Aproved Domestic Violence Clinical Supervisor,
Trauma Dynamics Mastery Therapist
Shawn Griffin graduated from the University of Nebraska with his Bachelor Degree in Psychology and later his Master Degree in Community Counseling. He moved to Colorado in 1999. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado since 1999 and has over 19 years of experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse, including trauma therapy in Parker. Shawn is also a Licensed Addictions Counselor and a Trauma Dynamics Mastery Therapist.
Shawn's experience includes work in residential, hospital and outpatient settings. He works with adults and couples and has expertise in trauma therapy using the Trauma Dynamics model (mastery level) and EMDR (2nd level clinician). Shawn also has expertise in couples counseling, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorders.
Shawn also provides clinical supervision for other therapists and therapists' in training in general clinical, domestic violence, substance abuse, and the Trauma Dynamic's model. Currently, Shawn supervises therapists in Parker and therapists in Castle Rock.
In addition to this clinical work, he has been co-owner and Clinical Director of Running Creek Counseling since 2000. The agency serves Parker, Aurora, Denver, Centennial, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding area. The agency provides court ordered and volunteer treatment groups for adolescents and adults with DUI/DWAI charges/convictions, substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, and cognitive restructuring issues.
Jared earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre (Performance and Playwriting) from Emerson College in Boston. He went on to pursue a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His experience during graduate school and the years that have followed has primarily included working with Dual Diagnosis substance abuse/mental health populations at the Detox, Inpatient/Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. Jared relocated to Colorado in 2017 and he has been working in an outpatient setting providing court-mandated DUI/DWAI Level II Education/Therapy, Enhanced Outpatient Services, and individual therapy. Jared has expertise in Men's Trauma, Chronic Pain, Eating Disorders and LGBTQ Issues in Recovery. Jared also has extensive experience working with clients in the individual, couples, group and family settings. Jared is presently pursuing his Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license, Certified Addictions Counselor (CACII) certification, and Domestic Violence provider approval.
Sandra Merrow graduated from Marymount University, Arlington, VA with a Master in Education. After working as an educator and raising two daughters, she pursued a master in mental health counseling from Capella University. Sandra has experience working with individuals and facilitating groups for mental health concerns, substance abuse issues, DUI/DWAI, and domestic violence treatment.
Sandra is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and an approved Domestic Violence Treatment Provider. She continues to counsel individuals enrolled in the domestic violence offender, DUI/DWAI, and substance abuse programs. In addition she has facilitated CBT, anger management, and parenting psycho-educational groups. With experience and training in CBT and DBT, Sandra counsels individuals to better manage anxiety, depression, life-adjustment issues, stress and address substance abuse concerns. Sandra is also experienced in EMDR to work with adults who have experienced trauma.
Elizabeth Wilson graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Phoenix with Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family & Child Therapy. She interned with Running Creek Counseling and Synergy Outpatient. Elizabeth's experience includes work with adolescents and families in residential, school and outpatient settings.
Elizabeth is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, individual and group counseling. She also is trained in the Trauma Dynamics model to help individuals struggling with past traumatic experiences. Elizabeth's areas of interest include substance related disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma related disorders and other mental health issues. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and an approved Domestic Violence Treatment Provider.