I completed my undergraduate degree at Briar Cliff University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology and Psychology. I recently completed my Master’s degree with Walden University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am recognized as a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Addiction Counselor. My areas of specialty include grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. I am working towards my licensure for LPC and LCP-MH.
Hello and welcome. My name is Caroline Vernon and I am currently working towards full licensure as a Professional Counselor in South Dakota. I have been working in the counseling field for nearly 10 years and have worked internationally in social work positions. I work from a collaborative and strengths based approach in which I encourage clients to be the author of their lives. My therapy style is inherently holistic as it is grounded in mindfulness, unconditional positive regard and the firm belief that healing is possible for everyone. I seek to find the wisdom in all actions instead of the pathology and work collaboratively with clients to heal pain and confusion. Using EMDR, CBT and Mindfulness, I work with people who have experienced severe trauma, substance use disorders, have symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and people living with mood disorders. I am LGBTQIA+ friendly meaning that all are welcome and can expect loving support here.
Hello! I am a USD graduate in both my Bachelors and Masters degree. I studied psychology and communication during my undergrad years, then transitioned directly into graduate school to gain my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My areas of interest include depression, anxiety, and grief and loss work as well as working with addiction.
I became a counselor because I am passionate about working with individuals and couples to make change in their lives. Coming from a Person-Centered approach, I provide a non-judgmental and collaborative safe space for my clients to explore underlying issues that cause imbalance in their lives. The therapeutic space is that of compassion, support, empathy, empowerment and acceptance. I use a variety of techniques and tailor treatment to meet the needs of every individual I see. I believe you have already taken the first and most important step by walking through the door.
I am a graduate of South Dakota State University and received my master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a National Certified Counselor through NBCC and am working towards licensure as a Professional Counselor and Addictions Counselor. My experience includes working with individuals in corrections, in-patient/out-patient settings, group work and co-occurring disorders. My areas of interest are working with women and women’s issues, the LGBTQIA+ community, couples, anxiety and depressive disorders, sexuality, relationship struggles and addictions.
Hello. I am a graduate of Sioux Falls Seminary, and received a Master’s in Divinity, with specialization in counseling. Prior to that I worked in youth ministry, and I am an ordained Pastor. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychoanalytical therapy in my sessions. I also do premarital counseling, addiction counseling, and spiritual advising.
I have a passion for people, and to help people discover their life purpose. “Decisions Lead to Destinations” is one of my personal sayings. I am a licensed addiction counselor (LAC), and working towards my license as a mental health counselor(LPC). Lastly, I am in a PhD. Program at Walden University focusing on human development.
I use a person-centered and solution-focused approach meant to help create a network of support with the client’s needs at the center. It is important to enter a conversation through the lens of knowing trauma impacts both physical, mental, and emotional health. Through supportive listening and acceptance, a client can gain confidence to feel capable of change, growth, and to learn coping skills to deal with uncomfortable emotion and life events.
My credentials are as a School Counselor, Master’s level Licensed Practicing Counselor, and Licensed Addictions Counselor. I have 15 years of experience working with youth and families as a School Counselor and Prevention Counselor in public, private, rural, alternative, and city schools. During the past 25 years, I have worked with a variety of client populations, including: families with children with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum, and chronic illness; and at-risk youth. I obtained advanced threat assessment training by Sigma Threat Management Associates and do threat assessments for area schools to determine risk and if the individual is progressing along the pathway to violence. I also hold certifications in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training) and CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality). Treatment focus: Youth and Families, Trauma Informed Care, Threat Assessments, Addiction, Depression and Anxiety, Developmental Disabilities, Parent/Child Relationship Issues, ADHD, and Bullying.
We all have times in life when it is okay to seek support. I believe each one of us is truly doing the best we know how. It is through supportive counseling, self-advocacy, collaboration with medical providers, developing community and caregiver supports, and accessing resources, we can develop grit and resilience. I look forward to walking with you and creating supports in your life!
Hello! I achieved my Undergraduate Degree in Community and Criminal Justice from Conestoga College in Ontario, Canada. I gained experience and knowledge in/about Canadian Law and developed a research study for the development of Child and Youth Advocacy Centers in Canada. I moved to South Dakota to obtain my Master’s Degree in Counseling; little did I know that I would get two degrees at the same time. I graduated from South Dakota State University with a Master’s of Science in Family and Marriage Counseling, as well as Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently working towards my licensure as a Professional Counselor as well as, studying and working towards becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My experience includes working with families and individuals within the corrections system, residential and outpatient facilities, group work, and co-occurring disorders. My passion lies in working with survivors of sexual, emotional, and/or physical abuse. I enjoy working with juvenile offenders for re-unification to the community and within their families. My areas of interest are in working with couples, families, relationship problems, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, sexuality, and addictions.
Some of the hardest steps in asking for help is making the phone call, showing up to the appointment, and being willing to make changes within life. Together as part of a team, individuals can face their scariest moments. My approach to assisting clients in making changes emphasizes encouragement, collaboration, and utilizing community supports. Working with my clients is an honor; I am grateful for the chance to share in my clients struggles and successes.