Justin Upwell, LPC, LAC

(He / They)

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

My passion and clinical focus is on the intersections of LGBTQ+ identities, Complex-PTSD, and substance use disorders. Minority stress and systemic oppression are risk factors for mental illness and substance use, and I use my clinical skills to support my clients in their process toward recovery and integration with the self. I practice from a mostly EMDR Therapy lens, with application of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acudetox as needed. I’m the Founder of Upwell Alliance, a consulting and clinical supervision organization in Denver. I teach at MSU Denver’s MS in addiction counseling program as well as CU Denver's MA in counseling program.

Education & Experience

I received my MA in Multicultural Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of Colorado Denver in 2018. I became licensed as a Licensed Addictions Counselor in 2019 and a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2020. I have worked in outpatient and intensive outpatient dual diagnosis treatment, in walk-in crisis, and now in integrated behavioral health.

Specialty Area

  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Gender Identity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Somatic Issues
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Medicaid
  • Sliding Scale