RelateMN Team

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

Clinical Staff

Aaron Rusnak, MSW, LICSW (he/him/his)

Office Based Therapist

Clinical Supervisor

Groups Manager

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Certified Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Therapist

Certified Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) Therapist

Aaron provides individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy for children (10+), adolescents, and adults. Recognizing the strengths of each person, his therapy style uses a mix of narrative, psychodynamic, and humanistic methods built on a relational foundation.

 

Alex Spirov, BA (she/her) 

Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

Alicia Waletzki, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office  

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

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

Specialties: Ages 14+ 

Alison Inhelder, MA, LMFT (she/her)

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

Alison offers office-based therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Alison also is a Practicum Coordinator in Relate’s training program and provides clinical supervision for practicum students. Alison identifies as white, straight, and female. Her approach to therapy and supervision is relational, genuine, strengths-based, and culturally responsive. She likes to get to know clients on a deep level and enjoys using humor in session when appropriate. Outside of work, Alison loves to read, camp, watch The Office, and play with her dog.  

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

Specialties: LGBTQ+ ally, relationship concerns, infidelity, grief/loss, blended families, gender identity/exploration, sexual health. 

Certifications/Trainings: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
 

Allie DeMeulenaere, BA (she/her)

School Services Practicum Therapist
Wayzata School District 

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

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

Allison Brink, MA (she/her/hers)

Office Based Therapist

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

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

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

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.

 

Ally Unger (she/her)

Office-Based Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka 

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

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

Alysha Kvam, MA, PMH-C (she/her)  

Office and School Services Therapist 
Minnetonka Office  

Alysha offers office and school-based services to adolescents and adults. Alysha identifies as white, straight, and female. Her approach to therapy is relational and strengths-based. She uses Cognitive-behavioral and Polyvagal Theory to inform her work with clients by using the mind-body connection to understand emotions and responses to situations life throws their way. Alysha’s goal is to provide a warm, welcoming, and nonjudgmental space for collaborative exploration and understanding. Outside of work, Alysha enjoys hiking and camping, gardening, watching movies, and spending time with family.   

Therapeutic Modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, polyvagal, harm reduction, mindfulness, play therapy. 

Certifications/Trainings: PSI Perinatal Mental Health Certificate. 

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 (she/her)

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

Eden Prairie Office 

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

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

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

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

Andrew Benson, MSW, LGSW (he/him)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

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

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

Andrew Jacobson, MA, LPCC (he/him)

Gifted Services Manager | Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

Andrew provides outpatient therapy services to adolescents and adults. Andrew is also the manager of Relate’s subsidized services and feels strongly that all people should be able to access affordable mental health services. Andrew identifies as a white, straight, male. He has a relaxed, relational approach to therapy and works to support clients in both understanding critical patterns within their lives and connected past events while also allowing space to sit with difficult emotions and build resilience. Andrew enjoys reading, playing video games, gardening, watching sports, and playing D&D in his spare time.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Relational, person-centered therapy, interpersonal therapy, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), psychodynamic, self-compassion, mindfulness. 

Specialties: TF-CBT, LGBTQ+ ally, relationship difficulties. 

Certifications/Trainings: TF-CBT  

Angel Yang, BA (she/her)

Office-Based Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

Specialties: Ages 6+, families, BIPOC. 

Angela Trenda, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Community Partnership Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-based Therapist

Minnetonka Office

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

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

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

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 (she/her)

Compliance Manager | Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist  

Minnetonka Office  

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

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

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

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

Ashley Bellsee, MSW, LICSW (she/they) 

Office-Based Therapist  
Minnetonka Office

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

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

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

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

Ashley Spinler, MS, LMFT (she/her) 

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

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

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR 

Ashley Teigland, MA, LMFT (she/her)

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

Ashley provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, couples and families in the office and school setting. She utilizes a client-centered approach to address each client’s individual needs. Ashley’s work is grounded in systemic and relational views, utilizing a variety of techniques to meet the needs of each individual client. Ashley also provides individual and group supervision for Relate therapists. In her role as School Services Manager, Ashley works with partnering school districts to oversee the provision of school services and works collaboratively with schools to meet the mental health needs of their students.  

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

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

Office-based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

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

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

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

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

Becky Carr, MAFP she/her/hers

Office Based Doctoral Practicum Therapist 

BA, Psychology, Concordia University, St. Paul (2015)

MAFW, Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, Argosy University, Eagan, MN (2018)

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN (in progress)

Becky provides therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She approaches therapy from a systems oriented, solution-focused, and strengths-based perspective. Her work is often informed by cognitive and neuropsychology, and her experience with ADHD, behavioral and mood disorders creates a particular understanding of these experiences. She believes in the healing power of collaborative spaces where clients can be themselves without judgment.

