Our Clinical Staff
Linda L. Thede, PsyD
L.P., L.P.C., N.C.C. - CEO & Clinical Director

Dr. Thede has provided diagnostic and/or psychotherapeutic
services to hundreds of individuals on the autism spectrum and
their families. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed
journals, and she has personal experience with family members
on the autism spectrum, providing her with intimate knowledge
of the needs of the autism community. Dr. Thede has been
trained in the K-12 school setting and provides autism spectrum
diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, and a
variety of therapies.
Wendy Mullins, PhD, L.P.

Dr. Mullins obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from
Fuller School of Psychology in 2008. Over the past 10 years of
training and practice, her passion and interests have inspired her
to work primarily with children and families, using play- and
relationship-based approaches to build healthy, happy
connections between family members.  She enjoys using
Floortime Play Therapy and provides testing for our autism and
neuropsychological evaluations. Wendy also utilizes attachment
techniques to help build stronger parent-child relationships that
motivate more positive interactions and behaviors.
Craig Mullins, M.A., L.P.C.

Craig utilizes a person-centered approach (congruence,
empathy, and unconditional positive regard) in a nondirective
manner to assist his clients in meeting their treatment objectives.
He has 16 years of experience working with infants, children,
adolescents, adults, and families with social and
emotional concerns across a number of settings (elementary
school, treatment facility, group home, in-home provider, and
counselor in private practice). Craig specializes in counseling for
men, couples, adolescents, parents of children with autism or
developmental disorders, treatment of adjustment disorder,
paternal postpartum depression, or overcoming pornography
Sarah Stidham, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C., R.Y.T.

Sarah specializes in play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive
behavioral therapy for children. She also blends expressive arts,
mindfulness, relaxation/meditation techniques, yoga, and clinical
hypnosis where needed. Through her work experiences in the
past 7 years, Sarah has been able to help children and their
families heal from trauma, nurture stronger relationships, develop
healthy life skills, and ultimately reconnect with their internal
strength and wisdom.
Jackie Melton-Roeder, M.A., L.P.C.

Jackie provides parenting education and support and uses the
principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to develop
appropriate behavior modification programs for children or
adolescents with autism or other developmental disorders. She
also uses dialectical behavior therapy for treating adults with
personality disorders, including those with Borderline
Personality Disorder.
If you are a physician or
licensed clinician with
experience and a
passion for helping
people on the autism
please feel free to
contact us at
719/473-9200 or write
to Dr. Thede at
for more information
regarding career
Christie Collins, M.A., B.C.B.A.

Christie has a passion for working with people on the autism
spectrum. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
specializing in ABA therapy. She is also in the process of
becoming licensed as a professional counselor in order to
provide individual and family psychotherapy services for a wide
range of psychological concerns.
Ned Becker, M.A., L.P.C.

Ned is a licensed professional counselor and registered play
therapy supervisor. He has over 17 years of experience
providing therapy to a wide range of children, youth, and adults.
He uses client-centered approaches in play and talk therapies to
build rapport and then adjusts as needed toward the type of
therapy best fit for each individual client. He works to empower
his clients to achieve their goals with pride and independence or
overcome challenges within a fun, safe, and accepting
Vanessa Vudy, B.A., Unlicensed

Vanessa provides individual psychotherapy under the
supervision of Dr. Linda Thede. As such, her rates are
drastically reduced to help make therapy more affordable. She
is also
a Registered Behavior Technician of Applied Behavior
Analysis (ABA) therapy and currently working towards
certification in ABA therapy. Vanessa experienced in working
with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. She
leads our social skills classes for young adults on the spectrum.
Tami Bok, M.A., L.P.C.

Tami enjoys working with clients of all ages. She is trained in
Child Centered Individual Play therapy and Trauma Focused
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also draws from Person
Centered Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has extensive experience
working with victims of trauma. As a mother and stepmother of
five children, she has a passion for walking side-by-side with
parents through their own parenting journeys. Tami also
believes in self-advocacy. She and her husband teach Provider
Education with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Erica Bustos, M.A. Psychometrist
Erica has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and has many years
of experience in providing neuropsychological and
psychological testing. She will also begin working toward her
license as a professional counselor in the near future.