Casey received her Master’s in Social Work for the University of Denver with a concentration in Health and Wellness. While earning her Master’s, Casey worked in refugee resettlement, a day treatment program for young women, and as a weekend social worker at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado where she provided support to parents and families around trauma, grief, and loss. Casey believes in the innate wisdom of each student and uses a trauma informed, person-centered approach in her therapeutic work. She draws from CBT, mindfulness, and internal family systems.
Born in Barrow, Alaska and raised in central Pennsylvania, Casey’s curiosity about culture and travel began at an early age. Over the past 10 years, Casey has had the opportunity to work with adolescents and young adults in a variety of capacities. After receiving her BA in sociology and film from Bucknell University, Casey returned to Alaska to work on a conservation corps with young adults. From there, she went on to work in wilderness therapy and then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa for two years. The power behind learning a new language, building gardens, and coordinating youth empowerment activities reaffirmed for Casey that confidence, growth, and change does not occur in isolation, but as a part of a community.
Casey’s own life has been transformed through the act of taking pictures, turning compost piles, and sleeping on mountains. Casey uses creativity and curiosity in her work with students at Dragonfly. She is joined by Jada, her professional therapy dog from Freedom Service Dogs of Colorado. For those students who would benefit from the unconditional love and acceptance offered by dogs, Jada will gladly snuggle and accept belly rubs and armpit scratches.
In her free time, Casey enjoys backpacking, practicing her handstands, hiking, yoga, and doing puzzles. She re-reads books by Barbara Kingsolver on a regular basis and is always in search of live bluegrass music.