Meet our team of therapists! Our therapists are advanced clinical psychology doctoral students receiving supervision from licensed providers while they pursue their doctorate degrees. They are skilled at providing psychotherapy for a variety of problems, and also can complete psychological assessments to address and understand many diagnoses and difficulties. They continually support each other within the clinic as well as receive rich, high-quality supervision from our supervisors and director of the Ardent Grove Clinic.
I consider the foundation of good therapy to rest on a warm, trusting
and collaborative relationship between therapist and client. Together
we will work to better understand the issues bringing you to therapy
and explore ways in which you can both gain more personal insight and
improve your life. My goal is to provide individualized psychotherapy
treatment that is integrative, holistic, and strength-based. I
recognize that starting therapy takes courage and I therefore work to
foster a therapy space where you are truly and authentically heard and
I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families across the
lifespan and have experience helping those who are navigating issues
of trauma, social/emotional concerns, grief and loss, relational
issues, issues related to chronic pain and/or health conditions, and
those who are interested in a greater sense of self understanding. I
also have specific experience working in hospital settings with people
with medical conditions including those with oncological and
Dr. Markley earned her doctoral degree from The University of Denver,
Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She completed her
internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. In 2015,
Dr. Markley was awarded the American Psychoanalytic Association
Fellowship, an early career initiative for future leaders in the
psychoanalytic community. Dr. Markley is also an Adjunct Professor at
the University of Denver teaching doctoral students. Outside of the
office, Dr. Markley enjoys spending time with friends and family,
being in the mountains, traveling, cooking and baking, and playing
with her dog and cat.
Emily is currently working toward her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU. She received her MA in International Disaster Psychology at GSPP in 2019.
Emily’s has experience working in home assistance for families impacted by developmental disability, specifically Autism and Cerebral Palsy; international experience in Cambodia assisting in staff trainings and therapeutic interventions for survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide; with women impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault at the Bright Future Foundation in Vail, Colorado; providing psychoeducation regarding interpersonal health to middle school girls also through the Bright Future Foundation; with substance misuse treatment as an individual and group provider at Jade Recovery, dual diagnosis clinic; and has worked with a variety of populations at Colorado Therapy and Assessment Center, specifically with Medicaid populations.
Hear from Emily
I love working with cases surrounding identity, often including role transitions, loss, illness, and how trauma has impacted one's sense of self. I utilize interpersonal and attachment-based psychotherapies, and incorporate meaning centered and existential themes as well. I have also found fulfillment working with new caregivers, individuals adapting to acquired disability, and survivors of abuse.
I believe therapy best works from a relational point of view. As people, I believe each one of us have experiences and/or influences from an early age that not only impact how we relate to others, but how we see the world and ourselves in it. Some of these perspectives may be outdated, or harmful to our self-worth and esteem, our relationships, and our mental health. The reparative relational experience that can unfold within the therapy via attunement, unconditional regard and support, and self-exploration can allow for a shift in these held beliefs for a healthier view of the self, the world, and allow for a greater meaning to be created via a new narrative co-constructed between client and therapist.
Emily is currently attending the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) and will graduate with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has previously received her MA at GSPP in Clinical Psychology in 2021.
Emily’s professional experience includes providing comprehensive neuropsychological assessments with children and teens; providing individual psychotherapy to children and adolescents via tele-health; working at Evergreen Country Day School as a doctoral trainee providing brief consultation and counseling for students K-8; at the Stanley British Primary School providing individual therapy and school consultation to students K-8, as well as their parents and teachers; at the Professional Psychology Clinic at GSPP conducting individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults; at Caring for yoU and Baby (CUB) Clinic at GSPP conducting individual psychotherapy with caregivers and facilitating support groups via telehealth for families and caregivers; at EDCare, Evening Intensive Outpatient Program providing group therapy (DBT and ACT) and also individual psychotherapy; and at Pacific Quest, Adolescent Program leading field work, supervising students, and facilitating them in their daily and therapeutic tasks.
Hear from Emily
I love working with pre-teens to early adults. This stage of life is fast-moving and often overwhelming. I enjoy supporting individuals in this age group as they begin to develop a sense of identity and autonomy.
Therapy is defined by the therapeutic relationship between the client and clinician. I believe therapy works best when this relationship is nurtured and challenged. I believe enacting change in a client’s life can often find its genesis in the therapeutic relationship.
Carly is currently attending the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) and will graduate with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has previously received her MA at GSPP in Clinical Psychology in 2021.
Carly’s experience includes providing care through the Phoenix Program as part of Littleton’s Options High School working with adolescents who had been expelled or were at risk of expulsion from their previous schools,the Caring for You and Baby (CUB) Clinic in which she provided individual psychotherapy for caregivers and young children using a variety of modalities including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), relational work, and play therapy, ACTivation Psychology, a private practice where she provided psychological assessment services including assessing for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities, Cognition and IQ, and personality and mood disorders, the DAWN Clinic which is an interdisciplinary student-run free clinic that serves uninsured patients from the Aurora community, and the Professional Psychology Clinic at DU where she provides individual therapy for adults and adolescents.
Hear from Carly
I love working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in helping them navigate trauma.
I have consistently been inspired by the warmth and safety that a therapy room can provide. I believe therapy works best when providing a safe, warm, and empathetic environment to explore the problems that brought them into therapy. I believe in creating a positive therapeutic relationship that allows a client to explore their patterns and how these patterns are currently showing up in their life. My goal is to provide treatment that is both collaborative and warm while working with the client to ensure therapy is of great value to them.
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