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Our Team


 Dr. Deanna McClannahan

Clinical Director

Dr. McClannahan is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist,  Art Therapy Certified Supervisor, Expressive Arts Therapist/Trauma-Informed, International Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor, and a National Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has a bachelors in Studio Art & Art History, with minors in Visual Communications and Psychology. During this time she moved to Florence, Italy where she attended Lorenzo Di Medici, a prominent art school. Deanna earned her masters in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Art Therapies. She has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and a doctorate in Expressive Arts Therapies. 

Deanna holds the following licenses and certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia through the Georgia Secretary of State
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) from the National Board for Certified Counselors 
  • Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board
  • Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board
  • Expressive Arts Therapist/Trauma-Informed (EXAT) through the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute
  • Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
  • Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S) through the Association of Play Therapy
  • Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (CPCS) through the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) from the National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Certified in Neuroscience
  • Certified in Level One Trauma-Informed Care
  • Foundational Theraplay Practitioner
  • EMDR Therapist

Deanna has extensive training working with children and adolescents, families, severe trauma and dissociation, adoption, spiritual counseling, and the foster care system. The primary focus of her practice over the years has been on severely abused children and those in residential care. Deanna has over 22 years’ experience working in the foster care system. Deanna has extensive training in counseling supervision and provides supervision and consultation to students, those seeking licensure, as well as licensed professionals. Deanna has also written articles for several mental health magazines and has been invited to various speaking engagements around the country. For over 12 years, Deanna has served as a college professor working with both graduate and undergraduate students.

Deanna is a member of several professional organizations including The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D), The American Play Therapy Association, Colorado Play Therapy Association, Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA) and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and the arts. 


Sharlete Babrudi LPCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Sharlete is honest, compassionate, and optimistic. She believes the clients are the experts in their lives and considers it a privilege to walk alongside them in their journey to healing and recovery. She tends to see and bring awareness to the client’s strength, thus empowering them to take the issue as a challenge rather than a threat. She believes struggles and setbacks in life to be part of being human and not a sign of weakness. Her primary therapeutic approach is Adlerian, where healthy and meaningful relationships are fundamental to individuals’ wellbeing. She uses different components of other approaches to meet the needs of every client best. She works with children, teens, and adults. Sharlete received her Bachelor of Arts’ with a focus on psychology and minor in criminal justice degree from UCCS. She completed her masters in counseling at Colorado Christian University. 



Stephana Patterson LPCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Stephana’s strongest passion is serving Christ through helping people. Stephana believes strongly in creating a safe space for people to heal and grow, no matter the spiritual, cultural, or religious background. Stephana’s gifting is connecting with people and children on an emotional level that encourages and greatly enhances the processes she brings to the healing journey. Stephana empowers her clients to embrace healing and is privileged to support and walk alongside while healing happens from within the individual.  

Stephana’s combination of CBT, Family Systems Theory, and Solution Focused Therapy pairs with Dr. McClannahan’s guidance in play and art therapy to provide an organic and holistic approach to healing. Stephana love’s working with children and adolescents, helping the littlest ones play through their heartaches, traumas, and hurts and she believes that the role of the caregiver is intimately connected to the child’s healing, assisting child and parent/caregiver in bonding and growing together. Stephana completed her masters in counseling at Liberty University. 

Stephana has been married for twenty years and has two teenage children. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her family while going for walks and playing board games. You will most likely find her and her teenage children spending hours upon hours chatting at IHOP over coffee and pancakes!



 Laura Register LPCC

 Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Laura is genuine, empathic and a good listener.  She has a heart for kids of all ages, having raised five children of her own, and enjoys helping women overcome their stage-of-life challenges. She believes that lasting change begins with a change in beliefs and behaviors that then affect our emotions and physiology, an idea founded in Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT).   Also influenced by Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), Laura desires to walk with each person on their unique journey toward emotional awareness and self-compassion, discovering and integrating all parts of Self.  Laura’s undergraduate degree in music prompted work with people of all ages over many years before her choice to pursue a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling at Liberty University.  When she’s not working, Laura enjoys cycling, trail-running, playing with her border collie, and making music with her grandkids.




Elizabeth Angier LPCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Elizabeth Angier is a graduate student in the Clinical & Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian University. She values cultivating authenticity in relationships, discovering courage in vulnerability and healing, and finding beauty in the most unusual of places. Elizabeth became increasingly interested in counseling as she began her own therapeutic journey – now, counseling is her passion! She firmly believes that it is important for the counselor to engage deeply in their own healing so that they have both the tools and the compassion to help others. Elizabeth realizes that every individual is unique and has a very personal life story that deserves to be honored. She places great value on experiences, cultures, values, and backgrounds that are different from her own and believes in utilizing an integrative approach that pursues interventions that will best meet the needs of the client. Elizabeth truly desires to meet people wherever they are and help them gain the tools and self-awareness to lead a full and hope-filled life. 


