Ann serves our team as a Clinical Social Work Associate. She joins us with extensive experience working with children and families in the school system and has training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, Trauma-informed Care, Treating Anxiety Disorders, Neuro-Based Self-regulation, and Play Therapy. Ann received her Master of Social Work from Portland State University, Master of Teaching degree from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from George Fox University. Ann’s approach to therapy considers the unique needs and goals of each client. She seeks to develop a holistic view of the client, focusing on physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs. Ann’s background and experience lends itself toward therapy practices that are in line with brain-based research with an emphasis on strategies for reducing symptoms, healthy lifestyle, psychoeducation, and focusing on solutions. In working with children, Ann’s desire is to provide a safe and secure environment for children to process feelings and learn to manage emotions and behaviors. Ann incorporates child interests, play, art, and sand-tray activities to aid in the therapeutic process. Parents/caregivers are integral to Ann’s work with children. Research demonstrates that parent involvement is critical to the change process and improves results in treatment. As a former educator, Ann is skilled in helping parents advocate for the educational needs of their children, attend school meetings when needed, and provide social/emotional skills training. Ann is passionate about helping individuals overcome obstacles to promote personal growth, change, and goal setting at any age.