Program & Admin Staff

Program Staff

Asha Ahmed, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: Garden City Elementary
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Asha describes her therapy style as client centered. She believes the client leads the sessions and the therapist works alongside the client in their journey to self-actualization. She specializes in depression, trauma, anxiety and adjustment disorder. I have training in dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Clinical Interests
Asha works with clients ages 5 to 11, but also has experience in working with adults that suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.

Mary Alton, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Centennial Middle School
Years Experience: 4

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Clinical Approach
Mary is a graduate of Adlerian style counseling. She likes to view the whole person including medical and social problems that could be causing symptomatic behaviors. Her approach is to use common sense type counseling to help the kids evolve between group therapy and follow up individual sessions.

Clinical Interests
Mary continues to learn Adlerian therapy whenever possible, but considers the client to the expert on who they are and myself the perpetrator of change. Mary has experience working in schools and in home therapy.

Hobbies
Outside of work Mary studies about the effects of diet on mental health, enjoys working out, ballroom dancing, cooking and crochet. She also sees the importance of making time for family and friends.

Megan Andersen, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: Centennial Middle School CTSS
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Megan joins clients in therapy with an eclectic and supportive approach to counseling, often utilizing Humanistic, Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mind Body Skills and other evidence-based techniques. Her belief is that therapy success is based on the client-therapist relationship and openness to change.

Clinical Interests
Megan’s passion is working with children and their families, specifically with adolescents. She has experience working with the special education population in public schools, and particularly enjoys working with adolescents receiving services in Autism Spectrum programming and also those with emotional behavioral difficulties.

Hobbies
Megan loves to travel when possible. She enjoys being outside, both relaxing and trying new outdoor activities. Family time is important to her and she loves being an aunt! She is admirer of fine arts and enjoys painting, drawing, and being creative. She loves animals and one day hopes to be more involved in rescue.

Karen Anderson, LICSW

Clinical Director

Education: MScSA from Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 30

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Clinical Approach
Karen will walk with you on your journey toward wholeness and happiness. She is person centered and solution focused using Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Karen believes that humor is the best “medicine.”

Clinical Interests
Karen works with adolescents and adults, couples and families. She specializes in treating people with anxiety, depression, PTSD, spiritual issues, and trauma experiences. Karen works with people requiring short or longer term therapy and crisis counseling.

Hobbies
Karen is a singer and loves going to the theater, movies and concerts. Her favorite form of relaxation is reading a good mystery and drinking a cup of coffee.

Dr. Suzanne Aoun, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Education: University of Minnesota – Fellowship Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Syracuse University Health Center – Residency Adult Psychiatry
American University Beirut MD
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 18

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Clinical Approach
Dr. Aoun utilizes a Multi-Disciplinary Approach which puts an emphasis on collaborating with pediatricians, therapists, parents and school staff.

Clinical Interests
Dr. Aoun specializes in working with children and adolescents who struggle with Mood & Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

Hobbies
In her free time Dr. Aoun enjoys running and traveling.

Shari Barmash, BA

Peer Support Specialist

Education: University of Minnesota
Location Served: Peer support specialist, Columbia Heights School District
Years Experience: 29

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Clinical Approach
As a School Group Facilitator Shari provides a safe and caring environment for kids to learn and share. Using a small group setting, she provides helpful tools and teaches skills that kids can apply in everyday situations. She also provides resources for kids and families to bridge with the community.

Clinical Interests
Shari is driven by the difference our work makes and teaching lifelong skills. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of so many!

Hobbies
Shari loves spending time with her wonderful daughters, horseback riding, the beach, reading and working puzzles.

Emily Bell, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Centennial Schools, SLMH program
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Emily is an Adlerian Art Therapist, who uses a person-centered, relational approach to clinical work.

Clinical Interests
Emily works primarily with adolescents, and has training in Art Therapy & Trauma.

Hobbies
In her free time Emily enjoys time with her family, being outside, and making art.

Jennifer Chasco, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas
Location Served: Blue Heron Elementary
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Jennifer uses a person centered approach that is strengths based and her theoretical framework is influenced by systemic, trauma-informed care, and attachment theory.

