Our Denver Therapy Team

Denver, Colorado

825 East Speer Boulevard, Suite 8

Fees range from $65/hr to $200/hr depending on experience.

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McKenna Paulsen - Respark Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

My therapy style is humanistic, and client centered. I believe it is important to meet you where you are at and hold the space for you to create the life you want. I add components of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where appropriate. Our therapeutic relationship acts as a soft-landing place in an oftentimes harsh world, as well as a space for education, empowerment, and authenticity. We will work together to identify core areas that need to be healed for you to create relationship with others and a relationship with yourself that you find fulfilling.

To me, part of being a counselor is being an advocate. I am passionate about prison reform. I believe in providing social, mental, and emotional support to vulnerable populations in order to reduce recidivism and human suffering. I also care greatly about how food impacts our health and the connection between the mind and the body. Holistic health care is the way of the future. I love helping people approach their health in an integrative way.


Malia Davis - Respark Therapist & Coach


Malia’s therapy style is compassionate, non-judgemental, integrative and holistic. She enjoys creating a safe space for her clients to feel comfortable talking about all of the various presenting issues that can occur in one’s life.

She draws from several different methods and modalities based on the needs of her clients, including but not limited to person-centered, Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt techniques, Internal Family Systems (IFS)  and Neuro Affective Relational Model. Prior to becoming a therapist, Malia taught yoga for over 20 years and has studied with Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea and Seane Corn. She also studied tantra, astrology, ayurveda, Jungian psychology/archetypes, energy medicine and various somatic therapies. She is passionate about sex, being a sex-postivie coach and helping individuals and couples develop a better dialogue and healthy attitude about “sex” in general.

She enjoys working with individuals and couples and all the various relationship structures.

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Nicole Jackson - Respark Therapist & Coach

Nicole is a Marriage and Family Therapist in training at the University of Colorado Denver, an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) in training, and is working towards her Sex Therapy Certification through the Sexual Health Alliance. Nicole knew from an early age that becoming a sex therapist was part of her life mission. Nicole’s love for the intricacies of human sexuality blossomed when obtaining her Somatic Counseling degree where she studied how the human
body is an integral component of sex, sexual trauma, exploration, and behaviors. Further,
Nicole’s experience working with child victims of sex trafficking cemented her passion for becoming a sex therapist and has aided in paving her road in healing sexual traumas.



Heather McPherson - Respark Founder & Director

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

I believe real-life experiences deeply influences our work as a therapist. Heather has explored and played in 25+ countries and counting, which has provided her with valuable experiences and knowledge. She has also endured the high pressures of the corporate world, cross-country moves, anxiety over layoffs, exploration of sexuality, struggling to keep intimacy alive in a long term relationship, and career changes, which all contribute greatly to her ability to relate to others.

After receiving her B.A. in Business from Texas State University, Heather worked as a Sales Supervisor for Wyndham Worldwide and later moved to southern California and worked in the marketing and advertising industry. After a career change, Heather received her Master’s degree and furthered her training in couples and sex therapy. Heather has been in a committed relationship since the summer of 2000 and has been married to her lovely husband since 2006. She is lucky to be able to be in both Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas and enjoy reading, skiing, traveling and other adventures with her husband and 2 Dachshunds. She is incredibly thankful and grateful to her life partner and husband for being supportive and willing to accompany her on this great journey.


Taylor Spaziani - Respark Intake Coordinator & Clinical Manager

My name is Taylor Spaziani and I am the intake coordinator and clinical manager here at Respark! I am currently a graduate student working on my degree in couples and family therapy at the University of Colorado Denver and am beginning to work on my sex therapy certification.  I have wanted to be a sex therapist since I was in the 5th grade, and I have been learning about all things sexuality since. One of my favorite sayings I live by is, "embrace your weirdness," because I believe the unique qualities we hold as individuals are what brings the world magic. I think society has a terrible way of making us feel like we all need to look and act like one another, to mask ourselves into the roles that society wants to see us as. This is why I love studying sexuality as a profession because sexuality reminds me of just how unique we all are. I believe in the power of helping others embrace their unique selves, especially their unique sexualities. It truly brings me so much joy and I continue to thrive in my life long educational journey and a constant hunger for learning more and doing better for the greater good of my community.