School Based Staff

Please note that clinician availability for taking on new clients changes frequently — call 763.780.3036 for the most up-to-date information.

 

Maija Assef

Mental Health Resource Specialist

Location Served:Centennial Middle School

 

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Adam Berg

Clinical Trainee

Education: BA in Psychology from Hamline University, MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from St Mary's University of Minnesota
Location Served: St Anthony and Columbia Heights School Districts

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Clinical Approach
Adam primarily uses CBT and strength-based approaches.

Clinical Interests
Adam is mainly interested in working with child and adolescent populations, specifically those with mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders. He also enjoys working with kids with ASD.

Hobbies
In his free time, Adam loves to work out, golf, spend time at the beach, play video games, and play sports of any kind!

 

Kellie Bernal, MSW, LICSW

Therapist II

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

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Clinical Approach
Kellie approaches her practice from a person-in-system lens and strives to identify and utilize clients' existing strengths, build new skills and supports, and manage individual and systemic challenges to meet their goals. Her practice is influenced by attachment theory, trauma-informed care, and person-centered treatment.

Clinical Interests
Kellie has experience working with a variety of ages and diagnoses, and she specializes in working with adolescents and their families experiencing grief and loss, family change, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, emotional regulation, and behavior concerns.

Hobbies
Outside of work Kellie loves spending time with her kids, hiking, camping, traveling, reading, and making time for spontaneous silliness.

 

Taylor Bixby, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of St Thomas
Location Served: Centennial High School

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Clinical Approach
Taylor's clinical approach involves utilizing a neurodiversity affirmative and trauma informed approach with a mixed methodology.

Clinical Interests
Her clinical interests include trauma informed care, attachment theory, neurodiversity affirmative practice, autism and developmental disorders, domestic violence, play therapy, art therapy, and more.

Hobbies
Taylor is a foodie who loves checking out new restaurants and coffee shops. She enjoys going on walks and taking her dog to the dog park.

 

Emma Carter, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW from University of Minnesota - Duluth
Location: Hayes Elementary and R.L. Stevenson Elementary

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Clinical Interests

Emma is interested in working with elementary-age kids and their families. Her clinical interests include anxiety, grief and loss, and trauma.

Hobbies

Emma enjoys hiking, photography, walking her dog, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Brent DeBruyn, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary's State University
Location Served: St. Francis Elementary School & St. Francis Middle School

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Clinical Approach
Brent utilizes a Rogerian approach with Maslow's Hierarchy.

Clinical Interests
Brent's clinical interests are helping each client to be the best they can be and to help them attain goals and develop themselves.

Hobbies
Brent enjoys playing with his kids, doing outdoor activities, camping, working with his hands, and helping people anyway he can.

 

Katlin Elmore, MHP

Clinical Trainee

Education: Bachelor's at Saint Ben's University
Location Served: Elm Creek Elementary

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Clinical Approach
Katlin's approach to therapy is through a client-centered and cognitive behavioral lens with a wide variety of interventions and techniques that best fit the clients needs. Building a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship with each client and meeting each child where they are at is essential in the therapy process.

Clinical Interests
Katlin currently works with elementary-aged children in a school based setting. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and social-emotional learning.

Hobbies
Her hobbies include walking her dogs, exercising, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the sun and lakes in Minnesota.

 

Kelsey Gebel

Therapist I

 

 

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Clinical Approach

Kelsey’s clinical approach is person-centered, strength-based, while utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for the client to succeed.

Clinical Interests

Kelsey’s areas of clinical interests include trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. Her primary focus and experience is in working with young children and adolescents ranging in age from 5-12 years old.

Hobbies

Kelsey’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling and DIY projects!

 

Jordynn Gittins Massie, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: Masters of Social Work from St. Catherine University (2022)
Location Served: Centerville Elementary

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Clinical Approach

All clients deserve a safe space to grow and learn. Jordynn uses a holistic approach to working with clients, ensuring that all areas of their life are taken into consideration during therapy. She encourages clients to tap into their creative side while using play therapy modalities as well as narrative therapy modalities.

Clinical Interests
Jordynn's clinical interests include working with youth and adolescents, especially in the education system.

Hobbies
Jordynn enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and spending time with her loved ones.

