Denver Office Counselors

denver sex addiction counseling

 

Kevin Leapley, MA, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor

Areas of Focus
Sexual Addiction, Infidelity, Porn Addiction, EMDR, Trauma, Sex Addiction Group, Faith & Spiritual Issues

My desire is to walk along men that struggle with sexual addiction and/or porn addiction.  After my own successfully recovery work, I felt drawn to leave my previous career and become a counselor to men that desire to get set free.  I earned a Masters Degree in Counseling in 2004, received specialized training in sexual addiction therapy from Dr. Patrick Carnes in 2005 and completed the training to become a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT).

I use Dr. Carnes’ 30-task model of recovery in working with men and I also use what I have learned through my own journey.  I fully understand the struggle and what it will take to get set free from the addictive behaviors.  I will never shame you or judge you. Clients often tell me that they feel safe with me and appreciate not only my training and knowledge but also that I too “lived the life.”

My counseling focus is working with those clients that are caught in the cycle of the addictive behaviors, working through the underlying trauma, recovering from infidelity, and other related issues related to the addiction (i.e., depression, anger, grief, etc.).

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and I have received advanced training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for the treatment of trauma. I am a professional member of the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.

I have been married for over 27 years and I have three adult children.

I counsel in the Denver Southeast office only.

 

Dave Maher, MA
Registered Psychotherapist

Areas of Focus
Sexual Addiction, Anger Management, Other Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, Faith Issues, and Men’s Issues

My specialty is working with men who struggle with addictions and anger. Peripheral to these issues are usually experiences of shame, anxiety, and depression.  My passion is to help men work through challenges by partnering with them to pursue their vision of a meaningful and good life.  As a counselor, my strengths show up at the intersection of my own personal recovery journey, my education and learning, and deep empathy. All of this is aimed at providing you with the unconditional acceptance you will need in order to begin recognizing your full worth, changing problem behaviors, and living free.

In the area of Addiction – I work with you to find freedom.  From secret porn use, to drug abuse, to alcoholism, to workaholism, I have found that it is the underlying woundedness of men that needs to be addressed. Once this true healing begins, the addiction loses its power because there is a decreased need to numb, medicate, and escape the pain. I know, I have been there, and I will work with you to find true healing and lasting restoration.

Anger can damage your relationships, your health, your work performance, and hurt those you care about the most. It can take your kids, wife, job, and years of quality life away from you if you don’t learn to healthy ways to manage it.  For anger, I use two phases of treatment. First, in the management phase, I will help you learn the steps to defuse the problem emotions before they hurt the people around you. Second, in the equipping phase, I will teach you to identify and express your unmet needs, bringing relief to strained relationships through improved communication. I know, I have been there, and I will teach you steps on how to manage your anger and make radical changes to your life for the better.

Depression and Anxiety – I understand the debilitating effect that both depression and anxiety can have on your life.  Most often, depression and anxiety have roots in complicated stories of trauma, loss, or hurt from your past. You do not have to face this alone. We can walk through your pain together.  I will work hard to provide a safe and shame free environment where you can heal and be restored. I know, I have been there, and I can help you find the relief, freedom, and meaning you are desperately seeking.

We experience pain before we know what to do with it. The temporary coping skills that helped us deal with pain end up permanently running our lives. Yes, you will need to change. This change will need to be more than just behaviors, thoughts, or emotions. The core of healing is for a man to know in his bones, apart from achievement, money, relationships, moral measurements, or reputation, that he is good.

I know addiction, anger, depression, anxiety, and shame. In their shadow, I have lived the pain of broken relationships, failed expectations, low self-worth, and humbling work. Having lived through these pains, I have dedicated myself to discovering ways to help men who suffer without hope. I daily enjoy the simple freedom of relational restoration, true knowledge of self, delight in life, and growing intimacy with those I love. Because I have lived in both painful failure and simple freedom (often at the same time), I instinctively offer unconditional acceptance and tangible hope for men who are suffering, failing, and losing heart.

