At Alliance Experiential Counseling we believe in the power of the therapeutic alliance. This equates to a meaningful therapeutic partnership based on trust and respect. This alliance is cultivated through movement-based experiences that complement traditional talk therapy sessions and allow for a deeper engagement through action. The experiential counseling model can inspire fresh insights and therapeutic breakthroughs, which surface through the action of movement and lead to substantive healing and growth.
Owner & Director, Experiential Therapist
Blake Ruble is the owner and director of Alliance Experiential Counseling. Blake is a graduate of Clemson University and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) specializing in individual and family therapy in the state of Colorado. As a mental health professional with an avid passion for outdoor adventure, Blake has crafted a unique style of movement-based experiential therapy that yields real results.
His personal interest and background in experiential learning, which includes spending several years in Southern Africa where he lived, worked, and learned alongside the local people, led to the blending of experiential counseling with psychotherapy to create a dynamic form of somatic therapy.
Recently, Blake added an additional layer to his experiential therapist credentials by becoming a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). This certification allows Blake to include the important holistic and integrative treatment elements to the client’s individualized treatment plan. Adding the nutritional and holistic piece to the experiential therapy and counseling creates a whole person, life experience-based approach to achieving optimum wellness. Additionally, Blake has several years experience as a Climbing Wall Instructor with the American Mountain Guide Association.
In his spare time, Blake gravitates toward outdoor activities such as rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, and traveling.
Summer Yoast is a graduate of California State University’s Fullerton counseling program and a licensed professional counselor candidate in the state of Colorado. She is also currently enrolled in the Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program at the University of Northern Colorado undergoing training in supervision and play therapy.
Summer is person-centered and strives to know you as a whole complex and unique human. She believes in seeking connections with the natural world as a means of better understanding ourselves and our experiences. Summer attends to strengthening your relationship with nature as an ally in the growth process and returning to our evolutionary roots as we strive for health. Throughout her professional career Summer has worked with children and adults navigating identity, life transitions, trauma, grief, and growth and has experience working with play therapy, disordered eating, and survivors of high demand organizations and groups. Summer’s approach integrates nature-based exercise, play, immersion, and reflection to facilitate deeper levels of cognitive engagement, therapeutic processing, and self-discovery.
Outside the counseling session Summer is found exploring trails of the Poudre River, tending to her overflowing gardens, and relaxing outside with her chocolate lab, snake, and partner.
Jeannie is a graduate of the counseling psychology program at Centenary University. She helps individuals work towards leading a happier and healthier life through strengthening the mind body connection and developing a deeper sense of self and purpose. Her approach incorporates a combination of movement-based activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and yoga with mindfulness exercises to allow individuals to experience how their minds and bodies work together. This allows us to learn how to nurture these two systems simultaneously. Learning how to listen to the communication occurring between mind and body means better understanding our mental, emotional, and physical needs.
Jeannie is also a Climbing Wall Instructor with the American Mountain Guide Association and has spent several years furthering her skills as an experiential therapist. This type of approach can be helpful for those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, impulse control, stress management, as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jeannie believes everyone deserves the opportunity to learn how to better care for themselves and makes this a priority in her work with her clients.
Zach obtained his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in May 2022 and is a licensed professional counselor candidate in the state of Colorado. Prior to becoming a counselor, Zach’s academic background was rooted in history, leading him to obtain a Master’s Degree in history from California State University Fullerton in 2018. As a historian Zach researched, presented, and published on the topic of human trauma and post traumatic growth.
Zach approaches counseling relationships from a person-centered perspective, believing that everyone must find their own individualized understanding and insight in life. While counseling can be an intentional space to think, process, and learn about ourselves and our emotions, ultimately growth comes from the ways we apply what we learn to life. Zach feels that experiential therapy offers an opportunity to meld the safe space that counseling creates with real life circumstances to apply our desired change.
For the last four years Zach has worked with underserved and trauma exposed youth in Northern Colorado in an alternative school setting. Zach has worked with clients navigating through trauma, gender transition, shifting family dynamics, relational struggles, and domestic violence, and values working with clients across all age ranges, genders, and racial identities.
Licensed Therapist – Telehealth Only
Sean Kershaw is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado. Sean has a wide range of experiences working with clients from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings, some of which include university counseling centers, residential childcare facilities, and private practice. Guided by his professional values, Sean strives to emphasize your strengths and systems of support, celebrate your cultural identities and heritage, and honor your own lived experiences. His areas of specialty involve grief and loss (losing a loved one, separation and divorce, financial loss, relocating, and many other life transitions), anxiety, depression, shame, stress, and trauma. Sean offers individual therapy for adolescents and adults as well as couples therapy. When it comes to prioritizing self-care and wellness, Sean is expected to be roaming among the mountains and outdoor recreating through mountain biking, snowboarding/splitboarding, climbing, hiking, and camping.
Please note: Sean is only offering virtual appointments at this time. He can be reached at: email@example.com or (406-624-9846).
If you are a current client of Sean’s, please refer to the link below to access your virtual waiting room at the time of your scheduled appointment: