Patty Ostberg-Speiker, MA
Certified Parenting Coach
Patty earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017 from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She also holds Bachelor Degrees from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in Journalism and Political Science. Therapy is her second career after working as a journalist and in the health insurance industry.
Patty is certified in evidence-based Parent Management Training Oregon Model (PMTO) and facilitates parenting classes for the University of Minnesota. She also is EMDRIA trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced-based trauma treatment.
She travels the country teaching parenting classes for military families working for the University of Minnesota's ADAPT research project. Patty also trains and coaches other clinicians. Additionally, she has experience teaching Trauma-Informed Care seminars for the Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health at the University of Minnesota.
Her previous career in journalism inspires her work as a therapist through the act of listening. Just as journalists listen for the story, therapists work alongside clients as their own healing journeys unfold. This process is what she enjoys most about being a psychotherapist.
Outside of work Patty enjoys spending time with her spouse and two school-aged children. As a family they love to go on adventures including traveling, hiking, and camping. Raised an Army brat, Patty often has the itch for travel and has many international friendships that encourage her to keep exploring.
Evergreen is named from the journalism term meaning not time-sensitive. A story that stands the test of time and always remains relevant. Therapy is a process for exploring who you have become and deciding which parts of you are working to create your best self going forward. We all have challenging beliefs and some keep us strong and others that set us back. In therapy, there are evidenced-based treatments to work through those negative beliefs to set you up for success.
Most importantly, Evergreen is a welcoming environment for all spiritual influences and beliefs. We are affirming of all gender identifications and cultural backgrounds. Evergreen is trauma-informed as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Evergreen uses tele-health to provide evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent Management Training Oregon Model (PMTO), and Gottman for couples. Systemic theories are based in Bowen and Attachment family therapy.