Tikkun (pronounced "TEE-coon") is a Hebrew word meaning to repair, restore and heal – it is part of the larger concept of “tikkun olam” which means to "repair the world whole".  In modern circles, this concept is used in the advocacy and engagement of social justice issues.  For us, in addition to our commitment to social justice and equality, this concept is a guiding principle for the therapeutic work we do; we hold many privileges and it is our responsibility to intentionally and actively work towards repairing, restoring and helping to heal the world we inhabit.

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Joanna Marcela Berrio-Kipnis, LCSW


“Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it,

how we deal with it, how we transcend it.” 

- Audre Lorde

My practice is informed and enriched by my personal journey, my professional training and experience.  I enjoy working with diverse individuals, and couples, who want to transform their lives, are ready for healing, committed to the process and excited for change.

Whether recovering from trauma or navigating life transitions, I offer a space where people feel safe to embrace all parts of  themselves and their journey. Having sat on both sides of the therapeutic chair, I know it is important to navigate these moments in the company of someone who is empathetic, compassionate, who can shed some light when thing get really dark, and can help one reconnect with one's inherit strengths.

ABOUTPersonal Background

A recent transplant to Denver, I've lived in San Francisco, grew up in New York City and was born in Colombia, where I spent the first 11 years of my life. While New York City is the place where I feel most at home, I yearned for the quiet, inspiring space the mountains provide.


I’ve worked as a community organizer, activist, program developer and manager, creating alternative to incarceration programs for youth and their families. I provided counseling for youth who needed support while recovering from sex trafficking, addictions, homelessness, involvement with the juvenile justice system. I worked with children, adolescent and families in the South Bronx helping them recover from trauma. Most recently, my experience includes working with victims of crimes, individuals with anxiety and depression, adults with childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress, complicated grief and bereavement, life transitions and relational problems.  I support individuals and couples from a variety of cultural, racial, and spiritual backgrounds and provide services in English and in Spanish.

In addition to my full-time online practice, I’ve served as adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Social Worker, at the University of Denver and am currently partnering with Scaling Up EMDR on various projects that will bring support to humanitarian workers across the globe.


I work mainly with therapists, social workers, humanitarian workers and healing / mindfulness practitioners and specialize in:

  • healing recurring relational patterns and relational trauma,

  • supporting through grief and loss,

  • navigating life transitions,

  • helping couples build a relationship with intention, depth and meaning,

  • recovering from vicarious trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue,

  • reclaiming lost parts of yourself and fostering deeper connection with yourself and others,

  • finding greater meaning and purpose in life,

  • consultation for mental health providers,

  • coaching healing practitioners to create fulfilling / balanced lives and regenerative practices


Attachment-Focused EMDR, – Laurel Parnell Institute 

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Level 3

Advanced Trauma Studies – Trauma Studies Center, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy 

Multi-Cultural Relational Couples and Family Therapy – Ackerman Institute for the Family

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Externship 

Advanced Clinical Supervision – Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute

Seminar in Field Instruction – Columbia University School of Social Work

Master of Social Work – Silberman School of Social Work (formerly Hunter School of Social Work), New York, NY 2004

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology – Hunter College, New York, NY 2001

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Ariel (Ari) Kipnis, LCSW


“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors

to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” 

- Henry David Thoreau

I believe we are naturally luminous beings and yet the muddled experience of living life can corrode our connection to ourselves and to others.  Returning back to ourselves sometimes means repairing pieces of the past that persist and intrude upon our ability to be present and joyful.  It can mean letting go of the false ideas we’ve taken on for ourselves that lead us to believe that in order to be happy we must ‘achieve something’, ‘have something’, or ‘be something’, we’re simply not.


Together our work will look to reconnect and renew that part of yourself that got separated and forgotten somewhere along the way – that part that intuitively knows your soul’s purpose and your limitless ability to step into your authentic self.  For I believe it’s when we bring in all parts of our identity and integrate all of who we are that the most meaningful transformations occur.


As a therapist and a coach, my approach is to be both a challenging and supportive ally; direct and collaborative in offering practical strategies with soulful interventions that will help you make the shift from striving to arriving.

I recognize it can feel difficult to find a competent provider that you trust and feel is able to genuinely "understand me”.   For this reason, I offer a free 30-minute consultation give us an opportunity to get to know each other, answer any questions you might have and see how we can work together.    

ABOUTPersonal Background

I am the son of Argentine immigrants, and a bicultural and bilingual Spanish therapist.  I lived in several different countries around the world before moving to New York City to pursue and develop my professional expertise as a clinical therapist, and before relocating to Colorado.  When I’m not providing therapy, I enjoy photography, spending time with close friends, making it out to be near the ocean, and hiking in the mountains with our Labrador Retriever named Lana.


I graduated from New York city’s Yeshiva University Wurzeiler School of Social Work with a Master in Social Work Degree in 2008.   I’ve worked in settings ranging from city hospital outpatient clinics, to community mental health & family therapy clinics and most recently the PTSD Clinic at the VA hospital.   As a clinician I’ve worked with individuals, families, couples, groups, immigrants, military personnel and first responders.  As a clinical supervisor I’ve helped instruct graduate students and new therapists grow and develop in the field.  


I enjoy working with men, women and LGTBQ+ from every part of the world; from every age, gender, race, culture, religion and profession - from the seasoned CEOs to recent graduates, from world travelers to homebodies; from traditional families to blended ones; people in monogamous or polyamorous relationships; from the newly-immigrated to the enduring generational; and everything in between. I specialize in:

Promoting Professionals to:

o   Create and sustain meaningful work-life balance (including detoxing stress).

o   Thrive through career transitions, development and/or unemployment.

o   Identify their passion and taking the practical steps to actualize them.

Transforming Relationships from:

o   Grieving a heartbreak and/or loss (divorce, breakup, death, etc) and living with love and joy again.

o   Repeating the ‘same-old pattern’ of relationships and replacing it with an authentically fulfilling one. 

o   Staying in the ‘endless search for’ a partner to the rewarding ‘attracting’ of your ideal partner.


Strengthening Couples to:

o   Build a relationship with intention, depth and meaning which will last across their lifespan (including

     premarital counseling).

o   Learn and integrate the communication skills that will finally end the ‘same fight’ and replace it with

     authentic collaboration and connection.

o   Learn how to foster and/or renew trust & intimacy after being hurt and/or betrayed.


Supporting Families in:

o   Navigating the new rules and realities of blended and/or separated family life.

o   Learning effective ways to eliminate unhealthy/toxic family dynamics.

o   Exploring meaningful ways to amend and renew ruptured or broken relationships. 


Empowering you to:

o   Overcome self-doubt & the tyranny of self recrimination and return to living clear, confidently and lovingly.

o   Heal and release the ‘ghosts’ and pieces of your past that continue to haunt you today.

o   Build your self esteem and connect with the power of your “yes” and the power of your "no."



Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Immersion  

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship 

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD 

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD

The Ackerman Institute for the Family, Live Clinical Supervision and Foundations in Family Therapy,  

Columbia University School of Social Work, Seminar In Field Instruction (SIFI)

The Albert Ellis Institute, Primary and Advanced Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT)

Guelph University Student Crisis Support Services, Crisis Intervention                        

Sexual Dependency Support Group, Live Group Training

AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County, HIV/AIDS Counseling Services


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