Danielle Richner, MS
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP
I was born and raised in Boulder City, NV, outside of Las Vegas.
UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED
University of the Pacific - Stockton, CA, and Idaho State University - Pocatello, ID
Throughout my time at ISU, I have been lucky enough to work with clients across the lifespan, from toddlers to geriatric populations. As of right now, my primary focus is on working with adults for both therapy and assessment.
PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS
I enjoy working with clients across a variety of presenting concerns and with different modalities. I would say that I particularly enjoy my work with comorbid mental health and physical health diagnoses, trauma, identity development, and working with rural, underserved, and/or marginalized communities.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT STUDYING TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST
Beyond being able to help others, I value the variety of work that we get to do. Each day is different, and I am often doing therapy, completing assessment(s), supervising other students, and attending class all within the same day.
I primarily conceptualize through a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) framework. When appropriate, I will also integrate my training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal process therapy (IPT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to better individualize treatment.
I’ve worked in a number of settings, including HealthWest of Pocatello and HealthWest OB/GYN, ISU Counseling and Testing, State Hospital South, and within the ISU Psychology Clinic (4 different teams). Prior to graduate school, I worked in sexual assault response, diversity and inclusion programming, as well as in settings for adults experiencing chronic and severe mental illness and homelessness.
WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER
I am currently in my 4th year of graduate training at Idaho State University, and will be applying for internship this fall.
IN WHAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PRACTICING
I would love to stay on the West Coast, preferably somewhere that includes direct access to mountains. After spending two decades in the desert, I would also prefer somewhere that includes all four seasons.
IN WHAT TYPE OF SETTING OR WITH WHAT POPULATION DO YOU IMAGINE YOU’LL WORK
I hope to continue working with adults in integrated healthcare settings, and where I can continue to have a variety of therapy, assessment, supervision, and/or teaching opportunities.
I love to ski, and was a full-time ski instructor during my intermission between undergraduate and graduate school. I also enjoy running, mountain biking, cooking, gardening, and doing anything outside with my husband and two greyhounds.
Not-so-hidden talent: My mother is from Denmark, and I will make Danish food for any gathering. Also, I can wiggle my ears!