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
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 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
Traci Hackmann, MA, LP
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 UniversityExperience:
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:
- Behavior problems
- Anger management
- Emotional regulation
- Attachment work
- Cognitive Behavioral
- Systems perspective
- Anxiety issues
- Life transitions
Erika Ladwig, MEd, LPCC
I believe in creating a safe and welcoming environment where clients feel open to exploring emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors in order to empower them to live a rich and meaningful life. I appreciate the complexity and the messiness of our journeys, and I believe each individual’s unique story offers the foundation for growth and transformation. I think that every individual is moving toward self-actualization and part of our work together is aligning our authentic self, our best self, with the life we are currently living.
Our therapeutic relationship begins with compassionate listening, which lays the groundwork for human connection and allows meaningful change to occur. Empathy in the therapeutic relationship allows us the opportunity to develop self-awareness, self-confidence, and healthy coping skills to emerge stronger and healthier in the face of life’s ups and downs.
I work with clients, primarily adults, who are struggling with major life transitions, relationships, dating, depression, and anxiety, as well as clients who are simply feeling stuck or find themself in need of a place to explore ways to align their choices with their values. I use an integrative approach to counseling, pulling from several theoretical models including Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and Existentialist to help clients find a path to change that feels right for each individual.
I trust in the inherent good of all human beings and am committed to provide unconditional positive regard for every client. As a former writing teacher, I’ve always been drawn to stories, and my love of complex characters led me to a career in counseling, where I can explore the subtleties and nuances of the human condition with each of my clients. It brings me great satisfaction to empower people to write their own life story.Education:
- Master of Education and Counseling, University of Minnesota, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program
- Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Gustavus Adolphus College
10+ years of counseling experience in secondary schools and private practiceSpecialties:
Alec Vicenzi, PsyD, LP
Whether you are contemplating therapy for the first time or are resuming after taking some time away, therapy can be an anxiety-provoking experience. There is no other relationship in which we are asked to openly discuss some of the most painful aspects of our lives to a stranger. With that said, therapy can be a deeply healing process and I endeavor to create a safe and trusting environment in which clients feel supported to explore the various issues which bring them to my office. I am a highly relational therapist who actively collaborates with clients on developing therapeutic goals, creating meaning in their lives, and alleviating social-emotional distress.
My therapeutic approach is most strongly grounded in psychodynamic and existential principles. Psychodynamic therapy emphasizes the impact of interpersonal relationships, especially those from childhood, on our social and emotional lives. Existential therapy focuses on issues we all grapple with by virtue of being human, such as creating meaning or dealing with major life transitions. In addition, I am trained in EMDR therapy, an evidence-based treatment for addressing trauma, and utilize components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when necessary.
- Doctoral Degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020
- Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Psychology, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
I have provided individual and group therapy in various settings, including a community mental health center, an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) program, an inpatient hospital, and a correctional institution. I also provided comprehensive psychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults at an inpatient hospital and community mental health center.Specialties:
- Adolescent and adult individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Existential therapy
- Grief and loss
- Death-related anxiety
- Life transitions
- Identity issues and concerns
- Mood disorders, including depression and anxiety
- Personality disorders
Gene Nisja, MA, LMFT
If anxiety and depression are holding you back from reaching your full potential, you are not alone. I understand how that happens to people and ways to move you to a better place. I have counseled others for more than 25 years in a variety of settings and can use what I have learned to help you replace nonproductive behaviors and propel you into reaching your full potential. If you are in a position of leading others, I am in a unique position to provide support to help you maximize your leadership role. I am on the leadership team in a hospital setting and I recently earned a Bronze Certification in Lean Process. I can assist you in understanding how to remove waste and assist your business in operating more efficiently. I can leverage my experience as a therapist and a leader. I use cognitive behavioral techniques to treat anxiety and depression. I approach therapy with humility and gratitude as a foundation of my approach.Education:
- Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology (2001), St. Mary's University of Minnesota
- Masters Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy (2003), St. Mary's University of Minnesota
- Individual therapy
- Family and Group therapy
- Adolescents and Adults
- Specific Phobia
- School Avoidance
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Scott Guldseth, PhD, LP
Hi. There is no perfect day to start therapy. There is only the day you are ready. When stressors in our lives become overwhelming or confusing they challenge our ability to maintain the balance for which we strive. Just as each person’s struggle is patented to them, whether in their social, personal, recreation or business life, so too I strive to make my connection with them.
