Navigating Anxiety

This week Julie and Chrissa are joined by Brittany Weidman, a Heart and Solutions BHIS Counselor and Supervisor. Brittany graduated from Winona State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, as well as a minor in Coaching. During her educational and professional paths, she has been staffed by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in the public school system where she worked both as a Mental Health Practitioner and Autism Support Teacher, providing mental health services for, and collaborating with, families of children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.

In addition, she has worked for Olmsted County Children’s Mental Health and has been coaching Varsity volleyball for 10 years! She has been in therapy since she was 15 years old and believes firmly that counseling is for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for you!

To start behavioral or mental health services in Iowa, with a provider like Brittany, call Heart and Solutions at (800) 531-4236.

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In BHIS sessions, as well as through the supervision I provide to others, I encourage a space for clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves in healthy and creative ways! As a provider, I place a strong emphasis on skills training to establish positive relationships, strong communication and coping skills and mindfulness strategies to assist clients in progressing both independently, and as a part of their family or peer systems. To achieve this, I use a variety of interventions to meet my clients where they feel most comfortable, to make the most progress – whether it be through learning and implementing exercises in: artistic expression, building/hands on projects, journaling, outdoor activities/connection to their environment, competitive games, storytelling and story-creation, deep breathing techniques and progressive muscle relaxation, etc. I do all of these things in the school and home environments to bring together all areas of the client’s life, to ensure I provide consistent and total care!