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.

 

Adam Berg, MA

Therapist I

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

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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 (she/her), MSW, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

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

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Clinical Approach
Kellie's clinical approach is to strive to create a space where Client's feel comfortable bravely exploring their challenges and embracing their strengths; then walk beside them as they learn skills and develop supports to empower them in their lives.  Strategies She uses in this pursuit include person-centered and strengths-based practice, attachment and family systems theory, CBT, TF-CBT, and DBT informed practice, mindfulness, art, music, and play based sharing, and a "Totally Cringey" sense of humor.

Clinical Interests
Kellie's clinical interests include Traumatic Stressors, Grief and Loss, Self-Injurious Impulses, Mood Disorders, Family Change, Behavioral Concerns, Relational Stressors, and Communication Challenges. She most frequently works with Middle Schoolers and their families but has enjoyed working with adults experiencing SPMI and elementary age children as well.

Hobbies
Kellie's hobbies include hiking, swimming, reading fantasy novels, and snuggling with her goofy labrador. She is also raising 4 delightful little humans, so most of her free time is spent re-discovering the world through their eyes!

 

Taylor Bixby (she/her/hers), MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

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

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Clinical Approach
Taylor's clinical approach utilizes a person centered, strengths based, neurodiversity affirmative, and trauma informed approach with a mixed methodology. Her clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, grief, attachment theory, and mood disorders.

Clinical Interests
Taylor's clinical interest is working in the Contained Classroom program providing group therapy, individual therapy, skills group therapy, and family therapy. Taylor enjoys helping teens increase their awareness of symptoms, increase coping skills, understand their trauma, make meaning of their experiences, increase social skills, embrace their vulnerability and sensitivities, learning self-advocacy and communication skills, and learning about appropriate boundaries. Taylor has experience working with domestic violence, self-harm, suicidal ideation, complex grief, separated parents, complex trauma, and more.

Hobbies
Taylor is a foodie who loves trying new restaurants, enjoys cooking, drinking coffee, hanging out with her dog, photography, spending time with loved ones, traveling, going to concerts, going to farmers markets, making flower arrangements, and spending time near water.

 

Aliyah Caples Becker

TBD

Education: TBD
Location: TBD

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Clinical Interests

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Hobbies

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Emma Carter, MSW, LGSW

Lead Therapist

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.

 

Kennedy Day (she/her/hers), MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: Master of Social Work with a Trauma Informed Clinical Focus from Winona State University
Location: Woodland Elementary/Osseo District

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Clinical Approach
The therapy approaches Kennedy uses are CBT and play therapy with a client-centered, trauma informed approach.

Clinical Interests
These include working with children and adolescents in the school setting with a trauma informed lens. Kennedy has experience in working with children and families as a therapist and a school social worker.

Hobbies
Hobbies of Kennedy's include going hiking, spending time at the cabin on the lake, and playing soccer. She also enjoys sitting down doing a puzzle, painting, or embroidery.

 

Brent DeBruyn, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

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.

Cambria Fisher (she/her/hers), MA

Therapist I

Education: BS in Psychology from University of Wisconsin - Stout and MA in Counseling Psychology from Adam's State University.
Location Served: Osseo High School

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Clinical Approach
Person-centered and relationship oriented. Cambria integrates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), reality therapy/ choice theory, and mindfulness techniques in her therapeutic work.

Clinical Interests
Cambria works with adolescents ages 14-18 in a school-based setting; however, she has experience working with children of all ages in the school and in-home settings as well. Her clinical interests are depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation and self-harm, social-emotional learning, and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Hobbies
Being outdoors, camping, fishing, reading, playing board games and card games, playing with her two dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

Anna Glasrud (they/them/she/her), MA

Therapist 1

Education: Counselor Education, MA and Family Social Science, BS, from University of Minnesota
Location Served: Fridley Middle School

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Clinical Approach
Anna has an approach that incorporates humanistic and feminist therapy styles. Anna utilizes techniques from strengths-based, solution-focused, CBT, and psychoeducation creating an integrative client-focused approach.

Clinical Interests
Anna's clinical interests include working with adolescents with anxiety, depression, skill buildings, and neurodiversity. Anna particularly loves working with people from the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Hobbies
Anna's hobbies include camping, swimming, canoeing, Gopher Hockey, and building a good Lego set. Anna also can be found reading a queer YA novel or playing a strategy board game.
 

Mikah Holloway (she/her/hers), MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

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

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Clinical Approach
Mikah's clinical approach is person-centered and environment informed. More specifically, she finds that children may not have words to communicate what they’re feeling or what is impacting them. Mikah provide a safe container for them to feel and experience a range of emotions and sensations. Then they work together to name and process what those emotions and sensations are through mindfulness, creative expression, and play.

