KENDRA MIGUEZ, M.A.
Director & Founder
As the Director and Founder of Colorado Women’s Center, Kendra has worked for many years in the field of psychotherapy and counseling and is a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. She believes that there is an innate goodness and capability for growth in every individual. She uses a non-judgmental, compassionate approach to assist her clients in finding their own empowerment.
Through validation, acceptance, and a strong focus on mindfulness, Kendra meets her clients wherever they are in their growth process. She uses skills obtained from her education in both child and adult psychology to honor the child and adult within each individual. Kendra is also a long-time practitioner of yoga and strongly believes in the importance of a healthy relationship between the mind and the body.
Kendra has specialized training in various modalities of therapy, including Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Transpersonal Counseling, Somatic Therapy, Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Yoga and Meditation, and the Enneagram.
Kendra Miguez holds two Masters degrees in psychology (Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University).
While pursuing her Masters in Educational Psychology, Kendra gained a strong understanding of child development from birth to adulthood. This knowledge allowed her to fully appreciate the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and educational growth a human being experiences throughout the lifespan. Studying children also allowed her to make close connections with parents, and it was the appreciation of these intimate experiences that ultimately guided her to pursue another Masters degree, this time focusing more on adult behavior.
In addition, Kendra is a mother of two young boys and a step-mother of one. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing, being in nature, practicing yoga, learning about natural medicine, and spending time with her friends and family.
KATHLEEN SULLIVAN, M.A.
Therapist & Counselor
Kathleen moved to Colorado from her hometown of Chicago, to pursue her Masters of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2010. Following her move to Boulder, she was a mentor for at-risk adolescents, where she grew inspired to support teens in identifying their values, goals and personal power in the world. Following graduation, Kathleen served as a Life Skills Counselor at a young adult treatment program in Boulder for four years, where she supported clients in their treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction, codependency and identity issues. From this experience, she recognizes the fluid nature of identity and the vulnerability that exist in developmental transition throughout the lifespan. Kathleen has specialized training in the various modalities of therapy including Somatic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal Counseling, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Yoga and Meditation, and the Enneagram.
Kathleen believes that healing happens through relationship and that humans, especially women, are wired for connection. Through the therapeutic relationship, Kathleen provides a nonjudgmental witness for her clients to explore issues they face in their lives. She believes that people are fundamentally whole and complete as they are, and is honored to help guild her clients back into a relationship of compassion with themselves. Kathleen takes a body-centered approach in her session, believing that the body is the doorway into her clients present moment experience and that by cultivating mindful awareness of their mental, emotional and physical experience, clients can make more conscious choices towards healthy behavioral change which leads to increase in personal power and ultimately freedom. She believes that healing is a process, and requires a balance between self and other, mind and body, and intention and action and provides practical skills and psycho-education around achieving this balance.
Kathleen is a long time practitioner of yoga and dance and credits much of her personal healing to developing a mindful and intentional relationship with her body. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys laughing with friends, exploring nature with her dog, Nellie, and seeing live music around Boulder.
NICOLE NAKAMURA, M.A.
Therapist & Counselor
Nicole has a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in art therapy from Naropa University. She is working towards her CACII and currently has her LPCC from DORA. She uses a creative, empathic, holistic, and relational approach when working with individuals and believes that building and nurturing the therapeutic relationship with each individual is crucial in allowing the process of healing to begin. If one is given the space to fully explore and connect, immense growth is possible. She draws from a strengths-based philosophy, which focuses on wellness and basic sanity rather than pathology.
Nicole is also informed by relational, trauma, addictions, somatic and Buddhist psychologies that are utilized during the therapeutic process. Nicole has mentored adolescent girls through the use of surfing, yoga and art; encouraging them to find their voice, strengths and values in this world. Nicole also has experience with adults living with chronic illness as well as individuals facing addiction. Through this experience, she helped individuals navigate issues around depression, anxiety, grief, co-dependency, transition, and existential issues of aging.
“I believe we are an accumulation of our experiences. It is how we process the information of our experiences that shape who we are as humans. Everyone has a different way of relating, sharing, and connecting; I will always meet you where you are at and honor your process. You are your best teacher, and I wholeheartedly feel we each have a powerful purpose in this world. I am firmly committed to helping you find your way to your best Self, who is always there.” – Nicole
Nicole sees life as an opportunity to embrace change, get messy and be creative. Her life’s passion encompasses growth, empowerment, connection, and compassion. She utilizes yoga, art making, and nature as part of her manifesto for healing. Nicole can be found relaxing with her dog Leroy, coaching gymnastics, or climbing up rocks somewhere in Boulder Canyon.
AVIVA BANNERMAN, M.A.
Therapist & Counselor
Aviva works from the belief that all people are doing the best they can with the tools that they have. She offers a non-judgmental approach in which clients can feel comfortable exploring their thoughts, feelings, and sensations, diving deeply into personal issues, and uncovering patterns that no longer serve them. She encourages her clients to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and learn to not only accept, but also appreciate the more difficult parts of one’s self. Aware of the diverse backgrounds and identities of individuals, Aviva strives to understand each client’s worldview in order to help develop new tools that work for them.
Aviva graduated from Naropa University with a Master’s Degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology and a concentration in Body Psychotherapy. She now works as a Registered Psychotherapist, passionate about supporting women through each stage of life. Recognizing the difficulties women face in our modern society, she strives to help her clients overcome personal obstacles and build trust in themselves. Aviva has trained as a doula and has extensive knowledge of the issues women face throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. She also specializes in issues around body image and the body’s natural processes. As a somatic therapist, Aviva encourages her clients to bring their attention to their bodies, which holds so much unconscious material and personal wisdom.
Aviva also works with couples who are experiencing stress in their relationships. She believes that healthy relationships are essential to one’s well-being, and she helps to identify negative patterns that sometimes overwhelm couples. Once these patterns are uncovered, she works with clients to develop more effective ways of relating.
Aviva loves her job as a therapist and is committed not only to her clients’ growth but also to her own self-growth. She feels honored to assist clients on their unique journeys toward health and well-being.
In her free time, Aviva enjoys spending time in nature, which enables her to deepen herself. She also loves to dance to live music, go on walks with friends, and participate in sports such as skiing and rock climbing.
CINDY GORDON, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC
Therapist & Counselor
Cindy is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified art therapist. She works with women facing the challenges of depression, trauma, relationship, communication and anger issues, body image, grief, anxiety, and life transitions.
Cindy works with clients using both verbal psychotherapy and non-verbal methods (art therapy, photography, and writing). Her clients have found art-making, such as collage, painting, drawing, poetry, as well as photography, productive methods to reduce stress, promote self-awareness, and gain insights about themselves. In terms of psychotherapy she uses an eclectic approach, combining psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness elements. She also has a deep interest in sharing an existentialist perspective, so clients will explore how they make meaning in their lives, and how they may do so in the future in a way that is consistent with their core values.
In addition, Cindy has a certification in Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy, and works with animals in therapy which, she believes, fosters the healing and growing process. She is also a Certified Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT) therapist, which enhances her work with people dealing with self-esteem, body image issues and eating disorders.
Cindy is also an adjunct faculty member in the Art Therapy department at Naropa University. She enjoys doing supervision with graduate students and professionals.
Her volunteer work includes conducting art groups at Soft Voices, a drop-in center in Longmont for individuals facing mental health challenges, and conducting art groups for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Cindy loves spending time with her 14 animals, bike riding, practicing yoga, painting and other art-making, and horse back riding.
Contact the Colorado Women’s Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing counselors and therapists and begin to discover your feminine power and freedom!