Becky McNattin, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Director of Clinical Services | Office-Based Therapist

Eden Prairie Office 

Becky believes in the inherent value of all people; honoring that therapy is a meaning making experience which mirrors the gifts, skills, and abilities of each person. Life is a journey that one should never walk alone, and Becky offers authentic connection to individual adults as they navigate life’s challenging moments. In sessions, you are seen, you are believed, you are heard, and you fundamentally matter. As a leader, Becky believes in dismantling systemic barriers to mental health care access; working with the broader community to promote equality, shared power, and a nurturing of inclusive paradigm through an awareness of intersectionality and acceptance.  

Becky enjoys spending time outside, playing the ukulele around campfires, writing poetry, trying new recipes with family, and having dance parties to 90’s music whenever possible.  

Therapeutic Modalities: Humanistic theory, relational, person centered, narrative, self-compassion, insight oriented, existential, spiritual. 

Specialties: bereaved mothers, female empowerment, life transition and discernment, grief/loss, sexual trauma, relationship concerns, LGBTQIA+ ally. 

Certifications/Trainings: Nonprofit Leadership, Organizational Humanism, Transformational Leadership, Developmental Models of Supervision, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Prepare/Enrich.
 

Camryn Heckel, BA (she/her)

Office-Based Practicum Therapist
Minnetonka Office

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

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

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

Camryn Hodny (she/her, they/them)

B.S. Psychology, University of Minnesota (2019)

MSW, University of Minnesota (expected 2023)

Camryn provides psychoeducation to middle and high school students in the Wayzata school district. Camryn is interested in promoting resilience and mental wellness in the schools, and utilizes mindfulness and solution-focused skills in their practice.

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.

Carli Nelson (she/her)

School Services Practicum Therapist
Plymouth School District  

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

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

Specialties: Ages 5-12. 

Catherine Cich, MA, LMFT, ATR

Office Based Therapist

Art Therapy Clinical Supervisor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

BA, Studio Art, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

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

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

Trained and certified Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) provider

Level I and II trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) provider

 

Claire Lowe, MA (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District

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

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

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

Colleen Dale, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office   

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

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

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

Connor Grogan (he/him/his)

Practicum Therapist 

BA, International Studies – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (2014)

Connor provides psychotherapy for adults and adolescents. In practice, Connor incorporates strength-based and solution-focused perspectives when working with his clients, and he has experience in cognitive behavioral techniques. He is committed to individualizing each client’s therapeutic experience, recognizing the courage that it takes to ask for help, and providing an empathetic and comfortable environment. Connor believes that everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life and that psychological well-being is the foundation to achieving that goal. He focuses on developing a trusting therapeutic relationship and on client-centered practice. Connor is completing his graduate coursework in Social Work at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, focusing in clinical mental health and practice with families and children.

 

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 | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

Trainings/Certifications: Trauma, ART, DBT  

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)

Office-Based Therapist  

Minnetonka Office

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erica Carlson, MA 

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District 

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

Erica Johnson, MA, LPCC

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 O’Toole, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Wayzata School District 

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

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

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

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

Erin Price, MSW, LICSW

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

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

Trainings/Certifications: EMDR 

Grace Nelson, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office  

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

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR, End of Life Doula

Greta Gilbertson, MA, LPCC (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

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

Greta Harris, MA

School Services Therapist
Mound Westonka School District  

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

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

Hannah Lynch, MA, LPCC (she/her) 

Hannah Lynch, MA, LPCC (she/her)
School Services Therapist | District Coordinator
Eastern Carver County  

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

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

Harjas Gill (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist   

Minnetonka Office 

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

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

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

Heidi Struck, MS (she/her)

School Services Therapist

BA, Psychology and Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2017)

MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (2020)

Heidi provides psychotherapy for adolescents and families in the School Services Program. She utilizes a client-centered approach, working to meet the client where they are at, and assisting them in building the skills they need to thrive. She blends this with a systemic awareness and relational aspects to support client’s as they are, knowing that everyone is impacted by the world around them in unique ways.