Clinical Interests
Jennifer has experience at group homes for individuals with mental health and developmental needs, preschool settings, county work, and crisis centers, and has been working in a clinical setting since 2010. She has experience with adults, adolescents, and children and her current work is with children in the school setting. No matter what setting, the thing she noticed most was that people with mental health needs are impacted by social, economic, and family stressors and that having a strong support network is key in understanding strengths and challenges and making changes.

Hobbies
Some of Jennifer’s interests include reading, writing, learning new things, and enjoying time with her children and her dog.

Jason Cook, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MS, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 12

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Clinical Approach
Jason has been a licensed therapist since 2015, but has been in the field of mental health for the past 12 years in a variety of settings. Jason works with a broad range of ages, from children as young as five years old to elderly people. Jason sees clients both individually and with couples/family therapy. Jason believes that therapy is beneficial for anybody from all walks of life and hopes that make therapy a positive and beneficial experience for all of his clients.

Clinical Interests
Jason is a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapist) and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Jason has many years of experience working with people that struggle with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

Hobbies
Jason enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with his children.

Ashley Dammer, LICSW

Therapist II

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Fridley Schools, SLMH program
Years Experience: 8

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Clinical Approach
Ashley enjoys learning about the stories of children, adolescents and their families to support each person in the process of making sense of past events and preparing for future life experiences. She uses a combination of therapeutic approaches to support youth diagnosed with trauma, anxiety, depression, emotion regulation issues, behavioral concerns, and developmental difficulties.

Clinical Interests
Ashley currently works with children and adolescents ages 10-14.
Ashley is expanding on her current therapeutic interventions by incorporating different parts of a person’s life into treatment, such as physical health and family relationships. She believes we are better able to accomplish our life goals by addressing different areas of our lives at the same time. To continue expanding on her use of a holistic perspective, Ashley is in the process of obtaining a Yoga Calm Youth Instructor certification.

Hobbies
Ashley enjoys a variety of hobbies and appreciates being able to try new things. Ashley enjoys playing with her two dogs, gardening, telling cheesy jokes, doing yard work, reading, spending time with family, running, painting, hiking, knitting, golfing, playing volleyball, doing yoga, and Frisbee golfing.

Amy Davis, MA

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Centennial Area Learning Center, Pines School
Years Experience: 1

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Clinical Approach
Amy’s approach is strengths-based and she believes in utilizing interpersonal process in the therapeutic relationship to help clients increase self-awareness and promote change.

Clinical Interests
Amy has experience working with adolescents and teens in both community and school settings. She has a background supporting youth experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, and emotional regulation and behavioral concerns.

Hobbies
In her free time Amy spends way too much money buying and enjoying vinyl, books, and comics. She also has a love for music and like to attend shows throughout the Twin-Cities.

Steven Dupic, LMFT

Therapist II

Education: MA, Lewis & Clark College of Education and Counseling
Location Served: Centennial Middle School
Years Experience: 7

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Clinical Approach
Steven views issues in the context of relationships. He believes therapy is an opportunity to make a direct effort towards understanding and resolving issues that become barriers towards interpersonal or relational success and happiness.

Clinical Interests
Steven is a nationally certified TF-CBT therapist, and is also MAP certified. He enjoys supporting parents, schools, and working with adolescents 10 to 18 years old.

Hobbies
Steven’s hobbies include soccer, golf, good food, and having fun with his family.

Kari Griffin, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

Education: MSW, Augsburg College
Location Served: Columbia Academy
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Kari specializes in solution focused, strengths based and relationship based therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. She works with children and youth, ages 5-15 experiencing social and emotional regulation issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, trauma, attachment issues as well as working with family system issues. Kari graduated from Augsburg College with her master’s degree in multicultural clinical social work in 2013.

Clinical Interests
Kari obtained her certificate in Holistic Health from St. Catherine’s University May 2017 and is a registered yoga teacher. Other areas of specialization include mind/body connection, holistic health, nutrition and yoga.

Hobbies
Kari enjoys doing yoga, dance and playing with her two dogs.

Katie Gunderson, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MS, St. Cloud State University
Location Served: Centennial Area Learning Center
Years Experience: 4

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Clinical Approach
Katie’s therapy style is relationship oriented and insight focused. She enjoys group work and believes group therapy can be a highly effective change agent.

