Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-850
With nearly a decade of experience, Jennifer decided to serve the youth and families of Wyoming in a more personal way by opening her own practice, Northern Star Counseling, llc. Northern Star Counseling specializes in improving the mental wellbeing of adults, youth and families. Jen believes in using an assortment evidence based, effective techniques to help her clients achieve optimum wellness and results. Such techniques include Thought-Field Therapy used to treat trauma memories, cognitive-behavioral restructuring interventions in order to correct irrational and unhealthy thoughts and thus positively influencing behaviors, play therapy to reach children and thorough assessments and evaluations to determine diagnosis. Motivational Interviewing may also be used in order to facilitate clients in realizing their own needed areas for change. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy principles can help clients to regulate their emotions and find balance in their lives. Treatment plans are individually customized to fit each client's unique circumstances. Jen has worked both as a clinician and an administrator in a variety of settings such as residential care and outpatient clinics in the community. Jen believes that the best results are achieved by working closely with families, their support systems and resources in the community. In addition to directly providing services, Jen works closely with a respected, local psychologist in order to provide a comprehensive range of services and assessments.
- University of Wyoming 2003 Master's Degree in Counselor Education 2001 Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and English with a minor in Spanish
- Areas of Practice
- Trauma/ Grief and Loss
- Assertive Communication
- Life Transitions
- Social Skills Development
- Erratic Mood Patterns and Bipolar Disorder
- Assessment and Intervention
- Self compassion
- Increased Self Worth
- Perfectionist tendencies
- Shame and guilt
- Conflict resolution at home and work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-
A Wyoming native, Russ was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. After initially moving away from Wyoming to attend college he returned to complete his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming in 2007 with a degree in Social Work. Following his degree at University of Wyoming, Russ earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
- Colorado State University Master's Degree in Social Work 2007 University of Wyoming Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
- Areas of Practice
- Trauma and Grief/Loss
- Developmental Disabilities
- Academic Support and Intervention with Schools
- Erratic Moods and Bipolar Disorder
- Marriage and Family Counseling
My passion is to support, encourage and empower the people I work with. Whether you are seeking individual, family or child/teen therapy, I bring a supportive, caring and knowledgeable level of care to all. I believe that the therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative approach in discovering specific emotional and psychological needs. I have a variety of tools and resources that support an individual, family or child/teen goals to reduce and manage symptoms. I have experience working with children, teenagers and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), low self-compassion, stress, life adjustments, reactive attachment disorder (RAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), communication skills, parenting, bullying and self-harming behavior.
I am trained in evidence-based practices including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Repressing (EMDR). When treating anxiety, depression, low self-compassion and self-harming behavior, I utilize DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). For individuals of all ages with trauma, I use Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and EMDR.
I received my Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wyoming along with my Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. My career experiences include; a therapist at Peak Wellness Center and a case manager at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, hiking, biking, wake boarding, watching my kids race their dirt bikes, snowboarding, reading and watching movies. If you are ready to make a commitment to bringing positive change in your life, I encourage you to take the first step.
I provide in-home and community-based services so that I can not only gather a holistic perspective of how I can help you or your family, but also so that I can make your life a little bit easier by coming to you!
My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, child behavioral issues, life adjustment challenges, and trauma for both individuals and families. Please give me a call for a free initial consultation to decide if we could be a good fit.
Misty was born and raised in Cheyenne, WY. She attended Regis University for her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. She then attended the University of Phoenix to complete her Master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage, Family and Child therapy. She works with children, adults, families, and couples. Some of the therapy methods she uses are; Family Systems, Couple’s Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Areas of practice; behavior problems, anxiety, social skills, trauma, bullying, self-esteem, depression, LGBTQ, parenting, and healthy relationships. When she is not helping people, she enjoys time with family and friends.
Jennifer Simpson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has spent the last 12 years working with youth and families at the community mental health center. In 2007 she participated in a state sponsored 2 year program to learn to assess and treat children from birth to 5 years old. Jennifer co created and facilitated a therapeutic playgroup that included parents and children ages 3-5 years . The group was created to help children and parents build relationship through play and also provide parents with resources on how to manage tantrums or other behavioral concerns. This group was very successful and Jennifer was able to help present the structure and theory behind the group at the Wyoming Association for Play Therapy conference to help other clinicians around the state develop a similar groups. Since that time, Jennifer has worked primary with early childhood using a relationship based approach. She believes in working with the family system and often uses filial play therapy, a technique to teach parents play therapy skills. Jennifer also has experience working with mothers dealing with post partum depression or other anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the birth of a new baby. She has provided mental health consultation to other community agencies including Head Start and Stride. Jennifer is also certified in level I and II EMDR and has found success using this approach with children that have experienced trauma. Jennifer is a strong believer in the human animal bond and has been working with a therapy dog, Ava, for the last 7 years. She is a Cheyenne native that cares about the community and wants to make a positive difference in the lives of children.