Milieu Therapist Lead

Uses She/Her pronouns

Whitney is a therapist, a creative and a mountain athlete. Whitney is interested in the various thresholds that exist between life and the landscapes that hold it. Born and raised in British Columbia, Whitney’s relationship to the natural world informs both her clinical and creative work and motivates a growing imagination towards the good argument of being alive. She is drawn to creative processes influenced by the Japanese aesthetic Wabi-Sabi, a philosophy that nurtures the impermanent, imperfect, and incomplete aspects of life. Whitney received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and was trained in an anti-oppression, intersectional feminist approach to psychotherapy at the MEND Institute. This approach continues to center her therapeutic efforts. Whitney thrives clinically at the intersection of identity and the resiliency of the human spirit not only through eating disorder treatment but relationally in private practice. Her experience as a collegiate athlete, mountaineer guide and wilderness therapy clinician have grown in her an irreverent sense of humor, a deep belief in the miracle of friendship and a budding ability to laugh without fear of the future. When not hanging out at Opal, Whitney can be found with multiple unfinished projects on the go or in the aftermath of logging too many miles on foot, skis or ropes without enough sunscreen. 

Whitney has professional interest and advanced training in: Attachment, attuned/ intuitive eating, depression/ anxiety, Enneagram, Health at Every Size, RO DBT, somatic psychotherapy, spirituality, sport and exercise/ athletes, systems of oppression, trauma, women’s health.