Ida Holdahl, MA, LPCC

School Services Therapist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, English, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (2011)

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO (2017)

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

Jaelyn Richter, BSW (she/her)

Office Based Practicum Therapist

BSW, Bachelor of Social Work, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (2020)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (Expected May 2022)

Jaelyn provides office-based therapy for early childhood, childhood, adolescent, and young adult clients. She utilizes an eclectic trauma-informed, strengths- and resilience-based approach grounded in attachment, ecological systems, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and behaviorist theories. She also incorporates mindfulness, play therapy, and art therapy techniques within session to positively engage the client and help to drive the therapeutic process forward. She believes that clients are the experts in their own experience and hold inherent strengths that can be used and built upon to achieve therapeutic goals.

 

Jaleesa Lenoir, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

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

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

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

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

Jamie Rohwer, MA, LPCC (she/her)

Office and School Services Therapist  
Minnetonka 

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

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

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

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

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

School Services Therapist    

Minnetonka School District

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

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

Jennifer Kleinhans, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

Specialties:  trauma-informed client care, gifted and twice exceptional individuals, family dynamics, Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA), Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, career transitions 

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

Jenny Williams, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist

Minnetonka Office 

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

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

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

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

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

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

As the Director of Office Programming, Jesse embraces the role of helping to oversee office programs as well as provides guidance and supervision to those who manage these programs. Jesse identifies as white, straight, and male. He also provides individual, family, and parent-focused psychotherapy for children (ages 10+), adolescents, and adults. He approaches therapy using a humanistic, client-centered, and relational perspective, and incorporates solution-focused, motivational interviewing and behavior-change models as needed. In addition, he provides supervision for staff therapists, practicum therapists and therapists seeking independent licensure.  Outside of work, Jesse enjoys running and being outdoors, watching sports, listening to records, and spending time with family and their dogs. 

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).  

Jessica White, MSW, LICSW

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 (he/him)

Director of Education and Training

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, Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Minneapolis, MN (2007)

As Director of Education and Training, Josh is excited to guide Relate in providing high quality and highly supportive learning experiences for Relate staff and graduate students in social work, psychology, and marriage and family therapy.  Josh brings with him experience in direct clinical service, clinical supervision, case management and residential treatment.  Josh is dedicated to collaborative processes, anti-oppressive practice, and learning throughout the lifespan.  Additionally, Josh provides individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy for adolescents (ages 12+) and adults.  Josh approaches therapy using a psychodynamic, humanistic, and relational perspective.  Josh also provides supervision for staff therapists, practicum therapists, and therapists seeking independent licensure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kate Sabbann, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

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

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

Specialties: couples, relationship concerns. 

Katie Angell, MSW, LICSW

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.

Katie Grinde, MA, LADC, LPC

Office Based Practicum Therapist

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

BS, Psychology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (2014)

MA, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, Eagan, MN (2017)

PsyD, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (in progress)

 

Katie provides individual psychotherapy for children and adolescents. She emphasizes a person-centered, strengths-based, and holistic approach in which the client is the expert of their own life. Katie is dedicated to creating a safe space for individuals where they can feel authentically them and feel supported every step of the way.

Kay Ferrell, MSW, LGSW

School Services Therapist

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Social Work, Mt Mary University, Milwaukee, WI (2015)

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

Kay provides individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Kay approaches therapy using client-centered, relational, and humanistic perspectives. She believes in the importance of building connection, honoring the unique needs of individuals, and promoting self-advocacy. Kay enjoys working collaboratively with individuals to develop a plan that incorporates their needs while building on their personal strengths.

 

Kayla Pease, MA, LPC, RPT (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

Kayla offers office-based therapy for children, adolescents, and their families. Kayla is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and primarily provides play therapy services to children ages 2-12. Kayla identifies as a Caucasian, heterosexual, cis-gendered female. She mainly provides therapy through a client-centered approach, frequently utilizing developmental and attachment perspectives in her work. 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. Outside of work, Kayla loves to draw, write, play videogames, watch anime, and spend time with her dog. 

Therapeutic Modalities: play therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, acceptance, psychoeducational, and self-compassion. 

Specialties: Ages 12 and under, development, attachment, blended families, adoption, LGBTQ+ ally. 

