BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER
Kristiana Avery, PMHNP-BC, APRN
Kristiana Avery is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and PhD candidate in Biobehavioral Science working to evaluate, prevent and treat mental illness and other emotional, behavioral and relational issues. She is trained to treat across the lifespan - children, adolescents, adults - including pregnant and post-partum women and geriatric populations. She has full prescriptive authority to prescribe all classes of medications and practices holistic interventions as well. Her dissertation study evaluated genetic biomarkers for mood disorder differentiation.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Kristiana completed her undergraduate degree in Communications and Psychology from Hasting College in Hastings, NE. After a brief stint as a gymnastics coach at University of Denver, she attended nursing school at Creighton University in Omaha, NE where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her nursing career began at University of Colorado Hospital where she worked in the inpatient setting for five years with severe and acute psychiatric patients. During this time, she began teaching for the College of Nursing at University of Colorado and has held various clinical faculty positions on and off for the past eight years. In 2010, Kristiana graduated from University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus with a Masters of Science in the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Most recently she has worked with Registered Nurses (RN's) who have returned to school to complete the same Master's program from which she graduated. As a firm believer in lifelong learning, she is also currently completing her PhD in Bio-Behavioral Science at University of Colorado. Kristiana's research is focused on utilizing neurogenetic biomarkers in the clinical setting to help aid in accurate assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in particular mood disorder differentiation.
Kristiana currently resides in Denver, CO and loves living the Colorado lifestyle, enjoying time outside with her family and friends as much as possible. She enjoys skiing, golf, running and yoga. She believes that being active is an essential part of mental wellness and incorporates this into her treatment methods. With a young family, Kristiana's personal experiences help her to understand the challenges that come with balancing everyday life as a wife, mother, friend and professional.
PSYCHOTHERAPIST, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
Jonathan Hawkins, LPC
Jonathan Hawkins has been studying human nature for over a decade and has been practicing psychotherapy for the past four years. He has worked in Beijing, Madrid, Nairobi, and rural India on diverse projects ranging from quantitative research on aggression to psychosocial programming for people living with chronic illness. He has experience working with a wide variety of DSM Diagnoses as well as various types of emotional distress and spiritual blocks in adult and adolescent populations.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Jonathan received his Master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2011 and has been working at a large Denver area hospital providing individual and group psychotherapies. Jonathan has professional training in the Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ICTC) and is well versed in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Besides being passionate about psychotherapy and humanitarian causes, Jonathan enjoys snowboarding, hiking, biking and cultivating meaningful relationships with interesting people.