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The Journey Forward

Hello everyone! My name is Katrina Yde, owner of Forward Counseling located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

My undergraduate studies took place at the University of Sioux Falls (USF) where I majored in Psychology. During those years I was granted the following internship and professional development opportunities: 2009 - Minnehaha County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program; 2010 - Avera Behavioral Health Research; 2011 - Conformity Existing Within Private Responses - Research study and presentation at the USF Undergraduate Research Conference.

In between undergraduate and graduate school, I worked as a legal assistant to an attorney. This position taught me the gravity of ethical standards, as well as respect for client safety and privacy. I also worked in a substance abuse treatment center where my primary role was providing patients with a safe living environment while under an involuntary commitment status awaiting treatment. I was also in charge of responding to client or attorney phone calls and inquiries, as well as facilitating chemical dependency and recovery groups. I was also involved in case management for the Department of Corrections Community Transition Program for female parolees.

In 2014 I returned to the classroom when I was accepted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of South Dakota. During those years, I had the following opportunities for professional development: 2015 - Interlocking Wheels of Wellness: Helping Ourselves to Help Others - presentation at the South Dakota Counseling Association Conference; 2016 - Unit Therapy Internship with Avera Behavioral Health Center; 2016 - USD Center for Diversity Group Facilitator - Gender and Sexuality; 2017 - South Dakota Counseling Association's Emerging Leader. 

While in graduate school, I was fortunate to gain experience working at the Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls. During my time there, I provided support services of physical and psychological nature to patients, as well as crisis intervention and facilitating educational groups. I was also able to assist in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) procedures. My other role was as a Unit Therapy Intern where I facilitated individual, family, and group therapy sessions. Some of my other duties included: facilitating an adult chemical dependency group, corresponding with patient’s attending psychiatrist regarding treatment planning, and recording within electronic medical records as well as written documentation. 

May 2017 I graduated with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and was offered a position at an agency in Sioux Falls, SD. It was here that I experienced a lot of growth personally and professionally. I was able to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in an outpatient setting. With supervision and support from co-workers, friends, and family, I obtained my licenses in both mental health and addictions. 

Thank you for taking time to learn about me. I'd love to learn about you! Let's move forward together! -Katrina


The mission of Forward Counseling is perfectly aligned with the definition of the word forward:

1. direction that one is facing or traveling;

2. onward so as to make progress;

3. toward a successful conclusion.

My motto for life is simple: move onward, keep advancing, and continue progressing. As we know, there are many directions and paths we can take in this life, but forward is the only direction that time moves. My approach to therapy has always been future-focused and therefore helping people move forward.


I have had the ability to watch the community of Sioux Falls expand in terms of what it has to offer in both the leisure and professional life areas. As this community continues to grow and diversify, I have welcomed the opportunities of gaining a deeper understanding of the cultures and individuals that I am privileged to be working with and will hopefully continue to work with in the future. I am committed to continuous growth as an individual and professional. I believe that each person has many intricacies within their life experiences and sometimes may require professional involvement in order to help improve the quality of their life. I honestly feel that it is my true calling to serve others as well as provide them with care and compassion. My faith has been a large contributor to my views on counseling and I feel that my own personal experiences have shaped me in becoming a relatable and versatile therapist. I have the patience, the ability to relate to many complexities of life, and the desire to guide people forward in their lives. 

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