Mary Ellen Hudson, LPC, RPT, Owner

Mary Ellen is passionate about helping kids and teens gain freedom and empowerment through the therapeutic process.  She enjoys working with her co-therapist pup Annie, who is known to be the favorite of the therapist duo. 

Mary Ellen  first began working with children and teens in 2006 at Lost Valley Ranch. After years of working with youth, she decided to end her time as a Teen Program Director to pursue her master’s degree in counseling. In 2013, she received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary, a CACREP accredited school. Mary Ellen also served on the Colorado Association for Play Therapy board from 2012-2015.

Mary Ellen previously worked as a family therapist and trauma specialist at The University of Colorado. In her time at the University, she received her certification as an Advanced Trauma Practitioner through The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. She currently offers sensory based trauma  curriculum for survivors of trauma and stressful life events.

Mary Ellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Trauma Practitioner. Her passion and focus is helping children and teens. Her treatment specialties include: trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, grief, abuse and neglect, self-esteem, school problems, and behavioral issues.

While Mary Ellen believes in integrating several methods and theories of counseling and catering to the clients’ needs, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, animal assisted therapy, sensory based trauma interventions, Theraplay, and both directive and non-directive play therapy

Mary Ellen is a Christian and will gladly integrate faith into counseling upon request, however she also respects the client’s decision not to integrate faith.

Lisa Forbes, PhD, LPC

Lisa Forbes, PhD, LPC

Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton in 2007 with a degree in child and adolescent development. She went on to earn her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado (UNCO) in 2010 and subsequently earned her doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision also from UNCO in 2014.

Lisa is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and teaches in the Mental Health Counseling program training people to become mental health counselors. At CU Denver, she teaches counseling techniques, counseling children and adolescents, and supervises practicum and internship students.

Lisa’s clinical experience includes working with kids and adolescents at a community mental health agency, with kids and women at a domestic violence shelter, and within in-patient psychiatric hospitals working with adolescents through geriatric ages. Currently, Lisa is working toward earning her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) Credential and has earned many of the hours engaged in play therapy with 3-5 year old’s in a Denver preschool. Lisa is thrilled to be joining Child and Adolescent Counseling of Denver to continue play therapy with the little ones!

Working with children is one of her favorite age groups because kids are both playful and intuitive. She believes kids are doing the best they can with the skills they have considering the life events they’ve experienced. She takes a child-centered and humanistic approach with children to allow them the space to work through their fears and traumas. She favors working with children because she believes that the impact therapy can have on children can be much more meaningful in childhood rather than letting painful childhood experiences go unprocessed for years.