Group, Family and Individual Counseling. Specializing in Child and Adolescent Neurobehavioral Disorders
Since 1986, Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates have been providing experienced client centered care with preschool children through young adults. We specialize in the treatment of neurobehavioral disorders--ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum/Asperger's Syndrome, Anxiety Disorders and Depression. The practice has grown, adding therapists in a wide range of specialties, including individual, marriage and family, groups, life adjustment issues, drug and alcohol counseling, psychoeducational testing, home-based family therapy, and parenting classes.We also conduct parent/professional training and lectures on the challenges that neurobehavioral disorders present in school, home, and work environments. We offer a wide range of consulting services to both public and independent schools, equipping teachers and support personnel to effectively serve these exceptional students.
We continue to run school year and summer Socialization Groups for children, teens, and young adults. These groups have been the focus of the practice for over 30 years. Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates is dedicated to providing client-centered, quality therapeutic services delivered with the highest level of attention to clinical care.
The Circle of Influence
The ACIS Counselor's group proudly presented Dr. Christian Thurstone, MD. Dr. Thurstone spoke about Generation Marijuana: Understanding the New Realities of Oils, Edibles & Smokeless Systems. Dr. Thrustone is a psychiatrist with Denver Health Medical Center and the University of Colorado Denver. To watch this segment of The Circle of Influence, visit the Lectures Page, or on YouTube: Generation Marijuana
The Social Brain is here!Craig Knippenberg has successfully combined his years of experience from working with children, teens and adolescents with an extensive knowledge of the brain to create a series of promotional videos for his upcoming book, Will You Be My Friend? Understanding Your Child's Social Brain Through Childhood. This set of five vignettes details the contents of his future book, as well as works to explain his mission in educating parents and teachers on their children's brains. The videos are available on YouTube at: Will You Be My Friend: YouTube
Therapists & Staff
Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div.
Mr. Knippenberg received a master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver and a Master of Divinity, with a focus in pastoral counseling, from the Iliff School of Theology. A licensed social worker, he developed and has conducted the CONNECT group program for more than 30 years. He lectures nationally on the social/emotional and self-esteem struggles of exceptional students (twice presenting for the UC-Davis’s MIND Institute) and trains professionals to conduct groups.
He worked at the Havern Center, Inc. for learning disabled students for more than 16 years and has been the consultant for St. Anne's Episcopal School for the past 13 years. He is the former president of the Attention Deficit Disorder Advocacy Group, a former board member of the Colorado Tourette Syndrome Association, served as chairman of the Professional Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of CHADD, and served on the board for Creative Adoptions, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Denver Academy, one of the country's largest schools for students who learn differently.
He developed a brain-based curriculum for teaching students about social brain development, and he presents to parent and professional groups on child/adolescent brain development, as well as helping children through trauma. He authored Crying for Columbine published in Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives: Defining Moments, and has been published in numerous journals, magazines, books and newspapers.
In 2008, he received the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award for the city of Denver. He also received the Heroes In The Fight award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 2009 for his volunteer work with chronic mentally ill adults. In 2010, Craig and his son Alex developed and launched AdventureDad.org, a website and blog dedicated to helping dads connect with their kids through great adventures.
Lisa M. Patterson, MA, LPC
In addition to her work as a therapist, Lisa has been an elementary school teacher in the Jefferson County School District for 26 years. She has worked with Craig Knippenberg for the past twenty years facilitating groups in the Children's Socialization Program, as well as doing individual and family therapy. Lisa earned a master's degree from the University of Colorado in Counseling Psychology, emphasizing marriage and family therapy.
Lisa has extensive experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her dual and complimentary careers as a teacher and a therapist have given her special insight into the pressures and expectations her young clients and their parents face, as well as unique credibility with their teachers, school social workers, and administrators. Lisa also lectures to groups on communication, family relationships and female brain development. She is on the Board of Directors for Smart-Girl, a nonprofit program designed to empower middle-school girls.
Alec Baker, PsyD
Dr. Alec Baker earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005 and his master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2009 and 2011. He is a former youth ice hockey, lacrosse, and football player who competed on the national level in ice hockey. Alec coached youth ice hockey for four years after graduating from Penn State and has most recently begun providing consultation to youth sports organizations in the Denver area.
Dr. Baker specializes in sport and family psychology. His specific area of interest is helping families with youth athletes support children's excellence while maintaining strong, satisfying levels of connection and communication within the family. Alec also provides psychotherapy services to couples, individuals and adolescents. He specializes in handling communication problems, relationship issues, anxiety and depression. Dr. Baker works with his clients to help them use their strengths to address their problems. His approach is collaborative with an emphasis on helping his clients make sense of their problems and tackle them as effectively as possible.