I have worked with people suffering from depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship issues, sexual issues, personality disorders, and many more. I embrace building rapport with my clients in a way that allows us to engage in a collaboration of unique, innovative and effective techniques to overcome the challenges, problems and/or difficulties they are facing.
While I have grounded myself in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I use all my clinical experiences, resources and flexibility to meet my clients where they are in their journey. I take pride in listening to my clients and trying to provide them thoughtful tools they can use long after our sessions are complete. This might include mindfulness work, existential questions, focus and performance exercises, and often includes movie quotes and clips, books and readings, and laughter.
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North DakotaExperience:
18+ years of outpatient clinical and forensic psychology using individual, family and group modalities. 10+ years of clinical supervision of other providers for licensure.Specialties:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Issues
- Sexual Addictions
- Relationship Issues
- Increasing Behavioral Performance
Alejandra Aschittino-Rodriguez, MA, LADC, LPCC
I believe personal agency is key to finding meaning in distressing scenarios and growing from them. I use both Existential and solution-oriented approaches when engaging with clients and strives to provide individuals and families with tools for self-awareness and self-empowerment through a mixture of theoretical models tailored to the client’s strengths and needs. I work to help clients establish more adaptive patterns of thinking with humor, empathy, and respect. While I will explore root causes of issues, I emphasize the importance of personal growth and identifying personal strengths.
I work with adults and teenagers who are experiencing life-phase transitions, substance and alcohol use, and grief and loss. I have experience in working with depression/anxiety, PTSD, and general stress management. I often utilize psychodynamic-Adlerian, existential, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills with a culturally sensitive lens to provide a personalized care based on evidence-based practices.
I will do my very best to ensure you are seen in a holistic manner and with your personal history taken into consideration while we are working together. Your dignity, safety, and self-actualization are always a priority in my work. I currently work with adults, older adolescents in individual or family therapy.
- BA is Psychology and Philosophy – Grinnell College, Iowa
- MA in Addiction and Mental Health Counseling – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
I had the opportunity to work with individuals and institutions in Ecuador, South Africa, India, and Slovenia for a research project examining the effect culture has on grief as a Watson Fellow after graduating college. Additionally, I have worked with Family Means to create intensive training regarding working with Minnesota’s minorities in palliative care and collaborated with The Hubs Center for lifelong learning to create an education course on Job loss and grief as the Covid-19 pandemic elevated the unemployment rates across the state and nation. My latest project is being an Adjunct instructor at St. Catherine University, where I teach undergraduate students about theories, methods, and concepts central to Psychology and how cross-cultural and ethnic diversity must be considered before concluding the validity of psychological concepts or theories.Specialties:
- Loss of meaning / “Existential anxiety”
- Spiritual and Life Issues
- Culturally Sensitive Therapy/Culturally Specific Issues
- Life’s transitions
- Dual Diagnosis
Sara Ruiz, MS, LAMFT
The space created in therapy means something different to each of us. Sometimes we are looking for healing or safety. Other times, we may be looking to be present with ourselves. As you reflect on what the space you want to create, you may consider what kind of therapist may be compatible with that vision. Here is more about me.
I am a Master’s level clinician, pre-licensure, with training in marriage and family therapy. With individuals, intimate partners and families, my goal is to hold the many stories and systems that impact internal and external relationships. My style is collaborative, rather than prescribed or directive. I work to provide the balance of offering practical strategies alongside opportunity for self-understanding.
