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

Office Based Therapist

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.

Alicia Waletzki, MA

Office Based Therapist

BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2017)

MA, Counseling & Psychological Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2021)

Alicia provides individual therapy to adults and adolescents. She uses an integrated therapeutic approach tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, drawing primarily from person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy. Alicia values creating a non-judgmental space to establish an empathetic, collaborative therapeutic relationship. She strives to recognize the various intersecting identities and biopsychosocial factors in a client’s life to better understand their cultural context and lived experiences. Her work centers empathy and connection to facilitate growth, insight, and healing.

Alison Inhelder, MA, LMFT

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

Licensed 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 Brink (she/her/hers)

Office Based Practicum Therapist

Art Direction, Miami Ad School, Minneapolis, MN (2006)

Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (2004)

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 also gives her insight into career development and change, as well as the day-to-day realities of corporate and creative life.

Allison Ward, MSW, LICSW

Office Based Therapist

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

School Services Therapist

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

School Services Manager

Clinical Supervisor

Office Based Therapist

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 psychotherapy for children (ages 8+), adolescents and adults. She approaches therapy from a relational and systemic perspective and utilizes techniques to fit the individual needs of clients. Amanda also provides individual and group supervision for Relate therapists seeking independent licensure. In her role as School Services Manager Amanda works with partnering school districts to oversee the provision of school services and work collaboratively with schools to meet to the mental health needs of their students.

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 Benson, MSW, LGSW (he/him/his)

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Bachelor of Social Work, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN (2015)

Master of Social Work, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN (2020)

Andrew provides individual therapy to adults and adolescents. Andrew utilizes an eclectic method consisting of strengths-based, person-centered, and humanistic approaches while working with clients. Andrew believes in building a therapeutic relationship through collaboration and trust.

Andrew Jacobson, MA

Office Based Therapist

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, LICSW

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical 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, LPCC

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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)

Anne works with children, adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient and early childhood settings. Services include individual and family therapy, parenting support, school consultation, and diagnostic assessments. Anne approaches therapy from systemic, developmental, and relational perspectives with an emphasis on individual and family strengths. She is certified as a therapist in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and has completed training in DC:0-5 early childhood diagnostic assessments and trauma-informed interventions.

Arica Hanson, MA, LMFT

Office Based Therapist

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

Office Based Therapist

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

School Services Manager

Clinical Supervisor

School Services Therapist

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 to meet the needs of each individual client. Ashley is formally trained in providing Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). 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 to the mental health needs of their students.

Barbara Curran, MA

Office Based Therapist

BA, Business management at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI (2000)

MA, Psychotherapy and counseling with emphasis on marriage and family therapy at Adler Adler Graduate School, Minnetonka, MN (2015)

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, positive psychology and play therapy techniques based on the client’s needs. Barb believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship and supporting the client in becoming their best selves.

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.

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

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

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.

Claire Lowe, MA (she/her/hers)

School Services Therapist

BA, Psychology and Visual Arts, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA (2014)

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2020)

Claire provides psychotherapy for children and families in the school services mental health program. She works collaboratively with clients to help them meet their individual needs and goals by using a variety of approaches including but not limited to: play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment, art, mindfulness, and movement. Her work is informed by neuroscience, child development, and social and systemic issues. Claire is passionate about helping clients gain the tools and resources they need to grow and thrive.

Colleen Dale, MSW, LGSW

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2009)

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

Colleen provides individual, couple, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults using a person-centered, relational, and attachment-based approach. She works collaboratively with each client to identify a path forward rooted in their strengths, interests, and goals. Therapeutic tools used include mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and play therapy. She believes in the healing and connecting power of laughter and humor, and works hard to create a safe and nonjudgmental space for her clients.

Dana Roemer, MS, LMFT

Office Based Therapist

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.

Elizabeth Fosse, MSW, LGSW

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

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

Office Based Therapist

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 Elkins, MSW, LGSW (she/her/hers)

Office Based Therapist

BA, International Studies, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN (2016)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2021)

Emily provides outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She 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 a client-centered, strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral approach to foster a caring therapeutic space of warmth, insight, and laughter.

 

Emily Higgins, MA, R-DMT

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

Registered Dance/Movement Therapist

BS, Dance; Minor is Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (2015)

MA, Dance/Movement Therapy and Clinical Counseling, Columbia College, Chicago, IL (2018)

Emily provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and school settings. She believes in a client-centered approach to working with individuals. In addition, she values the power and healing that can be fostered through creativity. She practices a collaborative process while utilizing trauma-informed, cognitive, behavioral, relational, and mindfulness techniques. Emily specializes in dance and movement therapy which can be an active approach to healing.

