Meet Our Team

Dr. Jaime Brower

Psy.D., ABPP, Emergency Responder and Public Safety Certified Clinician
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Dr. Jaime Brower is a licensed clinical psychologist working out of Denver, Colorado, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Police & Public Safety Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Brower has devoted her career to working with those in law enforcement, corrections, detentions, fire, military, and other high stress occupations, as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing of their family members.  She further specializes in risk and threat assessment, school violence and hostile workplace investigations.  Dr. Brower is particularly passionate about training and consulting with agencies regarding best practices for enhancing resiliency and wellness. Dr. Brower is the proud recipient of the 2019 CIT Instructor of the Year award!

Professional Development:

  • American Board Certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPP)
  • Academy President of the American Board of Police and Public Safety Specialty Board
  • Over 17 years of experience working with those in high stress and emergency response, as well as their families

Melissa Jiron

Coordinator of Administrative Duties & Office Procedures, Agency Liason and Scheduling Manager

Melissa organizes and coordinates administrative duties and office procedures.  Melissa directly answers all incoming phone calls and/or returns those which come in while busy or outside of normal operating business hours.  Melissa schedules appointments (for those who do not wish to do it online), meetings and trainings.  She ensures a high level of organization, confidentiality and efficiency, as well as greets those who come to the office and provides general administrative support to our staff and clinicians.

Dr. Mary Ann Hewicker (Hewi)

Counselor, Trainer & Emergency Services Clinician

Dr. Hewicker is originally from San Diego, CA, where she was raised in a law enforcement and navy family.  Dr. Hewicker received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in Psychology and then Denver University for a Masters of Clinical Social Work.  She recently received her Doctorate, from the West Coast.  Dr. Hewicker is well known throughout the Denver-Metro area for her work with first responders.  In 2003, she was awarded the Citation for Leadership and Commitment to Critical Incident Teams Management by the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute.  In 2005, she was awarded a Broomfield Police Department CIT Training Achievement.  In 2008, she was given a Business Service Citation by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and in 2012, she received the Volunteer Service Award of the Year, by the Thornton Police Department.  Moreover, she served as a consultant to the Aurora Police Department and the Aurora Mental Health Center in their creation of the Department’s CIT training in 2016.

Walter-Beaux is her working K9 certified Emergency Response. In 2020, he was recognized for his dedication to First Responders in Southern California during the fire season. At home he is a regular dog with chores.

Tiffany Crist, LMFT

EMDR Trained Therapist

Tiffany is originally from Montreal, Canada, where she was raised in a law enforcement family. She has fond memories of going on ride-alongs and spending time at the command post during community events with her father, who served 31 years in the Montreal Police Force. From an early age, she had a great deal of pride for her father’s service. Today, she is honored to support and serve our community of first responders.

Tiffay is a clinician and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Brower Psychological Services and Consulting, Inc. She is also a trainer with the National Emergency Responder and Public Safety Center™ (NERPSC).  She predominantly works with agencies throughout the state of Colorado by offering public safety related services, including counseling services, trauma therapy, peer support team development, training, and oversight.  

She predominantly works with adults and couples to address anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, cumulative stress and burout as well as relationship struggles.  Tiffany is an EMDR trained therapist. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional difficulties that are the result of distressing or traumatic life experiences. This treatment approach results in an improved view of the self, relief from disruptive symptoms and an increase in more powerful, adaptive positive thinking.
 
Tiffany has responded to events including the Boulder King Soopers mass shooting, STEM school shooting, numerous Officer Involved Shootings, line-of-duty deaths, and more.

Rebekah Vint

MBA, MA, LPC, EMDR Trained Therapist

Rebekah earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University and is an EMDR-Trained therapist.  She enjoys supporting adults and teens through life’s challenges and transitions to grow into greater resilience and robust coping skills.  Rebekah has a special interest in trauma-informed care, education, and coaching with a focus on prevention, mitigation, and treatment of complex trauma. After graduating from Regis, she and her family lived in the Northwest of England where she counseled teens to help them address challenges including stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and family dysfunction and abandonment.

Before becoming a counselor Rebekah had a successful two-decades-long career including executive-level leadership and operational experiences that inspired her keen interest in the design and implementation of effective communication, processes, and systems to enhance human and organizational performance. Rebekah is happy to draw on these executive experiences to support executive and professional clients in addressing their professional and operational challenges.

Rebekah is now joined in the office by Owen, a black Bernedoodle, who is often roving the lobby visiting with clients and spreading joy.  Rebekah’s hobbies include hiking, running, reading, knitting, cooking, and travel with family and friends. 

Wade Brower

Director of Business Administration and Finance
 

Wade serves as the Director of Finance and Sales for the National Emergency Responder and Public Safety Center & Brower Psychological Services.  He has more than 16 years of experience in business management and leadership development in both Colorado and Arizona markets.  Wade also has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Phoenix. 

Within his years of experience, Wade has worked to implement leading technology and develop leaders to higher levels of success in all areas of business. Creating an environment for growth, teamwork, and development is one of his highest achievements.

