Meet our Team
Reaching HOPE is dedicated to providing services by the most highly trained staff. 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. That means that all of our staff hold a doctorate degree, or are pursuing a doctorate degree (and already hold a master's degree). Here is our team:
Dr. Ambra Born
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, Ambra will work with you, your child, and/or your family to overcome obstacles and emerge with more confidence, resiliency, and hope. Ambra has also offered Animal Assisted Therapy with her therapy dogs.
Ambra received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Track from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009 and has been working with trauma survivors for the past 20 years. She has experience with youth and families from culturally diverse backgrounds and enjoys working with foster, adoptive, single, teen, and LGBTQIA+ parents and families.
Dr. Loraine Fishman
Therapist, Licensed 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 from assessing and diagnosing learning disabilities, treating complex trauma from a family systems lens, providing psycho-education on child sexual development and behavior, working with clients with serious and persistent mental illness, crisis intervention, working with children and adolescents with neurodiversity, and group treatment. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in child and adolescent psychological assessment from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2020. She believes strongly in a person-centered approach to treatment that values the client’s ability to feel empowered and have a respected voice in therapy; ultimately, allowing her therapeutic approach to focus on relationship building, trust, and safety. She received her Psychologist License on May 2, 2022.
Dr. Bryan Rojas-Araúz
Bryan O. Rojas-Araúz is a Psychologist Candidate at Reaching HOPE. He is a bilingual bicultural Afro-Latino immigrant of Costa Rican and Panamanian descent. He spent his teenage years in the Bay Area, California, where he became a community organizer and DREAM activist. He received his B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University and earned his Master’s in Counseling in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy with a dual emphasis in College Counseling at San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Spanish Language Psychological Services and Research at the University of Oregon. He has eight years of experience providing bilingual mental health services and working with Spanish-speaking communities including children, adults, and families. His research interests include immigration psychology, DREAMers’ mental health, ethnic identity formation, critical consciousness, postsecondary education attainment, and cultural competence development. Anticipated Psychologist License August 2022.
Dr. Rachel Kovensky
Dr. Rachel Kovensky (she/her/hers) is a Psychologist Candidate at Reaching HOPE. She received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Her research has focused on understanding the pathways to health-risking behaviors among adolescent girls with trauma histories, exploring ways in which to bolster resilience and prevent the adverse effects that trauma can have across the lifespan. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked for three years as a case manager, serving individuals living with HIV. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, private practice, college counseling centers, and community mental health facilities. She has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy using evidence-based treatments for a variety of clinical presentations, including complex trauma and serious persistent mental illness. She also has experience with formal psychological assessment, including assessing for and diagnosing learning disabilities and mental health conditions among children, youth, and adults. Further, she is passionate about community education and outreach and has been actively involved in sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention efforts. Her approach to therapy is relational, strengths-based, collaborative, culturally and contextually attuned, research-supported, and trauma-informed. She strives to balance offering clinical expertise with honoring the lived experience and wisdom of each client. She aims to equip children, adults, and families with the skills necessary to reach their goals, move towards healing and hope, and improve their relationships with themselves and others. Anticipated Psychologist License August 2022.
Zoë Byers (she/her) is the Executive Assistant 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 in fundraising, social media management, event-planning, and database development. She is passionate about providing the administrative support needed to maintain and expand trauma therapy programs available at Reaching HOPE, in addition to supporting Reaching HOPE's clinical team in order to cultivate a working environment that fosters healing, outreach, prevention, and empowerment.
Maira Birrueta, MS
Therapist, Psychology Intern
Maira Birrueta (she/her/ella) is a bilingual bicultural Mexican American Latina. She is a Doctoral Candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Oregon where she also earned her Master of Science in Counseling, Family, and Human Services. Maira earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Cultures with an emphasis in Spanish from Washington State University. Maira is currently completing her Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship through the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Throughout her doctoral training, Maira has practiced in private, university, trauma-focused, and primary care settings and provided services to children, adolescents, and adults with diverse presenting concerns. Maira is passionate about increasing access to mental health services for all people, especially the Latino/a/x population. Her research interests include racial identity development, Latino/a/x academic achievement and outcomes, and topics in counseling Latino/a/x individuals and families.
