RelateMN Team

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, LICSW (he/him)

Groups Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

As a person who knows the impact of mental health in personal ways, Aaron recognizes the value of support and encouragement in the process of healing. As a person of faith, he realizes that the unseen has a profound impact on life. And as a clinical social worker, he values each person’s internal and external realities. In therapy, Aaron utilizes the Interpersonal Process Model, which values the insights that are birthed in the relationship between client and therapist. He enjoys working with issues of emotional regulation, stress management, and relational conflict, and finds that trauma and loss touch many of these areas. Aaron also works with families and couples when there is a sense of being off-balance and in conflict. He finds the group setting to be a particularly rich environment to process these areas as well. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Interpersonal Process Model, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, narrative.  

Specialties: Ages 12+, families, couples, and groups. 

Certifications: Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

Alex Fellerman, MA (He/Him)

Office-Based Therapist

Minnetonka Office

Alex provides individual therapy for adolescents and adults, and strives to meet each individual where they are at in their life journey. The modalities and approaches Alex provides depend on the needs of each individual and their unique situations. Alex believes the most important aspect of therapeutic success is the therapeutic relationship and providing a space of non-judgment, empathy, and positive regard. His general approach to therapy could be described as person-centered, relational, strengths-based, and affirmative. Outside of work he enjoys being with family and friends, trying new restaurants, listening to podcasts, golf, exercise, and following sports.

Therapeutic Modalities: Person-centered, relational, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, self-compassion, acceptance, mindfulness.

Alex Spirov, BA (she/her) 

Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Alex offers office-based outpatient therapy for adolescents and adults. Alex is working on completing her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Counseling and is under supervision during her time at Relate. Alex aims to build a strong relationship with her clients so that they feel welcomed, accepted, and heard while creating space to honor each client’s unique self-expression. Outside of work, Alex enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends, listening to music, crafting or doing projects, trying new recipes and exploring Minneapolis.  

Alicia Waletzki, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office  

Alicia provides individual therapy for adolescents and adults, and draws from various therapeutic approaches to meet the unique needs of each individual. Alicia values creating a non-judgmental space to establish an authentic and collaborative therapeutic relationship. She strives to recognize the multiple intersecting identities (including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+) in clients’ lives to better understand their lived experiences. Her work centers empathy and connection to facilitate growth, insight, and healing. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, relational, solution-focused

Specialties: Ages 14+ 

Allie DeMeulenaere, BA (she/her)

School Services Practicum Therapist
Wayzata School District 

Allie offers school-based therapy for adolescents. She understands that our pasts, relationships, environments, and the systems we operate within matter and impact our growth and well-being. To promote growth and well-being, Allie takes a collaborative approach with her clients, families, and school systems. Outside of therapy, you can find Allie practicing yoga, traveling, playing volleyball, or spending time with family and her two kittens.   

Therapeutic Modalities: narrative, family systems therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral. 

Allison Brink, MA (she/her) 

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Allison provides individual therapy for adults and adolescents. Her client-centered approach creates a caring and nonjudgmental space for clients to heal, grow, and change in their own way, at their own pace. Allison’s past career in advertising gives her insight into career development and change, as well as the day-to-day realities of corporate and creative life. Her approach to therapy is insight-oriented and highly relational, drawing on psychodynamic, existential, and attachment theories. 

Ally Unger (she/her)

Office-Based Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka 

Ally offers office-based therapy for adolescents and adults. Ally is currently in the process of completing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Wisconsin- Stout. She takes a strength-based approach and is client-centered approach to therapy. Ally’s past career in human resources also gives her insight into workplace dynamics, workplace-related stressors, and career development and change. Ally identifies as white, straight, and female. Outside of work, Ally loves to read, play pickleball, practice yoga, and spend time with friends and family.  

Specialties: LGBTQ+ ally, relationship concerns, grief/loss, career and workplace stressors, stress management. 

Amanda Sullivan, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Director of School Services | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based TherapistEden Prairie Office

In her role as Director of School Services, Amanda works with partnering school districts to oversee the provision of school mental health services and works collaboratively with schools to meet to the mental health needs of their students. She is passionate about making mental health services more accessible to children and families and addressing barriers that exist due to racism, inequality, and stigma. Amanda also provides individual and group supervision for Relate therapists seeking independent licensure.

Amy Gold, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Supervisory Office-Based Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist 

Eden Prairie Office 

Amy offers office-based therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and families using a systemic and relational approach. She also provides clinical supervision for practicum students, clinicians seeking independent licensure, and licensed clinicians. Amy identifies as white, straight and female. Outside of Relate, she enjoys walks with her dog, spending time with her family and attending live music.  

Therapeutic Modalities: family systems therapy, mindfulness, narrative, and emotion-focused therapy.  

Specialties: grief and loss, trauma, couples therapy and LGBTQ+ ally.  

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).   

Andrew Benson, MSW, LGSW (he/him)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

Andrew provides individual therapy to adults and adolescents. Andrew identifies as a white cisgender male. He believes in building a therapeutic relationship with trust, collaboration and honoring a client’s self-determination. Andrew’s goal is to provide a healthy, nonjudgmental, empathetic space for clients. He likes to show his authentic side by using humor in session. Outside of work, Andrew likes the great outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and is a huge fan of The Office and Marvel.
 

Therapeutic Modalities: strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral, insight oriented, person-centered. 

Angel Yang, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Angel provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She is committed to recognize strengths and the capabilities to strive for a healthier lifestyle. She utilizes a client-center approach with a mix of cognitive-behavioral framework while integrating mindfulness-based and multicultural techniques. Outside of work, Angel enjoys creating art including music, drawing, photography, and other mediums of arts and crafts. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, acceptance. 

Specialties: Ages 6+, families, BIPOC. 

Angela Trenda, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Community Partnership Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-based Therapist

Minnetonka Office

Angela believes in collaborating with clients to build on their strengths and resiliency while addressing the effects of difficult circumstances. She works primarily with adults experiencing anxiety, stress, relationship concerns, life transitions, career changes, and other life challenges. She uses a strengths-based, holistic philosophy to help clients find well-being and balance. Angela also provides supervision to clinical staff and interns. As community partnership manager, she helps Relate Counseling Center develop, maintain, and foster relationships with organizations in the metropolitan area to strengthen our collective abilities to help improve the lives of others. Angela has over 20 years of experience in corporate America and non-profit organizations. In her free time, Angela enjoys travel, skiing, kayaking, and hiking.  

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral, elements of dialectical behavioral therapy, attachment, psychodynamic, internal family systems, and solution focused  

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Narrative Exposure Therapy  

Arica Hanson, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Compliance Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist  

Minnetonka Office  

Arica works with couples, families, parents, and adults in Minnetonka and virtually to improve communication, connection, and overall wellbeing. She will likely ask you what emotion you are experiencing and work with you to better understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Arica also provides supervision to therapists in practicum programs or those seeking LMFT and LPCC licensure. Outside of work, Arica likes to be outdoors, read novels, be active with her partner and two kids, and work on improving their Minneapolis home.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), relational/systemic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative.  

Specialties: Couples, families, parenting support, adult ADHD. 

Certifications/Trainings: Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (Level 1), discernment counseling, sex therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.  

Ashley Bellsee, MSW, LICSW (she/they) 

Office-Based Therapist  
Minnetonka Office

Ashley offers office-based therapy for children ages 6+, adolescents, adults, and those on Medicare. Ashley identifies as white and pansexual. Ashley’s goal is to provide therapy that is person centered, culturally responsive, trauma informed, and compassionate so that clients can feel welcomed to bring all parts of their genuine self to the therapy space. Ashley works to recognize what can impact someone’s mental health and wellbeing, such as personal and family histories, trauma and other stressful experiences, identities, developmental and physical health concerns, relationships, and the systems in which we live. Outside of therapy, you can find Ashley playing board games and Dungeons and Dragons, laughing a lot, and spending time with loved ones.   

Therapeutic Modalities: EMDR, parts work, harm reduction, play therapy, self-compassion, insight-oriented, behavioral.  

Specialties & Areas of Interest: Trauma, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, grief/loss, identity exploration. 

Certifications/Trainings: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  

Ashley Spinler, MS, LMFT (she/her) 

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Ashley provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults using client centered, narrative, systemic and strengths-based approaches. Ashley is a white, cisgender female. Ashley understands the necessity for clients to feel welcome and comfortable in therapy; therefore, she strives to create an open, affirming, welcoming and supportive environment for her clients. Ashley also enjoys utilizing play and art as therapeutic tools when appropriate. Outside of Relate, Ashley can be found baking, reading, or spending time with friends and family. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Narrative therapy, family systems, play therapy, trauma-focused. 

Specialties: Ages 7+, LGBTQIA+, gender identity/exploration, trauma/PTSD. 

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR 

Ashley Teigland, MA, LMFT (she/her)

School Services Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Therapist
Eden Prairie & Mound Westonka  

Ashley provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, couples and families in the office and school setting. 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 to meet the needs of each individual client. Ashley also provides individual and group supervision for Relate therapists. In her role as School Services Manager, Ashley works with partnering school districts to oversee the provision of school services and works collaboratively with schools to meet the mental health needs of their students.  