Wade grew up in a small Iowa town with a military father and family members and friends in the police force.  These connections amplify his passion to provide support to responders and military members – whom all provide our freedom.

Cati Apala

Cati serves as the administrator of evaluative services for Brower Psychological Services. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She is married to a law enforcement officer and is thrilled and honored to help and work with other first responders in the field. Cati has a passion to support others, and provides excellent customer service . She is a native of Colorado and enjoys running outside. In her free time she loves spending time with her two children, family and friends.

Sarah DeHerrera

MA, LPCC, EMDR-Trained

Sarah received her Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from Colorado Christian University (CCU).  She utilizes an integrated counseling approach, incorporating a variety of therapeutic interventions to encourage holistic wellness for her clients and is trained in group and addictions counseling, suicide intervention strategies, and EMDR therapy.
Prior to her counseling career, Sarah was a police officer for 12 years, where she served on the SWAT team as a negotiator, a CIT trained coach, and SRO.  She was also a member of the department’s peer support team.  During her tenure she was involved in several critical incidents and understands the unique aspects of first responder culture.  Sarah is also the wife of a police officer and a parent to three children, so she understands the unique challenges responder families frequently face and is passionate about serving them.
Sarah spends her free time with her family attending church, camping, hiking, hunting, and traveling.  She enjoys working out, attending Broncos games, seeking new adventures, and hanging out with her Goldendoodle.
Sarah was guided by her faith to leave her law enforcement career to pursue her passion to further assist those emergency responders who selflessly serve their communities.  She understands the hesitancy many responders may feel about counseling and knows that her experiences will help her break down barriers and connect in meaningful ways with her clients! 

Lauren Karl

MA, LPCC & EMDR

Lauren received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University. While in graduate school and through an internship with Hospice, Lauren focused her attention to helping those individuals working through grief and loss as well as current and past trauma. Postgraduate she has obtained specialized certifications as a Grief Counselor in addition to being trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Lauren enjoys working with clients to achieve their goals and support them in their personal growth. Working with a range of individuals from elementary age to older adult has served as a welcomed experience for her in offering services across the lifespan and through differing life transitions. Lauren utilizes a variety of theories in therapy in addition to EMDR and grief work to support individuals working through anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD and relationship concerns.

Lauren is married to a law enforcement officer, which provides her insight into the unique challenges and rewards loving and living within a first responder family. She feels honored to be able to serve first responders in their needs. Together, she and her husband have two 12-year-old daughters and two dogs whom she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with. Lauren enjoys staying active, fishing trips with her family, hiking, bow hunting and live music.

Emily Hitchings

Emily understands the challenges that accompany a career in law enforcement. She served as a police officer for the Aurora Colorado Police Department for nearly 17 years in a variety of uniform and undercover assignments, including patrol, vice and narcotics, and fugitive apprehension. Most recently, she served as the department’s employee support and wellness officer, overseeing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support programs. She led the department’s peer support team, lethal response team, and trauma response team. Emily is recognized state-wide for her work and has been pivotal in establishing and building employee support programs for departments of all sizes throughout the country.

Her diverse career has fostered an evolving and continued passion to better help responders and their families navigate professional and personal life demands. As the Director of Agency Partnerships and Programming at NERPSC, she is a key contributor/creator of tools that educate, train, and empower the community NERPSC serves. Her role interfaces with agencies to ensure course offerings are relevant and applicable, improving desired agency outcomes and program value.

Emily is a certified financial master coach and a responder curriculum instructor for the Center for Relationship Education (CRE). This curriculum teaches responders effective communication skills that can benefit their personal and professional relationships.

Currently, Emily is working on a MA in counseling, to allow her to assist emergency responders through therapy, crisis response, and trauma treatment.

Brent Hall

Brent Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Colorado. Brent began his career in mental health in 1991 working with teens and their families in various residential treatment centers, acute care centers, and schools. After completing a degree in Psychology at Southern Utah University, he attended the University of Utah and obtained a master’s in social work. Brent focused his advanced studies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and in particular their use in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Brent uses a strengths-based approach and challenges clients to spend a good deal of time developing skills in self-esteem, value identification, communication, and validation.

Brent has engaged with clients in individual, group, couples, and family sessions. Brent has a strong belief that education, not only traditional schooling, but also learning about one’s symptoms and the effectiveness of treatment modalities, is vital for clients to feel confident the changes they make will be lasting. In 2004 after consulting with various programs and schools on licensing compliance, Brent opened a boarding school in Louisiana for teens. Brent takes great pride in the graduation rates and outcomes for those students while he remained involved in the school. Although he enjoyed Louisiana and the people, the yearning to be near family and back out west, led Brent to Colorado after he completed a Juris Doctorate at Louisiana State University.

Brent has found this education as highly complementary with his love for mental health and he has used both skills as a mediator. Brent has spent the last 9 years working in mental health crisis which has reinforced his training in CBT, Solution Oriented Therapies, Family Systems, and Trauma Informed Care. Brent has also maintained a small private practice specifically focusing on families, couples and adults who are experiencing issues with changes in life and are seeking clarity and change around new life developments.