Elly Maras, MEd, EdS
Therapist, Doctoral Trainee
Elly is pursuing her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology Program at the University of Denver. She received her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in School Psychology from John Carroll University in 2019. Elly earned her B.A. in Psychology with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University in 2016. While there, she minored in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness and Professional Writing — two areas of passion for Elly. During her undergraduate career, she completed an observational thesis on the quality of parent-teacher relationships in early childcare centers and worked as an intern at the Ohio Senate and the Greater Ohio Policy Center, all of which prompted her interest in advocating for equitable policies and practices for children and families. Elly regularly collaborates with teachers and families and works with students who have a variety of needs, including those with developmental delays, learning disabilities, autism, behavioral difficulties, and mental health struggles. She is also passionate about mindfulness meditation and wellness strategies. Elly is also a graduate researcher for the Center for Rural School Health and Education at DU. As a Doctoral Trainee at Reaching HOPE, Elly is looking forward to combining trauma-informed therapy with evidence-based wellness practices to promote the healing and empowerment of children and their families.
Alison Conner, MS
Therapist, Doctoral Trainee
Alison Conner is currently in her second year of pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2017 and her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015. Throughout her graduate clinical training, Alison has worked in a number of settings including private practice, schools, and nonprofits. She has experience in administering psychological assessment for a wide range of mental health concerns in people of all ages, engaging in psychoeducation and consultation with families and teachers, and providing trauma-informed individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Within her doctorate, Alison is pursuing a specialty in perinatal, infant, and child mental health, with an additional focus on multiculturalism and trauma-informed care. She is passionate about providing trauma-informed treatment to individuals and communities experiencing marginalization and believes that mental health care should foster empowerment, healing, and transformation. In her free time, she loves to cook, get outside, and have dance parties in her kitchen.
Bryanna Fatigate, MS, EdS
Therapist, Doctoral Trainee
Bryanna is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology at the University of Denver. Bryanna earned her Masters/EdS in School Psychology at Brooklyn College in 2017 and her B.S in Psychology at Towson University in 2014. Throughout her undergraduate career, Bryanna worked in several roles throughout Baltimore including the university’s civic engagement office, a nonprofit that served foster care youth transitioning to adulthood, and a residential treatment facility. She completed her master’s externship at a charter school in New York City designed to re-engage students who have become disenfranchised from, dropped out of, or have been expelled from traditional high schools. Since then she has worked as a school psychologist for Denver Public Schools (DPS). Throughout her time at DPS Bryanna has worked with youth with various needs such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as youth with developmental delays, autism, learning disorders, and cognitive disabilities. Additionally, in efforts to foster a safe school culture she has conducted professional development training for colleagues that addressed ways to identify the effects of childhood trauma, and how to respond in a proactive manner. Bryanna is passionate about empowering others by fostering resiliency skills, helping individuals recognize their strengths, and find their path to healing.
Tal Ginsburg, MA
Therapist, Doctoral Trainee
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 degree and her doctoral program to do a research study on imminent suicide risk at Mount Sinai in New York City. In her doctoral program, Tal is specializing in three areas: infant and early childhood mental health, therapy with the latinx population, and substance use disorders. She has experience with children and adolescents with various forms of anxiety, depression and trauma, and pregnant woman and new moms that have experienced interpersonal violence. Through her various experiences with diverse populations, Tal has learned that therapy is most effective when there is a strong, trusting, genuine bond between therapist and client.
Adam Rivera-Olivera, MS
Therapist, Doctoral Trainee
Adam Rivera Olivera is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico. He will be completing his internship at Colorado University - Anschutz Medical Center (Major Rotation: Salud Family Health Centers). During his training as a doctoral candidate, Adam has received clinical training in different settings such as hospitals, private practice, and community mental health clinics in rural and urban areas. Throughout these experiences, he has developed clinical skills focused on psychological assessment and clinical interventions with patients from diverse populations. Adam is most interested in providing clinical interventions following a patient-centered approach by considering different treatment modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and evidence-based therapies.
Meghan Colpas, MA
Therapist, Doctoral Trainee
Meghan Colpas is currently pursuing her Psy.D. 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 2021 and her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked in child development research and as a rape crisis counselor in Boston, as well as worked on a research project in western Kenya on political violence exposure and adolescent mental health. In her doctoral program, Meghan is specializing in child mental health, global mental health, and trauma-informed treatment for survivors of violence. She has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including health clinics, nonprofits, community mental health, and humanitarian agencies. She also has experience with therapeutic psychological assessments with people of all ages. Meghan is passionate about increasing access to mental health care, integrating cultural and contextual factors into the therapy space, and honoring alternative modalities of healing such as art, music, or community connection. Meghan aims to join with individuals, families, and communities to foster healing and change. In her free time, she loves hiking, painting, and spending time with her friends and pets.