Philosophy of Care
I believe that one of the most effective tools for success within any therapeutic relationship is cultivating a strong rapport between the therapist and the patient. This rapport develops by being honest, genuine, non-judgmental, and maintaining a sense of humor. I also believe that by meeting the patient where they are emotionally and allowing them to drive the process an environment of self-determination is created. This will encourage the patient to be invested in their treatment and without this, change and progress is unlikely to occur.
While building a strong rapport is vital to the success in therapy, our backgrounds and individual experiences are what help in shaping and forming the person we become. My goal as a clinician is to strengthen and build upon these foundations. To being successful in my practice, I believe it’s imperative to have an open mind and a willingness to learn something new from every patient’s unique background and experiences. I believe that nobody knows more about the patient than they do. I do so, first, by allowing the patient to be the expert on their own life. I work hard to treat each patient as a unique individual and use techniques, interventions, and therapy structure that are geared to address individual needs and goals for treatment.
Thus creating the ability to push and challenge the patient when appropriate to help accomplish the patient’s goals. This knowledge and openness have been essential to my success, as it has allowed me to treat each patient as effectively and respectfully as possible and ultimately creates a safe therapeutic environment for the patient.
Education and Licensure
L.C.S.W. Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, May 2017
M.S.W. Arizona State University, AZ, May 2015
B.S. in Social Work, University of Utah, UT, May 2014
My experiences as a Social Worker in the mental health field are diverse and unique. I worked for several years with youth and adolescents at the Utah Youth Village as an Associate Family Teacher. My focus was on teaching youth coping and emotional regulation skills in both a group and individual setting. I volunteered with the Pride Empathy Line of Utah for approximately five years providing emotional support and resource assistance to the LGBTQ community and their families. While completing my Criminal Justice Certificate at the University of Utah, I interned with the Salt Lake City Police Department as a Victim’s Advocate.
Here I managed cases for clients from different cultural backgrounds who were victims of crime and in need of help locating emotional support, housing, financial aid, food or other assistance. I have also completed an internship with the Odyssey House substance abuse outpatient facility. There I filled a case management role as well as worked in individual and group settings while assisting clients in finding resources needed to help with their new sober living. Lastly, I interned in Arizona with a trauma-focused organization, La-Frontera EMPACT. At this setting, I worked with a diverse clientele providing group and individual therapy counseling for issues ranging from childhood and sexual trauma to domestic violence. At Corner Canyon Counseling began to advance my knowledge in previously trained areas like PTSD and trauma, DID, and LGBTQ, while learning new skills in areas such as religious and life transitions and martial discord. Through the highly supportive environment and drive to provide our patients with the best care at Corner Canyon Counseling, I learned the best practices and techniques for the needs of my patients.
Areas of Specialty
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)• Dissociative Disorders & Dissociative Identity Disorder • Suicidal Idealizations • Trauma & Abuse • ADHD • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Adolescents Behavioral Issues • Marital/Relationship Conflict & Dysfunction • Depression • Gender Dysphoria • Grief/Bereavement & Loss • LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy • Panic Disorder • Personality Disorders • Phobias • Self Esteem • Self-Harm • Spiritual/Faith/Religious Transitions
• Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)• Traumatic Incident Reduction• Prolonged Exposure Therapy• Cohesive Framework Therapy• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy• Cognitive Processing Therapy• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy• Mindfulness• Problem Solving• Solution Focused Therapy• Client-Centered Therapy• Cognitive Processing Therapy
Angela Schellenberg is a LMHCA with extensive experience in Trauma, Grief, Loss, Anxiety, Depression and Childhood Trauma. Angela began her career as an elementary teacher. She is certified in grades K-8, with a reading endorsement. Angela has taught in Elementary School classrooms in the United States and in International schools in Asia. With her family, Angela lived and worked in China, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. Angela has successfully led and created businesses. Internationally, she served as the Executive Director of Endeavor Children’s Services in Asia where she helped train orphanage leaders how to teach orphaned children, focusing on identity, self-esteem, and resilience.
Angela has spent the last two years working with individuals, families, couples, teens and children in a counseling setting. She is trained in EMDR, Restorative Retelling, EFT Tapping, Matrix Reimprinting, ACT, DBT, CBT and mindfulness based stress reduction. Her strength is helping families and couples through conflict resolution, communication, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and trauma. With her multicultural experiences, Angela understands collective trauma and helps her clients identify who they are, what happened to them and develop a sense of safety, identity and self-esteem through a strength-based narrative.
Developing a therapeutic relationship and identifying your individual needs is the key to understanding your collective story. Recommendations, therapeutic tools and modalities can be offered to help you and your family with hope, healing and a strength based narrative.
Education and Licensure
LMHCA Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, M.A Masters of Arts in Counseling, Saybrook University, CA. May 2020
B.A. Elementary Education, Certified Teacher grades K-8, Reading Endorsement, May 1996, Washington State University
My experience as a Certified Elementary Teacher in the United States and as an International School Teacher in China, Saudi Arabia and Thailand is diverse and rich in cultural context. I worked as an Non Profit Executive Director for Endeavor Childrens Service in Asia training Orphanage Leaders and teacher how to teach orphaned and disadvantaged children about Identity, self esteem, grief, loss, trauma and resilience through writing, art, music and movement.
Having lost both of my parents by the time I was twenty two I have been immersed in trauma counseling from and early age. I have served as the Washington state lead for Survivors Empowered, a non profit organization for survivors of gun violence. I lead Motherless Daughter groups and work with many women and men who have lost their mother's or parents early in life. These past two years I have successfully completed 3 internships working with Individuals, Couples, Families and Children in Trauma Counseling. I am EMDR trained and also Trained in DBT and Restorative Retelling. I believe in the power of story and Narrative Therapy to help survivors of trauma tell themselves a different story. I never believe we are our diagnosis, it doesn't get to define it. It is what happened to us and we have ability to write a new story of what is next for us. You are the expert on your life, I view my job as holding up a mirror, helping you recognize your patterns, reprogram them safely and love the person staring back at you a little more every day.
Areas of Specialty: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Sudden and Traumatic Loss • Grief/Loss• Trauma & Abuse • ADHD • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Adolescents Behavioral Issues • Marital/Relationship Conflict & Dysfunction • Depression • Gender Dysphoria • Grief/Bereavement & Loss • Panic Disorder • Personality Disorders • Phobias • Self Esteem • Self-Harm • Religious Trauma
Primary Modalities: Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) • Restorative Retelling• Narrative Therapy• Family Systems • Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Cognitive Processing Therapy • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy • Mindfulness • Problem Solving • Solution Focused Therapy • Client-Centered Therapy • Cognitive Processing Therapy •Play Therapy