J.P. Mertens
J.P. MertensIntern
Specialties: Individual, Marriage, Family, Teens, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Stress Management, Vocational, and Military

Bio

J.P. Mertens is a Master’s level practicum student earning his Masters of Arts degree in Counseling
through Colorado Christian University. He received his Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in
Leadership and Pastoral Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2001. J.P. received his Bachelors of Arts
degree in Psychology and Theology from Trinity Christian College in 1998. He has spent the last 18 years
serving in ministry as an associate pastor in churches in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Chicago
as well as a department head at Focus on the Family. As an ordained minister, he has had the honor and
privilege of providing pastoral counseling to thousands of individuals, couples, and families. He loves
working with teenagers, college students, adults, couples, families, and military.

J.P. seeks to create a counseling environment where people feel safe, heard, valued, and honored. His
counseling style is very relational, collaborative, encouraging, and empowering using evidence-based
models of therapeutic care. He feels that people can bring their frustrations, anger, fears, sadness,
anxiety, ambivalence, and dissatisfaction into the counseling process. J.P. believes that genuine healing,
transformation, and restoration are possible to help people experience a significant, meaningful, and
extravagant life.

Originally from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, J.P. grew up along the Western Shores of Lake Michigan, and
he has been married for over 18 years to the love of his life, Caroline. They have a very busy home as
they are raising three teenage daughters as well as a rescued chocolate Labrador retriever, Ranger. He
is an avid outdoorsman who loves to climb Colorado’s highest peaks, explore our fascinating National
Parks, and kayak the raging rivers of The West. J.P. loves creating fond memories with family and
friends as well as growing and serving with his church family.