Emily Jensen, MA

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

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.

Erica Johnson, MA, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor

Office Based Therapist

Professional Development Coordinator

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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

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

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 Price, MSW, LICSW

Office Based Therapist

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.

Greta Gilbertson, MA

Office Based Therapist

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

BS, Neuroscience, University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN (2015)

Greta provides individual psychotherapy to pre-teens, adolescents, and adults. She aims to bring warmth, empathy, humor, hope, and authenticity to the therapeutic environment. Her approach is person-centered, strengths-based, relational, and collaborative. Greta incorporates a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques to assist clients in reaching their goals.

Hannah Mornson, MA, LPCC

School Services Therapist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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.

 

Jamie Rohwer, MA, LPCC

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

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.

Jennifer Kleinhans

MA Candidate Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis in Art Therapy (2021)

MS Design Studies-Textile Design, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2001)

BA, Psychology; BA Studio Art Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (1994)

Jennifer works with children, adolescents and adults.  She utilizes an approach combining client centered, cognitive-behavioral & other methods with creative means to tailor to the specific needs of the client.  She has training in art therapy and 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.

Jenny Williams, MA

Office Based Therapist

BA, Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (2018)

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (2021)

Jenny provides individual therapy for children and adolescents and incorporates parenting work for their families. She believes in a client-centered, strengths-based, relational approach to working with children, adolescents and their families. Jenny believes that children and adolescents grow through their relationships with others to figure out their own identities and works to model mutual empathy and appropriate relationships for them to apply to their own lives. Jenny incorporates mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy techniques to help children and adolescents problem solve, build strong relationships, and focus on their strengths.

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 White, MSW, LICSW

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist 

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BS, Child Development & Family Studies: Early Intervention from Purdue University West Lafayette, IN (2009)

MSW, Mental Health and Addictions from Indiana University Northwest, IN (2014)

Jessica provides individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She believes emotional growth and healing can happen through connection and trust. Using client-centered and strengths-based approaches, she builds a strong relationship with each client in order to address their individual needs and meet them where they are. She uses a variety of techniques and approaches depending on individual need, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, or task-centered.

 

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.

Kaitlin Salscheider, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

BA, Communication, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN (2008)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University (2016)

IECMH Certificate, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, University of Minnesota (2021)

Kaitlin provides individual and family therapy for infants and early childhood aged children and their families, as well as children ages 6-10 years old. She approaches therapy from a relational perspective, and her work is grounded in child development, trauma, attachment, family systems, and the caregiver-child relationship. Kaitlin is passionate about establishing a safe and genuine therapeutic relationship that focuses on strengthening the caregiver-child relationship and the child’s social and emotional well-being. Kaitlin has experience in play therapy, trauma, Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security, Conscious Discipline, and mental health consultation with childcare and preschool providers. She also provides supervision to therapists seeking independent licensure.

 

Karolyn Shelstad-Otto, MS

Office Based Practicum Therapist

School Services Practicum Therapist

BA, Communications, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN  1991

BS, Elementary Education and Mathematics, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN 1998

MS, Educational Leadership, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN  2011

Karolyn provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults.  She uses an experiential focus with a client-centered and humanistic perspective in therapy.  She often works as a team with her therapy dog, Tagg.  Karolyn is currently completing graduate coursework in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.

 

Tagg

Certified therapy dog with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Hi!  I’m Tagg.  I’m a four year-old Siberian Husky who loves to help people (especially kids) work on calming and de-stressing techniques.  I love running at the dog park and bacon.

Kate Sabbann

Office Based Practicum Therapist

BA, Health Education and Health Fitness, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (2012)

Kate provides outpatient psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. She uses a person-centered approach and emphasizes the importance of empathy and empowering clients to utilize their strengths. Kate is currently completing her graduate coursework in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Katie Angell, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

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 therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She approaches therapy through a trauma informed lens and utilizes relational, developmental, and attachment perspectives. Katie has training and experience in adoption, trauma, play therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She also provides individual and group supervision therapists seeking independent licensure.

Katy Volkmann, MSW, LICSW

School Services Therapist 

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, MSW

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2020)

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

Kayla provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and school settings.  She believes each individual has strengths at their disposal and strives to create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. Kayla’s approach to therapy is collaborative and client centered while utilizing relational, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and mindfulness based techniques.

