A New Way of Thinking
Kipp L. Dana, M.A., LCPC, LAT Brigham Young University: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Phoenix Master of Arts, Educational Counseling
Kipp is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. He has worked in the substance abuse and mental health field since 1989 and as a licensed therapist since 1996. His professional experience spans several service sectors including: secondary and higher education, community mental health, residential treatment, youth corrections, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.
I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Idaho State University in 2003 and have been involved in the behavioral health field ever since, the majority of that time has been in leadership positions in Idaho. I started my career in a community mental health center and after three years took a job in an agency specializing in drug court treatment. I was there for 12 years and served as the Executive Director of that agency for the last 7 years I was there. In October of 2018, I took the job with High Country Behavioral Health and moved to Evanston, Wyoming and have enjoyed my time here. I am certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) thru the Linehan Board of Certification. I was a program specialist for a substance abuse treatment model called The Seven Challenges and piloted research for the adult version of that model. I have also been trained in Feedback Informed Therapy (FIT), so those three things make up my professional interests. Above all, I believe in the power of forming a therapeutic alliance with people that are struggling to make changes across a large spectrum of mental health challenges and feel privileged to be involved in a work where I get to witness people make changes in their lives.
Aaron is an avid outdoorsman, runner and musician. He is passionate about his family, reading, playing soccer, wood working, and camping/back packing. You can often find him on a mountain trail just out of cellphone range having the time of his life. Aaron earned his BS degree in Human Resource Management from Western Governors University after wandering through academia for 8 years. After a year in the wilderness of southern Utah working with troubled youth, Aaron found his passion for helping people and pursued a MS degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Currently, Aaron is a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor at High Country Behavioral Health in Pinedale, WY.
Jason is currently completing his MA in Counseling and Master of Divinity with Counseling Emphasis at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and anticipates graduating in May 2019. Jason has had extensive experience with counseling individuals and groups through formats other than the clinical setting. These areas of counseling include: anger management, grief, crisis intervention, marriage & family, and conflict resolution. Although a native of Alabama, Jason and his family have lived in Pinedale for three years.
Kelsi graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She is a current masters student at the University of Wyoming’s School of Social Work. A Sublette County native, Kelsi has experience working mostly with young children and older adults in the community. Her current interest is in the long term effects of childhood trauma and she is conducting her thesis research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) throughout the State of Wyoming and how this correlates to the state’s high suicide rates. She is a firm believer that healthy families make all the difference and her passion is working with, and advocating for, these essential social units. Kelsi enjoys running, painting, cooking and almost anything outdoors.
Dana graduated from the University of Wyoming with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She recently completed her master’s degree from Adams State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While originally from Colorado, Dana has lived in Sublette County for 7 years and worked in a variety of community settings including doing outreach for Big Brothers Big Sisters and working with children with special needs at both Sublette County School District #1 and Children’s Learning Center. Dana has worked for HCBH since October 2017 and specializes in working with children, couples, anxiety, and stage of life issues.
Teresa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Utah and Wyoming and has provided counseling in number of settings including in-patient hospital, intensive outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services. She has over 20 years of experience working with anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, life adjustment issues and severe mental illness. She also is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has worked with people with all types of disabilities. Teresa loves spending time with her family in the outdoors -camping, fishing and hiking. She also enjoys traveling to music festivals and concerts with her husband and their border collie Woodrow.
He and his family migrated to Wyoming in 1990 from Minnesota where he had worked for the Gerard Schools, a residential treatment facility for children, and in his own practice Braaten Family Services. His background is in child therapies and family-based service work. Allan obtained his degrees from the University of North Dakota in education and from the Ohio State University in a specialized program involving special education, counseling and therapeutic recreation designed to work with children and adolescents in therapeutic placements. Since coming to Wyoming, Allan has obtained greater specialties in child and family therapies including Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He is also trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Allan’s main areas of interest lie in Attachment Theory and the influence of trauma on development. He works with children and their parents, or caretakers, together to help in the healing process brought about by trauma. He believes strongly in relationships as the key to growth and healing.
Joe graduated from Colorado Christian University with his Master’s Degree in Counseling in May of 2009. He has a background in substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, methadone maintenance, Department of Social Services, law enforcement, sex offender work, community corrections, prison/corrections, corporate America and the Army. Most recently, he was trained in EMDR counseling. Joe’s therapeutic style is the Rogerian style of unconditional positive regard and person centered treatment. He also utilizes other skills in modern therapy, such as Frankl, Jung, Freud, Ellis, Adler and Pearls. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors: camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, reloading, shooting, relaxing at home with his wife and two dogs, yard work, and listening to Classical Music.
