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About CSEAP

The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP) has been available as a confidential resource to state employees for over 30 years. Our staff provide organizational and individual assistance to state agencies and employees in every region of the state. Reach out to us today at 303-866-4314 or 800-821-8154, or send us an email through our contact us web form.

Employee Assistance

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are offered by many employers in an effort to support the wellbeing of employees and the workplace. EAPs typically provide short-term counseling, referrals and resources, as well as training and organizational development services. CSEAP, the EAP for Colorado state employees, is unique in that we are a dedicated program of the Department of Personnel and Administration funded by Colorado state statute to "address personal problems and workplace issues faced by state employees and employers." CSEAP counseling, training, and organizational development services of free-of-charge to state employees and state agencies. Colorado Revised Statute 24-50-604

Statement on Inclusion and Cultural Humility

Our team members practice with awareness that differences often exist between the state employees we serve and our CSEAP team members. This may include differences associated with race, culture, ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, life experience, and the work that we do in service to Coloradans. We prioritize practicing inclusiveness and cultural humility in our efforts to serve state employees.

Meet Our Staff

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Denver Office

Education: B.S. University of Maryland, College Park

Additional Training and Certifications: COBRA Specialist Certification

Professional Experience: Amy has over 15 years of experience in human resources, benefits administration, and office management.  Most recently, Amy helped oversee construction and development of a large and successful event venue.  She was responsible for all community outreach and development and was able to get this business of the ground and running.  

Interests: Amy enjoys all things outdoors.  She spends time skiing, biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and exploring the Colorado food and brewery scene.  Amy is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Denver Office

Education: MA, Counseling, Regis University; BA, Psychology, Metro State University

Additional Training and Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor; Trained in Disaster Event Management; Trained in Financial Coaching. 

Professional Background: Nhia has 15 years of experience providing social service support, community mental health counseling and EAP services.  Nhia has experience working with adults, couples, and families experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, and relationship stressors. 

Interests: Nhia enjoys traveling, experiencing new culture and food, and spending time with her family and friends.

Janeen Haller-Abernethy

Denver Office

Education: MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University; BSW, Virginia Commonwealth University

Additional Training and Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; trained Mediator, ESCI Certified Coach, Intrinsic Coach (TM), NaBITa certification in Threat Assessment/BIT, trained as a Chronic Care Professional; trained in Tobacco Cessation support, health and wellness coaching, Critical Incident Response, Written Exposure Therapy (a trauma modality), and HeartMath. 

Professional Background: Janeen has worked as a counselor and advocate in both rural and urban settings with children, teens, and adults including older adults. She has directed non-profit domestic violence agencies including provision of grant writing and budget management, staff supervision, community collaboration, and programmatic policy development. Janeen has provided EAP services, in various settings, to state, higher education, and federal employers and employees since 2012.

Interests: Outside of her EAP work, Janeen enjoys serving her community as a fitness instructor. She enjoys running, hiking, and time with her family (including a miniature dachshund). 

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Denver Office

Education: AA in Applied Science

Professional Background: Prior to joining CSEAP, I worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services as an Administrative Assistant for 11 years.

Interests: Joy enjoys hiking to discover everything that Colorado has to offer. Other interests include spending time with family, her dogs, trying new recipes, and reading.

 

Julie Klingel

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology, University of Santa Monica

Additional Training and Certifications: Certificate in Organizational Development, University of Denver, Newfield Network Coach Training Program, International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach, Trained Mediator, Restorative Justice Facilitator

Professional Background: Julie brings over 20 years of experience as a leader, program manager, and therapist. She began her career working in non-profit social services in Los Angeles, CA and later spent 5 years at Boulder (CO) Community Hospital as a therapist in their Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs. As an Executive Coach, she has worked closely with senior management in diverse industries and has extensive experience in team facilitation, group dynamics, building high performance teams, communication, learning, and culture change.

Interests: When not at work, Julie enjoys hiking, skiing, time with friends, reading, and just about any kind of dancing - especially Zydeco.

Joseph Kuntz

Grand Junction Office

Education: MSW, Colorado State University

Additional Training and Certifications: Approved Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Provider, ESCI Coach, Trained Mediator, Licensed Addictions Counselor.

