Our Team

Phillip Horner LCSW CGP 

executive Director

Phillip (he/him/his) works with individuals, children, and groups. Phillip approaches therapy with openness and curiosity, and help create change through insight and compassion. Through his training he has focused on attachments and relationships. With many different theories to help him, such as psychodynamic, DBT, and mindfulness, he aims to work with those who want to feel seen or who have had trouble connecting before.

Phillip focuses on building a strong relationship with his clients, using this connection as the foundation and strength for the therapy.  In this space Phillip and the client can together repair attachments, work on past traumas, and discover intimacy without fear.

On top of seeing many clients individually and facilitating groups, Phillip also holds the role of clinical director for Whole Connection. In this role Phillip supervises interns and therapists, organizes trainings for all the Whole Connection staff, as well as for the local community. In addition, Phillip heads up our Group specialty and trains the team as well as Fellows about running group.


Supervisors

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Erica Brann LCSW

Clinical SUPERVISOR/Trainer & Educator

Erica has 20 years of experience working with adolescents and adults, helping them find meaning their lives and get relief from suffering.  With training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She has training and experience working with post adopted teens and their families, using attachment theory and art therapy.  Her approach is to meet clients were they are at, and help them achieve change. She has extensive experience working with people who have struggled with addiction, and issues related to depression and anxiety. Over the years she has provided clinical supervision for Interns and therapist from many different disciplines and therapeutic orientations.


Trainers & Educators

Marcia Warren Edelman LPCC

Trainer & Educator/Consultant

Marcia is a Somatic Body Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in international educational exchange and Native American policy and advocacy. She works with individuals and groups in areas of race, culture and identity, through a trauma-informed lens. In addition to her private practice, Marcia provides workshops on Embodied Code-Switching, a model she created that supports the expression of multicultural identities through somatic awareness.

As an educator on our team, Marcia offers a focus on cultural awareness, social justice, intercultural communication, and identity.  Through training, office hours, and individual conversations Marcia provides a guided discovery process for each of the above topics.  This allows our clinicians to build an awareness of how these topics show up personally and professionally as well as building an understanding of how to apply these learnings to client work. 

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Kat Austin, LMFT, LPC, LAC

Trainer & Educator/Supervisor

Kat (she, her, hers) brings 15 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families.  Kat believes in the human’s innate ability to heal and create transformation in their lives.  It is through the power of attachment relationships, be it with a partner, spouse, friend, or therapist, we are able to tap into this innate ability and grow to our self at best.  Kat is a systemic, experiential, humanistic, attachment focused therapist.  She is Certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and has extensive training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy (AEDP). 

Kat is partnering as an educator with Whole Connection.  She is excited to offer a focus on EFT and systemic work to the team.  Kat will be offering supervision, office hours, training, and support to therapists working systemically.  Kat is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate.


Clinical Therapists

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Melissa Utz MA LPCC

Clinical Therapist

Melissa is a counselor and qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.  She understands that it takes courage and curiosity to bring change into one’s life and honors the ups and downs inherent to each unique journey.  Melissa completed her Master’s degree in counseling from Naropa University.  She works to support clients as they build self-awareness, increase resilience, and release behaviors that no longer serve them on their path to a more engaged and satisfying life.  Melissa cultivates an environment of creativity, warmth, humor, and non-judgment, allowing folks to explore and transform at their own pace.  

Katie Klumb

Katie Klumb MA

Clinical therapist

Katie is a recent graduate of Naropa’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program and a Registered Psychotherapist.  Katie meets her clients with a compassionate, grounded presence and works to support them in their healing process. She believes it is every individual’s right to reclaim their personal power and utilizes her knowledge of mindfulness, somatic awareness, Gestalt Therapy and Attachment Theory to help her clients obtain their goals.

Katie has worked with teens, young adults, men, and women who have struggled with depression and anxiety, addiction, and other various life challenges. She seeks to understand each individual’s unique identity and how social issues impact each client’s life. Katie is non-judgmental and strives to support each individual’s healing process in a way that is best suited to their needs.

Katie also helps engage with the local community.  She accesses and connects with other practitioners so that we, at Whole Connection, can make sure we work in a team approach to best help out clients.


Master’s Level Counseling & Social Work Fellows

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Maura Huebl MA, LPCC

Fellow & Clinical Therapist

Maura Huebl (she, her, hers) was born and currently lives in Northwest Denver. She has a BA in Photography, a Masters of Education in Secondary Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction, and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. Maura taught language arts and social/emotional classes in Adams 12 and Denver Public alternative high schools for 10 years. While working with teens marginalized by the public education system, she observed that people become more empowered as they grow confident in their own identities. In light of this experience, Maura wanted to put her passion for holistic healing to work by helping individuals in their pursuit of creating a stronger Self. She is passionate about social justice and understanding how the intersections of ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, religion, socioeconomic status, age, and physical abilities can all contribute to a person’s social identity. In her free time you can find Maura connecting with loved ones, seeking ritual balance with nature, admiring street art, or relaxing with her nose in a beautiful work of fiction.


