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

Meet Our Staff

Ashley Babjack

Denver Office

Education: MA In Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado Denver, BS in Psychology, Texas A&M University

Additional Training and Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, DBT Trained, EMDR Trained, Nurturing Parent Program Facilitator

Professional Background: Ashley comes to CSEAP after a combination of experience in community mental health and private practice. While working in community mental health, she was part of an intensive outpatient DBT program for at-risk teens, facilitated parenting classes, and provided outpatient services for children, teens and their families. While working for a group practice, she saw clients of all ages presenting with anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment and relational issues.

Interests: Ashley enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, gardening, crocheting cat toys, and learning about astrophysics.

Jeff Evans

Education: MA, Clinical Counseling, University of Northern Colorado

Additional Training and Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addictions Counselor II, trained in domestic violence treatment for offenders, working toward certification in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy

Professional Background: Prior to his work with CSEAP, Jeff held a private practice and worked at a hospital emergency room conducting psychiatric assessments. Jeff has also worked at a large mental health agency where he practiced both group and individual therapy focused on mental health and substance use concerns.

Interests: Outside of CSEAP, Jeff spends time enjoying his family in all their varied passions, and appreciating jazz that leans towards the avant-garde.

Denver Office

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Education: BA in Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional Background: Prior to joining CSEAP, Joey served as Operations Manager and Paralegal for 6 years at the Law Office of Jennifer A. Rivera & Associates.

Interests: Joey loves spending time with his son (Joey IV), being outdoors, and anything with 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), trained wellness coach, NaBITa certification in Threat Assessment/BIT, trained in Tobacco Cessation support

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 as a part-time fitness instructor. She enjoys running, hiking, and time with her family.

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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, Addiction Counselor Candidate

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.

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.

Meet Our Interns

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Denver Office

Education: Master of Social Work Trainee, Colorado State University; Master of Science, Counseling and Student Personnel Affairs; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Additional Training and Certifications: Working toward a Certificate in Advanced Clinical Behavioral Health

Professional Background: Tami has experience providing counseling services within a community mental health agency and university setting. She also has an extensive background in providing social work services within a hospital setting.

Interests: When not at work, Tami enjoys hiking, running, mountain biking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Denver Office 

Education:  MA in Counseling Trainee, Regis University, Colorado; BA and MA in Russian Language and Literature, Belarussian State University

Certification: Certificate in Web Design and Computer Graphics

Professional Background: Prior to the internship at CSEAP, Kristina worked in areas of web design, public education and library services.  She brings skills and experience from working with a socially and culturally diverse population in these various roles. Kristsina speaks English, Belorussian and Russian. 

Interests: In her free time, Kristsina enjoys exploring Colorado, creating art, photography, spending time with family, friends and her cat Jack.