The counselors at A Children’s Counseling Center all have separate and independent private practices and therefore accept different insurances and have their own fee schedules. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to make sure that a provider is on that panel and accepts your insurance. It is our aim to provide services to all who need them and many providers accept a sliding fee scale if you do not have insurance. Copay and fees are collected at the time the service is provided in cash or check form.

Meet Our Therapists

A Children’s Counseling Center is a group of therapists each of whom maintains a separate and independent private practice. All have extensive experience with children and families which assures you comprehensive mental and behavioral health services.

Heather Thompson

Theraplay Level 2 (attachment based therapy) trained
Marschak Interaction Method trained

Heather Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor that holds a Masters of science from Northwest Nazarene University. With over 12 years of experience working with children and families in various venues, she knows that no two families are exactly alike. Through compassion and understanding, Heather meets each client right where they are in order to create a Safe Place to Grow! Heather believes that we all hold the ability to learn new ways to experience the world and interact with others. Because she does not believe that there is a “one size fits all” or “cookie cutter” approach to therapy, she goes to great lengths to know and understand her clients’ needs. Through a “prescriptive multimodal” approach to therapy; Heather tailors the therapeutic process to each client. She sees clients of all ages from 2 years to adults.
Heather enjoys creative expression and is not one to turn down a good latte, pleasant conversation, or a fresh chocolate chip cookie!
To learn more, visit her web page listed below:
Sliding scale – all major credit cards, cash, and checks accepted.
Some discounted appointment time slots available.
Photo provided by HopeAnn Photography

Vasti Holstun


As a licensed professional counselor and school counselor, Vasti is responsible for working with elementary children, as well as parents and educators. She began her career in Tennessee where she worked in an elementary school providing counseling services to students, teachers and parents. Since 2002, Vasti has taught life skills and provided individual counseling and group counseling to hundreds of children, parents and educators. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Southern Adventist University and an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership from the Tennessee Technical University. Vasti’s counseling experience includes children, adolescents, adults and families. She specializes in bereavement counseling, as well as divorce and family issues, parenting, children and adolescents (solution focused therapy and reality therapy),play therapy, and social skills.

Insurance – Humana/Lifesync, United, Value Options/Kaiser, Tricare, Aetna, Cigna, CHP+, Victims Comp, CHAMPVA, Anthem BCBS, PCHS Multiplan, Magellan, & some sliding fee

Jamye Rico


Jamye is a Licensed Professional Counselor located at A Children’s Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. She is a graduate of University of Colorado – Colorado Springs with her BA in Psychology. She then continued her education at the University of Phoenix – Colorado Springs and completed her Masters degree in Community Counseling.

Jamye specializes in working with children and families in both Play and Family Therapy settings.

She has over 14 years of experience working with children and families and she offers supervision for LPC and RPT credentials.

Jamye believes that all parts of the family are important for the successful emotional and physical development of children and healthy families.

Insurance – Value Options, Medicaid, Victims Comp

Amy Padron


 Collaborating with and empowering individuals through their struggles, is
Amy’s intention when providing counseling services. She works with adults,
teens and children (7 yrs +).

Prior to joining A New Day Adult Counseling and A Children’s Counseling
Center, Amy was a first responder. She has 15 years of experience helping
people in crisis/trauma. Amy is now transforming her unique experience to
continue to help others through therapy. Amy knows everyone is a unique
individual. She uses a holistic approach to therapy and utilizes a variety of
techniques/methods tailored to meet the needs of her clients. Amy
specializes in trauma informed therapy. She has experience working with
domestic abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse/neglect, PTSD, complicated grief,
depression, self-esteem and other problematic issues.

Amy earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from
the University of Northern Colorado, a CACREP program. Amy holds
certification as a National Certified Counselor.
Self-pay on a sliding scale-cash and credit cards accepted.
Amy is currently accepting new clients.

Jan Wilkenson


Building nurturing relationships with children, parents and/or caregivers, and individuals is Jan’s goal.  Within this context, she uses trauma-related play therapy, bonding and attachment enhancing techniques, an emphasis in emotion intelligence instruction and other various interactive modalities while working with children and adults.

She enjoys working with children from three years olds to fourteen, their parents/caregivers and adults.  Enhancing parenting skills often becomes an important part of the therapeutic process when working with her young clients.

Naturally intuitive and compassionate, her counseling approach has been developed over the years through extensive work with families, teens, and children in volunteer, faith-based settings, as well as in the professional counseling environment.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Colorado Christian University, a CACREP approved program.

Self-pay on a “sliding scale” is available via all major credit cards, medical reimbursement cards, checks, and cash.

Shelli Foster

MA, Ed.S, LPC, RPT, EMDR, Theraplay Level 2 (attachment based therapy) trained, Marschak Interaction Method trained

As a parent, if our child is showing behavioral or emotional signs that he or she is struggling, we struggle too. My approach is to work with both you and your child. I utilize play therapy, a powerful tool that allows children to experience significant shifts in their behaviors as well as their feelings about themselves and the world around them. I specialize in working with children who have experienced loss such as divorce, loss of a loved one, adoption or frequent deployments, children who have experienced trauma, and children who have significant behavior problems.

Play therapy will help your child develop empathy, identify and understand his or her feelings, and learn and practice skills that he or she can use throughout life to solve problems. When children are able to master some of their problems, deal more effectively with daily stress and move toward increased self awareness and healthy choices, they feel better about themselves.

I have dedicated years of study to understanding brain development and its influence on emotions and behaviors. My work experience with children has spanned over 20 years and has included schools and residential settings, as well as clinical and private practice for the last seven years. As a military spouse of 23 years, I have a special interest in working with military families.

I hold a M.A. in Counseling from the University of North Dakota and an Ed.S. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina with specific certifications in play therapy, Theraplay 1 and 2, EMDR, and Circle of Security Parent Training Model. I work with an age range of three years to adolescents.

Insurance: TRICARE, United Health Care (military), Cigna

Barbara Schooler


As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Barbara offers a wide range of counseling services for couples, families, adults, and children. Prior to joining A Children’s Counseling Center and A New Day Adult Counseling in 2002, she spent several years as a therapist with the Pikes Peak Mental Health Child and Family team. Barbara received a Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage, Family, and Child therapy from Chapman University.

Barb is not taking any new clients at this time.

Linda S. Klein


Linda has been in private practice at A Children’s Counseling Center since 1990. Services she provides are:

  • Completed Level 2 Theraplay Training
  • Workshops and Trainings in Play Therapy
  • Training for Preschool Staff
  • Supervision for Licensing
  • Supervision for Registered Play Therapist
  • Adoption-Needs Assessment and Reports
  • Marshak Interactional Assessments
  • Workshops on Parenting, Filial Therapy and Adoption

Supervision and Consultation is critical for the therapist to provide services in the best interest of the client, and will provide the support you need to be successful in your job and set boundaries that lead to a healthy lifestyle. Your supervisor will be your coach, mentor and teacher. She will listen to the difficulties you are experiencing with your clients, teach you new skills, and cheer you on with your successes.


1 hour Supervision or Consultation          $95

2 hours of Group Supervision                  $40

Individual supervision or consultation may be in person or via Skype or phone.

Colorado Play Therapy Training offers an integrative approach and presents workshops on a wide variety of topics of interest to counselors. For a listing of upcoming trainings or to register for a class contact

Linda is not accepting new clients at this time.

For additional information contact me below:





A Children's Counseling Center
4251 Date Street,
Colorado Springs, CO, 80917

Tel: (719) 639 - 4869

Colorado APT


4251 Date Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80917