Kayla Pease, MA

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist

BA, Psychology, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (2016)

MA, Counseling and Psychology – Clinical Mental Health, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (2019)

Play Therapy Coursework, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD (2020)

Kayla provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and their families. She approaches therapy through a client-centered approach and utilizes relational, developmental, and attachment perspectives. She utilizes Child-Centered and Adlerian play therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques in her practice. Her goal is to provide clients with a safe and non-judgmental environment to develop a therapeutic relationship that will facilitate exploration, growth, and healing.

Kaylee Burnham, MSW, LGSW

Office Based Therapist

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2021)

BA, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (2014)

Kaylee provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her style of therapy is relational, insight oriented and client-centered. She uses systems, attachment, and cognitive theories to meet the needs of individual clients and has a special interest in helping clients experience healing after trauma.

Kelly Smith, MSW, LICSW

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical 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.

 

Kristine Hughes, MA, LMFT, RPT-S

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor

Board Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy

BS, Community Psychology, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN (2010)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN (2013)

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. She also provides individual and group supervision for practicum students and Relate therapists seeking independent licensure. Kristine also has a dog, Sadie, who accompanies her in sessions that is in training to be a therapy dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadie

Kristy Smith, MA, LMFT

School Services Therapist

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.

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

School Services Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Environmental Sociology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (2012)

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

MPH, Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2018)

Kyla provides individual and family therapy to clients of all ages. Kyla approaches therapy from a play-based and attachment focused lens, incorporating cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and humor. She uses a collaborative, warm approach to fully understand each client’s experience and to form an authentic, empathic relationship.

Lauren Abdill, MSW, LICSW (she/her/hers)

Therapist, Community Development Manager

Licensed Independent Clinical 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.

Lucy Dressen, MA

Office Based Therapist 

BS, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN (2019)

MA, University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, MN (2021)

Lucy provides individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Her approach to therapy is strength-based and person-centered with a focus on self-empowerment. Lucy believes strongly in personalizing therapy and utilizes various therapeutic approaches in order to meet clients where they are at.

 

Lynda Barger, MD

Madelyn Larsin, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office Based Therapist  

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2015)

MSW, Master of Social Work, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (2021)

Madelyn provides office based individual therapy for children and adults. She is committed to providing therapeutic support that meets your needs, in the context of a nonjudgmental, collaborative relationship. Madelyn’s practice is grounded in relational, strengths-based, integrative, and trauma-informed approaches. She draws from diverse perspectives such as attachment, family systems, social justice, and developmental lenses. Her clinical interests and expertise include children and families, anxiety, depression, life transitions, attachment issues, perinatal/maternal mental health, grief/loss, and sexual health.

Margot Dearborn, MSW, LGSW

School Services Therapist

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 Services Mental Health program.  She utilizes a strengths based and relational approach through play therapy.

Mary Jane (MJ) Pearson, MSW, LICSW

School Services Therapist

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, LMFT

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

Licensed 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

Office Based Therapist

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.

Meg Schefter, MSW, LGSW (she/they)

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Elementary Education, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (2013)

MSW, Master of Social Work, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (2021)

Meg offers office based and school based therapy for adolescents and adults. Meg believes in a relational, creative, eclectic, trauma informed, strengths based, and culturally responsive approach to providing care. Meg understands our history, relationships, environments, and systems 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. Other perspectives Meg utilizes include: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (skills), psychodynamic, narrative, attachment, harm reduction, and mindfulness principles.

Megan Kraemer, MSW, LICSW

School Services Therapist

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.

Melissa French, LGSW

School Services Therapist

BA, Psychology, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN (2000)

MSW, Masters of Social Work, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2020)

Melissa provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families in the School Linked Mental Health program.  She approaches therapy through a trauma informed lens while providing unconditional positive regard and empathy to assist in building a strong therapeutic relationship that supports growth and healing.  She utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and strengths-base therapy.  She works collaboratively with the client to develop treatment that meets the client’s individual needs and goals.

Nicole Lovald, MS, BCC, E-RYT

Office Based Therapist

BA, Sociology, St. Cloud State University

MS, Counseling Studies, Capella University

Board Certified Life Coach

Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher

Nicole works with clients of all ages and has a holistic and integrative approach. As a yoga teacher, she brings in mindfulness-based practices, a focus on mind-body medicine, and breathwork as an intervention. She utilizes strength-based techniques, solution-focused, narrative and cognitive behavioral therapy interventions as well. Nicole believes in creating a safe space to help clients explore a mind-body-spirit approach to healing.

