School Based Staff

Rachel Amundson, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: Master's degree in Social Work
Location Served: DeLaSalle High School and Totino Grace High School

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Clinical Approach
Rachel thinks it's important to see each teen she works with in the context of all of their environments in order to understand what is impacting their mental health and create helpful treatment goals. She relies heavily on trauma-informed care addressing trauma at the macro, mezzo and micro levels and how that manifests for the individual child.

Clinical Interests
Rachel's clinical interests include social justice advocacy, anti-racism, and psychodynamic approaches.

Hobbies
Rachel is an MN Lynx superfan and enjoys basketball. She also likes to travel and spend time with family.

Maija Assef

Mental Health Resource Specialist

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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.

Molly Carroll

Mental Health Practitioner

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Emma Carter

Therapist I

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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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BreAnn Haugrud

Clinical Trainee

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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.

Christopher Houck, MA, LPCC

Lead Therapist

Education: MA, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Fridley Schools

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Clinical Approach
Chris likes to use creativity to instill understanding for clients and help map out their internal strengths and struggles. He uses a variety of approaches to help his clients achieve this through narrative, artistic and analytic methods of therapy.

Clinical Interests
Chris enjoys working with individuals of all ages and families to help achieve a sense of cohesiveness and understanding with one another.

Hobbies
Chris enjoys performing comedy, reading, exercising, video games, movies, board games and also baking.

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

Therapist I

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

Lead Therapist

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

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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 dog, Huckleberry.

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.

Hannah Lovaas

Therapist I

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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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Crafts, music, and being out in nature.

Troy Mathias, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Location Served: Park Brook & Weaver Lake Elementary

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Clinical Approach
Troy’s goal as a therapist is to promote inclusive settings where students and families can find the power, wisdom, and courage to overcome obstacles.

Clinical Interests
While at the University of Minnesota, Troy specialized in working with families and children. He has worked with K-12, as well as students within the alternative school setting.

Hobbies
Troy enjoys hanging out with friends or family, video games, and the Korean Sword Art “Haidong Gumdo”.

Paula Miller

Therapist I

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Krysta Palmer, MSW, LICSW

Therapist II

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. 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.

Meghan Rajkowski, MA, LPC

Therapist I

Education: Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)
Location Served: Brookside, Sunrise, Sand Creek, and Lincoln elementary in Anoka Hennepin District

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Clinical Approach
Meghan's clinical approach is person-centered and strength-based, utilizing cognitive behavior therapy and integrating play and art techniques.

Clinical Interests
Meghan's clinical interests include anxiety/worries, trauma, behavioral concerns, autism, ADHD, and social skill building

Hobbies
Some of Meghan's hobbies are running, and golfing. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix/tv shows, and playing with her dog

Natalie Redinger

Mental Health Resource Specialist

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Location Served: Centennial High School

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Taylor Robertson

Clinical Trainee

Education: Saint Mary's University
Location Served: Columbia Heights High School, Westwood Middle School, Joining Forces Facilitator in Columbia Heights District

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Clinical Approach
Person-centered, collaborative approach that recognizes the client as the expert of their own story. Under the umbrella of a family systems based approach, utilize narrative and solution-focused modalities that considers the individual in the context of the larger family and other social systems they are a part of.

Clinical Interests
Taylor's clinical interests include working with children, teens, and their families, as well as depression, anxiety, self identity development, and family relational problems.

Hobbies
Taylor's hobbies include spending time outdoors, sudoku, weight lifting, spending time with friends and family, and trying new recipes.

Laura Robinson-Hall, MSW, LICSW

Therapist II

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s University
Locations Served: Centennial Elementary

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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

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: St. Anthony, Columbia Heights, Fridley, and Spring Lake Park school districts

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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

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Marissa Smook, MA

Lead Therapist

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

Elijah Wood

Therapist I

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Natalie Woodward

Therapist I

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Keng Xiong, MS

Therapist I

Education: Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
Location Served: Highland and Valley View

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Clinical Approach
Keng's clinical approach is strengths-based, narrative, and solution-focused.

Clinical Interests
Keng's clinical interests include anxiety, social skills, trauma, and family relationships.

Hobbies
Keng enjoys playing video games and board games, traveling, camping, fishing, and cooking.

Melissa Yates, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: Master's in Social Work from St. Catherine University
Location Served: Osseo Middle School and Maple Grove Middle School

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Clinical Approach
Melissa's clinical approach is strengths-based talk therapy drawing from CBT and the interpersonal relationship.

Clinical Interests
Melissa's clinical interests include working with the LGBTQ+ population, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Hobbies
Melissa enjoys crocheting, reading, playing video games, and baking

Rebecca Zabinski

Therapist II

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