Meet the team
Center for Shared Insight
The team at CSIP is here to support your dating, relationships and beyond. From helping you build healthy relationships, cope with relationship issues such as relationship anxiety, conflict, break-ups, divorce, pregnancy, loss, infertility, and adjusting to parenthood, our therapists are here to help guide you along the many relationship steps in your life.
Our therapists are doctoral-level, specialize in relationship and women's health, and provide excellent therapeutic care to clients of all walks of life. Read our bios, contact us with questions, and take the first step to healing, strengthening and transforming your relationship with yourself and with others.
Dr. Brittany Woolford, PhD. - Psychologist Candidate
“Like many therapists, my first experience of being a helper was at a young age talking to a friend about romantic relationship issues. While my advice then was to listen to some cliché break-up song, it sparked my interest in what made relationships healthy and why some people were drawn - no matter how much they said they wanted to find someone better - to partners who were unkind, who they had to care for in order to get their needs met, or who weren’t capable of meeting their needs.
My background is also shaped by growing up in a military family and in a military town. I noticed that in my community, a sacrifice that is not discussed nearly enough is the great stress moving or a deployment has on romantic and familial relationships. Embodying American values of being independent, strong, and hardworking are important for surviving these difficult transitions, and the families and couples who learned to rely on one another and ask for help had the healthiest relationships.
Finally, I was able to recognize some of my own patterns and the important role relationships play in my own emotional health and wellbeing. I found myself curious about creating strong connections to friends and family and frustrated that we are never taught how to be in relationship with one another. My experiences and inquisitiveness for solving the puzzle of how we all fit together, led me to seek out more education on the art of creating and maintaining healthy relationships.”
Dr. Woolford provides specialized treatment in the following areas:
- Couples and Family Therapy
- Relationships, Break-ups & Divorce
- Online Dating Issues
- Sexual health and functioning
- Sex positive, LGBTQIA+ and Kink (including Open and Polyamorous Relationships, BDSM, & Fetishes)
- Military Life
- Trauma and Abuse
- Attachment Styles
- Anxiety and Depression
Dr. Woolford’s approach to working with couples, individuals and families focuses on how psychological distress stems from interpersonal disconnection. Early life experiences shape beliefs about self and others, and these beliefs create interpersonal patterns of navigating the world in order to feel safe and connected. While functional at one point these patterns often interrupt connection and she sees therapy as a way to recognize and change some of these patterns. She draws from Attachment Theory, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, and Gottman Method for working with clients wanting to enhance their relationships. She strongly values a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, warm, caring, and humorous at times. An important role of this relationship is to aide in recognition of patterns and create corrective experiences to help practice healthy patterns.
Dr. Brittany Woolford, earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology and Master’s in Science in Psychology at the University of Northern Texas. She is currently a Psychologist Candidate in Colorado, completing her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at CSIP. Her research is of particular interest to CSIP’s clientele, completing her doctoral dissertation titled: Who Does Online Dating Benefit? Association of Adult Attachment with Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction for Online Daters. In her Master’s Thesis she studied adolescent’s social networking use and its relationship to attachment and depression.
Prior to starting at CSIP, Dr. Woolford completed her Predoctoral Internship at Northern Carolina State University Counseling Center, where she was responsible for conducting individual, couples and group therapy, clinical and psychological assessments, counseling at the GLBT center, supervision of master level trainees, and was a member of the Addictive Behavior Treatment Team. Prior to that, she had extensive experience training in college counseling centers, advising undergraduate students, and conducting psychological and vocational assessments. Dr. Woolford served as a Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant at UNT, teaching courses in areas such as Psychology of Women, Sexual Behavior, Interpersonal Behavior, and Marital Adjustment. She currently is an adjunct professor at Community College of Aurora, teaching Human Sexuality.
At the risk of sounding like the generic online dating profile of many Denverites, in her free time, Dr. Woolford enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and exploring the local hot spots Denver has. Prior to relocating back to Denver, she lived in Washington State, Texas, and the East Coast and has finally made her way back to the west and the mountains.
Check out our interview with Dr. Woolford to learn more about what inspires her as a therapist, her favorite quote and book to recommend to clients, and how she helps her clients feel comfortable. P.S. ...You will also hear about the one food she could never live without.
Dr. Mallaree Blake, PsyD - Licensed Psychologist
"Growing up in a family that seldom talked about the elephant in the room, I learned that to change the course of my life, I needed to find my voice and get comfortable using it. I became comfortable talking about experiences and situations that I saw others struggle to put words to - they were uncomfortable, painful and even taboo. As a result of being able to talk openly, my friends began seeking me out as a friend who would listen, care, and understand their stress, heartache, and loss.
My professional path as a therapist actually started in sociology, focusing on sexual health and sexuality, with a strong thread of valuing various cultures and walks of life. I thought about becoming a sex therapist, believing that sexuality is a dynamic part of the human condition. Again, where my peers and the world around me seemed less comfortable talking about sex and its place in their lives and relationships, I wanted to help others do just this."
My roots for helping others who typically don’t have a voice grew deeper during my next steps of working in an addiction treatment center, a pioneering women’s health clinic, with college students adjusting to young adulthood, and with the LGTBQ community. And finally, my own experience of relational loss, learning how to date as an adult, and helping my friends put voice to their experience of fertility, miscarriage and pregnancy challenges, and adjusting to parenthood, I strengthened my resolve to empower others to heal, strengthen and transform through life and relationship experiences."
