While I am a therapist and healer by profession, I am also a regular human on their own vested journey of healing, self-discovery, and growth. I grew up in Idaho where my earliest memories are of rock hunting along the rivers, building forts in fields, and exploring the natural world in general for meaning and connection. As a young girl and adolescent I was always keenly aware that there were many things left unsaid, hidden, and not fully felt that resulted in myself and my loved ones isolation, suffering, and self-rejection. I see my dedication to the work of healing, integration, and expansion in my own life as a necessity to guiding and walking alongside those courageous souls willing to step into their own shadows and truths. The opportunity to be witness to the depths of the human experience is nothing short of a sacred gift to me and something I hold with humility and deep respect.
I would describe my approach to helping people heal as integrative, experiential, strength-based, relational and client led. While I have formalized training in clinical therapeutic approaches to therapy, professional and personal experience has taught me that true healing comes about by connecting people to their own inner healer and inherent resources, while also identifying the blocks to this wisdom. I assist clients in accessing this inner healer through an array of modalities that develop and strengthen integrating the individual through body, mind, spirit, and relationship. This means that I do not prioritize cognitive talk therapy approaches as is typically associated with therapy.
Cassandra is also largely professionally influenced by Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Experiential Learning (such as Psychodrama & other Gestalt approaches) and Buddhist Philosophy and practice.
Master of Social Work (MSW) -
Master of Education in Human Sexuality (MEd) - Widener University
Bachelor of Psychology (BS) -
Boise State University
Certified Sex Therapist (CST) - American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
AASECT Supervisor in Training - Currently
Out of Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB) -
On-going consultations & training
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) - Trained and previously certified - No longer maintaining certification
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) -
Somatic Experiencing International
Tremor Release Exercises (TRE) -
TRE - Tension, Stress, Trauma Release
Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM) - In Training 2024
MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training -
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Sciences (MAPS)
Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Training -
Polaris Insight Center
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) - Personal Transformation Institute
EEG Neurofeedback - EEGer
Post Inducation Therapy (PIT) - The Meadows of Wickenburg
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW):
Idaho License #: 38617
California License #: Awaiting approval
Oregon License #: Awaiting approval
Cassandra has worked in private practice in come capacity since 2017. Her practice has largely served adult individuals but Cassandra also greatly enjoys facilitating group healing processes that has often taken the form of on-going therapy and short-term intensives and workshops. Cassandra will work with couples in the context of sex therapy.
During her graduate training, Cassandra began interning at Keystone Extended Care Unit; the first residential treatment center in the country for problematic sexual behavior. Out of graduate school she was recruited by Gentle Path at The Meadows where she worked exclusively with men struggling with an array of personal and relational consequences of their sexual interests and behaviors.
The early years of Cassandra's professional development began teaching sex education to pre-teens, teens, and their parents while over-seeing the Education department for Planned Parenthood of Idaho. In other roles, provision of education has served as a necessary compliment to therapeutic process. She also enjoys educating other professionals in her field and young adults in undergraduate college courses.
To deepen her understanding of developmental and familial issues that contribute to adult challenges, Cassandra submersed herself in working with teenagers, young adults, and their families in residential and transitional settings. Working with the whole family system further illuminated the seemingly paradoxical human conflict for attachment and separateness; a theme that is present in most of her work with trauma and sexuality.
As a social worker, Cassandra believes in the importance of seeing through a systemic lens versus a individualistic one. She has occupied leadership, research and front line positions while working with and for underserved and marginalized populations. Working with incarcerated individuals, house-less individuals, and those struggling with addiction and disease will always be one of the most important gifts Cassandra has gained in this line of work.