Janelle Althen LCSW Co-Founder/Co-Director
FUN FACTS about Janelle
Outside of the office, Janelle enjoys hiking, cycling, and renovating homes. Janelle has 3 kids – (high school and college-aged) and she and her husband have adopted internationally.
Credentials: Janelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from DU with an MSW in 1995; and then completed a post-graduate, marriage and family therapy program at Denver Family Institute in 1996. She has studied TBRI, EFT, Dyadic Developmental Therapy, and has completed Levels 1 and 2 of PACT therapy for Couples..
Background: Janelle has been working with couples and families for over 20 years. Her primary areas of expertise are international adoption, parenting, attachment and trauma, and couples therapy. 21 years ago, while falling in love with a newborn and trying to complete her post-graduate training in couple and family therapy, Janelle decided to do home studies for CCAI. This is where her heart for adoption took root and her clinical interest in attachment & trauma were founded.
In addition to her clinical practice, she has worked in community mental health as a family therapist and served as clinical director of Red Thread Counseling Center, a family therapy clinic for internationally adopting families. She has extensive experience teaching both parents and professionals in the areas of attachment, complex trauma, interpersonal neurobiology, and general adoption issues. She teaches a post-graduate family therapy class in attachment and trauma at Denver Family Institute and she taught both couples therapy & child and adolescent trauma as an adjunct professor at Denver University’s Graduate School of Social Work for many years. She developed the curriculum for the trauma course when it was added to DU's course offerings. As faculty at DFI, she provides clinical supervision for graduate and post-graduate marriage and family therapy students. Currently, Janelle is co-owner and director of PASS center (with Eli Fehler), and has a private practice specializing in attachment issues with both families and couples.
Services: Couple Therapy, Family Counseling, Therapy & Consultation for Adoptive Families, Parent Coaching, Parent and Professional Training. Janelle is passionate about using a strength-based, solution-focused approach to help couples and families experience change. Her systemic model is rooted in attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology.