PROFILES

Our Team

DEREK SCHMIDT

Derek Schmidt is the Owner, Founder and Clinical Director of Reach, Inc., a therapeutic counseling agency in Denver, Colorado. Derek holds a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and is licensed as an LPC in Colorado. In addition, Derek is Certified in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Wilderness Emergency Medicine (WFR). Derek has over 21 years of experience as a therapist and facilitator combining his passion for wilderness, adventure, and self-exploration while assisting individuals in creating powerful, illuminating experiences. Derek believes in the power of the “here-and-now” and utilizes the body, mind, and environment as avenues for exploration of the client’s process.

Derek lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, son, and two golden retrievers. Derek can often be found doing yoga, climbing, or mountaineering.

LISA PISCIOTTA

Lisa Pisciotta, MA, LPC, CACIII. Lisa has worked in both community mental health settings including outpatient and triage, as well as school settings for the last twenty years. Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Certified Addiction Counselor Level III Certification. Lisa is also a Certified Trainer of Trainers for the Olweus Bullying Prevention program and the Life Skills program. Lisa is also certified in Positive Behavior Intervention Support program. Lisa has worked with varied populations and issues including adult/child victims of domestic violence and adolescents/adults with mental health and substance abuse issues. Lisa currently conducts prevention and intervention trainings for several schools and school districts in Colorado related to classroom management consultation, bullying prevention, and Positive Behavior Intervention Support program.

Lisa lives and plays in Denver with her husband, son, and two dogs. Lisa enjoys reading, yoga, cooking vegetarian, and traveling the world.

JULIE GOLDBERG, MA, LAC

Julie is a therapist specializing in adolescent therapy. Julie received her Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Counseling from Naropa University with extensive training in Gestalt therapy. She uses mindfulness to create a safe and comforting relationship between her and the client and weaves in simple yoga practices to use outside of the therapy room in everyday life. Julie aims to empower teens to feel comfortable and confident to navigate the challenging adolescent years. With a background in sex education and public health, she brings a holistic approach to therapy. Julie also works as a Prevention Specialist and district trainer for substance use prevention at Denver Public Schools. As an addiction counselor she provides tools to make safe and healthy choices while building up a client’s resiliency before an addiction occurs. Originally from outside of Philadelphia, she lives in Denver with her partner and loves spending time outdoors in the mountains or riding her bike around Denver.

MICHAEL JOSPE

Michael Jospé, MA, is staff of Reach and owner of the Earth-Based Institute. As a professional coach, educator and wilderness guide, Michael is passionate about helping people learn about themselves while being in nature. Michael has a BA in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, an MA in Transformational Learning, a certificate in Gestalt Psychology, and a certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching. Michael is also certified as a Professional Coach and as Wilderness First Responder.

Michael believes that each person has a unique purpose in life, a purpose that is important to the health and balance of our society, as well as the environment. Michael has been coaching, guiding, and teaching for over a decade. Michael loves to mountain bike, backpack, and backcountry ski. He lives in Boulder with his wife, two sons, and way too many pets.

KATIE ASMUS

Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP, is a Counselor, Life Coach, Educator, Mentor , Workshop Facilitator, and founder of Namasté Healing Arts Center, LLC, a multi-dimensional therapeutic and educationally-based organization incorporating Wilderness and Body-Centered Psychotherapies. Katie has trained a myriad of students, therapists, educators and life coaches to collaborate with the natural world. Katie has led hundreds of experiential wilderness and nature-based programs from a few hours up to 30 days in length. Katie is an avid learner, creator, and lover of life! One of her main passions is supporting others in tapping into their own innate wisdom and connection to the natural world in support of greater health and healing on the planet.

HARMON HANSON

Harmon Hanson is a licensed social worker and registered psychotherapist that brings a passion for influencing the lives of youth to the REACH team. Harmon has always focused on seeing the strengths in the youth he has worked with, even when they do not see it themselves. Harmon hails from Georgia where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. With experience as an individual therapist, group facilitator, and case manager in both the private and public sector, Harmon has a well rounded and flexible approach to meeting every client where they are. He greatly values the client-mentor relationship and works to keep open and compassionate communication throughout the therapeutic process. Harmon utilizes this relationship to provide caring confrontation and a space to see things differently. Therapy can look like brainstorming ideas and goals in a coffee shop, playing guitar together, or creating mind and body awareness on a nearby hike. Harmon has a way of empowering young people to find their own path while helping them stay connected to the relationships that matter most.

To a group of psychology students - “It isn’t what you do in therapy that counts, it is what you are”. – Carl Jung