The Relate Staff is composed of the Executive Director, Director of Clinical Services, Office Manager, Support Staff, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Doctoral and Masters’ Level Psychologists and Social Work Interns, Consulting Psychiatrists, and Interpreters.

Clinical Staff

Aaron Rusnak, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BS, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN (2009)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Saint Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2015)

Aaron provides individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy for children (7+), adolescents, and adults. He uses a mix of narrative, psychodynamic, and humanistic methods built on a relational foundation.

Adam Sarff, MA, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Youth Ministry, Bethel College (2004)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary (2012)

Adam provides individual, couple’s, and family therapy for adolescents (ages 15+) and adults.  He approaches therapy with a family systems and emotionally-focused perspective.  He utilizes various therapeutic approaches including CBT, EFT, insight oriented, solution focused, faith-based, and narrative therapy.

Allison Ward, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Psychology and Philosophy, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2011)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (2017)

Allison provides individual, couple, and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes an insight-oriented and mindfulness approach grounded in psychodynamic, relational, and attachment perspectives.

Amanda Sullivan, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Social Work, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (2011)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

Amanda provides individual, family and group therapy for children and adolescents (ages 4-18). Amanda utilizes a client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, mind-body, play and relational approach in her work with clients. Amanda also organizes and co-facilitates the Mindful Kids groups at Relate.

Amy Gold, MA, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy

BS, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (1993)

MA, Masters of Psychology and Counseling, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN (1999)

Post Master’s Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy (2001)

Amy provides individual, couple and family therapy working with children, adolescents and adults. She approaches therapy using an experiential, cognitive-behavioral and relational perspective.  She also provides individual and group supervision for practicum therapists and Relate therapists seeking independent licensure.

Ann Kellogg, MS, LPCC

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, English Writing, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2001)

MS, Mental Health Counseling, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

Program Certificate, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Midwest Center for EMDR, Minneapolis, MN (2015)

Ann provides individual psychotherapy for adolescents and their families experiencing adjustment difficulties, depression/anxiety, trauma, and stress.  Ann approaches therapy utilizing an insight-oriented, humanistic and cognitive-behavioral perspective with emphasis on positive future orientation.

Anne Sitorius Maas, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-Linked Mental Health

BA, Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (2007)

MA, Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR (2011)

PsyD, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas (In Progress)

Anne works with children, adolescents, families, and adults in outpatient, school, and early childhood settings. Services include individual and family therapy, parenting support, school consultation, and assessment. Anne approaches therapy from systemic, developmental, and relational perspectives with an emphasis on individual and family strengths. She has training in trauma-informed interventions and is currently completing training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Anne is pursuing a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN.

Arica Hanson, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Music Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI (2011)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Saint Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

Externship, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, MN Couple Therapy Center and University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Arica works alongside individuals, couples, and families to support positive change in their lives. She has a focus on relationships and a special interest in couple/marriage therapy, parent support strategies, and family therapy. Individually, she works with youth, teens, and adults from a systemic, narrative, and experiential lens

Ashley Bemmels, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BS, Social Work, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (2010)

MSW, Masters of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2014)

Ashley provides psychotherapy for children and families in a collocated school based setting.  Nondirective and directive play therapy, relational therapy, and sensory integration are the approaches she uses in therapy.

Ashley Teigland, MA, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

BS, Child and Family Services, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (2009)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2013)

Ashley provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She utilizes a client-centered approach to address each client’s individual needs. Ashley’s work is grounded in systemic and relational views, utilizing a variety of techniques such as; experiential, solution-focused, trauma informed, cognitive-behavioral and narrative therapeutic approaches.

Barb Wilkus, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

BS, Therapeutic Recreation, College of Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (1978)

MA, Masters of Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (1994)

PsyD, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2002)

Barb provides individual and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. She approaches therapy using cognitive behavioral, solution focused and insight based perspectives.  She has experience and training in adoption and attachment issues. She is open to providing faith based if requested by the client.

Becky McNattin, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BSW, Bachelor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI (2003)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN (2011)

Becky provides individual, family and couple therapy to children, youth, and adults experiencing a broad range of concerns.  She believes strongly in meeting each client where they are at, recognizing their broader environment and personalizing therapy to meet individual needs utilizing an eclectic approach including a client-centered, relational perspective.  She also provides individual and group supervision for practicum therapists and Relate therapists seeking independent licensure.

Christopher J Lawler, LADC

Chemical Health Specialist

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

BA, Individualized Studies with concentration in Social Work, Psychology and Human Services,    Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN (2005)

LADC/Addictions Studies, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN (2013)

Chris provides outpatient chemical assessments and education at Relate and chemical health counseling at Mound Westonka High School.  Chris approaches counseling from a strengths-based, humanistic and relational cultural perspective and has had experience working with programs that utilize motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and harm reduction approaches.