Certifications/Trainings: Registered Play Therapist (RPT), DC:0–5™, Circle of Security, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) 

Kaylee Burnham, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office

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

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

Kayli Schmidt, BS

School Services Practicum Therapist

BS, Child and Family Services, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (2016)

MSW, Masters of Clinical Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (expected 2022)

Kayli provides psychotherapy for children and families in the School Linked Mental Health Program. She strongly believes in meeting clients where they are at using a collaborative, client centered, relational approach to working with individuals, to heal through connection and trust. Kayli is mindful of brain development in her clients and how mental illness impacts the mind and body. Utilizing child-centered play therapy, attachment and cognitive-behavioral approaches, mindfulness, and strengths-based techniques, Kayli works together with clients to empower and encourage growth and insight. Kayli has a passionate clinical interest in the parent-child relationship and trauma-based work.

 

Keegan Freiburger, MSW, LGSW (any/all)

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2015)

MSW, Master of Social Work, University of California, Berkeley (2020)

Keegan offers individual, couple, family, and group therapies. Partnering with people who feel hurt or stuck or disconnected in the world, they explore: ‘what else is possible here?’ Keegan believes that we heal in relationships that welcome our messiness, honor our stories, and nurture our unique gifts.

Kish Johnson, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School-Based Therapist 
Wayzata School District  

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

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

Specialties: Children and adolescents, social emotional learning.
 

Kristi Kuehn MS, LPCC, LADC

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristy Smith, MA, LMFT

School Services Therapist

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)

School Services Therapist 
Wayzata School District  

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

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

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

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

Lauren Almquist, MSW, LGSW

School Services Therapist

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

BS, Social Work, Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, MN (2017)

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

Lindsey Sachs, MS, LPCC  

School-Based Therapist
Wayzata School District   

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

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

Specialties: Children, adolescents, and young adults.

Lisa Conway, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/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.

 

Lucy Weisenbeck, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist 

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

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

Lynda Barger, MD

Madelyn Larsin, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist  
Eden Prairie Office 

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

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator

Margot Dearborn, MSW, LICSW

School Services Therapist

Office Based Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Margot provides outpatient psychotherapy for children, teens and parents. She primarily utilizes a strengths-based, person centered approach to tailor services to the client through CBT and play therapy techniques. She uses a collaborative approach and emphasizes the importance of rapport between a client and therapist. Margot’s main goal is to provide a warm, understanding and safe space for client’s and their families.

 

Marwa W. Ibrahim

Outpatient Practicum Therapist – Minnetonka Office

BS, Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota (2019)

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas MN (Anticipated 2022)

Marwa provides outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She generally works within a cognitive behavioral framework and often integrates components of multicultural therapy and relaxation techniques to help clients process and embrace their unique experiences. Marwa’s primary goal is to build a strong therapeutic alliance with each client whereas they feel listened to, supported, and accepted. Marwa is also fluent in Arabic and welcomes clients who seek services in Arabic, specifically in the Egyptian dialect.

السلام عليكم، مرحباً بكم في موقعنا. يسرنا إعلامكم بوجود خدمات باللغة العربية في مركزنا، ريليت كونسيلينج للعلاج النفسي في مدينة مينيتونكا، ولاية مينيسوتا. 

مروة إبراهيم أخصائية نفسية تحت التدريب. مروة تقدم استشارات نفسية وعلاج للأشخاص في جميع المراحل العمرية. مروة تعمل أيضاً مع العائلات والأزواج أو المرتبطين. مروة تتحدث اللغة الإنجليزية واللغة العربية، تحديداً اللهجة المصرية. تفضل مروة العلاج السلوكي المعرفي في إطار عملها، ولكنهاتستخدم طرق واتجاهات متعددة ومتنوعة على حسب حاجة العميل. مروة طالبة ماجستير ودكتوراه في مجال العلاج النفسي في جامعة سينت توماس. يمكنك الاتصال بنا الآن لتحديد موعد مع مروة او طلب التحدث معها للاستشارة. 

 

Matia Sollom, MA, LMFT (she/her)

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Gonzalez-Olson, MS, LMFT

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.

McKenzie Brombeck, MS (she/her)

Practicum Therapist
Eden Prairie and Minnetonka Offices  

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

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

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

Meg Schefter, MSW, LGSW (she/they)

Office-Based Therapist 
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: Licensed MN Educator, Tier 4 

Megan Kraemer, MSW, LICSW

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 psychotherapy for adolescents and their families as a part of the school services program. Megan approaches therapy using a cognitive behavioral, insight oriented and relational perspective. Megan believes collaboration with the client’s whole system is an integral part of the therapeutic process and works to include the family and school systems to best meet the needs of each client. Megan provides trauma support through TF-CBT and is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Megan also provides individual supervision for Relate staff and also supports Relate’s school based interns.

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.

