People sometimes ask me why I became a counselor and I tell them my answer is somewhat cliché, but honest. From the time I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to be in the helping profession. At the time, I thought that I wanted to be a high school counselor, because I felt like I understood people pretty well, and people would often come to me for direction, so I figured that would be a good fit. However, after graduating college, I learned that the job of a high school counselor was not for me, and that working in a community mental health agency would be a better fit.
I work with all age groups, from children and adolescents to adults, but specialize in working with children and adolescents. My clients present with a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, anger, relationship problems, sexual identity concerns, stress management, and so on.
I tend to operate from several theoretical orientations, including strengths-based, person-centered, attachment-based, and psychodynamic frameworks.
For fun, I enjoy learning, exercising, watching movies, and doing home repairs. I also enjoy spending time with my 10-year-old daughter, listening to music, and hanging out with family and friends.
Education: Dustin completed his bachelor in psychology degree in June of 2010, from the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. He also completed a masters program in social work from Northwest Nazarene University.
Experiences: Dustin has had many diverse experiences. During his undergraduate program, he participated in an internship program with the Idaho Department of Corrections, working closely with the department’s clinical supervisor, learning the ropes of the Corrections system and those involved in this system. Before and during his graduate program, Dustin was employed by LIFE Counseling Center as a PSR/CBRS specialist, and worked in people’s homes, helping them develop skills to cope with their mental health symptoms. During his graduate program internship, and for some time after, Dustin worked in a residential treatment facility for at risk female youth – most of which were in the foster care system. Dustin has also been involved in helping to push the agenda on Medicaid Expansion in Idaho. He currently lives in Nampa, Idaho and has worked at LIFE Counseling Center for eight years, the last three doing individual therapy.
Awards: Dustin graduated with honors in both his undergraduate and graduate programs. Dustin is also trained in EMDR therapy.