School Based Staff

Mary Alton, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: St. Anthony High 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.

Emily Bell, MA

Lead Therapist

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Westwood Middle School
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.

Kellie Bernal, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
Location Served: ITFC, Hayes, Stevenson Elementary
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Kellie’s approach to therapy is strengths based and person centered. Her practice is influenced by attachment theory, trauma-informed care, and systems theory.

Clinical Interests
Kellie enjoys working with all clients off all ages and families. Her specific areas of interest include: grief and loss, family change, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, emotional regulation, and behavior concerns.

Hobbies
In her free time, Kellie loves spending time with family, camping, swimming, traveling, reading, and drinking sweet iced coffees.

Jennifer Chasco, MSW, LICSW

Manager, School Linked Mental Health

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.

Steven Dupic, MA, 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.

Eva Fink, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, Concordia College
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic & Totino-Grace High School
Years Experience: 7

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Clinical Approach
Eva believes therapy nurtures an innate need to emotionally connect to others to gain a sense of acceptance and belonging. She strives to be a warm, encouraging guide on the path to a collaborative model of change.

Clinical Interests
Eva spent the first 5 years of her career working with school age children and family therapy interventions. She has worked in residential and intensive outpatient setting with teens suffering from combined addiction and mental illness. In more recent years, Eva has transitioned to also work with adults and couples struggling in relationships, jobs, and life satisfaction.

Hobbies
Eva and her husband have three young daughters and enjoy spending their weekends at parks and libraries.

Jessica Gerhan, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Northpoint Elementary & Woodcrest Elementary
Years Experience: 6

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Clinical Approach
As a therapist, Jessica believes in meeting clients and family where they are at. She believes in a person-centered approach and a building strong, therapeutic relationship with each client. Jessica also likes to implement evidence- based practices, such as Solution-Focued Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Clinical Interests
Jessica has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She believes in working with the entire family system in order to make the most effective, long-term progress. Her clinical expertise includes: Autism Spectrum (and related) Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, emotional and behavioral disorders, etc.

Hobbies
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her husband and dog. Jessica and her family are diehard Gopher fans, and enjoy catching a game in campus whenever they can!

Kari Griffin, MSW, LICSW, C-HHS, 200-RYT

Manager, Integrative Mental Health

Education: MSW, Augsburg College
Location Served: ITFC, Bridgeview, 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, MA, 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, MA, LPCC

Supervising Therapist

Education: MA, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Location Served: Spring Lake Park High School
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.

Jean Hanson, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, St. Thomas University & St. Catherine's University
Location Served: Rush Creek Elementary, Cedar Island Elementary
Years Experience: 26

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Clinical Approach
Jean’s approach to therapy is to use a strengths-based and person-centered approach. Her practice has been driven by attachment styles, family systems approach and mindfulness practice.

Clinical Interests
Jean has worked with elementary and middle school students in the past. She is also a licensed special education teacher who has focused on teaching reading using the Wilson Reading Systems. She has experience in teaching mindfulness and yoga as a tool to improve being present and in the moment.

Hobbies
Jean enjoys spending time with family and friends. She likes to read or listen to books, and she loves to eat out with her friends and go for walks.

Jordan Hempel, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

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.

Christopher Houck, MA

Therapist I

Education: Ma, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Centennial High School
Years Experience: 1

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Clinical Approach
Christopher follows a creative approaches that provide an exploratory and healing aspect to therapy. He believes that artistic, insightful, and humorous thought benefits one's well-being.

Clinical Interests
Christopher has experience with children and adolescents in school and community settings, as well as within an Autism center.

Hobbies
Outside of work, Christopher enjoys sports, going to comedy clubs, playing board games, and cooking.

Cynthia Johnson, MSW, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

Education: MSW, St. Thomas University & St. Catherine's University
Location Served: East Bethel Elementary, St. Francis Elementary, Lifelong Learning Center
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Cynthia believes in meeting people where they are at and assisting them as they choose where to go next. She feels the structure and involvement of the family system is key in understanding where behavior comes from and how to move forward.

Clinical Interests
Cynthia has a strong background and passion for working with children and adolescents regarding school issues, trauma, anxiety and depression, and family conflict. She has also worked closely with individuals living is ASD and has an interest in working with and supporting the younger LGBTQ community.

Hobbies
Cynthia loves to read, garden, camp, be outdoors as much as possible, and spending time with her children.

Megan Johnson, 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.

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.

Shari Klein, BA

Peer Support Specialist

Education: University of Minnesota
Location Served: 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.

Laura Knopp, MA, MSW, LICSW

Therapist I

Education: MA, Luther Seminary & MSW, University of St. Thomas
Location Served: Cedar Island Elementary & Rush Creek Elementary
Years Experience: 11

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Clinical Approach
Laura uses a person centered, strength-based approach. Her practice is influenced by systems, trauma-informed care, and attachment theory.

Clinical Interests
Laura has completed TF-CBT and SPARCS training. She has been trained in parent/child psychodynamic work and enjoys working with children from preschool through adolescent, along with their families.

Hobbies
Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in Christian activities through her church and community, social dancing, and outdoor activities.

Rachel Kouba, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine's University
Location Served: Fridley Middle School
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
In her work, Rachel utilizes client centered and strengths based approach. She believes in meeting a client where they are at.

Clinical Interests
Rachel has experience working with kids from 10-14 years old. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, emotional and behavioral disorders, and trauma.

Hobbies
Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and reading.

