Whitney Nordvold

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.

I provide personalized individual counseling services for adolescents, teens, and adults. My approach empowers clients through various therapeutic modalities, including person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness coaching, somatic/body-based trauma processing, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I strive to create safe and nonjudgmental spaces for self-exploration and healing, helping clients chart a path toward who they want to be. I have extensive training in addressing historical and generational trauma and supporting individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and various trauma experiences and responses.

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 Intern.