 

Barbarajean Hartos-Hord, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: Masters of Social Work from College of St. Scholastica
Location Served: Fridley Middle

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Clinical Interests
Barbarajean is interested in working with children and adults who are experiencing mood disorders and anxiety disorders.
Hobbies

She enjoys playing games and incorporating board games into a therapeutic setting. She also enjoys spending time with her family and especially her dog. Her other hobbies included mindful coloring, crocheting, and various other arts and crafts activities.

 

BreAnn Haugrud, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: Master of Social Work

 

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Clinical Approach

BreAnn views therapy as a journey that she feels honored to join in with her clients. She meets clients where they’re at with honest empathy. BreAnn’s approach to psychotherapy is eclectic, and incorporates evidence-based methods of cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and acceptance and commitment therapy in addition to other modalities. BreAnn views every individual as unique and strives to help clients see the impacts of one’s environment on their mental health.

Clinical Interests

Hobbies

BreAnn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling.

 

Mikah Holloway, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Location Served: Park Terrace Elementary and Spring Lake Park Early Childhood

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Clinical Approach
Mikah approaches therapy as a safe space for clients to learn about themselves and experience mastery of skills before integrating into other contexts. She uses person-centered and mindfulness approaches to build emotional intelligence and regulation.

Clinical Interests
Mikah's interested in working with early childhood and school-aged children primarily through the lens of family work. She has experience in schools, Autism day treatment, and intensive in-home settings.

Hobbies
Mikah enjoys walks around the many lakes Minnesota has to offer, hands-on home projects, and spending time with her family.

 

Rebekah Huff, MA

Therapist I

Education: Masters in Adlerian Psychology and Counseling from Alder Graduate School
Location Served: St. Francis Middle School, Cedar Creek Elementary, and East Bethel Elementary

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Clinical Approach
Rebekah's clinical approach uses client-centered art-based psychotherapy.

Clinical Interests
Rebekah's clinical interests include trauma, grief, and loss.

Hobbies
Rebekah enjoys reading, painting, and kayaking.

 

Olivia Johnson, MA

Lead Therapist

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas
Location Served: Maple Grove Senior High School

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Clinical Approach
Olivia approaches therapy through a person-centered and trauma-informed lens. She focuses on meeting the client where they are. Olivia draws from cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques in her therapeutic approach.

Clinical Interests
Olivia currently works with teenagers in a high school setting but has a background working with all ages. Her clinical interests are anxiety, depression, trauma, and social skill building.

Hobbies
Olivia's hobbies include baking, reading, traveling, and watching sports. Olivia also loves animals and enjoys playing with her two dogs and her cat.

 

Kalee Kleve, MA

Manager of SLMH/Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Location Served: Northpoint Elementary

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Clinical Approach
Kalee’s approaches therapy through a person-centered, strengths-focused and cognitive behavioral lens. Building a trusting and therapeutic relationship is at the forefront of therapy. Kalee incorporates CBT intervention, mindfulness and play techniques into session to promote emotional expression and regulation. Kalee’s mission is to support individuals in their journey with mental health to lead and cultivate a more mindful, healthier life.

Clinical Interests
Kalee has experience working with a diverse population of children ages 3-18 years old, however currently working with elementary-aged children. Kalee has worked with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression, trauma–stress related disorders and behavioral concerns. Treatment modalities of interest include Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Trauma-Focused CBT, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, and some play therapy techniques.

Hobbies
Kalee enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking and being outdoors and playing with her dogs, Huckleberry and Finn.

 

Hannah Klitzke, MA

Therapist I

Education MA, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Location Saint Anthony Middle School

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Clinical Approach

Hannah approaches therapy with a client-centered and strengths-focused lens. She believes that therapy is a safe space for individuals to learn about themselves while also learning helpful tools to add to their everyday toolbelt. She utilizes techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions as well as mindfulness techniques in sessions.

Clinical Interests

Hannah has experience working with children ages 6-18 and has worked in school, hospital and clinic settings. Her clinical interests include Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Trauma, and behavioral concerns.

Hobbies

In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, going for walks, coloring and drawing, cooking new recipes and playing Dutch Blitz or Cribbage.

