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.
Patty is currently working toward her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU. She received her MA in Clinical Psychology at GSPP in 2021.
Patty’s professional experience includes serving as a youth residential treatment counselor and as a wraparound facilitator, connecting adolescents with community resources and interpersonal support systems. Patty also has extensive experience working with the military population and their families. She has served as a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Instructor and a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate. Today, she continues to conduct individual therapy and psychological assessments for active-duty service members, veterans and their loved ones through the Sturm Center, a military behavioral health clinic. She has also facilitated both group and individual therapy for inmates at the Denver County Jail and conducts individual therapy at the Professional Psychology Clinic through the University of Denver.
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I believe therapy works best when approached from a relational perspective. I believe any therapy is most successful when there is a willingness to connect with one’s full scope of emotions. I believe it is my job to walk beside the client, peer into the unknown or fearful places with them, and together make discoveries in a safe, supportive, and caring way. I enjoy utilizing somatic and mindfulness strategies that allow clients to experience emotions when verbal processing is not the most effective method. Additionally, I have a passion for men’s mental health. Our society has largely encouraged men to intellectualize and separate themselves from the rest of their human experience. It has given me great joy to be a part of a process where men allow me to help in reconnecting the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of themselves and nurture the power that resides in choosing vulnerability.
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.
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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.
Blake is currently working towards his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). He obtained his MA in Sport and Performance Psychology at GSPP in 2015.
His experience includes Milieu Coordinator at a partial-hospitalization eating disorder clinic, Professional Counselor working with general population at a private practice, Assistant Director of Psychological Services overseeing clinical and performance psychology services for a Major League Baseball organization, Student Therapist seeing the general population at a DU’s clinic, and Student Therapist at a military clinic serving active duty, veterans, and their families.
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We are all trying to navigate aspects of the human experience. Therapy provides a space to understand and build skills to move towards the things that are most important to us.
I enjoy working with clients that want to learn more about themselves on a deeper level. This often involves having an openness and honesty in our work together. I believe therapy works best when you feel you have a place to be heard. I will work with you to establish a sincere and genuine environment in which you feel able to speak openly, feel valued, and get work done.
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.
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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.
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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.
CJ is currently working towards his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). He obtained his MA in Clinical Psychology in 2021 at GSPP.
CJ’s previous clinical experience has allowed him to work with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, couples, and family therapy, as well as to provide psychological assessment and supervision across multiple settings. His experience has includes working with Personality and Mood related Issues, Relationship and Identity Issues, Trauma/PTSD, LGBTQIA+ issues, Domestic Violence and sexual assault, Substance Use and Recovery, Severe and Persistent Mental Health Issues, Anxiety and Adjustment Related Issues, Eating and Body Image Related Issues, and Autism Spectrum Related Disorders.
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I believe that at the crux of all good therapy is an authentic, understanding, and meaningful relationship between therapist and client(s). The best work is done within the context of the relationship, and thus, therapy ultimately should be a personal and curious space for self-exploration and self-realization.
Jack is currently working on his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, expected 2023. He graduated from the University of Denver in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, minoring in philosophy, English and history.
I have experience working with children, teens, and adults providing both individual and couples therapy. I specialize in working with suicidality, substance abuse, trauma, and with marginalized populations. I have worked across cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, ages, socioeconomic status, and sexualities, and I specialize in LGBTQ+ issues.
My goal is to create an affirming and collaborative space in a trusting, secure therapeutic relationship allowing you to feel safe enough to make contact with uncomfortable emotions and to process distressing experiences together. In my practice, I pull a lot from Humanistic- existential, Systems, Attachment Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy lenses.
Einav is originally from Israel and moved to Boulder, CO to complete her B.A. in Psychology at Naropa University, focusing on Somatic Psychology. She is currently working toward her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
I have been passionate about therapy and working as a psychologist for as long as I can remember. I find the experience of witnessing my clients heal, grow, and discover who they are to be an honor and privilege. It fulfills me to be able to support people in their journey in life and help them become more accepting of themselves.
I am excited to be working at the Ardent Grove Foundation because I believe in their mission and want to be able to provide trauma-informed therapeutic care to anyone in the community that is interested, especially if the cost is a barrier.
The ideal client to me is a person who is interested and invested in their personal journey and exploration; in other words, someone who wants to come in and do the work. My approach to therapy is to work collaboratively and respectfully with my clients to identify their goals, become aware of patterns and support them in living a more fulfilling life.
I work with individuals who have experienced trauma, and who struggle with substance use and other addictive behaviors. I believe that my ability to work in a non-judgmental way is reflected in my individualistic approach to each client.
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