Certifications/Trainings: Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Trauma Focused-Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).  

Barbara (Barb) Curran, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Office-based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

Barb provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She employs a client-centered and relational approach in working with clients. She utilizes mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and positive psychology, along with play therapy techniques based on the client’s needs. Barb believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients to best support their emotional needs and growth process. Barb enjoys biking, hiking, and having new adventures.  

Therapeutic Modalities: CBT, family systems, Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), attachment, narrative, mindfulness, motivational interviewing. 

Certifications/Trainings: Neurorelational Child-Centered Play Therapy, motivational interviewing, Prepare/Enrich, Positive Discipline. 

Specialties: Families, children ages 6+, couples, life transitions, grief and loss. 

Camryn Heckel, BA (she/her)

Office-Based Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka Office

Camryn provides outpatient psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults. She identifies as a white, queer, cisgender woman. In her work, Camryn incorporates trauma-informed, strengths-based, and client-centered approaches to providing care. Camryn works collaboratively with clients to process, promote healing, and create positive change in their lives. She is committed to creating a safe, nonjudgmental space for all and strives to provide culturally responsive services to her clients. Camryn is currently completing her graduate coursework in clinical social work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Outside of Relate, Camryn is typically tending to her houseplants, working on a craft, or spending time with family or friends. 

Therapeutic Modalities: emotion-focused therapy, strengths-based therapy, mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassion.  

Specialties: Ages 12+, identity, relationships, grief/loss, gender identity/exploration, sexual health, LGBTQ+.

Candi Davenport, MS, LADC (she/her)

Chemical Health Coordinator | School Based Chemical Health CounselorMound Westonka & Edina

Candi offers chemical health support to students in area middle and high schools. She also facilitates chemical health assessments for adolescents and adults, and offers chemical health education classes for individuals and families. Candi is passionate about her work and believes that fit is crucial to the therapeutic process. Therefore, she draws on her past experiences working in the Chemical Health field to connect with clients. Outside of work, Candi is a runner and loves to read and spend time outdoors.  Depending on the season, she is often found at the rink or at the softball fields watching and cheering on her daughter.

Specialties: Chemical Health, Trauma Yoga.

Certifications/Trainings: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Trauma Yoga Provider.

Carli Nelson (she/her)

School Services Practicum Therapist
Plymouth School District  

Carli provides individual therapy for children (K-5) in the school services mental health program. She believes in taking a person-centered approach and creating a therapeutic relationship to establish a safe environment that encourages healing and growth. Carli identifies as white, straight, and female. She works collaboratively with children and their families and incorporate a variety of approaches, including mindfulness and strengths-based techniques. Carli has her Bachelor of Social Work and is currently completing her Master of Clinical Social Work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and relaxation practices. 

Specialties: Ages 5-12. 

Catherine Cich, MA, LMFT, ATR

Office Based Therapist Art Therapy Clinical Supervisor

Catherine provides art therapy and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes a systems oriented and solution-focused approach to work collaboratively with clients, and utilizes trauma informed, art-based interventions based on clients’ needs.

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Level I and II trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Claire Lowe, MA (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District

Claire provides psychotherapy for children and families in the school services program. Claire identifies as white, straight, and female. She works collaboratively with clients to help them meet their individual needs and goals using a holistic, culturally responsive, and strengths-based approach. Her work is informed by neuroscience, health psychology, and child development. Claire is passionate about helping clients gain the tools and resources they need to grow and thrive. Outside of work, Claire loves to read, hike, and spend time with friends and family 

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, mindfulness. 

Certifications/Trainings: Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP).

Colleen Dale, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office   

Colleen offers office-based individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents and clinical supervision to practicum students. She identifies as white, straight, and female. She approaches the therapeutic relationship through an attachment-based, trauma-informed, and relational lens. She helps clients to identify and understand their defense mechanisms/wounds and supports them in accessing their own wisdom and core self. Colleen also supports clients by teaching and strengthening coping strategies for tolerating stress and discomfort on a day-to-day basis. She believes in the healing power of laughter and likes to think she has a decent sense of humor. Outside of work, Colleen spends her time being active outdoors–rain, snow, or shine with her family and husky. 

Therapeutic Modalities: internal family systems/parts-work, inner child/re-parenting, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, narrative, attachment. 

Specialties: LGBTQ+ ally, ages 14+, CPTSD, childhood trauma, attachment wounds, relationship concerns, parenting challenges, self-identity concerns.  

Dana Roemer, MS, LMFT (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist

Eden Prairie Office

Dana provides individual and family psychotherapy for children (ages 7+), adolescents, and adults using an approach that is holistic and growth focused. She joins with clients to engender hope and empowerment in their lives. Through combining compassion, warmth, and humor, Dana helps client access their own inner wisdom and strength to expand their capacity for joy. She offers a non-judgmental therapeutic environment to help foster healing, safety, trust, growth, insight, strength, and resiliency. Outside of work, Dana loves reading, practicing yoga, adventures, and ocean therapy.

Therapeutic Modalities: Mindfulness, trauma-informed, narrative, attachment, sand tray therapy, child-centered directive and non-directive play therapy, IFS/parts-work, cognitive-behavioral.

Specialties: Ages 7+, play therapy, complex PTSD, relationship concerns, parenting support, healing attachment injuries, developmental trauma, life transitions, identity exploration.

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

Dana Teller, MA (she/her)

Office and School Services Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Dana offers office-based therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dana also offers early childhood school site therapy for young children and their families. Dana identifies as white, straight, and female. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, relational, genuine, and culturally responsive. She uses an integrative approach, with a developmental and attachment-based lens to help her clients gain insight on how early experiences can impact functioning across the life span.  Outside of work, Dana loves the north woods, to fish, hike, read, listen to music, and spend time with family and friends.  

Therapeutic Modalities: emotion-focused therapy, family systems therapy, play therapy, narrative, mindfulness, spirituality, acceptance, reflection, and self-compassion 

Specialties: Early childhood mental health, trauma informed interventions, grief/ loss, attachment, parenting support/coaching. 

Certifications/Trainings: Prepare/ Enrich, Psychological First Aid. 

David Prindle, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

David provides individual and couple’s therapy. He strives to provide a compassionate and nonjudgmental approach. David has extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship stress, trauma, family conflict, grief/loss, stage of life transitions, and seniors. He has been a clinician at Relate for 23 years. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Client-centered, relational, solution-focused, mindfulness principles, attachment, cognitive-behavioral therapy 

Trainings/Certifications: Trauma, ART, DBT  

Eleanor Hennen, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist

Eden Prairie Office

Eleanor works with individuals, couples, and families across the life cycle, including young children (0-6), school-aged children, adolescents, and adults. Eleanor brings her most authentic self into the therapeutic relationship, using a blend of humor, compassion, playfulness, and understanding. She recognizes the vulnerability it takes to begin therapy and strives to make the experience a safe one for all who enter her office. Her approach is relationally focused and strengths-based. She identifies as a white, straight, cis female. Outside of work, Eleanor can be found at the park with her two dogs, biking around a lake, eating yummy food, or reading in her hammock.

Therapeutic Modalities: Family systems, mindfulness, play therapy, emotion focused, attachment and developmental based principals, trauma-informed.

Specialties: ages 0-6, attachment-related concerns, eating disorders, body positivity. Certifications/trainings: Theraplay, eating disorder modalities (including CBT-E, DBT, CBT-AR, FBT), DC: 0-5, Circle of Security, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Elizabeth Fosse, MSW, LGSW

Office Based and School Services Therapist

Liz utilizes attachment, developmental, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives and incorporates them based on each individual’s needs. She emphasizes a client-centered, collaborative approach throughout therapy.

Ellen Abnet, MS, LICSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Ellen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. Ellen’s eclectic therapeutic style is client centered, strengths based and grounded in her natural warmth, kindness, authenticity, and respect for clients.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Developmental neurobiology, relational, trauma informed, mindfulness, dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Adaptive Resolution Therapy (AIR)

Specialties: Complex trauma, developmental trauma

Certifications/Trainings: Certified Master ART Practitioner, certified in AIR, DBT intensive training by Marsha Linehan Group, EMDR.

Elsa Ehley (She/Her)

School Services Practicum Therapist

Wayzata School District

Elsa is a school-based practicum therapist in Wayzata School District. Elsa has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from St. Olaf College and is in her final year of her Master of Social Work at University of St. Thomas. Elsa’s approach to therapy is strength-based and utilizes mindfulness skills, self-awareness, and fosters growth. Outside of time spent at Relate, Elsa enjoys barre and yoga classes and spending time with her husband and Newfoundland dog, Manny.

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Play Therapy.

Specialties: Children and Adolescents, Mindfulness, Anxiety, Transitions.

Emily Elkins, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist  

Minnetonka Office

Emily provides outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. A Colorado native and Minnesota transplant, she identifies as white, straight, and female. Emily considers seeking outside support an act of bravery and believes in each client’s individual capacity to heal. She considers it a privilege to hear each client’s story and to walk with them on their journey toward positive change. In her clinical practice, Emily is grounded in a relational perspective, collaborating with clients in setting their own goals for personal growth. She utilizes an insight-based approach to help clients identify and act in alignment with their core values. Emily is client-centered, fostering a caring therapeutic space of warmth and laughter. Outside of work, Emily loves to read, hike, practice yoga, listen to true crime podcasts, and explore the Twin Cities.  

