Get to know the heart of our practice:

Owner, Dr. Sara Metz

For the past twelve years, Dr. Sara Metz has developed a deep passion for working with emergency responders and their families. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Metz specializes in crisis intervention, wellness program development, and peer support supervision.

Dr. Metz’s dedication for helping clients and agencies find healthy ways to manage mental health comes from her direct experience as a responder at many critical incidents. Embedded in the emergency responder culture, she understands the intricacies of work/life balance and the unique sense of humor that accompanies the work. She’ll “call it as she sees it” without judgment, in a laid-back, low stakes environment.

Dr. Metz recently created a Masters in Emergency Responder & Military Psychology at CSU Global.  This is the first and only program of its kind that trains future culturally competent counselors to assist responder / military personnel, and their families.  For more information in how you can become a counselor, click on the CSU Global link below.

Meet Sara CSU Global

Memberships, Certifications, & Awards

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Peer Support Consultant

Multiple peer support teams along the Front Range

Repeat presenter

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Recipient of the Eileen Gupton Award

Early Career Contributions in Police and Public Safety Psychology in 2016

CSU Global Program Manager

Master of Science degree in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology

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2014 Recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal

National Science Foundation for cumulative service to the United States Antarctic Program

Executive Board Member

Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation

FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition

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Police Chief Magazine

Media Expert


FOX31 Denver-KDVR

Get to know the heart of our practice:

Chief Operating Officer, Nick Metz

Nick is a 36 year law enforcement veteran who has served two major city police agencies.  Most recently, Nick was Chief of Police for the Aurora (CO) Police Department from which he retired January 1, 2020, after five years of service.  It was in Aurora that he oversaw over 1000 law enforcement personnel in an incredibly diverse population of almost 400,000.  

Prior to becoming Chief in Aurora, Nick spent 31 years with the Seattle Police Department where he worked Patrol and many different specialty assignments and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief (number 2 to the Chief of Police).  As an Assistant Chief, he earned a medal of valor for his role in assisting in the apprehension of an armed suspect who shot a bus driver and attempted to drive off with a bus full of passengers. 

Nick has had a long passion in caring for First Responders where he created full time wellness units in both Seattle and Aurora.  He has assisted in countless programs and training centered around promoting mental health wellness for First Responders and their families.

Contact info: 206-499-7077 (c) or

Memberships, Certifications, & Awards

Assessment Center Coach

Over the past ten years, Nick has trained 300+ public safety professionals on how to navigate the promotional process for all ranks to include Chief Executive positions.

B.S. General Studies, Public Administration

Peer Support Trained

Completed 40-hrs of Peer Support Training in 2018

Repeat presenter

International Association of Chiefs of Police


FBI National Academy & the FBI National Executive Institute


Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)


ADL Counter Terrorism Training in Israel



Major City Chiefs

Wellness Subcommittee

Founding Board Member

Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation

Founding Board Member

Washington State Behind the Badge Line of Duty Death Response Team

Our Amazing Clinicians

L Loe Blackmond, MA

MA (Doctoral Candidate)

D Dr. Naomi Spilka, Psy.D.


H Hannah Bronson, MT-BC

MT (Doctoral Candidate)

K Kala Bettis, MA, Western Slope Services

S Stephanie Pinch, MA, M.Ed

D Dana Rae Vessio, MA, MFA

M Mel Kraker, MA, LPC

L Lindsey Torres, MA, EMDR

Why Our Clients Choose Code-4

Code-4 Counseling offers specialized support for the people who keep our communities safe. We love working with emergency first responders and their families, and they love working with us.

Reach out to Dr. Metz