Mental Health Specialists

Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists


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.

Call 720.248.4701 or send an email to

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

Christopher Peavey, PsyD

Christopher Peavey, PsyD, joined the JFS Mental Health Specialists team in October 2019. A licensed psychologist, he primarily does therapy with individuals, but also works with couples and groups. Chris has experience working with a wide age range of clients, but mainly focuses on adolescents and adults.

Chris graduated from the University of Denver with a Doctor of Psychology degree in 2015, and previously worked for Aurora Mental Health Center before starting with Jewish Family Service. Prior to that, he completed a Master’s degree at Fort Hays State University.

Chris is originally from Kansas, and has lived in the Denver area for almost 10 years. He and his wife welcomed a son into the world a few years ago, and Chris plans to continue raising a family in Colorado.


Deborah Goodman, LCSW

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.  

Matthew Newbury, LCSW

Matthew is a licensed clinical social worker with over 5 years of experience in the field of behavioral health and psychotherapy. He earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Utah’s Weber State University in 2014 and his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2015. Matthew joined Jewish Family Service in March 2020.

Matthew is passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families meet their behavioral health needs. Noted for his down-to earth and non-judgmental approach, Matthew uses education, skill-building, emotional focus, and a touch of humor to assist clients in addressing their issues. When working with Matthew, you’ll know you’re cared about and supported.

When not serving our clients, Matthew spends his free time basking in the great outdoors, exploring new music (both digitally and live), creating art and crafts, preparing for the inevitable zombie-apocalypse, and watching copious amounts of cartoons.


Yelena Avramenko, PhD, LPC

Yelena joined JFS in 2001. She has 35 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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