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About

Whitney Cavanah, M.A., LPCC

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Experience

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."

Whitney Cavanah is an LPCC specializing in individuals, couples, and family therapy. She earned her MA in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Trained in both psychotherapy and family systems, with an extensive background in yoga and the performing arts, Whitney has a holistic perspective to health care that is concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families. Holistic mental health emphasizes the entire person (bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model) and not just on their symptoms or presenting problems. It reaffirms the importance of the relationship between clinician and client, is informed by scientific evidence, and uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. 

Whitney has experience owning and operating multiple performing arts businesses which has afforded her the opportunity to expand on personal attributes vital to the therapeutic relationship. The creative arts have inspired Whitney to develop a passion for helping others explore their life’s meaning and express themselves in a safe and nurturing environment. Her position with The Tennyson Center for Children enabled her to interact with and assist at-risk youth through individual, family, and group counseling on issues ranging from behavioral disturbance, depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal conflict, and substance abuse. By facilitating the arts and narrative program, Whitney has honed her clinical skills to be a supportive, empathetic, and creative counselor. Furthermore, her experience as a Kindergarten teacher, and volunteering for agencies like Namaste Hospice and Special Olympics, has instilled in her the desire to give back to the community. 

Throughout her career Whitney has worked in a variety of academic and community settings with a particular focus on providing quality services to marginalized populations. She has extensive supervision and training and has provided numerous research presentations on various subjects such as: Adjunct Psychopharmacology for Schizophrenia, Art and Yoga Therapy for Trauma Survivors, Compassion Fatigue: Well-being of Caregivers of People with Major Neurocognitive Disorders, Interpersonal Group Therapy for MDD and Suicidality, Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities, Sexual Trauma and Mental Health of LGBTQIA+, Geriatric Substance Abuse, 2, 4, 6, 8 Emotional Regulation with Play, and Somatic Experiencing for Traumatic Grief and Loss. 

 

Whitney is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Texas Counseling Association, the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and the Colorado Counseling Association.

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My Approach

My therapy approach has been described as educational, broad, compassionate, holistic, and safeguarded. As I see it, humans have an inner capacity to evolve and that they possess personal responsibility over their own life. People can find real change with the assistance of a strong therapeutic alliance and the opportunity to explore their emotional needs. 

My work goes beyond traditional talk therapy. We may check in about your week, but typically we will spend our time focusing on deep rooted patterns and beliefs that continue to impact your thinking and physical embodiment. More specifically, we will incorporate pieces of inner child work and attachment, Mindfulness, Narrative therapy, CBT, and others. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing and Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which can be provided if we agree it is applicable to your healing process. This will depend on what resonates best for you. My work is trauma-informed, neurodiversity-affirming, inclusive, and welcoming to all. 

I believe it to be fundamentally true that people are operating in the world as best they can with the tools that they have. Sometimes people need a safe and loving environment to build on those tools and reach a place of peace and prosperity for themselves and for their families.

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Professional & Advanced Training Experience:

  • Somatic Experiencing 

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Completed Levels 1 & 2

  • Gottman Method: Emotion Coaching for Parents

  • Gottman Method: Treating Affairs and Trauma

  • Gottman Method: Treating ADHD and Anxiety inside Neurodivergent Relationships

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 

  • Yoga for Trauma Recovery 

  • Trauma-Focused CBT 

  • Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale: National Suicide Prevention SAMHSA

  • Exposure Response Prevention

Educational Experience, Certifications & Licensure:

  • Bachelors: Human Development and Elementary Education (Metropolitan State University) 

  • Masters: Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy (Pepperdine University) 

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (Colorado) LPCC. 0020529

  • Clinically Supervised by Michelle Fagan (Colorado) LPC. 

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