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

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.

Nicole Gruspier, BA

Counseling is something that I have always been interested in, though I did a few things before finally joining the field. I grew up in the town of Lake Charles, LA, the oldest of seven children. Family is really important there, and my best friends were my cousins, who we would see for birthdays and holidays. Being so attached to family and a quiet way of life, I attended McNeese State University, which is located in the same town, and where I received a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. It was also at MSU that I first discovered psychology, and I took all of the psychology classes allowed by my undergrad plan.

After graduating, I worked in retail for a few years, and then accepted an internship at the Beginnings Workshop in New York. My job was to chaperone teenagers and young adults who participated in workshops for those interested in the performing arts. It was here that my interest in helping people grew, because most of the girls I worked with had been recipients of some kind of abuse, had eating disorders, or struggled with positive self-perception.

Upon completion of the internship, I moved to Denver to live with a cousin, and started exploring counseling programs. I found Divine Mercy University, and because of their inclusive teachings and focus on diversity, I enrolled in their Master’s in Counseling Program. In my time there, we have covered many different theories, but I am most drawn to existential therapy, which focuses on everyone having a purpose, and cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on the reframing of negative self-perceptions.

I currently reside in Broomfield, with my English Bulldog, Madison. In my free time, I enjoy reading, knitting, talking to classmates, playing piano, and training in the martial art of Muay Thai. I love listening to people talk about their lives, and I believe we can all learn something from whoever we meet.

Gina Ray, BS

Living in Colorado since the age of two, I am deeply rooted in this amazing state. Besides spending time with my family and friends, exploring Colorado is my favorite past time. From skiing and snowshoeing, hiking 14ers, taking historic tours, to watching skijoring in Leadville, I enjoy all that Colorado has to offer.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento I decided to be a stay-at-home-mom for 25 years. After raising my two children, I found my calling as a counselor. I am currently in the final year of my Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program at Walden University. My passion is to help clients find strength, healing, and hope through the counseling process. Life stressors such as divorce, betrayal, illness, and painful transitions can leave us feeling weak, confused, and unable to cope. The counseling process can help you see your value and recognize your strength. It can help you learn new skills to navigate life’s difficulties, while empowering you to make healthy life choices. Through cultivating connections, learning the importance of self-care, and tapping into your own values and belief systems, you can turn even the most unwelcome circumstances into the greatest opportunity for a more meaningful life. I look forward to helping you find your next step towards hope, growth, and personal fulfillment through counseling with Peak to Peak Counseling.