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), insight-oriented, solution-focused, harm reduction, and mindfulness principles.  

Certifications/Trainings: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

Emily Gerhardt, BA (she/her)

Practicum Therapist

Minnetonka Office

Emily offers office-based outpatient therapy for children and adolescents. She is working on completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently being supervised by a Licensed Psychologist while working at Relate. Emily identifies as a White, cisgender, gay female. She is also a parent with two young children. Emily’s therapeutic style is informed by multiple theoretical approaches, and she believes it is important to adapt her approach based on the needs of each client. Emily’s goal is to ensure that each client feels welcomed, accepted, and heard. Outside of Relate, Emily enjoys spending time with her family outdoors in any Minnesota season, reading, and working on projects.

Therapeutic Modalities: relational, family systems, emotion-focused, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and play-based therapy

Specialties: children, adolescents, families, LGBTQ+

Certifications/Trainings: DC:0-5 (training)

Emily Higgins, MA, LPC, R-DMT (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist | Registered Dance/Movement Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Emily provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient services. Her approach to therapy is relational, collaborative, genuine, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive. Emily specializes in dance and movement therapy, which can be an active approach to healing. She values the power and healing that can be fostered through creativity. Outside of work, Emily loves to cook, garden, dance, paint, camp, and spend quality time with family, friends, and her dog. 

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered therapy, family systems therapy, mindfulness, acceptance, trauma-informed practices. 

Specialties: Young adults 18+, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, grief/loss, blended families, gender identity/exploration. 

Certifications/Trainings: Dance/Movement Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

Erica Carlson, MA 

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District 

Erica provides psychotherapy for middle school students and their families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She believes that the middle school and adolescent years are one of the most pertinent stages of human development because this is when individuals begin to find their sense of self. Therapy with Erica is relation-based, strengths-focused and client centered, utilizing mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and systemic approaches. Erica strongly believes that authenticity and empathy are critical to the therapeutic process and works to provide a warm and collaborative environment in which clients feel understood and supported. Outside of Relate you can find Erica spending time with her kids and two dogs.   

Erica Johnson, MA, LPCC (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Erica provides individual therapy with adults and couples. She utilizes an insight-oriented and emotion focused approach grounded in relational, humanistic, and attachment perspectives. She believes in meeting clients where they are at and works to personalize therapy to meet each client’s personal values, strengths, and culture. 

Erin O’Toole, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District 

Erin provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families in the School Linked Mental Health program. She identifies as a white, heterosexual, neurodivergent, cisgender female. Erin utilizes an integrative method of psychotherapy consisting of attachment, systemic, relational, and culturally responsive perspectives. Erin’s goal is to provide a compassionate and collaborative space for exploration and healing of the client experience. In her free time, Erin enjoys photography and visiting local dog parks with her golden retriever, Pippy.  

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, person-centered therapy, strengths-based therapy, family systems therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.  

Specialties: Trauma, ADHD, life transitions, conflict resolution, self-esteem and empowerment, PTSD, grief and loss, stress management, sexual heath, and relationship management.  

Certifications/Trainings: Working toward Registered Play Therapy (RPT) certification.

Erin Price, MSW, LICSW

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

Erin provides individual, couples, and family therapy for adults. She integrates client centered, relational and strength-based approaches when working with clients that acknowledges cultural and environmental influences. Trauma informed and EMDR trained, Erin enjoys working and collaborating with clients in their process of growth. 

Trainings/Certifications: EMDR 

Grace Nelson, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office  

Grace provides office-based therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She identifies as a white, cisgender female. She approaches therapy from a relational, holistic, and systemic perspective – understanding that various experiences have shaped where you are today. She uses a blend of therapeutic techniques to creatively meet the individual needs of each person. Grace’s goal is to meet individuals where they are at with warmth and nonjudgment. She seeks to build honest, meaningful relationships that foster a safe and collaborative space for exploration and healing. Grace considers it an honor to make meaning of this thing called life with you. Outside of Relate, you’ll find me embracing the outdoors, running, adventuring with dear ones, or creating (something)!

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered therapy, interpersonal process, cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR, dialectical behavior therapy (skills), attachment, systems, mindfulness, and acceptance.

Specialties: grief/loss, perinatal mental health, mood concerns (depression and anxiety), relationship concerns

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR, End of Life Doula

Greta Gilbertson, MA, LPCC (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Greta provides individual psychotherapy to pre-teens, adolescents, and adults. She aims to bring empathy, warmth, safety, cultural humility, hope, humor, and authenticity to the therapeutic relationship. Greta’s approach to therapy is based on collaboration, strengths, and building insight and awareness. She has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and enjoys providing psychoeducation. Outside of work, Greta loves spending time with friends and family, reading, mindful movement, and trying out new recipes.  

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered therapy, strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, relaxation skills, interpersonal skills. 

Specialties: Anxiety, depression, perfectionism, self-esteem, body image, disordered eating, life transitions, relationship concerns.  

Greta Harris, MA

School Services Therapist
Mound Westonka School District  

Greta provides psychotherapy for middle and high school students and their families in the School Linked Mental Health program. She approaches therapy with a client-centered and strengths-based approach to address each client’s individual needs. Greta believes that children adolescents grow and develop identities through their relationships with others. Greta’s work is grounded in mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and systemic views utilizing a variety of techniques to meet each client’s needs. 

Therapeutic modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, person-centered therapy, family systems therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.

Hannah Lynch, MA, LPCC (she/her) 

School Services Therapist | District Coordinator
Eastern Carver County  

Hannah provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults. She utilizes a client-centered approach to therapy that focuses on providing the client with a safe, non-judgmental environment to facilitate exploration. She enjoys applying different techniques to meet individual needs including cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, mindfulness, and play therapy. Hannah provides unconditional positive regard and empathy in her work with clients to develop a therapeutic relationship that will help lead the client to personal growth and healing. Outside of Relate, Hannah loves to read, cook, be outdoors, and spend time with friends and family.  

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, play therapy. 

Harjas Gill, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist   

Minnetonka Office 

Harjas provides individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. She identifies as Asian, straight, and female. Harjas uses a strength based, person-centered, nonjudgmental approach, and strives to work with clients to find the best style to make positive change, and growth. Outside of work, Harjas likes to read, spend time with family and friends, play with her dog, and cheer on some Minnesota sports.  

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, narrative, acceptance, and mindfulness.  

Specialties: BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ ally, children aged 0-5. 

Heidi Struck, MS (she/her)

School Based Therapist
Wayzata School District School 

Heidi is a school-based therapist serving students at Wayzata High School. Heidi has worked in a variety of school settings and enjoys how school-based services help deepen a student’s connection with community resources. Heidi practices a blend of therapeutic techniques and works to prioritize a healthy, constructive therapeutic relationship so the client feels as comfortable as possible in sessions. Blending narrative and systems perspectives, Heidi believes that the words we use to describe our experiences matter, and that we are all a product of the world and supports around us. When not at work, Heidi enjoys spending time outside with her dogs, baking, and traveling to new places.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Narrative, relational, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, systems perspective.  

Specialties: LGBTQIA+, allyship, identity exploration, adolescents.  

Certifications/Trainings: Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TfCBT), National Certified Counselor (NCC).  

Ian Dulka, BA (he/him)

Office-Based Practicum Therapist

Minnetonka Office

Ian offers office-based outpatient therapy for adolescents and adults. He is here to helping you along your mental health journey towards a healthy and fulfilling life. He is committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where all are welcome and can grow and flourish in life. Ian is currently completing his graduate coursework in Clinical Counseling at the University of St. Thomas. Outside of Relate, you can find Ian enjoying time with his cats or playing Dungeons & Dragons or Pokémon games.

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectic-behavioral therapy, attachment focused therapy, mindfulness.

Specialties: Ages 10+, relationship concerns, stress management.

Ida Holdahl, MA, LPCC

School Services Therapist

Ida provides individual, family, and group therapy. She believes in providing the client with a safe, non-judgmental environment to facilitate exploration during sessions. She operates from a systemic approach applying different techniques to meet individual and familial needs including cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, attachment focused, and play therapy. She uses a collaborative, warm approach to fully understand each client’s experience and to form an authentic, empathic relationship.

Jaleesa Lenoir, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist | Community Partner Therapist
St. Louis Park School District 

Jaleesa is a cisgendered BIPOC clinician who provides psychotherapy to children in the school-linked mental health program. Jaleesa also provides outpatient therapy to adult clients of an agency with whom Relate has a community partnership.  She enjoys assisting clients with problem solving, gaining confidence, and reaching other therapeutic goals using client-centered, strength, and resilience-based approaches. Her interests include journaling, decorating/organizing, and exercising for mental clarity. Outside of work, Jaleesa enjoys spending quality time with family and close friends, trying new foods, and outdoor activities when weather permits. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Mindfulness, art, play therapy, writing, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral techniques.  

