All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
Birgit hails from Bavaria, close to the Alps between Germany and Austria. She received her training and education in the homeland of key psychological figures like Jung, Adler, and Frankl. Her passion for helping others taps into this deep heritage as she left a career in business, left a very desirable, stable, and lucrative career with BMW and opted instead to go back to school. She opened her heart and followed a calling to work with struggling youth, earning an M.S. in pedagogy from the University of Augsburg. How does a therapist from Germany end up in Oregon? Birgit’s unique story with Evoke began back in December of 2006.
While studying for her Masters, Birgit worked at a youth psychiatric clinic. In spite of her home country's rich history, she discovered that treatment options for adolescents in Germany (and all of Europe) are surprisingly scarce and narrow in scope. Her experiences there left her in want, believing that there was another way to go about helping teens navigate turbulent waters. Searching for something more, she began pouring over publications and stumbled upon Wilderness Therapy. As she dug further, Evoke Therapy Programs were highlighted as one of the world leaders in Wilderness Therapy. Once again, she answered the calling and when she graduated she flew to Oregon and walked into the office and told the first person that she saw, “I heard you are one of the best and I want to work with you.” And so her journey with Evoke began as a field instructor.
She flourished in the fertile soil and longed to take root. In an odd twist, after 18 months she was not able to remain; bureaucracy dictated that she must return to Germany. Upon return, she served in transitional youth shelters, as an educational specialist, and as the director of a youth center. It wasn’t until 2013 that the door to the United States opened back up. She and her family followed the green light and moved from Germany to Bend, Oregon. Capitalizing on her experience and skills, Birgit was able to reunite with Evoke in 2014 and joined the clinical team and spent the next three years as a Clinical Assistant. The wheels of reciprocity between Europe and the USA are almost non-existent and she continuously and tenaciously has spent the last few years jumping through hoops towards licensure as a professional counselor in the States. Finally, the years of hard work have paid off as Evoke Therapy Programs announces that Birgit has her own group.
About Evoke Therapy Programs
Evoke Therapy Programs at Cascades, in Bend, Oregon provides innovative mental health treatment solutions for struggling teens, young adults and their families. Their programs foster lasting change utilizing the power of nature and Wilderness Therapy. They also offer Personal Growth Intensive Workshops for individuals and families that are looking to create dynamic changes in their life or to simply find the balance they are seeking.