Molly Rodriguez is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Colorado and the Axis Health System Director of Residential and Crisis Services.

“Acute care and crisis work is more than risk assessment. It’s complex and intense,” said Rodriguez. “I do this work because it matters to me on a deep level, and I believe in the work.”

Her graduate training encompassed work in numerous settings including school-based programming, residential treatment, outpatient community-based treatment and hospital-based treatment at a major hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

She hold a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College in Pepperpike, Ohio. Rodriguez specializes in Art Therapy treatment modality, and is also trained as a generalist in various approaches including Crisis Intervention and De-escalation, Risk Evaluation, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strengths Based Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Gestalt Therapy.

“I love the dynamic environment of my work and the opportunity to work beyond traditional therapy by effecting systems, partnering with multiple agencies and supporting the community,” she said.

Rodriguez has been a member of the Axis team since 2012 when she began post-graduate work as a crisis clinician. Since that time, she has held several supervisory and managerial positions overseeing crisis services, behavioral health programming in the Acute Treatment Unit, and the development of the Co-Responder (CORE) Team. She has also been involved in the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) since 2017 as a facilitator.

“It’s our team members that make the difference,” she said. “We are on the front lines of behavioral healthcare.”

Rodriguez and her partner are from Cleveland, Ohio, and have been in Durango since 2011. In 2018, they expanded their family and welcomed daughter Isabel. They love to spend time in the sunshine, hiking and playing by the river.

“It has been an honor for me to serve the Durango community for the past nine years,” said Rodriguez. “I feel privileged to have been entrusted with the stories and struggles of so many. I look forward to opportunities for partnership, ingenuity and growth so that we may continue to support the community.”