Clinic & In-Home Staff

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 and Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience: 28

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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.

Samantha Bahr, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA
Location Served: CTSS & ITFC
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Samantha likes to use a trauma-informed approach while also focusing on client strengths to develop a plan that meets the client where they are.

Clinical Interests
Samantha has worked with families, children, and adolescents, mainly with children who are currently in foster care. Additionally, Samantha has experience working as an in-school therapist and running peer support groups.

Hobbies
Outside of doing therapy, Samantha loves sports (mainly hockey), reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Venus Franklin, MS

Therapist I

Education: MS, Alabama A&M University
Years Experience:
Location Served: CTSS & ITFC

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Clinical Approach
Venus uses a variety of approaches to address the client's specific needs including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Multicultural Therapy, Family Systems and Group Therapy.

Clinical Interests
Venus enjoys working with women, adolescents, and families with special interest in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and emotion regulation.

Hobbies
Venus enjoys writing, storytelling, painting and thrifting.

Amber Haley, MA, LPCC

Director of Intensive Mental Health Services

Education: MA, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Location Served: ITFC
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.

Paul Hildebrant, Ph.D., LP

Therapist II

Education: MA, University of Wisconsin- River Falls and 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.

Rachel Hoff, MA, LMFT

Therapist II

Education: MA, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Location Served: Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience: 7

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Clinical Approach
Rachel believes in treating the whole person physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Her work is client centered, and she does her utmost to work diligently in learning best practices in order to ensure clients understand the therapeutic process.

Clinical Interests
Rachel is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and diagnosing children ages 0-5 (DC-0-5). Her specialties and interests include: anxiety, depression, trauma, adoption, family restoration, attachment, medical trauma, developmental disabilities, martial counseling, skill building, and social emotional training. Rachel works with all ages from birth to adulthood and she has centralized her education and training in early childhood, elementary, and family work.

Hobbies
Rachel enjoys listening to audio books, going on adventures, traveling, horseback riding, games, and cooking with her family.

Jodie Holzman, MSW, LICSW

Site Manager

Education: MSW, University of Denver
Location Served: Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience:  15

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Clinical Approach
Jodie comes from a person-centered approach. She believes that therapy goals are centered around finding new paths and interrupting patterns that are no longer effective. Jodie also comes from a feminist perspective and incorporates mindfulness into therapy.

Clinical Interests
Jodie’s has worked with a certified team providing DBT services since 2004. The typical age range of those she works with is 16 years and older. Other interests she has are facilitating skills groups, as well as incorporating the work of Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson featuring mindfulness and neuropsychology.

Hobbies
Jodie has a dog, 3 cats, and 2 kids that keep her busy and laughing! She also enjoys hiking and skiing.

Kristine Hughes, MA, LMFT, RPT

Therapist II

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic
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.

Alexandra Joyce, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
Location Served: CTSS & ITFC
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Alex uses a trauma-informed and client-centered approach to meet each client's unique needs. She engages children and families using a strengths-based perspective to support achievement of personal goals.

Clinical Interests
Alex has experience working with families, children, and adolescents. Other settings and areas of experiences include school-linked services, day treatment, domestic abuse programming, peer-support groups, and engaging with families throughout permanency planning.

Hobbies
In her free time, Alex enjoys spending time with family , friends, and her dog.

Alyssa Larson, MA, LPC

Director of Community Based Programs and Therapist

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

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Clinical Approach
Alyssa is Director of Community Based Programs 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.

Matthew Lindberg, MA, LPCC

Manager of Service Integration/Supervising Therapist

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Fridley Clinic, Centennial Middle School
Years Experience: 18

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Clinical Approach
Matthew’s approach is client centered. He works hard to meet the client where they are. Matthew also utilizes a holistic and family systems approaches. He is Adlerian trained and utilizes mindfulness based stress reduction and yoga when appropriate. Mathew also draws from CBT and DBT skills.

Clinical Interests
Matthew is trained in EMDR and works with clients who have experienced trauma. He has 18 years of experience in the mental health field working with individuals of all ages. Matthew works with individuals who struggle with anger, anxiety, attention, autism, depression and substance abuse. He also enjoys working with parents and working with family systems.

Hobbies
Matthew enjoys hiking, taking his puppy to dog parks, and yoga.

