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Meet The Therapist

Annalise John

Annalise John Therapist

About Me:

I work with children, adolescents, young adults and families and believe that relationships are the agent of change in therapy. Because of this, I work to foster a strong therapeutic relationship with clients. I then support clients to nurture their relationship with themselves, their families and peers. I believe that everyone has a propensity towards healing, and if given the space can achieve it.

Therapeutic work with Kids (ages 0-11):

In my work with children, I believe that play and creativity have everything to do with the deepest levels of healing, growth and personal transformation. Through play, children are able to explore and make sense of their inner and outer worlds.

Often times children experience emotional upset, behavioral challenges, anxiety, issues with self-regulation, and more, because they are striving to be understood, heard, and attuned to. Children can’t always communicate their feelings and experiences using words, but they can do it through play! In allowing them to communicate this way, the child is better able to work through the issues they are having and find resolution, problem-solve, communicate effectively, and feel more regulated. I believe that therapy should be playful, fun, and engaging for everyone!

Therapeutic work with Teens, Young Adults, and Adults (ages 12+):

Teen years and young adulthood are filled with transitions and change. I am here to navigate these times alongside clients, while also helping clients to explore negative beliefs about the self. This work includes clients often learning how to quiet their inner critic. I believe in the importance of finding balance between school, work and life, and like helping others find ways to enjoy their lives. I often push clients to put themselves first and assist them in being able to do so without feelings of guilt and shame.

Additionally, I specialize in helping to navigate the especially difficult times of grief and loss. Walking with clients through the death of a loved one, a pet, and other significant losses in their lives is a specialty of mine.

I grew up in the Twin Cities and moved back in 2016 after being away for 8 years. In my free time I enjoy any activity that gets me near the water! When I’m not working with clients I can be found paddle boarding, practicing yoga, drinking a good cup of coffee and reading!

My Educational Background:

Bachelors’s Degree – University of Hawai’i Hilo, Hilo HI

Master’s Degree – University of Utah College of Social Work, Salt Lake City UT

Current Licensure - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

Awards:

Caren J Frost Award for Promise in Women’s Health

My Clinical Experience:

  • Child Therapy 0-11
  • Teen Therapy
  • Adolescents
  • Adoption/Permanency Spectrum
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Children
  • LGBTQ Children
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Parent Guidance
  • Play Therapy
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Family therapy
  • Toddler/Preschoolers (0-5)
  • Theraplay
  • Transition and adjustment
  • Trauma

Current Groups