Anika recognizes taking that first step to reach out for counseling can be one of the most daunting – and she admires her clients for finding courage to do so. She is ready to provide a safe, caring, and collaborative therapy environment for each client. She takes time to get to know her clients, learn about their concerns, and work with them to define the outcomes they want to achieve through counseling.
Anika draws on her specialized training and experience to equip individuals and families with support, information, interventions, and new skills to help them reach their treatment goals. She uses evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-focused CBT, mindfulness-based approaches, as well as parent training. Anika tailors each treatment plan to the individual client’s stage of development, unique needs, and goals.
Anika treats a range of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment problems, attachment difficulties, emotional regulation difficulties, behavioral issues, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She is familiar with ADHD coaching techniques and is especially equipped to help clients who struggle with ADHD in addition to other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, or other concerns. While directly addressing these clients’ co-occurring emotional concerns, she uses ADHD coaching techniques to help the clients develop life skills in order to more effectively reach their goals in various areas of life, despite the challenges inherent in having ADHD. These new life skills can also help reduce, and sustain reduction in, depression and anxiety that have often developed as a result of facing on-going ADHD-related challenges.
Anika is a member of the American Counseling Association and committed to providing high quality, evidence-based care to all her clients. She welcomes clients with diverse racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, as well as individuals and families who are experiencing questions regarding sexual orientation and those unsure where to find quality care because of their identity.
Anika supports clients and families through times of crisis, conflict, and in the treatment of mental health disorders, while equipping them with knowledge and skills to improve their mental well-being and relationships long-term. She finds inspiration in the moments when family members meaningfully connect after a significant impasse and when clients recognize that it is not just them – that what they struggle with is common for persons who share their mental health condition or have experienced similar life stressors. Sometimes that moment is the beginning of clients realizing that they are not alone and there is hope.
Anika has the privilege of working under the supervision of Dr. Aimee Lyst. Outside of work, Anika enjoys time with her family and friends, training rescue dogs, biking, hiking, gardening, and finding ways to be creative. She feels most alive when playing the fiddle or when working in the dirt to help things grow.
To learn more about Anika, please click here for her complete resume. Then contact our office to schedule a personal and comprehensive appointment with Anika to discuss your individual needs.