Liz Coan, PsyD
Liz Coan earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2014. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents and families both throughout her time in graduate school and during her previous work as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist, where she worked exclusively with children on the Autism Spectrum. Liz continues to specialize in the area of assessment and treatment for children with developmental disorders, and is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Liz also has extensive training in individual and group therapy with typically developing children and adolescents of all ages, with specific experience in dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy for the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety and interpersonal difficulties. Liz uses a largely integrative approach to therapy in order to create a therapeutic approach that will be most beneficial for each specific client’s needs. This often includes allowing for a creative approach to treatment, utilizing art, play, music, sports, and other means of self-expression as mediums through which personal challenges can be explored. Liz believes in a collaborative and compassionate approach to therapy, where the therapeutic process is co-constructed by the therapist and client to identify areas of challenge, develop healthy problem-solving strategies, and create lasting changes. She has been affiliated with Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates for the past five years, where she has been involved in running socialization groups for all age groups, conducting individual therapy and administering psychological assessments.
Marian Curtis, LCSW - Clinical Care Coordinator
Marian Curtis has over 20 years of clinical experience as a social worker in the Denver area. Her particular expertise in caring for children and adolescents makes her an invaluable asset to Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates. Whether as a therapist on in-patient units; Crisis Evaluator in the ER of Children's Hospital; or the Intake Coordinator of a treatment facility, Marian has always enjoyed talking with parents to help match the needs of their child with the proper course of treatment.
Jimmy Langley, PsyD
Dr. Jimmy Langley is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. As a full-time therapist at Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates, Jimmy works with families to restore a sense of love, dignity, and effective communication to relationships. As the Director of Psychological Testing, he provides comprehensive assessment to both children and adults. Jimmy has specialized training in working with parents and their children struggling with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral issues. His passion is to empower others to live full lives by developing their strengths to meet life's challenges. Jimmy is a father of four boys, and understands the challenges of creating a joyful family!
Rachel Moses, MA, LPC
Rachel graduated from Truman State University with a major in communications, and has her master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Prior to studying in Colorado she spent four and half years in Munich, Germany working with middle school and high school students. She has been with Knippenberg, Patterson and Associates since 2007. She specializes as the early intervention professional and facilitates the pre-k and kindergarten groups. In addition, Rachel has experience working with adolescents and young adults. Rachel takes a holistic approach, believing that there are many factors that affect an individual’s wellbeing. She explores how past and present experiences affect emotional, cognitive, psychological, social, physical and spiritual well-being in her clients.
Angie Rothkamp, MA, LPC
Angie earned a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State, Minnesota before moving to Colorado in 1998. As an LPC for almost 20 years, she has worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment, mental health agencies and in elementary, middle & high schools. Angie specializes in working with children & adolescents, parent coaching, and family treatment. In her work she likes to address the emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of her clients. She works to uncover and build upon strengths and nurture the process of change. Angie has been married for 16 years and homeschools her two children, ages 8 & 10.
Llyn Satriano, Billing Manager
Before joining Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates in 2006, Llyn was employed by Metris Companies, a financial services company located in St. Paul, Minnesota as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Risk Management. In that capacity, she coordinated board meetings, supported the vice president and assisted with all functions in the risk management department.
Llyn was previously employed by Century 21 Distinguished Properties of Scottsdale, Arizona as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Relocation and Business Development. She was a front line receptionist supporting 150 on-site realtors and also assisted in the relocation of out-of-state clients. Llyn is a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona and manages Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates' billing department from her home office and in the Denver office. She was a part owner and assisted the president of Satriano Brothers Janitorial Service, Inc., a Commercial and Industrial Building Maintenance Company.
Cindy Souser, MA, LMFT
Cindy has a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University which complements her more than 29 years experience as an educator in both public & private settings. At the Montessori School of Denver, Cindy combines her leadership and counseling skills to help students & their families as they navigate the challenges of learning differences and neurological disabilities. Prior to her position at the Montessori School of Denver, Cindy taught at Denver Academy and Graland Country Day School where she developed a curriculum to help students successfully handle the pressures and challenges that adolescents and their families face everyday. Cindy leads social groups at the Jewish Community Center for ages 7-14 and has been with Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates as a therapist and group leader for two years. Cindy brings a direct and passionate approach to helping parents and their children create caring and effective communication. Cindy uses the hands-on approach of Home-Based Family Therapy(HBFT) to help restore family harmony.