Clinical Interests
Katie specializes in working with adolescents who are in need of a high level services. She is a member of the Association for Specialists in Group Work and has experience working with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, social skills, trauma, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.

Hobbies
Katie enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, jogging, yoga, and cooking. She loves animals and has two adorable cats who she loves to hang out with.

Amber Haley, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Location Served: Centennial Schools, SLMH program
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Amber’s approach to therapy is trauma informed and relationship based.

Clinical Interests
Amber works primarily with adolescents between 14-18. Amber has extensive clinical experience in trauma (physical abuse, sexual trauma, neglect, complex trauma) and related issues like self-harm, emotional regulation and relationships. Amber is trained in implementing the ARC model in trauma work, balanced and restorative justice practices and mindfulness strategies.

Hobbies
Amber enjoys yoga, dance, reading and adventures with her kids.

Jordan Hempel, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Columbia Heights, CTSS
Years Experience: 6

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Clinical Approach
Jordan's favorite part about her job is building relationships. She believes that creating a safe and supportive environment builds trust and can lead to success.

Clinical Interests
Jordan is currently on track to obtain her LPCC. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Jordan has worked with a variety of diagnosis including: FASD, ASD, and anxiety.

Hobbies
In her free time, Jordan loves to travel and be outdoors. She particularly likes hiking, swimming, and tennis.

Paul Hildebrandt, LP

Therapist II

Education: MA, University of Wisconsin- River Falls
Ph.D Union Institute, Cincinnati OH
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 30

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Clinical Approach
Paul uses both behavioral and cognitive behavioral approaches in working with people. He tend to use an approach where he helps individuals identify problems and issues, then engages in shared problem solving with the individuals.

Clinical Interests
Paul has a broad range of experience in working with issues related to anxiety, depression, severe and persistent mental illness, special education needs, aging and family therapy.

Hobbies
Paul enjoys boating, fishing, rehab work on homes and maintaining healthy forests.

Sheila Hoemberg, APRN, CNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Education: Masters of Science in Nursing – F-PMH, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 8

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Clinical Approach
Sheila doesn’t like labels – therefore she treats the person, not a disorder. If someone is having mental health symptoms that negatively impact their lives, she believes that the clinical focus needs to be a partnership in identifying effective ways to alleviate those specific symptoms – thereby promoting that persons return to optimal functioning.

Clinical Interests
Sheila has worked with people of all ages, in a variety of settings and truly have found all experiences rewarding. She has learned something valuable from each person she has had the privilege to work with and therefore feels that each and every one of these experiences has helped her to gain personal knowledge and insight, in turn making her a better clinician.

Hobbies
Sheila enjoys traveling to “warm” places, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

Jeff Hoffman, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience:

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Clinical Approach
Jeff provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and groups. As a therapist at Lee Carlson Center, he works with adolescents, young adults, and adults.

Clinical Interests
Jeff has experience working with people with serious and persistent mental illness, MI/CD, depression, anxiety, cognitive-behavior therapy, group therapy, family therapy and the Domestic Abuse Program

Hobbies
Biking, running and spending time with family.

Kristine Hughes, LMFT

Therapist II

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Coon Rapids
Years Experience: 6

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Clinical Approach
Kristine primarily utilizes Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray, and mindfulness training. She follows a humanistic approach focused on the relationship with the client and accessing what they already have within them to heal.

Clinical Interests
Her clinical interests include trauma, attachment, foster care/ adoption, and traumatic grief.

Hobbies
In her free time, Kristine like photography, spending time outdoors, and going to her family's cabin.

Katie Keil, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Centennial Middle School
Years Experience: 6

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Clinical Approach
Katie works from a strengths based and family systems oriented approach and therapy style which draws on various theoretical orientations.

Clinical Interests
Katie has worked with Pre-K through 8th grade and is interested in attachment solutions focused therapy work with students who have experienced homelessness, high mobility, and trauma.

Hobbies
Outside of work, Katie likes to read, hike, explore new parts of the city, and try new foods.

