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Respark Foundation

Our Team

Meet the staff, interns, and volunteers that make up our great team!

Amanda Jepson, LPC

(she/her) is one of the co-founders of Respark Foundation and provides both therapy services and supervision for the nonprofit. She also works as a Contract Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Amanda has been working with survivors of trauma for 10 years. Her prior experience includes a community-based nonprofit in Minneapolis, Minnesota that served survivors of sexual violence and as a Program Director with a Partial Hospitalization Program in Colorado Springs focused on providing crisis stabilization and trauma processing in a fast-paced, short-term setting. She utilizes a variety of eclectic interventions, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), mindfulness, CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to assist her adult clients. Her specific areas of experience include working with individual and couples who have mood and trauma spectrum disorder, experienced combat trauma, childhood physical or sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, or vicarious trauma. Amanda also specializes in working from a sex-positive perspective to address sex, sexuality, and diverse gender issues, as well as empowering those reclaiming their identity in the aftermath of trauma. She is knowledgeable in and affirming of LGBTQ+ identification, polyamory and open relationships, and kink.

Heather McPherson, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

is one of the co-founders of Respark Foundation, working as a supervisor for the nonprofit. She is the founder of a group practice (respark.co) that serves Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and beyond specializing in Relationships. In 2015, Heather founded The Sexual Health Alliance, which provides much needed education and certification training programs to therapists, doctors and healthcare providers. She is published in Playboy Magazine as well as Playboy Online, and has been featured on CNN, Parent Harald and TeenSafe websites. Heather McPherson has lectured at prestigious Universities including University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, University of Colorado and Governors State University in Chicago. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). She has appeared on several podcasts and was invited to speak at NerdNite in Austin on relationships and sexuality. Heather helps clients gain confidence, rebuild trust, increase playfulness, and find passion and meaning in their relationships. Heather graduated from Texas State University with an MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy; a CACREP Accredited Program.


Malia Davis

works in our Denver office with individuals and couples that struggle with developmental trauma, complex relational trauma, empath/narcissistic abuse & healing trauma bonds, and navigating the world as a highly sensitive artist &/or creative. As an alternative to counseling in the office, Malia offers Walk & Talk therapy. Walk & Talk therapy can be a more relaxed environment than the counseling office. It is also a great way to jump start or support your fitness routine. Walking while sharing your struggles and life situations can also be meditative. It helps you get moving forward. Research consistently shows that exercise can significantly impact anxiety, depression, and stress while improving overall mood. Walk & Talk therapy is good for clients going through life transition, anxiety, depression, loss & grief. Malia brings experience teaching yoga + meditation for over 20 years and working with clients that have experienced various traumas. In addition she brings experience of navigating the challenges of long-term relationships, business partnerships, and treating PTSD from multiple car accidents and relational trauma.

Robyn Flores, MS, LMFT-A, LPC-C,

provides therapy for clients in Texas and Colorado and is supervised by Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST. Robyn is part of the Sexual Health Alliance certification program on her way to earning certification as a Sex Therapist. She is also pursuing a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. She provides a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to process their experiences and concerns. She believes that therapy is a place for collaboration, creativity, exploration, and growth and that taking the first step in reaching out for therapeutic assistance is a courageous and vulnerable effort in the healing process. Robyn embraces a Humanistic, Person-Centered philosophy but also eclectically implements interventions such as mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, and techniques from Narrative Therapy. In addition, she is certified as an Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy® Clinician and is trained in Humanistic Sandtray Therapy through the Sandtray Therapy Institute in Dallas, TX.

Robyn has been a co-presenter at the Texas Counseling Association’s Annual Conference, educating licensed practitioners and medical professionals on various types of relationships and Sex Therapy and has enjoyed guest lecturing for college courses and groups on sexual issues, body image, parenting, and families in recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders. Robyn has experience working with individuals, all types of relationship structures, and families with a variety of concerns and presentations including: relational concerns, eating disorders, negative body image, low self-esteem, substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, intimacy struggles, and various sexual issues. She enjoys working with clients to explore and regain confidence and meaning in their sexuality and relationships. She enjoys collaborating with clients to challenge societal norms in order to transform narratives, empowering clients to use their voices for change.

During her free time, Robyn enjoys learning Spanish and Portuguese, spending time with her family, finding humor in life, and connecting with nature.