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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 Interns

Carolyn Ristow

"Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University, Irvine, majoring in both Christian Education Leadership and Psychology. For the past nine years, she worked as a youth minister and director of education programs at Zion Lutheran Church in Dallas. Carolyn is working towards her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She loves working with children, pre-teens, and teens and is excited to work with the students at Denver Christian School this year.

Carolyn grew up in Aurora and is glad to have moved back "home" to Colorado with her husband this summer. They like to camp and fish and are thrilled to be so close to the mountains. They also enjoy all kinds of music, cooking together, and spending time with their black lab, Howard."

Natalie Laidig

My name is Natalie Laidig and I am working towards finishing my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. I moved to Colorado in 2014 but was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. I attended college in Indiana at Taylor University, where I majored in Psychology and graduated in 2012. I spent the 2 years between finishing college and starting graduate school working at a special needs school as a paraprofessional and loved working with the kids there. I also served as a small group leader for the high school girls at my home church during that time, and have a passion for pouring into the lives of teens. I enjoy hiking, camping, playing sports, traveling and doing anything that can involve my dog, Breck:) I am looking forward to working as an intern at Denver Christian and spending time investing in the community and lives of the students!


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