Kristi Kontras, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, Xavier University
Location Served: Fridley Middle School
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Kristi believes that all people possess the ability to work toward positive change no matter their circumstance. He work involves helping clients to focus on their strengths, and promoting greater wellbeing and balanced living according to each person’s chosen treatment goals. She uses a variety of therapy modalities to suit each individuals’ unique needs, drawing most heavily from CBT based concepts and mindfulness-based approaches that highlight mind-body connection.

Clinical Interests
Kristi works with children, teens and adults and has experience treating a variety of mental health disorders as well as substance use difficulties. She is a certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) practitioner.

Hobbies
Spending time with friends and family, enjoying the beautiful Minneapolis lakes!

Alyssa Larson, MA

Lead Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: Columbia Heights Schools, SLMH program
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Alyssa is a lead therapist for Lee Carlson Center. She believes in the uniqueness of each individual and is passionate about working with teenagers and their families. Pulling from their strengths and values, she enjoys helping individuals realize their full potentials.

Clinical Interests
Alyssa has worked at Columbia Heights High School for three years as well as partnered with other schools in Anoka County. Alyssa has experience supporting teenagers through anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment difficulties, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also has experience working with adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and is trained in DBT.

Hobbies
Alyssa enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, cooking, and skiing.

Nan MacDonald, LP, MS

Testing and Assessment

Education: Master of Science in Education in School Psychology
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience:

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Clinical Approach
Nan specializes in psychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults.

Clinical Interests
Nan plays an important role in approaching client needs from a multi-disciplinary lens. She believes that clarification of the diagnosis is critical for treatment planning and improving mental health and well-being. and utilizes psychological testing to inform and work with clinicians and families.

Hobbies
Nan enjoys spending time with family and friends, knitting, swimming, biking, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Rachel Mendenhall, BSW

CSP/Housing Specialist

Education: BSW, Indiana Wesleyan University
Location Served: CSP Housing
Years Experience: 1

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Clinical Interests
Rachel has worked in the housing realm on both the community level and the individual level. During her time with an affordable housing agency she was able to write a grant to fund 50% of a housing project that would create more independent living options for individuals with disabilities. In her first two positions following her BSW, she worked with clients on an individual level, assisting them with navigating through their personal housing searches.

Hobbies
Rachel enjoys reading, spending time with her family and her dog, and playing board games and cards.

Lindsey Moe, LPCC

Bridgeview Care Coordinator/Therapist I

Education: MS, St. Cloud State University
Location Served: Bridgeview
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Lindsey takes a very client-centered approach. She believes that each client benefits from sorting out the thoughts that clutter their sense of purpose and she takes a narrative approach in helping clients rescript their stories and identify strategies to overcome obstacles. She incorporates many components of CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing along the way.

Clinical Interests
Lindsey has a particular interest in women’s issues. She has volunteered as a sexual assault advocate and co-facilitated a sexual assault survivor’s support group at St. Cloud State University in the past. She also has many years of experience working with adults with SPMI and is currently completing training in DBT.

Hobbies
Lindsey enjoys running, spending time outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Krysta Palmer, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Location Served: Elm Creek Elementary
Years Experience: 4

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Clinical Approach
Krysta grows with clients utilizing the client’s learning style and flows with them to work on their goals. She utilizes aspects of CBT and mindfulness in her sessions.

Clinical Interests
Krysta has experience working with elementary aged children and older adults. She has a certification in Respecting Choices, an advance care planning model. Krysta also has experience working with individuals with autism and ADHD in CTSS and ARMHS. Krysta’s experiences range from working in a memory care clinic to hospital settings.

Hobbies
Krysta enjoys running, crafts and watching movies.

Molly Peterson, MA

Therapist I

Education: MS, Illinois State University
Location Served: St. Anthony Middle School, St. Anthony Village High School
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Molly primarily follows a client-centered style where she draws from third wave behavioral approaches such as: DBT, ACT, and mindfulness based CBT.

Clinical Interests
Molly works primarily with children and adolescents ages 11-18, ranging in presenting concerns of anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, autism, and adjustment issues.

Hobbies
Molly likes to go to concerts, read, and take her dog on walks.

Laura Robinson-Hall, LICSW

Therapist II

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s University
Locations Served: Rice Lake Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Centennial Early Learning Center
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Laura utilizes a strengths based and person-centered approach to therapy, focusing on clients’ strength and resiliency. Laura has experience working with individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds.