Clinical Interests
Her clinical interests range from the early childhood exploration of environment to the pre-adolescent exploration of identity. She loves working with students to create their toolbox of coping skills to support worries, trauma, attachment needs, ADHD, and symptoms related to Autism.

Hobbies
When Mikah is not at Lee Carlson Center, she can be found hanging out with her cat, Jean-Ralphio; exploring new restaurants with her partner, Jack; spending time with nieces and nephews; or reading a good mystery.

 

 

Hannah Klitzke, MA

Therapist I

Education MA from St. 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.

 

Alicia Malisheski, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW from St. Catherine's University
Location Served: Anchor Program Therapist at Columbia Academy

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Clinical Approach

Clinical Interests

Hobbies
Crafts, music, and being out in nature.

 

Jordynn Massie (she/her/hers), MSW

Lead Therapist

Education: BSW and MSW from St. Catherine's University
Location Served: Centerville Elementary

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Clinical Approach
The primary focus of Jordynn's work with students is to provide a safe, comforting, and creative environment for children to be grow in their knowledge and skills. She uses strengths-based and evidenced based approach to practice to provide the most effective skills to support mental health needs. She also uses a wholistic approach to ensure that children feel supported in all aspects of their daily lives.

Clinical Interests
Jordynn's clinical interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder,  anxiety, ADHD, depression, trauma, and early childhood.

Hobbies
In her free-time, Jordynn enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, crafts, and visiting new coffee shops.

 

Krysta Mazur, MSW, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

Education: MSW from 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 (she/her/hers), MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University
Location Served: Centerview Elementary

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

Clinical Interests
Tanager's clinic interests include play therapy, working with children who have experienced trauma, grief, loss, or who have been in difficult places, early childhood, and attachment.

Hobbies
In her free time, Tanager loves to listen to music, travel, play games, crochet and spend time with animals.

 

Meghan Rajkowski (she/her/hers), MA, LPC

Lead Therapist

Education: Masters in Mental Health Clinical Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville
Location Served: Rush Creek Elementary

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Clinical Approach
Megan's clinical approach is wholistic, client directed/strength based approach, incorporating play, artistic approaches, and CBT into therapy.

Clinical Interests
Megan's clinical interests are elementary aged children, although Meghan has experience with all ages. She is currently training to be certified in the ABC model of therapy (parents and children ages 6months-4years old). Special interests in trauma, anxiety, peer relational concerns, social skills, anger management, and adjustment concerns.

Hobbies
Megan's hobbies include running, hiking, golfing, kayaking, spending time with family, friends and playing with her dogs.

 

Natalie Redinger

Mental Health Resource Specialist

Location Served: Centennial High School

 

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Marissa Smook (she/her/hers), MA, LPCC

Director of School Based Mental Health

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas
Location Served: Westwood Intermediate & Middle School

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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 (and their families) in the school-based & clinic setting, however, she has experience working with all age groups in clinic and in-home settings, as well. Her areas of clinical interest are depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation and self-harm, relationships and attachment, substance use & abuse, and self & identity.

Hobbies
Marissa enjoys spending time with her friends & family and snuggling her pup, Mildred. She is an avid reader, player of board & card games, and puzzle-connoisseur. She is always down to binge-watch a good Netflix series or re-watch Harry Potter for the millionth time. You can find her working her way through Half-Baked Harvest cookbooks and trying out new restaurants. She loves to spend time in nature and is a big fan of exploring new places & traveling.

 

 

Brittani Terwilliger (she/her/hers), MS

Therapist I

Education: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University
Location Served: Centennial School District

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Clinical Approach
Brittani focuses on using a person-centered and trauma-focused integrative approach to counseling. My clinical interests include adolescent and young adult mental health and behaviors. I am a mom of two fur babies (dogs) who enjoy being my companions for outdoor adventures when the weather is nice. Some of my other hobbies include art (specifically painting), reading, watching comedy TV shows, going to baseball games, and going to music festivals. I am family oriented and spend a lot of my free time engaged in family events and get togethers.

Clinical Interests
Brittani's clinical interests include adolescent and young adult mental health and behaviors.

Hobbies
Brittani is mom of two fur babies (dogs) who enjoy being her companions for outdoor adventures when the weather is nice. Her other hobbies include art (specifically painting), reading, watching comedy TV shows, going to baseball games, and going to music festivals. She is family oriented and spend a lot of her free time engaged in family events and get togethers.

 

Monica Turner

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Education: TBD
Location Served: TBD

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Hobbies
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Keng Xiong

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Education: TBD
Location Served: TBD

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Clinical Approach
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Clinical Interests
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Hobbies
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