Noemi Lopez, MA, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor | Therapist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (2008)

MA, Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2015)

Noemi provides psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  She utilizes a holistic, strengths-based approach, drawing upon aspects of cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and interpersonal therapies to best me clients’ individual needs.  Noemi enjoys utilizing mindfulness, movement, and mind-body approaches in her work.  She specializes in providing care to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients.

 

 

 

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

Office Based Therapist

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

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

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 office based 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 also provides individual and group supervision for therapists seeking licensure.

 

Rachel Lindquist, MA

School Services Therapist

BS, Communication Studies, Minnesota State University (2015)

MA, Counseling & Psychology Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (2020)

Rachel provides therapy for adolescents and their families. She approaches her work with clients through relational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused framework all while including mindfulness practices. Rachel strives to create a safe and accepting atmosphere for each of her clients.

 

Rachel M. Takazawa, MSW, LICSW

School Services Therapist

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 Reifenberger, MSW, LGSW

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN (2018)

Master of Social Work, Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN (2020)

Rachel provides individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults in Relates Outpatient and School-Based services. She utilizes mindfulness, as well as relational, insight oriented and cognitive behavioral therapies to create an individualized experience for each person. Rachel believes in the value of the human connection and is passionate about watching the people she works with grow and thrive.

 

Rachel Schoepf, MS, LMFT

School Services Therapist

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 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.

ReaShondra Walker, MSW, LGSW

Office Based Therapist

BSW, Social Work, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

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

Rea provides outpatient psychotherapy utilizing client-centered Psychodynamic, Narrative, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, as well as psychoeducation and mindfulness for children, adolescents, and adults. She comes to Relate with experience providing individual and group therapy to kids in the school, non-profit and hospital settings.

Rea believes in empowering clients by including references to culture, pop-culture, fandoms and other sources as well as healing through connections. She theorizes “we already have the tools we need to heal, we just need help repurposing those tools.”

Rebecca Enders, MA

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

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

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 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 including insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, and play therapy to build on an individual’s own strengths and innate abilities. Robin has experience using the Enneagram and a background working with eating disorders, core issues in adoption, grief and loss, and trauma. She provides trauma-informed care and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their caregivers. She also provides clinical supervision for staff therapists and practicum therapists.

 

Ronald Groat, MD

Ryan Hovis, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

BA, Psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (2009)

MA, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL (2011)

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL (2016)

Dr. Ryan Hovis is a licensed psychologist who has an extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, as well as emerging adults and couples. His background includes working in community mental health, inpatient, partial hospitalization, therapeutic day school, college counseling center, and outpatient hospital. Although well-versed in working with a wide range of emotional and behavioral struggles, Dr. Hovis specializes in trauma, abuse, neglect, family relationships difficulties, anxiety, depression, behavioral regulation, developmental disorders, cultural responsiveness and spirituality. Dr. Hovis received his terminal master’s in clinical psychology and his doctorate of psychology in clinical psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School. He also has been a guest lecturer at Wheaton College and Bethel University. Dr. Hovis believes in the importance of being seen and heard; that everyone’s story needs to be understood. He establishes a strong rapport, and in the space created with his clients, begins to explore each individual’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 each individual and family; that therapeutic success translates into people moving toward the best versions of themselves and maintaining their success over time.

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.

Sara McGee, MA, LMFT IMH-E® (She/Her/Hers)

Early Childhood Mental Health Manager

BA, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (2002)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University, Eagan, MN (2008)

Sara works with children, adolescents, adults and families in an outpatient setting. Services include individual and family therapy, parenting support, school consultation, and diagnostic assessments. Sara approaches therapy from systemic, developmental and relational perspectives. She is certified and trained in Trauma Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Circle of Security. She is endorsed as an Infant/ Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and has a certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Sean Nelson, MA, LPC

Office Based Therapist

BA, St. Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN (2011)

MA, Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (2015)

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

Sean Toren, MSW, LGSW

Office Based Therapist

School Services Therapist

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.

Shane Prijatel-Spare, MSW, LICSW

Office Based Therapist 

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

BA, Sociology w/ concentration in race relations; BA Spanish Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (2018)

Shane is a bilingual psychotherapist providing culturally responsive services for children, adults, and families. He approaches therapy through a client-centered, relationship focused perspective. He enjoys using techniques including CBT, Narrative therapy, and mindfulness.

