303-720-9424 | In-Person Services at 1333 W 120th Ave #218, Westminster, CO 80234 | Offering Virtual Services throughout Colorado

Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS (she/her): Founder & Director

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
  • EMDR-Trained Clinician
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Nationally Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Master’s in Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado Denver
  • Available: In-Person and Virtually
  • Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Anthem/BCBS, Cigna, RMHP, Mines & Associates, Optum/United Healthcare

Catherine’s Story

I am passionate about helping people heal their relationships with food, exercise, and their bodies which is why I became a counselor and founded Embrace Strength Counseling in 2011. I’ve always been curious about people’s stories and how we make meaning out of our experiences. As a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, I specialize in treating the full spectrum of eating disorders from a non diet and weight inclusive lens. I also specialize in working with anxiety, fertility and postpartum concerns, trauma, and perfectionism/self-worth. I’m a Colorado native who loves getting outside, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family. I have two incredible daughters and a therapy dog in training – a goldendoodle named Willow.

Growing up, I loved school and sports. I was perfectionistic and high achieving in both arenas and felt like no matter how hard I tried, it was never good enough. Eventually, I felt like I wasn’t good enough which contributed to my own struggle with an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety for many years. I am also a trauma survivor. My recovery journey began when I decided I couldn’t live the way I was living anymore because I was going to lose everything important to me. I sought out treatment and over time discovered an inner strength I didn’t realize I possessed. As a recovered professional, I strive to support others in finding their own recovery so they can get back to living their lives and doing what they enjoy.  

I earned my master’s degree in counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. My approach to counseling is strengths-based and integrative. I utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. I served on the Board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), volunteered as President of the iaedp Denver Metro Chapter for four years, and taught master’s level counseling courses at the University of Colorado Denver. I’ve completed over 45 hours of advanced training in clinical supervision and provide clinical supervision and professional consultation services, in addition to counseling services.

Reagan Rockholm, MA, LPCC (she/her): Therapist

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, Department of Regulartory Agencies
  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Denver
  • Supervisor: Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS
  • Available: Virtually
  • Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, RMHP, Mines & Associates, Optum/United Healthcare

Reagan’s Story

Hi, my name is Reagan; my goal is to give you the space to heal and grow. I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver in 2021. I started at Embrace Strength Counseling in 2020, joining as an intern during my final year of my Master’s program. Upon graduating from DU, I have continued my work full-time with ESC as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Colorado. I have specific interests in working with disordered eating patterns and other issues that often accompany anxiety, depression, self-worth, guilt, and the pressure of everyday life. In addition, I strive to examine with clients how our society, culture, and expectations impact mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults. Through this work, I saw how issues with a negative self-image and comparisons to others start early in life and can impact mental health long after.

I believe that treatment is a team effort and successful through trust and collaboration; for this reason, I gain additional insight through weekly supervision. Furthermore, I utilize Acceptance and Commitment techniques that emphasize the importance of values-guided living. Matching with ESC, I also believe in using the Health at Every Size philosophy to treat disordered eating. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Colorado, visiting with friends and family, painting, and baking. Most of all, I have a passion for learning and expanding my worldview. 

Kaitlyn Valdez, MA, LPC (she/her): Therapist

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Department of Regulartory Agencies
  • Master’s in Counseling, New Mexico State University
  • Supervisor: Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS
  • Available: Virtually
  • Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, RMHP, Mines & Associates, Optum/United Healthcare

Kaitlyn’s Story

My name is Kaitlyn Valdez, and my goal is to help you create a life in which you feel heard and validated. I have always been curious about anxiety and depression, but it was not until a few years ago that I discovered my passion for working with victims of trauma and chronic illness. Throughout my life I have had numerous health problems that have changed how I live my daily life. It was through my own experience that I began to realize how isolating, anxiety-provoking, and occasionally misunderstood illnesses are to many people. Chronic illnesses can be devastating no matter what your age, leading to medical trauma, anxiety, medically encouraged restrictive eating, and depression. My spare time is spent as a dog-mom to my two dogs, Maverick and Riley, learning new crafts, testing recipes, and listening to true crime podcasts. I am a fair-weather sports fan despite working as a football equipment manager throughout my college years.

I graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico State University and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. Through a varied internship site, I had the opportunity to work with clients ranging in age from 5-years-old to 50-years-old before and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. My goal is to learn as much as I can about each person and how we individually interact with the world around us. I work from a relational and strengths-based perspective, with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing integrated into my practice.

Eada Gendelman, MA, LPCC (she/her): Therapist

  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Denver
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, Department of Regulartory Agencies
  • Supervisor: Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS
  • Available: In-Person and Virtually
  • Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, RMHP, Mines & Associates, Optum/United Healthcare

Eada’s Story

Hi, I’m Eada! My approach to therapy is honest, warm, and collaborative. I offer treatment for anxiety, depression, and trauma, but I specialize in working with body image and disordered eating. As a child of immigrants, I feel passionately about the intersections between eating disorders and marginalized identities. One of my greatest goals is to change the course of the eating disorder field and make treatment accessible to all. For this reason, I embrace Health at Every Size and anti-diet ideologies both personally and professionally.

I recently graduated with my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver after working in the mental health field for almost five years. I have experience working in a range of mental health settings including hospitals, schools, private practice, and all levels of eating disorder care. In working together, my goal is to provide you with a space where you can heal and feel connected. My work is rooted in humanistic psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Outside of counseling, I love to bake, write, watch reality TV, and spend as much time outside as possible.

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Angie Gomez Horta, BA (she/her): Master’s Level Counseling Intern

  • Current Master’s Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Denver
  • Supervisor: Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS
  • Available: In-Person and Virtually
  • Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, RMHP, Mines & Associates, Optum/United Healthcare

Angie’s Story

My name is Angie Gomez, my goal is to work collaboratively to create a space for you to heal, grow and feel heard. I am currently in the last year of my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver and will graduate in June of 2023. Before working as an intern at ESC, I worked with children and adolescents who struggled with peer relations, anxiety, behavioral issues, self-worth, and negative self-image. Throughout my undergraduate program my interest in learning more about disordered eating patterns, body image, social media, diet culture, and more developed. During this undergraduate program, I was part of an evidence-based early-intervention peer support group. I provided psychoeducation on how society, culture, and social media affected our perception of beauty and health ideals. Along with ESC, I also embrace the Health at Every Size and anti-diet philosophy professionally and personally.

As a first-generation immigrant I am passionate about providing accessible and affordable care to all, but especially minority populations, people of color, and disenfranchised communities. I am also interested in exploring the connections and relationships between cultures, language, food, and body image. My approach to providing care is tailored to each individual. However, I integrate tools and perspectives from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, anti-oppression psychotherapy, and overall Humanistic psychology.

I was raised in Alaska and enjoy getting glimpses of home by exploring the mountains and outdoors in my new home, Colorado. Spending time with family and friends, cooking, painting, and exploring new coffee shops and restaurants are also things I enjoy outside of my professional life.

Lisa Mareb, MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S (she/her): Contract Therapist

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist & Supervisor, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Department of Regulartory Agencies
  • Master’s in Social Work, University of Denver
  • Available: Virtually – Currently Not Accepting New Clients

Lisa’s Story

Do you feel like you’re “just stuck” in a pattern of unsatisfying relationships with your body, your food or your relationships? I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes it’s downright hard being a human, and seeking support is a courageous action to take. As a therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-Supervisor, it is my honor to provide support, space and witnessing to your process of self-empowerment. I provide individual therapy to those struggling with eating disorders or eating disorder behaviors, personality disorders, identity struggles and mid/post-divorce support. I believe we all have an inner badass, and sometimes we just need support in accessing this. In my free time, you’ll find me on my motorcycle enjoying all of Colorado’s roads, cooking, and playing with my dog Potatoes.

I’ve been a psychotherapist since 2004 and specifically working with eating disorders since 2010. I have worked at all levels of eating disorder care and understand the complexity of treating this painful disorder. Using an integrative approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, I work with my clients to disengage from the traps of their disorders and build a satisfying life in accordance to their particular values. I also offer clinical, licensure and CEDS supervision to professionals. Being a guide on your path to mind/body wellness is my passion and I would be honored to join you in this process.