BS of Psychology, Edgewood College (2015)
MS of Marriage and Family Therapy, Edgewood College (2019)
I have over five years of experience in a variety of mental health settings. My experience extends across the lifespan, including individual therapy services for teenagers and beyond, intimate partners, and families with children of all ages. I have extended experience working with families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have attended additional trainings in the areas of couples, trauma, and supporting youth/families as they dialogue topics related to the gender spectrum.Specialties:
- Adjustment and Life Transition
- Family Dynamics
- Couples and Other Intimate Partner Relationships
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Individual Therapy
Ramona Hemphill-Kent, MSW, LICSW
In my years as a therapist, I’ve learned one of the hardest and most difficult parts of the process, is getting the courage to finally reach out and ask for help. When you do, my job is to celebrate with you for making such an important choice to put yourself first, and then empower you to keep going.
I’m a huge believer that every client who walks into my office, is the absolute expert in their own lives. I’ll teach you what I know, and you’ll teach me what you know. I’m not there to provide all the answers, but I am there to walk with you while we figure it out together.
In my experience, I quickly learned that most individuals that step into a therapy room, have some sort of trauma that has impacted their life and has made it difficult to function the way they want to. Whether it be childhood trauma, a single incident that changed your life or perspective, or complex trauma that has continued throughout your life; it doesn’t have to prevent you from living your best story. I knew I wanted to be able to help those who have experienced trauma, because trauma impacts every single aspect of our lives; all the way down to our physical health.
I am most fond of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and have found that it’s my absolute passion to be able to provide this type of therapy to those who need it. Throughout working with me, you’ll learn how trauma impacts your brain, which in turn helps you better understand your body, and ultimately, you’ll feel empowered to be able to calm and ground your mind and your body together. I’ll combine EMDR with other modalities that focus on self-esteem, attachment, empowerment, self-regulation and cognitive coping, to help you develop an eclectic set of skills that serve you in all domains of your life.
Master’s of Social Work from Augsburg College
Bachelor’s of Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica
10+ years of experience in domestic/sexual violence and community mental healthSpecialties:
- Domestic/Sexual Violence
- Women’s Issues
- Stress Reduction, Mindfulness and Relaxation Training
- General mental health functioning
- Relationship Issues
- Children’s Mental Health/Behavioral Issues
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - evidence based trauma therapy for children and adolescents age 3-18
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) - evidence based trauma therapy for adolescents and adults
- Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Margaret Czernia, MS, LPCC
It is my belief that therapy is not only a place to enact change and growth but a place where you can express yourself without fear of judgement; where you can explore who you are, what strengths you possess, and what values you hold. No matter what has led you to therapy, I will promote a safe space where you will be heard, respected, and supported. We each have our own story and I strive to hear what that story is for you and how it has shaped you. Change can take time and can feel scary, but we are all capable of it when given the right space and understanding.
As a therapist, I use client-centered and evidence-based practices including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to provide individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary for them to understand their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Every individual is unique and thus has unique goals when it comes to therapy. It is my goal to assist you in finding what these are and in empowering you to work towards them and live a life you find meaningful.
