Meet Us

We are a family business owned and managed by 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

Andrea Black, BA

My name is Andrea Black and I am on my journey of becoming a licensed professional counselor. I began by completing my Bachelors in Arts Psychology Degree with a minor in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University of Denver and am now pursuing a Master’s in Counseling through Adams State University's Counselor Education Online-Plus Masters Program. I was born and raised in a small, mountain town, located in the foothills of Colorado, Bailey, which I am still lucky enough to call home. I am married to a wonderful man who is a fire fighter in our town and we have two mini Australian Shepherd pups, Odin and Luna, who are brother and sister. As a family, our favorite thing to do is hike and we are blessed to call Colorado's beautiful outdoors our home for hiking. I do enjoy being an avid member of the communities I am a part of. I am a volunteer victims advocate for the Park County Sheriffs' Office, as well as a volunteer member of the Park County Mental Health Alliance. I was also the Platte Canyon High School cheer coach for the last five years and I appreciate giving back to my community by providing leadership for our youth! I enjoy taking part in local highway cleanups, the homecoming parade and Bailey Days, among others.

My goal in life is to be a healer and advocate for people, using counseling as my tool. I believe that people have the answers they are looking for within themselves and as a counselor, I can serve as a guide and aid to help them get there. I enjoy creating personal plans to fit each individual client ensuring their needs are being met. Most importantly, I like to meet my clients where they are and really get to know and understand their lives, so I can better serve them in their journey to wellness.

I am grateful to be a part of the Peak to Peak Counseling team and to journey along side our clients we serve in becoming well. I am looking forward to learning and growing from Amy and Richard, along with the other interns they have taken on, in becoming an authentic and compassionate counselor.

Tonia Lowe, BS

I was born in Oregon, but my family relocated to Colorado when I was just 5 years old, so I consider myself a native of this beautiful state. My family moved around quite a lot when I was young, however, I was able to graduate from Niwot High School in Longmont, CO alongside many of the same people with whom I attended elementary school. As a young adult, I relocated to Broomfield, CO, where I currently reside. I am married to a wonderfully supportive man and have one grown (step)son. My husband and I currently have one senior dog, Allie, an Australian Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, and two cats, Smoke and Abu. For the last year and a half, I have been working as a volunteer grounds keeper and animal care-taker at the Barking C.A.A.T. (Center for Animal Assisted Therapy) Ranch in Lakewood, CO, as I hope to one day be certified in animal-assisted therapy/counseling. Activities I enjoy include cross-stitch, coloring, scrapbooking, arts & crafts, and following NASCAR.

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Regis University in Denver, CO in 2002, and began my pursuit of a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis on trauma and crisis counseling via online learning through Walden University in 2015. My awareness of the need for this type of counseling intervention has been increased through my work as a volunteer victim advocate for the Broomfield Police Department over the last five years. I believe in the importance of validating the feelings and perspectives of every person with regard to any situation in his or her life and utilizing a nondirective, empathetic approach to counseling that offers empowerment and motivation. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to complete my internship requirements with Peak to Peak Counseling and look forward to gleaning a wealth of knowledge and experience during my time here.

Marcia Flynt, DM

I have had a long, satisfying career, working in several different industries, from start-ups to very large firms, and in positions at every level of the organization. The common thread throughout my career has been my passion for helping people. In industry, I enjoy working at the intersection of technology, process, and people. I meet people where they are on the change curve and help them through the transition. While completing my doctorate in Organization Development and Change Management from Colorado Technical University, I helped communities change through the development of worker cooperatives. Being able to identify strengths, build on them, and inquire about aspirations has led to positive outcomes. In this way, I have helped people in the workplace and on an individual basis. Through much reflection, for the remaining decades of my life, I want to work as a Licensed Professional Counselor serving the people in the mountain communities where I live.

This journey has led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling at Adams State University and become a practicum/intern student at Peak to Peak Counseling. I am a pragmatist, whether creating software development methodologies, employee engagement programs, or healthcare strategies, I draw from the theories, best practices and my own experiences to create what works for the client. As a counselor-in-training, I will be able to offer a holistic therapeutic experience drawing from a range of theories and techniques under the supervision of an expert.

As a native of Colorado, I have spent most of my life living in the mountains. As a child, I spent time in Eagle county, was married in Summit county, have family in Gilpin county, and live in Boulder county. I am looking forward to learning from Amy, Richard, and the team at Peak to Peak Counseling and to working with you!