Dana Roemer, MS, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

BS, Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (2000)

MS, Mental Health Counseling, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (2004)

Dana provides individual and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with an approach that is holistic and strength-based. She utilizes narrative therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques in her practice. She works in collaboration with clients to engender hope and empowerment in their lives.

David Prindle, MSW, LICSW

Senior Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

David provides individual, couple, and family therapy for adults.  He approaches therapy using an attachment, developmental, relational and cognitive behavioral perspective.  He provides clinical supervision for staff therapists and practicum therapists at all levels of training and experience.

Debbie Locketz, MSW, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BA, Political Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (1998)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (2003)

Debbie provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She approaches therapy from systematic and client centered perspectives. Debbie utilizes approaches including mindfulness, strength based, relational and cognitive behavioral therapy to meet the specific needs of each client.

Elizabeth Hanson, MSW, LGSW

Preferred pronouns: She/Her

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BA, Women Studies, Augsburg College (2010)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota School of Social Work (2017)

Elizabeth provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in client-centered, strengths-based, relational, and insight-oriented strategies to support people in their change and healing process. She is committed to working with people in the LGBTQIA community and strives to always meet a person where they are at.

Ellen Abnet MS, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, (1981)

MS, Community Counseling, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota (1989)

Trauma Certificate, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (1996)

DBT Intensive Training, Behavioral Tech (2002)

EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR International Association (2009)

Adaptive Internal Relational Networks Training (2016)

Ellen provides individual and group psychotherapy to adults and adolescents.   Her therapeutic style integrates her natural warmth and respect for clients along with experience in DBT and EMDR.  She has a special interest in treating the after effects of trauma.

Erica Johnson, MA

Therapist, School Based Mental Health

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BA, Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (2012)

MA, Counseling and Psychological Services, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2015)

Erica provides individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She approaches therapy using a humanistic and integrated approach incorporating personal values, strengths and culture.

Erin Price, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Psychology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA (1991)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul MN (2001)

Erin provides psychotherapy for adolescents, adults and couples with an approach that is integrative and flexible.  She works with clients to better understand the issues that may have become barriers and to respond positively and constructively to them in a manner that is supportive and safe.

Isabella Hopwood, MA, LADC

Chemical Health Specialist

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2011)

MA, Clinical Psychology, Dual Track Program for Mental Health and Chemical Dependency, Argosy University, Eagan, MN (2015)

Isabella provides individual and group psychotherapy for adolescents (ages 14+) and adults. She approaches therapy using a cognitive and behavioral, humanistic, motivational interviewing and mindfulness perspectives. She also provides chemical health education and assessments for adolescents and adults.

Jamie Rohwer, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Education: BA, French, University of Minnesota (2008)

MA, Counseling and Psychological Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

Jamie provides individual and group psychotherapy for adolescents and adults.  She approaches therapy using a relational, client-centered and mindfulness perspective.

Jen Brown, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Social Worker

BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of St. Thomas/Saint Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (2014)

Program Certificate, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

Jen provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She approaches therapy using a relational and psychodynamic approach. Jen greatly values building a strong therapeutic relationship where exploration, healing, and growth can take place.

Jesse Maistrovich, PsyD, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, Psychology, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (2004)

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2006)

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2010).

Jesse provides individual, family, and parent-focused psychotherapy for children (ages 5+), adolescents, and adults.  He approaches therapy using a humanistic, client-centered and relational perspective and incorporates solution-focused, motivational interviewing and behavior-change models as needed.  He also provides supervision for staff therapists, practicum therapists and therapists seeking independent licensure.

Jessica Wright, PsyD

Therapist, Outpatient

BS, Applied Psychology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

MA, Clinical Psychology, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Eagan, MN

Jessica provides individual and group psychotherapy for adults and adolescents. She uses a combination of psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She specializes in trauma and body-oriented psychotherapy. Jessica also provides psychological testing for adolescents and adults.

Josh Cook, MSW, LICSW

Senior Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Psychology, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (1996)

Master of Social Work (MSW), University of St. Thomas/College of Saint Catherine, St. Paul, MN (2004)

Program Certificate, Advanced Psychotherapy Program, Institute of for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Minneapolis, MN (2007)

Josh provides individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy for adolescents (ages 12+) and adults.  He approaches therapy using a psychodynamic, humanistic and relational perspective.  He also provides individual and group supervision for staff therapists, practicum therapists and therapists seeking independent licensure.

Kara Hardin, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

BA, Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (2004)

MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada (2005)

JD, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2010)

MA, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of St. Thomas (2016)

Kara provides individual, couple, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her therapy incorporates a number of different approaches to meet her client’s needs, including: relational, existential, feminist and multicultural perspectives.

