The founder of Dandelion Psychology, LLC is Beth Peters, PhD. She is a licensed psychologist in Colorado. Her current passion is working with codependent adults, children, teens, and parents interested in improving their parenting skills.
Over the past twenty five years, Dr. Peters has worked in the following settings:
- Group and single-family homes
- Foster care agencies
- Inner city schools
- Children’s hospitals
- Outpatient clinics
- Juvenile detention centers
- Emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect
- Residential treatment centers
Dr. Peters has presented at National conferences and to general audiences on the topics of child maltreament, domestic violence, foster care and adoption, juvenile delinquency, positive parenting, homeless children, working with military families, and suffocation games. She taught undergraduate psychology courses at the University of Houston for five years, including the first psychology course focused on child abuse and neglect in the state of Texas. As an adjunct faculty member, Dr. Peters taught Abnormal Psychology and Techniques: Counseling Children and Adolescents for the Master's in Counseling program at St. Edward's University for three years. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. Dr. Peters has provided expert testimony in family courts in Texas and Colorado. Copies of Dr Peters' curriculum vitae are available upon request.
BA in Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1991
MA in Psychology, San Diego State University, 1997
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Child/Family Specialty, University of Houston, 2004
Dr. Peters supervises a team of 8 clinicians who provide quality mental health services at Dandelion.
Julie Melowsky Griffin, PsyD obtained her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Denver in 2017. She specializes in individual therapy with teens and adults, couples and family therapy. Julie provides animal assisted therapy with her certfiied therapy dog, Lexi Waffles.
Burch Meriwether-Archer, LPC-C has a Master's degree in Counseling. She enjoys working with all age groups and she is currently undergoing training and certfiication in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Scott Britan, LPC-C, JD just joined our team as an independent contract therapist! Scott has a master's of science degree in counseling. Scott has been a licensed attorney for 35 years and is a certified mediator. Scott specializes in working with individuals who are suffering from anxiety, depression,grief, as well as contemplating life altering decisions with respect to family and work. His orientation is existential in nature. He sees clients on Saturdays at our Arvada location.
Dandelion is pleased to have six student therapists from the doctoral program at the University of Denver who provide therapy and testing services under Dr. Peters' supervision. Students are carefully selected from a pool of applicants each year based on their experience prior to graduate school and the alignment of their values with the philosophy at Dandelion. Our current student therapists include: Dominique Chao, Stevie Griglak, Jessica Luginbuhl, Kathleen Locker, Casey Mangnall, and Annie Richardson.
At Dandelion Psychology, we believe that humans are innately resilient. We all engage in behaviors that help us adapt to the "soil" or situation in which we are planted. Like the dandelion, we grow and influence others. Experiences with other people shape how we think, feel, and behave. How we respond to our experiences depends on our hardware (brain functioning, genetic make up),our current mood, the social context, and our thoughts and expectations. Humans continue to be shaped by experience throughout the lifespan– we never stop changing and growing! We rely primarily on cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques to facilitate change and we utilize components of attachment theory, family systems, interpersonal therapy, energy psychology (EFT), and solution-focused approaches when appropriate or requested. Our goal is to provide support, education, and practical feedback to help clients cope and change as they desire. With compassion and understanding, we work with each individual and/or family to help them build on their strengths and attain new skills to reduce stress and improve functioning.