CoraCoraCora Bergstrom LPCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Cora is a gentle, encouraging, and compassionate person. She is a Master's Student Counseling Intern finishing her program at Colorado Christian University. She believes everyone has the ability to grow and become a better version of themselves. Cora embraces the process of counseling as it provides an opportunity for each of us to examine issues and challenge ourselves to improve relationships with others as well as with ourselves. Her passion is to create a safe place for people to be honest and open with themselves in order to overcome barriers and achieve goals.







JackieJackieJackie Samuel

Masters Level Intern

Jackie Samuel is a second year graduate student counselor in the Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Colorado Christian University. Jackie received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. His thirteen-year experience as an Army medic and in working as a Patient Advocate for the last ten years allows him to sit with, see, and sense a client’s pain during some of their most difficult times. In this, his goal is to provide care and comfort. Being a veteran and having grown up and Army child affords Jackie the opportunity to draw from his experiences of visiting many states and countries and experiencing a variety of other cultures provides Jackie the ability to meet with people from all walks of life. 


Jackie also brings over a decade of youth ministry experience, during which he served as a teacher, mentor, and coach to young people. In the ministry of counseling, Jackie enjoys meeting people where they are and helping them process, see, feel, and believe that their history does not have to determine their destiny! 



Jennie Radspinner

Masters Level Intern

Jennie first gained interest in becoming a therapist while working in ministry with college students. While she has great empathy and compassion for others she wants the tools and knowledge to be able to help individuals through some of their darkest days. Jennie works will all ages, however her main experience has been working with children (ages 8-16) who have experienced loss, grief, family separation and anxiety.  Each age has new challenges and experiences that come along with it. 


Jennie believes that the therapeutic relationship is a sacred space. My desire is that clients can come into each session and be themselves. Therapy is a journey of ups and downs, and each individual deserves guided support along the way for a fruitful experience.  Each person has a different story that is worth sharing and is possible to rewrite. Sessions are for the client, and Jennie works to be flexible and creative to create an experience that is catered to your needs and desires. The hope is that we strategically work together for you to grow and thrive in your life. Jennie uses a variety of approaches to therapy including person centered, play therapy and art-based activities. 


 Jennie was born and raised in Colorado. She attended The University of Northern Colorado where she gained a Bachelors in Communication. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and child, getting outside on all the beautiful trails in Colorado Springs, exploring new restaurants, walking her dog, baking, and drinking coffee. Jennie is currently completing her masters in Clinical Mental Health from Colorado Christian University and is under supervision.



Marlo Holland

Masters Level Intern

Marlo is fun, empathetic, gentle, and soft-spoken. Marlo’s passion lies in hearing people's stories and helping kids and adults make a little more sense of the world. She believes each and every one of us has a unique story; a unique set of experiences and relationships that become a part of our narrative. She believes people deserve to be seen and heard. She is a firm believer in getting outside in nature and being creative to facilitate healing and growth whenever possible.

Marlo grew up in an Air Force family, experiencing many moves before moving to Colorado Springs in 2012. She was homeschooled K-12 and greatly appreciates having this as part of her story.  Her desire is to help both kids and adults grow and flourish. She seeks to help people gain insight into their own story and create a secure space for clients to heal.  



Kelly Rhue

Masters Level Intern

We are broken in relationship and we heal in relationship. Kelly is committed and greatly honored to connect with each client and meet them right where they are.  With grace, kindness, and compassion she endeavors to walk alongside them in their healing journey. She firmly believes that every part of a person's story, the good, the bad, and even the ugly can be used to help that person transform to enjoy a life of great purpose and fulfillment. She incorporates expressive arts therapies, trauma-informed care, and research best practices to help clients reach their goals. 
Kelly is a Colorado native who lives with her husband, two children, and pup. She loves to spend time with them and watch her family grow.  She loves cooking, dancing, snowboarding, running, singing, playing games, and writing murder mysteries. She also has extensive experience supporting women through various twelve-step recovery processes in order to heal from family of origin and relationship wounds. Her family, background, and faith give her the strength and experience to provide a rich and supportive environment for clients of every age. She is a member of the Colorado Counseling Association and she is currently in the Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian University. 

Jenna Mahaffey

Masters Level Intern

Jenna Mahaffey is a graduate student in the Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian University, who is truly passionate about the field of Mental Health. Jenna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from A&M University Corpus Christi in December of 2020, and has been cultivating experience working in the field of mental health- both at an inpatient psychiatric facility and crisis hotline, ever since. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, weightlifting, traveling through the mountains, cooking, baking, doing Krav Maga, and writing music. Jenna’s priority is to create a safe space for individuals from all walks of life to experience the quality of compassion and therapeutic care that they deserve- her greatest strengths consist of her levels of compassion, genuineness and patience.