Specialties: School-aged children, families, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ ally.

Jamie Rohwer, MA, LPCC (she/her)

Office and School Services Therapist  
Minnetonka 

Jamie offers outpatient and school-based therapy for adolescents and adults. Jamie enjoys working with issues including, but not limited to, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and perinatal mood struggles. She believes that the relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important aspects of therapy, and uses a collaborative, relational, and client-centered approach.  

Therapeutic Modalities: ART, narrative, client-centered, mindfulness.  

Specialties: Ages 12+, trauma, perinatal mood disorders. 

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Narrative Exposure Therapy, Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy. 

Jennie D’Alessandro, MSW, LGSW (she/her)  

School Services Therapist    

Minnetonka School District

Jennie offers school-based therapy to adolescents.  She identifies as white, straight, and female. She utilizes strengths-based and humanistic approaches in therapy, and believes in the effectiveness of mindfulness, empathy, and empowerment. To support the growth and healing of each client, Jennie collaborates with clients in the development and implementation of positive coping skills. She is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment that supports the growth and healing of each client. 

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative, psychodynamic, and mindfulness principles. 

Jennifer Kleinhans, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Jennifer works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  She utilizes an approach combining client centered, cognitive-behavioral, and other methods with creative means to tailor to the specific needs of the client.  She has combined her background in art therapy and design studies to integrate creativity in her work for the purposes of client problem-solving, self-efficacy, and other building blocks for health. Jennifer values acceptance, collaboration, and unconditional positive regard to help achieve clients’ goals, whatever their journey may be.  

Therapeutic Modalities:  Art therapy, insight-oriented, DBT techniques, strength-based, narrative, growth mindset, mindfulness, ETC (Expressive Therapies Continuum) 

Specialties:  trauma-informed client care, gifted and twice exceptional individuals, family dynamics,  career transitions 

Certifications/Trainings: Art Therapy, Adlerian Psychotherapy, Design Studies, Stronger Brains 

Jenny Williams, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist

Minnetonka Office 

Jenny offers office-based, individual therapy for children and adolescents as well as parenting work for their caregivers. Jenny identifies as white, straight and female. She utilizes play therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help children and adolescents access their potential to problem solve, build relationships, and focus on their strengths. Through these modalities, Jenny’s approach to therapy is relational, client-centered, and strengths-based. Jenny believes that children and adolescents grow and develop their identities through relationships. In session, she works to model mutual empathy and appropriate relationships for them to apply to their own lives. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys doing puzzles, being outside, spending time with family, and playing with her cat.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, cognitive-behavioral, relational therapy, client-centered, mindfulness 

Specialties: Children aged 0-5, children & adolescents aged 5-17, ADHD 

Certifications/Trainings: Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), DC 0-5 

Jesse L. Maistrovich, PsyD, LPCC (he/him)

Director of Office Programming | Clinical Supervisor | Office-based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

As the Director of Office Programming, Jesse embraces the role of helping to oversee office programs as well as provides guidance and supervision to those who manage these programs. Jesse identifies as white, straight, and male. He also provides individual, family, and parent-focused psychotherapy for children (ages 10+), 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. In addition, he provides supervision for staff therapists, practicum therapists and therapists seeking independent licensure.  Outside of work, Jesse enjoys running and being outdoors, watching sports, listening to records, and spending time with family and their dogs. 

Therapeutic Modalities: humanistic/relational/person-centered therapy, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. 

Specialties: families, substance use/addiction, ages 10+. 

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).  

Jessica White, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

District Coordinator | Clinical Supervisor | School-Based Therapist
Wayzata and Orono 

Jessica offers school-based therapy at Schumann Elementary and Orono Intermediate Schools. Jessica is also the District Coordinator for Wayzata Schools and provides clinical supervision to staff therapists and practicum students. Jessica’s approach to therapy and supervision is strengths-based and person-centered. She believes learning, emotional growth, and healing can happen through connection and trust. 

Therapeutic Modalities: humanistic, family-systems, cognitive-behavioral, Play Therapy, mindfulness. 

Specialties: ages 5+, families, adjustment concerns.  

Certifications/Trainings: Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Play Therapy. 

Joe Haselman, MSW, LGSW (he/him)

Office-Based Therapist

Minnetonka Office

Joe offers office-based therapy for adolescents and adults. Joe operates from a relational, strength-based approach to therapy and strongly believes in working collaboratively with clients in the process of healing. In utilizing the collaborative process, Joe strives to guide you to increase your self-awareness, gain new perspectives, and increase your personal strengths. Joe believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation to fostering change and growth. Within the therapeutic relationship, Joe strives to cultivate mutual trust, respect, and engagement in “the work” of treatment. Outside of work, Joe loves to play/watch sports, camp, and play with his dog.

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, person centered, acceptance, harm reduction, and mindfulness principles.

Josh Cook, MSW, LICSW (he/him)

Practicum Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Josh is excited to guide Relate in providing high quality and supportive learning experiences for graduate students in social work, psychology, and marriage and family therapy. Josh has experience in direct clinical service, clinical supervision, case management, and residential treatment. Josh is dedicated to collaborative processes, anti-oppressive practice, and learning throughout the lifespan. Josh also provides supervision for staff therapists, practicum therapists, and therapists seeking independent licensure. 

Additionally, Josh provides office-based individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy for adolescents (ages 12+) and adults. Josh’s therapeutic strengths lie in his ability to provide a safe environment to explore and work through vulnerable experiences and remove obstacles to wellness.  

Therapeutic Modalities: psychodynamic, humanistic, relational perspective, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, accelerated resolution therapy (ART).  

Specialties: Relationship concerns, grief/loss, couples, parenting, LGBTQIA+, trauma, self-esteem. 

Certifications/Trainings: Program Certificate – Advanced Psychotherapy Program, Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

Kaitlin Salscheider, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E® (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor- Early Childhood | Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Kaitlin provides outpatient therapy for young children ages 0-6 years old and their caregiver(s), children ages 6-10 years old, and adults. She also provides clinical supervision for therapists seeking independent licensure. Kaitlin integrates therapy from relational, developmental, and cultural perspectives and utilizes a lens that is grounded in attachment, trauma-informed care, and early childhood experience. Kaitlin believes in the importance of safety and connection within the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for exploration and growth. Outside of Relate, Kaitlin loves to be outside, spending time with family, and watching sports.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security Parenting, play therapy, relational and attachment principles. 

Specialties: Children ages 0-6, parenting support, developmental and trauma-informed care, maternal/perinatal mental health, reflective and mental health consultation with preschool and daycare staff. 

Certifications/Trainings: Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist (IMH-E®), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate, Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security Parenting, Perinatal Mood Disorders & Advanced Perinatal Psychotherapy, Experiential Play Therapy (EPT), Conscious Discipline, DC: 0-5 assessment. 

Kaitlyn Pommerenke, MA (she/her) 

School Services Therapist
St. Louis Park School District 

Kaitlyn is a school based mental health therapist. Kaitlyn views the therapeutic process as a collaboration between client and therapist. She has the personal intention to foster a safe space that harbors authenticity and compassion and promotes growth and healing. Kaitlyn honors each client’s individual story and recognizes that life experiences, environment, relationships, and systems influence overall wellbeing. Outside of work, Kaitlyn enjoys running, cycling, animals and spending time with her family and friends.  

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered, trauma-informed, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, strengths-based, and mindfulness-based techniques.  

Kate Sabbann, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

Kate provides outpatient psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families using a person-centered and emotionally focused approach. From a place of curiosity and respect, she works to discover the negative thoughts, core beliefs and past wounds that are keeping clients from moving forward. She strives to create a space where you can feel seen, heard, and safe all while being your most true and authentic self.  

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered therapy, emotion-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy. 

Specialties: couples, relationship concerns. 

Katie Angell, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist

Katie provides office-based therapy to children, adolescents, and adults using an integrative and developmental perspective. individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Katie is a curious and passionate psychotherapist and believes in honoring all parts of self while exploring ways to live your best life.  Katie has experience working with individuals and families who may have experienced complex histories, adoption, depression and anxiety, and stress.

Certifications/Trainings: Adaptive Integrative Relational (AIR Network), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Theraplay, and Child Parent Psychotherapy.

Katie Redding (she/her)  

Office-Based Practicum Therapist 

Minnetonka Office

Katie is an MFT and Art Therapy student at Adler Graduate School. She has previous experience working with children in a day treatment facility. In her practice, she uses art making and mindfulness to help center and empower her clients. With an academic background in cultural anthropology, she values a client’s identity both in the session and out in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, painting, watching movies, and spending time with her cat, family, and friends. 

Specialties: Art Therapy, mindfulness, self-regulation, early childhood, parent education, families.

Trainings: Play Therapy, disordered eating, autism spectrum disorder.

Kay Ferrell, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District 

Kay offers individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to develop an individualized treatment plan that incorporates identified needs while building on personal strengths. Kay believes in the importance of building connection, promoting empowerment, and honoring the unique needs of individuals. 

Therapy Modalities: Person centered, humanistic, relational, cognitive-behavioral, harm reduction. 

