Dr. Michelle Progar/ Psychologist/ Dog Lover
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my 4 year old dog Leroy. I enjoy being outdoors as well as traveling. I am a fan of true crime and HGTV shows!
Kristin Patten, LCPC/ Therapist/Wife/Mom/StepMom/Singer
I wear many hats. One of them is the hat of a therapist. I also wear the hat of a mother of four, wife of one, singer in my church worship team, quilter, techno geek, shopper, planner, social coordinator, and mother of two teenagers… just to name a few. I have worked with youth for over 15 years. I have parented a traumatized child, as I met my step sons at ages 2 & 5. I have always loved working with teens and younger kids, and now their parents. I am passionate about helping parents and their kids navigate through their childhood and teen years.
I’d love for you to know that I love my job! Since I was 16, my desire to be a marriage therapist has turned into a fulfilling life and career. I feel honored to walk with other humans through a season of their life. I try my hardest to use my education to support each person and family in the way that works best for them!
“Life is not about finding yourself, but creating yourself.” I bring a kind, energetic and welcoming presence to clients of all ages, meeting them without judgment to find attainable solutions to the problems that bring them to therapy. My passion for this work helps drive successful therapeutic outcomes; however, counseling is a puzzle, and we each have to place pieces down to finish it. How we decide to put the puzzle together is an important part of the journey.
My approach is both pragmatic and imaginative, and my style is authentic, creative, and transparent. I believe modeling authenticity is a key responsibility of a therapist, as it provides permission and space to envision your own authentic self into greater resolution.
My specialized training in multicultural therapy prepared me to work consciously and sensitively with clients of all backgrounds. The more of ourselves that we bring to therapy, the more accurately we can determine problems and solutions.
I use an eclectic approach when working with families, with the goal of individualizing treatment to best match your family’s needs and background.
Julie Paladino, MSW
I have my Master’s Degree for clinical social work from Aurora University with a specialization in children, youth, and families. I have experience working with children and families from settings such as foster care, domestic violence shelters, and sexual abuse crises centers.
I utilize the ARC (Attachment, regulation, competency) model while applying strengths based perspective using modalities such as art and play therapy to help the children feel comfortable while discussing trauma. These techniques help me not only diagnose the client but identify whether to target somatic sensory issues in the brainstem, attachment/emotional regulation in the limbic system, or self-esteem/dissociation/cognitive problems in the cortical brain.
The more support a child has from their secure attachments through therapeutic parenting the faster they are to heal from developmental trauma and early childhood adversity.
“The curious paradox is that when accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl R. Rogers
My work with clients is grounded in a client centered approach to develop trust and rapport with clients in the initial stages of therapy and a integrative approach that includes narrative therapy, CBT and mindfulness based on the presenting issues of the client. I have also found play therapy to be very effective when working with younger children. I utilize a collaborative and strengths focused approach to encourage families to rediscover their internal strengths, resources and resiliencies. I have experience working with adults, adolescents and children presenting with a wide range of issues that include anxiety, depression, self-harm, relationship issues, behavioral issues, bereavement and loss, key life transitions and life changing medical diagnoses. My bicultural background is also an asset in my work with clients. In my free time, I;m an avid reader and I enjoy traveling to new places. I have attended yoga and silent meditation retreats in India, Thailand and Salt Spring Island, which I found very healing and restorative. Prior to returning to school for a Masters in counseling degree, I was a freelance writer and editor. I am also very interested in the positive role that art and creativity can play in our daily lives.
Hello! I’m the voice you hear when you call!
I am one of the newer face’s around LifePoint! I have a long history of work in the medical field and am so excited to start in the mental health field!
In my free time you can find me cuddled up on the couch being the best dog mom I can be! I’m also a newlywed, sight seer and make up enthusiast.
I look forward to speaking with you and answering any questions you might have!
More from Kristin, the practice owner…
I started my professional journey as an intern working with adult males that had committed sexual offenses. I loved that work because of the sincerity of hearts in the men that I worked with, and their desire to make true lasting change. Most of them came out different people.
I then went on to work in a local agency with adolescent males who had sexual behavior problems. This work was very rewarding in helping mold these young men’s healthy boundaries, sense of self, ability to cope, and healthy sexuality. I also worked with foster care children who had been neglected, touched inappropriately, or had lack of connection with their parents which was causing extreme behaviors from lack of safety. I worked with foster parents to help educate them on the child that was in their home and see the child underneath the behavior.
I then transitioned to a program that was more community based, but focused on children ages 3-18 who had experienced something traumatic whether is was sexual abuse, being bullied, divorce or their parents’ fighting all the time. I use therapies like – CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) – Play therapy – Theraplay (an attachment based approach) – ARC (Attachment, Self Regulation and Competency) – SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) – TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) – Strength Based Eclectic Model. If you are curious about the evidence of these approaches, there are a few research articles under the education tab that you can check out that show specifically that TF-CBT and ARC are quite effective with youth.
I most recently worked with patients facing a cancer diagnosis, and the many stressors that accompany this journey. I do also provide services to cancer patients struggling to manage the stress and navigate through the challenge of loss after loss, as well as end of life issues.
It is also important to me to recognize that the therapeutic relationship is at the core of the work. According to the research (Fitzpatrick and Irannejad, 2008), youth are more open and willing to change if the therapeutic relationship is strong. This is part of the “magic” of therapy, and the part that I feel so honored and so rewarded to engage in. I love the work we do! The main reason I wanted to do private practice is to build these longer term relationships and be able to support people through change and see folks grow and prosper from their own healthy choices and insights! Life’s a journey, and counseling is just one resource that is available in the community. Working with other professionals to create whole, healthy individuals will create a healthy society! Let’s make a society a great place to live!