“We don’t feel shame over having to go to physical therapy for a stress fracture- why should we feel any different about allowing time and treatment to heal anxiety or depression?” – Chapter One, Mind, Body, and Sport.


Injury or musculoskeletal disease can be as trying mentally as it is physically. Our mission at gO is to provide patients with a fully integrative approach that treats the whole person, not just the problem. gO Orthopedics + Sports Medicine Mental Health program is headed by Kathy Napoli, LCSW. Kathy attended DePaul University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then moved to Colorado and earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Following the completion of her master’s degree Ms. Napoli chose to return to Denver to obtain a post graduate certificate in trauma and response. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) she has over 15 years of mental health experience in a variety of settings including medical social work supervision, school social work within the public education setting, and private practice. Most recently, Ms. Napoli has worked as a Mental Health Therapist at Western State Colorado State University (WSCU). At WSCU, she continued to bring her expertise and passion in mental health care to students and staff but realized another area of importance; the physical and mental health needs of the athlete. Ms. Napoli is a champion for integrated health care and believes that the mind and body need to be treated together for optimal wellness. She has embraced the mission to help athletes integrate physical and mental health to reach optimal performance and enjoyment in their sport and life activities. In addition, she has been a strong advocate for the Traumatic Brain Injury community and spoken at the Brain Strong Conference.
Ms. Napoli brings a Solution Focused Modality to working with her clients that is directed toward developing and achieving the client’s vision of solutions. She currently lives in Crested Butte South with her husband, Jason, and two boys Enzo and Giovanni. She enjoys running, skiing, biking, writing, and traveling in her free time. Examples of services offered with Kathy through gO Orthopedics + Sports Medicine include:
  • Individual Consultation Sessions to manage anxiety, tension, performance blocks/slumps
  • Treating anxiety, depression, disordered eating, aggression or anger, substance use, etc.
  • Improving focus and dealing with distractions
  • Increasing confidence and coping skills to manage setbacks, injuries.
  • Managing Post Concussive Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
  • Building a healthy belief system and identifying irrational thoughts
  • Improving or balancing motivation for optimal performance