Trina received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Roanoke College in Virginia and is completing her Master’s degree in Counseling from Saybrook University in California. Trina has provided mental health services for nearly a decade in many different roles. She aims to be a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah upon earning her Master’s degree in December of 2017. She will be a Therapist at Discovery Ranch for Girls as part of her practicum and internship for licensure.
Underneath her academic experience, Trina brings years of professional experience. She was a mentor field instructor in wilderness therapy for four years, working with adolescent girls, adolescent boys, and co-ed adult groups. Trina was an assistant wilderness therapist to a renowned clinical psychologist for two years. During this time she worked primarily with adolescent girls and their families, where she gained valuable mentorship even before starting graduate school. She has also worked at a residential treatment center for young adult female clients, which was highly individualized and utilized EMDR therapy.
Through gaining these experiences with diverse populations, their families and referral partners, Trina is passionate towards keeping traction amid transitions in treatment. Her strengths have been highlighted by others as a natural ability to empathize and reach the population she is working with, while simultaneously balancing accountability. Adolescent girls often resonate with Trina’s ability to create a welcoming atmosphere to genuinely grow and learn about one’s self.
Trina’s clinical lenses include honoring the many factors at play through a psychodynamic approach, and relative to individual development over the life span. Trina tends to pull from multiple theoretical lenses to best meet individual needs. Trina conceptualizes healing through a systems theory approach, including earning guardians’ trust, utilizing genograms, seeing contextual factors, along with the tapping into the innate self-healing powers of individuals.
This reflects her core in a humanistic approach towards co-creating lasting change for an individual. This means that your daughter is always a unique person in Trina’s eyes, with the ability to face her monsters and, ultimately and sustainably, heal herself. Trina incorporates advocacy into her work when helpful, and fosters being an advocate of one’s self. Trina Grater is currently a member of the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association.
Trina grew up in Northeast Ohio and has lived with her husband in Southwest Utah since 2009. Some of her favorite things to do are to hike with her dog, play soccer, practice yoga, create art, bake, dance, and travel to new places. She loves any adventure that involves water and swimming, and treasures moments of sitting on her cabin porch and enjoying her husband’s home roasted coffee. Go Cleveland Browns!