About Us

Christie Sears Thompson, MA, LMFT

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Owner of Trade Winds Therapy & Relationship Coaching

Christie Sears Thompson | Child, Couples, and Family Therapy | Wheat Ridge | Relationship Counseling

As not only a therapist, but also a wife and mother, I have seen first-hand the importance of a strong family foundation. My main goal is to help my clients achieve genuine connection, communicate more effectively, and create the relationships they want to have so this foundation can carry them through the storms that life will inevitably throw at them.

I am originally from the East Coast and grew up most of my life in Virginia. After graduating from Sweet Briar College, I moved to Miami, Florida for about a year and half to work with under-privileged children, their families, and the homeless population there. When an opportunity presented itself to move to Denver, Colorado and work with the organization I partnered with in Miami, I was excited to take the leap.

My next few years in Colorado would lead me to find my calling as a therapist and return to school to earn a Master’s degree in the field. I now have a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University and am excited to help those in need through providing these vital mental health and relationship-building services. I am particularly passionate about helping new and young families through premarital counseling, the challenges of becoming new parents, and providing play therapy for kids who are struggling with a variety of emotional and family distresses.

There is a quote on the homepage that states, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."  This sums up how I hope everyone can live their lives by moving past their fears and seizing the opportunities that lie before them. I believe therapy is just one way to help transform your dreams into realities and I want to walk with you in your journey.

Education, Training, and Certifications

Member of Professional Organizations

As of July 17, 2019, Christie is currently legally registered as a Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFT.0001677) with the state of Colorado through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). This means she has gone through the necessary education and training to be qualified as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado and has passed the licensing requirements which include but are not limited to a minimum number of clinical and supervision hours, as well as passing the licensing examination.

Maggie VanDenBerg, MS, LMFT

Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Associate Therapist of Trade Winds Therapy & Relationship Coaching

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In my practice as a therapist, I strive to quickly develop a comfortable, accepting, and therapeutic relationship with clients. This creates a safe space for clients to explore their current challenges. I understand first hand that people often lose hope during trying times. I am honored to be a part of helping clients as they rebuild hope and confidence in themselves and their future.  

 

I specialize in pregnancy and postpartum mental health, transition and change, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, trauma, healing from domestic violence, complex family dynamics, and parent coaching. I am trained and experienced in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which helps clients process traumatic or disturbing experiences. I welcome individuals, adolescents, couples, and families!


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado. I have over seven years of clinical experience working with a wide range of client issues and backgrounds. I also have over 15 years experience working in a variety of helping professions. I have a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Colorado State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Outside of my work as a therapist, I spend time with my family, composed of myself, my husband, and two hysterical young children who often test my patience! I enjoy traveling to see extended family, especially when they live in cool places. I also love gardening, working out, reading, and sleeping!

 

"Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What appears conceit, bad manners, or cynicism, is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the skin meets the bone."

- Miller Williams

Education, Training, and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Human Development

  • Masters of Science from Colorado State University in Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Trained and certified in Maternal Mental Health from Maternal Mental Health NOW

  • Trained in Trauma, Mental Health, and Breastfeeding from the Northern Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition 

  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) from the EMDR Institute - Fort Collins

  • Trained in Fundamentals of Substance Abuse from Summitstone Health Partners

  • Trained in Multi Systemic Therapy from the MST Institute

Member of Professional Organizations

As of January 31, 2019, Maggie is currently legally registered as a Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFT.0001639with the state of Colorado through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). This means she has gone through the necessary education and training to be qualified as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado and has passed the licensing requirements which include but are not limited to a minimum number of clinical and supervision hours, as well as passing the licensing examination.

Natalie Gallardo, MA, MFTC

Masters of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate

Associate Therapist of Trade Winds Therapy & Relationship Coaching

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I am a bilingual (English & Spanish) Latinx American woman who is honored with every interaction I have and every story I hear from my clients. In addition to helping you achieve positive change through therapy, one of my main goals as a therapist is to help you and/or your family feel safe and heard. As we collaboratively develop goals for therapy, my job is to find ways for you and your relationships to feel safe, connected, and emotionally regulated in order to reach the goals that you determine are right for YOU!


I have experience working with a diverse array of families and backgrounds. My specialties include trauma, attachment, early childhood, therapeutic play, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), parenting support, emotion regulation issues in childhood, anxiety, depression, family conflict, and child & adolescent sexual behavior issues. I tailor my integrative approach to your family's needs and will work with your family in individual child therapy, individual teen therapy, parent-child therapy, and family therapy with members of all ages. I am also an LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapist and welcome and honor all identities.

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist candidate in the state of Colorado. I have a Masters of Arts degree from University of Colorado Denver in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology, Minor in Biology from University of Colorado Denver.
 

Outside of therapy, my life consists of snuggles with my two dogs and my male partner. I moved to Denver 17 years ago from Southern California to pursue my undergraduate degree, and I have stayed ever since. I can’t get enough of the nice people, delicious food, and beautiful mountains. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, and gaming in my spare time.

Education, Training, and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Biology from University of Colorado Denver

  • Master of Arts from University of Colorado Denver in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Trained and certified trainer in Circle of Security Parenting Program

  • Trained and certified trainer in Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Prevention of Abusive and Sexual Behavior Problems in Childhood and Adolescence 

  • Trained and certified in Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certificate Program (IST)

  • Trained in (and on path to certification) in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • Trained in Theraplay Level One

  • Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Member of Professional Organizations

As of February 2021, Natalie is currently legally registered as a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate (#MFTC.0014131with the state of Colorado through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). This means she has gone through the necessary education and training to be qualified as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado and is currently working through the licensing requirements which include but are not limited to a minimum number of clinical and supervision hours, as well as passing the licensing examination.

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