Kara Haugen, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Psychology and Sociology, Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN (2012)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2014)

Kara provides individual and family therapy for children and adolescents in the School Linked Mental Health program.  She utilizes play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and art therapy in her practice.  She has training in developmental repair, attachment and trauma. She utilizes a strengths-based and person centered approach in her work and looks at problematic behaviors through an attachment lens.

Kate West, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Augsburg College (2004)

Kate provides individual, couple, and family psychotherapy for adolescents (ages 14+) and adults from a humanistic, psychodynamic, and humorous perspective.

Kathy Weber, PhD, LP

Senior Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Psychologist

BA, Psychology, College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN (1975)

MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (1978)

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (1980)

Kathy provides individual, couple, and family therapy for all ages, including play therapy.  Her approach to therapy is grounded in attachment, developmental and trauma theory and research.  She provides clinical supervision for staff therapists and practicum therapists at all levels of training and experience.

Kristy Smith, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BA, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN (2009)

MA, Counseling Psychology, Family Psychology Concentration, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2015)

Kristy provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy in the schools with children (5-13 years old). She approaches therapy from a systemic perspective. She utilizes mindfulness, narrative, and relational techniques with her clients.

Lara Collins Asmus, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

BS, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota (2008)

MA, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (2015)

Prepare & Enrich Certification, Gottman Institute (2012)

Lara enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families. She sees children (ages 5+), adolescents and adults. She uses relational, systemic and narrative lenses while focusing on the therapeutic relationship to maintain an emotionally welcoming and safe environment for clients.

Laura Hoeppner, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Based Mental Health

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BA, Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2011)

MA, Counseling Psychology, Family Psychology Concentration, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2015)

Laura provides individual and family therapy for children and adolescents. She uses cognitive-behavioral and relational approaches as well as mindfulness-based interventions in therapy.

Lauren Abdill

Practicum Therapist

BA, Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2013)

Lauren is a clinical social work student at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University School of Social Work. She provides individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She utilizes a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy and strives to create a warm, empathic space in which clients can safely undertake journeys of self-exploration.

Lisa Conway, MSW, LICSW

Director of Clinical Services

BA, Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1982)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (1988)

As Director of Clinical Services, Lisa provides clinical guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of clinical programs.  She provides individual, couple and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults.  She approaches therapy using a psychodynamic, humanistic and relational perspective.  She also provides supervision for practicum therapists and staff therapists seeking independent licensure.

Lynda Barger, MD

Marcy Yarger, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Social Work, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (1990)

MSW, Masters of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2010)

Marcy provides individual, couple and family therapy working with children (ages 9+), adolescents and adults.  Her therapeutic approach is based in relational, psychodynamic, and personal narratives.

Mary Jane (MJ) Pearson, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Social Work and Sociology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA (2009)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN (2013)

MJ provides individual therapy for preschool and elementary aged children and their families. She approaches therapy from a relational perspective and her work is informed by knowledge of child development and family systems. She has clinical experience with children with special needs and currently facilitates Mindful Kids, a group focusing on mind and body connectedness to foster emotional regulation.

Matt Gonzalez-Olson, MS

Therapist, Outpatient

BA, English Literature, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA (2005)

MS, Marital and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA (2013)

Matt provides individual, couple and family psychotherapy for adolescents (ages 12+) and adults. His style of therapy is warm, relational and insight oriented.  He conceptualizes using a family systems framework.

Megan Kraemer, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BSW, Social Work, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (2009)

MSW, Master of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul,  MN (2013)

Megan provides therapy for middle and high school students and their families as a part of the School Linked Mental Health Program.  She approaches therapy using a psychodynamic and relational perspective.

Nirja Parekh, MA, LPCC

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2009)

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2014)

Nirja provides individual and family psychotherapy for kids (ages 7+), adolescents, and adults. Nirja works from a relational, client-centered orientation to collaborate with clients in the therapy experience and utilizes approaches including mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and stress reduction strategies.

Rachel M. Takazawa, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Social Work, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (2011)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Saint Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2015)

Rachel provides psychotherapy for children and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She works from a relational, client centered and collaborative approach while incorporating a number of different approaches based on client’s needs, including but not limited to: play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment, mindfulness, stress reduction and behavioral-change models. Rachel’s approach is mindful of brain development and how life transitions/adjustment and mental illness affect a developing brain and body. Her goal is to work collaboratively while encouraging, challenging and empowering clients and their families.

Rachel Schoepf, MS, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BS, Community Psychology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (2012)

MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (2015)

Rachel works alongside children, adolescents, and families in the School-Linked Mental Health Program. She uses systemic and relational approaches to help individuals and families improve and strengthen their relationships. Rachel collaborates with clients from a strength-based approach helping others discover their resiliency. Her work is trauma-informed pulling from various therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioral, experiential, play, and narrative therapy.

