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The Naropa Student Counseling Center is dedicated to supporting the overall well-being and transformational journey of Naropa Students. We offer assessments, counseling, and referrals for current Naropa students, free of charge. We are a small university counseling center and are staffed by licensed counselors and unlicensed trainees in their second and third year of graduate school.  Most ongoing counseling is provided by Counselors in Training.  Our trainees are supervised by licensed clinicians and participate in our comprehensive Masters Training Program.  Professional Staff provide clinical supervision, outreach and education for the student body, as well as consultation and leadership to several teams within the Naropa community.  They host Walk in/Crisis hours and work with a small caseload of students utilizing a short-term brief therapy model. 

Jo-Lynn Park, MA, LPC, Director

Jo-Lynn Park provides leadership for the Student Counseling Center by guiding the Master's Training Program and providing supervision for the center’s professional, and trainee staff. She also offers training and consultation for staff and faculty. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a MA in Counseling Psychology and has been adjunct faculty with Naropa’s GSCP and undergrad programs. Jo-Lynn has worked in therapeutic and educator roles with folks in wilderness, retreat, international, college, school, and treatment programs since 1998. Jo-Lynn’s clinical approach is integrative and she draws from experiential, depth, and buddhist psychologies. She has extensive training in Hakomi, EMDR, yoga and meditation. In her free time she likes to cuddle up with her dog, cook, read, and play outside with loved ones.

Nathan Kantz, MA, LPC, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor

Nathan Kantz provides counseling for the students at Naropa and clinical supervisor for Naropa students participating in internship and practicum. Nathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has an MA in clinical mental health and counseling. Nathan has worked in the detox setting, residential treatment, and in crisis services. Nathan's clinical approach is grounded in transpersonal and existential frameworks and he utilizes ACT as a model for treatment. Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, mediation, reading and playing hockey.

Hillary Burr, MA, LCSW, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor

Hillary provides direct client care, training, community outreach, and supervises interns and practicum students. Prior to joining the Naropa community Hillary spent five years supporting at risk youth and their families in outpatient and residential settings. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Social Work. Hillary is certified in EMDR and Acudetox. Her passion for working with college students led her to Naropa where she joins her clients in their journey towards realizing their full potential. Hillary's clinical approach is integrative and is grounded in behavioral therapies and utilizes mindfulness. When it’s time for her to recharge and practice the self-care, that she so strongly encourages each of her clients to do, Hillary looks to the outdoors. Her love of hiking, skiing and trying new things fills her with joy. As does cooking, listening to podcasts, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Jamie Manty, Intern Therapist

Jamie is a third-year graduate student in Somatic Psychotherapy whose heart-centered approach is collaborative, relational and embodied. Rooted in deep listening and compassionate presence, she offers an empathic, authentic connection, creatively integrating mind, body, emotions and spirit. Jamie is honored to help clients explore, navigate and grow through the human experience, including difficult emotions, patterns, relationships, and experiences. She draws upon the innate wisdom, strengths, and gifts of the individual to foster resilience, meaningful change and wellbeing. Her background includes supporting others as a relationship coach, teen mentor, healing arts practitioner, and facilitator of yoga, meditation, and women's groups. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, contemplative arts, travel, nature, and connecting with friends and family.

Katie Dyer, Intern Therapist

Katie is a third-year graduate student in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology Program. She believes in guiding people into connection with the healing quality of their own soulfulness and aliveness. She is trained to compassionately support individuals and couples in cultivating nervous system regulation, and skillfully navigating relationships with self, other, and world. She utilizes the PACT model (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) and is passionate about working with the LGBTQIAA community. Katie derives inspiration and purpose from the forces of nature, meditation, and relationships. Her work is grounded in views of radical interdependence and balance.

Everest Robinson, Practicum Therapist

Everest is in his second year in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Program. He brings several years of experience working and volunteering with students in school, community, and residential settings. As a counselor Everest is passionate about mindfulness, story/narrative, radical acceptance and basic goodness. He believes wholeheartedly in the strength and potential of his clients to work through their challenges. He shows up with authentic presence and compassion to help his clients discover and access their unlimited potential to live a connected, fulfilling life. In his spare time, Everest enjoys watching Pixar movies, reading sci-fi/fantasy, making art, shopping, eating out and quality time with friends.

Nicole Xenos, Practicum Therapist

Nicole is currently a second-year graduate student in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychology program. Nicole incorporates both transpersonal and social justice-based counseling modalities in order to create an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust. Using a traditional humanistic model and multicultural awareness she hopes to provide a non-judgmental and safe space for clients. Nicole seeks to help clients draw on personal and cultural wisdom in order to promote growth, development, and healing. She believes advocacy is an important piece of being a psychotherapist and seeks to help clients understand their experience at micro, macro, and meso levels. In addition to being a mother of four Nicole leads trauma-informed yoga classes and is a Specialty Coffee Association trained barista.

Shannon Rice, Intern Therapist

Shannon is a third-year graduate student in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program. Shannon believes that each person has the wisdom and ability to live according to their values by the means of mindfulness, accountability, and compassion for oneself. She is particularly interested in exploring how earlier attachment patterning currently shapes a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior, as well as recognizing and honoring the impact that different social identities play in one’s life. Shannon’s wishes to empower clients to cultivate their inherent health and discern what is no longer serving them in a strengths-based, client centered environment that is rooted in relational, experiential, and grounded experiences. When not at Naropa, you can find Shannon spending time with her pups, on her yoga mat, or soaking up the Colorado sunshine on a hike or bike ride.