You bring your own unique personality, life experiences, values, and goals with you to therapy.
At Sonder, there’s a member of our team who’s the perfect fit for you.
Too often we allow our fear, guilt or disbelief to stop us from living our best story. We stay stuck in relationships, jobs or other situations that no longer serve us, zap our energy and leave us feeling unfulfilled. We put other people’s needs ahead of our own and are left feeling confused about or disconnected from our purpose and passion in life. Deep down, many of us can’t shake that feeling that there is more for us if we can only muster up the courage to change.
My work is to help you find a life that is more meaningful, a life that is more aligned with who you are and what you want. The majority of clients I work with are competent, well-functioning individuals who are struggling in some way or our feeling dissatisfied, unhappy or stuck. Whether its regarding an experience, your everyday life, your relationship, fears about the future, or something more devastating or extraordinary, change is possible. I encourage you to make a commitment to yourself and your future.
As a therapist I use an integrated approach to therapy and draw primarily from cognitive behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and interpersonal theories. I work with adults and older adolescents along with individual therapyEducation:
Doctoral Degree from Minnesota School of PsychologyExperience:
10+ years of experience in private practice, community mental health and forensic settingsSpecialties:
Dr. Sara Schilplin is a Licensed Psychologist who provides individual therapy and testing for adolescent and adults. Dr. Schilplin enjoys treating clients with a variety of clinical issues and specializes in treatments for adults and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder, as well as individuals with difficulties related to life transitions, family of origin issues, relationships, LGBTQ issues, and emotion regulation. She has extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations to test for ADHD, general mental health functioning, cognitive/memory functioning, anger problems, forensic issues, and pre-surgical pain or bariatric evaluations.
In practice, Dr. Schilplin utilizes an integrated approach to therapy, drawing primarily from Cognitive-Behavioral and Object Relations theories. She takes a collaborative approach to treatment, combining her clinical expertise with the goals of the client. Dr. Schilplin believes in fitting her therapy approach to the specific needs of the individual and recognizes that different clients have different needs. In the first couple of sessions, Dr. Schilplin will work to develop some clinical impressions of you to determine the best approach for treatment. She believes that having a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s earlier relationships and life events are key to understanding a client’s current struggles, as well as the client’s perception of their struggles.
Dr. Schilplin received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.Experience:
She has 14+ years of experience and has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, community mental health, a University counseling center, and a forensic mental health treatment facility. Dr. Schilplin is the founder and owner of Black Hills Psychology, which expanded from a solo practice to a comprehensive group practice in 2014.
Dr. Schilplin is also an elected member of the South Dakota State Board of Psychological Examiners.Specialties:
In working with people, I always look for the strengths that a person carries with them that have often gone overlooked due to the stressful events that have been endured. I view my responsibility as helping people remove the road blocks that prevent them from experiencing a fulfilling life. These road blocks may take the form of thoughts, difficult emotions, the way people act, or difficulties interacting with one's environment and social network. I want to assist people in adapting to these areas with evidence based interventions, so that people I meet with can return to enjoying their lives. My style is empathetic, warm and genuine.
As a therapist I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to understand the impact that certain thoughts have on a person’s emotions and actions. I am also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, (CBT), Family Systems, Play Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). A key component of my approach is assessment of the client’s social network to understand their connection with othersEducation:
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, 2015
Master’s Degree, Marriage and Family Therapy
Multiple years of experience in community and private practiceSpecialties:
I am devoted to providing solutions-focused therapy to help my clients improve their quality of life. My therapeutic style is direct, dynamic and change-oriented. I combine compassionate understanding of present problems with enthusiastic pursuit of future goals. I have a holistic view of physical, mental and spiritual health, seeking mind/body balance.
As a therapist I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, Systemic and Family-Based Therapy tailored to fit each individual and their specific situation. I use strategies that encompass faith-based and strength-based concepts.Education:
Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from St Mary’s UniversityExperience:
20+ years of experience in community mental health and health care settings and experience with assessing and treating adults and adolescentsSpecialties:
Therapy is a process that requires a trusting relationship between the therapist and client. My approach nurtures this relationship to create a safe space that facilitates healing. It's an honor to work with and guide those looking for more in life - for healing, emotional growth, perspective, and understanding of self and others. By identifying past and present barriers, I work with clients to achieve therapeutic goals.
