About Us

Valerie Mitchell, MA, LPC, RPT-S

Valerie has been working in Cheyenne, WY as a therapist with children, teens and families for the past 13 years.  Valerie is very passionate about working with children, teens and families, and has been for most of her adult life.  She is currently certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and is a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor as well.     

Valerie believes that counseling is a journey that is special and unique to every individual.  One of the best outcomes of therapy that she has witnessed is when a client has a moment of clarity and is able to grow and overcome an obstacle.  It is truly powerful to witness when this occurs and a phenomenon that occurs at all ages.     

Valerie grew up in western Nebraska and attended college at the University of Wyoming and Chadron State College.  She is a mom and wife who enjoys nature, crafts, reading and music. 

Rachel Bauks

It takes a great deal of courage to take the first steps into therapy, and I am glad you are here. I am here to create a safe, respectful space in which healing happens and hope arises. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, and establishing a positive restorative connection is essential for success in recovery. My approach with clients is strengths-based, compassionate and individually tailored to meet every unique need.

Rachel Bauks is a Provisional Clinical Social Worker, and she graduated from University of Denver with a Master’s degree in Social Work within the Trauma and Mental Health field. She enjoys working with clients throughout any phase, but her primary focus is on youth and families. She has training and experience working with clients that suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, ADHD, life transitions, relationship conflicts, school or work issues, self-esteem, and mood disorders.

Katie Nelson PCSW

I am a provisionally licensed clinical social worker (PCSW) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I am a recent Master of Social Work graduate, but I have been in the field for about four years now. I passionately believe in the healing power of therapy. Everyone experiences challenges, and the severity of these challenges do not dictate a person’s level of need. We could all use help to untangle life’s many difficulties.

My primary specialties include play therapy; specifically child-centered play therapy. I am training in experiential play therapy right now. I also enjoy working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors/non-suicidal self-injury. My theoretical approaches include, TF-CBT, gestalt, humanistic, mindfulness, and attachment. I work with children as young as three, elementary-aged children, teens and adults. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Abby Lane, Intern

I am an Intern, working on finishing my Master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University.  I am a Wyoming native and grew up in Cheyenne before leaving to get a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Chadron State College and returning to Cheyenne.

I am passionate about working with children, adolescents and their parents to give children their best conclusions. I believe in the use of play therapy to help children through many of life’s challenges along with engaging with parents to ensure they can get the best support their children. I also enjoy working with adults struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship conflict, life transitions, and more.

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