As a Master’s of Clinical Social Work graduate through The University of Denver, I would describe myself as ambitious, enterprising, and optimistic, treating each day as a new opportunity for growth and professional development. I have a passion for working with women who have experienced suffering and hardship, and who simply need someone to listen, empathize, and guide them to a life of growth, healing, and empowerment. My therapeutic framework consists of utilizing trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based approaches, motivational interviewing, feminist theory, cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy techniques, and emotionally focused therapy techniques. I also have my certificate in interpersonal trauma studies through The University of Denver, therefore, individual and group female-centered trauma therapy is my passion and expertise.
Andrea Stachowski is a Colorado native and has worked in the field of human services for 4 years. She recieved her Bachelors of Science in Human Services with a concentration in addiction counseling at Metro State. Andrea interned at ARTS inpatient treatment facilities The Haven and The Haven Mother’s house before her final internship at the Denver Colorado AIDS Project. Andrea started work at Empowerment in July of 2014 and loves the Broncos and serving the Denver community.
Cori is a Colorado Registered Psychotherapist, a Certified Addiction Counselor level lll, and a Certified Medical Case Manager. She studied General Studies at Mansfield Business School and is currently a student at Ashford University, working on her Bachelors in Applied Behavioral Science. Cori has been working in the addictions field since 2006 in a variety of environments, including community resource centers, as a program manager for outpatient substance abuse services, and as a milieu counselor in residential facilities.
Throughout her life Cori has developed a passion for helping others. Cori is driven by her personal life experiences and her personal recovery story; this influenced Cori’s decision to change careers and dedicate her life to helping others obtain and maintain sobriety.
Devin received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and her Masters in Social Work degree from Baylor University.
She has always wanted a career where she could help guide others through life’s hardships. Devin has a passion for criminal justice and adult reentry from incarceration in particular because she is simply not satisfied with the disproportionate arrests of minorities within the justice system, and the often unaddressed issues surrounding recidivism after release from prison.
Erin is an Art Therapist who is passionate about working with women impacted by incarceration, prostitution, human trafficking, and chronic illness. She provides talk therapy and art therapy, and utilizes one or both depending on your needs. You don’t have to be an “artist” or have art experience to benefit from art therapy, our goal is not to make pretty art. Images are symbols that speak the unspeakable, and it is through relating to the art process, product, and materials, that we understand and redefine who we are. Erin utilizes attachment, mindfulness, somatic, and psychodynamic lenses in her work with women along with the healing power of stories and spirituality. The use of art therapy with these lenses is informed by extensive research in the field of trauma: its impact on language centers in the brain, trust and safety in relationships, brain and body disconnection, changes in how we our view ourselves and the world, and reactions to triggers.
Since beginning her career 40 years ago, Joycee has co-authored a book and been a contributing author to articles related to traumatic stress and violence. She has received several outstanding service awards and has been with The Empowerment Program 10 years.
Lori Boothe has lived in Colorado since she was 8 years old. She graduated from Regis University in 2005 with her masters in counseling and psychology, and has worked in the field of addiction since 1997. She loves fishing and cooking. Lori has been a part of Empowerment since 2014 and provides individual substance use, mental health therapy and oversees acupuncture.
Mary Beth Faccioli joined Empowerment staff in June 2015 after receiving a Master of Social Work degree from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She interned at Empowerment the previous year. Mary Beth is interested in mindfulness-based approaches to counseling and clinical work, and is passionate about issues related to mass incarceration, community re-entry from jail and prison, grief, trauma, and contemplative end-of-life care.
Mickie Lewis worked for 20 years in the entertainment industry as a public speaker and promotional marketing professional, before discovering her true passion for helping others in the human services field. For over 12 years, she has worked side by side with the criminal justice system to develop and facilitate successful programs that help returning citizens reintegrate into community, after incarceration. Her work has led her throughout Colorado, urban and rural areas, and into the Mississippi Delta. She is a facilitator and national speaker on working with under-served populations and developing partnerships that are effective and lasting, as well as grant writing and development for non-profits and is currently the Program Manager for Breakthrough Career Pathways and Director of TEP’s employment services.