Our Clinical Team
We are a group of mental health therapists who partner with complimentary wellness providers to collaboratively offer holistic treatment options to our clients. Our mental health team includes licensed reproductive and women’s mental health therapists as well as highly skilled graduate-level and postgraduate interns. The PWCB also offers reproductive psychiatry, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and lactation support.
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PWCB IS SEEKING REPRODUCTIVE MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS
The Postpartum Wellness Center/Boulder is a multidisciplinary mental health and wellness center founded by Kate Kripke, LCSW; and our team currently consists of three psychotherapists, a reproductive psychiatrist, graduate-level therapy interns, and collaborators in acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, lactation, PT, and infant/child sleep. The PWC/B serves individuals, couples, and families across the reproductive health spectrum, into early family life, and with a predominate focus on perinatal and maternal mental health.
Kate kripke, lcsw
303-586-1564 | email@example.com
Kate has extensive training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and is committed to supporting women and families through the challenges associated with the adjustment to parenthood. Kate founded the Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder in an effort to bring skilled and appropriate perinatal mental health support to women and families around Boulder County. Kate uses a variety of support modalities in her work with women and families including CBT, IPT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. Her approach tends to be solution-focused in nature and she holds a strong commitment to seeing each therapy participant as his/her own expert.
Emily Horrowitz, LPC
303-880-8296 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily has offered support, consultation, and healing to individuals and groups for the past 16 years in various capacities. She received her Master's in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University where she learned the art of fusing western psychology with eastern spiritual practices and belief systems and applied these principles to the practice of supporting and empowering families.
Jessica Harrison, LCSW
503-679-4650 | email@example.com
As a therapist, Jessica treats a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder; and her practice specialties broadly encompass reproductive health. This involves perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), but it also includes (in)fertility, the impacts of PMS/PMDD, men and paternal wellness, adoption, third party reproduction, and transitions to parenthood.
Diane Drapkin, MSW
720-771-0536 | firstname.lastname@example.org
As a psychotherapist, Diane’s practice focuses on perinatal mental health. Diane is herself a mother of four and recognizes the needs of postpartum mothers and their families. She has been working in Boulder with families in the social work field since 1995. She was raised in California and attended the University of California, Davis graduating with a BA in Sociology
RACHEL VANDERKUIK, PLD, Psychotherapy intern
781-691-9071 | email@example.com
Rachel is currently a 3rd year PhD student in Clinical Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder. She has received training in several psychotherapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As one of Dr. Sona Dimidjian's graduate students in the CREST lab, has been pursuing advanced training in qualitative and community-based participatory research methods; her Master’s thesis was a study of Latina mothers in rural Colorado and their experience of depression, barriers to care, and openness to innovate care models.
Christina Metcalf, MA
Christina is a 5th year Clinical Psychology PhD student specializing in women’s mental health at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has several years of experience as both a therapist and researcher of empirically supported treatments.
Eve Penberthy, Intake Coordinator
Eve graduated from Whitman College in 2016, spending much of her time there working with women and young families. She is passionate about supporting new parents with empathy, and she is committed to collaborative, holistic, and accessible women’s health care.
The PWC/B strives to provide collaborative care with a team approach to treatment. While not everyone who receives support from our mental health clinicians will also work with the providers below, our work often involves collaboration with others who have expertise in working with families through reproduction and early parenthood. Our partner providers are highly skilled and trained in the many issues related to reproductive and family mental health.
Dr. Karen Horst, MD
Specializing in Reproductive Psychiatry since 2003, Dr. Horst stays abreast of the latest medical news regarding mood disorders, medication and pregnancy and breastfeeding. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine: medical school (1997), 2 years of OB/Gyn residency (1999) and 3 years of psychiatry residency (2003). Dr. Horst moved to the Denver metro area in 2006 and has offices in Old Town Arvada and Boulder. Fee for service only, but will help in insurance reimbursement for patients with mental health coverage for out-of-network practitioners. For more information, please visit www.karenhorst.com
Diane Michel, MSPH, IBCLC, RLC
For over 14 years Diane has helped mothers breastfeed their babies. She guides new mothers through the full physical and emotional breastfeeding process, paying special attention to each mother's own needs and concerns with warmth and compassion. Diane encourages every mother to learn about her baby and set breastfeeding goals. After a thorough assessment, Diane guides each mother to achieve her goals in ways that feel workable to her.
Diane is the mother of two boys and her own breastfeeding experience set her down her professional path, first as a volunteer, and since 2008 as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Prior to having children, Diane knew she wanted to breastfeed because of its benefits, such as good nutrition. But once she began breastfeeding she realized the how much the experience enhanced both bonding with her children and learning to parent. That said, Diane also believes that mothers experience breastfeeding uniquely and may face challenges that may leave them feeling worried, annoyed, overwhelmed, in pain, joyful, resentful, in love, and/or unsettled — sometimes all at the same time.
