About Metis Center For Psychological Services
At the Metis Center For Psychological Services, we focus on the needs of each patient. Our patients are our number one priority in each of our three locations. It’s hard to look yourself in the mirror and admit that you might be facing some problems you can’t overcome yourself; with our counseling and therapy, we’ll be able to assist you in becoming the best version of yourself.
There is a certain stigma associated with psychology, which is why we create a safe environment so you’re able to make the changes in your life that you need. When you book an appointment with us for counseling and psychotherapy, you’re making a commitment to yourself to work through the issues you feel are most important to overcome.
The emphasis for mental health is very low in our society. Due to this if you feel that you need help with your inner demons, with negative influences in your life, or because you had a traumatic event happen to you, it is imperative that you seek the help you need. There’s nothing wrong with going to counseling and seeing a therapist; in fact, in the long run it will aid you in making healthy conscious decisions. Some of the therapeutic approaches we offer are: couples therapy, neurofeedback, cognitive processing therapy, and eye movement, just to name a few services.
Our main office in Boulder, CO, has been established for a number of years, but we wanted to give others all over Colorado the benefit of our psychotherapy services. Recently, we opened two new locations, one in Erie, CO, and the other in Durango, CO. When we decided to open two more locations in different parts of Colorado, we wanted to ensure that each person seeking counseling in these areas was able to access our services. We look forward to helping every person who comes to us for psychotherapy and counseling needs.
For any questions, please contact us.
A Welcoming Space
We wish to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds and situations, including those who might be struggling with questions about their sexuality and spirituality. We want all of our guests and clients to feel comfortable. Our office is a nonjudgmental environment and a LGBTQA safe space.
Please feel to reach out with any questions you might have about us, our therapy practice or the process of psychotherapy. We’re eager to hear from you!
Free Initial Consultation
If you’re serious about making healthy, lasting change through therapy, then it is vital that you find a therapist that you work well with. We offer a free initial consultation in order to help you find that good fit for you. Please contact us if you’re interested in seeing if we would work well together. We’d be happy to discuss your needs and goals, our therapeutic approaches and what methods we think would benefit you, individually. There’s no pressure to work with us further if you don’t wish to.
Just give us a call at (720) 387-8458 or email us to request a free initial consultation. We’re happy to answer any questions you have in order to assist you in finding a therapist who is a good fit for you.
Meet Our Clinicians
About Sunda Friedman TeBockhorst, PhD, ABPP
I am proud to be a Colorado native. I was born in Denver and lived around that area for a few years. When I was young, however, my family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As a result, I feel that I really grew up in North Carolina rather than Colorado. After completing my undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, though, I moved back to make Colorado my home state once again.
After I returned to Colorado, I went to work at the Longmont Police Department as the first Victim Services Coordinator. It was an important role, but I felt that I wanted to do more so I continued my education by going to graduate school. I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver before starting on my Ph.D. My long academic journey was finally completed when I earned by Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. (Click Here for a list of my professional credentials and affiliations.)
I currently live and practice in Boulder, Colorado and enjoy the proximity of my extended family in the area. I am married, and have two young children. I work in the Boulder office.
About Rachael Sullivan, PsyD
While my educational journey of the last ten years has taken me from New York to Hawaii and in between, I am thrilled to now call Colorado home for good. Having recently relocated from California, it is with great excitement that I join the staff of the Metis Center.
A client-centered clinician at my foundation, it is my top priority to foster a genuine therapeutic relationship. My background in working with adults and youth who have experienced trauma has provided me the tools to ensure a safe and empowering environment. I have experience working with a variety of clinical concerns and practice from a strengths-based, culturally sensitive, person-centered perspective. By tailoring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other current evidence-based practices in creative ways to meet the individual needs of the client, I seek to honor human uniqueness.
I was fortunate to attend graduate school at the University of La Verne near Los Angeles where I received my doctoral degree in Clinical-Community Psychology. This education provided an emphasis on multicultural competency and social justice, which allows me to assist clients in examining the impact of the multiple environments in one’s life.
I am a West Virginia native and an avid sports and music fan. I enjoy spending as much time as possible in the beautiful Colorado landscape.
It is a true privilege to walk alongside clients on their journey to positive self-growth and I am continually inspired by how much I have learned from my clients. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you in navigating your individualized path to wellness.
Well-versed in cognitive behavioral techniques, I am dedicated to assisting individuals explore the power of thoughts and how altering thoughts often can improve functioning. I am comfortable utilizing traditional and creative interventions, and hope to honor your uniqueness by jointly creating an individualized plan for treatment.
I currently practice in the Lafayette office.
About Courtney Glueck, PhD
Hailing originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and having spent the last 10 years in Athens, Georgia, I could not be more excited to be venturing out west to join the Metis team practicing in Durango, Colorado. Growing up, I was always drawn to the field of psychology and helping both individuals and families in need of emotional support. I have also always been fascinated by the human condition, what makes each of us who we are, and how we can work together to bring the best out of each other.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Louisiana State University (geaux tigers!) and followed up my undergraduate experience by earning my doctorate in school psychology from the University of Georgia. Throughout my graduate training, in particular, I gained extensive experience working on what many consider to be the “front lines” of service provision for children and adolescents, the public schools. I was trained in assessment and consultation techniques designed to help children with specialized needs succeed in an academic setting, but I sought to make psychotherapy a more prominent part of my work.
Following graduate school, I was fortunate enough to find a position at a private counseling practice in a rural town in north Georgia. During my time there, I became a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of psychological and psycho-educational conditions, including disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, anger management problems, interpersonal challenges within family systems, etc. My approach to psychotherapy can best be described as an integrative or eclectic approach, utilizing one or more of many theoretical frameworks when conceptualizing a case and/or approaching treatment planning and implementation. Most commonly, I employ aspects of cognitive, behavioral, family systems, and/or person-centered approaches in my work with individual clients and families.