Clinical Interests
She has specialized in working with children with special needs, individuals facing chronic medical and mental health issues and end of life care.

Hobbies
Outside of the office, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and being outside

Nicole Rohrer, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Bethel University
Location Served: Centennial Middle School
Years Experience: 1

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Clinical Approach
Nicole’s approach is child centered through the use of play therapy techniques. She believes that play is a natural medium of communication that allows children to fully express and explore their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and behaviors.

Clinical Interests
Nicole is interested in play therapy and sand play therapy. She is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Nicole works with adolescents and their families at Centennial Middle School. She has previous experience working with children/adolescents ages 5 to 16 in home doing individual and family skills.

Hobbies
Nicole enjoys Crocheting gifts for friends and family and playing board games.

Corinne Segal, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic
Years Experience: 23

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Clinical Approach
Corrine’s approach to therapy is based on collaborative work with clients. She is open to many religious and spiritual traditions.

Clinical Interests
Corrine works with people from 6 years old to seniors, and with families. Her experience covers anxiety, depression, Autism, FASD (Families Moving Forward), ADHD, blended families, addiction, emotional and behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, SPMI, addiction, domestic violence, parenting, homelessness, and attachment.

Julie Smith, MA, LPCC

Bridgeview Supervisor

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Bridgeview
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Julie provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and groups. She is a therapist and the Supervisor at Bridgeview, our adult drop-in center. As a therapist at Lee Carlson Center, she has experience working with a variety of individuals, but is currently focusing on working with adults and young adults who are experiencing serious and persistent mental illness. She has been with Lee Carlson Center for 14 years and has worked as a clinician for 10 years. Her style of counseling is focused on self-exploration and increasing an individual's level of understanding around their current life circumstances, as well as their behaviors and reactions to those circumstances.

Clinical Interests
Julie is trained in DBT and is eclectic regarding approach often incorporating CBT, DBT and a person centered approach. Her areas of specialization include: serious and persistent mental illness, self-esteem, anger management, DBT, depression, anxiety and CBT.

Hobbies
Julie enjoys traveling, taking road trips and spending time with her puppy.

Kiah Sorensen, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s University
Location Served: Golden Lake Elementary
Years Experience: 1

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Clinical Approach
Kiah utilizes a client-centered approach that focuses on client strengths to promote the health and well-being of individuals.

Clinical Interests
Kiah has varied experience working with children, adolescents and families in school settings on both an individual and group basis. Her specialties include working with children experiencing anxiety, adjustment, depression, trauma, or any other social/emotional difficulty. She currently works with elementary students kindergarten through fifth grade.

Hobbies
Kiah enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, playing cards, and hanging out with her family.

Tiara Stevenson, LAMFT

Therapist I

Education: MA, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Location Served: Columbia Heights Schools
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Tiara believes that each person is an integral and invaluable part of the community. She aims to help each person discover their passions in order to foster meaning and purpose in their life. She encourages creative freedom and the use of artistic expression throughout the therapeutic process.

Clinical Interests
Tiara has facilitated various groups including; eating disorder, interpersonal process, cultural identity, caregiver support, and self-esteem workshops for adolescents. She recently relocated from Phoenix where she provided art based therapy to adults with serious mental illness. Tiara currently provides services to youth, families, and couples.

Hobbies
In her free time Tiara enjoys various forms or art such as painting, theater, spoken word, and music.

Christine Tamez, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary's University- Minneapolis
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic, North Metro Pediatrics, in-home CTSS,
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Christine has been working with children and teens for 20 years and began her career as a therapist 5 years ago. She has experience working with children, teens and young adults who are experiencing difficulties due to trauma, grief, major family changes, social/peer challenges, depression and anxiety.

Clinical Interests
Christine has been trained in implementing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to support clients dealing with the effects of trauma, and enjoys using an experiential approach in therapy, often employing games, creative play and projects in the therapy room. Christine holds a certificate from Bethel University in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Christine also speaks conversational Spanish and uses her second language in the therapy room as the opportunity arises.

Max Utterberg, LPC

Therapist I

Education: MA, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Osseo Schools, SLMH program
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Max is an existential humanistic counselor. He believes that change can be facilitated through a positive, trusting relationship with the therapist who helps the client discover and express meaning in whatever way is significant to them.

