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Glory McDaniel


Executive Director

Glory McDaniel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with emphases in Domestic Violence Counseling and Addiction Counseling from the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD) in 2013. She interned with the Center for Trauma and Resilience, formerly known as Denver Center for Crime Victims (DCCV), and later joined the Colorado Organization of Victim Assistance (COVA) as their Human Trafficking Case Manager.  In May of 2018, she earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Program from Denver Seminary.  Glory is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate (MFT-C), and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). 

Glory is a bilingual therapist of Puerto Rican heritage, peer mentor, peer supervisor, clinical supervisor, and consultant working with specific treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress, leading both English and Spanish groups, educating the community as well as individual counseling.  She serves on the board of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP). 


Glory is a facilitator and trainer-of-trainers for Mending the Soul (MTS) groups and Seeking Safety groups for women survivors of domestic violence (DV)/Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), focusing on healing from physical, psychological, emotional, financial, and spiritual abuse.  She is currently training male and LGBTQAI+ members to become Mending the Soul group facilitators. 

Glory's dream has always been to help those individuals needing help by providing support, counseling, and education on various topics including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, anxiety, depression, mental illness, and substance use disorder,  She maintains a thriving private practice called Bilingual Counseling Services, LLC.
In 2020, Glory created Crisálida, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit to help abused women and children, and victims of crime, by providing necessary life skills and relational support that will empower them to become self-sufficient and live a functional and thriving life. 


Edwin Ruiz


Edwin Ruiz is a bilingual therapist (English and Spanish) that immigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico, at the age of 20 to find better opportunities. He enrolled in ESL classes and learned English as an adult. He worked in construction, janitorial services, food services, and entrepreneurship in his own construction company, all prior to obtaining his Counseling MA. He had the opportunity to work at the DA's office as a victim advocate, and later as a diversion services coordinator. He also worked as a community organizer for Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition (CIRC). His passion has always been to advocate for those seldom-heard voices.


Edwin has worked with people aged six to seventy-five years of age. He has experience working in individual as well as group settings.


Edwin loves to engage in community talks, to continue conversations with stakeholders to help make mental health accessible to everyone, regardless of financial situation, race, color, gender, or language. He strongly believes that everyone deserves access to professional services, with the hope of helping them find peace and happiness in their life's journey.


Danielle Finklea


Danielle M. Finklea, MA, LPCC, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Imagine Me LLC. She received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in child advocacy from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Danielle's professional journey began with supporting children with autism. Her focus shifted as department head of a 36 bed safe house for women and children. Her dedication to assisting families in the safe house led to a commitment to aid individuals and families in overcoming substance use disorder, domestic violence, and generational trauma. Danielle trains Colorado state healthcare professionals in culturally responsive care, and empathy related injuries. She facilitates Anger Management Courses and multiple recovery related groups. Danielle serves on Colorado’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care Committee. She has been a member of the ACA since 2018, CCA since 2024, and NAADAC since 2022. Danielle, originally Washington DC, now lives in Colorado.


Monica Cortes

Peer Recovery Coach

Soy Mónica Cortés, nací en Costa Rica y en el año 2005 me moví a Denver Colorado.  Hablo español. Desde el 2023 ejerzo en Crisálida como Peer Recovery Couch. Amo lo que hago! Tengo formación en terapias holísticas como Flores de Bach, Reiki, Tapping, Hoponopono y actualmente estoy cursando una maestría en Biodescodificación con énfasis en Programación Neuro Linguística. Me apasiona todo lo que tiene que ver con la vibración positiva y el poder de la conciencia del ser humano. Pienso que todos tenemos la oportunidad de ser mejores cada día, pero si lo hacemos de la mano, podremos llegar más lejos. 


Estoy convencida de que las emociones mal tratadas o no atendidas, son la fuente de muchas de nuestras enfermedades físicas y dificultades de salud emocional, por lo que enfocamos nuestras sesiones en cambiar la manera en la que afrontamos nuestro día a día. Busco el bienestar de las mujeres que han sufrido algún tipo de abuso o violencia en su vida, mediante el empoderamiento, la mente positiva y la fuerza de nuestros pensamientos para transformar lo negativo en positivo. 


Kaela McDaniel

Administrative Assistant

Kaela McDaniel is the bilingual administrative assistant at Crisalida, Inc. Growing up, Kaela volunteered at a Women’s Shelter and assisted living residences, which is where her passion for helping others began. In 2014, she visited Ecuador on a mission trip to build a church and to visit orphanages. These experiences further pushed her to continue to help others in her community. Today, Kaela works at Crisalida, Inc creating avenues and opportunities for those in the community who require assistance.


