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THE CLINICAL TEAM
Dr. David Forstadt
Chief Executive Officer
About Dr. Dave
David Forstadt holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and holds two Masters Degrees in Community Mental Health Counseling and Psychology. He has 15 years experience in the field of Behavioral Health specializing in Addiction, Dual Diagnosis Populations and Mental Health Administration.
As an expert on program development, integrated care, and research-based approaches, Mr. Forstadt has helped provide services to many population segments of the behavioral health field nationwide.
He has consulted and restructured dozens of treatment facilities to optimize the clinical and fiscal quality of services rendered. He has authored multiple publications in international journals focused on substance use and mental health disorders and is an advocate for the mental health and LGBTQ community.
Karli Haugom, MA, LPCC has met state requirements with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (#LPCC0016138). She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Colorado and has obtained a MA in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Northern Colorado. Additionally, she is currently taking CAC classes in pursuit of her LAC.
Karli works from a person-centered and relational theoretical orientation, and also incorporates mindfulness and humor in her counseling style.
“Liminal space. That’s where we are right now; the time between the end of an era and the beginning of something new. In this space, it is very common to feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious, depressed. This is normal. In this liminal space, however, is where we can grow and where we can get surprisingly creative. I encourage everyone reading this to lean into the unknown and utilize it for wonder and imagination.” – Karli
Emily Cantie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) and holds a master’s degree in International Disaster Psychology, specializing in clinical psychology with a focus on cross-cultural and trauma treatment, from the University of Denver.
Emily’s educational background as well as her professional experiences have shaped her interest in working with clients through existential and meaning centered therapeutic modalities, as well as through narrative therapeutic techniques to guide clients through their own journey of growth, healing, and self-exploration.
“I entered the field of psychology with curiosity – how as people do we understand ourselves and the world around us and our place within it? As a therapist, I witness clients navigate this very question. Seeing the courage within clients as they undertake a journey of healing, and in the process uncover aspects of themselves and their story while creating a deeper sense of meaning is an absolute honor and one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work.” – Emily
Brad Metzler comes to Jade Recovery having held multiple positions in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field. Brad has had a role in researching and implementing several research-based treatment models, including adolescent offender treatment models, as well as effective treatment approaches for dual-diagnosed individuals and families.
In 2018 Brad was one of the authors of ImpACT, a treatment model focused on the integration of Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing. He brings with him a strong focus on strength-based approaches to the treatment of both mental health and addiction.
Early in his career his focus was on the treatment of trauma, as well as couples and family therapy. Brad has completed several trainings in the area of trauma treatment modalities and family treatment: DBT, TF-CBT, EMDR I & II, John Gottman couples Level 1, SPARCS, MST-PSB, and many others.
His treatment approaches focus on evidenced based approaches and continues to seek innovative approaches to treatment. Brad Graduated from the University of Colorado with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education with a specialization in Couples and Family. Presently ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy) and Existential approaches remain most curious to him in his approach with clients.
When Brad is not working enjoys music, reading, and cooking. A quote by Karl Jaspers the German psychiatrist and philosopher has followed Brad throughout his career and continues to resonate with him to this day.
“Man is always something more than that what he knows himself. He is not what he is simply once and for all, but is a process…” Karl Jaspers (1933: Man in the Modern Age)
Brandy Nelson graduated from Walden University in 2016 with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Brandy is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate.
She has experience working in Medically Assisted Therapy, inpatient residential drug and alcohol setting and in an outpatient setting for substance abuse and mental health issues. Brandy is passionate and proactive about helping others navigate the recovery process and works from a mindfulness based approach using DBT and CBT.
“I am passionate about what I do because I believe that everyone is inherently a good person, and then life happens. We are not the mistakes that we have made. We are rediscovering our goodness through self compassion and self forgiveness. We are all we have and we are discovering how to make the best of it. We are learning to trust the process.” – Brandy
Amanda Brown, MA, LPCC has met state requirements with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate. She has a B.A. in psychology from Kenyon College in Ohio, and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Northern Colorado.
Amanda works from a humanistic perspective and incorporates DBT techniques into her counseling style.
“From the darkness of addiction and mental illness can be built a beautiful strength and resiliency. Give yourself the opportunity to find that beauty within yourself.” – Amanda
Dr. Charles Shuman
Dr. Shuman is a well recognized leader in addiction psychology. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry as well as Addiction Psychiatry and previously held faculty positions at the University of Colorado’s Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Shuman is currently the President of the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine, and previously assisted in state and national leadership panels including an advisory board for the National Conference on Addictive Disorders and a substance misuse workgroup participant for the Colorado Health Institute.
