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Meet Your Providers

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Dr. Alfonso Cappa-Meléndez has been working in the field of mental health for over 15 years. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is a graduate of the School of Medicine of Ponce, Clinical Psychology Program, approved by the American Psychological Association. He moved to Colorado at age 30 after falling in love not only with the beauty of the state, but also with the kindness of his people.
Dr. Cappa has worked in multiple environments with a wide variety of populations and psychological problems. His theoretical framework is biopsychosocial. His approach to the patient considers the interaction of biological, thoughts, and social processes. The impact of the services he provides is aimed to be effective and efficient.
Dr. Cappa firmly believes in the power of compassion and trust in treatment: "The therapeutic alliance is the most important component to success in therapy. It is always important for me to understand the uniqueness of the patient. You must earn trust. Only then does the real change begin. "
Dr. Cappa is also a comic book enthusiast, movie lover, Broncos fan and a natural born geek. He doesn’t believe in the concept of “normal” and he rather use the term “healthy or unhealthy.” He states, “Normal people don’t accomplish much.”

Dr. Alfonso Cappa-Meléndez

Rosie has a Master of Science in Christian Counseling, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ. She has a Double Major: a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts Spanish, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo, CO.
Rosie has provided individuals, families, couples, parenting, and domestic violence counseling. She has experience working with adults, seniors, children, and their families in the field of mental health. She has been provided services for three years. Before coming to Pueblo Pioneer Psychology, she was a Social Services Caseworker in the Child Sex Offender unit with the Department of Human Services for three years. 
On her philosophy of treatment, Rosie states, “I believe that counseling consists of utilizing multiple approaches based on the client's needs and learning ability. I provide assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, and psychological problems and difficulties. I believe counseling is self-discovery for both the client and the therapist. My methods of treatment tend to be an eclectic therapeutic approach that draws the most relevant techniques from other evidence-based therapy modalities together for an effective, individualized treatment plan.
She adds, “As a therapist, I value the fact that each client is unique and has unique needs in therapy. I believe that in a healthy therapeutic relationship, the therapist is able to better explore the client’s worldview and needs. My main focus is establishing rapport and developing trust through support, warmth, and empathy.”

rpena@pioneerpsychology.com
 

Rosalinda “Rosie” Peña, LPCC

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Melishé is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the North-West University, South Africa, and University of Phoenix, conjointly. Melishé has experience providing mental health services to a variety of individuals, with a specific focus on grief, trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Melishé believes in a collaborative approach in helping clients reach their goals through the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a person-centered therapeutic approach. Melishé helps her clients understand the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behavior and the role it plays in their mental health. Melishé also enjoys providing career counselling and helping individuals find an occupation/career that aligns with their personality and interests.
When not working, Melishé enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, fly fishing and indulging in a captivating mystery or crime book. 
 

Melishé Spangenberg

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Arlyn is an office manager with Pueblo Pioneer Psychology LLC She has 5 years of
experience in the billing and medical administration currently working at Pueblo Pioneer Psychology LLC. On her primary drive she states, “My passion for office management comes from my love for personal interaction and organizational excellence.”

Favorite quote: “In every day, there are
1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive
impact.” --Les Brown
 

Arlyn Alzate

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