Briana Lindsey, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine's University
Location Served: CTSS/ITFC
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Briana’s therapeutic approach is centered on meeting the client where they are at. She utilizes multiple therapeutic interventions including, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems, strengths-based approach and insight-oriented therapy.

Clinical Interests
Briana’s clinician specialties include working with children and adults with various diagnoses including anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia/ schizoaffective disorders, bipolar disorder and substance related disorders. She has experience working in areas including domestic violence, parenting, anger management and re-entry. Briana has also completed trainings in the area of trauma informed care, cultural competence and suicide screening. Screening tools that are frequently utilized in her work are the Columbia Suicide Screen, PHQ-9, GAD-7, WHODAS, PCL-5 and SRS/ORS.

Hobbies
Briana enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also works as a Community Outreach Perinatal Educator (Childbirth Education, Doula and Lactation Educator).

Nan MacDonald, MS, LP

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.

Katie Metcalf, MS, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: Master's of Science- Mental Health Counseling, Minnesota State University-Mankato
Location Served: Brooklyn Center and Fridley Clinics
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach

Katie considers herself person centered and holistic.  While primarily practicing under Cognitive Behavioral styles of therapy, she employs an eclectic combination of approaches, depending on client needs.

Clinical Interests

Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, SPMI, Legal Concerns, Sexual/Pornography Addictions. She primarily works with clients age 16+.

Hobbies

Katie enjoys reading, crocheting, cross stitching, spending time with her two cats and dog, and tending to her garden and native prairie on her property.

 

Jordan Myhre, MA, LPCC

Lead Therapist

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served:  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.

Brian Nelson, MA, LP

Therapist II

Education: MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Location Served: Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience: 41

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Clinical Approach
Brian’s approach to therapy is holistic: consider the entirety of an individual’s circumstances and history in developing a treatment plan, and providing on-going care. He holds a non-judgmental, grace-filled philosophy of care and believes each individual has been uniquely created and there is a purpose and meaning for that individual’s life. Brian’s goal of therapy is to lead clients as they discover their own unique and incomparable value.

Clinical Interests
Brian’s professional drive and passion is to help hurting people who are seeking restoration and life-transforming guidance for their emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Hobbies
As far as hobbies and interests, Brian enjoys biking, walking, sailing in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior (his wife and 4 out of 5 of their children are ASA trained sailors), kayaking, paddle boarding, mission trips, traveling, playing cards, and reading. Some of Brian’s favorite adventures include: dog sledding, bareback riding in the Rockies, and hiking around a volcano in Nicaragua!

Amanda Neumann, MA, LMFT

Site Manager

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 9

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Clinical Approach
Amanda uses a client-centered and strengths-based approach. She finds it best to allow clients to lead the session and move at their own pace.

Clinical Interests
Amanda as worked with all ages, but she has the most experience with children, adolescents, and teens.

Hobbies
In her free time, Amanda likes to be outside, read, and spend time with her friends and family.

Corinne Segal, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic
Years Experience: 24

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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 about 9 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.

Patricia "Patty" Thurmer, MSW, LICSW

Therapist II

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Fridley Clinic, Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience: 24

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

Clinical Interests
Patty works with children and adults ages 6 and up. Some of her clinical interests are working with our Domestic Abuse Program (DAP) clients, parenting, marriage, and family related concerns, personality disorders (emerging in teens), sexual assault/abuse, grief & loss, LGBTQ, trauma, DBT, and is trained (not certified) in play therapy.

Hobbies

Stefanie Wallace, MA, LMFT

Director of Clinics

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic
Years Experience: 7

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Clinical Approach
Stefanie has been working in the mental health field since 2003, and has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient therapy, residential treatment and in-home services.  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.  Stefanie uses various approaches in her therapy, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Systems, art techniques, Gottman methods and Psychodynamic Therapy.

Clinical Interests
Stefanie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, anger management, life adjustments and transitions, stress related concerns, domestic violence, 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, friends, and her cats.

Mark Wilde, MA, LMFT

Supervising Therapist

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Mark believes everyone has the capacity to change. By learning insight into our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors clients can gain skill to be more mindful and grow.

Clinical Interests
Mark is certified in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). He  also uses play therapy and sand therapy in his work.

Hobbies
Mark enjoys meditating and going to church.