Kayla Pavelka, MA (she/her) 

School-Based Therapist 

Kayla provides psychotherapy for high school students and their families in the School Linked Mental Health program. Kayla believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation to change, and she continuously tends to this with her students and their families. She approaches therapy with a relational, trauma informed, culturally responsive, and strengths-based lens. Kayla focuses on the multiple systems each person is a part of and how this impacts who they are in the world. She spends her time away from the office with family and friends, hiking, playing board games, puzzling, baking, and meeting as many dogs as she can! 

Therapeutic Modalities: trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), attachment, person-centered therapy, family systems therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing 

Specialties: adolescents, trauma, attachment related concerns, grief and loss, substance use 

Certifications/Trainings: Certified Trauma Professional 

Kaylee Burnham, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

Kaylee offers office-based therapy for adolescents and adults (ages 12+), and identifies as white, straight, and female. Kaylee believes that relationships are necessary in our healing and prioritizes the strength of the therapeutic relationship in her approach. She understands that people need to be deeply heard to recognize and work through patterns that are difficult to change on their own. Her approach is relational, strengths-based, trauma informed, and culturally responsive. Kaylee has a special interest in helping clients experience healing after trauma, including religious/spiritual trauma.
 

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered, psychodynamic, narrative, attachment, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapy. 

Keegan Freiburger, MSW, LGSW (any/all)

Office Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Keegan offers therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Partnering with people who feel hurt or stuck or disconnected in the world, they explore: “What else is possible here?” Keegan believes that we heal in relationships that welcome our messiness, honor our stories, and nurture our unique gifts. 

Kish Johnson, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School-Based Therapist 
Wayzata School District  

Kish offers school-based therapy for elementary aged children. She identifies as white, straight, and female. Kish believes in using a trauma informed, strengths-based, and client focused approach to therapy. She understands the importance of healthy relationships and aspires to create a safe environment where children and their families can learn and grow together. Outside of work Kish enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, reading, and making memories with her family.   

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, social thinking, acceptance, and self-compassion.  

Specialties: Children and adolescents, social emotional learning.
 

Kristi Kuehn MS, LPCC, LADC

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Kristi provides individual therapy for adolescents (12+) and adults. Before coming to Relate, Kristi worked with children, adolescents, and adults in crisis and residential settings. During therapy, she enjoys exploring patterns and making connections between current responses and previous experiences. Kristi understands the importance of trust and safety in a relationship and takes a person-centered, strengths-based and authentic approach to building rapport. Outside of therapy, she loves anything that has to do with sunshine and water, exercise, dogs, friends, and Costco.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, mindfulness, trauma-informed 

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-harm/suicidal ideation, eating disorders, substance use

Kristine Hughes, MA, LMFT, RPT-S (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Play Heals Administrator & Instructor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Kristine primarily utilizes Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Sand Tray techniques in work with children and families. She follows a humanistic approach focused on the relationship with the client and accessing what they already have within them to heal. Kristine is passionate about play therapy and has developed Play Heals, a training series which guides mental health professionals to become play therapists. She also provides individual and group supervision for practicum students and Relate therapists seeking independent licensure. Kristine has a dog, Sadie, who accompanies her in sessions and is in training to be a therapy dog. Outside of Relate you can find Kristine at the dog park with Sadie, at the cabin with family and friends, or in a hammock listening to the sounds of nature.  

Therapeutic Modalities: play therapy, art therapy techniques, sand tray techniques, mindfulness principles. 

Specialties: Ages 6-12, trauma, adoption & foster care, neglect & abuse, LGBTQ+. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristy Smith, MA, LMFT

School Services Therapist

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.

Kyla Flaten, MSW, LICSW, MPH (she/her)

School Services Therapist 
Wayzata School District  

Kyla is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who provides therapy to clients in the Wayzata School district. She uses a collaborative, warm approach to form an authentic, empathic relationship.  Kyla approaches therapy from a play-based and attachment focused lens, incorporating cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, movement, and humor. Kyla identifies as a white woman and strives to provide a non-judgmental, accepting space for all clients and their families. She believes that authenticity and connection are important parts of her work with kids and families. Outside of work, Kyla enjoys swimming, reading, and being in the outdoors.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Child centered play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques. 

Specialties: Children ages 5-11, parent-child relationships. 

Certifications/Trainings: Circle of Security Parenting, Bounce Back, DC 0-5. 

Lauren Almquist, MSW, LGSW

School Services Therapist

Lauren provides psychotherapy for children and their families through the School Services Mental Health Program. She utilizes a strengths-based, relational approach while also incorporating cognitive-behavioral, mindful-based, and play therapy techniques. She has clinical interests that include the parent-child relationship and issues related to attachment.

Lindsey Sachs, MS, LPCC  

School-Based Therapist
Wayzata School District   

Lindsey provides therapy for children and adolescents in the school linked mental health program. Lindsey identifies as a cisgender white woman. She believes in a holistic, relational, and collaborative approach to therapy with emphasis on client and family strengths. Lindsey’s approach is grounded in building a safe, nonjudgmental, trauma informed space that allows for curiosity, growth, learning, and achieving shared goals. She uses an eclectic mix of modalities to fit individual needs. She has a special interest in working with anxiety, adjustment disorders, family changes, and trauma. Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family, going on family adventures, long bike rides, and spending time up north.  

Therapeutic Modalities: mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution focused, Adlerian, and narrative therapy.  

Specialties: Children, adolescents, and young adults.

Lisa Conway, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based TherapistMinnetonka Office

Lisa provides office-based psychotherapy for adults, couples, and families. She utilizes  insight-oriented, trauma-informed, and mindfulness approaches grounded in psychodynamic, relational, and attachment perspectives.

Treatment Modalities: Psychodynamic, emotion-focused, attachment and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Specialties: Relationship concerns, parenting, trauma, ADHD.

Certifications: EMDR.

Lizzy Kroll

School-Based Practicum

Lizzy is a school-based practicum student. Lizzy has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Family Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies from Saint Olaf College. She is pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Lizzy has experience working with children and their families in various settings including schools, inpatient hospitals and outpatient mental health centers. In her free time, she enjoys being on the lake with her family, spending time on the farm with her animals and going on long walks with her dog, Rue.

Therapeutic Modalities: Play Therapy, Strengths Based Perspective, Family Systems Therapy

Specialties: Children, Adolescence, Families

Lucy Weisenbeck, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist 

Lucy offers school-based therapy for adolescents in the form of individual, family, and group sessions. Lucy identifies as a pansexual cisgender female. She is passionate about creating a warm, affirming, and judgement-free space where clients can feel safe to be their authentic self. Lucy is an empathetic problem-solver, using a strengths-based, creative, and trauma informed approach. Outside of Relate, Lucy enjoys being in nature, reading, and playing with her dog.   

Therapeutic Modalities: strength-based, client-centered, mindfulness, narrative, harm-reduction, self-compassion. 

LuLu Zuba, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist

Saint Louis Park School District

LuLu offers school-based therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families through Relate’s School Linked Mental Health program. LuLu integrates client centered practices, while focusing on how the client’s history, background, culture, identities and other environmental factors can impact their mental health and well-being. LuLu strives to bring curiosity, creativity, warmth, compassion and empathy into sessions and within relationships with clients and their families. She views each client and family as unique individuals and aims to tailor services to fit their needs and best support everyone. Outside of work, LuLu loves to spend time with her friends and family, cook, draw/create art, thrift, and be active outside.

Therapeutic Modalities: Strength-based, person/client-centered, cognitive-behavioral techniques, art/creativity, mindfulness, play therapy, systems perspective

Specialties: Children ages 5-13, families, anxiety, developmental delays and/or trauma, adoption/foster care

Lynda Barger, MD

Madelyn Larsin, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist  
Eden Prairie Office 

Madelyn provides office-based therapy for individuals of all ages. She identifies as a white, queer, cisgender woman. Madelyn is committed to meeting clients where they are at and providing therapeutic support that meets their needs. She believes that therapeutic change occurs in the context of nonjudgmental, collaborative relationships. Madelyn’s practice is grounded in relational, strengths-based, developmental, and trauma-informed approaches. When she is not working, Madelyn enjoys reading, taking walks, listening to music and podcasts, doing jigsaw puzzles, dancing, playing pickle ball, riding her bike, and playing board games with friends.      

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, attachment therapy, narrative therapy, play therapy, mindfulness  

Specialties: early childhood, grief/loss, perinatal mental health, body positivity/fat liberation, sexual health, gender identity and sexuality, life transitions    

Certifications/Trainings: Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator

Matia Sollom, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Minnetonka District Coordinator | Office & School-Based Therapist
Minnetonka School District

Matia provides outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families. She is also a school-based therapist at a Minnetonka elementary school. Matia’s therapeutic approach is relational and experiential, striving to meet clients where they are at and providing a warm, safe space to process emotions and experiences. Matia identifies as a white, straight, female. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, playing tennis, and going for walks with her dog.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Relational, family systems, trauma-informed, client-centered, play therapy techniques.  

Specialties: Children, adolescents, adults, families, anxiety symptoms/disorders, relationship concerns, LGBTQ+ ally. 

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR, DC0-5, Prepare/Enrich. 

