Counseling and Guidance Services
Jen Jackson Gustafson, MA, LPC
Primary Role at DC: School Counselor
Year started at Denver Christian: 1999
Education/Degrees Held: BA, Psychology & Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University; M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian Unversity
Certifications/Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor, Colorado
Hometown: Englewood, CO
Jen has worked at Denver Christian School for over 16 years as a school counselor. Jen is a graduate of Denver Christian School and parent of a current student. Denver Christian is a family and community for her family and herself as she serves the staff and students.
Jen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Youth Ministries and a Master’s Degree in Counseling both from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. She completed additional counseling courses through Colorado Christian University, University of Colorado at Denver and UCLA. Jen is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Colorado since November 2004. She has also been trained as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator and is trained in Animal Assisted Therapy.
Jen's work at the school includes meeting with individual students, leading groups, presenting in the classroom, assisting with college/career planning, and collaborating with parents and school staff. While at Denver Christian School, she is the supervisor of our graduate-level counseling interns from Denver Seminary, Colorado Christian University and the University of Phoenix.
Jen's approach to working with students, families and staff is to have a caring relationship providing guidance and education. Her counseling is based upon walking alongside the students to help empower them to make changes and reach goals in their lives. Jen believes in helping individuals grow from the inside out as they embrace the journey God has for them. In her free time, she likes to read, run, travel and spend time with family and friends.
Meet Sophie (my partner in therapy):
I am a Black Lab and enjoy living in a family that includes two other dog friends whom I love to play with. I also love going for walks and playing at the dog park. I play catch and even sometimes chase my tail. I am two years old and have been living with my family since the summer of 2014. I completed three levels of obedience training and passed the Canine Good Citizenship test. My mom, Jen, has been trained to use me as an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog with the Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. This means I get to go to work with her and help love people. Being with people is my favorite thing to do except when I get treats! I especially love kids and enjoy being petted.
Ben DeNooy, MA, NCC
Primary Role at DC: High School - Psychology, School Counselor
Year started at Denver Christian: 2012
Education/Degrees Held: BA Psychology, Dordt College. MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Denver Seminary.
Certifications/Credentials: National Certified Counselor
Mr. DeNooy enjoys journeying alongside the students and staff at Denver Christian. He is grateful for the opportunity that he has to serve as a vessel for the Holy Spirit and meet each and every child where they are, helping them to better understand themselves, their Creator and the love He has for them.
Counseling Office Interns:
Cierra is excited to intern as a School Counselor at Denver Christian School. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. Before graduate school, Cierra worked as a 5th-grade teacher in both Colorado and Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. Cierra is married, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, going hiking, and swimming. Cierra looks forward to getting to know your students as they grow and learn at Denver Christian School.
Mary Dominguez was born and raised in Bryan/College Station, Texas and attended Texas A&M University. After college, she taught elementary school for five years. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade and loved them all! She found that each grade was unique and special! She moved to Denver two years ago and has loved being in this beautiful state! She is currently attending Denver Seminary and getting her Masters in Clinical Mental Health. She and her husband love going to the mountains to fly fish and hike on the weekends with their eleven-year old yellow lab, Eve. She is so excited to be at Denver Christian this year!