As a therapist I address each client as an individual with unique circumstances and strengths and work with clients from all backgrounds. I collaborate with clients to determine goals and direction of therapy and provide psycho-education including coping techniques and DBT skills in conjunction with therapy.
Master’s of Art, Addiction Counseling, Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction StudiesExperience:
Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and years of experience in working with co-occurring disorders
I acknowledge the messiness, the humanness, of life inherent to us all; we can't do it all on our own. I collaborate with clients to find tools to navigate through this, and create a more centering and stabilizing way of life, despite the dizziness, disorientation, and disconnect. My approach in therapy recognizes these challenges central to living; I help each client towards a life of meaning, fulfillment, and happiness. My therapeutic style provides a sense of freshness, nonjudgement, and an authentic presence to each session.
As a therapist I take into account the complexity of human beings - always interacting with our environment, with others, and with ourselves. I see each client as whole, and our mental health as a very significant and intricate piece to our overall health and well-being. I use a client-centered, collaborative approach utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Strategies, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical-Based Therapy (DBT).Education:
Master’s of Science, Counseling and Human Development, specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, South Dakota State UniversityExperience:
Multiple years of experience in community centers, private practice, hospice, academic setting, funeral homesSpecialties:
I offer my clients an innate respect and compassion for their unique story. My mission is to activate an individual’s inner courage to overcome their fear so they can enjoy healthier, more productive lives and relationships. My style is creative and intuitive, combined with common sense and practical judgment. I focus on the whole person in the context of the present and past, helping clients to discover life choices – those that keep them stuck and those that can help them move forward. I find great joy in helping my clients obtain that understanding.
As a therapist I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness approaches along with Adlerian Psychotherapy. I offer Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) services for children and teens. I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and employ alternative therapy techniques (e.g. arts/crafts, play therapy) to tailor treatment to the unique needs of my clients.Education:
Master’s Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with concentrations in Professional Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family TherapyExperience:
Multiple years of experience in clinical settingsSpecialties:
Therapy is a journey that people often embark on when life presents challenges, or they identify areas where they believe they could benefit from change or self-discovery. I consider it a privilege when my clients allow me to take that journey with them. I view our work together as a collaborative process where we explore the different elements of who you are, such as your family of origin and your personal experiences, and how they are affecting your life. I provide a caring, supportive, and non-judgmental environment to begin your therapeutic journey.
As a therapist, I have training, and experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families around a broad range of issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, and relationship conflict. Some of my favorite approaches include cognitive behavioral, systemic family therapy, emotion focused therapy, and attachment theory. I consider my therapeutic approach to be eclectic, pulling from these theoretical orientations in order to best serve your unique needs.Education:
Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of MinnesotaExperience:
9+ years of experience in private practice, academic settings, and community agenciesSpecialties:
My first goal is to put clients at ease. Making the decision to start therapy can feel like a mixture of emotions; hopeful for a positive change and fearful of the unknown. My approach is informal and laid back. Laughter is key - it truly is the best medicine. The biggest predictor of success in therapy, is the relationship between the therapist and client. My aim is to meet you exactly where you're at. Free from judgment - just be you. Together, my hope is that we can build on your strengths and work towards a new way of doing life. Take the first step, its time to write a new chapter in your story.
As a therapist, I work with individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective, meaning I always take into consideration the client's larger framework including family of origin as well as their current support systems of family, friends, vocation/education, and community. I use an integrative approach which includes elements of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness & Narrative Therapy.Education:
Master of Arts in Human Development, Saint Mary's UniversityExperience:
14+ years experience in both group and private practice, health coaching, triage, and case management.Specialties:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver
I love this question because I believe it possesses a sort of magical property. In an instant, it shakes loose all the constraints and assumptions about how things must be, and invites you to pause and consider how they might be.
What might your life be like if you weren't consumed with fear, worry, or shame?
What might your life be like if your time and energy were available for the people and interests that truly lit you up?
What might your life be like tomorrow if you took one small (but bold) step today?
Questions like this create a sense of urgency. They stir up emotion. They spark action.
Therapy isn’t so different. If you’re living with anxiety or body image and eating concerns, know this: Those sensitivities and insecurities that keep you feeling stuck? They’re strengths and resilience in disguise. When your energy is finally freed up to use how you wish, there will be no stopping you.
Therapy works best when the latest, tested tools are shared between a client ready for change and a therapist who knows and understands what that feels like.
It’s a bit like walking the Myers-Briggs line between Thinking and Feeling. And you’re not walking alone.
