Annette received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She has several years’ experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, women, and families in a variety of treatment settings; to include juvenile justice, schools, wilderness, residential, home-based and community-based programs. Annette began her career at the age of 19 as a direct care staff at a residential treatment facility for adjudicated youth. This experience led Annette to pursue her degree in Social Work so she could be better equipped to help others.
Annette is skilled at treating a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, family relational issues, eating disorders, attachment disorders, substance abuse disorders, and emerging personality disorders. Annette is well-versed in the area of trauma, specializing in the treatment of those who have experienced complex trauma. Annette quickly learned through her work that trauma is more prevalent than not. As a result, Annette has worked toward learning as much as she can about trauma and how to effectively treat it. A primary focus for Annette is being trauma-informed and teaching clients and other professionals about trauma, resiliency and post-traumatic growth. She has provided professional training and workshops on trauma-informed adventure therapy, the use of adventure therapy with diverse populations, and the combined used of reality and adventure therapy to help individuals work through trauma.
Annette works through a strength-based lens, recognizing everyone has strengths to draw from. She utilizes a combination of trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), reality therapy, motivational interviewing, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and experiential/adventure-based interventions. Annette is certified in choice theory and reality therapy through the William Glasser Institute and was able to receive direct training from Carleen Glasser. Annette also received EMDR training through the EMDR Institute, where she received her certification of completion for EMDR Part 1 and part 2. Additionally, Annette has attended training with Natural Lifemanship, a trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy approach and most recently completed a specialized training in the use of equine-connected EMDR.
Annette believes in the importance of developing trusting, collaborative relationships with clients, while also challenging them to take risks in order to achieve their therapeutic goals and to help them make the changes necessary to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.
Annette is married to a loving and supportive husband and has two wonderful daughters that are her everything. Annette and her family enjoy spending time outside camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Annette is an avid rock climber and when she is not at work she is likely stuck to the side of a rock somewhere in Southern Utah.