While working with adolescents, it is sometimes beneficial to their treatment goals to include caregivers in the process. I will uphold the trust and autonomy of my adolescent clients when meeting with caregivers by providing transparency on anything discussed with caregivers.Education:
Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University with specialization in Child and Adolescent TherapyExperience:
Multiple years of experience in clinical settings, including residential and outpatient treatment settingsSpecialties:
- Individual (Adolescent and Young Adult)
- Addictions and Dual Diagnosis
- Behavioral Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
- Emotion Regulation and Coping Skills
- Identity Exploration and Self-acceptance
- Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Biopsychosocial Approach
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
MaryBeth Ehlert, MSW, LICSW
In my therapy work, I use a blend of approaches to meet the unique needs of each person, drawing from theoretical frameworks such as psychodynamic, attachment, and systems theories while utilizing skills and techniques from areas such as mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My ultimate goal in combining these is to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your motivations while also giving you tangible techniques to manage each difficult moment. I strive to be collaborative and non-judgmental in session, providing a safe therapeutic space to explore old patterns and create new ones.Education:
Master of Social Work from University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of MinnesotaExperience:
I enjoy working with clients with a wide variety of presenting concerns, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders, and family/interpersonal conflict. As a former Human Resource professional, I also specialize in helping clients learn to self-advocate and successfully navigate interpersonal or structural stress in their careers.Specialties:
- Adolescent and Adult Individual Therapy
- Depressive Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Emotional Regulation
- Eating Disorders
Kelly Gadola, MSW, LICSW
Therapy can be intimidating for many individuals, and I strive to create a warm and safe therapeutic space through building a strong rapport with each of my clients. My main goal is for my clients to feel respected and understood, as well as to develop a positive therapeutic relationship that will facilitate exploration, growth, and healing. I believe that individuals are always doing their best in any given situation and that what our best looks like can fluctuate depending on outside factors and life circumstances. I want to provide a stable, empathetic, and caring relationship where clients feel empowered to create positive change in their lives and that they can feel confident in themselves to continue doing their best.
As a therapist, I provide individual psychotherapy for adolescents, teens, and adults who are experiencing mental health concerns such as: anxiety, depression, identity/gender/sexuality exploration, trauma, school stress, and peer/relationship stress. I use a blend of therapeutic approaches including relational, strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, narrative and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing). I feel very fortunate to get to learn about my clients' lives and I delight in the connections that I get to make each day.
Master of Social Work- University of MinnesotaExperience:
I have experience in working with clients across the lifespan through working in schools, client homes, medical health care units and outpatient therapy settings. While a majority of my experience has been with adolescents and teens, I also greatly enjoy working with adults and children.Specialties:
- Adolescents and Young Adults
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
- Stress Reduction/Mindfulness Skills
Allison Thorson, MSW, LGSW, Post-Master's Fellow
I believe therapy is a journey and I applaud you for taking the first step. Therapy can be emotional, messy, and beautiful, but most importantly it should be unique to your own experiences. I will always strive to provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for us to build a trusting therapeutic relationship. I appreciate my clients’ willingness to allow me to come with them on their journey.
As a therapist, I provide individual psychotherapy for adolescents, teens, and adults that are experiencing mental health struggles such as: depression, anxiety, identity/gender/sexuality exploration and questioning, school stress, life transitions, work/life balance, relationship stress, and parenting. In my practice I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, strengths-based, solution-focused, and mindfulness.
Healing is a process. My main goal is to support my clients during this process by providing coping skills to help manage the challenges ahead. I want my clients to feel respected, heard, and understood. But I will challenge you to make long-lasting changes, and above all, be kind to yourself.
Master of Social Work from Arizona State UniversityExperience:
My social work experience has spanned across the country from Arizona, to North Dakota, and Minnesota. I have 3 years of experience working with children in the foster care system providing reunification and safety intervention services to families. More recently I have provided telehealth services to Minnesota’s frontline workers who have braved COVID-19 throughout the entirety of the pandemic.Specialties:
- Stress Reduction/Mindfulness Skills
- Adolescents and Teens
- Life Stressors
- Work/Life Balance
- Family Problems
- Emotion Regulation
- Healthcare Worker Stress
- Women’s Issues
Connie Palacio, LMFT, LICSW
Therapy is a journey of growth, healing and self-discovery. I would be honored to embark on your life journey by your side. Together we will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you. I feel honored to be a part of my client’s therapeutic journey, as our problems and feelings are unique and yet we are all one and together.
