Child and Adolescent

Welcome to the F.A.M.I.L.Y! The F.A.M.I.L.Y. acronym (Fostering Anxiety and Mood Improvement in Lives of Youth) encapsulates the heart of our program. We are a group of dedicated psychiatric and psychological providers who want to help you, your child/ren, teenager/s, and family thrive. Our team focuses on providing the best evidenced based care, personalizing cutting edge mental health and wellness plans, and working collaboratively with you and our entire team to meet your needs. Our name says it all, getting treatment from us means that you become part of the F.A.M.I.L.Y. and have the security in knowing we are there for you.

The F.A.M.I.L.Y. Difference

Experience: More than 75 years of combined experience
Best Treatment Possible: As part of the National Network of Depression Centers, we offer cutting edge and evidence based treatments.
Whole Family Care: We can coordinate treatment for all members of the family, and we work as a collaborative team of providers.
Rapid Access to Services: You don’t want to wait for your child/teen to be seen.
Preventative Care: We can help catch problems early and keep them from becoming larger issues later in life.
Part of a Family! Connect and get support from a large community of families who deal with similar issues. Learn you are not alone and support others. If you prefer privacy, we offer that too.

Family Services

Services We Offer
Initial Evaluations: These appointments last up to 90 minutes and are a comprehensive evaluation to determine what type of services would be the most effective in treating you, the family, or your child/ren. Both psychiatrists and psychologists can make a thorough assessment of the issues, but if you are thinking you may want to explore medications as part of the treatment, then request a visit with a psychiatrist as your first appointment.

Individual Therapy: These appointments last up to 50 minutes and focus on helping you work through the issues identified by your evaluation. Your therapy sessions will be tailored to meet your specific needs and incorporate the best evidence that exists on the issues with which you are dealing.

Boot Camps: These appointments are for families who want to rapidly acquire skills around a mental health issue. These groups will typically focus on Anxiety, Depression, or Bipolar Disorder. Boot camps will range from 3 to 5 days and last between 3 to 5 hours per day. Boot camps will typically occur during times where families can attend including winter spring, or summer school breaks.

Family Therapy: These appointments last up to 60 minutes and focus on helping only your family work through issues in a family context. Your family therapy sessions will be tailored to meet your specific needs and incorporate the best evidence that exists on the issues with which your family is dealing.

Family Mental Wellness Check-ups & Evaluations: Medical check ups and early detection have been the hallmark in the medical field for prevention and good care. We believe that these practices also hold true for our mental well being. These evaluations will help the family focus on early detection and prevention plans to keep potential mental health issues from impeding positive life outcomes.

Multi-Family Group Therapy: Group therapy works with multiple members of the family at the same time to work on specific issues. Group therapy sessions are typically 90 minutes and conducted with other families. Each group typically will have a parent component and separate parts for your child or teen to participate. We work on helping everyone learn the skills and then come together at points to help make sure parents know how to help their child or teen implement these skills in their lives. Current groups include:
· Stress & Anxiety
· Depression Groups
· Bipolar Groups

Resistance to Treatment Therapy: Do you have a member of the family who has a mental health issue yet is unwilling to get treatment? Our providers can help you work through and create a plan to help the reluctant person to get the mental health treatment he or she needs.

Second Opinion Consultations: Do you have questions about the mental health care that you are currently receiving? Our psychiatric and psychological providers are here to assess and make recommendations regarding your treatment.

Trainings and Outreach: Does your community have some concerns about a mental health issues? Part of our FAMILY mission is to improve outcomes around mental health issues within families. We are happy to put together targeted trainings. Examples of past trainings include: How to Recognize Risk within Teens?, How to Parent Non-Anxiously?, How to Build Resilient Children?, How to Have A Successful College Transition?, Anxiety 101, Bipolar 101, Depression 101, Stress Management

Our Specialization Areas

• Anxiety and worries (including Generalized Anxiety, Separation anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic disorder, Phobias and Obsessive compulsive disorder)
• Mood Disorders (including Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Dysthymia, and Bipolar Disorders)
• General Transition, Phase of Life, or Family Issues
• Impulse Control Disorders (including Tourette's Syndrome, Tics, and Trichotillomania)
• Maternal Mental Health (including and not limited to Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety)
• School Refusal
• Refusal to get treatment by a family member·
• Struggling in an area life (academics, social, family, self exploration, career)
• Crisis Evaluation Services
• Young Child Mental Health

If you are not sure if we are the best fit, give our intake coordinator a call, and we will help you figure it out. If we are not the best fit, we will point you to the place to best get your needs met.

How To Make An Appointment

Step 1
• Call 303.724.4975 to talk with our intake coordinator to ensure the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Program is right for you.

Step 2
• Complete our electronic intake questionnaire and registration form.
• Registration form will be mailed to you electronically and intake questionnaire will be completed online.
• Electronic Questionnaire access information will be emailed to you.
• Note: Parent intake questionnaire and registration form will need to be completed prior to being able to schedule your first appointment

Step 3
• You will be contacted by our intake coordinator to schedule your initial appointment once the system notes your paperwork is complete.
• If you do not hear within 48 hours of completing paperwork, feel free to follow up at 303-724-4975.


