Whitney Nordvold

If I looked as different on the outside as I am on the inside, after all the growth I have experienced as a commitment to inner healing…no one would recognize me. As a result of that commitment to myself, I have realized my calling and am honored and humbled to be able to come alongside others in their healing and growing journeys. Passing on the gift I have received, I strive to create safe and nonjudgmental spaces for people to be curious about who they are while reconciling the things in them that need healing, in order to chart a path forward into who they want to be. I meet my clients where they are and am flexible with my therapy technique, but have experience in person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic trauma processing, and dialectical behavior therapy. I have extensive training in supporting the healing process of historical and generational trauma. My practice has supported people working through general stuckness, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and trauma experiences and responses of all kinds.

I am proud of my mixed European-American and Lakota/Dakota heritage, and do my best to represent the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in a good way. I have roots deep in the Great Plains of South Dakota, where I was born and raised in the world of ranching and horse racing. Before transitioning into a clinical focus, I spent over a decade serving Tribal communities in the areas of economic development, community health, food sovereignty, and early childhood development. I hold a personal growth coach certification, enjoy teaching and speaking on the topics I am passionate about, and over the years have had the privilege of coaching and mentoring hundreds of people from all walks of life. In my personal life, I love being outdoors and spending time with my large family and pets (my dog and horses). I also keep busy with various hobbies that change as often as the direction of the wind, such as sewing, propagating and collecting house plants, gardening, painting/drawing, jewelry making, baking, and occasionally reading one of the million books I own.

I believe in the mission of Rising Hope Counseling and am honored to be serving clients as an MSW Supervisee.