We have six full-time therapists at Chrysalis, all of whom are master’s level and above. We’re also partnered with a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is on-site monthly and available in between for face-to-face visits.
Position: Clinical Director
Position: Transition House Therapist
LCPC, CTRS, EMDR Trained
Emily Thelen is the therapist for Milestones, our transition house. She received her Masters at Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy. Emily has worked in the therapeutic wilderness and transitional care industry since 2006 with adolescent men, women, families, and young adults. She graduated from her home state’s University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and has held a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification since 2006.
While she has EMDR and SMART Recovery training, she also leans on the use of positive psychology, ACT, nature, ritual, and ceremony in the healing and transformation process. Her kind and yet firm approach is what makes her an effective disruptor in the healing process.
Emily is passionate about seeing and bringing forward the bright light that exists in all of us, in spite of and because of our past stories and struggles. It is a pure joy for Emily to mentor and model health and healing with these courageous young women who are choosing to develop, explore, and deepen their own sense of selves.
The healing power of nature continues to run deep in Emily’s life while living and working in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Emily enjoys quality over quantity, gentle boldness, bikepacking, snowboarding, and small gestures that make the world a better place.
Position: Assistant Clinical Director
Alex received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University and her undergraduate degree in Feminist Studies from University of California. She has also acted as a certified advocate for domestic violence survivors for well over a decade. In all of her clinical work and in her relationships, Alex is constantly asking how things can be done differently. She is known for pushing both her clients and herself to be curious, and look for insight, inspiration and change in unlikely places. Students often describe Alex as tough and caring all at once, appreciating her direct and transparent approach to relationship to support them in feeling safe in their clinical work. Alex’s career has been focused on the human and animal relationship, with attention to how our relationships with nonhuman animals can inform us deeply about ourselves. She brings this unique lens to Chrysalis and has developed an Animal Centered Therapy program. This program challenges the status quo of animal therapy and asks students and their families to see themselves from the dog or horse’s perspective, rather than simply using an animal for comfort or experience. Alex is always surrounded by a cloud of cattle dogs, who keep her challenged and entertained at all times! When not at work she enjoys eating plants, lifting weights and spending time with her horses.
Anne received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Montana. For years now Anne has gravitated toward working with youth and their families in a variety of treatment settings. Her experience includes individual, group, and family therapy, and crisis stabilization. She spent four years working in a transitional youth residential setting with Youth Homes Inc., and then three years working wilderness therapy. Anne is a passionate outdoorswoman with years of backcountry experience beyond her wilderness therapy. She often says that wilderness led her to social work because of the transformative experiences she witnessed. Her commitment to continuing to work in this field led her to pursue her degree and through her education, she worked in the inpatient psychiatric unit at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, and on a systems level with families experiencing homelessness with Reaching Home. All of these experiences influence her approach. Anne seeks to look at all of the systems that impact an individual’s well-being with the goal to better understand the collective dynamic.
Alex is passionate about creating an inviting, safe, and inspirational environment to guide change and growth in individuals. Alex will receive her Master’s of Education in Counseling and has her Bachelor of Music from Colorado Christian University. With a unique background of education, Alex embraces each individual’s distinctive needs. Combining years of working in residential treatment as well as the school system, she practices implementing group counseling and individual interventions with caring skill. She has found an integrative approach of therapy, using the arts as well as CBT, DBT, and systems influences. She often uses her knowledge of neuro-development and learning to connect with clients on multiple levels. She lets creativity be a stepping stone to emotional vulnerability and understanding. On her down time you can find Alex playing guitar, rock climbing, and adventuring in the Montana mountains.
Brie is passionate about utilizing a client-centered approach in order to build a strong therapeutic alliance with clients, as well as giving clients a voice in setting goals and growth for themselves. Brie received her Masters Degree in Education from Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. Brie came to Chrysalis from Oregon, where she gained experience working with adolescents at the state hospital level of care, and in the juvenile corrections system- implementing an eclectic approach by blending modalities of CBT, DBT, and CPS. Brie also enjoys bringing in Gestalt and Existential strategies with clients who enjoy more philosophical and deep-thinking therapeutic experiences. Brie enjoys partaking in a wide range of hobbies, from getting outdoor thrills by kayaking, mountain biking, or hiking, or keeping it low-key at home watching movies, crocheting, and spending time at home with her cats.
Briar began her journey with the therapeutic process early in life. This positive experience presented itself as a passion, and led her to double major in Psychology and Studio Art at Santa Clara University. It was here she discovered the therapeutic power of art, and she continued her education to receive her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College in New Mexico. Her clinical work with adolescents, couples, groups and families has been influenced by her travels, her love of the outdoors, connection to animals and art. This work has given her a strong sense of compassion and has assisted her in multiple therapeutic settings. Briar’s spark for life shines when working with adolescents; and she aims to help them find, take ownership, and embody the positivity and resilience she sees embedded within them.