Meet the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Team

20140911 Melissa smallerMelissa Batt, MD, MPH
BS Carnegie Mellon University, 2000
MD University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2008
MPH University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health, 2011
Board certification in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Batt completed her psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado at Denver, where she served as a chief resident as well as participating in the Integrated Track in which she developed a pilot study on bipolar disorder using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Batt was involved in the Treatment of Resistant Depression in Adolescents (TORDIA) study while at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. She is currently involved in the Colorado Family Project by providing medication visits for children who are at risk of developing bipolar disorder due to having a primary family member diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Specialties: Dr. Batt provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults at the Depression Center. Some of her interests include young child mental health (age 5 and younger/ preschool age), depression and bipolar disorder, kids experiencing anxiety, working with young adults (i.e. transitions to/from college, etc.,) and psychotherapy. She has given talks in the community on topics such as resiliency in childhood, anxiety disorders, and screen time/social media. In addition to medication evaluations, consultations, and medication management, she also provides some psychotherapy services, including play therapy, for children and adolescents as well as young adults.

Favorite FAMILY Dinner: Falafel pitas
Favorite FAMILY Movie: Ratatouille



BeckerAmyAmy (Becker) Donahue, MD
BA Gustavus Adolphus College, 1994
MD University of Minnesota, 1999
Adult Psychiatry Internship and Residency Training, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2003
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training, Yale Child Study Center, 2005

Dr. Donahue has been in clinical practice since 2005, currently on faculty at the University of Colorado and at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has provided psychiatric care across all age groups and diagnostic categories, and has broad based experience with a variety of treatment modalities including medication management and psychotherapy.

Specialties: Dr. Donahue has worked across all spectrums of psychiatric care and considers herself a generalist. Her specific areas of interest include psychopharmacology, adolescent mood and anxiety disorders, suicide prevention and integrated care.

Favorite FAMILY Dinner: Mexican Fiesta Night!
Favorite FAMILY Movie: Anything involving Jason Bourne


CypersScott Cypers, PhD
BA Emory University, 1999
MS University of Southern California, 2003
PhD University of Southern California, 2005

Dr. Cypers received his BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Emory University, completed his predoctoral clinical internship at UCLA, and earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr Cypers has worked for the past 13 years in various clinical roles including Director of Anxiety and Stress Programs at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Psychologist working with active duty military at Buckley Mental Health, as well as working for many Universities in student health services in various roles. At each place he has worked, Dr. Cypers has built innovative programs to address the range of mental health issues, most notably in the areas of stress, anxiety, and promoting help seeking behaviors.

Specialties: CBT and family therapy for depression, anxiety, and phase of life / transition issues

Favorite FAMILY Dinner: Nachos, the cheesier the better
Favorite FAMILY Movie: The Princess Bride


AimeAimee Sullivan, PhD
BS University of Michigan, 2003
PhD University of Colorado Boulder, 2013

Dr. Sullivan received her B.S. in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan. While in Ann Arbor, she worked with Dr. Catherine Lord at the U of M Autism and Communication Disorders Center, and Dr. Israel Liberzon at the U of M Psychiatry Affective Neuroimaging Lab. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with Dr. David Miklowitz at the University of Colorado Boulder, and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at UCLA. Current research interests are focused on the role of family variables in the development and course of early-onset bipolar disorders.

Specialties: CBT and family therapy for bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder

Favorite FAMILY Dinner: Cheeseburgers!
Favorite FAMILY Movie: The Little Mermaid


New Wamboldt

Marianne Wamboldt, MD
BS from Marquette University, Magna Cum Laude, 1976
MD from University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1981
Psychiatry Residency, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1985
Clinical Research Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda, 1986
Child Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 1990
NIMH research training grant at the Behavioral Genetics Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1996 - 2001
Yoga Teacher Training (RYT), Prana Mandala Aryuvedic and Yoga Center, Denver, CO, 2008

My primary clinical and research interests have involved the interactions of family systems, genetic vulnerabilities and individual psychological processes in the promotion of health and normal development. I was fortunate to train with some of the premier family therapists as well as biological psychiatrists, and in my work with children, adolescents and their families, I integrate biologic interventions with family therapy, bio-rhythm therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. As a trained yoga teacher and long time yoga practitioner, I also work with mindfulness interventions and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. I love to work with individuals who suffer from medical (primarily respiratory and auto-immune disorders) and/or psychological (primarily anxiety, depression, mania and/or pain) problems and rejoice when I see them step back into health. I enjoy promoting the strengths in individuals and families, and use medications at the lowest dose necessary to stabilize symptoms.

Specialties: Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Favorite FAMILY Dinner: “Refrigerator Pasta” - i.e., a pasta made with the freshest ingredients from the garden and whatever happens to be in the refrigerator at the time
Favorite FAMILY Movie: The Princess Bride




Fall Fundraising Luncheon

We are grateful to have so many passionate advocates for mental health in our community. You raised over $445,000 and brought 650 people to last week’s luncheon in support of mental health care, research and community programs in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.  Read More



In the News

Depression Center Medical Director Christopher Schneck discusses his family-centered bipolar research: Read More

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2017 Annual Luncheon Video
2017 Annual Luncheon Video

American Psychological Association Ft. The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center
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2016 Annual Luncheon Video
2016 Annual Luncheon Video
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2015 Annual Luncheon Video
2015 Annual Luncheon Video
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Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation
Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation