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

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Ada Smith

Outpatient Practicum Therapist

BA, Psychology, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (2016)

Ada provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She approaches therapy through a trauma informed lens and utilizes relational, strengths-based, and humanistic perspectives. Ada is undergoing her practicum at Relate while completing graduate coursework in Social Work at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Alex Nash, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

BA, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2015)

MA, Counseling & Psychological Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2019)

Alex provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She believes in a client-centered, relational approach to working with individuals. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness & strengths based techniques and solution focused interventions, Alex works collaboratively with clients to empower and encourage insight and growth.

Alison Inhelder, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

BS, Neuroscience, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2013)

MA, Counseling Psychology, Family Psychology Concentration, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

Alison provides individual, couples, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Alison’s approach is strengths-based, empathic, and genuine. She enjoys working within the frameworks of Family Systems Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Allison Ward, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Alysha Kvam, MA

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BS, Elementary Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2015)

MA, Counseling Psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (2018)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Certificate (2018)

Alysha provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families in the School Linked Mental Health program. She approaches therapy with a relational and strengths-based lens and utilizes mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and play therapy techniques with her clients.

Amanda Sullivan, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

School Services Lead

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Amy Gold, MA, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy

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

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

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

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

Andrew Jacobson, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

BA, Psychology, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI (2014)

MA, Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2019)

Andrew provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. He takes a relational, person-centered perspective in his work with clients, often utilizing cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented techniques. He believes that creating a safe, comfortable, and collaborative space for clients is critical to the therapeutic process.

 

Angela Trenda, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BS, Business-Marketing, Winona State University, Winona, MN

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

Angela provides individual, couples and family therapy working with adults and teens (ages 15+). She believes in collaborating with clients to build on their strengths and resiliency while addressing the effects of difficult circumstances. She approaches therapy that is client-centered and solution focused using a perspective that encompasses cognitive-behavioral, attachment, psychodynamic and systems theories. She is formally trained in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Exposure Therapy.

Anne Sitorius Maas, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

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

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

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

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

Arica Hanson, MA, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

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

Ashley Bemmels, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Ashley works with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient therapy. Her therapy incorporates a number of different approaches to meet her client’s needs including relational, experiential, play, and mindfulness perspectives.

Ashley Teigland, MA, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

School Services Lead

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

Ashley provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She utilizes a client-centered approach to address each client’s individual needs. Ashley’s work is grounded in systemic and relational views, utilizing a variety of techniques such as; experiential, solution-focused, trauma informed, cognitive-behavioral, narrative therapeutic approaches and is formally trained in providing Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). Ashley also co-facilitates the Trauma and Loss Group for adolescents.

Barb Wilkus, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

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

Barb provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. She approaches therapy using a client centered, cognitive behavioral, solution focused and insight based perspective. Barb has training and experience in adoption, attachment, trauma, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy). She is open to providing faith based services as requested by the client.

Becky McNattin, MSW, LICSW

Director of Clinical Services

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

As the Director of Clinical Services, Becky is passionate about the clinical programming Relate offers. She is committed to providing clinical guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of all clinical programs. Becky also provides individual therapy to children, youth, and adults experiencing a broad range of concerns. She believes strongly in meeting each client where they are at, recognizing their broader environment and personalizing therapy to meet individual needs utilizing an eclectic approach including humanistic, client-centered, and relational strategies. Becky provides individual and group supervision for Relate therapists seeking independent licensure.

Bradley Barker, MA, LPC, LADC

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

BA, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2012)

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH (2017)

Brad provides individual, couple and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. He approaches therapy using cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and relational perspectives. Brad tailors each session to individual needs and creates a non-judgmental therapeutic atmosphere.

Candi Davenport, MS, LADC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

BS, Chemistry and Psychology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (1998)

MS, Addiction Counseling, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND (2002)

Certified Trauma Yoga Instructor, Street Yoga, Seattle, WA (2019)

Candi provides school based chemical health services for middle and highs school students.  She also facilitates chemical health assessments for both adolescents and adults at the Relate office.  She is certified in Trauma Yoga, utilizing this modality within the school based programs and Veterans programs.  Candi has a great passion for working with adolescents and enjoys the energy they bring to life.

Catherine Cich, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Studio Art, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (2000)

MA, Psychotherapy and Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Art Therapy, Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN (2015)

Catherine provides psychotherapy for children, adolescent and families. She utilizes a systems oriented, solution-focused approach to work collaboratively with clients and utilizes art-based interventions based on client’s needs.

Christopher Weidenbacher, MA, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota (2011)

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

Chris provides individual, couple, and family therapy utilizing a systemic and client-centered approach to best meet client’s unique needs. He has experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, parent coaching, and couples experiencing relational stress.

Dana Roemer, MS, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

David Prindle, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Debbie Locketz, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Elizabeth Fosse, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BS, Psychology, Sociology, University of Wisconsin River Falls, River Falls, WI (2007)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Saint Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2019)

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

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Trauma Certificate, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (1996)

DBT Intensive Training, Behavioral Tech (2002)

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

Adaptive Internal Relational Networks Training (2016)

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

Emily Jensen, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

BA, Psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (2012)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

Emily provides psychotherapy for adolescents and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She approaches therapy from a systemic perspective. Emily uses narrative, relational, solution-focused, and trauma informed techniques with her clients. She utilizes a strength-based approach to address each client’s individual needs.

Emily Neighbors, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2013)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Saint Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2018)

Emily provides individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She believes in the importance of connection and relationship in the healing process. Emily approaches therapy from client-centered, strengths-based, and attachment perspectives.

Erica Johnson, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

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

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

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

Erin Price, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Erin provides individual, couple, 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.

Hannah Mornson, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

BS, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2015)

MA, Counseling and Psychological Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2018)

Hannah provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and 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.

 

Helena LaFave, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, English Literature and French, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (2011).

MSW, Master of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2018).

Helena provides individual, family, and couple psychotherapy for adolescents and adults at Relate’s outpatient clinic. She also works with high school students and their families through the School Linked Mental Health Program. She fully believes that each person is capable of healing and transformation, and works alongside clients using a strengths-based/empowerment approach. She also incorporates psychodynamic, trauma-informed, and relational approaches in her work with clients. Helena takes a holistic approach, tailoring therapy to meet client’s specific needs.

Jamie Rohwer, MA, LPCC

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, French, University of Minnesota (2008)

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

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

Jen Jasperson, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Mass Communication, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN (2010)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN (2015)

Program Certificate, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Melbourne, FL (2017)

Jen provides individual, couples and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She uses an approach that is holistic and strength-based, utilizing EMDR therapy, play therapy, movement therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and mindfulness-based techniques. She specializes in trauma and appreciates the ability to collaborate in the process of healing.

Jesse Maistrovich, PsyD, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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

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

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

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

Jessica Wright, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

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

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

Josh Cook, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

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

Kara Hydukovich, LPCC, LADC

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor & Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

BS, Rehabilitation Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2010)

MPS, Integrated Behavioral Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2016)

Program Certificate, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

Kara provides individual and family therapy for children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults at Relate’s outpatient clinic.  She also works with high school students and their families through the School Linked Mental Health program.  She believes that all individuals have internal capabilities of positive change and growth despite one’s past experiences and believes a healthy therapeutic relationship is key in providing a safe space for individuals to work on self-identified goals.  Her work is trauma-informed and she utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including person-centered, EMDR, cognitive-behavioral, relational, strengths-based, and attachment based.  She specializes in trauma and dual diagnosis (mental health and substance use disorders).

Katie Angell, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BSW, Bachelor of Social Work, Loras College, Dubuque, IA (2009)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2015)

Katie provides individual and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She works from an approach grounded in psychodynamic, relational, and attachment perspectives. Katie utilizes relational therapy, directive and nondirective play therapy, and EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

Katy Volkmann, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health 

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Public Heath, Youth Studies, Sociology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2003)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2007)

Katy provides psychotherapy to children and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She focuses on building meaningful relationships with her clients in order to best understand their needs and strengths. Katy uses play, movement, cognitive behavioral therapies, developmental repair, and mindfulness approaches to best serve her clients. She looks specifically at parent-child dynamics and how children are functioning in their environments.

Kayla Anderson

Outpatient Practicum Therapist

BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2016)

Kayla provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.  She utilizes strengths based, client centered, and systemic approach to best suit the needs of each client.  Kayla is currently undergoing her practicum at Relate while completing graduate coursework in Social Work at the University of St. Thomas.

