I am passionate about working with individuals to reach their fullest recovery potential. I have experience working with adults, families, individuals and groups. I have worked with specialty populations including individuals struggling with mental illness, substance abuse/addiction, families impacted by substance abuse, and individuals in big life transitions.
Once I get to know the best fit for the client, I may draw from a variety of recovery modalities including Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Cognitive Processing Therapy.
My approach to Counseling is predominantly psychoeducational, which is to say that I focus on educating and informing my client of the disorder or the issue that they are presenting, the various interventions that are available to address their issue and teaching the various skills they can use to deal with their issues and help stabilize and/or prevent future occurrences.
I have found that most people are doing the very best they can at any given time. But their best is not getting them to where they want to be. They are generally stuck because they have never learned or had access to the tools, resources and strategies to get beyond the barriers. They simply don’t know what to do. But they know they want to get back to feeling the way they were before.I have dedicated my practice approach to empowering people with the appropriate tools, skills and education to effectively manage their disorder or course of mental health issues. This way people can practice their newly learned skills while they are in therapy and eventually be able to carry that forward on their own to address any future challenges.
My primary therapeutic approach includes Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also integrate Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy practices with many of my clients. My clinical interest is in Behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy assumes that a set of symptoms reflect multiple underlying causes. Treatment focuses on identifying and analyzing the factors that maintain current maladaptive feelings, thoughts and behaviors and how the client’s environment has an impact on those behaviors. Dysfunctional behavior can then be modified once the causes and function are identified, and the right variables are put into play.
Devin Snyder - STAD Facilitator/CBRS/Case Manager
Hi! My name is Devin Snyder, and I wear many different hats here at Freedom in Choices. I’m a CBRS worker, a Case Manager and STAD group facilitator. More importantly though, I am someone who is passionate about mental health advocacy and awareness and am always working hard to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for the people in my care. I’ve had nearly 6 years of experience working in a variety of helper roles. These include being an in-home care provider for vulnerable adults, a job coach for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities, and a paraeducator in both middle school and high school settings. I feel most at home at Freedom in Choices, where I’ve had the privilege of walking alongside several amazing people on their own unique paths to recovery.
If there is any one lesson I’d wish to instill in the hearts and minds of the people I work with, it is the hope that there IS life beyond a mental health diagnosis! Whatever you’re going through right now, you don’t have to let it become your identity. You were made with a purpose!
Kevin Birch - STAD Facilitator/CBRS/Case Manager
I am husband and father. I enjoy helping individuals on their personal path to recovery and believe that this is an ongoing and ever evolving process. After graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho I participated and worked in the opening of the mental health crisis center in Boise, ID. Since then my family and I moved back to the Magic Valley Area. I started working at Freedom in Choices LLC earlier this year(2020) and has found fulfillment in working with great individuals there. I believe everyone deserves a chance to reach their individual potential and should have helping hands along the way. I believe this is particularly true for those working within the labors of mental illness; I advocate for removing stigma and being a positive influence for all those with any form of mental illness.
Some of my passions are: computers, physical/mental health and nutrition. Activities I like to participate in are: web development and programming; sports like snowboarding and weight lifting; healthy eating, gardening and food preparation. I feel blessed to be able to share these passions with others.