Paula has worked in the mental health field since 2008, specializing in children and adolescents. Paula uses an Adlerian approach that is holistic, encouraging, progressive, nonjudgmental, pragmatic, and empowering. She draws upon many modalities that are insight based to create a deeper and lasting change by providing exploration, a sense of belonging, and healing through individual psychotherapy, groups, and family therapy. Paula recognizes that youth are vulnerable and rarely heard, and she loves to provide that space with high respect, and a safe milieu to share. She has five years of experience working with Native youth. She has worked as a school therapist in rural communities for ages 5-18 for four years. She is passionate about the wisdom that animal friends can share and has utilized this through equine facilitated counseling and dog therapy. Paula is enthusiastic about working with adolescents and children, yet holds experience working with the adult population as well. She has enjoyed working with adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness at a residential setting. She has worked in an inpatient hospital treating individuals with traumatic brain injury, addiction and SPMI.
Paula also has much practice in advocacy and social justice and makes use of that energy through psychoeducation and in offering presentations on child and adolescent mental health and trauma, mental health in the classroom, suicide training and prevention, and parenting training.