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Our Team

Our therapists are highly trained and can help you with a range of life challenges.

Contact us today and get connected to a therapist who is right for you.

Ashley Merrill, MSW

Adult Therapist, Silverthorne

I love supporting individuals to achieve their mental and emotional wellness goals. I serve adults and couples (ages 18+) from various backgrounds and communities in a safe, inclusive, and nonjudgmental space.

I enjoy supporting those experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, parenting challenges, stress, navigating work/life balances, OCD, Trauma, and more. Everyone has a unique story and perspective which is why I believe that tailoring therapy through a client-centered approach in combination with various evidence-based treatment approaches, provides the client with the best outcome for their goals. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavior therapy (DBT), solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and a strengths-based approach. I favor these approaches because I do not believe we have to be stuck in the past and with some guided assistance in therapy, can push through the barriers to whatever is holding us back. My style is a combination of validation and empathy with some challenge and humor (laughter has mental and physical health benefits!)

I have nearly a decade of field experience working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in difficult situations. My experience includes youth residential facilities, adolescent support groups, homeless young adult programs, court ordered supervised visitation, case management and child welfare.

I was born and raised in metro-Detroit, Michigan. I made the best decision of my life by moving to Colorado nine years ago and planting my roots. Outside of the office you can find me on the mountains snowboarding, hiking or biking, in my kitchen cooking a new recipe or seeing live music at Red Rocks or a music festival.

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Connor De Catron, MSW, LSW, SWC 

Teen and Adult Therapist, Silverthorne

I am a Licensed Social Worker who loves working with tweens, teens, and young adults (ages 12+). I help youth and adults overcome depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, school and work issues and self-harm/suicidal ideation through a strong and impactful therapeutic relationship. 

 

I have previous experience as a school social worker and have focused my career on being a strong advocate, supporter, and resource for my clients. I firmly believe in empowering individuals to strive for their passions and goals while finding balance and serenity in their lives and relationships. I work together with my clients to practice introspection, self-care, and self-forgiveness. 

 

I believe in the therapeutic relationship overall and will work with my clients to identify the modalities and styles that feel best for them. Starting with this person-centered approach, I’ll incorporate aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, breathing and relaxation techniques, and other techniques. I know that change can be hard, so I also want to work with my clients to lower the barriers to change and address uncertainty and hesitation by working on self-empowerment and focusing on strengths. 

 

I have lived in Colorado my whole life and am so proud to call this beautiful state home. I enjoy many of the outdoor activities that it provides from skiing in the winter to hiking and backpacking in the summer - often with my partner and our two active dogs. I am also an avid board-gamer, a lover of fantasy and sci-fi novels, and attempting to live life to the fullest. 

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Victoria Weese, MSW, LSW 

Children, Adult, and Family Therapist, Silverthorne

Hello! I am a dedicated social worker who loves working with children, families, and adults. I have been working in the mental health and healing fields collectively for over twelve years. I support individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress and family issues. 

 

My unique background as a speech therapist has given me insight into working with all populations. In particular, I offer specialized help for families and individuals living with Autism, and those struggling to communicate. I utilize relationship-based therapies that helps my clients improve social, communication, and relational skills.

 

My mental health experience includes school-based social work with elementary, middle and high school grade levels. Additionally, I have worked in mobile crisis response (all ages) helping individuals who experience suicidal ideation. 

 

I focus on providing a warm therapeutic environment that empowers individuals, increases communication and supports families and individuals with long term strategies. A cornerstone of my therapeutic approach is rooted in solution-based strategies, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, relaxation techniques and a strength-based approach. 

 

I currently live in Summit County. During my free time I enjoy sand volleyball, mountain biking, hiking, and taking my dog on all of my adventures. I have a passion for the outdoors and welcome walk and talk sessions too!

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Emily Wheeler, MFT

Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist, Durango

I am an individual, marriage and family therapist who helps teens, adults, couples, and families get more out of their lives and relationships. I believe that deep healing can happen in supportive relationships which is why I focus on a strong, trusting connection with my clients. My goal is to create a space where you can listen to your own inner wisdom and make decisions from a place of clarity and confidence.

I work individually with teens (ages 13+) and adults as well as with couples and families as a whole. My style is curious and non-judgmental. I am not afraid of challenging my clients to try on new perspectives and to ask difficult questions. Additionally, I love to help my clients recognize and build upon their strengths

 

I am a PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) Level 2 trained therapist. My orientation to therapy is also influenced by Gestalt, AEDP, attachment theory and somatic therapy. I try to bring a multicultural and systemic lens to all that I do. I live in Durango and in my free time I enjoy reading, exploring the mountains by foot, ski, and bike and appreciating the natural wonders of Colorado and beyond.

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Carly Schaller, MA, LPCC

Therapist and Eco/Adventure Therapy Specialist, Silverthorne

Hi there! I am a therapist who works with individuals and couples of all ages and backgrounds. I help those experiencing a wide range of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship issues, stress, loneliness, and more.

 

As an active travel guide, yoga teacher, and outdoor therapist, my true passion lies in the combination of nature, movement, and mental health therapy - a practice commonly known as "eco-" or "adventure-" therapy. My therapeutic approach is person-centered and focuses on the individual needs of each unique client.