Diane's background of psychology (BA from Duke University) and public health (MSPH from the University of Colorado) gave her great training to provide health services while listening to and meeting mothers "where they are at" with tenderheartedness. For more information, please visit www.nourishlactation.com.
Cameron Elmendorf Delaney, l.ac.
Cameron Elmendorf Delaney Dipl. OM. L.Ac., MSOM is a board certified Chinese Medicine practitioner (NCCAOM) and maintains a thriving practice in Boulder, Colorado. Her emphasis is on women’s health, fertility, prenatal/postpartum wellness, and hormone balance where she employs both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture techniques, as well as Chinese Herbal medicine, and Asian bodywork techniques such as Tui Na and Shiatsu. She is also a certified Acutonics(TM) practitioner, and is formally trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
Cameron received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado in 2006. She has been practicing in Boulder/Denver for over 10 years. Cameron compliments her acupuncture practice with a deep knowledge of the western paradigm of women's health, including fertility, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), menstrual issues and menopausal challenges, and she lends a compassionate, holistic bend to those she works with.
Cameron lives and practices in her native Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Brian, her zesty and inspiring daughter Tula, and their little pup Lucy. In her free time, Cameron loves running, biking, skiing and adventuring in her gorgeous mountainous backyard with her dear friends and family. She is a true cinephile, music lover and voracious book reader, and loves taking advantage of all that Boulder has to offer. For more information, please visit www.solsticehealth.com.
jessica schaffer, infant sleep specialist
As an experienced sleep coach, Jessica believes that with time, space, and appropriate parental support, all babies and children have the ability to become great sleepers. Her coaching practice, Shuteye Sleep, has helped many families, and she offers classes in the Boulder, CO area. For more information, please visit www.shuteyesleepcoach.com.
Meghan Van Vleet, nd
Meghan’s second pregnancy, birth, and postpartum years define the timeframe which she still considers the most difficult, seemingly hopeless days of her life. Even though she was already a healthcare professional, it took months for Meghan to realize that she needed help. No healthcare provider spotted it, and Meghan eventually sought professional help on her own. Through her process, Meghan realized that her own mother suffered with postpartum depression, although as with many women in her generation, it was never diagnosed or treated. Seeing how untreated PPD likely effected her mother over the long haul sparked Meghan’s passion about helping women identify their risk factors and be prepared to seek help, rather than losing themselves in parenthood.
Meghan is a naturopathic doctor with a general family practice and a focus on postpartum wellness. While still in naturopathic school Meghan became interested in working with perinatal women. The year after graduation she worked in a family practice delivering babies and doing family care under the supervision of a naturopathic doctor and midwife in Portland, OR. It wasn’t until her own struggle with postpartum depression that she became passionate about helping women suffering from perinatal mood disorders. Now, through her professional expertise and personal experience, she is committed to helping similarly suffering women find a better way.
Meghan takes a holistic approach to treatment, and she understands that the way we live has the greatest potential to prevent disease and afford health. To that end, Meghan’s approach includes the use of botanical medicine, food-as-medicine, selective nutritional supplementation, hydrotherapy, mindfulness, movement, and lifestyle counseling.
In an attempt to maintain balance & wellness in her own life, Meghan runs, bikes, uses breathwork and meditation, makes and eats good food, and takes time to spend with friends and family. For more information, please visit www.harmonyfamilymed.com.
Betsey Stec, Pelvic Floor PT
Betsey Stec PT, DPT earned her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California with an emphasis on manual therapy and the human movement system. She completed a clinical rotation at Kaiser Permanente in Hollywood, CA gaining specialty in perinatal/postpartum musculoskeletal rehabilitation and pelvic floor rehabilitation including the treatment of incontinence, constipation, painful intercourse, pubic symphysis separation, diastasis rectus, etc.
She is passionate about fighting the old adage that pain and dysfunction during and after pregnancy are "normal." Whether you were pregnant 4 weeks ago or 40 years ago, Betsey has the expertise to help guide you in your journey towards healthy movement and recovery.
Betsey's background in Psychology and dedication to pelvic health has given her an excellent foundation to provide physical therapy services for women of any age in an open and welcoming atmosphere.
Betsey is Creator/Writer of www.PelvicHealthandFitness.org where she enjoys sharing her clinical knowledge and experience on social media. Betsey is passionate about spreading awareness of pelvic health in hopes of educating women about conservative and natural treatment options.
For more information including a list of accepted insurances, please visit www.N2PhysicalTherapy.com. Betsey currently accepts clients in Louisville Tuesday-Thursday and at PWCB every Friday. To schedule at either location, please call 303-954-8423.