About Robyn Howlett, LMSW
Robyn is an LMSW who has experience working with people across the lifespan. From her work with children and adolescents experiencing behavioral challenges, to adults managing PTSD, anxiety, depression and substance recovery, she is passionate about coming along side and supporting people on their individual paths to health and wellness. Robyn loves getting outside of the ‘brick and mortar’ approach, and looks for opportunities to incorporate nature, movement, and play as aids in pursuing mental health. Native to Canada, Robyn has lived in Alaska since 2011. When not working with clients, Robyn can be found spending time with friends and family, adventuring about on local hikes, enjoying the bounty of the Kenai River and loving up on her pup, Molly.
Education and Training:
Robyn trained as a mental health clinician at the University of Alaska Anchorage, earning her Masters in Social Work. She completed her clinical internship with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, where she had the opportunity to work in the adult Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment programs. There, Robyn also received training and experience working with youth, adolescents and family systems. Robyn completed an additional internship with the Office of Children’s Services, where she had the opportunity to support families in their work towards reunification. Robyn received her Bachelor’s of Social Work at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In accordance with AK state law, she is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW #138557)
Area of Specialization and Services available:
Robyn has been working in community based mental health for 4 years. She began her journey as a case manager, working with severely emotionally disturbed youths and their families in the KPBSD. Robyn’s work in this arena led her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work, in hopes of being better equipped to advocate on behalf of and connect her clients with the resources needed to thrive. Since graduating with her degree as an MSW, Robyn has been doing clinical work in a local community based mental health agency. There she has worked with individuals across the life span, doing a vast array of work from short term crisis intervention to working with those who have acute and chronic mental health issues. Robyn is experienced in working with individuals who have histories of trauma, and is proficient at supporting people in addressing the often debilitating symptoms of anxiety and depression. Robyn has experience in addressing co-occurring disorders and substance abuse recovery. Robyn uses an integrative and client centered approach as she works to advocate on behalf of, and empower people to create change in their life.
Robyn’s therapeutic framework if founded in strength-based therapy, which focuses on belief that is is through adversity that people discover their inner strength and resilience. Through experience, Robyn recognizes that how people approach their problems depends on whether they feel they are coming from a position of strength, or a position of deficit, each of which influences future thinking and behavior in different ways. Robyn believes that with a focus on approaching problems from a perspective that recognizes the individuals existing internal strengths and resourcefulness, people across the lifespan can recognize the skills that they already have to survive, and use those skills and strengths to deal with other challenging situations in their lives.
From her work with children and adolescents experiencing behavioral challenges, to adults managing PTSD, anxiety, depression and substance recovery, she is passionate about coming along side and supporting people on their individual paths to health and wellness. With a nod to systems theory, Robyn believes that in addition to improving the wellness of the individual, it is equally as important to improve the wellness of the system that the individual operates within. Be that a family, a relationship, a school, or a workplace, time will be spent exploring and building strength into these systems so that the individual can remain successful outside of the weekly therapy session, as well as long after their time with Robyn at KPMH.
Robyn loves getting outside of the ‘brick and mortar’ approach, and looks for opportunities to incorporate nature, movement, and play as aids in pursuing mental health. With an integrated approach, she works to develop a plan that meets her clients needs and their own styles of comfort, while encouraging them to try new things to aid in their journey towards wellness. Robyn invites her clients to come as they are, and be willing to explore multiple approaches of intervention which may include talk therapy, CBT, MI, MBCT, DBT, psychoeducation, art, movement, guided meditation, writing, music, and sand tray to name a few. With a bio-psycho-social approach, clients will explore how components such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, self-care, mindfulness, purpose and meaning, as well as activities and relationships, all play a part in the health of a person as a whole.