 

Anikka Knick, MAAT, ATR-BC

Therapist I

Education Master of Arts in Art Therapy, School of the Art Institute in Chicago
Location North Park Elementary

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Clinical Approach

Anikka prioritizes play and safety within each session. She utilizes feminist and attachment theory to inform cognitive behavioral, sensory, and art-making interventions tailored to each kiddo's needs and goals.

Clinical Interests

Anikka is fascinated with neuroscience and works to remain up to date with new theories and better understanding the brain. She further recognizes the importance of exposure to multi-cultural ideas and theories.

Hobbies

Anikka relishes being outside in the city and the back country. She likes to ride her bike and go on backpacking/camping adventures. In her free time, she also enjoys painting, sketching, and reading.

 

Isabelle Kofflin

Social Emotional Support Specialist

Education
Location Centennial Elementary

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Hobbies

 

 

Lejla Lisinovic, MA

Therapist I

Education: Master's in Counseling
Location Served: Spring Lake Park High School

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Clinical Approach
Lejla's clinical approach is client-centered, strength-based, and utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She believes that a strong client-clinician relationship is the driving force for client's personal growth and progress.

Clinical Interests
Her clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, depression and grief. Her primary focus is with the adolescent population with some work involving adults.

Hobbies
Lejla's hobbies include cooking, gardening, hiking, and exploring different places with family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with her cats.

 

Alicia Malisheski, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: Master's in Social Work from St Catherine's University
Location Served: Anchor Program Therapist at Columbia Academy

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Clinical Interests

Hobbies
Crafts, music, and being out in nature.

 

Krysta Mazur, MSW, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

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

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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. Her client-centered approach helps build a strong therapeutic relationship for more in depth work in the future. She likes to use art and play models mixed in with CBT, DBT, and mindfulness aspects of different therapy models.

Clinical Interests
Krysta has experience working with elementary aged children, family systems and older adults. She has a certification in Respecting Choices, an advance care planning model. She also has experience working in the CTSS, ARMHS, Dialysis, Hospital and long term care individuals. Krysta enjoys working with clients dealing with anxiety, family change and difficulty navigating the school system.

Hobbies
Krysta enjoys running, being at the lake with her family, art, and learning new recipes to cook.

 

Tanager Polowchak, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology, Bethel University
Location Served: DaVinci Academy & Centerview Elementary

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Clinical Approach

Tanager's clinical approach is person-centered, attachment-based, trauma-focused, emotion-focused, and experiential.

Clinical Interests

Her clinical interests are working with children who have experienced trauma or who have been in difficult places, early childhood, grief and loss, and attachment.

Hobbies

In her free time, Tanager enjoys music, travel, playing games, crocheting, and playing with her dog and cat.

 

Meghan Rajkowski, MA, LPC

Therapist I

Education: Master's in Mental Health Clinical Counseling, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Location Served: Rush Creek Elementary

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Clinical Approach
Meghan utilizes a wholistic client-centered and strength-based approach. She enjoys incorporating CBT, DBT, artistic expression and therapeutic play-based interventions.

Clinical Interests
Meghan's clinical interests include anxiety, trauma, attachment, self image/esteem and depression.

Hobbies
Meghan enjoys spending time with family and friends, and spending time outside paddle boarding, kayaking, and running and hiking, as well as playing with her dogs. She also enjoys cooking and baking!

 

Natalie Redinger

Mental Health Resource Specialist

Location Served: Centennial High School

 

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Taylor Robertson

Clinical Trainee

Education: Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Student at Saint Mary's University
Location Served: Westwood Intermediate & Middle Schools

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Clinical Approach
Taylor most often utilizes techniques and theories from Internal Family Systems, Narrative, and Structural therapy models. Her approach is person-centered, trauma-informed, and rooted in the belief that all parts of ourselves are adaptive and well-intentioned.

Clinical Interests
Taylor's primary population of interest is adolescent youth (11-18 years) and their families. Her clinical areas of interest include anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, family change, and relationships.

Hobbies
Taylor's hobbies include weight lifting, spending time outdoors, painting, sudoku puzzles, and trying new recipes

 

Katie Rudek, MA, LPCC

Director of School Based Mental Health

Education: MS, St. Cloud State University
Location Served: Program Wide

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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.