Matt Gonzalez-Olson, MS, LMFT (he/him)

Office-Based and Community Services Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Matt works with adults individually, in couples, and in family relationships at Relate’s Minnetonka office and in community settings. He identifies as white, straight, and male.  Matt has a warm approach to therapy and strives to approach psychological challenges from a culturally responsive and trauma-informed place. When Matt is not at work, he enjoys hiking with his dog, time with friends, and trying new restaurants. 

Therapeutic Modalities: relational, family systems, cognitive, psychodynamic. 

Specialties: Adults, families in transition. 

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

McKenzie Brombeck, MS (she/her)

Practicum Therapist
Eden Prairie and Minnetonka Offices  

McKenzie offers office-based therapy for adolescents and adults. She is a practicum therapist who is currently working towards a masters in mental health counseling and doctoral degree in sport and exercise psychology. She provides therapy at both the Eden Prairie and Minnetonka offices. Her approach to therapy is relational, authentic, strengths based, and insight orientated. She will be accepting clients until the beginning of June. McKenzie’s outside interests include coaching soccer in the Twin Cities area, biking around Minneapolis, and eating at all the new restaurants.  

Therapeutic Modalities: person-centered, CBT, ACT, insight-orientated, self-compassion, and strengths-based.  

Specialties: athletes, LGBTQ+ ally, relationship concerns, and self-esteem work. 

McKenzie Paddock, MA, ATR-BC (she/her)

Office Based Therapist

Minnetonka Office

McKenzie provides individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults. She collaborates with each client to develop a strengths-based plan that promotes growth and stability. Her therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, warm, and eclectic to meet each client’s unique needs. McKenzie utilizes a creative, explorative perspective to assist clients in processing lived experiences while gaining insight and tools for healing. 

Therapeutic Modalities: art therapy, creative expression, transtheoretical model of change, person-centered therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy concepts, cognitive-behavioral therapy 

Specialties: loss/grief, anxiety, depression, transitional stressors, interpersonal relationship skills, emotion regulation

Certifications/Trainings: Board Certified Art Therapist

Meg Schefter, MSW, LGSW (she/they)

Office-Based Therapist 
Minnetonka Office 

Meg offers office-based therapy for adolescents and adults. Meg identifies as white, queer, non-binary/genderfluid, and neurodivergent. Meg believes in a relational, creative, trauma-informed, strengths-based, and culturally responsive approach to providing care. They understand that our pasts, relationships, environments, and systems we operate within matter and impact our growth and well-being. Meg’s goal is to provide a welcoming, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and collaborative space for exploration and healing through prioritizing the strength of the therapeutic relationship. Meg enjoys her abundance of house plants, collecting crystals, creating art, volleyball and running, and slow mornings with coffee and acoustic music. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, mindfulness, harm reduction, psychodynamic 

Specialties: LGBTQIA+, gender/sexuality, BIPOC, neurodiversity (ADHD/autism), sensory issues, eating issues, creative & gifted populations, life adjustments, athletes, students, adolescents, and young adults. 

Certifications/Trainings: Licensed MN Educator, Tier 4 

Megan Kraemer, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Practicum Coordinator | Clinical Supervisor | School Services Therapist  
Orono School District
 
 
Megan provides psychotherapy to adolescent and teen clients through the school linked mental health program. Megan utilizes a relational and strengths-based approach when working with all clients. Megan’s work is dedicated to providing a supportive and safe environment to assist in creating meaningful change. Megan is a trauma informed therapist who has additional training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Megan provides supervision to other therapists at Relate and also provides support to Relate’s school based interns. Outside of work, Megan enjoys yoga, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.  
 
Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 
 
Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).  

MJ Pearson, MSW, LICSW, RPT (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | School Services Therapist 

MJ has over 10 years’ experience providing play therapy for preschool and elementary aged children and their families. She is a Registered Play Therapist passionate about supporting parents and young children as they build a healthy sense of self.  MJ approaches therapy from a relational perspective and her work is informed by knowledge of child development, the role of sensory motor techniques to support emotional regulation and trauma processing, attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology. MJ embraces neurodivergent individuals and is affirming of children and parents as they discover their identities, strengths, and differences.  

MJ is a proud wife and parent of 2 young children. She is a Minnesota transplant raised in Georgia and Massachusetts. Her deep faith and passion for ongoing learning and growth carries her through the rough patches of parenting 2 tiny, wonderful humans with the help of her husband, Paul. MJ loves the ocean, dogs, iced tea, Pilates, singing and being outdoors. 

Specialties: Children 10 and under, neurodivergence, sensory processing challenges, developmental delays and/or trauma, parental mental health.  

Certifications/Training: RPT (Registered Play Therapist), Circle of Security Parenting, Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment, Theraplay, child-centered play therapy, trauma play.

Molly Drazan, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist

Minnetonka Office

Molly offers individual therapy for adults and adolescents (ages 13+). Molly is passionate about mental health and the work she does. Her goal is to create an affirming environment that fosters the change clients want to see in their lives. Molly draws from various therapeutic approaches to address the unique needs of each individual. Molly primarily utilizes techniques from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Therapy with Molly will be collaborative. She brings a balance of active listening, validation, and skills-based techniques to therapy. Molly enjoys assisting individuals in recognizing their strengths, building insight into their emotions and behaviors, and creating a life that aligns with their values.

Molly’s experience includes providing individual and group Dialectical Behavior Therapy and working with LGBTQIA+ teens and young adults. Molly’s clients have described her as warm, direct, and caring.

Molly Young Sheppard, MSW LICSW (she/her) 

Clinical Supervisor for School-Based Services
Eden Prairie Office

Molly provides clinical supervision to school based mental health clinicians in Wayzata, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park School Districts. Molly identifies as cisgender, is transracially adopted, BIPOC, and female. Her approach to therapeutic interventions and clinical supervision consists of relational, strengths based, cultural responsiveness, gender affirming, curiosity, and compassion. She accepts and understands that past experiences give roadmaps to who we are as people, including our cultural and world lens, focusing on the self and community to find resolution to interpersonal difficulties and healing emotional wounds from earlier experiences. Molly is a mom/stepmom, has 2 biological children and 3 bonus children, 2 of whom identify as LGBTQ. She prioritizes the balance between work and family, enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with the kids, and travel.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Psychodynamic and attachment therapy, solution-focused therapy, narrative, mindfulness, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy.  

Specialties/Interests: Children and families, 0-21 years, BIPOC, adoption/foster care/transracial adoption, crisis intervention, emergency mental health, suicide prevention/stabilization, LGBTQ+ ally, blended families.

Certifications/Trainings: Permanency, Adoption and Competency Certification (PACC) through the University of Minnesota Child Welfare. 

Naa Dodoo, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Eastern Carver School District 

Naa provides school-based therapy for elementary aged children. She identifies as Black and female. Naa believes that everyone is capable of growth and change when provided with a safe and supportive environment. She achieves this by using a relational approach which is collaborative, culturally responsive, and strengths based. By drawing on various techniques in her work, she can tailor modalities to fit each individual. Her goal is to foster a trusting therapeutic relationship to bring about positive change. Naa enjoys reading, cooking, traveling (road trips) and gardening. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Strengths-based, humanistic, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, play, and mindfulness. 

Noemí López, MA, LPCC (she/her) 

Inclusion Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Noemí provides psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families using a holistic, strengths-based approach. As a bisexual, Latinx woman, Noemí’s lived experiences have informed her extensive work with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clients and underscored the necessity for culturally-competent counseling. She uses her background in dance and theatre to bring mindfulness and mind-body methodologies in sessions. This may look like using art, movement, writing, and creative expression as therapeutic tools when appropriate. In her role as Inclusion Manager, Noemí oversees Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at all levels of Relate. Outside of work, you can find Noemí on the yoga mat, golf course, or spending time with family.  

Therapeutic modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal, mindfulness.  

Specialties: Ages 15+, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+.
 

Nora Johnson, MS (she/her) 

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District 

Nora offers school-based therapy for adolescents. She believes in a relational, narrative, trauma informed, and culturally sensitive approach in providing care. Nora believes that everyone has a story that deserves to be told and heard. She feels that although our pasts have been shaped by our relationships, environment, and experiences we get to work towards changing our story into something we can feel good about. Nora’s goal is to provide a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment where healing can begin.  

Therapeutic Modalities: trauma focused, solution focused, family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and strengths-based. 

Paige Love, MSW, LICSW (she/her/hers)

Clinical Supervisor

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2014)

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

Paige provides psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, as well as clinical supervision for members of Relate staff. She utilizes relational, trauma-informed, and strengths-based approaches to promote healing and positive change in clients’ lives. She strives to provide culturally-responsive services and approaches therapeutic work through a systems lens. She is a firm believer in the power of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and recognizes the importance of approaching her practice with empathy and humility. She considers it to be an honor to sit with each client and have the opportunity to hold their story. She has a personal commitment to working with individuals coping with the after-effects of trauma, and individuals experiencing issues related to grief and loss.

