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Hi!  I'm Wes!

Hi, I’m Wes!  I am one of ROAN’s Therapists.  I became a Clinical Intern at ROAN in 2020 and officially joined the team following graduation in 2021.  I have been working with children and teens for over a decade.  I earned my Master of Social Work from Aurora University and am currently working towards earning my LCSW. 

I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma.  I lead with trauma-informed approaches, honoring each person's story.  I start here during assessment even when a client and I may end up working on depression, anxiety, or something else.  Specifically, I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with many clients when it comes to PTSD and other trauma-related disorders.  My approach to depression and anxiety is typically identifying the thinking patterns and exploring the physical sensations to build new pathways and develop new habits for regulating energy and functioning well.  My approach to treating trauma is typically creating a safe space in which to develop grounding skills, exploring emotions, and coping skills; and then slowly exploring the trauma narrative while holding a safe environment.

 

Throughout my work, I keep noticing the primordial influence the family has on any individual's understanding of self, response to the world, and life experience, for better or worse.  Healthy marriages and healthy families create the greatest protective factors for people hands down.  Trust is the most important component of the relationship between client and therapist.  I want to live to honor people.  That plays out in therapy as I honor people's stories.  Something I’ve learned as a therapist is that I cannot heal anyone.

One belief that plays a major role in my life is the fact that everyone is created in the image of God and, therefore, deserves respect and dignity. Everyone has a story.

In my free time, I like to play the guitar; write songs; and eat a lot of salsa.  I am a husband, father, husky owner, and a singer-songwriter.

Email: wes@roanfamilysolutions.com 

Phone: (815) 522-1719 ext. 104

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