All Kinds of News for May 04, 2016
Growing up in a small town in rural Utah, Janna spent most of her time outside, enjoying nature, and traveling with her family whenever possible. At a young age, she developed a passion for serving her community by following her father, a family practice doctor, around on his house calls. Janna enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, water skiing, and almost any other outdoor adventure available. She explained:
“I love to be outside. It is the perfect therapy for me. Using my body and being outside is healing for my soul.”
Now, at Pure Life by Aspiro, Janna is excited to have the opportunity to combine her passion for travel, adventure, and the outdoors, with her expertise in helping young adults grow. About Wilderness Adventure Therapy, Janna said:
“I feel like there is a lot of power in doing hard things and challenging ourselves. There is something that happens inside of us while doing these hard things, out in nature, that is life changing.”
Janna has 13 years of experience as a therapist, working in many different settings including in-patient, residential, day patient, intensive out patient, group and family therapy. She earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2003 and got her LCSW in 2006. Upon graduation, Janna began work at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) where she ran groups for clients and families struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Later, she joined the Center for Change where she worked with clients with body image issues and eating disorders coupled with addiction.
Janna favors a strengths-based family systems approach to therapy. She believes that families always do their best, and in her work she draws on those good intentions to be the impetus for change. Over the years, she has developed expertise in working with young adults with depression, anxiety, trauma issues, eating disorders, substance abuse and dependence, body image and identity issues, and self-harm.
Join us in welcoming Janna to the Pure Life Aspiro team!