Whitney is a woman of European-American and Lakota/Dakota heritage, as a proud member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, with roots deep in the Great Plains of South Dakota, where she was born and raised in the world of ranching and horse racing, surrounded by her culturally diverse extended family. In 2011, she became a first-generation college graduate and earned a B.S. in Sociology and American Indian Studies from Black Hills State University. That degree led her into the Native American community development field where she has been coaching, mentoring, and providing technical assistance to individuals and a wide-variety of Native American led non-profits and programs for over a decade. She has worked with many communities in the areas of mental health, economic development, community based health promotion, program planning/implementation, and more.
In 2014, Whitney found her life feeling stagnant and stuck. While searching for ways to care for and return to herself, God led her to a biblical physical health program and eventually a fitness community that helped her get her joy back and change the trajectory of her life. Friends and family started to reach out and ask for support as a result of her personal transformation, which organically birthed a life-coaching practice supporting women to overcome emotional and spiritual barriers that kept them from taking care of themselves. Over the years, she continued to coach and learn all that she could about personal development and holistic health. Through a couple moves, adding four more babies, and a couple job changes, Whitney continued to be passionate about coaching. In January of 2022, she achieved a long time goal and became a certified coach through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching trained by the Christian Coaching School. The training she received with Jennie and her peers through the Christian Coaching School catapulted Whitney's practice in so many beautiful ways. She found that many of the women that God was bringing to her for services had unresolved trauma and she didn't feel like she had the skills to fully serve them so she sought out more professional training. In October 2022, she graduated from the Historical Trauma Master Class trained by Dr. Ruby Gibson and Freedom Lodge staff, certifying her in a body based trauma healing method called Somatic Archeology©. Since then, Whitney has combined her experience, education, and passion for helping others heal, creating the trauma informed coaching model that she works through today.
As an inner healing coach, Whitney works with people to dig deep with curiosity into their beliefs, behaviors, past experiences, and desires for the future to heal their mind, body, and spirit. Her style intertwines coaching, somatic healing, and breathwork, which empowers her clients to step into fearless self-acceptance and embodiment of their most authentic self. Her coaching method is versatile and client-led, wherein her role is not to be an expert or advise, but rather act as a guide and mirror, allowing the client's words, feelings, and physical sensations lead the way to breakthrough.
Whitney considers herself a life-long student and loves to invest her time and energy in learning all there is to learn about trauma recovery and spiritual/physical/emotional health. She is a student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of South Dakota, with the long term goal of becoming a LCSW-PIP. On a more personal note, in addition to raising her three sons and three daughters with her rodeo cowboy, entrepreneurial husband, she enjoys being an active member of River Center Church, taking care of her 30+ house plants, spending time with her dog (Parrott), walking/hiking, gardening, visiting new places, identifying and learning about medicinal plants, and spending time with her large extended family.