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Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS: Founder & Director

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Nationally Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Master’s in Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado Denver

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. I specialize in eating disorders and love working with athletes. I also really enjoy working with anxiety, fertility and postpartum concerns, and perfectionism/self-worth. I’m a Colorado native who loves the outdoors, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family. I have two incredible daughters and 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. My recovery journey began when I decided I couldn’t live that way anymore or have the things I wanted most in life if I continued down that path. I sought treatment; working hard and discovering 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, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I work from a non-diet, weight inclusive, and food freedom lens. I serve on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), am the Immediate Past President of the Denver Metro Chapter of iaedp, and teach master’s level counseling courses at the University of Colorado Denver. In addition to counseling services, I provide clinical supervision and professional consultation services.

Reagan Rockholm, MA, LPCC : 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

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, LPCC: Therapist

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, Department of Regulartory Agencies
  • Master’s in Counseling, New Mexico State University
  • Supervisor: Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS

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 Candidate 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 : Master’s Level Counseling Intern

  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Candidate, University of Denver
  • Supervisor: Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS

Eada’s Story

Hi, my name is Eada and I am so excited to be joining the Embrace Strength Counseling team as an intern this fall. I am currently in the final year of my graduate program at the University of Denver, where I will receive my Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I then plan to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist.

I always knew that I wanted to work with body image and disordered eating. However, after working in the eating disorder field for a couple of years, I began to realize that a lot of ED treatment is focused on a very narrow, privileged population of individuals. I was disappointed to learn that many practitioners in this field were operating from non-inclusive ideologies that often did more harm than good. My goal is to change the course of this field and make ED treatment accessible to all.

I embrace Health at Every Size and anti-diet ideologies both personally and professionally. As a first generation immigrant, I feel passionately about the intersections between eating disorders and marginalized identities. My approach to counseling incorporates both ACT and RO-DBT techniques with a strong focus on self-compassion. I seek to help others build meaningful connections and create a life worth living. Outside of counseling, I love to cook, watch reality TV, and spend as much time as possible outside. I also recently rescued my puppy, Junie B. Jones, who takes up a lot of my time.

Hannah Norling: Master’s Level Counseling Intern

  • Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Candidate, University of Denver
  • Supervisor: Catherine S. Tilford, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS

Hannah’s Story

Hello! My name’s Hannah, it’s nice to meet you! I’m currently serving as an Intern for Embrace Strength Counseling during the 2021-2022 school year. I’m in the process of earning my master’s degree at The University of Denver in Counseling Psychology with a Clinical Mental Health focus.

Before moving to Denver, I lived in New York City where I worked in editorial journalism and creative directing. Although I loved aspects of what I was doing, it never felt like the right “path” for me. Now, I focus mostly on eating disorders and the many nuanced feelings and challenges that can accompany it. I operate through a Health at Every Size mentality and believe empowering my clients can lead to inspiring progress. Other areas of focus for me as a therapist includes inequity within eating disorder care, women’s health and wellbeing, transgender health and wellbeing, personality disorders, intergenerational trauma, burnout, and self-image/body image concerns.

In my practice, I draw from a few different theories; including feminist, multicultural, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My approach to therapy is to empower you. I will always show up in the therapy room as a therapist and as a person, where we will share the power.

The world can be a pretty tough place on your own. I hope with my help, you can feel heard, validated, and safe, even if it’s for the first time.

Lisa Mareb, MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S: 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

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.