Jen Shupe, LCSW

Jen Shupe is an adult therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Columbine Behavioral Healthcare in Durango.


Columbine Behavioral Healthcare

281 Sawyer Drive, Suite 100
Durango, CO 81303

About Jen Shupe, LCSW

Jen Shupe is an adult therapist at Columbine Behavioral Health. Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University, 2012.

Jen works with adults seeking help for a variety of challenges ranging from work, family, and relationship problems to depression, anxiety, recovering from trauma or oppression, mood spectrum disorders like bipolar, and substance use problems.

She is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), EMDR, and other modalities for trauma treatment, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (for bipolar disorder), and also CBT and Motivational Interviewing. Jen first started working with survivors of trauma as a victim advocate in 2000 and continued in the human service field for many years. After receiving her MSW, she started practicing therapy here at Axis in 2013.

She facilitates a 6-week group called Thrive in Balance: Living Effectively with Bipolar Disorder. She also supervises all mental health outpatient group programs at Columbine, including DBT Groups.

“I am a parent, and I am passionate about connections, relationships and the pursuit of personal & professional growth. I love to hike, bike, camp, fish, raft, and play in our stunning outdoor areas, and I have been involved in the LGBTQ community, non-profits, and community organizing efforts for many years on various levels. I was born in Colorado and raised from a young age here in Durango. It is my true home.”

Jen utilizes a collaborative, person-centered approach, inviting strengths and self-knowledge into each interaction, with attention to how power, systemic injustice, and unearned privilege affect people’s lives, including hers. She also attendsto attachment, somatic information, and use understandings about interpersonal neurobiology (how our nervous systems interplay and interconnect as social beings) to inform my work with clients.

“The therapeutic relationship is a powerful space in which to explore, learn, grow, heal, and reach new goals. With warmth, humor, and care, I strive to honor your authenticity and mine at every step. I hope to walk alongside you as you move toward the best version of yourself, whatever that may look like, and wherever you start from.”


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