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!
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!