I have always loved working with people. I started my career in banking, where I helped customers manage their personal finances. Later on, I moved on to become a training specialist, teaching and orienting new employees to the job. The role of mentoring and teaching others inspired me to earn my Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and specialized in helping clients find new and fulfilling career opportunities. Coaching and teaching clients as they navigate through career transitions was something I thoroughly enjoyed, and after several years I decided to become a licensed mental health therapist to add counseling to my coaching services.
In 2012, I began working towards my Master of Social Work degree. I completed specialized training in Geriatrics and Employee Assistance Programs. Since graduating, I have worked at a college counseling center, an in-patient mental health unit, and a private practice.
This variety of experience afforded me a well-rounded opportunity, and I was introduced to Animal and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. To gain a better understanding of these approaches to treatment, I began volunteering at two different horse stables locally and pursued training. I became certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in 2014. I also began doing work with my certified therapy dog, who has worked with me in session and accompanies me on friendly visits to local organizations and community events to raise awareness about animal assisted therapies.
When working with clients, I focus on using an integrative approach in which I utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapies, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation, the Human-Animal Bond, and other Experiential modalities (such as Sand Tray Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy) to deliver a truly individualized program. I firmly believe that effective counseling occurs within the context of a strong therapeutic relationship, built on a collaborative partnership, fostering exploration, and the development of the client’s personal strengths.
My experience includes primarily working with adults, college age through retirement, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and loss. To this day, I also excel in working with clients who are facing challenges and transitions in life and in their careers.
As the wife of a retired U.S. Navy Officer, and with several immediate family members who are currently in uniform or are Veterans, I also understand the unique demands of Military life. I am particularly passionate about serving our Active Duty and Veteran population in this line of work.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching classic movies, kayaking, and taking long walks with my therapy dog.
If you might be interested in working with me, feel free to email me at Lynn@CTSAtherapy.com!