 

Terapeuta basada en oficina 

Trabajador social clínico indepdendiente licenciado

BA, Sociology w/ conentration in race relations; BA Spanish Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (2018)

Shane es un terapista bilingüe que brinda servicios para niños, adultos, y familias culturalmente sensibles. El aborda la terapia desde un perspectivo relacional centrada en la person. Se disfruta utilizar tecnicas incluyendo terapia de conducta cognitiva (CBT), terapia narrativa, y mindfulness.

Shantae Webber, MA, LAMFT

School Services Therapist

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 Farenik, BA

School Services Practicum Therapist

BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2016)

MSW, Master of Social Work, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (expected 2022)

Steph 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, Steph works collaboratively with clients to empower and encourage insight and growth.

Stephanie Pedersen, PsyD, LP

Office Based Therapist

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.

Taylor Finley, MA

School Services Therapist

BA, Psychology and Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2017)

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN (2021)

Taylor provides individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults.  She approaches therapy with a strengths-based, person-centered lens and utilizes a variety of techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy. She understands the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship and provides unconditional positive regard and empathy. Taylor enjoys working with a diverse range of clients, but also has a unique passion for helping athletes reach optimal performance and enjoyment of sport and life endeavors.

 

Theresa Tsuchiya, PsyD, LP

Clinical Supervisor | Practicum and Fellowship Coordinator | Clinical Psychologist/Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

Dr. Tsuchiya enjoys working with individuals of all ages, couples, families and groups.  Her down-to-earth approach to therapy is grounded in attachment, developmental pathways, systems, and psychodynamic theory and research.  She strongly believes in working with each person to find the therapy style that works best for them.  She works with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties, but her areas of relative specialty include attachment concerns, adoption dynamics, developmental/relational trauma, relationship functioning, parent support, anxiety management, and couples counseling.  Dr. Tsuchiya also provides supervision for Office Based Therapists at Relate and coordinates practicum and fellowship programming.

 

Tom Brown, PsyD, MA

Post-Doctoral Fellow

BA, Psychology w/ concentration in Women’s Studies, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (2005)

MA, Counseling Psychology, St. Thomas University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2012)

PsyD, Doctor of Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Graduate School of Health and Human Services at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2020)

Dr. Tom Brown enjoys working with adults and teens individually, as couples, or in groups. His friendly and relatable style of therapy is rooted in interpersonal process therapy, identity intersectionality, as well as psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theory and research. Tom seeks to provide clients with a safe and supported experience while gently encouraging honesty and vulnerability to help clients find the therapeutic movement they seek. Tom is a generalist therapist who has additional specialization in trauma, sexual trauma, sexual health, kink, non-traditional relationship dynamics, and sleep.

Vivienne Lorijn, MA, MSW, LICSW

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Vivienne is a multilingual psychotherapist providing culturally responsive services for adults, children and families. She approaches therapy from a strengths based, client-centered, relational perspective and works with each person to find the therapy style that is best for them. Her approaches include but are not limited to: EMDR, mindfulness, stress reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, TF-CBT, attachment and narrative therapy. Vivienne is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, with a proficient knowledge of German and French.


Terapeuta de consulta externa 

Trabajadora Social Clínica Independiente con Licencia

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

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

Vivienne es una psicoterapeuta multilingüe que brinda servicios para adultos, niños y familias culturalmente sensibles. Aborda la terapia desde una perspectiva relacional basada en las fortalezas personales y trabaja con cada persona para encontrar el estilo de terapia más adecuado. Sus enfoques incluyen, entre otros: EMDR, mindfulness, gestión del estrés, terapia cognitivo-conductual, TF-CBT, el apego y la terapia narrativa. Vivienne es trilingüe en inglés, español y holandés, con dominio de alemán y francés. 

Administrative Staff

Adenike Ademola

Administrative Support

AA, Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, MN (2020)

Social Work major, Winona State University, Rochester, MN (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.

Amanda Marxen, BS

School Services/Reporting

BS, Social Work, Psychology Minor, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN (2014)

Amanda provides support for School Services, and reporting needs for the clinic.

She also manages administrative needs for and the Relate Board Committee.

 

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.

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.

Kelvin Yang

IT Manager

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

Kelvin provides IT support to all staff. He handles incoming issues in order while maintaining the network. Provides recommendations and services in the field of technology.

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.

Nakisa Vaezzadeh

Individual Development Manager

BA, Social Science, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (2012)

Diploma in Medical Coding, Saint Paul College, Saint Paul, MN (2016)

Nakisa leads donor engagement efforts and partner relations at Relate.  She has worked with nonprofit organizations all over the United States, managing major campaigns and giving days.

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.

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.