Lacy looks for strengths in each un’ina, “those who come to us,” and discusses how to apply them to create healthy coping skills. Lacy is certified in CBT+, a trauma-focused specialty for children. Lacy’s main focus is working with elementary-aged children and adolescents through the Youth Services program.
Lacy is interested in learning how people think, make decisions, handle trauma and learn to overcome difficulties. She enjoys sitting with an un’ina and learning together how to change thoughts, feelings, and actions to create the person they want to be, and can be proud of. She says there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone become their best self.
Lacy earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University in Washington. She worked at an inpatient facility with children and adults for two years, and at a wraparound intensive services program for six months. Lacy also completed a year with an outpatient program working with children from age 3 to older adults. Lacy believes that offering the best care to those who may not otherwise have access is one of the community’s greatest needs. She grew up in Nikiski and witnessed many friends and loved ones who didn’t get help they needed. She appreciates the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s outreach and incorporation of traditional culture and values in helping others, such as family, wellness, stewardship, education, and beliefs.
When not serving un’ina, Lacy enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and being outdoors with her family and her dog, Bandit. She loves games of all kinds, and is always happy to take recommendations for her reading list.