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August Alvarado, Ph.D

Licensed Psychologist

[ she/her ]

What do you most look forward to about the work you do?

I look forward to watching clients grow in character and confidence, building interpersonal skills, and reach the goals they have set for themselves.

What do you most value about the work you do?

I value the opportunity to really see and know clients so I can advocate and encourage them in their life's journey. I value showing clients that they are worthy of love, belonging, and the good that comes into their lives.

What is something clients might never guess about you?

I love all things related to tea.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a marine biologist with a speciality in marine mammalogy. I was able to the dabble in this interest while I was in California completing my doctoral internship. I volunteered for the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institution (CIMWI) marine mammal rescue team. Future plans include returning to marine rescue and research.

I graduated in May 2019 from the University of Northern Colorado with a PhD in School Psychology and a Minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods. I have provided clinical and assessment services in a community-based mental health clinic, private practice setting, university psychology clinic, residential treatment center, and in various public-school settings. I completed my postdoctoral residency here at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Sharp.

I enjoy using the full scope of my degree by offering comprehensive psychological assessments for all ages and counseling for youth and young adults. My training in school psychology has been paramount in helping to guide families in bridging the gap between mental health services and the school system. I believe assessments can be helpful in understanding a client’s current functioning and presenting problems. In addition, I have extensive experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and underserved populations, including gender and sexual minorities (LGBT+), foster youth, immigrants, and refugees. All psychological assessments are conducted in a compassionate and culturally responsive manner.

As a therapist, my process for treating youth and families consists of strength-based and evidence-based approaches. I enjoy walking alongside each client to navigate the stress of life, and to find a place of belonging and acceptance. I believe every person knows themselves the best and has an inner strength and resilience that can be built up and encouraged. Even though therapy can be a vulnerable and scary experience, I believe that through this process we can find the courage to change and heal. In therapy, I bring a calm and non-judgmental presence and welcome different forms of expression including talk, art, and play. I enjoy collaborating with providers, family members, and other supportive persons to help provide a continuum of care. Through this system, people and families can become empowered and thrive.

On a personal note, I grew up in Texas and moved out to Colorado after graduating from high school. I have an affinity for any and all things outdoors and I like to find new ways to challenge myself. Most of my free time is spent exploring and being adventurous with my senior pup.

I can provide telepsychological services to clients who reside in states that are part of the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).

To see the most up-to-date states in PSYPACT go to https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap

Clinical Specialties

  • Assessment
    • Mood and behavioral concerns
    • Personality and thought disorders
    • Learning disabilities
    • ADHD
    • Autism
  • Counseling 
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Behavior problems
    • School-related problems
    • Trauma
    • Attachment issues

Relevant Training

  • Post-Doctoral Residency at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling
  • APA-approved Doctoral Internship at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
  • School Psychology Doctoral Internship in Boulder Valley School District
  • Trauma-Focused CBT and consultation from the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU-Boulder)
  • Level 1 CASE approach of suicide assessment

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Colorado Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) E.Passport #6470


  • B.A. – Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder
  • PhD – School Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

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