He has received accolades for his work in addiction treatment including the Signal Behavioral Health Network Quality Improvement of the Year Award while working with Denver Health in 2010, and has authored several publications.
Jill has a Bachelor degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2015, and her Master of Science degree in Counseling / Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix in June 2019. Jill attended Addiction Counseling courses as well as Marriage and Family Therapy courses at the Colorado School of Family Therapy and has completed her hours for her Licensed Addiction Counselor and preparing to test for her full licensure.
She is also working on obtaining hours required for her Marriage and Family Therapy License (MFTC), as well as her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Jill is a multifaceted counselor who enjoys practicing from the frameworks of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
“I prefer to envision us as pieces of shattered stained glass. As we heal from our addictions and soothe our mental health, we begin to pick up our beautifully broken pieces and glue them back together. The pieces fit differently once they have fractured, allowing us to create a new version of ourselves. A self who is stronger, more resilient, and beautifully mended; allowing our light to shine through our cracks, and lead others to the path of recovery.” – Jill
Jenna is a CAC 1 Level Case Manager at Jade Recovery. She got her B.S. from Metropolitan University with an addiction concentration in Human Services.
Jenna has put a lot of work into trying to help people with Mental Health or Addiction struggles. She has been in the field of helping others for roughly four years in both residential inpatient and outpatient.
Jenna’s passion for this population is huge due to her experience as being a child of parents struggling with addiction. One of her favorite things about the work that she does is the genuine happiness she gets to see on a client’s face after they have succeeded in achieving what they had worked so hard for.
If she is not at work being a perfectionist, you would most likely find her at home with her two Chihuahuas.
” My path was one that allowed me to be the loved one in the family system of addiction. Through this chaos is when my drive to help began. Now that I am at Jade, I get to help in ways I could never imagine as a case manager. I love working with folks who struggle with mental health and addiction issues because I understand where they are. It’s important that people can be encouraged to know there is a way out, and I can be that person.” – Jenna
Sonia Bhasin, a Colorado native, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a concentration in Addictions from Metropolitan State University in Denver. She is credentialed as a Level One, Certified Addiction Counselor and is actively working toward Level two.
Sonia pursued this field due to her family experience and struggle with addiction. In 2018, Sonia began working in the addictions field when working at a juvenile residential treatment facility. Sonia has a passion for helping others and working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.
“From my personal experience I see that it’s one thing to get clean and sober and yet another thing to continue to live in sobriety. Through my work at Jade I get to help people on a daily basis live in sobriety without using no matter what happens and in these turbulent times offering continuing hope has special meaning to me.” – Sonia
Anna Swift is the Client Care Coordinator at Jade Recovery. While at Jade, you will likely receive many calls and emails regarding scheduling among other things. She is passionate about her recovery and living life. In her free time, she likes to explore Colorado, craft and spend time with her family.
“Remember, your focus creates your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars
Director of Business Development
Director of Community Engagement
Laura Beth Burkhalter (“LB”)
Director of Admissions
Part Time Staff
Let’s Work Together for Change
It will take action from multiple treatment facilities to generate the momentum for positive change in the treatment community. We look forward to working together.
If you’re part of the addiction community, please check our News page for the industry conferences we will be attending for opportunities to connect.
RAISING THE BAR
Together we can improve treatment for patients across all facilities. Inquire today to become part of our efforts to improve treatment quality nationally.
A BETTER PATH FORWARD
Our mission is help patients and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction treatment. Contact us to learn how you can help.
We are working to improve the clinical treatment standards across the industry to help patients get the care they need
Our Core Values
We at Jade Recovery share a deep-seated belief about the quality of care and standards that treatment facilities should uphold.
High Clinical Standards
First, treatment facilities should be required to uphold the highest clinical standards, including:
- Multiple individual therapy sessions per week for higher levels of care
- Consistent and thoughtful clinical supervision and review
- Individualized treatment plans and follow-up
- Tracking client improvement (outcomes) across multiple criteria
High Operational Standards
Second, treatment facilities should be required to uphold the highest operational standards including:
- Onsite Naloxone and required staff certifications for effectively using it in life critical scenarios
- Effective discharge planning
- Establishment and tracking of a vocational program and job placement percentage
High Ethical Standards
Third, treatment facilities should be required to uphold ethical standards including ethical marketing focused on direct client, community and clinical referrals.
The design of the Jade Recovery logo is a combination of two concepts. The different sections in shades of green represent the facets and crystalline structure of a Jade gemstone. The lines between these facets represent neurons in the human brain. Hence, the logo mark represents “Facets of the Mind.”
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