Intern Therapists

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Dustin Hiles

Intern Therapist

Dustin is currently a third year student in the Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Naropa University, specializing in body-based methods of psychotherapy. He has worked with children, adolescents, as well as middle-aged and older adults, as teacher, tutor, and consultant—amongst other
roles. He works in an eclectic, integrity-oriented manner informed by his multifaceted professional and academic background to support and foster clients’ potential for inherent health and embodied vibrancy. Such experiences have led him to engage with issues of community well-being and sustainability, collective
memory, imagination, and the role of language in our lives.

Through his work, he continually explores how to realize increasingly inclusive therapeutic practices that invite personal- and social-level healing. As a Registered Psychotherapist (NLC), Dustin offers a wide range of collaborative methods for challenging old patterns and creating new opportunities. He appreciates the depths of our many life challenges as well as our arising hunger for change and growth. He seeks to affirm strength and wisdom alike in each of his clients. To do so, he draws from Integral Theory, existential traditions, attachment theory, trauma awareness, and nonverbal behavior, as well as an array of various life experiences to inform his work as a therapist. He reveres the transformational capacities of relationship, empathy, vulnerability, curiosity, imagination, story, metaphor, and affirmative humor. Dustin also identifies himself as a life-long student of paradox, creativity, spiritual traditions, and the dynamic wisdom of embodiment.

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Brianna Valenzuela

Intern Therapist

Brianna is currently a third-year student at Naropa University receiving her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. She is a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado. Intuitively, Brianna knew her passion was to approach life with her heart forward, leading her to the world of counseling. She believes that a genuine, heartfelt presence holds power in the therapy room. She is dedicated to providing a safe, nonjudgmental, warm and compassionate space for individuals to explore their inherent wisdom and basic goodness. Brianna is committed to a strength-based, trauma- sensitive and collaborative therapeutic approach. She holds experience working with sexual trauma, children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and eating disorders. She is passionate about the resiliency of human spirit and the healing power of connection.

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Stacy Shelts

Intern Therapist

Stacy works with adults 18+ dealing with a variety of mental health issues, including relationship difficulties, crisis, and grief & loss. Stacy offers a judgment-free place where clients can experiment, explore, and even play as they work through challenges and try out new ways of being in the world. With a background in dance, meditation, and fitness instruction, Stacy is passionate about helping people feel better, build confidence, and express creativity. As a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Mental Health Counseling intern specializing in Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy, Stacy advocates for mental health and well-being for every body. Stacy has a person-centered, strengths-focused therapy style, incorporating felt-sense, body awareness, and movement with clients. Stacy spends her free time cooking, practicing yoga, and being active in her community.

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Gabriela Pineda (Gabby)

Intern Therapist - Couples & Family Specialist

Gabby is a registered psychotherapist in Colorado and student in the Master’s in Counseling program at the University of Colorado Denver. She is earning a concentration in the couples and family track and also enjoys working with individuals. Gabby approaches therapy through a systemic lens. She believes that the systems, communities, and cultures that we are a part of throughout our lives play a vital role in helping us develop our identities.  She believes that emotional exploration on past experiences, how relationships influence our present day emotions, and our emotions in the therapy room are essential in the therapeutic process.  She aims to bring the emotions attached to the past into the here and now in order to build mindfulness and emotional awareness in the present. 

Gabby has a passion for helping individuals, couples, and families work towards becoming happier and living more fulfilled versions of themselves. She offers a safe and accepting space for people to bring their genuine selves to the therapy room.  She has experience working with both adults and young adults on a number of issues including anxiety, depression, communication difficulties, life changes, self esteem issues, and assertiveness.  When she is not continually working to expand her therapeutic knowledge, she is probably skiing or out in the mountains with her dogs, Betty White and Fridah.  


Office Support

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Tina Collins

Administrative Assistant

I was looking for a way to make a difference in people’s lives and be a part of something meaningful when I became a part of Whole Connection. I have years of experience in office assisting and am so glad to be a part of the team. I enjoy working with everyone here and really admire everyone’s commitment to helping others. I am available to help everyone who needs assistance in the process of finding out if Whole Connection is the right fit for what you need.

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Mila

Good Canine citizen in Training

Mila is the newest member of our Whole Connection Family. She joins her dad, Phillip, most days and is in training to be a good canine citizen and eventually a therapy dog. She is a sweetheart and at two months old is just learning her commands. She loves her people and other dogs. She currently joins some clients during their sessions as she learns how to be a good therapy dog.

Obi Wan

Obi Wan Kenobi

Wiggly Greeter & Giver of Snuggles

Obi joins his mom, Melissa, at the office almost every day. He is a chihuahua dachsund mix and won’t get much bigger than 15 pounds. He likes to play fetch, snuggle, and take walks. At six months old he already knows all of his basic commands but still needs a lot of practice. You are likely to see Obi wiggling with excitement in the waiting room as he greets his favorite people. Obi currently spends most sessions in his kennel as he learns good puppy boundaries but loves to greet clients (if they wish) at the end of their sessions.