Kayla Devorak, MS

Therapist, Outpatient 

BS, Youth Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2012)

MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin Stout, Menomonie, WI (2018)

Kayla provides individual, family, and couples therapy at the Relate office. She utilizes narrative, internal family systems, structural, and systemic therapy models to inform her practice. Kayla is an affirming therapist who strives to create an inviting, empathetic space, and to meet individuals where they’re at. She has training in utilizing table top role playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons, in a therapeutic manner in both group and family settings. She offers therapeutic D&D in group settings at Relate.

Kelly Smith, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BSW, Social Work, Minot State University, Fargo, ND (2017)

BS, Human Development and Family Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (2017)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2018)

Kelly provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She uses a blend of therapeutic approaches including relational, strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, narrative, EMDR and play therapy. She understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship and strives to create a warm, empathetic, and relaxed space.

 

Kristy Smith, MA, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Laura Hoeppner, MA, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Lauren Abdill, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of St. Thomas/College of Saint Catherine, St. Paul, MN (2018)

Lauren provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. She approaches therapy with a strengths-based, person-centered lens and utilizes psychodynamic, relational, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques.

Lisa Conway, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Lynda Barger, MD

Margot Dearborn, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Social Work, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (2016)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2018)

Margot provides therapy to children and families through the School-Linked Mental Health program.  She utilizes a strengths based and relational approach through play therapy.

Mary Jane (MJ) Pearson, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Matia Sollom, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Psychology and Gender Studies, College of St. Benedict, Saint Joseph, MN (2013)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Saint Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN (2015)

Matia provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy for children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. She utilizes systemic and experiential approaches to therapy, and provides a warm and understanding space for clients. Matia has experience providing co-parenting education.

 

Matt Gonzalez-Olson, MS, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Megan Kraemer, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Nirja Parekh, MA, LPCC (she/her/hers)

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2009)

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

Nirja provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Nirja works from a relational, client-centered orientation to collaborate with clients, explore skills and strategies to manage presenting stressors and symptoms, and to connect clients with their own innate drive to heal themselves. Nirja utilizes mindfulness, strengths-focused, EMDR, cognitive, and cultural relational perspectives in her work with clients.

Paige Love, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

Paige provides psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. She utilizes relational, trauma-informed, and strengths-based approaches to promote healing and positive change in clients’ lives. 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

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2014)

MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Cloud State University (2016)

Rachel provides individual, couple, and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She likes to approach her work with clients through systemic, solution-focused, and strengths-based perspectives. Rachel has several years of experience working with children who have autism and their parents.

 

Rachel Carbonneau, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BSW, Bachelor of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2014)

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

Rachel provides outpatient and school-based therapy for children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple, and family settings. Rachel believes strongly in meeting clients where they are at, while incorporating relational, psychodynamic, and play therapy modalities.  She uses a strengths based approach and believes in healing through the therapeutic alliance.

Rachel M. Takazawa, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Rachel Schoepf, MS, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Rebecca Enders, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (2013)

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of St.Thomas, Minneapolis, MN (2019)

Rebecca provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Rebecca approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral and person-centered perspective. She focuses on building the therapeutic relationship through collaboration and always considering the client’s cultural context.

Robin Riggs MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

School Services Coordinator

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Ronald Groat, MD

Sam Wellman, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

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

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

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

Sandy Mangle MA, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy

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

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

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

Sean Toren, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Philosophy, University of Minnesota (1988)

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Arizona (1999)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2018)

Sean provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. He works from a relational, client-centered perspective and collaborates with clients to find the best approach for their unique needs.

Shantae Webber, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Psychology, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (2009)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University, Eagan, MN (2015)

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 growth.

Stephanie Pedersen, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

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

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

Theresa Tsuchiya, PsyD, LP

Clinical Psychologist

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

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

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

Trevor Senn

Outpatient Practicum Therapist

BBA, Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2008)

Trevor strives to create authentic connection with each of his clients. He approaches therapy first from a humanistic perspective to establish a working partnership with his clients. To enable meaningful change, Trevor also employs cognitive-behavioral solution-focused techniques. Currently, Trevor is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.

Vivienne Lorijn, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

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

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

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

Administrative Staff

Alicia Johnson

Administrative Support

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

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

Alyssa Clayton

Office Manager

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

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.

David Senior, CMA, MBA, MNM

Executive Director

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

CMA, Certified Management Accountant (1997)

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

MNM, Master in Non-Profit Management, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (2017)

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

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.

Stephanie Eastburn, BS

Intake/Care Coordination Specialist

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

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

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

Susie Wray

Administrative Support

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

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

Tracee Lawrence

HR/Accounting Manager

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