Staff retreat 2018

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

Clinical Staff

Aaron Rusnak, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Alison Inhelder, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

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

Allison Ward, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Amanda Sullivan, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

School Services Lead

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Amy Gold, MA, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy

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

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

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

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

Andrew Jacobson, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

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

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

Andrew provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. He utilizes a humanist, relational, and cognitive-behavioral approach in his work with clients. Andrew is currently undergoing his practicum work at Relate while completing graduate coursework at the University of Minnesota.

 

Angela Trenda, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

Angela provides individual, couples and family therapy working with children, adolescents, and adults. She believes in collaborating with clients to build on their strengths and resiliency while addressing the effects of difficult circumstances.  She approaches therapy that is client-centered and solution focused using a perspective that encompasses cognitive-behavioral, attachment, psychodynamic and systems theories.

Anne Sitorius Maas, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

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

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

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

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

Arica Hanson, MA, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

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

Ashley Bemmels, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Ashley Teigland, MA, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

School Services Lead

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Barb Wilkus, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

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

Barb provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. She approaches therapy using cognitive behavioral, solution focused and insight based perspectives. She has training and experience in adoption, attachment and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She is open to providing faith based services as requested by clients.

Becky McNattin, MSW, LICSW

Director of Clinical Services

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Catherine Cich, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Christopher J Lawler, LADC

Chemical Health Specialist

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

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

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

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

Christopher Weidenbacher, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota (2011)

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

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

Dana Roemer, MS, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

David Prindle, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Debbie Locketz, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Elizabeth Fosse, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Ellen Abnet MS, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Trauma Certificate, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (1996)

DBT Intensive Training, Behavioral Tech (2002)

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

Adaptive Internal Relational Networks Training (2016)

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

Emily Jensen, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

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

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

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

Emily Neighbors, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Erica Johnson, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

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

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

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

Hannah Mornson, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

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

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

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

 

Helena LaFave, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Jamie Rohwer, MA, LPCC

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, French, University of Minnesota (2008)

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

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

Jen Jasperson, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

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

Jesse Maistrovich, PsyD, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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

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

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

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

Jessica Wright, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

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

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

Josh Cook, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

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

Katie Angell, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Katy Volkmann, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health 

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Kayla Devorak, MS

Therapist, Outpatient 

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

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

Kayla provides individual and family co-located therapy with adolescents. She utilizes narrative, internal family systems, structural, and systemic therapy models to inform her practice. She has experience helping individuals struggling with suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, trauma, interpersonal struggles, substance use, eating disorders and severe and persistent mental illness.

Kelly Smith, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School-linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

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

 

Kristy Smith, MA, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Laura Hoeppner, MA, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Lauren Abdill, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Lisa Conway, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Lynda Barger, MD

Margot Dearborn, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Mary Jane (MJ) Pearson, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Matt Gonzalez-Olson, MS, LMFT

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Megan Kraemer, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Natalie Taber, MA, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Philosophy and Religion, Hendrix College, Conway, AR (1999)

MA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2002)

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

Natalie provides individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults.  She approaches therapy using psychodynamic, relational, narrative, and mindfulness based techniques. She strives to identify and integrate her clients personal and cultural values and strengths as key components of the work. She enjoys working with clients in non-traditional relationships and is committed to working within the LGBTQ community.

 

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

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2009)

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

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

Paige Love, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

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

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

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

Rachel Carbonneau, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Rachel M. Takazawa, MSW, LICSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Rachel Schoepf, MS, LMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Robin Riggs MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

School Services Coordinator

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

Ronald Groat, MD

Sam Wellman, MA

Therapist, Outpatient

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

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

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

Sandy Mangle MA, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Board Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy

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

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

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

Sean Toren, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, Outpatient

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

BA, Philosophy, University of Minnesota (1988)

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Arizona (1999)

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

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

Shantae Webber, MA, LAMFT

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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

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

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

Stephanie Pedersen, PsyD, LP

Therapist, Outpatient

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

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

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

Theresa Tsuchiya, PsyD, LP

Clinical Psychologist

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

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

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

Vivienne Lorijn, MSW, LGSW

Therapist, School Linked Mental Health

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

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

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

Administrative Staff

Alicia Johnson

Administrative Support

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

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

Alyssa Clayton

Office Manager

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

Cindy Rome

Accounts Receivables Specialist

Accounting, Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN

Cindy is part of the business office at Relate, assisting with accounts receivables.  She is dedicated to sharing her financial experience and commitment to client care, joining the Relate team in 2018.

David Senior, CMA, MBA, MNM

Executive Director

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

CMA, Certified Management Accountant (1997)

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

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

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

John Maybee, BA

Accounts Receivables Specialist

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

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

Stephanie Eastburn, BS

Intake/Care Coordination Specialist

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

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

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

Susie Wray

Administrative Support

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

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

Tracee Lawrence

HR/Accounting Manager

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