An opportunity to work one-on-one with a therapist for guidance and support.
Sonder Behavioral Health & Wellness offers comprehensive behavioral health services from a team of experienced, multidisciplinary therapists and psychologists. We believe that emotional and behavioral health is just as important as physical health, and that everyone can benefit from therapy. Our services address a vast range of therapeutic issues, utilizing a variety of therapy approaches.
Some issues addressed in individual therapy include:
Our Therapists Who Specialize in this Area
Anna Schupp, PsyD, LP
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:
Sara B. Schilplin, PsyD, LP
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:
- Mood and anxiety disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Life transitions
- Family of origin issues
- LGBTQ issues
Ross Barr, PsyD, LP
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:
- Individual, couples, families, pre-teens, adolescents, children, elders
- Psychological testing for children, adolescents and adults
- Relational issues
- Family problems/conflict
- Family of origin issues
- Men’s issues
- Mood disorders, including anxiety and depression
Kate Murphy, MA, LPCC, LADC
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
- Individual psychotherapy with adults
- Individual psychotherapy with adolescents
- Diagnostic assessments
- EMDR (for recent traumatic events, childhood traumas, specific phobias, and more)
Janna Schriber, MS, LPC, NCC
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:
- Pre-teen, adolescents, adults, and elders individual and group therapy
- Grief, complicated grieving/bereavement
- Meaning and fulfillment from life’s challenges, struggles, and loss
Lori Ann Wagner, LPCC, CCMHC, NCC
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:
- Individual (adult adolescent, child) and family therapy
- Behavior problems
- Coping skills
- Family conflict
- Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) - evidence-based behavioral therapy for families with children ages 2-6
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - evidence-based trauma therapy for children and adolescents ages 3-18
Melanie Hultgren, PHD,
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:
- Individual, couple, child and family therapy
- Diagnostics assessment and treatment planning
- Medical family therapy
- Caregivers for older adults with dementia
- Relationship dynamics in chronic illness
- Intergenerational relationship issues
- Marital, pre-marital, relationship concerns
- Child Adolescent issues
- Parenting concerns
Chris Wick, MA,
You’re the expert on your life. My role as a therapist isn’t to tell you how to live your life, but to listen, offer a non-judgmental perspective, and help guide you through positive changes. In a safe, supportive space, we’ll work together on your goals. Whether you’re experiencing a difficult situation, struggling with a long-term challenge, or just feeling stuck, change is possible.
As a marriage and family therapist I work with individuals, couples, and families from a systems-based approach. This means that rather than looking at individuals in isolation, I consider each person within the context of relationships (families, partners, support networks, communities, etc.). My collaborative approach also includes elements of cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, solution-focused, and strength-based therapies.Education:
Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate, Saint Mary’s University of MinnesotaExperience:
16+ years of experience in private practice, out-patient settings, and cancer support organizations.Specialties:
- Individuals (12 and older), Couples, and Families
- Cancer Survivorship (therapy through diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment
- Caregiving (cancer/chronic illness, aging parents, special needs child)
- Grief and Loss
- Relationship Problems
- Adjustment Difficulties
- Life Stage Transitions
- Negative Body Image
- Low Self-Esteem
- Family of Origin Issues
- Stress Management
- Personal Growth
Megan McGregor, MA, LMFT
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:
- Individuals, Couples, and Families (ages 11+)
- Women's Reproductive Health through the lifespan (including: puberty, PMS, PMDD, infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, postpartum anxiety & depression, perimenopause, & menopause)
- Grief and Loss (including: death, divorce, job loss, chronic illness & challenging life transitions)
- Faith-Based Counseling upon request
Michaela Bucchianeri, PhD, LP
"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:
- PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Notre Dame
- Postdoctoral residency in Eating Disorder Treatment, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
- Postdoctoral fellowships in Eating Disorders Research & Child/Adolescent Primary Care, University of Minnesota
Clinical experience in hospital, community mental health, and university counseling settingsSpecialties:
- Body image/weight concerns
- Career changes/discernment
- Chronic pain
- Disordered eating assessment/referral
- Emotional eating/binge-eating
- Health behavior change
- Life transitions
- Postpartum anxiety/adjustment
- Self-care/stress management
- Work-life harmony
Sonal Markanda, PhD, LP
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.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorders, Phobias)
- Culturally Sensitive Therapy/Culturally Specific Issues
- Individual/Couples/Family Therapy
- Mood/Affective Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II, Schizophrenia)
- Psychological Testing (Personality and Cognitive)
- Spiritual and Life Issues
- Women's Issues
- Attached Informed Therapy
Mara Pease, PsyD, LP
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.
- Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota
- Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University
- Doctorate Degree from the University of St. Thomas
10+ years of experience in hospital, private practice, neuropsychology, and community mental health settingsSpecialties:
- Health/Medical Concerns (e.g., Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Lyme’s Disease, Digestive Disorders, Heart Disease, Severe Food Allergies, Chronic Skin Conditions)
- Grief/Bereavement and End of Life Issues
- Caregiver Support
- Chronic Pain
- Anxiety Disorders (e.g., GAD, OCD and phobias)
- Stress Reduction, Mindfulness, and Relaxation Training
- Sleep Concerns