Mental Health Therapist

From Colorado Springs, but recently moved from Los Angeles

Knows English

Practicing for 9 years

Graduated from University of West Florida

Location Littleton

About Starlene Markwalder

Starlene, whose nickname is Star, was born in Los Angeles but was mostly raised in Colorado Springs. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In graduate school, Star received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Soon after, she moved to San Diego, followed by Los Angeles, where she worked 3,000 hours as an intern under a Licensed Psychotherapist. In January 2013, she became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Star gained experience as a clinician in a variety of settings; Parenting and More (private practice), a youth home with adolescent males from juvenile hall, public and non-public schools, and a pregnancy center.

Her love for kids began early on in life, and she has 25+ years working experience with children and adolescents. Star also has 19 years of experience with and a heart for the special needs and developmentally disabled population. Prior to moving back to Colorado, Star had a private practice in Santa Monica and is currently licensed in both CO and CA. She recently moved back to Colorado to be near family, which includes her three adorable nieces she calls her “joy monsters.” Star is excited to explore the mountains and experience four seasons again while being reunited with some childhood friends. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, playing volleyball, and laughing with friends and family. She feels honored to work at Pediatrics West with children, families, and consulting with physicians to connect mental health with physical health. Star believes that children are the future and that investing in them is extremely important and very rewarding!

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Why I am a Pediatric Provider?

I have always had a love for and worked with children. They bring so much joy to the world! I love to experience their personal story and how they view the world. I am honored to be a part of their journey, with a passion to help them learn new and creative ways to live a healthy and enjoyable life.

Favorite cartoon?

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Favorite outdoor activity

Beach Volleyball

Favorite trail in Colorado

Longs Peak

Fun Fact

My twin sister and I were born in LA and asked to be on the show Charlie’s Angels (they needed babies/twins to swap out under the hot lights). Since my sister and I are fraternal and look nothing alike, my parents had to decline.

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