Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists

Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists


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Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists is your resource for quality therapy. We assist people at all stages of life with caring, compassionate, and confidential counseling. Our therapists are masters-degreed professionals who are licensed in a variety of specialties.  

We’re specialists in helping clients with:

  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief
  • Family crisis
  • Parenting issues
  • Trauma

Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists serves all people, regardless of their race, faith, gender, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We offer a sliding-fee schedule for those with limited financial resources.

We accept private insurance, self-pay, Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Mental Health Specialists operates in a separate suite of offices at Jewish Family Service’s Tamarac facility at 3201 South Tamarac Drive in Denver. The offices are attractive and comfortable—and we go out of our way to ensure client confidentiality, including a private entrance for clients who request it.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Hannah Nusz, LCSWCentral Intake Specialist

Ph: 720.248.4701
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If you are contacting us after hours or on the weekend, your call/email will not be returned until the next business day.

NOTE: If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, or you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners at 844.493.TALK (8255).

Meet the Therapists

Arleen Gershen, LCSW
Ph: 720.248.4598

Arleen has more than 35 years of clinical experience in the mental health field, including inpatient psychiatric settings with severely disturbed adolescents and adults, outpatient community mental health centers, a group home for adolescent girls, and more than 20 years in private practice in Los Angeles prior to moving to Colorado in 1997.

Her extensive experience includes membership in numerous managed care panels that required assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients. In Colorado, Arleen worked at National Jewish Health, assessing and treating psychological issues in adults with co-morbid pulmonary issues.

Since joining Jewish Family Service in 2005, Arleen has been a psychotherapist for adolescents, adults, couples, and families, providing both short-term and longer-term treatment. She has also co-facilitated numerous bereavement groups. Her areas of specialty include couples’ therapy, anxiety, depression, grief work, and pregnancy loss.

Arleen earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s in social work from UCLA.


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Betty Tullius, LMFT
Ph: 720.248.4600

Betty became a therapist with JFS in 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism/news communication from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She became a licensed marriage and family therapist in 2001 and has more than 20 years of clinical experience.

Before starting at JFS, Betty worked with chronic mentally ill clients in a partial hospitalization program, adolescents in a psychiatric hospital, and adolescents and their families in a community mental health setting. She currently works with adults, adolescents, families, and couples dealing with life changes, stress, depression, and anxiety. Betty has also been trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for use with trauma.

Betty’s work philosophy is that no one has to live with overwhelming stress, depression, or anxiety. There are tools and strategies accessible through therapy that can help people live better, more comfortable lives.


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Deborah Goodman, LCSW
Ph: 720.248.4594

Debbie joined JFS in February 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, followed by a master’s degree in applied early child development. She earned a second master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1983.

Debbie has spent the majority of her career working with children and adolescents; she counseled pregnant and parenting teens at an adolescent healthcare clinic, and has worked with children in treatment foster care, residential treatment centers, and in outpatient settings. She also served as a Jewish educator and preschool teacher at the JCC in Ann Arbor, MI. In 2011, she started working with adults at a mental health center and discovered she really liked it because “adults have agency and thus, unlike children, can make decisions about their lives.”

Her area of expertise is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (referred to as “ACT”), a cognitive behavior therapy approach that helps people learn skills to manage their symptoms so that those symptoms don’t stop them from living a value-laden life. She looks forward to employing this technique with individual clients and in "ACT for Your Life" support groups held several times per year.

 


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Marcia Vaziri, MA, LPC
Ph: 720.248.4634

Marcia is a licensed professional therapist with more than 30 years of psychological experience providing therapy to adults and couples. She has worked in day treatment and residential treatment centers, a university counseling center, and Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties in New Jersey. She has worked with Jewish Family Service of Colorado since 1995. Marcia earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University and her master’s degree in community mental health from Wright State University.

Her areas of specialty include anxiety disorders and depression, trauma, grief counseling, marital therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Marcia also facilitates “Strength Through Sharing,” a support and educational group for those dealing with a mentally ill family member.


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Yelena Avramenko, PhD, LPC
Ph: 720.248.4664

Yelena joined JFS in 2001. She has 32 years of experience in psychology, with an extensive background in counseling, teaching, and conducting research. She has worked in various settings, including universities, research institutes, private schools, mental health centers, and in private practice. Yelena specializes in helping clients deal with anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief issues. She is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for use with trauma patients. She studies new developments in brain research and incorporates that knowledge in her therapy practice. A native of Ukraine, she also works with immigrants on adjustment and acculturation issues. In addition she has significant experience working with children on the autism spectrum.

Yelena earned her master’s degree in Psychology from Kharkov University (Kharkov, Ukraine) and her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Internal Affairs in Kharkov.


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