Keisha Machado-Cintron


Keisha Machado-Cintron is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Mental Health Therapist with over 5 years of experience working with children and families in the child welfare and community settings. Keisha is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) in the State of Colorado. Keisha migrated to the United States from Puerto Rico at the age of 18 to further her education and to seek a better life. Keisha learned English as an adult in college while trying to pursue a career in the healthcare field.  Keisha had worn many hats throughout her life, from being a student/athlete, working in the cleaning and airport industry and working herself up as a Case Manager, Quality assurance coordinator and Supervisor of Case Management Services in nonprofit organizations working with refugees and immigrants’ children and families.  Keisha had help hundreds of immigrants/refugee’s families in helping them getting connected with resources in the community as well as to help them navigate through their new life in the United States.  Keisha obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University. Keisha is passionate about helping individuals to seek their best version of themselves. Keisha has experienced with individuals aged 4 to 65 years of age. Keisha has experience in individual, couples, and group therapy settings and uses all her knowledge and education to meet people as they are. Coming from a multicultural background, Keisha is enthusiastic and excited about helping individuals find relief and improve their quality of life. Keisha respects all individuals culture, beliefs, and values. Keisha utilizes the following clinical approaches with clients: Trauma informed, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person Centered.


Tania Soto


Tania Soto grew up in San Antonio Texas and made Colorado her home shortly after finishing graduate school here. She is deeply connected to her cultural roots and identities as they influence her work with clients, sparking curiosity about their own cultural upbringing, family stories, and experiences and how these influence their presenting concerns. Tania became inspired to become a therapist due in large part to experiencing first hand the lack of mental health resources in BIPOC communities. She believes we all deserve access to quality mental health care and support. Tania enjoys walking alongside people’s journeys of self-discovery, healing, and growth. She is passionate about creating sustainable and lasting positive social change and believes therapy is a powerful tool that can help achieve a world that is more caring and equitable for all.


Ariana Huerta

Case Manager

Ariana obtained her Bachelor's degree in Spanish with an emphasis in communication in 2021 from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She was part of the National Hispanic Honor Society, a program in the Spanish department which served the hispanic community. 


In November of 2019, Ariana traveled to Peru in order to help the indigenous community with their needs. Ariana was also the interpreter at commencement ceremonies for UCCS. These experiences were when she started to get involved with other companies to interpret and most importantly help our hispanic/latino community, where resources are limited. 


Today, Ariana believes that helping others was and  always will be her goal, and is why she studied such an important language, in order to know everything behind the culture, language, and race. She helps others by providing support in getting clients counseling, resources such as medical, dental, domestic violence support, and interpretations.


Eva Cruz


Eva Cruz is a dedicated Spanish speaking therapist who, since 2019, has passionately committed to guiding individuals toward their goals with practical strategies and empathic, non-judgmental therapy. Born in Juarez, Mexico, a border city adjacent to Texas, she is now a proud U.S. citizen. Her journey as a Spanish speaking therapist in this country began a decade ago with higher education pursuits at the University of Texas at El Paso.

​Outside of my career, Eva is a joyful mother to three wonderful daughters, each carving their own unique paths in history, psychology, and high school education. They are her pride, living and working across Austin, TX, and San Francisco, CA. Her household is filled with love, also shared with our pets - Kiki their cat, and Coco their dog.

Life to Eva is a blend of shared meals and deep conversations with loved ones, the serenity of hiking, the constant joy of learning, the tranquility of meditation, and the liberating power of dance. She fervently believes in the potential of each individual and am passionate about helping people attain peace of mind, confidence, and joy.

Her practice has encompassed various experiences such as volunteering for migrant children, working with veterans and their families, and more recently, adolescents. Another advantage she brings to my practice is my proficiency as a Spanish speaking therapist which enables her to support more people. It would be an honor and privilege to help you on your journey to fulfillment and well-being.


Dwayne Roberts

Peer Recovery Coach

Dwayne is a guiding light, offering a unique blend of spiritual wisdom and practical expertise. With a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies and currently pursuing a second degree in Organizational Management in Christian Leadership, along with certification as a D.I.S.C. Behavioral Consultant, he brings a holistic approach to personal development and leadership.

Dwayne is not just a Speaker, Podcast Host, Certified Extreme Execution Coach, & John Maxwell Certified Coach; he is a dedicated mentor committed to equipping men with the essential tools for leading fulfilling lives. Rooted in purpose, self-awareness, and authenticity, his mission is to empower men to thrive in every aspect of their journey.


Lizbeth Lucero Chavez

Case Manager

Lizbeth obtained her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. During her time in college, Lizbeth worked with NAMI Colorado Springs as a Youth Programs Outreach Specialist. She worked on "What's On Your Mind" presentations to middle and high schoolers, gave "In Your Own Voice" Presentations, and also helped with Spanish-speaking Family Support Groups. 


Lizbeth has always had a passion for helping others, especially those in her community because she has experienced the struggles in receiving help for Hispanic populations in the United States. Mental health advocacy is especially important to her because she understands the importance of everyone having access to complete healthcare that includes physical and psychological well-being. 


She plans to continue her studies to become one of the few bilingual mental health clinicians and achieve her dream career of giving therapy and counseling to the Hispanic population. 

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