Meet the Counselors
It’s important to find the “right fit” when you look for a counselor to work with. To that end, we’ve provided a brief description of the four counselors on our team, hoping to capture their giftings so that you can better determine who you might work best with. When you call us to talk further, our intake counselor will explore this more thoroughly with you. It’s our goal to set you up well!
Molly Davis, LPC, MAC
Molly provides a warm and connective space for you to explore and process, sorting through the current difficulties together, and looking at deeper issues hidden under the surface with the purpose of gaining understanding and growth. Molly is gifted at helping people heal from the painful wounds that so many of us carry into our adulthood, as well as sorting through difficult present-day experiences. Your counseling work will help you to identify and shift old destructive beliefs about self and others, assisting you in developing new ways of seeing self and the world—new ways that bring a new purpose and hope to your daily life.
With an existentialist-humanist bent and a love for depth psychology, working with Molly means that you will explore themes of meaning and purpose as well as steadily build a deepening inner stability as you connect more firmly with your true self. As you gain a richer sense of who you are, organic changes often occur (such as healthier boundaries you are now able to set with others, a greater awareness about what you want in life, and practical hands-on actions you are now able to take towards your goals)! Your new tools, often based on the latest neuroscience, will help you better cope with any challenges inherent in moving forward. While talk therapy alone can often be helpful, Molly’s counseling specialties also include weaving in art, expressive-arts, and psychodrama for those who would benefit.
Molly also works with couples using the Gottman method within a family systems framework, helping partners regain a sense of teamwork and find shared goals as they work through a variety of common issues that often get in the way of love.
Lydia Davis, LPC, MAC,
Lydia has a warm and connective approach, able to respectfully move into deeper places of hurt and pain as a person is ready to do so. Lydia is known for working well with teenage girls, her gentle come-alongside style perfect for the years when one is struggling to develop a sense of who one is. Lydia also enjoys working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, or other difficult issues, and utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in doing so, a unique therapeutic approach with a strong research base.
Lydia has an existential-humanist philosophy with an action-oriented bent, so is known for helping you explore big underlying issues while also providing you with practical functional tools for (sometimes immediate!) improvements in coping with daily life. As you work with Lydia, you will be able to identify your own personal values—the innate things that naturally motivate you to move forward—as well as to discover the hooks that often hold you back from taking the actions that would best serve your goals in life. Using your new healthy tools and skills that are uniquely suited to you, you will learn how to actively build the life you want, one rich with purpose and meaning, even in the midst of hard times and challenges.
Lydia also does powerful work with couples, using the scientifically-backed Gottman Approach, helping couples deepen their friendship, commitment, love, learning how to be good partners, and skills for engaging in conflict that builds up the relationship instead of tearing it apart. Couples (heterosexual and LGBT) who are willing and ready to take active steps toward change enjoy working with Lydia.
Margene Andrus, LPC, CDCII/S
Margene is a private counselor who works collaboratively with Wild Goose. Margene has a warm and stable presence that is gentle and inviting. While she has a wide variety of skills and many years of experience working with a variety of issues, Margene especially enjoys working with people who experience big emotions and/or feelings of abandonment (sometimes referred to as Borderline). Margene is gifted at working with trauma, PTSD, addiction, and co-occuring disorders. Margene’s therapeutic approach is accepting and validating. She often uses techniques from DBT, interventions that will provide you with solid skills that you can utilize for the rest of your life, as well as Brain-Spotting (from EMDR), providing you with the opportunity to experience a deep level of healing from trauma.
Margene belongs to the National Association for Addiction Professionals (State of Alaska). She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (State of Alaska), Masters level Certificated Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Supervisor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Community Mental Health. Her training and focus has been on Co-occurring disorders (a term for when addiction and mental health issues are happening at the very same time).
Margene has specialized training in trauma informed therapies, BSP, DBT, CBT, motivational interviewing, conflict resolution, emotion regulation, and other skills-based treatments. Her years of experience working in the field of addictions and mental health provide you with a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and insight.
Joe Cannava, LPC, MAC
Joe is a private counselor who works collaboratively with Wild Goose. Joe has a wonderful come-alongside style and is very person-centered in his approach. Using talk therapy with a strong CBT emphasis, Joe also utilizes tools brought in from DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Gestalt. Joe tailors his approach to meet your strengths and your goals. He believes that the relationship a person builds with their counselor is the most important part of the work (a view that is well supported by research), and he works hard to create a safe and non-judgemental environment for the people that he works with. Joe is particularly skilled at crisis work. Not easily thrown off or flustered, Joe is able to maintain a calm and caring presence during emotional upsets and mental health emergencies.
Clients who work with Joe say that he will help you discover where you came from, how that is impacting you today (positively and negatively), and how you can best move forward. Joe takes your goals seriously, assists you in finding and building your strengths, and helps you process, grown and change at a pace you are comfortable with. Joe is well suited for individuals who want to learn practical skills to reduce their unwanted symptoms and he will often provide you with homework so that you can practice your new skills between sessions.
Joe has training and experience working with teenagers, adults, and elders. He helps people learn to better manage stress and anxiety, work through trauma and PTSD, depression, addiction, parenting issues, marriage and family problems, and mental health and psychotic disorders. Joe loves working with elders, seniors, and retirees, providing helpful counseling supports for issues uniquely related to aging, retirement, health, grief and loss, and other issues unique to growing older.