Mental Health Therapists primarily help clients improve their mental health

              * Work with individuals, families/couples, and groups  to improve mental health

               *Encourage clients to discuss emotions and experiences
               *Examine issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger & stress management,  grief & loss,

                         substance abuse/addictions, relationships, LGBTQ issues, and more

                *Help clients define goals, plan action, and gain insight
                *Help clients change maladaptive behaviors and thinking patterns
                *Help clients understand themselves and other people
                *Teach emotional, cognitive, and communication skills
                *Teach clients how to effectively resolve emotional, relational and professional conflicts
                *Teach clients how to improve current relationships and build new ones
                *Teach clients self-help skills such as deep breathing, meditation, thinking exercises and more
                *Offer non-directive advice and suggestions (depending on the therapist)
                *Refer clients to psychiatric/mental health provider for medication evaluation and management if in need

                                 Dr. Lisa Root, PsyD, LPC  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Pastoral Counselor who has worked in the 

                                 mental  health field for 20 years. 

Dr. Root obtained her doctorate degree in clinical and counseling psychology from the University of Cappella an adjacent school to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  She completed her residency and post doctorate hours in Colorado.  She obtained her master's degrees and teaching certifications in Special Education in the following areas: Severe emotionally disturbed, learning disabilities, communication disorders from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.  She continued her education and added an additional dual master's degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in School Guidance counseling k-8 & 9-21. 

Dr. Root belongs to the International Trauma Professional Association where she has obtained specialties in PTSD, grief and death and dying.  Dr. Root continues to serve military families in the local community and has worked in community mental health, the private sector and governmental sector.


Dr. Root has taught at the local community college level with courses in abnormal psychology, psychology and trauma.  She continues to utilize her knowledge of mental health diagnosis, clinical therapeutic solution focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and internal Sozo therapy which focuses on deep internal healing in the area of internal woundedness. 

                       Natasha Roush, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with 12 years of clinical experience.  She graduated from  

                       West Virginia University in 2006 with her Master of Social Work degree and after 2 years of clinical internship she

                       obtained  her LCSW. Natasha has extensive knowledge and experience in the delivery of multiple modes of mental

                       health and chemical dependency interventions and therapies. Natasha's background includes individual, family,  group counseling, and psychoeducation relevant to mental health and chemical dependency issues. Natasha has  worked in a variety of settings to include community mental health, private practice, and the government sector.

Dr. Catherine Rutherford, Ph.D. has worked in the field of mental health for over 30 years.  She is a double APA Psychologist graduating from an APA approved graduate program from Western Michigan University and completed an APA internship at the Veterans Administration in Michigan.  Her Ph.D. is in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and her specialty is the treatment of PTSD.  All of the interventions she utilizes are evidence based techniques including Motivational Interviewing for which she is a trainer.  She is also trained in Gottman's Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques.  Behavioral Psychology and her specialty is the treatment of PTSD. 

Dr. Rutherford has experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, has directed a child development clinic, worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and has worked as a forensic psychologist with the Department of Justice as well as in corrections.  She well across cultures and has worked with the Indian Health Service and Alaska Native Agencies. 

Dr. Rutherford has taught psychology classes for the last 20 years at numerous colleges across the country including Western Michigan University, the University of Virginia, the University of Alaska and other community colleges.  Additionally, she is a trained Mediator, holds a certification in Public Administration from the Management Academy for Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is published in the field of Psychopharmacology. 

Dr. Rutherford's clinical interests are trauma, anxiety, depression, marriage and family therapy, and forensics.