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.
Idaho - License number: 38617
Widener University - Chester, PA
Widener University - Chester, PA
Boise State University - Boise, ID
American Association of Sex Counselors, Educators and Therapists (AASECT) is the most renowned credentialing body for issues concerning human sexuality professionals. Cassandra completed over 90 hours of academic course work in Human Sexuality, over 60 hours of Sex Therapy training, and over 300 hours of supervised field work in the field of gender and sexuality.
Somatic Experiencing International offers a 3 year training in working directly with the Autonomic Nervous System (Polyvagal Nerve) to help resort regulation and move through incomplete responses to stressful, overwhelming, or traumatic life experiences.
Polaris Insight Center
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
The International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals provides a 1 year training on working with individuals who struggle with problematic sexual behaviors focusing on using a disease model and/or addiction lens. Through her own evolution and training, Cassandra has decided to let this certification lapse to focus more on using the OCSB approach which is a Sexual Health model.
TRE - Tension, Stress, Trauma Release
Personal Transformational Institute
The Meadows of Wickenburg
Cassandra Rustvold, LCSW, SEP, CST
Boise, Idaho, United States
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