Staff

Director and Faculty Clinical Supervisors

Our MFT faculty members and clinical supervisors are licensed or license-eligible family therapists holding approved supervisor or supervisor-candidate status with AAMFT.

Stephanie Seng

Stephanie Seng, MS is a licensed Marriage and family Therapist in the state of Colorado (LMFT). She is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She is on the faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She is the Director of the Center for Couple and Family Therapy (CFCT).

Shawn Whitney

Shawn Whitney, MS is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado (LMFT). He is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). He is on the faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. He is the Assistant Director of the Center for Couple and Family Therapy (CFCT).

Janina Farinas

Janina Fariñas, PhD is a a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist working to transfer her respective licenses to the state of Colorado. She is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor Candidate through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She is on the faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

Shelley Haddock

Shelley Haddock, PhD is a licensed Marriage and family Therapist in the state of Colorado (LMFT). She is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She is on the faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

Kelley Quirk

Kelley Quirk, PhD is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado (LP). She is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor Candidate through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She is on the faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

Toni Zimmerman

Toni Zimmerman, PhD is a licensed Marriage and family Therapist in the state of Colorado (LMFT). She is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She is on the faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.


Guest Supervisors

Each semester students have the opportunity to receive supervision from guest supervisors involved in therapy in the community in private practice and/or agency work.


Therapists

Therapy services are provided by students in the CSU MFT Master's Program who are selected from a competitive national pool. Clients benefit from the focused attention and combined experiences of their therapist and their therapist's clinical supervisors.


Class of 2017 Therapist Bios

Amanda Skoranski

Amanda Skoranski is a third year student in the Applied Developmental Science doctoral program and the Marriage Family Therapy master’s program. She grew up in Newark, Delaware and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Delaware in 2009. Her research pursuits involve measuring patterns of interaction within parent-child relationships, and investigating how parent factors (e.g. physiological stress reactivity, mindfulness) contribute to the emotional health of these relationships and promote positive outcomes for children. She hopes to obtain an academic position following graduation that combines her passions for research and clinical work with families.

Amy Bishop

Amy Bishop grew up in Louisville, KY; though she did not attend college there, she is an avid University of Louisville sports fan. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Sexuality Studies and Gender and Women Studies. She has worked in the past with teenagers and enjoys helping couples work through relational problems. In her free time, Amy loves hiking, casual jogging, camping and exploring new areas.

Caitlyn Russell

Caitlyn Russell has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She is currently earning her Master’s degree with a focus in Marriage Family Therapy at Colorado State University. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families, and has had additional experience in working with adolescents. Caitlyn works from a system approach and has a strong desire to help clients discover and engage in healthy relationships.

Charlotte McKernan

Charlotte McKernan will be beginning her PhD in Applied Developmental Science in the fall. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and International Studies from the University of Oregon. Charlotte is trained in level two Gottman couples therapy, and is interested in Emotionally Focused Therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys yoga, biking, painting and camping.

Chelsea Kline

Chelsea Kline is a second year graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. She is trained in level two Gottman couples therapy and trauma-informed therapy. Chelsea is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and enjoys going to the movies, being outdoors, and lounging around at home with her cats in her free time.

Deborah Chen

Deborah Chen is from Dallas, Texas and got her BA degree in Psychology and Human Development from Baylor University. Deborah focuses on doing therapy with individuals, couples, and families that is sensitive to their own experiences while focusing on each person’s strengths. Additionally, Deborah enjoys working with young children from all sorts of backgrounds to be a part of helping children engage in developmentally successfully trajectories.

Erandi Herndon

Erandi Herndon is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern working towards licensure. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Ethnic Studies. Erandi’s favorite books are the Harry Potter series and she has a new kitten named Oliver. She loves to meet people and help them through their individual journeys.

Hannah Saunders

Hannah Saunders grew up in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She will complete her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in August 2016, after which she will continue on to pursue a PhD in Applied Developmental Science from CSU. In therapy and research, Hannah specializes in parent-child relationships, attachment, and trauma-informed practices. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time in her cabin.

Julie Benton

Julie Benton was born and raised in Arizona where she also completed her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Family & Human Development at Arizona State University. Julie is currently pursuing her Master’s in HDFS for Marriage and Family Therapy and is passionate about her work as a therapist with a wide variety of individuals, couples, and families. Julie enjoys being outdoors as well as staying active through exercise and various sports including wake boarding, hiking, snowboarding, and playing with her dog, Maggie. Her favorite pastime is being among friends and family.