Clinical Interests
Max works with K-5 students in the Osseo school district. He has experience working with the Latino and disabilities populations. Max utilizes Trauma-Informed Care to meet the needs of his clients.

Hobbies
Max lifts weights before work most days. He also enjoy cooking and baking, as well as playing video games such as Zelda and Super Smash Bros. (He’s a Pokemon Master! Pretty popular with the kids). He is also an avid fan of Gopher sports, especially football.

Jesse Walker, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: Centennial Middle School
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Jesse is a family therapist with a focus on trauma informed care. My goal for therapy is to build lasting support through understanding, communication and restoring healthy relationships. I have five year of clinical experience working with a wide range of clients including families in crisis, school aged children (elementary through high school) and adults. Much of my career has moved me to focus on young men and helping them learn emotional awareness

Clinical Interests
Jesse has five years of clinical experience working with a wide range of clients including families in crisis, school aged children (elementary through high school) and adults. Much of his career has moved him to focus on young men and helping them learn emotional awareness.

Hobbies
Jesse is an avid runner and tries to get out as much as possible. He also enjoys spending time with his family and any time he can get out doors.

Stefanie Wallace, MA, LMFT

Supervising Therapist

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic, Centerville Elementary
Years Experience: 15

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Clinical Approach
Stefanie uses a person centered approach with therapy, helping people to discover and enhance their inner strengths to help overcome barriers/challenges they are facing in life. 

Clinical Interests
Stefanie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, Areas of specialization include depression anxiety, adjustment, and stress related concerns, self-esteem, dual diagnosis, serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), as well as other various mental health concerns. 

Hobbies
Stefanie enjoys being outdoors (fishing, walking, boat rides), cooking, arts/crafts and spending time with family and friends. 

Ives Wittman, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: DAP, Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 4

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Clinical Approach
Ives’ therapy style consists of enabling clients to become more of an expert in their own lives. This includes helping them show up and be present for themselves and in their relationships with compassion, integrity, passion and clarity.

Clinical Interests
Ives has a particular interest in encouraging the maturity and spiritual and personal growth of men and women, including young people. His experience and training include work with trauma (including developmental & Complex PTSD), depression, anxiety, abuse and anger, energy movement, emotional intelligence, relationships, and first and second half of life concerns. Family systems, Transactional Analysis, Adlerian Therapy, and gendered perspectives figure prominently in his healing practices. Ives has a certificate for relationship and sex and love addiction coaching.

Hobbies
Ives’ interests include hiking, literature, music, meditative practices, playing with his dog and working out.

Natalee Yeazle, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Bethel University
Location Served: Wilshire Park Elementary
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Natalee believes in meeting clients where they are at, working to improve thoughts and behaviors of self to aid in healthy development throughout transitions and growth in youth development.

Clinical Interests
Natalee has interests in children and adolescents 4 to 18 years old, working with families struggling with anxiety, anger or behavior issues, autism depression, and trauma.

Hobbies
Natalee enjoys playing volleyball and traveling.

Sandra Ziegler, LMFT

Therapist II

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Sandra provides counseling to couples, families, and individuals. She believes in the systemic view of therapy where both society and family play an important part in shaping who we become as people.

Clinical Interests
Sandy works with a variety of theoretical models including, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Play Therapy. She believes that helping people understand the positive changes that can be made in their lives can give them hope for a better future. Sandy is trained in EMDR and DBT.

Hobbies
Sandy enjoys travelling, reading and spending time outdoors.

Administrative Staff

Grace Allen, M.Ed

Development Associate

Candace Brown

Administrative Specialist I

Donna Cantele

Office Coordinator

Jancy Kimball

Administrative Specialist II

Lisa Linz

Bridgeview Program Assistant

Brittani Locker

Engagement Specialist

Shelly Mattson

Administrative Specialist II

Theodis Ray

Bridgeview Driver

Lori Reiners

Billing Coordinator

Sue Vang

Operations Specialist

Laura Wallace

Peer Support Specialist II

Ryan Wessels

Accounting/HR Administrator

Alyssa Wolf

Health & Well-Being Consultant

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