About me: I have a master’s degree from Denver Seminary in Christian Formation and Soul Care.  I am also in the process of obtaining a second master’s degree in clinical counseling. I am uniquely equipped to offer Christian perspectives on healing and going deeper in your spiritual walk if desired. When I am not spending my time with my wife and son, or sitting around a fire pit with my closest friends, I can be found in the mountains. Trail running, mountain & road biking, snowboarding & snowshoeing, 14ers, camping, and fishing all feel like home to me. I also love to create through writing, painting, and cooking.

 

Anna Smith, MA, CSAT Candidate
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Areas of Focus
Spouses of Sex Addicts, Sexual Addiction, Marriage, Depression, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Body Image

I believe in reflecting hope in all situations, even the darkest of stories. I am passionate about helping people develop the necessary tools and goals to overcome the troubles and tribulations in their lives. I understand that people are more capable and prepared than they believe, and work with clients to embrace that truth. The counseling relationship has the ability to combat the darkness, and it is this hope that I draw on as a counselor. I was raised overseas, in Japan and South Korea, and feel my diverse background contributes to my ability to relate to people from all cultures and walks of lives.  

I have my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary and am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate. The combined experience I have from my own life, working with clients, and specialized training equip me in a unique way to work with those struggling with sex addiction and partners impacted by the addict. I know firsthand the trauma that can arise from being in an addictive system, and believe that the therapeutic process can deeply improve the trajectory of recovery.

I have experience with:

  • Spouses of Sex Addicts
  • Female and Male Sex Addicts
  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Couples Counseling, including Pre-marital *Prepare and Enrich certified
  • Adolescents and Families
  • Cross-cultural Issues
  • Personality Disorders (particularly Borderline Personality Disorder)
    • Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Boundary Issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression, Anxiety, and Bi-Polar

When I’m not in the counseling room, I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog. I love trying new things, whether that is new recipes, a hobby, or going to a place I have never been. I work in the Denver Southeast office and Littleton Office, and have evening and weekend hours available.

 

Cody Mitts, MA
Registered Psychotherapist

Areas of Focus
Sexual Gender Identity, Anger Management, Adolescents, Faith Issues, Grief & Loss

I believe that counseling is most effective when a person has the freedom and safety to discover what is most authentic about themselves. I am passionate about helping people explore issues related to their identity and finding more fulfilling ways to experience life and relationships.

My desire to help people has grown out of my own personal experience of struggling with my identity and the freedom that I found by embracing my own authentic identity. I have a variety of life experiences from working with adolescents and young adults, to serving overseas in the U.S. Navy that has taught me to embrace the diversity of people that combines with my naturally compassionate and open style of counseling and shapes how I pursue helping people.

My areas of focus include:

  • Sexual & Gender Identity
  • Anger Management
  • Adolescents
  • Faith Issues
  • Grief & Loss

I received a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary, I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC).

I was born and raised in Colorado and love spending my time hiking the mountain trails with my dog Bandit, relaxing in a kayak, exploring the many coffee houses in Denver, and tending to my home garden.

 

Linnaya Widhalm, MA
Certified Addictions Counselor III

Areas of Focus
Spouses/Partners of Sex Addicts, Sexual Addiction, Trauma, Substance Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, and Relationship Issues

I offer individual and group therapy for women and men traumatically impacted by their partners sexual addiction behaviors which includes years of lying, infidelity, pornography, and betrayal. I work from the trauma model for the partner that is in a relationship with a sex addict. Partners of sex addicts often feel the need to hide their partner’s secrets because she/he feels blamed for their partner’s behaviors or fears the negative consequences if he/she gets exposed.

I want you to know that your story and pain deserves to be told in a place of respect, care, and safety.  I am here for you to share openly about how your partner’s betrayal has traumatized you and your family.  You don’t have to walk your journey alone. I too have walked the path of being a survior of trauma and a diagnosis of PTSD. I fully understand the work of healing and I will strive to help you find the strength to complete your own journey of healing.

I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to work with trauma that comes from your betrayal and PTSD. I also use Cognitive Behavioral for the partners that are struggling with depression and anxiety. I have obtained advanced training with Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and EFT Couple’s Trauma Therapy. I also also Certified Addictions Counselor with over 3000 hours of training and supervision in the area of chemical abuse and dependence.

I am married with one daughter and three step-children.