Meet Your Support Team

Since 2010, A New Outlook Counseling Service has served the greater Denver area.

We are excited to introduce our newest addition, A New Outlook Recovery Services.  Our Colorado Recovery Services offer Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for both Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Disorder patients. In addition, we also offer our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)/Day Treatment program.

A New Outlook is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau of the Denver/Boulder regional office. In addition an accredited business with an A+ rating. We are also a member of the NeuroStar family of providers. Firstly, this advanced therapy service is uniquely designed for the treatment of major depressive disorders. In addition, this therapy is designed for adult patients who have not satisfactorily improved from previous antidepressant medication. Secondly, this therapy is ideal for those who require further intervention to achieve satisfactory results.

Dr. Arshad William, MD

Dr. Arshad William, MD

Ashad received his medical degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria. His psychiatry residency was at Harlem Hospital, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York where he was also the Chief Resident in his final year of residency.  Arshad is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), He is also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society.

Richard D. Wallis, PhD, PMHNP

Richard D. Wallis, PhD, PMHNP

Richard is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in several psychiatric settings. He completed his psychiatric training at the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has advanced training in psychopharmacology, has attended more than 24 psychiatry conferences, and has presented several posters and spoken at several national psychiatry conferences. He is currently providing outpatient psychiatric services both in-person and through telehealth at A New Outlook Recovery Services.

We are excited to introduce our newest addition, A New Outlook Recovery Services. Our Colorado Recovery Services offer Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for both Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Disorder patients, as well as NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy.

Debra A. Ford

Debra uses her passion for helping people to focus on assisting clients who battle with depression. As the TMS Coordinator at A New Outlook Recovery Services, she is welcoming and here to help you.

Debra has made her home here in Denver for over 50 years and has found her home at Colorado TMS here in Littleton.

Robert J. Johnson, SAP, MAC, LAC

Robert J. Johnson has been with A New Outlook Counseling Service providing counseling services in Highlands Ranch, CO since 2010. He received his Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix.

He is a Substance Abuse Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. His experience includes private practice, residential in-patient, intensive residential treatment, outpatient, sober living and therapeutic communities.

Robert focuses his practice on therapy and counseling and has been assisting patients for over 16 years.

Robert was born in Iowa and has lived in Colorado since 1976. In addition, he is currently pursuing his licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and professional counseling.  Robert spends his free time playing golf with his family and friends


Julia Nichols, MA, SWC-C

I received my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver with a Trauma and Mental Health focus and my BA in Psychology from the University of Memphis. I am certified Nationally as a Clinical Social Work Candidate (SWC-C) by the State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agency (DORA), with a goal of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through supervision and clinical work. 

I have experience caring for those in an inpatient mental health hospital, working with men in a jail-based setting, assisting those in the Denver area with food access, and in other mental health and community-based agencies. These positions have shaped my individualized, trauma-informed approach that draws from mindfulness and somatic-based interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Theory, and other best-suited modalities.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, watching live music, doing yoga, and picking up various interesting hobbies.


Paul Lovato

Paul S. Lovato, BS, CAC III

Paul S. Lovato graduated from Metro State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with the Emphasis in the Addictions.  He has been a Colorado Addictions Counselor III for over 32 years.  Paul is also certified as a Trauma Specialist who offers an eclectic approach to counseling using various styles.  He is proficient in individual therapy, groups, trauma, and family/couples/marriage counseling.  He has created workshops and groups on various topics, most recently an 8-week Co-Dependency workshop.

His 32 years of experience in recovery from addictions and trauma has given him a unique opportunity to get a comprehensive view of recovery.   Paul has been blessed to have two of the best mentors in the field of addiction and trauma that he has ever discovered in the therapeutic community.

Danielle Hull, MSW-C

I graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s in Social Work and an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Colorado in Denver.

My experience includes residential counseling, case management, psychiatric stabilization through care navigation and counseling, research, program management, jail-based restoration to competency, and school social work within the populations of special and general education.

I specialize in a variety of therapies, all practiced through a person-centered and trauma-informed lens. These modalities include Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

I am certified  Nationally as a Clinical Social Work Candidate (SWC-C) by the state of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and am actively pursuing my LCSW through clinical work and supervision.


Donald Vergo, MFT-C

I am a Colorado native and a nine-year veteran. I earned my BA in Psychology from MSU and my MA degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University. I am passionate about supporting individuals, couples, and families to find healing from anxiety, depression, grief and loss, communication, marital distress, stress management, and substance use.

My experience includes residential in-patient, substance use treatment, animal-assisted therapy, child and sand tray therapy. I draw from the principles of attachment theory, mindfulness interventions, experiential therapy, sand tray, and play therapy interventions.

In my spare time, I enjoy photography, climbing, mountain biking, and scuba diving.


Ann Johnson, PhEd, LAC

I am a Colorado native and a nine-year veteran. I earned my BA in Psychology from MSU and my MA degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University. I am passionate about supporting individuals,

I counsel patients who experience alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, or other mental or behavioral problems. I provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors. Many counselors incorporate the principles of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). 

I educate clients on how to cope with stress and life’s issues in ways that help them recover. I also help patients improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problems with family and friends.  I have been practicing for over 30 years, as an in-network with Aetna, Anthem, BCBS, and Cigna.


Jim Weiss, CAS III

I have been working with individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction for over 13 years. As a Certified Addiction Specialist III, I am keenly aware of and clearly understand the nature of addiction and the journey of recovery that one goes through.  I carry a strong background and extensive training in Cognitive and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Inner Child work as well as other best-suited therapeutic modalities.

I have carried various positions in therapeutic treatment including Program Director of Intensive Residential Care with Intensive Outpatient and Sober Living components. My experience also includes work in Medicated Assisted Treatment as well as individual and family counseling.  My knowledge base and experience have led me to practice a recovery process that embraces the good in each person.