The Rocky Mountain Brainspotting Institute (RMBI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to promote and advance the use of Brainspotting, a treatment in psychotherapy. RMBI is a professional association of mental and physical health who are trained in and use Brainspotting in their practices.
The mission of RMBI is to advance the use of Brainspotting through information dissemination, knowledge advancement, peer-to-peer learning and professional training. RMBI also administers a Scholarship Treatment Fund (STF) to cover the cost of Brainspotting therapy for individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to afford treatment on their own.
RMBI works to
1. support mental and physical health professionals in their use and development of Brainspotting;
2. assist the general public in finding Brainspotting resources and practitioners;
3. offer scholarships for Brainspotting therapy to income-qualifying individuals unable to afford treatment on their own; and
4. to encourage Brainspotting practitioners to further their education in the field of Brainspotting.
Please consider including RMBI in your charitable giving. Your donation will help with RMBI’s overall functioning including the development and delivery of our Scholarship Treatment Fund, through which we offer Brainspotting to those unable to afford it.
RMBI Board of Directors
Pie Frey, Psy.D.
Pie received Phase One Brainspotting training in 2006 and Phase Two and the five day Intensive in 2007. She has been assisting Dr. David Grand, the founder of Brainspotting, in all levels of his trainings since 2008. Dr. Frey is the Senior US and Canadian Trainer for Phase One and Phase Two Brainspotting trainings, and has been facilitating Brainspotting trainings since 2009. She is the President and founder of the Rocky Mountain Brainspotting Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes Brainspotting (BSP) and developing scholarship programs for those who want BSP Therapy and can’t afford it. Dr. Frey is trained in EMDR I and II, Sand Tray Therapy, Play Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Frey started a private practice in Boulder, Colorado in 1982 and does group and individual consultations. www.drpiefrey.com
Serene René Calkins, P.T.
Serene is a Physical Therapist and Owner of Art and Science Physical Therapy in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has served as vice-president of RMBI since 2018. She became a Brainspotting Consultant in 2021 and is a Certified Brainspotting Therapist, a Pilates Rehabilitation Practitioner, and a CranioSacral Therapist. For 35 years, she has specialized in treating patients with chronically involved issues, such as fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, migraines, failed surgeries and multiple diagnoses. Her clinical treatment approach combines Brainspotting, Manual Medicine and Movement Re-Training. However, by adding Brainspotting in 2016, she significantly furthered her full-person approach to helping her patients.
Serene has created a 3-day Specialty Training with Mary Jane O’Rourke, LCSW, LMT — “From Freeze To Thaw: Unlocking Trauma in the Body with Brainspotting”. Their second 3-day training, “From Freeze To Thaw: The Next Level” is coming out in February 2022. Serene’s book “The Art and Science of Healing:Resolving Chronic Physical and Emotional Pain and Trauma” is expected to be published in 2023. Visit her website, https://artandsciencept-fit.com to learn more.
Thad Frye, LCSW
Thad is the owner of Thad Frye Counseling in Boulder County and has been in the counseling field for over 19 years, and became a Brainspotting Consultant in 2021. He earned his BA in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified Brainspotting practitioner and has completed Phase 1 and 2, the Master Class and the Intensive with Dr. Pie Frey. Thad is passionate about the healing power of Brainspotting and utilizes it with people grieving the loss of a loved one, as well as, artists, musicians and athletes who want to further their creativity and performance. https://www.thadfryecounseling.com/
Jessica Kilka, M.A., LPC
Jessica is the owner of Hope Over Hurt Counseling, LLC and currently works for Cornerstone Christian Counseling as a Counselor and their on-site supervisor for practicum/internship students. She specializes in working with children, individuals with trauma, couples, and divorce/blended family counseling. Jessica became a Brainspotting Consultant in 2021. She earned her BA in Social Studies and her Secondary Education License from the Metropolitan University of Denver and earned her Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Jessica is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, EMDR therapist and has completed Phases 1, 2, 3, 4, Masters Class, and Intensive in Brainspotting. Jessica is thrilled to be part of RMBI’s board and supporting the continued advancement of Brainspotting throughout the region.
Sandy Della Ripa
Sandy is a former senior insurance investigator with 28 years of experience in a Fortune 500 company. After leaving the corporate world, she spent three years with a Denver nonprofit, researching, writing, and submitting grants, as well as providing administrative support to their mission. As a recently elected board member, she is excited to be part of the RMBI mission to enhance the psychological and physical well-being of the community. A Colorado native with a BS in Paralegal Studies, Sandy recently relocated to the charming town of Loveland, Colorado.
Susan manages RMBI’s communications, programs, and membership directory, and supports the Board of Directors. She brings more than 16 years of nonprofit administration experience to RMBI, and also works as development program lead for Developmental FX in Denver, a nonprofit that provides transformative care for children with developmental disabilities, and with Resilience1220, an organization that provides free counseling to young people in the mountain area of Jefferson County, and Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park counties. Previously, she served as executive director of Ovation West Performing Arts for 8 years. Susan lives in Evergreen with her husband and enjoys yoga, hiking, and cooking.