Meet Our Staff

Jennifer Amaral-Kunze, M.Ed, LPC
 Jennifer developed Beyond the Mirror in 2006.  Her clinical experience includes extensive work with trauma, eating disordersanxietydepression, domestic violence, human sexuality, family therapy and GLBTIQ issues. Jennifer integrates a variety of techniques and perspectives from interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfullness techniques, and the identification of personal values & goals to create a treatment that is tailored to each individual 
“There are times in our life when we are invited to ask ourselves, What is truly important to me? What do I want to create in my life? Counseling is a way to create a space for the truth to present itself.  I am honored to learn from you what is truly important to you, and who you truly are. Together, we can become aware of what supports you in connecting to your inner knowing- your most authentic self.”
Jen Knopp, MA, LPC

Jen earned her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University in May 2009.  She has worked in multiple therapeutic settings and provided counseling services to a variety of different populations. Some of these include individual, family, group,couples counseling, co-occurring disorder counseling, school-based, residential crisis counseling, and vocational rehabilitation counseling. Jen has devoted many hours towards eating disorder counseling, awareness, and prevention. It is Jen’s belief that each client is unique; therefore, the counseling services provided need to suit the individual.

“I love helping people create balance in their lives emotionally, nutritionally, and physically through teaching people how to live intuitively. This means that I believe each person has a different formula that produces a healthy balance in their lives. I assist people in assessing all areas of their lives, identifying which areas may be out of balance, and developing a solution based plan to create the life they have always wanted.”

Andrea Atherton, MS, ATR-BC, CAC III

Andrea is a master’s level, registered-board certified art therapist and level III addictions counselor. She has 15 years experience working with a variety of populations that include; persons with chronic/acute illness, depression, anxiety, mood disorder, addiction, relationship struggles, divorce, grief/loss, brain injury, PTSD, GLBTIQ, and women’s issues. Andrea found her niche in working with art and mindfulness to create a contemporary treatment for persons seeking an integrated approach to emotional wellness. 


Bree Hough, MA, LPCC

I have a Master of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University and received my BS in Applied Psychology from Regis University. I work with individuals and couples, as well as co-facilitating our adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group.  Integrating mindfulness, I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, self-worth/self-esteem, and relational issues as well as chronic pain, parenting issues, insomnia, self-harm, and ADD/ADHD. My eclectic approach allows me to help a variety of clients. I offer guided imagery/relaxation, guided journaling, individual DBT skills training, and creative self-discovery. 


Esther Hansen, RD, RDN

Esther Hansen is a registered dietitian nutritionist RD, RDN) whose passion is to help local residents maintain ultimate health. She gives clients the tools to maintain a healthy weight, gain energy, and beat disease. She believes that a healthy diet and lifestyle is the first line therapy for preventing or reversing disease. She is a certified First Line Therapy [FLT] provider, which means she is highly trained in wellness coaching.

Esther is also a health and wellness consultant. She has contracted with local and national agencies including: Poudre Valley Hospital System, Larimer County Health Department, Columbine Health Systems, Benchmark Medical Group, Poudre Valley REA, The Chiropractic Wellness Center, Town & Country Foods, Orthopedic Center of The Rockies, Nobel Energy, The Health District and more.


Judi Ashley, MA, LMFT, CAC III

Judi graduated from UNC with Masters Degree in Agency Counseling & has worked within the substance abuse field for the last 20 years. She enjoys helping people achieve and work on creating an addiction free lifestyle. She recognizes that recovery can include struggles & setbacks. During these setbacks she believes her job is to empower clients to continue to keep working and move forward without the judgment. She tells all her clients it’s a process and it’s okay to allow yourself and others patience in the process. Judi enjoys helping clients face everyday life stressors and frustrations be it relationships, work, finances and all we face in our lives and need to manage and cope with.

Whitney Walkenhorst LCSW, LAC, CDWF-Candidate 

Whitney Walkenhorst is born and raised in Fort Collins and has both her Master’s and Bachelor ‘s Degrees in Social Work from Colorado State University. While at school, Whitney specialized in working with individuals who are struggling with substance abuse issues and mental health. After school she continued her work with individuals with substance abuse issues in an inpatient setting until opening her private practice in 2017. In 2018, Whitney began the process to expand her scope and has been working towards become a Certified Daring Way Facilitator in Brene Brown’s work.

“Through my work with people, I have discovered that most of us have negative beliefs about ourselves and that are not serving us but we continue to feed into these messages. We need to learn to overcome our own negative self-talk by fostering, strong healthy connections with those who we feel safe with. We all want to feel good in life, and this looks different for each person.”