About Us

We at LRC believe that as a client, you are the expert on yourself. We also believe when it comes to working on the intricate part of the “self” you need to have a safe and authentic connection with your counselor.  Owner, Alex Castro, and the entire LRC team, are dedicated to facilitating that connection and encouraging every client’s personal growth.

Alex works with clients who struggle with anxiety, addiction, anger, and trauma. He specializes in anger management, substance use, EMDR, as well as communication skills within relationships. Alex’s client base is diverse, yet all have the desire to learn and grow from their unique life experiences. His experience working within various systems (Probation, Human Services, DOC, and Community Mental Health) have given him exposure to diverse populations with complex and varying needs. Helping others help themselves through empowerment and positive change is his passion.

As an integrative therapist, Alex utilizes various therapeutic techniques, including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Client-Centered, Existential/Depth and Reality therapy.  These techniques have been proven highly effective for men, women, couples, individuals, and groups.

Northglenn Office


10699 Melody Drive, 2nd Floor, Northglenn, CO 80234




(303) 252-4179


(303) 252-4186

Denver Office


2425 S Colorado Blvd, Suite 150 Denver Colorado, 80222




(720) 398-9280


(720) 440-9638

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Jen Battista


Ms. Battista is a Registered Psychotherapist.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Regis University.  She is continuing her education through Regis University and is in the process of completing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialty certification in Depth Psychology.  Over the next year, she will have the opportunity to complete her practicum and internship requirements for her degree here at LRC and simultaneously obtain her CACI certification.  Ms. Battista has a passion for holding space for individuals to tell their stories and aid in the therapeutic process.

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Alex Castro Croy


Mr. Castro holds a LACIII, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Depth Psychology. Mr. Castro is the Clinical Director and president of Life Recovery Center in Northglenn and Denver, Colorado. Mr. Castro has over 10 years combined experience as a Drug Court Probation Officer, EMDR, DUI curriculum (DWC and Change companies) Substance Abuse (Matrix Model) and Anger Management administrator. He also currently works as an Adjunct professor at Metro State University in the human services department.

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Timothy Castro Croy


Mr. Croy has over 30 years’ experience as an educator. Tim is a retired university professor from Illinois. He has teaching license in both Illinois and Colorado. He also works in the field of HIV/STI education and prevention. He has experience conducting in-takes with youths and adults. Tim is a member of NAADAC, the association for addiction counselors.

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Cristina D. Collaso


Ms. Collaso obtained an Associate of Applied Science of Business & Technology with a Medical Administrative Emphasis degree which was obtained at Community College of Denver. Cristina holds a Certified Addictions Specialist credential, along with being a Moral Reconation Therapy Approved Treatment Provider for Colorado Department of Correction clients. Cristina has 8 years of experience in substance abuse treatment outpatient services along with 20 years of Office Administration experience. Cristina believes the MRT approach works with the offender population and uses a CBT approach as foundation in working with her clients.

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Rachel Cohen


Rachel Cohen – Rachel is a second-year master’s student at the University of Denver and is expected to graduate in June of 2020. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Duquesne University in 2018. Rachel has experience working with children, specifically with behavioral issues. She also has some experience in drug and alcohol counseling, as well as with the drug courts. Rachel plans to continue working with the court system, as well as other mental health issues. She is very passionate about helping individuals in need and extending as much empathy as possible.  

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Heather L. Daniel


Ms. Daniel has been a counselor in private practice for 3.5 years. Heather obtained her MA in Community Counseling from Regis University, and is a client-centered therapist. She has a passion for working with individuals addressing issues such as substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and maladaptive shame-based behaviors. She counsels from a strength-based and integrative approach, and enjoys encouraging people to create the life they want.

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Courtney DeMers


Ms. DeMers is a Registered Psychotherapist and an approved treatment provider. She is currently attending Regis University to complete her Master of Arts degree. She has received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from South Dakota State University. Ms. DeMers is anticipating to graduate in August 2020 from Regis and is continuing to work toward obtaining her CAC II certification. Ms. DeMers has an interest in Depth Therapy and Narrative Therapy as it relates to trauma and how that can lead to substance use. Ms. DeMers fully believes that change is possible and is willing to work with individuals to help them discover their strengths and motivations for change.

