We are currently offering both Telehealth and In-Person psychotherapy sessions, depending on client needs. Call for more information to see which fits best for you!

Meet Us

We are a family business owned and managed by married-couple Amy Skinner and Richard Brandon. Residents of Gilpin County, we are grateful to live and work in our mountain community! We supervise a staff of Counseling Student Interns earning their Master’s Degrees who provided sliding scale psychotherapy year round to community members along the Peak to Peak Highway. As an organization we highly value community participation and currently volunteer with the Peak to Peak Human Services Task Force, Peak to Peak Prevention Coalition and Communities that Care. Additionally we created and manage the Mountain Health Collaborative, a group of healthcare professionals that volunteer during local disasters.

Amy Skinner, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S
Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC # 6118) in the state of Colorado. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC #290030) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS #01953) through the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT #S1823) through the National Association of Play Therapy. I received my MA in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder. I received my BA, cum laude, in English and Women's Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed working in Denver, Boulder and Mexico, but realized I missed putting down roots in my own community. A Gilpin County resident since 2001, I opened Peak to Peak Counseling in 2008 to put my time and energy into serving people in Nederland and the surrounding mountain areas. For fun I love to take pictures, run, watch movies, travel, read books, hike and play the piano. You can also find me catching a CU football game in Boulder, or enjoying the latest play in Denver. I have served on local non-profit boards in our mountain community and I am a past board member of TEENS, Inc. and Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. Counseling clients and supervising counselors is my life’s passion and I can’t wait to work with you!

Richard Brandon, Registered Psychotherapist
Business Manager and Supervisor

Over the past three decades I've enjoyed working in the hospitality industry throughout the Midwest and Colorado. Whether greeting guests in hotel management, feeding hungry college students, balancing the books, or creating decadent desserts as a pastry chef, I've appreciated balancing my detail-driven business skills with a passion for making people feel at home. Volunteering with programs such as CROP Hunger Walk and Meals on Wheels taught me about the complexities of living with limited resources and opened my eyes to social challenges such as substance abuse and poverty. Additionally I've always valued engaging in my local community through singing in choirs, playing the piano, and participating in spiritual groups.

After vacationing and living in Colorado on and off since childhood, I decided to put down roots in Gilpin County in 2016. As a Registered Psychotherapist (NLC.0107998), Peak to Peak Counseling is a place I can combine my customer service experience, social justice beliefs, and commitment to community. I love that my passion for health, wellbeing and service fits well into my new career path, and I look forward to working with you!

Master's Degree Program Students

Peak to Peak Counseling partners with local universities to provide internship and practicum sites for students during their next to last and final year of their Master's Degree Programs. In return they receive real-world experience, extensive free training and clinical supervision throughout the year from Peak to Peak Counseling owner Amy Skinner, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S.

To apply for these positions students must demonstrate solid clinical skills, applicable life experience, and a commitment to serving our unique mountain community. They offer counseling sessions at a sliding scale rate as well as working with schools and community non-profits in the area.

If you are interested in a Psychotherapy Intern position, please contact us.

Psychotherapy Interns and Practicum Students

D. Hope Tola, BA

I grew up just outside New York City but discovered an adventurous, wandering spirit as a teenager that led me to live in nine cities on three continents and travel to dozens more. Deeply curious about the world, I took a variety of jobs, studied psychology, arts and literature, and eventually earned a BA, cum laude, in English from Rice University. While working towards an MA, Film & Media Arts, from American University, a film I directed won festival recognition and set me instead on a career path as documentary filmmaker and TV producer. I was honored to learn about people from all walks of life, help them tell their unique, personal stories, and gained a greater appreciation for relational and societal systems.

During a pause to raise my family, I became passionate about human development, family dynamics and the biopsychosocial factors that impact health, well-being, and relationships. When the pandemic shined a spotlight on the mental health challenges so many of us were facing, I realized the time was right to blend my background, experiences, and interests into a new career. I enrolled at Northwestern University, where I am currently completing my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Family Institute. I love working with people of all ages as they transition through life stages, and believe that while we cannot change the past, we can utilize it to better understand ourselves, better navigate the present and move toward greater wellness and contentedness.

When I traveled to Colorado for a short break in the mountains, I didn’t realize that instead I would find home. I feel honored to live in this majestic place where the mountains are always calling. In addition to my love of hiking, I enjoy spending free time with movies, books, sports, music, comedy and travel.