Hi, I’m Sydnee Ettelson. I am a professional counselor associate and am pursuing a certificate with substance abuse treatment. I specialize in providing cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, emotional focused therapy, and solution focused therapy to individuals and couples. I have worked with individuals experiencing trauma for five years within a community health setting. For the past five years I have specialized to treat members and their families who are enduring hardships with mental health and substance use disorders. Many of my clients came from diverse family, cultural, and gender communities; and all of my clients had experienced homelessness, abuse from childhood, and/or domestic violence. I hope to treat everyone I encounter with a trauma informed approach, which understands that anyone and everyone experiences trauma on some level in their life.
Through my education I have gained knowledge of being a certified nursing assistant working in hospice. I have learned through this experience and many others in community health the stages of grief and loss. And through this I have learned skills to provide grief counseling to families and those experiencing end of life symptoms. Past education has also brought me to meet expectations for a doula certification. With this certification I was able to provide support to new couples experiencing the beginning and after stages of pregnancy. Through my early years in community health, I became certified in assisting those with hoarding disorders and have worked with many individuals on their attachment to belongings and readiness for change.
Counseling has been a journey of mine that has allowed me to build connections with people so that they can heal from life’s challenging moments. Challenges are meant to be a test of our ability to overcome circumstances. All of us have lived through hardships in our life, and I believe counseling can be a place to provide space to process and work through these challenging moments. By doing this anyone is capable of achieving peace to move forward in life.