Kate French

Kate French is a third-generation Coloradan who enjoys reading, skiing, hiking, traveling, photography, and spending time with family and friends. Past education includes Biology, BS (Creighton University, Omaha, NE) and Food Science and Human Nutrition, MS (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO). A lifelong learner, Kate is entering her second year of study in the Human Development and Family Studies Master’s Degree Program at CSU with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy and is thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Mark Cunningham

After serving in the military, Mark Cunningham decided to move for Fort Collins to continue studying his passion of human behavior. Mark graduated from UNLV in Anthropology before traveling through Europe and Asia, where he found his desire to become a therapist. Mark looks forward to forming a family, life, and private practice in Colorado.

Michelle Carlson

Michelle Carlson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She has experience working with couples, families, and individuals and loves working with both adults and children. Michelle grew up in Florida and moved out west with her husband in 2012 when he got stationed here with the Air Force. She loves spending quality time with him and their dog, Boulder. They enjoy being outdoors, hiking and camping, as well as traveling the world as much as they can.

Shelly Annameier

After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Shelly Annameier worked in higher education in Vermont and Colorado and taught English abroad in Chile. She enjoys working with families, couples, and individuals from all walks of life. Her research interest include eating disorders, mindfulness, and wilderness therapy. She spends her free time backpacking, listening to live music, hanging out with fuzzy dogs, and lingering over big cups of coffee.

Stephanie Dalager

Stephanie Dalager is originally from Minnesota where she got her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College and working in business strategy and research prior to making a big life change to pursue a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Stephanie loves to work with individuals, couples, and families, with specific interests in utilizing experimental and mindfulness-based therapeutic techniques. She enjoys being in the mountains, practicing and teaching yoga, gardening, and adventure travel.


Class of 2018 Therapist Bios

Brian Clymer

Born and raised in northern Illinois, Brian Clymer has been living in Fort Collins, CO for a total of 4 years. Though a Midwesterner by heart, Colorado has quickly become a gorgeous new home for Brian. He enjoys curling up with a good book and hot cocoa instead of huge parties and enjoys the company of his closest friends. His interests are all-encompassing, considering himself a Renaissance man, Brian enjoys: board/video/card games, sports (soccer, baseball, and bowling), cooking, poetry, biking, making hemp jewelry, and walking in the autumn weather. Some of Brian’s favorites are: food - fish (especially red snapper); TV show - Game of Thrones; movie – Gladiator; book – The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Brenda Charles

Brenda Charles is a first year MFT student from the island of Antigua, in the Caribbean. She has a B.S. In Psychology and a B.A. in Communications from Dickinson State University, in Dickinson North Dakota. She loves fall, long walks, sunsets on the beach, hiking beside streams and rivers, and being out in nature.

Gabi Fihn

Gabi Fihn is a first year graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with dual Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Originally from Winona, MN, Gabi has loved exploring the mountains of Colorado. She also enjoys yoga, sports, running, and more than anything, traveling. Gabi is very much looking forward to developing a career that strengthens the bonds between people and those they cherish.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith is working towards a PhD in Applied Developmental Science and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy. A Colorado native, she graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a BA in Sociology. In both her clinical work and research, she is passionate about supporting the development of healthy relationships. Following graduation, Amy hopes to obtain an academic position that allows her to combine her interest in research, teaching, and clinical work. In her free time, Amy enjoys crocheting, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends (including the furry ones).

Mackenzie Howshar

Mackenzie Howshar is a first year graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from CSU in 2014. She has great passion for working with individuals of all ages, while her experience has focused on the Native American populations in South Dakota and sexual assault survivors in the Northern Colorado area. Mackenzie loves to form new relationships, practice yoga, and spend time outdoors with her dog.

Maren McDonnell

Maren McDonnell is a first year Marriage and Family Therapy graduate student. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors of science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish. Maren is originally from Boulder, CO and loves dancing, the outdoors and traveling.

Morgan Burke

Morgan Burke is a first year graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Morgan grew up on her families’ farm in rural eastern Nebraska, and loves everything related to animals, running, and being outdoors.

Jana Carson

Jana Carson completed a double major in Psychology and Spanish at Creighton University. She then moved to Nicaragua for two years where she immersed herself in the culture and volunteered with an organization helping to empower impoverished families. After this, she moved to Colorado where she began working with a local psychotherapist and volunteering as a mentor for the Matthew’s House. Jana deeply believes in the benefits of many types of therapy, but she especially enjoys utilizing humanistic and systems theory approaches.