Denver Therapists

Dr. Matthew Damon, Psy.D.

I have a passion for working with individuals suffering from severe anxiety. The effectiveness of exposure therapy and other evidence-based treatments makes working in this area highly rewarding and enjoyable for me. I have sought out opportunities to work in this specialty ever since I developed an affinity for anxiety and OCD treatment during my graduate training while working at Pacific Anxiety Group in California.  

I am very confident in the ability of my clients to improve and I value my role in supporting them throughout the treatment process. While I can be very direct, I also highly value clients’ directness with me. I know that you are the expert on you, and I look forward to working as a team as we strive to reach your goals.

Along with my previous training in private practice, I also have experience treating anxiety in multiple VA clinic and community hospital settings.  I received my Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Utah, and both my Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, CA.  I completed an APA-Accredited internship at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, MS.

I’m a huge sports fan, both watching and playing.  I also love anything related to aviation and I hold a commercial pilot’s license.  At home, I’m lucky enough to have an amazing wife, one son, and two crazy dogs, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Dr. Angelo Alago, Psy.D.

I specialize in treating adults and adolescents with anxiety disorders and OCD, and I absolutely love the work I do!  I feel fortunate to get to do something I enjoy and value so much.  My interest in anxiety began during my undergraduate training, and I tailored my graduate experience to afford me high-quality training and supervision in evidence-based, behavioral interventions for a variety of anxiety disorders. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI and my Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  I completed my APA-accredited internship at the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and in addition to my work at Anxiety Solutions, I am currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship with the Aurora Mental Health Center.  

I have a relaxed, informal style and see myself as joining with patients in the task of reaching their goals.  When I’m not nerding out about behavioral therapy, you’ll find me nerding out about other things: video games, collectible card games, collaborative storytelling, sci fi/fantasy, etc.  I’m what you might call “indoorsy.”  And yes, I know this is not the best state for that–maybe one day I’ll go hiking!

Dr. Michael Stein, Psy.D.

Michael SteinI am a licensed clinical psychologist in Denver specializing in adults and teens with anxiety and OCD. I love my work.  I enjoy treating anxiety and OCD and chose to specialize in this area because therapy for anxiety disorders is very effective, and because I discovered I had a talent for it early on in my doctoral training.  I find it to be a very personally rewarding specialty because the vast majority of people that I see for anxiety or OCD get dramatically better. My core values as a therapist are effectiveness, integrity, and service.  I got into clinical psychology because of this core value of service: It is important to me to have a career where I help people reduce their suffering and live fuller, more vital, more meaningful lives.  As a therapist, I get to work towards this goal in unique, exciting, and personal ways. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and my Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.  I founded and have served as President of the International OCD Foundation’s Denver affiliate, OCD Greater Denver, and still serve on its Board of Directors. I was trained as a behavioral therapist and am well-versed in Exposure Therapy and other forms of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  I have experience treating anxiety disorders and OCD in community mental health centers, college counseling programs, outpatient clinics, an employee assistance program, and the University of Colorado Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine.  I also enjoy teaching and training students and other mental health practitioners in the treatment of anxiety and OCD. In my spare time, I am an avid skier, rock climber, and chess player.  I have been skiing for 25 years and climbing for 20 years.  Needless to say, I am in love with Colorado and plan to spend the rest of my life here.  I am also (unfortunately for me) a die-hard New York Jets fan.  I live in Colorado with my wife and our two children.

Dr. Claire Dean Sinclair, Psy.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in evidenced-based treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders among children, teens, and adults.  I also specialize in treating body-focused repetitive behaviors such as compulsive hair-pulling and skin-picking, as well as tic disorders.  I received my bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.  I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital Colorado where I trained in the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Clinic.  Following graduation, I completed a post-doctoral clinical fellowship at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD, a leading clinic in the mid-Atlantic region for the treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders and related behavioral problems.  I then returned to Denver and joined Anxiety Solutions of Denver in 2012.  I serve on the Board of Directors of OCD Colorado, which is the local affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. I am also the director of our clinic’s selective mutism program, which includes Courageous Kids Camp, a therapeutic summer camp for children with selective mutism.

One of the reasons I chose to specialize in treating OCD and anxiety disorders is that exposure therapy for these problems has been shown to be very effective.  I love working with my clients and seeing them get better.  Successful therapy for anxiety disorders requires that clients face their fears, and I feel honored to help people tap into bravery that they might not have known they possessed in order to live more fulfilling lives. I am originally from the Washington, DC area and moved to Denver in 2006.  I love the outdoors, and try to spend as much time as I can hiking, skiing, or biking.  I enjoy cooking and am always looking for my next favorite recipe.  I live in Denver with my husband and our two children.

Dr. Kim Mathewson, Psy.D.

Dr. Kim Mathewson, Psy.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of a variety of anxiety disorders and OCD. I particularly enjoy working with children, adolescents and their families. I received my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado. I attended the University of Denver and received my Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Denver’s Health and Counseling Center. I graduated from the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s Professional Training Institute focusing on CBT-Based Treatment for Trichotillomania & Skin Picking Disorders. After graduate school, I have been dedicated to working in private practice with individuals with anxiety disorders. Two guiding principles of my life and work as a therapist are being honest and direct, and making meaningful improvements. Suffering is not necessary in life and I find gratification in helping individuals reduce their suffering and finding more meaningful ways to live. I believe in using only effective and evidence-based strategies for helping people overcome anxiety. I take a behavioral approach to therapy and have been trained in exposure-based treatments for anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. I am a Colorado native and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. I began skiing from a young age and I love the winter. When not skiing, I enjoy rafting and camping in the summer. I have a yellow lab who I love and bring with me everywhere. As a former basketball player, I enjoy watching the Denver Nuggets.

 

Sheila Lepkin, MA, NCSP

Sheila Lepkin, MA, NCSPSheila is partnering with us to conduct the Courageous Kids Camp for kids with selective mutism. Sheila Lepkin has been a Nationally Certified School Psychologist for over 30 years.  She also has a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Denver Family Institute.  During her long career in the public schools, Sheila was Co-chair of the ADHD Task Force for the school district, developed an academic organization counseling program called Binder Doctor, and created and taught a summer class for ADHD students.Sheila worked as a counselor for Dr. Carmen Lynas’ Adventure Camp. She entered into private practice to help children with anxiety disorders with a family-school systems approach.  Currently she is the Colorado Coordinator for the Selective Mutism Group of the Child Anxiety Network.