Alyssa Larson, MA, LPC

Supervising Therapist

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

Seth Lucas, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, University of St. Thomas
Location Served: St. Francis High School & St. Francis Middle School
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Seth believes at its core, therapy is a collaboration between the client and clinician with a specific target goal in mind. Seth’s therapeutic style is based in systems, but he also employs tenets of DBT, solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic principals, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Finally, Seth has found that the most important indicator of clinical success lies within the therapeutic relationship a clinician forms with their client, and that is the primary goal of the first few sessions.

Clinical Interests
Seth is interested and specializes in Systems Therapy, DBT, Dual Diagnosis, Trauma Informed Therapeutic interventions, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Hobbies
Seth loves watching football, and baseball. Seth used to be an avid skier, although since moving to Minnesota he hasn’t had the chance yet. He also enjoys playing his PS4 when time dictates.

Bailey Marmesh, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Park Brook Elementary & Woodland Elementary
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Bailey believes people have many strengths and talents within themselves, and their interpersonal relationships. It is her job to assist people in finding those parts within themselves and their relationships. Bailey accomplishes this collaboratively by working with a person’s family and other important systems.

Clinical Interests
Bailey works with pre-k through 5th graders, as well as their families. She is also certified in Prepare/Enrich and has done several trainings on Play Therapy.

Hobbies
Outside of work, Bailey enjoys spending time with her cats and dog, reading, and going on hikes with her partner.

Amanda Neumann, MA, LMFT

Supervising Therapist

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

Amy Nord, MSEd, MSW, LICSW

Therapist II

Education: MSEd, University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse & MSW, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Location Served: Centennial High School
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Amy’s style is fluid and adaptable to her client’s pace and need.

Clinical Interests
Amy’s clinical interests include: trauma with focused training on recovery from sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. She also works with chemical dependency, harm reduction, and health relationships.
Amy works with ages 12 and up.

Hobbies
Outside of work, Amy enjoys geocaching, fantasy football, and hanging out with her dog, Oliver.

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, MSW, 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.

Hal Saksa, MS, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MS, St. Cloud State University
Location Served: Maple Grove Middle School
Years Experience: 9

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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.

 

Jennifer Schaefer, MA, LPC, CCLS, CEIM, CAS

Therapist I

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Garden City Elementary, Cedar Island Elementary, Oakview Elementary
Years Experience: 6

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Clinical Approach
Jennifer utilizes play based and relationship focused therapy with children and their families. Her theoretical framework is influenced by Adlerian theory and trauma-informed care.

Clinical Interests
Jennifer has experience in Autism day treatment and in-home psychotherapy services. She has worked with children ages 2-12 in the clinical setting since 2011. Jennifer is also certified as a child life specialist, has completed an internship at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, is certified as an educator of infant massage, and is an Autism specialist.

Hobbies
In her free time, Jennifer spends time at home with her husband and their dog, cooper. She also enjoys reading and relaxing with friends.  

Kiah Sorensen, MSW, 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.

Megan Stearns, MSW, LICSW

Therapist II

Education: MSW, Augsburg College
Location Served: Cedar Creek Elementary & St. Francis Middle School
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Megan’s clinical approach with kiddos is to meet them where they are at and build a safe, trusting, and fun relationship. She loves getting on the floor with kids, using play-based interventions, and all around just being silly with kids!

Clinical Interests
Megan has worked with kid on the Autism Spectrum for over 5 years in various settings and with a wide variety of ages implementing relationship based and behavioral based therapy. She is currently licensed as a LICSW and passionate about using play-based and relationship-based interventions and strategies with kids to guide therapeutic work and change.

Hobbies
Megan loves being an aunt to her wonderful nieces and nephews, and taking walks with her husband and dogs.

Tiara Stevenson, MA, 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.

Jenna Triscari, MSW, LICSW

Therapist II

Education: MA, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Location Served: Valley View Elementary & Highland Elementary
Years Experience: 7

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Clinical Approach
Jenna’s therapy style is tailored to meet the needs of each individual client as they are. Jenna draws from the strengths based perspective, Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Based Theory, CBT, and mindfulness based practices.

Clinical Interests
Jenna’s clinical interests include English second language families, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and family issues. She has expertise in and training in child development, Developmental Repair, Spanish speaking families, integrated behavioral health, CBT, Trauma Focused Therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and Postpartum Depression.

Hobbies
Jenna’s favorite hobbies are running/hiking, cooking, traveling, spending time with family, and taking my dog for walks. She also enjoys home projects and design.

Max Utterberg, MA, LPC

Therapist I

Education: MA, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Osseo Schools
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, LMFT

Therapist II

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.

Jill Whitney, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, University of Northern Iowa
Location Served: Fridley High School
Years Experience: 7

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Clinical Approach
Jill utilizes a client-centered, strengths based approach when working with clients and their families. She believes supportive, positive connections are transformative and can increase one’s ability to reach their goals.

Clinical Interests
Jill enjoys working with children and teens, ages 10-18, to increase their ability to develop healthy relationships, self-advocate, and manage life’s stressors. With a background in health education and promotion, Jill’s goal is to support all aspects of one’s optimal health.

Hobbies
Jill likes to spend time with family and friends, listening to podcasts, and going on hikes.

Tia Wilcek, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine
Location Served: Centennial Middle School & Pines School
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Tia’s approach to therapy is holistic and attends to the mind, body, and spirit. Her goal in therapy is to offer a safe, non-judgmental, supportive, and honest environment where challenging things can be discussed.

Clinical Interests
Tia enjoys working with adolescents and families in both an individual and group setting utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions. She feels privileged to be on the journey assisting adolescents dealing with issues such as: anxiety, depression, self-harming, anger, trauma, grief/loss, school issues, and relationship concerns, as well as a wide range of other issues.

Hobbies
Tia enjoys reading, going for walks, making time for family and friends, and starting (but never finishing) DIY craft projects.

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.