Colleen was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from The University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelors in Film Studies and a Masters in Film and Art History. After pursuing a career in Hollywood, and finding it to be rather unfulfilling, she returned to school and found a passion for learning. She took her natural curiosity about how people operate and pursued her education further in psychology.
Colleen attended The Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and received her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She completed an Internship at Mental Health Partners in Colorado for one year as a counseling intern on the Child, Adolescent and Family Services Team and the Adult Outpatient Team. There, she also worked a great deal with young adults and their families surrounding issues of substance abuse, trauma, gaming addictions, and adoption. Colleen was trained and utilized an attachment focused therapy modality and received a number of trainings during her internship including DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy.
Colleen has worked with young adults for some time, and finds the human psyche fascinating. She has been able to merge her interests in the arts and humanities, and apply it to her work with young people. She enjoys the creative process and when it comes to discovering yourself; she finds that being open and allowing people to express themselves uniquely, tends to be the best way for them to find the gifts they possess. Colleen also enjoys skiing, hiking, art, writing, reading, karaoke, and sports of all kinds.