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Lindsey Lansford

Intern
 
Lindsey is one of our newest interns. She will start accepting clients in Mid-Summer 2024. Stay tuned for more information or email us to be added to her waitlist
info@northernlightstherapyaz.com
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About Me:

I truly enjoy the great outdoors, especially green spaces with trees, much like Northern Arizona or anywhere in Michigan, where I was born and raised.  Since moving to Arizona in 2007, my garden serves as a wonderful substitute, allowing me to find peace and clarity in nature.  In my view, nothing beats the simplicity of waking up in a hammock, starting a fire, making a meal, and enjoying the process and hard work it took to get there. This brings me a sense of simple peace.  

When I’m not escaping into the woods, I enjoy activities like walking my dogs, playing golf and volleyball with my family.  I have a passion for rescuing dogs and I currently have four.  One of my favorite hobbies is DIY carpentry and woodworking, as I’ve found this to serve me well anytime I’m working through something that’s weighing on me.  

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My Background:

From an early age, I experienced the complexities and challenges faced by youth, growing up in poverty with my mother and five sisters until the age of 9.  After being removed from my mother's care, I navigated the foster care system, frequently moving between different foster families and testing the limits due to undiagnosed ADHD and significant behavioral needs.  These formative years gave me a deep understanding and appreciation for the many ways families can function.

At 12, I was adopted by a warm, large family in rural Michigan.  My adoptive mother ran a group home for teenage girls, making me the youngest child she had ever taken in.  This unique upbringing allowed me to see mental health as another form of health care, with counseling being as routine and necessary as dental visits.  This perspective is a privilege I recognize and value deeply.

I often refer to the time between 12 and 19 as my "golden adolescence," a period that played a critical role in my healthy development.  Culturally, I see myself as a hybrid of "country mouse" and "city mouse," though the beauty and wonder of rural living have always pulled me toward nature. 

After graduating high school in Michigan, I moved to Arizona in 2007. My career in behavioral health began as a Behavior Technician, working with youth in a residential facility. This experience highlighted the limitations of my role in advocating for these young individuals. After the birth of my daughter in 2011 and her start in kindergarten in 2016, I transitioned to working as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom. It was here that I discovered my passion for supporting students others often labeled as "bad, broken, or unfixable," much like I had once been.

The COVID-19 pandemic provided a moment of reflection, propelling me to pursue higher education. In 2020, I earned an associate’s degree from Central Arizona College, followed by a Bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Applied Human Behavior from Northern Arizona University in 2021. My teaching experience, particularly in the Emotional Disabilities Program, reinforced my belief in the power of building strong relationships and the potential for growth through rapport and trust.

Determined to expand my ability to advocate and support youth and their families, I decided to pursue a career in counseling. Currently, I am a Master’s candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, with an expected graduation date of May 2025. Through my internship at Northern Lights Therapy, I know I will continue to hone my skills and deepen my commitment to this vital field.

My own journey has been one of resilience, continuous learning, and a steadfast commitment to advocating for and supporting young people and their support systems through life’s challenges. I believe in the transformative power of counseling for myself and for others.  I am dedicated to helping others rewrite their stories with hope and resilience.

Insurance &
Cash Pay Rates

Northern Lights

Insurance Plans In-Network:

  • No insurance accepted

 

Cash Pay Rates:

  • Initial Intake (60 minutes): $50

  • Individual Session (55 minutes): $50

  • Family and Couples Session (80 minutes): $70

  • Family and Couples Session (55 minutes): $50

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