Providing hope, empathy and compassion to assist in therapeutic change process.

A Native South Dakotan, Adria holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and a BA in Communications from the University of San Francisco. She is a licensed CSW-PIP and QMHP and has over seven years of clinical experience serving diverse populations in various treatment settings.

She specializes in working with teens and adults and utilizes a broad range of therapeutic modalities such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psycho-education, strengths-based approach and mindfulness techniques. Adria attended an intensive CBT training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where the founder of Cognitive Therapy, Aaron Beck, led a forum. She also applies a holistic therapeutic approach for the purpose of encouraging clients to understand the connection between the mind and body.

Adria was hired as a clinical therapist in New Mexico by The Eight Northern Indian Council to serve the Native American population. As a result of her work with the Eight Northern Indian Council, she has nurtured an appreciation for different cultures and customs, ultimately allowing her to tailor her communication approach to each unique situation. While working at the pueblos, she provided mental health therapeutic services to families, children and adults. Additionally, Adria directed a group at New Moon Lodge—an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility catered to Native American males.

Adria completed her practicum at the Psychiatry Clinic of the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). Next, Adria worked at the Catholic Charities Kinship Program where she facilitated and lead adult, teen and child support groups and conducted individual therapy.  She also worked as a clinical therapist at Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota.

In her twenties, Adria was published as a food and travel writer for various local publications in San Francisco.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, writing, reading and escaping to her favorite local gem, Custer State Park, for a relaxing hike or leisurely lunch at the State Game Lodge. After living in San Francisco, Denver and Santa Fe, Adria moved back to her home state. She looks forward to continuing to serve, develop and nurture relationships within her hometown community.

To schedule an in-person (or teletherapy) appointment, please call Scovel Psychological at 605-721-8822.