Sharon K. Compono, MSW, LCSW earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, and her MSW from Newman University in 2010. She is the Executive Director of Franciscan Community Counseling. Sharon was the Executive assistant of FCC for 11 years prior to assuming the position of Executive Director. She oversees all aspects of the agency, including budget, fundraising and marketing,
as well as assisting in setting and implementing policies adopted by the Board of Directors. She represents FCC to and is the contact person for all outside entities. In addition, she is available to all staff and clients to assist with any questions and/or concerns.
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Judith Ann Schaeffer, Ph. D. Judith Ann Schaeffer, Ph.D. earned her degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and completed her residency at St. Joseph Youth and Children Unit, St. Joseph Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Before coming to Franciscan Communtiy Counseling, where she serves as a part-time staff psychologist, she was on the
staff of the TMJ Clinic and Pain Management Center of St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond, Indiana. Dr. Schaeffer’s publications include “Transference and Counter-transference Interpretation in Brief Therapy: Helpful or Harmful” (American Journal of Psychotherapy) and “Mother-Daughter Relationships” (Human Development). Click here to e-mail Judith.
Elizabeth Ryan, MSW, LCSW has been in the mental health field since 1980, shortly after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland. She completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1989 at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, Maryland.
She has worked both in public services, as a Child Protective Services caseworker, and in the private sector, most recently in private practice before joining the Franciscan Community Counseling team. Working with individuals, families, and couples, her specialty areas include depression, and stress-related issues, self-esteem issues, trauma, relationship issues, women’s issues, pain management, and addictions. She holds a Colorado State LCSW license and is a Level II-trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner.
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Charles Knoeckel, M.A., NCC, LPC, earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has been providing counseling services at Franciscan Community Counseling since 1999, and also has a private psychotherapy practice in Colorado
Springs. His specialties include treatment for trauma, abuse, anxiety/panic, depression, and phobias; he emphasizes an integrated approach which considers the well-being of the whole person. In addition, he is a member of the faculty of the Masters in Counseling Program at the University of Phoenix, and Honorarium faculty in the graduate Counseling and Human Services Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors, is licensed by the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is a Level 2 trained EMDR practitioner. He is also a mediator in private practice and for
Robyn Chapel, MSW, LCSW graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1978, after which she worked on the pediatric psychiatric unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center. In 1982 she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the
University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked as a School Social Worker for 6 years. She has worked at Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, contracted with the Mental Health Clinic at Peterson Air Force Base and has been in private practice since 1995. Her specialty areas are children, trauma depression, and anxiety. She holds a Colorado State License and is a Level II trained EMDR practitioner.
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the Better Business Bureau, as well as an arbitrator for the National Council of Better Business Bureaus.
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  Dr. George R. Athey
Robert Doerfler
Erika Kaiser
Sr. Marilyn Uhing, OSF
James Naughton
Robert Moyers
Gail Hickert
  Internships are provided to Master's and Doctorate level students. Supervision can be arranged with one of the appropriate level professionals. Candidates must apply and pass an interview process. Licensed staff at FCC supervises PsyD, MSW, andCounseling from various schools.

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