Thoughts + feelings.
Brain + heart.
They don’t always agree. So, if right now both are telling you to take the next step, it might be time to listen.Education:
Clinical experience in hospital, community mental health, and university counseling settingsSpecialties:
For whatever is bringing you to therapy, I will foster a safe and open space that provides support and validation while being a non-judgmental witness to your personal story. Working collaboratively with you, we will create and work towards therapeutic goals through the exploration of past and current experiences and how they have built beliefs, making connections from past and present. As we tie together these connections, we will work to identify how they create negative or unrealistic core beliefs, while instilling more helpful and positive ones that can lead to greater overall wellbeing and a more positive sense of self.
As a clinician, I utilize a psychodynamic approach that is informed through developmental and strengths-based lenses, as well as incorporating a family systems orientation. I believe the relationships formed between clients and their families serve as a catalyst for therapeutic growth and change. It is through this relationship that core beliefs can be explored in order to gain further understanding of their impact on current thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. In my clinical work, I like to utilize tailored inventions, respecting personal needs, culture, and goals, to create a personalized treatment plan.Education:
BA is Psychology - St. Cloud State University
MA in Psychology - Argosy University, Twin Cities
Psy D in Clinical Psychology - Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin CitiesExperience:
Multiple years of experience working in community mental health settings and outpatient clinics, conducting therapy services and psychological assessments for clients. Several years of providing clinical and administrative supervision services to trainees and clinicians seeking licensure.Specialties:
Dr. Sonal Markanda strongly believes in a biopsychosocial approach, integrated assessment, attention to cultural and spiritual/religious factors, and working collaboratively with an individual’s established treatment team (primary care physicians, etc.) to provide an optimal counseling experience.
She respects the courage it takes to attend counseling and finds it a privilege to be of service to others.
“There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.”
― Adrienne Rich
Dr. Markanda loves all animals, has 3 cats, and is looking forward to getting a dog.
Dr. Markanda received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters of Education in Counseling Education at Northern State University.Experience:
Dr. Markanda has many years of clinical experience in the mental health field providing inpatient and outpatient services to adults, adolescents, and children with a broad range of diagnoses. She is skilled in providing therapy via multiple modalities including individual, group, and family counseling.
Dr. Markanda also has experience in public policy/consultation. She is proficient in applying technology within the clinical sector including conducting detailed, high-level statistical data analysis. Previously, working for the Department of Human Services, she was tasked to enforce state and national Medicaid standards and served as the public policy consultant for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, and Culturally Specific Grants. She has the demonstrated ability to oversee concurrent projects that are clinical, policy-based, and financial in nature.
My clinical and personal experiences have taught me that life is not always easy or predictable. However, I believe that all human beings have the capacity to survive and thrive amidst mental and physical adversity. At the same time, I also deeply appreciate that the journey in doing so can take an incredible amount of struggle, humility and vulnerability. For most, therapy and introspection involves hard work. I believe my clients demonstrate a sense of courage just by walking in the door. I communicate this understanding early on, which sets the tone for the therapeutic alliance as a relationship that is based in mutual respect and authenticity. I also strive to express a stance in which I honor all ways of being with acceptance and non-judgment. My clients are the experts on their own lives. I welcome the unique viewpoints and cultural norms that each individual brings to the therapeutic environment and attempt to remain mindful of differences in thought, behavior, context, and expression of symptomology.
I view my role as a therapist in three equal parts: a “Coach”- continuously attempting to inspire individuals to utilize their innate strengths, a “Co–Investigator”- working collaboratively to test hypotheses, set goals, direct treatment, and monitor progress, and a “Teacher”- providing education on a myriad of mental health topics from brain processes to coping skills.
For me, an integration of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques provide a flexible framework from which to work with varying needs. It also represents attention to evidence-based practice and encapsulates the essential therapeutic components that I believe translate into meaningful change. I also have advanced training in Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which I utilize whenever appropriate.
10+ years of experience in hospital, private practice, neuropsychology, and community mental health settingsSpecialties:
I specialize in the evaluation and evidence-based treatment of emotion disorders, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma. Included in this general category are also the unhealthy strategies people develop to control their distress such as perfectionism, inflexibility, avoidance, over-regulation of emotion, and excessive dependence on others. My style in therapy is non-judgmental, compassionate, and relaxed. Humor plays a large role in how I relate to people, so it is usually incorporated in session.
I consider psychotherapy a type of learning where my role is a combination of teacher, coach, and collaborator. People with anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other issues usually have thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that interfere with their lives and cause significant distress. Once you identify what your goals are, my task is to help you change your thoughts, feelings, and behavior so you can reach your goals and no longer need a therapist.
There are many well-researched psychological interventions that are effective at treating mental health issues. I specialize in those developed within the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tradition. In addition to standard CBT, I incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy (MBCT) where relevant. I take an individualized approach to therapy and will tailor these and other treatments to fit your needs.
I have a special interest in working with college students, individuals having difficulty with perfectionism, graduate students and academics dealing with writer’s block, and lawyers.
Advanced Training: CBT for depression, CBT for anxiety, CBT for insomnia, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure.
I believe people do the best they can with what they know at the time. Given the opportunity to do better, they will. The therapeutic relationship can provide that sense of safety and trust for growth and healing.
My therapeutic approach blends my background and interest in developmental psychology and social psychology. I incorporate evidence based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Client or Person Centered Therapy. My extensive work with young clients has allowed me to do attachment work, trauma-informed treatment and aspects of play therapy. The specific therapeutic process is determined by the unique, individual needs of each client.
Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from St Mary’s University
25+ years of experience in community mental health settings including residential, children’s intensive mental health day treatment, juvenile corrections, in-home and outpatient clinics. I have provided diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, skills training and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and their families.Specialties:
I believe life’s challenges, including emotional wellness challenges, are like a team sport. You are the most important member of your team. But to play your best game, you need other team members for support, insight, coaching, and practice.
My main role on the team is that of equipment manager. Your description of the obstacles and difficulties, coupled with my experience and knowledge, allows us as a team to create the best medication strategy for you. Just as the right shoes can help an athlete gain better traction, the right medication can help you engage in the other components of your emotional wellness.Education:
Dr. Luehr is a graduate of St. Olaf College, U of M Medical School, and the Mayo Clinic where he completed his residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry
Over 25 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, and adults in a wide variety of settings.Specialties:
Creating an environment where you feel respected, cared for, and understood is my ultimate goal. I want to learn about your history, what stands in the way of you feeling better, and how we can get there together. I will not simply write a prescription and send you on your way – establishing a trusted, long-term partnership is crucial for success. I believe in judicious use of medication, paying full attention to pros and cons. Together we will create a treatment plan that best meets your needs. I am happy to see children, adults, and everyone in between. We can talk about everything from serotonin to sports to spirituality.Education:
MSN, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – The Ohio State University
BSN – Augustana UniversityExperience:
Clinical experience in several outpatient and inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities.Specialties:
Dr. Rinker (formerly Schiess) is a board certified nurse practitioner in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Her approach to psychiatry is evidence-based, holistic, and collaborative.
Dr. Rinker began her career in psychiatry working with adolescents in Nashville, TN. She then moved to Chicago where she worked in private practice providing psychiatric care to clients of all ages. She was also the first medical provider to join the staff at Insight Psychological Centers, an eating disorders treatment center.
Since returning to MN, Dr. Rinker has practiced at Community University Health Care Center, The Emily Program, and a multidiscplinary mental health clinic, but she most enjoys private practice because it affords her the time and flexibility to truly get to know her patients. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Rinker is an adjunct instructor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
BS, MS - Vanderbilt University
DNP - University of Minnesota
Dr. Rinker has practiced in schools, residential facilities, community health centers, and multidisciplinary clinics.Specialties:
What I value most in my practice after safety and good judgment is listening to people’s stories and learning who they are, not just what the symptoms are that brought them in to meet with me.
I take into account the physical, emotional, nutritional, mental and spiritual aspects of my patients. I consider non-pharmacological treatments whenever possible. I grew up in Colorado Springs, went into the Air Force after earning my nursing degree and eventually was transferred to Alaska where I earned my Master’s degree. In 1997 my family found their way to Minnesota. I’m active in my church. I volunteer, love staying active and learning new ways to help the patients I serve.
BSN - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center 1986
MSN- University of Alaska Anchorage 1992
Rachel is a
seasoned psychiatric nurse with hands-on experience working with
children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of mental
health conditions. She has worked in residential treatment, home health care,
and outpatient medical and mental health clinics.
Rachel works closely with our medication providers and assists them in identifying and minimizing barriers to care by providing patient education and community resources as well as serving as a patient advocate.
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