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Michelle Wayman - Intern

Michelle is passionate about helping young people discover purpose, health, and meaning in their lives.  Michelle is currently working toward her Master of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University while concurrently becoming certified as a Synergetic Play Therapist.  Though Michelle enjoys working with people of all ages, prior to beginning her Master’s degree, Michelle worked with teenagers and their families in various capacities.

“All of us have the desire to feel heard and understood – like someone really “gets” us.  I am passionate about giving people this experience while helping them make sense of their stories so that they can move toward healing and restoration.  I believe our bodies and minds have the amazing capability to heal, and sometimes we just need to learn how to help them along. I believe that each person has a unique set of strengths within them, and that realizing and feeding into these strengths is empowering.  Whether it is through play, story-telling, or something else, I want to come alongside you to help you live your best life.”

Michelle is a Colorado native and enjoys yoga, collecting vinyl records, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and dog. She loves traveling and experiencing new things – especially when it comes to food.  In her spare time, you can find her geeking out about all things neuroscience.

 
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Ross Knode - Intern

 

Ross is originally from the East Coast but has been living in Colorado for over 12 years and now calls it home.  Before transitioning into the counseling field, he was an airline pilot for over 18 years most recently flying an Airbus 320.  He is working towards his Master of Arts in Counseling and has training in Synergetic Play Therapy. He is passionate about working with adolescents and children and has been volunteering in his daughter’s schools since she was in kindergarten.  He is currently a youth group leader, student mentor and assistant middle school swim team coach. He says the best thing about being with kids is enjoying the moment with them and appreciating them letting him into their world.

When he’s not at work he’s hanging out with his middle school daughter, his friends, or volunteering at his church.  He’s currently working in the infant room and is enjoying the calm that comes with holding a sleeping baby. He loves to ski and is in the gym 5-6 days a week and though he is a Bronco’s fan his first sport is soccer.  Go Rapids. He also has a twin brother and though he doesn’t think they look alike almost everyone else disagrees with that assessment.