Professional Background: Joseph has spent the last 28 years working within the community of Mesa County. He has worked as an adult protection case manager, social worker for hospice, child and family therapist, drug and alcohol therapist and domestic violence offender treatment provider. He has been employed with the State of Colorado, CSEAP, since 1996. His training in mediation, Emotional Intelligence Coaching, addictions, and domestic violence enhance his work to support the state employees of Colorado.

Interests: Joseph loves Colorado and enjoys many of the recreational activities available in this beautiful state.

Tonita Lopez

Colorado Springs Office

Education: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Regis University

Additional Training and Certifications: Trained Mediator, MA in Education (emphasis on Multicultural Studies)

Professional Background: Brings skills and experience from an extensive career in education and non profit work (social justice, higher education and local/international development projects). Recent therapeutic background includes working at local Colorado Springs agencies that offer services for those diagnosed with chronic mental illness and sex offender treatment (separate facilities).

Interests: Enjoys time with family exploring CO, watching sports and going to Broadway plays. And is a self proclaimed ice cream expert!

Natalie Neumann

Denver Office

Education: MSSW, University of Texas at Austin; MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center; BA in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, University of Montana

Additional Training and Certifications: Certified Yoga Teacher

Professional Background: Before joining CSEAP, Natalie worked at the University of Texas at Austin Employee Assistance Program. Additionally, she has worked in afterschool and inpatient hospital settings.  Natalie tends towards an attachment-based approach, with a variety of evidence-based interventions, including trauma-informed care, interpersonal neurobiology, and groups. She enjoys helping clients explore the mind-body connection, grief, loss, identity, guilt, and shame. Natalie is passionate about social justice and supporting those with marginalized identities. Prior to working as a counselor, Natalie worked in journalism, communications, and global health and development. 

Interests: Natalie enjoys exploring the outdoors by hiking, camping, and visiting state and national parks. She also enjoys connecting to her Filipinx heritage through cooking.

Denver Office

Education: Master’s in Teaching: Secondary Education, Bachelor’s in English Literature

Professional Background: Meta has spent nearly a decade outreaching, organizing, and educating in communities that have been historically under-represented or under-served. He has helped launch schools and literacy programs from the ground up in Guam and Colorado, and has led recruitment and enrollment of both students and staff. He has taught a wide range of writing and speaking programs for a diverse set of students, from youth in public schools, to adults in transitional housing. He has coached youth and adults in public speaking, writing, and performance.


Interests: Outside of outreaching and elevating communities, Meta is a Boxing & Fitness Coach, and award-winning poet & rapper. He enjoys snowboarding, cooking, watching anime, and hanging out with his cats.

Jakky Sirichantho

Denver Office 

Education: Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy from University of Colorado, Denver 

Additional Training, Licenses, and Certifications: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor

Professional Background: Jackky comes from the private sector where he was providing therapy for individuals, couples and families with a variety of mental health concerns. Jackky specializes in treating systemic trauma and addiction. His clinical work has been focused on men's issues, parent coaching, improving relationship skills, communication skills, identity (personal and professional), and life transitions. 

Interests: Jackky enjoys riding Colorado single track trails on his mountain bike. His passion is his family and connecting with them as much as possible. 

Beth Tamborski

Denver Office

Education: MS in Community Counseling, Wright State University

Additional Training and Certifications: Beth is certified as an Emotional Intelligence Coach, QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer, Community Crisis Responder, trained Mediator, and certified in SPARCS and C-BITS trauma based interventions for adolescents.

Professional Background: Beth has many years of experience in the area of non-profit management as well as providing outpatient and community based services with children, adolescents and adults.

Interests: Outside of providing services with CSEAP, Beth enjoys hiking, decorating, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Maria Thomson

Alamosa Office

Education: BS in Human Development and Family Studies/Criminology, Colorado State University, M.Ed., Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University

Additional Training and Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor #4374, Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach

Professional Background: Private Practice - Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy, Expert Witness for the 12th Judicial District - Parent/Child Interactional Evaluations - Termination of Parental Rights Cases, Contract Therapist for Department of Human Services, Head Start and Early Childhood Council, Social and Emotional Consultant for Early Childhood Development, Social and Emotional Leadership Team Member for Early Childhood Council, 5+ years as EAP Specialist for CSEAP.

Interests: Maria enjoys competitive horseback riding, dirt bike/motocross, travel and outdoor adventure.