About Hans


Early Background

I grew up in a small college town in Iowa.  My father was a professor and my mother a librarian. The house was full of books, and we often had visitors from other countries sitting at the dinner table. It was a small town, but I always felt I was part of bigger world. I was in business for myself from an early age – going door to door selling things, raising money for telethons, having lemonade stands, delivering papers, and later my own lawn mowing business.  For fun I spent time making music with friends, playing baseball, writing, drawing, exploring endless woods, parks and trails.  In college I earned a BA in Art and later was in a band for several years with some friends.  As luck would have it, I found a job working in a social services agency and had the chance to work with some professional therapists – I realized then that this was a profession I needed to pursue.

Education and Career

I began my career at social services agencies, working with people with disabilities. These experiences led me to graduate school at Arizona State University, where I earned a Master’s degree in Counseling. I then lived in Colorado and worked as an Intern at the Boulder County Health Department. I was fortunate to have varied experiences early in my career:  as a group counselor for a chronic pain treatment program, working in substance abuse treatment, providing in-home family therapy, working in a juvenile jail, and managing an Intensive Outpatient Hospitalization program. I began my first counseling private practice in North Carolina in 2001, later started a new practice in Pittsburgh, PA, and have been in business in Colorado since 2010. 

There and Back Again

My wife and I have had opportunity to live and work in different parts of the country, including: Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. We eventually returned to Colorado in 2010 and are firmly planted here in our permanent home.  We have twin 12 year old boys and a dog named Gizmo. When not talking to people at my office, I can frequently be found being beaten at basketball by my kids, watching hockey, playing music, obsessing over my charcoal grill, or off on an hiking trail in the foothills.

 Professional Qualifications

Hans is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado (#5706), and also a National Certified Counselor. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Luther College, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University.  To become licensed, Hans was supervised in a counseling agency for two years after completing graduate school.  When his kids were young, he was also a part-time stay-at-home dad with his twin boys.  He has been self-employed in private practice since 2001.  His Denver area private practice started in the Highlands in 2010 and moved to Olde Town Arvada in 2011.