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Shayla Kaminske

LCSW

Populations Served: Adolescents, Children

Philosophy

My philosophy is that life is tough, and it can be helpful to have someone to talk to about it. We all have circumstances in our lives which lead us to think the way we think, do the things we do, and feel the way we feel. Even though our circumstances may be like someone else’s, everyone’s perception is their own. This means there is no “right way” to feel, but it can be helpful to process those feelings and learn healthy ways of responding. My job is not to judge someone based on their experiences, but to help them make sense of them. When we respond in healthy ways to our emotions, it sets us up for success and happiness.

Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University, and then went on to get my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have worked with a variety of populations including individuals of all ages, individuals with disabilities, individuals who have experienced homelessness, substance use, mental health, and trauma. I emphasized in Child Welfare in graduate school and have spent most of my working in that field.

Personal Interests

I’m more of a homebody and enjoy curling up on the couch to watch a show or play some Mario Party with my family. I’m also a nerd who enjoys playing Pokemon Go. I am a huge fan of Halloween, and love haunted houses, caramel apples, and all things fall. I also love doing random spontaneous things and try to get people in on my shenanigans.

Specialties

Adoption Issues
Child Abuse
Child Welfare
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Crisis Intervention
Depression
Domestic Violence
Family Therapy
LGBT Issues
Parenting Issues/Support and Training