After having my own substance abuse problem and finding recovery with 30 years of sobriety, I wanted to help people. I became a nontraditional student and earned my Master’s Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Professional Counseling. I am an eclectic counselor. I believe strongly that unless the client connects with the therapist there is no therapy. Therefore, that would make me a Carl Rogers theorist, believing in warm, unconditional, positive regard. My husband, Dave, and I love Thermopolis and the outdoors. We bought a house here and hope this will be our forever home. We have 2 furrkids: Bella and Tundra to complete our family.
Tiffany graduated from Weber State University in 2010 with her B.A. in Child and Family Studies. She went on to graduate from Utah State University with a Master’s of Rehabilitation Counseling in 2012. She has worked as the Youth Alternative Home Association Program Director until March 2016. She started at HCBH as a PPC March 2016. She really enjoys working with adolescents. Tiffany enjoys being outdoors and spending all of the time she can with her family. She also really enjoys yoga, reiki and painting.
Annette enjoys all areas of counseling. In her free time she enjoys reading riding horses, playing the piano, traveling, and spending time with family.
Maureen has 11 years of experience. She specializes in DBT, Early Childhood, and Trauma Focused CBT. Her interests include horses, Grandchildren and the outdoors.
Dinah has 11 years of experience as a counselor. She specializes in CBT, psychodynamic, DBT. She has extensive experience in Recovery from Addiction and as a Substance Abuse Evaluator. Dinah enjoys quilting, taking walks and hiking, watching TV and movies, and listening to audio books.
Mike Hartley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He specializes in gender issues. He also has experience with depression, relationship issues, family conflict, trauma, grief, bipolar, divorce and blended family issues, personality disorders, and cultural and ethnic issues. He uses therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Strengths Based Therapy.
Suzy Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She specializes in helping people with Borderline Personality Disorder and Postpartum Depression. She also has experience with helping people deal with depression, anxiety, family conflict, trauma, eating disorders, ADHD, anger management, behavior modification, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorders, and personality disorders. She has worked with teens and children, as well as adults. She uses therapeutic techniques such as cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Ron Sebreros is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He specializes in addiction management and managing thought errors and impulsive thinking. He also has experience with depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, ADHD, trauma, dissociative disorders, disruptive disorders, family conflict, men’s issues, grief, blended family issues, suicidal ideation, and cultural and ethnic issues. He uses therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strength-based therapy.
Mark Bennett is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker who specializes in depression, anxiety, mindfulness, meditation, and bereavement. He works with issues such as addiction, personality disorder, domestic violence, grief and loss, cultural and ethnic issues, behavioral issues, and family conflict. He uses therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Strength-based Therapy.
Shaylene Peninger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She specializes in depression and anxiety disorders. She has experience with family conflict, relationship issues, psychosis, eating disorders, grief, suicidal ideation, ADHD, anger management, behavior modification, bipolar, divorce and blended family issues, postpartum issues, women’s issues, and working with children and teens. She uses therapeutic techniques such as cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychoanalysis, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Non-Directive Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Colorado University, Greeley, CO. She has her Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO. She has been Practicing since September of 2009 and licensed since 2010. Professionally she enjoys working with teen-agers, families, and women. In her free time she Enjoy sewing, reading and spending time with her family.
Kristle has 17 years of mental health and substance abuse counseling. She is Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for mental health disorders, substance abuse, and drug court. She enjoys playing with kids, playing games/socializing, and being outdoors.
Jaimi enjoys Child-Centered Play Therapy, DBT therapy, and Family Systems. In her free time she enjoys traveling and exploring new places, spending time with family in the outdoors, camping and enjoying nature.
She has 15 years combined experience working in child abuse and sexual assault. She is certified child forensic interviewer, trained in the protocol of the National Children’s Advocacy Center as well as the protocol of the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers. She holds dual Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, going for walks, and exploring her new home. She is a native New Mexican and a recent transplant to Star Valley.
Jenni has a M.S. in Community Mental Health Counseling and 6 years of experience. She specializes in Anxiety, depression, chronic pain, eating disorders, personal growth, grief and loss, anger, and stress management. In her free time she loves to travel, be with her family, play with in the outdoors, cook, and laugh.
Ashley Bringhurst is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Master Addiction Counselor. She specializes in borderline personality disorder, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. She has experience with ADHD, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief, addiction, women’s issues, abuse, suicidal ideation,, and behavioral issues. She has worked with children, teens and adults. She uses the therapeutic technique Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She works with adolescents and adults.
Jona Jacobson is a Licensed Master’s level Social Worker. She specializes in helping people with co-occurring disorders. She also has experience with helping people deal with depression, anxiety, addiction disorders, trauma, personality disorders, women’s issues, and gender issues. She works with adults on an individual basis and in groups. She uses therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Integrative Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.