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

Clinical Supervisor | School Services Therapist 

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

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

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

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

Molly Young Sheppard, MSW LICSW (she/her) 

Clinical Supervisor for School-Based Services
Eden Prairie Office

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

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

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

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

Naa Dodoo, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

School Services Therapist
Eastern Carver School District 

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

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

Noemí López, MA, LPCC (she/her) 

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

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

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

Specialties: Ages 15+, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+.
 

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

School Services Therapist
Minnetonka School District  

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

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

Rachel Carbonneau, MSW, LICSW

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 Reifenberger, MSW, LGSW

Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

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

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

Rachel Schoepf, MS, LMFT

School Services Therapist

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.

Rachel Schwake, MSW, LGSW (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office  

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

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: DC:0-5 assessments. 

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

Clinical Supervisor | School Services Therapist
Mound Westonka School District 

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Enders, MA (she/her)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

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

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

Specialties: LGBTQIA+, ages 10+. 

Certifications/Trainings: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

Robin Riggs, MSW, LICSW (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

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

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

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

Ronald Groat, MD

Ryan Hovis, PsyD, LP

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.

Samantha Stroik, MA

Office Based Practicum Therapist

BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI (2013)

MA, Special Education with an emphasis is Applied Behavior Analysis, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (2016)

Graduate Certificate, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (2016)

Graduate Certificate, Neuropsychology, Ball State University, Muncie IN (2017)

PsyD, Counseling Psychology, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (In Progress)

Samantha provides outpatient office-based therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. She uses a developmental and multicultural informed approach when working with the client to develop a plan that is centered on the client’s needs and strengths. Samantha believes every person has a variety of identities that influence how we perceive and interact with the world. These identities tell the story of our lives and should be celebrated. Samantha’s goal is to create a safe and inclusive therapeutic space for all individuals, including individuals of all gender and sexual identities. Samantha’s clinical interests include life transitions, perinatal/maternal mental health, LGBTQIA+ concerns, and sexual health. Samantha is currently completing her doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.’

Sandy Mangle, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor | Office-Based Therapist
Minnetonka Office 

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

Therapeutic Modalities: Cognitive-behavioral, Family Systems, Narrative 

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

Certifications/Trainings: EMDR

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sean Nelson, MA, LPC

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

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

Sean Toren, MSW, MFA, LICSW (he/him) 

Office-Based Therapist

Minnetonka  Office

Sean provides office-based psychotherapy to kids (6+), adolescents, adults, couples and families. Sean identifies as white, straight and male. His style is warm, collaborative, compassionate and creative, and grounded in relational and psychodynamic theories. This includes a focus on emotions, and beliefs that the past informs the present, that the therapeutic relationship itself is a vehicle for learning and healing, and that the goal for therapy is not just to relieve symptoms but to build capacity and resources. Sean has found that therapeutic work is enhanced by incorporating the body and uses Focusing and Brainspotting to encourage access to emotions held in the body. Sean has a background in philosophy and the creative arts, and loves exploring people’s dreams and goals to help them find their true path in life. In his free time, he does many outdoor sports, writes, and enjoys spending time with his partner and child.   

Therapeutic Modalities: Psychodynamic, Brainspotting, Focusing, Narrative Exposure therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy.   

Specialties: LGBTQ+ ally, relationship concerns, trauma, grief/loss, gender identity/exploration, life path exploration

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

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office 

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

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

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

Certifications/Trainings: Certified Yoga Instructor. 

 

Terapeuta basada en oficina en Eden Prairie  

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

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

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

Certificaciones/Entrenamientos: Instructor de yoga certificada. 

Shantae Webber, MA, LAMFT

School Services Therapist

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
Wayzata School District  

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

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

Specialties: ages 12-24, transitions. 

Theresa Tsuchiya, PsyD, LP (she/her)

Doctoral Program Coordinator | Supervisor | Office-Based Clinical Psychologist
Eden Prairie Office 

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

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

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

Tom Brown, PsyD, MA (he/him)

Office-Based Therapist
Eden Prairie Office

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

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

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

Administrative Staff

Adenike Ademola

Administrative Support

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

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

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

Alicia Johnson

Administrative Support

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

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

Alyssa Clayton

Office Manager

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

Becky Bovitz

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

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

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.

Nai Saechao (she/her)

School Services Care Coordinator
Eden Prairie Office  

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

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.

Praveena Raju

Human Resources Manager

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

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

Tracee Lawrence

Payroll/Accounting Manager

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