Dr. Mallaree Blake provides specialized treatment in the following areas:
- Pregnancy, Perinatal and Postpartum Health
- Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
- Relationship Issues
- Anxiety and Depression
- Sexuality and Sexual Health
- LGBTQ and Cultural Identity Concerns
*Dr. Blake obtained a certificate in Maternal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International and the 2020 Mom Project
Those who work with Dr. Blake find her encouraging, easy to open up to, and warm. She emphasizes building a strong and meaningful therapeutic connection, to foster change, healing and growth and brings a warmth, compassion and enthusiasm that puts clients at ease and helps them feel "seen." She is passionate about enhancing clients insight into themselves and their relationship with others, while also honoring strengths and improving their sense of empowerment. Through tailoring individualized and evidenced-based interventions, she is highly effective in enhancing the overall - emotional, relational, social, and physical - health of her clients.
Dr. Blake is a Doctor of Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado. As an adjunct professor at The University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology program, she enjoys teaching Lifespan Development and Human Sexuality. She obtained her Master’s Degree at Boston College and Doctorate at Adler School of Professional Psychology. She completed a nationally certified APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Prior to working at Center for Shared Insight, PC, Dr. Blake practiced in a variety of settings, including a Women’s Health Clinic, College Counseling Centers, Hospital HIV Care Program, Addiction Treatment Center, and Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Sexual Health Clinic. She has a background in community engagement and outreach in the areas of health, diversity and LGTBQ ally training, sexuality, and intimate partner violence. She has clinical supervision experience and was previously a co-instructor at Texas Woman’s University and Teaching Assistant at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has published on and received awards for her research on the spread and prevention of HIV.
When not engaging in therapy with clients, Dr. Blake enjoys spending time outside with her large dogs, dancing with friends, and making her own creative stationary or other art projects.
Contact CSIP today to find out more about working with Dr. Blake.
Dr. Kristen Hick, Psy.D. - Director, Licensed Psychologist
"My journey in relationship work began long before I put on my high school cap and gown. Always interested in the dating issues of friends, wanting to ease and "fix" family conflict, and then later, personally struggling to break free of unhealthy dating patterns, I've been studying relationships all my life - inside and outside of the classroom. It was through working on my relationship with myself that I found true transformation in my relationships.
Now, its my mission to help others with dating and relationship concerns - recognizing toxic and unhealthy patterns, teaching clients how to put their needs first, building healthy relationships and skills, coping with break-ups and divorce, and recovering from relationship loss in way that dramatically enhances your future relationships. My goal is to help clients heal, strengthen and transform their relationship with themselves and with the loved ones in their life - and beyond."
Dr. Kristen Hick provides specialized treatment for:
- Relationship challenges - dating, relationships, break-ups and divorce
- Trauma and Abuse
- Pregnancy and Postpartum Health
- Anxiety and Depression
- Attachment Styles
Dr. Hick's approach focuses on helping you understand what is happening and why - there is no wizard behind the curtain here. She helps you understand how someone else provided this relationship model to you long ago and how, despite your best attempts to make this model work, it's not. She helps you learn how to change your model and how to apply it to build healthier, secure, satisfying and enduring relationships for the rest of your life.
Dr. Hick is passionate about her work and feels honored to be a part of each client's journey, knowing how hard and vulnerable it feels to take the first step to get help. Her therapeutic style is described as a balance of warmth, understanding and a gentle push towards change. Her approach focuses on building a strong working relationship with clients, which provides the foundation to explore, process, and change patterns.
Dr. Kristen Hick, Psy.D, is a Doctor of Psychology, a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado, and Director of Center of Shared Insight, PC. Following obtaining her master’s and doctoral degrees, Dr. Hick completed a nationally certified, APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship and APPIC-accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship. She's worked in community mental health centers, sexual assault and intimate partner violence centers, and group practices. Previously, Dr. Hick was an adjunct faculty member at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology from 2009-2012. She is also involved in A Home Within, a program providing long-term psychotherapy to individuals involved in the foster care system, pro bono.
Dr. Hick enjoys the Colorado outdoors, especially skiing, hiking, and camping, spending time with her family, and practicing yoga - and hopes to one day master an unassisted headstand.
She is a nationally-recognized featured expert contributor to online publications including The Good Men Project, MeetMindful, Digital Romance, and YOGAnonymous. Dr. Hick recently published a free ebook about fearless living and loving, which is available as a free download.
Contact Dr. Hick to learn how her customized approach to therapy can help you overcome your greatest personal or relationship challenges.
Ms. Lachele Perdue, BS - Intake Coordinator
Lachele is an invaluable resource to Center for Shared Insight, responsible for connecting new clients to the therapist who is the right fit for them. She also ensures a smooth on boarding process for all new clients. She registers new clients in our environentally-friendly and HIPAA compliant electronic health records system to complete all initial paperwork and is a point person for questions as clients get set up at CSIP. Lachele also assists with CSIP's online marketing activities and community outreach. She brings a wealth of experience in business and wellness coaching, account management and social media management. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and adventures with her kids.