DILLAN KOCH, MA, LLMSW, NASW
Youth & Young Adult Specialist
What if adults could see children differently? What if they could be seen as humans -- capable and wise? What would happen if we quieted ourselves just enough to let them teach us how to better understand their unique selves? What would it look like if every young person was given a safe enough space to sort through their hardships instead of burying them until they leaked into every aspect of their adult lives?
Ever since she was young, Dillan has been fascinated by young humans. She is passionate about working with children and teenagers who are navigating all types of difficulties, whether it be a parent’s divorce, physical or sexual trauma, bullying, self-esteem, or mental health challenges. Childhood and adolescence can be a time of joy, but for many, it can bring true hardships. If difficulties aren’t processed in adolescence, they can spill into adulthood. Dillan’s goal is to provide a safe and fun space for them to process and build coping tools that will equip them with a strong foundation for the rest of their lives.
Dillan is certified in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and continuously studies evidence-based modalities to provide a multidimensional therapeutic approach.
Earlier in her career, Dillan had the honor of working with a child who had endured countless traumas, including severe bullying by her peers. When processing this, she, understandably, got stuck on disliking people and not trusting them. She even struggled opening up to her caregiver and felt like no one listened to her. When Dillan asked her how she was able to open up to her and share so personally with her, the child looked her straight in the eyes and said, “You just get me. You listen to me in a way that makes me feel seen and heard.” In that moment, Dillan realized the power of intentionally connecting with young people who are so desperately wanting to be seen and heard in such a loud and busy world.
Outside of work, Dillan spends time with her family. She loves being active outside: running, water-skiing, downhill skiing and hiking. She also has a passion for travel. One day she hopes to be fluent in Spanish and to fully immerse herself in its culture. Dillan also shared that at 18, she was accepted into the University of Michigan’s nursing program, but turned it down to move to Manhattan to pursue acting school. As crazy as it was, this time in New York was very influential to who she is today.
Children, teens, groups, families , sexual abuse, bullying, self-harm, self-esteem
BSW, Western Michigan University; Masters of Social Work from Boston University
TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Limited License Clinical MSW