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Kyle Holmes


Mr. Holmes has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a concentration in Addiction Counseling and Mental Health Services. Mr. Holmes has experience in Domestic Violence, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and DUI treatment modalities. Mr. Holmes is planning to attend his graduate program for a master’s degree in social work and hopes to attend Regis University. He is currently pursuing his CACII and ADVP certifications.

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Shelley Paiz


Ms. Paiz holds a CAC III and is currently working on her Master in Marriage and Family Counseling. Ms. Paiz is the Clinical Supervisor at Life Recovery Centers in Northglenn. Ms. Paiz has over 10 years’ experience in Adolescent and Adult DUI curriculum (DWC and Change Companies), Substance Abuse (Matrix Model, SSIC, Why Try), Anger Management, Seeking and Safety and Helping Men Recover. She believes spirituality is an important aspect in recovery and has a passion to help others to get reconnected with their higher power. She loves to educate others about health and wellness and the importance of proper self-care for a lasting recovery.  

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Laura Rivera


Ms. Rivera has experience in working with court-mandated clients as well as with high-risk youth. She also has experience in conducting assessments for youth and intakes for Anger Management, DUI, Substance Use and Domestic Violence. She has experience conducting groups for DUI (Change Companies-IDEP and IDTP) and is an Approved Treatment Provider for Department of Correction clients.  

Mark Schall


Mr. Schall is currently an Unlicensed Psychotherapist, and is a Certified Addiction Technician. He has previous work experience facilitating DUI groups, and has worked in a detox setting, as well as in an in-patient program. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, focusing in Addiction Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is currently completing his Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Regis University. He will be completing his practicum and internship requirements at LRC, while working on his Certified Addiction Specialist credential. Mr. Schall sees the value within each client and believes that every person has an important story to tell.

Julia Smith


Her credentials are as follows: BA in Psychology and Environmental Biology, University of Colorado; MA in Liberal Studies in Counseling Psychology, Regis University; Licensed Professional Counselor: Colorado License #LPC-4560; Licensed Addictions Counselor: Colorado Certification #ACD-985.

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Ana Winter


Ms. Winter is a recent graduate with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Regis University. Ms. Winter is additionally seeking a post graduate certificate in Jungian/Depth Psychology from Regis University in the upcoming year. Ms, Winter has training working with trauma and addiction through the theoretical lens of Depth Psychology,. In addition to her education, Ms. Winter has been trained in DBT facilitation for both groups and individual therapy. Ms. Winter facilitates many groups for both juveniles and adults including Art Therapy, DBT, and Anger Management. She is also currently pursuing her CAC II in addition to her master’s education. 

Jamie Williams - Life Recovery Centers

Jamie Williams

MSW, bachelors in criminal justice with a minor in psychology.  

Jamie graduated with a master’s degree in social work in May of 2021 and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Metropolitan State University. She has broad experience including roles at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Adams County Human Services as well as volunteering as an advocate for CoNEHT. She wants to help and empower individuals who are going through a difficult time. She strongly believes in facing traumas and accepting flaws so fiercely that they transform into strengths. A solid foundation and support system is crucial when it comes to rehabilitation and growth. She would like to play a part in that support. 

Fossy Evenson

Fossy is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where she minored in Women and Gender Studies, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Fossy gained experience working with youths and their families at The Link for two years and at her internship at Denver Juvenile Probation. Fossy also has experience working with high risk youth, youth and families who are in crisis, and restorative justice practices. She is currently working towards her Certified Addiction Technician certification.

Maira Magallanes

Maira is a high school graduate from Abraham Lincoln High School. She is currently a student at The Community College of Denver and working towards her bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She is also working towards her CAT and CAS certification. Maira has a history of working with high-risk youth in the 17th judicial district. She also has experience conducting screens and assessments for youth centered in Mental Health and Substance Use.  Maira has always had a passion for helping others and wanting to better the community. She is passionate about helping and empowering individuals who have been going through difficult times. She wants to provide a safe and supportive place for individuals who want to grow and change.

Gage Papierski MSW

Gage Papierski


Gage graduated with his master’s in social work in the Spring of 2021 from Metropolitan State University. He also received a HRSA BHWET grant while in school, for additional training on integrative care. Gage believes that we all need someone to lean on when we are going through troubled times. Gage has worked with Boulder Probation both as a deputy probation officer and a resource coordinator. He also has worked with folks who have psychotic symptoms and a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder. He has passion for working with LGBTQIA+ community, as well as working with trauma. Gage is looking forward to sharing space with you and passing on his knowledge to you.