Tamara McNay MEd, LPC

Tamara McNay MEd, LPC

Adult and Child Therapist

Hello! My name is Tamara McNay. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Play Therapist, and an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapist. I have been providing therapy in the field of trauma and domestic violence for over 15 years to children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with individuals of all ages struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues related to family conflict. For the three years prior to joining Heartlight Family Clinic, I served as the Clinical Director for a community mental health center. My aim is to understand your goal and vision for therapy, and to work collaboratively with you and your medical providers as a team to support you in achieving those goals. I believe that therapy works best when there is trust and a positive therapeutic relationship and when you feel that we are on the same page. I come from a strength-based perspective; my belief is that we are all generally doing the best we can, but sometimes, through therapy, we can find more effective ways to get to where we want to be.

Marissa Smith MA, LPC, NCC

Marissa Smith MA, LPC, NCC

Adult Therapist

I enjoy spending my time at home with my partner and our young daughter. I grew up in Colorado, got my Bachelor’s in Psychology in Seattle, then returned home to complete my Master’s in Counseling from University of Colorado Denver, graduating in 2014. I have worked mostly in the field of addiction, including eating disorders. I also work with adults with other struggles, including mood, anxiety, identity, grief, and relationships.

Emily Ringle, LPC, LMFT

Emily Ringle, LPC, LMFT

Child Therapist

Hello! My name is Emily Ringle. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I obtained my BS in Genetics from Iowa State University and my MA in Couple and Family Counseling from University of Colorado Denver. In my spare time, I like to go to the gym, go on walks, watch sitcoms such as The Golden Girls and Frasier, as well as read, play pool, and bowl. For the entirety of my career, I have worked primarily with children and adolescents ages 5-19 and their parents, with the majority of my experience being children under the age of 14. In particular, I enjoy working with trauma, anxiety, oppositional or defiant children, and of course, children who have difficulty with social skills. I work from a combination of narrative therapy and reality therapy. When appropriate, I do use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to aid in this approach, as well as other tools such as play therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Additionally, since my background is in family therapy, I like to incorporate family therapy as much as possible when working with children.

Kristal Watson, LMFT

Kristal Watson, LMFT

Therapist

Hello, my name is Kristal! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified EMDR Therapist. I recognize the challenge that one faces when trying to find the right counselor/therapist! Sharing your story with another person takes tremendous courage and vulnerability. I approach my work from a trauma informed, attachment oriented and strengths-based focus. This means I believe that everyone in the therapy room has a unique story, characterized by personal experiences, past and current relationships and their family history. I believe that behaviors are adaptive, meaning they have served a specific purpose for you/your family/your child, and we will work together to discover what need this behavior is fulfilling. I work with all clients to learn your story, understand your needs and develop a healing therapeutic relationship. Counseling is my second career. I spent over a decade working in higher education after earning my first Master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration. My work in higher education was fulfilling, but I truly desired to connect further with others and gain new knowledge and skills to promote healing for individuals, couples and families. That led me to seek advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy at Regis University. I have worked with children, teens, adults and families providing support related to trauma, anxiety, depression, developing healthy relationships and family conflict/changes. I have worked in multiple settings to include community mental health, non-profit and schools. I genuinely believe that healing happens in the context of a safe and trusting relationship. It is my greatest privilege to walk beside you in your healing journey. In my spare time, I treasure the time I spend with my family. I enjoy reading, being outside and loving on all my pets (3 dogs and 3 sphynx cats!).