 

Hal Saksa, MS, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MS, St. Cloud State University
Location Served: Maple Grove Middle School, Osseo Senior High

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Clinical Approach
Hal’s foundation for therapeutic approach is rooted in Rogerian Person Centered therapy, linked with a wide variety of approaches to best fir the client’s need or needs. He believes positive therapeutic change is client driven and is best achieved through cooperative efforts between the client, therapist, family members, and other service providers.

Clinical Interests
As a licensed school counselor and therapist, Hal has worked in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as, alternative learning centers. For the past 2 years, he has worked in a federal level IV school setting with students struggling through emotional and behavioral issues in grades 6-12.

Hobbies
Outside of work, Hal enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, son, and their dog, Chester. He loves camping, fishing, gardening, and watching his kids participate in gymnastics and basketball.

 

 

Kayla Schuyler, MHP

Clinical Trainee

Education: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Location Served: Woodland Elementary

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Clinical Approach
Kayla utilizes a person-centered, cognitive behavioral approach with focuses on relationship-oriented, trauma-informed, and mindfulness-based techniques. Often with the use of expressive arts, play, and narrative modalities.

Clinical Interests
Kayla enjoys working with elementary-middle school aged children in a school or clinic setting. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, ASD, grief, transitions, and support groups.

Hobbies
In her free time, Kayla enjoys drawing, painting, dancing, cooking, yoga, going for walks around the lake, and being in nature.

 

Victoria Shelander

Mental Health Practitioner

 

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Marissa Smook, MA

Manager of SLMH/Therapist I

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas
Location Served: Oversees Spring Lake Park and St. Anthony School Districts, as well as DeLaSalle, Totino Grace, and Paladin High Schools

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Clinical Approach
Marissa's clinical approach is person-centered, relationship-oriented, and trauma-informed. She believes in the importance of meeting her clients and their support systems where they are at and the power of building a safe, trusting, and healthy relationship as a vehicle to healing. She integrates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques into her therapeutic work.

Clinical Interests
Marissa currently works with children and adolescents ages 9-14 in a school-based setting, however, she has experience working with all age groups in clinic and in-home settings as well. Her clinical interests are depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation and self-harm, relationships and attachment, social-emotional learning, and harm-reduction and restorative practices.

Hobbies
Marissa's hobbies include reading, doing puzzles, playing board and card games, watching movies, hiking and being in the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Jackie Suchy, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Centennial Middle School

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Clinical Approach
Jackie uses a holistic approach that is person-centered, trauma and culturally informed, utilizing strength-based skills, humor and creativity, and relational emphasis to meet clients in the moment.

Clinical Interests
Jackie's clinical interests include childhood/adolescents, group work, neurodevelopment, anxiety, depression, autism, trauma, and crisis and behavior intervention/management.

Hobbies
Her hobbies include hiking, being with friends, listening to audiobooks/podcasts, cooking/baking, and overthinking TV shows or movies.

 

Brittani Terwilliger

Mental Health Resource Specialist

Education: BA in Criminal Justice
Location Served: Pines School

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Hobbies
Brittani enjoys walks with her two dogs, krav maga, reading, and being outdoors.

 

Paula Terwilliger

Therapist I

 

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Clinical Interests

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Natalie Woodward, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas

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Clinical Approach

Natalie takes a person-centered, trauma-informed and relational approach. She uses some CBT, play-based and art interventions.

Clinical Interests

Her clinical interests included anxiety, autism, adjustment disorder, trauma, and working with younger children.

Hobbies

Natalie enjoys eating delicious foods, exploring the outdoors, traveling, and facetiming her mom on the weekends.

 

Rebecca Zabinski, MA, LSC, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Location: Golden Lake Elementary School and Centennial Middle School

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Clinical Approach

Rebecca enjoys using mindfulness, play, art, sand tray, strength-based, and person-centered relationship focused approaches in therapy. She believes that in her work with children who have experienced grief and loss, and deep rooted trauma experiences can find healing in positive relationships, nature experiences and therapeutic play experiences in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Clinical Interests

Rebecca enjoys working with PreK-12 children and adolescents. She also does family therapy work and group therapy focused on improving the overall well-being and functioning of the child.

Hobbies

Rebecca enjoys gardening, playing with her children at Minnesota parks and lake beaches, snuggling with her dogs and cat, and spending quality time with family playing board games, and going on outdoor adventures.