Tanya Hamilton, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Tanya Hamilton, Licensed Professional CounselorHi, all!  My name is Tanya Hamilton, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I began my counseling career in 2007, working with clients who were incarcerated in the state prison system.  That experience solidified a belief that people are more than a sum of their worst choices and are all deserving of respect and compassion.

I moved on to community mental health treatment in 2016, where I served clients who came in seeking help with a host of issues, including but not limited to substance use, depression, anxiety, and trauma. 

I began to understand through the work in both corrections and community settings, how impacted many of my clients had been by childhood experiences, neglect, trauma, or abuse. 

In 2017, I shifted my focus to working with children and adolescents, first as a therapist and then as a clinical supervisor at a residential treatment center.  I continued to focus on trauma-informed treatment practices and understanding the relationship between trauma and mental health. 

Over the last year, I have continued to serve the children in our community as a middle school counselor, where I supported our students as we navigated the challenges of a pandemic together.  

Creating Agape Counseling

All of these experiences lead me to creating Agape, a place where we can work together toward your positive change, outside of some of the limitations of a school, residential, or community mental health setting.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the cornerstone of the work I do.  Basically, if we can think better, we can feel better, and then we can do better.  I also utilize some techniques and interventions from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I strive to build a supportive and authentic relationship with my clients. I believe that you are the expert in your own life, and my role is to facilitate change and help you become the best version of yourself. 

I understand that beginning therapy is a big step, and I want to make that process as comfortable as possible.  You likely have some difficult things to talk about.  That doesn’t mean that therapy has to be “heavy” every session.  I believe in being able to laugh, relax, and be honest with each other. 

I truly feel my nearly 15 years of experience, along with the huge range of patients and many different areas I have worked in, are what sets me apart. When treating you, I can draw from so many different areas of experience to come up with a plan that works best for you. 

I look forward to working with you and appreciate your time and consideration. 

Kehly Stone, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kehly StoneKehly is trained to offer a specialized technique of acupuncture known as acudetox, acupuncture detoxification, or five point ear acupuncture protocol. The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, is a five point ear acupuncture intervention used for individuals with a history of trauma, substance misuse, abuse, dependence and/or behavioral and mental health history.

The technique consists of five sterilized small needles which are inserted into specific points of each ear and remain there for 30-45 minutes. Individuals who have undergone the NADA protocol have reported to be more clear minded, had reductions in cravings, decreased anxiety, less sleep disturbance and a decreased need for pharmaceuticals.

This technique is a good option for clients who want to explore alternatives to medications for symptom management, in conjunction with their therapy sessions.

Felicia James, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Felicia James - Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)My name is Felicia James, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been working in the mental health field since 2015 as an undergraduate student; working in a residential treatment center for youth in the foster care system. Doing this work became more than just a job- it became a passion for serving high-risk youth.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree, I knew that I wanted to further my education to learn more skills to better serve my target population- high-risk youth in underserved communities. I wanted to learn the skills to help youth overcome challenges they have faced as a result of adversities, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, etc.

While pursuing a master’s degree, I worked with an anti-human trafficking agency serving survivors of sex-trafficking while also working in a children’s hospital in an urban community. I obtained a master’s degree in clinical social work in 2018.

Since then, I have had the opportunity of working in community mental health- and found my way back to serving high-risk youth in a residential treatment center. These experiences provided me with the opportunity to work with individuals with a multitude of mental health disorders, behavioral issues, cultures, and backgrounds.

Being a military spouse, I have moved around the country frequently, and find that I am consistently searching for a new sense of community. I joined Agape Counseling Service due to their aligned values of providing the community with judgment-free, trauma-informed care, while offering compassion and empathy to the clients they serve.

I use a variety of therapeutic approaches within my work including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I understand that there is not a one size fits all approach to therapy, as people have individualized needs.

I strive to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with my clients by assisting them with overcoming life’s challenges through empowerment, building confidence and resiliency. I believe assisting clients in building their problem-solving, communication and social skills can vastly improve relationships in several domains of their lives.

I feel that therapy is a safe space to relax and decompress from life’s stressors. It is a space to foster growth and change to create a better quality of life. Attending therapy can be an extremely vulnerable experience. I feel that I have a down-to earth, fun-loving approach with the people I serve.

I would love the opportunity to get to know you and see how we can best work together to meet your individualized needs. 

Youth, Adolescent and Family Therapy

Open-Minded Counseling Services In Canon City, Colorado

At Agape Counseling Service, we are dedicated to your wellness and growth as a person. We offer youth, adolescent and family counseling services for Fremont County and surrounding areas. Counselor Tanya Hamilton's mission is to ensure our most vulnerable population is given the time and resources they need to take care of their mental health.

Treating a wide variety of conditions, Tanya Hamilton has been a counselor since 2007. Forget what you think you know about what counseling is. Agape Counseling is a relaxed, judgment-free and comfortable place to put your mental health first. 

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