I work in the Durango office.
About Bonnie Brown, PsyD
Although I call Minnesota my home state, I lived in southern California for just over ten years while completing my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and later, my doctoral degree from California Lutheran University. Nature and outdoor activities have kept me grounded along my journey, and I’ve been lucky enough to live on the beach and now the mountains. As a recent Colorado transplant, I continue to be in awe of the stunning backdrop that comes with living in Boulder.
I believe the relationship between a therapist and client is built on a foundation of safety and trust in a nonjudgmental space. While my theoretical background includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), and client-centered therapy, I strive to work collaboratively with you to determine your individual needs. Ultimately, I aim to guide and support you along your personal journey.
Throughout my career, I’ve worked with adults and transitional-aged youth struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, adjustment issues, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. My experience thus far has strengthened my drive to increase a person’s sense of stability, while also allowing for personal growth.
I currently work in the Boulder office.
About Christopher Kelley, PsyD
I am lucky enough to have spent my formative years near the beach in South Florida. Most of my schooling moved me further south until I earned my Psy.D. through Nova Southeastern University’s clinical psychology program in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Now, I am proud to call myself a resident of Denver, Colorado. Most of my free time is spent discovering new music and movies, seeking another cup of coffee, and camping beneath the Colorado sky. I have an affinity for both technology and percussion, but have yet to purchase an electronic drum kit.
I have experience working in hospitals, community health centers, and other treatment facilities. I would describe my approach to psychotherapy as cognitive behavioral with humanistic influences. Although I do possess a cognitive behavioral mindset, I also value cognitive flexibility; not everyone thinks or works the same way. By integrating my own theoretical orientation with other modalities and methods of therapy, along with valuable input from each client that I see, we can facilitate the healing process together. Regardless of the approach used, I believe that the best work is done when there is a strong and honest therapeutic relationship.
I have had the privilege of working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders. An area of focus in my previous work has been with those who experience anxiety and their related disorders, such as panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, and more. Finding peace, comfort, or change in life can often feel like a tedious process. I believe that I can help.
I am currently available to see clients in both the Lafayette offices.
Matt Bynum, MA
I was raised in Evergreen, Colorado. Having an affinity for the outdoors, I spent time hiking, camping, and exploring in the mountains. In high school, I embarked on an Outward Bound mountaineering course, which changed my life’s trajectory. Being exposed to the world of personal and psychological growth was immensely impactful.
I attended Western State College for a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership. In the decade following school, I instructed wilderness expeditions for adolescents and young adults with various outdoor organizations, including Outward Bound. I was privileged to help facilitate growth in hundreds of struggling young people, and learn firsthand the meaning of concepts such as vulnerability and compassion.
I attended Naropa University for my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
At Naropa, I learned how therapy can serve as a laboratory of sorts. With curiosity and compassion, we can leverage your strengths while acknowledging the events that have shaped who you are. All experiences are welcome. I incorporate many approaches to our work together. My philosophy tends to draw on humanistic and existential ideas.
I believe humor, warmth, trust, and a genuine relationship are all part of successful therapy.
I am lucky to live in Boulder, and continue to spend time rock climbing, mountain biking, and skiing.
I look forward to collaborating with you to lead an authentic, brave life. Together, change is possible.
I am excited to be part of the staff at the Metis Center at both the Lafayette and Boulder offices.
Laura Agurkis, MS, LPC
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I have always enjoyed the mountains, and everything they have to offer, which has made me fall in love with Durango. I have lived in this area off and on for 15 years. I completed my undergraduate degree at Fort Lewis College in sociology, and shortly thereafter, moved back to Denver to complete my master’s degree in counseling.
Throughout my schooling, I felt that I wanted to work closely with individuals and families. I worked throughout college in daycare centers and after-school programs, and after college I took a position as a residential counselor at a treatment program for at-risk youth. I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor since 2015. The majority of my therapeutic practice focuses on strength based, person centered, and solution focused approaches. I understand that life can sometimes throw us a “curve ball” and we all have to take a step back to focus on ourselves.
I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, and families. I am a Level 1 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) provider. I have also been trained in dialectical behavior therapy, and often will use these techniques in my practice. I believe that with strong work, and dedication in therapy individuals will see improvement. I am passionate about seeing people overcome obstacles in their lives and feel success. I am open to treating symptoms related to depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and PTSD.
I am excited to be part of the Metis team, and I currently work in the Durango office.
Tom Devine, MEd, LPC
I’ve lived on both coasts, having grown up in New York and living in the Bay Area for many years. My journey also included time in Oklahoma, where I attended graduate school for behavioral studies and counseling at Oklahoma City University. I’m happy to now call Colorado, where I have family and close friends, my home, and I’m pleased to be part of the staff of the Metis Center.
Early on in my studies, I was introduced to the work of Dr. Aaron Beck and have dedicated time and effort toward developing skill in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I was fortunate to be named a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2015, after completing the Beck Institute supervision program. I was also added to the national provider roster for Cognitive Processing Therapy in 2015. I’ve had the opportunity to gain facility in the use of these and other modalities with a diverse population in community mental health settings.
I have a deep appreciation for the arts (particularly music) and try to integrate the arts into my work whenever possible. I have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and a strong foundation in “mind-body” practices, including many years of experience practicing and teaching Tai Chi Chuan and formal instruction in mindfulness and meditation in the Zen tradition. I appreciate being able to help others use mindful activity to achieve a sense of well-being and balance in their lives.
I currently practice in the Lafayette office.