Robin Riggs MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Coordinator, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Sociology/Gerontology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI (1996)

MSW, Master of Social Work, College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2000)

Robin provides individual and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes a blend of therapeutic approaches tailored to the unique needs of each client. In addition to her work with clients, Robin facilitates the services provided by school-based Relate therapists. She also provides supervision for therapists seeking independent licensure.

Ronald Groat, MD

Sam Wellman, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2011)

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

Sam provides individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Sam utilizes a client-centered approach to therapy, incorporating elements of cognitive-behavioral, narrative, humanistic, and strengths-based therapies. Sam strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic environment which can be tailored to fit the unique needs and concerns of every individual.

Sandy Mangle MA, LMFT

Senior Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy

BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1990)

MA, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Adler Graduate School, Bloomington, MN (2004)

Sandy provides individual, couples, and family therapy to children, teens and adults. She uses a strengths based and relational approach in therapy while considering each client’s unique needs. She values the therapeutic relationship with clients, and offers support and guidance while working toward achieving their personal goals. Sandy is a MN Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and provides individual and group supervision for those therapists working toward independent licensure. She is also EMDR trained.

Sean Toren

Practicum Therapist

BA, Philosophy, University of Minnesota (1988)

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Arizona (1999)

MSW, University of Minnesota (expected graduation 2018)

Sean is a clinical social work student from the University of Minnesota, School of Social Work.  He provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. He works from a relational, client-centered perspective and collaborates with clients to find the best approach for their unique needs.

Stephanie Pedersen, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

BS, Nursing, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO (1984)

MS, Nursing, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO (1989)

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities, MN (2008)

Stephanie provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. Her approach is in attachment, developmental, and trauma theory. She enjoys working with individuals and systems experiencing physical and psychological/emotional challenges concurrently.

Theresa Tsuchiya, PsyD

Therapist, Outpatient

BA, Psychology and Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (2005)

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities, MN (2016)

Theresa provides individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy as well as psychological assessment for all ages.  Her approach to therapy is grounded in attachment, developmental pathways, systems, and psychodynamic theory and research.  Her approach to testing is grounded in standardized assessment and collaborative psychological assessment theory and research.  Areas of relative specialty include attachment concerns, adoption issues, couples, and collaborative psychological assessment.

Vivienne Lorijn, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

MA, Social Anthropology, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (1999)

MS, Master in Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY (2003)

Vivienne provides psychotherapy for children and families in a school based setting. She approaches therapy from a humanistic and integrative perspective using play therapy and relational techniques.

Administrative Staff

Alicia Johnson

Administrative Support

BA, Art, Geography Minor, Minnesota State University, Mankato (2009)

Alicia provides administrative support with her primary duties centered on front desk operations.

Alyssa Clayton

Office Manager

Alyssa has been a part of the Relate team since 1997. She supervises Administrative Support Staff, including front desk, billing, and intake.

David Senior, CMA, MBA

Executive Director

BA, Business Studies & Spanish, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, United Kingdom (1990)

CMA, Certified Management Accountant (1997)

MBA, Master in Business Administration, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom (2006)

MNM, Master in Non-Profit Management, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (In Progress)

David has led multi-disciplinary teams all over the world for 24 years for Cargill and Target. He has volunteered and worked at Relate since January 2015.

Falinda Haldorson

Accounts Receivables Specialist

AAS, Accounting, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Detroit Lakes, MN (1998)

Falinda is part of the business office at Relate, assisting with accounts receivables.  She is dedicated to sharing her financial experience and commitment to client care, joining the Relate team in 2016.

John Maybee, BA

Accounts Receivables Specialist

BA, Psychology, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA (2012)

John provides support to clients, providing assistance with understanding insurance benefits and billing.  He also works to ensure all client accounts are up to date and to make sure all claims are billed correctly.

Judy Turner, BA

BA, Business, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Judy provides administrative support with her primary duties focused on working with our consulting psychiatrists.

Stephanie Eastburn, BS

Intake/Care Coordination Specialist

BS, Chemical Dependency, St Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (2012)

BS, Community Psychology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (2012)

Steph works closely with Relate’s administrative staff and clinical team to thoughtfully assist clients with the process of initiating services and connecting with resources to best suit their needs.

Susie Wray

Administrative Support

AAS, Associates of Arts and Sciences, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire (2011)

Susie provides administrative support with her primary duties centered on front desk operations.

Tracee Lawrence

HR/Accounting Manager

Tracee has over 35 years of experience working in an administrative capacity, 29 of them at Relate Counseling Center. She is responsible for payroll processing, staff benefits and monthly financial reporting. She works closely with the Executive Director to ensure financial and human resource information meets funding, licensing and legal requirements.