About Us

Shaina Smith, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist with a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and a Masters of Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked in numerous settings, including the VA, university counseling centers, community mental health, and private practice.

She particularly enjoys bringing the balance of professionalism, efficiency, and warmth to a psychological setting, and believes at our practice you will feel that, from your first step in the door through the entirety of the appointment and follow up. Taking that first step is often difficult or delayed, and she finds joy and purpose in making the process comfortable, and making each person feel heard and valued.

Dr. Smith specializes in police and public safety psychology, having worked with patrol, detention, corrections, and dispatch agencies, as well as with EMS and the fire service, both in pre-employment evaluations, fitness evaluations, crisis management, consultation, therapy, and training. She finds purpose in bringing professionalism and efficiency to evaluations, and providing a space comfortable for first responders.


She also works with military veterans, and has worked in a VA outpatient PTSD clinic, as well as conducted compensation and pension evaluations. Trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dr. Smith has an expertise in trauma treatment and veterans can rest assured knowing that she is competent and knowledgeable about the military.

In addition to her work with first responders and veterans, Dr. Smith has extensive experience working with individuals who have physical, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities, and strives to create an office environment conducive to all needs. Individuals with a developmental disability feel welcomed and at home in this environment, and the evaluations are completed in a prompt and thorough manner, making their experience, as well as loved ones and case managers feel welcomed and cared for.

She also completes other psychodiagnostic evaluations including ADHD evaluations, Autism evaluations, diagnostic evaluations, evaluations for the department of vocational rehabilitation, DD waiver, and social security psychological evaluations and strives to make everyone feel at home in a safe and peaceful environment.

Administrative Staff



Office Manager



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Administrative Assistant

Our administrative staff organizes and coordinates all administrative duties and office procedures.  They efficiently answer all incoming phone calls and will respond promptly to emails and calls which come in while busy or outside of normal operating business hours.  Together, they manage all scheduling and billing, and make sure your experience is smooth, friendly, and comfortable.  They ensure a high level of organization, confidentiality, and efficiency, as well as warmly greet and assist those who come to the office.  They take great joy in making sure every client feels welcome and safe and has a good experience within the office.


Jessica Lewis, MS

Predoctoral Provider, doctoral candidate

Jessica is a Counseling Psychology PhD student at the University of Northern Colorado. She completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She has clinical experience in addiction and community mental health, individuals with disabilities in a University and private practice settings. She conducts pre-employment psychological evaluations and bariatric surgery clearance evaluations. Whether in class, around the office, or in an appointment, my favorite part of each day is connecting with others. I strive to create a warm and safe place for people to be their best selves.


Luke Steinman, MA, LPCC

Predoctoral Provider, doctoral candidate

Luke completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Michigan University and is currently working on his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. He has clinical experience working in private practice and university counseling settings with individuals experiencing concerns regarding mood, anxiety, occupational stresses, men’s issues, and relational challenges.  In addition to seeing therapy clients, he conducts evaluations for the Department of Family Services as well as for the DD waiver program, social security disability psychological evaluations, as well as diagnostic assessment. His work is focused on fostering self-understanding and developing action focused interventions toward helping people resolve tension, improve communication, and attune to their own personal needs. Luke practices from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach to counseling and takes great effort to ensure people at any stage of working on their mental health can do so at a pace that fits for them.


Kaitlin Dent, M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed.

Predoctoral Provider

Kaitlin completed her Master's degrees in Counseling and Mental Health Services and Professional Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. She has clinical experience working in a variety of settings, including the VA, university training clinic, inpatient, and community mental health. Kaitlin has worked with Veterans experiencing PTSD and helped individuals of all ages navigate concerns such as trauma, grief, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, aging, and interpersonal conflicts. She also has experience conducting psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults for ADHD, Autism, mood/personality concerns, cognitive issues, and academic difficulties. In addition to seeing therapy clients, Kaitlin completes DD Waiver evaluations, social security disability evaluations, as well as diagnostic assessment. Her clinical and research interests focus on trauma work, particularly in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention, and survivorship. Kaitlin has conducted suicide assessments on an inpatient unit and is trained in safety planning and risk assessment. She practices from a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal Process in Therapy (IPT) approaches to counseling and strives to create a safe and empathic environment for individuals to process, heal, and navigate the challenges of life.


Emily Miller, M.S.

Predoctoral Clerk

Emily is a Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Wyoming. She has clinical experience working in university therapy and group-based settings. Emily has conducted group therapy and psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD, autism, mood/personality concerns, cognitive issues, and academic difficulties. Her clinical and research interests focus on ADHD, particularly in the areas of ADHD presentations in girls and women.


Susan Schilt, MACMHC

Provisional Professional Counselor

Susan Schilt is a Provisional Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Susan has worked in community mental health and private practice and has experience with anxiety, depression, grief, children, spirituality, and addiction. Susan strives to meet you where you are, and be a safe place to process whatever you are going through, while developing strategies for hope and healing. Susan views each person as uniquely created and believes therapy should align with each client’s uniqueness.

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Nikki Hernandez, LCSW

Licensed clinical social worker

Nikki Hernandez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping clients reach their full potential. She understands that no single approach is right for every individual so she is trained in a variety of therapy modalities. These include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Nikki has a Master’s of Social Work from Arizona State University. She served nine years in the military and has extensive experience working with veterans, military members, and their families. After working several years in community mental health, she can assist with a variety of issues and would like to help you achieve mental well-being.

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Stevie White, M.Ed., LPCC, NCC

Stevie White, M.Ed., LPCC, NCC (They/Them/Theirs) is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Montevallo. Currently, they are a doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado pursuing a degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. With experience in various settings, including In-patient, School-based Counseling, Career Counseling, Community Mental Health, and LGBTQIA+ settings, they bring a diverse range of expertise.

In their therapeutic practice, Stevie values the uniqueness of perspectives and experiences that clients bring to the counseling room. They believe in establishing a strong therapeutic alliance based on genuine connection and understanding. Recognizing the importance of safety and courage in the healing process, Stevie creates a non-judgmental space where clients can explore aspects of identity, relationships, meaning, and purpose. They provide gentle and supportive challenges to help clients align their values and goals throughout their life journey.

Currently, Stevie sees clients in our office in Loveland, Colorado.


Jeremy D. Bay, M.S.

Provisional Professional Counselor

Jeremy is a provisionally licensed professional counselor with a graduate degree in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology from the Colorado State University System. He is a native of Cheyenne, WY, returning home after completing more than two decades of service in the United States Navy.

Jeremy takes a person-centered approach to therapy, recognizing people as the experts in their own lives.  He believes that everyone has a story and that understanding the impact of that story affects well-being and treatment outcomes.  He also believes that people can sometimes get stuck in life’s journey and need helping building skills to move forward.  He has experience working with individuals, couples, and families and has additional cultural competency surrounding military and veteran communities, emergency responders and geek culture.

Jeremy is committed to giving space for people to be heard and to helping achieve goals in mental health and well-being.


Nathanael Taylor, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Nathanael Taylor is a clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate from Texas Tech University and completed his predoctoral internship at the Saint Louis VA. His postdoctorate year was spent working in private practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Dr. Taylor's clinical interests include serious mental illness and clinical assessment. He currently conducts Colorado Social Security Evaluations as a part of Smith Psychological Services.

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