Rachel Biegel, MS, LMFT (she/her/hers)  

Office and School-Based Therapist
Minnetonka, Wayzata, and Eastern Carver County 

Rachel is an outpatient and school-based therapist who provides individual, couples, and family therapy to children (ages 0-12), adolescents, and adults. Rachel identifies as white, straight, and female. She likes to approach her work through a systemic, solution-focused, and strengths-based perspective. Outside of work, Rachel likes to spend time outdoors, play video games, and snuggle with her cat.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Attachment, systems theory, narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy. 

Specialties: Children ages 0-5, couples, families, and neurodiversity (ASD, learning differences, etc.).

Certifications/Trainings: Currently being trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). 

Rachel Boehmke, MS, LPCC, LADC (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Minnetonka School District  

Rachel provides individual therapy for adolescents in the school services program. She identifies as white, straight, and female. Her approach to therapy is relational and strengths based, with emphasis on meeting each client where they are at in life. Rachel has experience working with adults (18+) in outpatient and residential facilities for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, as well as with those involved in the criminal justice system. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys walks with her dog, hiking, reading, puzzles, and Marvel movies.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems, psychodynamic theory, solution focused, harm reduction, insight oriented and trauma informed perspectives.  

Rachel Carbonneau, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | School-Based Therapist
Minnetonka School District 

Rachel provides school-based therapy for kids, teens, and families. She also provides supervision for therapists seeking licensure as well as practicum therapists. Rachel identifies as white, female, and straight. Her approach to therapy and supervision is relational, strengths-based, and utilizes warmth and authenticity. Rachel believes strongly in the therapeutic alliance as a change agent for whatever life brings. Outside of Relate, Rachel enjoys spending time with family and her goldendoodle, Suzie. Rachel enjoys trying new restaurants, walking around the lakes, and being outside.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Relational, client-entered, psychodynamic, play, mindfulness, movement based. 

Rachel Lindquist, MA (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Hopkins School District  

Rachel provides therapy for adolescents and families. She approaches work with clients through relational, cognitive behavioral, trauma-informed, and solution-focused frameworks, and enjoys incorporating mindfulness practices into sessions. Rachel strives to create an accepting atmosphere for each of her clients where they feel seen and heard.  

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (skills), solution-focused behavioral therapy, mindfulness. 

Specialties: BIPOC, youth ages 6+, families, trauma-informed yoga. 

Rachel Reifenberger, MSW, LGSW

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Rachel offers office-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults and is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council within Relate. She identifies as a white, cisgender, heterosexual female. She utilizes a relational, culturally responsive, trauma-informed, person-centered approach to therapy. Rachel uses humor, authenticity, and compassion to offer a welcoming and nonjudgmental space. She believes in the value of human connection and is passionate about watching the people she works with grow and thrive. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys teaching dance, playing with her dog, and trying new restaurants.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic/insight oriented, acceptance and commitment therapy, relational, social-justice oriented 

Specialties: LGBTQIA+ ally, BIPOC, life transitions, late adolescence/early adulthood 

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Managing and Adapting Practice

Rachel Schoepf, MS, LMFT

School Services Therapist

Rachel works alongside children, adolescents, and families in the School Services 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.

Rachel Schwake, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office  

Rachel offers office-based therapy to children, adolescents, and teens. Rachel identifies as white, straight, and female. She approaches therapy from a relational perspective, acknowledging the importance of connection in every relationship. Rachel values creating a therapeutic space that promotes safety and collaborative work with clients and families. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time outside, going to her cabin, and spending quality time with friends and family. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Attachment, play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness/regulation skills. 

Specialties: Ages 0-5, parent-child support/connection, Conscious Discipline. 

Certifications/Trainings: DC:0-5 assessments. 

Rachel M. Takazawa, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | School Services Therapist
Mound Westonka School District 

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides psychotherapy for children and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program at Relate. Rachel also provides clinical supervision for both practicum students and clinicians at Relate. Her approach to therapy and supervision is based in relational, person-centered, strengths-based, trauma-focused, culturally sensitive, and collaborative approaches. Rachel is mindful of brain development and how life transitions/adjustments and mental illness affect growing brains and bodies. Her goal is to provide a welcoming, nonjudgmental, and compassionate environment where clients and their families are encouraged, challenged, and empowered. Outside of work, Rachel can be found camping, hiking, skiing, or playing with her dogs. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment, mindfulness, narrative, stress reduction and behavioral-change models.

Specialties: Children 5-10, attachment, play therapy and trauma. 

Certifications/Training: EMDR level 1 (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), NET (Narrative Exposure Therapy), MIM and Theraplay® level 1 training, and in the process of completing RPT (Registered Play Therapist) credentialing. 

Rebecca Enders, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Rebecca offers outpatient and telehealth therapy for adolescents and adults. She identifies as a white bisexual cisgender female. She prioritizes building a strong therapeutic relationship with each client through empathy, warmth, acceptance, appropriate humor, and cultural responsiveness. Outside of Relate, Rebecca is involved in the Minnesota ultimate frisbee community as an athlete and coach, and enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. 

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, strengths-based, narrative, solutions-focused, insight-oriented, motivational interviewing, accelerated resolution therapy (ART), and person-centered. 

Specialties: LGBTQIA+, ages 10+. 

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

Robin Riggs, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Robin provides office-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She also provides clinical supervision for staff therapists and practicum students. She identifies as white, straight, and female. Robin is relational by nature and uses her warmth and humor to create a safe space for clients to heal and grow. She utilizes a blend of therapeutic approaches to build on an individual’s own strengths and innate abilities. In her free time, Robin enjoys travel, camping, being outdoors, volunteering, and documenting her family’s adventures and every-day moments in photo books.  

Therapeutic Modalities: insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), accelerated resolution therapy (ART), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), strengths-based  

Specialties: trauma, grief & loss, eating disorders, core issues in adoption, the Enneagram, Faith-based, Ages 6+ with a special fondness for working with older adults 

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) 

Ronald Groat, MD

Ryan Hovis, PsyD, LP (he/him)

Clinical Supervisor Office-Based Therapist

Dr. Ryan Hovis is a licensed psychologist who has an extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has experience in multiple settings, including community mental health, inpatient, partial hospitalization, therapeutic day school, college counseling center, and inpatient. Dr. Hovis specializes in trauma, abuse, neglect, family relationships difficulties, anxiety, depression, behavioral regulation, developmental disorders, cultural responsiveness, and spirituality. Dr. Hovis believes in the importance of being seen and heard. He works to establish a strong rapport, and in this space begins to explore each client’s path to hope. With collaboration and improvisation in the therapeutic space, change begins to emerge, and people begin to discover new possibilities. Dr. Hovis further believes in empowerment of individuals and families, and that therapeutic success translates into people moving toward the best versions of themselves with the ability to maintain success over time. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Hovis has been a guest lecturer at Wheaton College and Bethel University.

Therapeutic Modalities: family systems, mindfulness, narrative, emotion-focused, humanistic, culturally responsive.

Specialties: Children, adolescents, trauma, relational, LGBTQ+ ally.

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (training), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) (training), DC 0-5.

Sandy Mangle, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Sandy offers office-based therapy for adults, couples and families, and uses a strength based and relational approach when working with clients. Sandy values the therapeutic relationship and believes that each person has strengths that can be tapped into while working through difficult life challenges and transitions. Sandy offers guidance and support, and utilizes cognitive-behavioral strategies in therapy, to support clients in reaching their goals. 

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral, Family Systems, Narrative 

Specialties: Families, couples, grief/loss, parenting, mid-life transitions 

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR

Sara McGee, MA, LMFT, IMH-E® (she/her)

Early Childhood Program Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office  

Sara offers office-based therapy to children, adults, couples, and families. Sara is also the Early Childhood Mental Health Program Manager at Relate and provides clinical supervision for staff. Sara identifies as white, straight, and female. Her approach to therapy and supervision is relational, genuine, reflective, and culturally responsive.  She used a developmental and attachment-based lens to help her clients gain insight on how early experiences can impact functioning across the life span. Outside of work, Sara loves to travel, hike, and spend time with family and friends.   

Therapeutic Modalities: emotion-focused therapy, family systems therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, acceptance, reflection, attachment, and self-compassion 

Specialties: Trauma informed interventions, Early childhood mental health, couples counseling, parenting support/coaching, attachment, individual and family therapy.   

Certifications/Trainings: Ages birth-5, Circle of Security, Trauma Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate.  

Sarah Granger, MSW, LICSW (she/her) 

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

Sarah offers psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and families. Sarah identifies as white, straight and female. Her approach to therapy and supervision is strength-based, relational, culturally responsive, and flexible, based on client needs. She enjoys partnering with clients on their journey of self-awareness and self-compassion. Outside of work, Sarah likes to garden, bake, listen to music and hang out with friends and family, including her dog baby, Toby.  

Therapeutic Modalities: interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic, attachment, harm reduction, narrative, self-compassion, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing. 

Specialties:  Ages 12-25, parenting support for young parents, LGBTQIA+ ally, attachment/childhood wounds, self-esteem/worth, relationship issues. 