 

I offer walk-and-talk sessions, as well as trail running/biking/and skiing sessions. Research has shown, and I firmly believe, that reconnecting our minds and bodies with nature is a powerful way to regulate, heal, and grow. I also incorporate mindfulness, EMDR, DBT, CBT, and internal family systems (IFS) into my practice.

I am originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania, but headed west in 2014 and never looked back! I currently live in Silverthorne, and offer outdoor sessions on the front range on Mondays. In addition to working as therapist, I lead summer road biking trips across Europe and the United States.

 

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Grace Skattebo, MA, LPCC

Therapist, Silverthorne

I am a counselor who serves families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I believe healing is best encouraged in a supportive and genuine relationship. I work very hard with each person to develop this connection and love watching my clients grow and thrive as a result.

At Grit Therapy, I work with individual adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, relationship issues, and work/life balance issues. I also work with children and teens ages 4+ and their families, as well as LGBTQIA+ clients. I engage my younger clients both in individual work, and family work as I feel strongly that children and teens thrive in healthy family settings. Additionally, I offer family therapy for families of all ages.

My approach to therapy is person-centered and based on the needs of the individual or family I am working with. I incorporate a combination of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, and somatic therapy in my practice.   

 

I was born and raised in rural Iowa where mental health services were severely limited. My passion to work in this field is in part driven by these roots. In my free time, I love spending time with my pug, Jimmy, soaking up the Colorado sunshine, and playing video games.  

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Joseph Antico, LCSW

Therapist, Silverthorne

I am a licensed social worker whose passion is to empower change by helping people overcome challenges and achieve a greater purpose in their personal development. I work with all ages to explore issues related to anxiety, depression, relationship/marriage conflicts, family issues, trauma, substance use, gender identity, non-traditional families, LGBTQIA+, persistent mental health disorders, and more.  

At Grit Therapy I see individual children and adults as well as couples. As a therapist, I foster an atmosphere that is safe, culturally competent, empathic, challenging, and open. My therapeutic style is eclectic. I utilize a variety of approaches including client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, family/crisis interventions, harm reduction, behavior modification, mindfulness, exposure therapy, and more 

have worked in a variety of settings as a social worker/therapist including outpatient mental health, crisis intervention, behavioral health assessment, medical social work, and skilled nursing facilities. In addition to working at Grit, I’m currently an elementary school counselor in the Summit School District.  

 

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in a small-town west of the city. My family and I decided to make a monumental change by moving to Colorado in July, 2021. I enjoy hiking, camping, exploring new areas, learning, and re-connecting with nature.

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Jane Ambro, LCSW

Therapist, Silverthorne

I am a licensed clinical social worker with twenty years of experience with a wide range of clientele. At Grit Therapy, I help adults gain the skills to work through depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, anger and chronic illness. I believe that life is short, and you deserve to live it doing what you love with a smile on your face. However, I also know that our fears, sadness, and pain can easily keep us from living our best life. Through an open, honest therapeutic relationship, I can help you overcome the barriers to joy and connection. 

 

 I have worked with people ages 0 - 100 in the fields of Adult Psychotherapy, Chronic Illness, Pediatric Oncology, Hospice, Hospital Social Work, Case Management, and Child Protection. This experience allows me to develop tailored therapy goals with my clients. My approach is deeply rooted in dignity and respect. I help my clients identify and develop their strengths, so they can feel empowered to make lasting, healthy changes. 

 

I was born and raised in Upstate, New York. After attending college in Indiana I continued to travel West and settled in Colorado where I have lived ever since. I have a love for the outdoors and when I am not working or spending time with my family, you can find me running, camping, snowboarding, and looking for the next festival. I look forward to continuing to explore this beautiful state.

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Jane Hahn, LCSW

Therapist/Owner, Silverthorne

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the owner of Grit Therapy. I treat women experiencing depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, PTSD, religious trauma, and low self esteem. I named my practice Grit Therapy because I believe that it takes true grit to get help and grow. 

 

Grit: courage and resolve; strength of character.

 

I realize that women are often cut off from their inherent creativity, power, and well-being by the demands of their home and work life, and by the messages they receive from the world. I am passionate about connecting with women wherever they are on their journey and helping them move through the dark moments of their life to reclaim their power and joy. 

As a therapist and social worker, I have worked in a range of settings including residential treatment facilities, public schools, community centers, and private practice. As a music and creative writing educator, I have had the chance to teach creative humans ages infant on up, both privately and in the community. 

I live in Denver with my husband and two cats. In my spare time, I like to camp and hike, spend time with my friends and family, and play rock n roll. 

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Daren Hahn

Practice Manager

I am the practice manager at Grit Therapy. I help clients get connected to their therapist and schedule their sessions. I enjoy working with people in the community as a musician and creative arts facilitator, and I am excited to also be working with the Summit County community for Grit Therapy.

I studied music at Metro State College and have spent most of my career playing music and engaging the community in the arts. When I'm not working, I enjoy motorcycles, camping, volleyball, and the endless search for the best tacos in town.

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