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Have you ever felt like you needed some extra support to help your teen navigate life’s challenges? Well, meet Alison, the co-founders of Equity Associates! She has a passion for creating school systems that are sensitive to trauma and utilize different levels of support to make sure all students have access to mental health services. How cool is that?

Not only that, but Alison was a school counselor at an alternative high school. She saw a big gap in mental health resources for the students, and that’s what inspired her to start Equity Associates. She wanted to make sure that all students, no matter what their background, had access to the support they needed to thrive. And let’s be real, sometimes life can be tough, but Alison is all about creating innovative strategies to promote greater access to mental health intervention. So, if you’re looking for some extra support for your teen, look no further than Equity Associates!

Alison Harris, MA, NCC, LPC, ACS, Coach, Counselor, Director
Alison Harris, MA, NCC, LPC, ACS, Coach, Counselor, Director
Meet Alison, the therapist at a rural, alternative high school in Colorado and co-founder of Equity Associates. Alison is a caring and experienced professional who has dedicated her career to helping young people. She is passionate about mental health and is committed to ensuring that every student has access to the support they need to thrive.

Alison’s school has implemented strategies from Equity Associates to provide a continuum of mental health services for all students. This includes mental health screeners, prevention, early intervention, and tier 2-3 response. Alison plays a critical role in this process as the school’s therapist. She is skilled in helping students overcome challenges and develop coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.

Before her current position, Alison worked with the Division of Youth Services in a secure placement setting providing intake assessments to new residents. Her experience working with young people in challenging circumstances has equipped her with the skills needed to work with a wide range of students. Alison earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado – Denver in Psychology and a master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. She is currently licensed in the state of Colorado as a Professional Counselor and is studying general psychology as a doctoral student. Alison is also a certified clinical supervisor.

Alison is a warm and empathetic therapist who cares deeply about her students. She understands that adolescence can be a challenging time, and she is committed to helping students navigate these years with confidence and resilience. Your child’s mental health and well-being are a top priority for Alison, and she is always available to offer support and guidance.

As a parent, you want the best for your child. Alison is a skilled and compassionate therapist who is dedicated to helping young people succeed. You can trust that your child is in good hands under her care.

Tessel Stevenson, MA, LPC, Counselor (Contracted Provider)
Tessel Stevenson, MA, LPC, Counselor (Contracted Provider)
Tessel has been providing therapy services with Equity Associates since our inception in 2019 and has developed a philosophy that therapy can help guide individuals through complicated emotions, make sense of their experiences, and empower them to make healthy choices. Families facing issues like adoption, attachment, trauma, and disruptive behaviors may find therapy frustrating, but with Tessel’s support, they can overcome these challenges.

Healing from childhood abuse is a complex and challenging process. Tessel’s goal is to create a safe and validating space for children to make sense of their experiences and start the healing process. Tessel has worked with children and families in various settings, including residential care, schools, day treatment, and an outpatient office.

Tessel collaborates with families to strengthen healthy relationships, heal from trauma and disruption, and implement strength-based parenting strategies. Tessel finds helping families build resilience, support one another, and heal to be the most rewarding aspect of the job.

Samantha Armagost, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, Counselor (Contracted Provider)
Samantha Armagost, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, Counselor (Contracted Provider)
Meet Samantha Armagost, a caring licensed professional counselor who specializes in helping teens overcome challenges like feeling sad or worried. Samantha has a Master of Education degree in Counseling and is trained in using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which can be really helpful for people who have been through tough times.

Samantha has lots of experience working with young people, including teens, and she knows how hard it can be to navigate the ups and downs of life. But with her support, your teen can learn to manage their feelings and build the skills they need to cope with difficult situations.

Samantha is passionate about creating a safe and welcoming environment where teens can talk about their thoughts and feelings. By working together, she can help your teen develop a plan that is just right for them and their needs.

At Equity Associates, we care deeply about making sure every young person has access to the mental health services they need. That’s why we work with a whole network of counselors, social workers, and therapists – not just the providers you see listed on our website.

We know that not everyone lives close to a specialist who can help them with the challenges they’re facing. But by partnering with providers from all over, we can make sure that every student has access to the specialized care they deserve, no matter where they live.

At Equity Associates, we believe that everyone deserves hope, healing, and wellness. And by working together with our network of providers, we’re making that possible for more and more young people every day.