Sarah Leavens, BA (she/her)

Office-Based Practicum TherapistMinnetonka Office

Sarah provides outpatient psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. She is committed to making her office a safe space filled with acceptance, empathy, and warmth. Sarah’s approach to therapy is strengths-based and collaborative, and she works with clients to gain personal insight and to feel empowered. Outside of Relate, Sarah enjoys spending time with her loved ones, dog, and traveling. 

Specialties: Self-esteem, LGBTQIA+ support, body image, stress management.

Sean Nelson, MA, LPC

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Sean provides individual, couples, and family therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. He uses a client-centered approach, which typically emphasizes client values and finding/meeting clients’ own goals. Sean delves into multiple theoretical orientations, but often uses strengths-based, Cognitive-behavioral, and Existential approaches. Sean is passionate about helping people overcome problems that they can change, and help people recognize and cope with things they cannot. 

Shane Prijatel-Spare, MSW, LICSW (he/him)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Shane offers office-based therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and families in both English and Spanish. Shane identifies as a white, straight, cisgender male. His approach to therapy is relational, person focused, strengths-based, and culturally responsive.  He enjoys integrating his knowledge of yoga and breathwork into his sessions. Outside of work, Shane enjoys dancing, yoga, going to the gym, playing video games, and spending time outside. 

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, narrative, attachment, mindfulness.

Specialties: Spanish speaking, multicultural, LGBTQIA+ ally, families, couples, adolescents, masculinity, grief/loss, gender identity/exploration.

Certifications/Trainings: Certified Yoga Instructor. 

 

Terapeuta basada en oficina en Eden Prairie  

Shane se ofrece terapias basadas en la oficina para adolescentes, adultos, parejas, y familias en ingles y español. Shane se identifica como un hombre, blanco, heterosexual. Se acerca a la terapia es relacional, enfocado en la persona, basado en fortalezas, y culturalmente receptivo. Se disfruta la integración de su conocimiento del yoga y la respiración en sus sesiones. Afuera del trabajo. Shane se disfruta bailar, el yoga, ir al gimnasio, jugar videojuegos, y pasar tiempo afuera.  

Modalidades terapéuticas: Terapia de conducta cognitiva, Terapia de sistemas familiares, la narrativa, el apego, y consciencia. 

 Especialidades: Hablante de español, multicultural, aliado LGBTQIA+, familias, parejas, adolescentes, masculinidad, dolor/perdida, exploración de identidad de genero.  

Certificaciones/Entrenamientos: Instructor de yoga certificada. 

Shantae Webber, MA, LAMFT

School Services Therapist

Shantae provides therapy for children (K-5) in the School Linked Mental Health program. She uses a systemic, client-centered perspective to therapy, utilizing mindfulness, solution-focused, narrative, relational, and play techniques. She believes a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship is an important first step to promote healing and growt

Siobhan Fitzgerald, MSW, LICSW 

School-Services Therapist
St. Louis Park School District 

Siobhan provides school-based therapy at St. Louis Park High School for adolescents. Siobhan identifies as a multi-racial, multi-cultural, cisgender, heterosexual female. She is passionate about creating therapeutic relationships where clients are able to reflect and explore multiple aspects of their identities, interpersonal relationship patterns, and gain insight and compassion into the ways they’ve adapted to their world and surroundings. Siobhan works towards creating an inclusive, open-minded, reflective space for clients to reflect, heal, and grow. Outside of Relate, you might find Siobhan playing with her dogs, gardening in the backyard, at yoga classes, or laughing with friends and family.  

Stephanie Farenik, BA

School Services Practicum Therapist
Wayzata School District  

Steph offers school-based therapy for students at Wayzata High School. She approaches sessions with the ideology that “safety is treatment,” and the work of all therapeutic modalities flows from establishment of felt safety in the therapeutic relationship. Steph focuses on Cognitive-behavioral Therapy and Emotions-Focused Therapy practices in her work, peppering in narrative work as appropriate for each student’s needs and goals. Outside of work, Steph loves taking hiking trips, reading mystery thrillers, and is learning the art of sourdough bread. 

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotions-focused therapy (EFT), narrative, trauma-informed, mindfulness. 

Specialties: ages 12-24, transitions. 

Theresa Tsuchiya, PsyD, LP (she/her)

Office-Based Clinical Practicum Manager | Post-Doctoral Coordinator | Supervisor | Office Based Clinical Psychologist
Eden Prairie Office 

Dr. Tsuchiya sees persons aged 6-99+, couples, and families.  She is a White mother, raising three biracial/bicultural children (White and Japanese American).  She is a highly personable, highly curious, warm, and “real” therapist and supervisor.  She believes that all people are trying their best and hopes to help others continue building more compassion for themselves. Dr. Tsuchiya adapts her therapeutic style to meet client needs, but often includes humor, metaphor, drawings, writing, occasional psychological testing, and education into her sessions as appropriate. Her time within a biracial/bicultural family has made her more attuned to the incredible importance and ongoing effort of cultural responsiveness and humility. In her free time, she is a Trekkie, loves all things related to space, loves to read, doing puzzles, building things, loves crafting, doing work outdoors, watching movies, and being with her family.  

Therapeutic modalities:  Relationship-based, psychodynamic, trauma informed, developmental pathways, systems, resilience focused, cognitive-behavioral therapy, couples therapy, non-directive play therapy. 

Specialties: Ages 6 +, Giftedness/2e, anxiety, adoption/foster care, diverse family formations, attachment, parenting, ADHD, personality disorders, psychological assessment. 

Tom Brown, PsyD, MA (he/him)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office

Dr. Tom Brown enjoys working with adults and teens individually, as couples, or in groups as a generalist therapist. His friendly and relatable style integrates a combination of modalities and approaches that honors identity intersectionality, systems, and research. Overall, Tom seeks to provide persons like yourself with a safe and supportive experience that gently encourages honesty and vulnerability in a way that helps you find the therapeutic movement you seek.  When away from work, Tom likes to be cuddled up with furry animals, enjoying some form of science-fiction and fantasy, discussing hard to talk about topics or silly banter, and living a life that emphasizes compassion, integrity, and balance.  

Treatment Modalities: interpersonal process therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy.  

Specialties: trauma, sleep, sexual health, kink, and relationships (including non-traditional). 

Zaki Sabuwala, MSW, LGSW, LADC (They/Them)

Office-Based Therapist

Minnetonka Office

Zaki offers office-based therapy for adolescents and adults with a priority for BIPOC and Queer identifying individuals. Zaki is a South Asian, Muslim, child of immigrants, who is agender and often leans towards a more femme presentation. Their approach to therapy is very co-creative with an emphasis on building relationships and placing the client as the expert of their life. They often will bring up fun facts and like to learn about other passions. Outside of work, Zaki can be found with a good book or video game, music, and chosen family.

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Motivational Interviewing

Therapeutic Modalities: Single Session Counseling, Narrative Therapy, Healing Justice, Radical Therapy, Psychoeducation with a systems aware lens, and a beloved past of community building work.

Specialties: BIPOC lived experience as well as historically intersectional understanding of the USA, Queer, Religious Trauma, Trauma Informed, Harm Reduction

Administrative Staff

Adenike Ademola

Administrative Support

Health Unit Coordinator, Riverland Community College, Austin, MN (2017)

Bachelor of Social Work, Winona State University, Rochester, MN (Expected May 2023)

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

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.

Becky Bovitz

BS, Elementary Education, St. Could State University, St. Cloud, MN (1993)

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

Caroline Schultz (She/Her)

Intake Coordinator

Bachelor of Science, Social Work St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (St. Catherine University, 2022)

Master of Social Work, St. Catherine University, St. Paul (Expected 2024)

Caroline provides support and coordination for office-based services by working collaboratively with administrative and clinical staff to facilitate quality client care.

Cindy Rome

Accounts Receivables Specialist

Accounting, Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN

Cindy 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 2018.

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.

Kelvin Yang

IT Manager

Lenovo Warranty Services and Repair Certified, HP Warranty Services and Repair Certified (2019)

Kelvin provides technical assistance to staff. He monitors the health of the server and network systems and maintains upkeep of hardware and software of computer devices. Provides recommendations and services in the field of technology.

Lilly Langton (She/Her)

Care Coordinator

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies, Psychology Minor, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (2018)

Master of Social Work, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (Expected 2024)

Lilly provides support and coordination for office-based services by working collaboratively with administrative and clinical staff to facilitate quality client care.

Mai-Lia Vang, BS

BS, Social Work, Psychology Minor, St. Catherine University, Saint. Paul, MN (2019)

Mai-Lia works in collaboration with both the administrative and clinical team to facilitate efficient client care by connecting them to appropriate resources and preparing them for services.

Nai Saechao (she/her)

School Services Care Coordinator
Eden Prairie Office  

Nai has a background in family social science. She provides support and coordination for school services and families by assisting clients through process of care, ​including but not limited to; helping families/students get started in services, navigating resources, and offering case management support as needed. 

Praveena Raju

Human Resources Manager

B.S. in Human Resources Management, Rasmussen College, Bloomington, MN (2014)

Praveena guides and manages the overall provision of Human Resource services, policies, and procedures for Relate Counseling Center.

Tracee Lawrence

Payroll/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 and monthly financial reporting. She works closely with the Executive Director to ensure financial information meets funding, licensing and legal requirements.