity and become stronger because of every life event. In therapy......

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Dr. Loraine Fishman, PsyD, LP

Family Trauma Recovery Program Director | Trauma Psychologist 

Dr. Loraine Fishman is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in treating children and adolescents with complex trauma. She has worked in a number of settings including private practice, schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, and nonprofits. Her experiences range.....

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Dr. Sarah Gillingham, PsyD, LP

Trauma Psychologist 

Sarah is an empathic therapist whose goal is to be a vehicle for positive change for individuals, couples, and families.  She has a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.  She is a Licensed Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association....  

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Dr. Juanita Torres, PsyD, LP

Bilingual Trauma Psychologist

Dr. Juanita Torres (she/her/ella) is a bilingual Licensed Psychologist at Reaching HOPE. She is passionate about serving children and adolescents with complex trauma and has worked in a variety of settings including schools, residential treatment centers, hospitals, community mental health centers, and nonprofits. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical psychology with specialties in Children and Adolescents and Latinx Mental Health....

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Zoë Byers

Director of Development

Zoë Byers (she/her) is the Director of Development at Reaching HOPE. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder in May of 2020. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Zoë has worked for a number of nonprofits, gaining experience....

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Karla Kottom

Community Engagement Coordinator

Karla Kottom is the Bilingual Case Manager for Reaching Hope. She is from Lima Peru and has lived in Denver since 2012. Previously she worked for JeffCo Public schools as a Community Engagement Liaison for Alameda High School. In her role there she worked with families to provide stability in their homes in order to create a positive learning environment for the students and the families...

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Crystle Johnson

Co-responder Case Manager

Crystle is the Co-responder Case Manager working with the Brighton Police Department. She graduated in 2011 from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her B.S. in Human Services and a concentration in addiction studies. Crystle is passionate about helping families access the care they need for their mental well-being and looks forward to being a resource for the communities ...

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Dr. Cody Weeks, PsyD 

Postdoctoral Therapist/Psychologist Candidate

Cody Weeks (he/him/his) is a Psychologist Candidate at Reaching HOPE. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Cody received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and an M.A. in General Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Following the completion of his M.A. degree, Cody took two years off to conduct ...

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Dr. Tal Ginsburg, PsyD

Postdoctoral Therapist/Psychologist Candidate

Tal Ginsburg is currently pursing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She received her M.A in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 2020, and her B.S in Psychology and Spanish from Boston University in 2016. She took off two years between her undergraduate...

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Tish Cook, MA, LPC, NCC

Mental Health Co-Responder

Tish Cook is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in many settings, including juvenile detention, in home services, community mental health, and outpatient services. Her experience ranges from assessing, de-escalation, psychoeducation and treating mental health struggles including trauma, anxiety, depression, and collaboration. 

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Bianca Tocci, MA

Therapist | Pre-Doctoral Intern

Bianca Tocci (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at Marquette University. Originally from the greater Boston area, Bianca received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Boston University and master’s degree in psychology from Regis College...

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Dr. Brianna "Bri" Duval, PsyD 

Postdoctoral Therapist/Psychologist Candidate

Dr. Brianna Duval (she/her/hers), PsyD, is a Psychologist Candidate at Reaching HOPE. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Global Mental Health from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. With a commitment to client-centered care, she empowers individuals and families to harness their innate resilience on their journey towards healing. Brianna's approach ...

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Rachel Middendorf, MA

Therapist | Pre-Doctoral Intern

Rachel Middendorf (she/her/hers) is currently pursuing her PsyD at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to working at Reaching HOPE, Rachel worked in community mental health and private practice settings. She specializes in three areas: treating...

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Arielle Kahana, MA

Therapist | Doctoral Trainee

Arielle Kahana (she/her/hers), MA, is a doctoral trainee at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Psychology with a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Arielle obtained her Master’s in Sport and Performance Psychology...

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Maria Neiers, MA

Therapist | Doctoral Trainee

Maria Neiers (she/her/hers), MA, is a third-year doctoral trainee at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She has a B.A. from Texas A&M University in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Maria obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2021. Maria's background includes working...

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Grace Ritchie, MA

Therapist | Doctoral Trainee

Grace is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program at the University of Denver. She earned her B.A. from Boston College in 2012 and her M.A. in school psychology from the University of Denver in 2021. Grace’s graduate experience includes school-based, hospital-based, and private-practice psychological services for youth aged 0-21. Her research...

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