I am a bilingual and multicultural Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of experience providing in person and online therapy for individuals, couples, and group counseling.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, couples’ problems, sexual health and sexuality, intimacy problems, attachment, divorce separation, parenting problems, grief and loss, immigration and adjustment issues.
I have also helped many who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress, emotional/verbal, physical, or sexual abuse or assault.
My counseling style is warm, patient, kind and interactive. My approach combines client centered, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, trauma informed, narrative, attachment theory, emotionally focused couples therapy, Gottman, and systemic counseling.
Together we will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you.
I feel honored to be a part of my client’s therapeutic journey, as our problems and feelings are unique and yet we are all one and together.
That is the way I like to approach our sessions, as a team, addressing challenges together to become free from judgement, criticism, pain, changing our negative perceptions, and to live a joyful and peaceful life.
For my professional growth, I read related literature, keep myself up to date with ethical and legal guidelines in the field, and the latest research and attend conferences and trainings. In my personal free time, I like to spend time with my family and our new puppy. I love traveling, playing tennis, skiing, and going to any fun event.
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s UniversityExperience:
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
- MFT Board Approved Supervisor
- SW Board Approved Supervisor
- Mediation Training
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Training
- TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Training
- Prepare-Enrich Couples Certified (Pre-marital counseling)
- Anxiety and Depression
- Postpartum depression
- Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Coping with life changes
- Parenting issues
- Intimate Relationship issues
- Sexual health & Sexuality
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual abuse and assault
- Immigration and acculturalization issues
Kelly Gerzsenyi, MA, Post-Master's Fellow
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” - Brene Brown
I’m so glad you are here, and I’d be honored to be part of your journey. Life has a lot of challenges, and you don’t have to conquer them alone. You can create and live the life you want, and I will work with you to build the steppingstones to make it happen.
As a therapist, I work to create a supportive, non-judgmental, safe space where my clients can achieve the growth and healing, they are longing for. I help my clients not only talk about and gain insight into various issues but do things differently to create the change they want to see.
As a therapist, I incorporate evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. I emphasize improving overall wellness and health as I believe the different aspects of health (i.e., physical, mental health) are all connected. I also focus on mindfulness, as I believe awareness and presence are the foundation for change.
- Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from University of Minnesota
5+ years of experience in community mental health settings including in-home and outpatient clinics.Specialties:
- Behavior Problems
- Emotional Regulation
- Attachment Work
- Anger Management
- Cognitive Behavioral
- Systems Perspective
- Anxiety Issues
- Life Transitions
Kathy Slavics, MA, LPCC
When I enter a therapy relationship, I feel honored to come along side my clients on their journey of discovery and change. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate space to focus on building strength and resilience as clients work towards their goals. As they develop knowledge, which is gained to understand, not to judge, my clients move from a place of struggle or survival to a place of thriving. I use a supportive, empowering approach and believe it is important that therapy shift from therapist support to the client being able to support themselves.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, gourmet cooking (and eating!), photography, music, and spending time with my family and friends.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University
- Master’s Degree from Bethel University
- 22 years of experience in hospital, long term care, and home health settings as an Occupational Therapist.
- 8 years of experience as a Psychotherapist in outpatient mental health settings.
- PTSD/Trauma recovery
- Chronic health conditions
- Chronic pain including Central Sensitization Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Post Exertional Malaise
- Grief and loss
- Life adjustments and transitions
- Panic Disorders
- Parenting challenges
- Relationship difficulties
Alexandra Holt, MA, Post-Master's Fellow
With an integrative perspective, drawing from psychodynamic, existential, and humanistic approaches, I have a long held passion for accompanying people on their journey of self-exploration.
I believe that therapy is a means to enhancing the transformative power of self-awareness and personal agency. By making sense of how our experiences, family, relationships, values, beliefs and narratives have shaped who we are, we can discover what is getting in the way of reaching our fullest potential.
By providing a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space, I am honored to warmly collaborate and help you navigate the complexities and nuances of the inward to make sense of the outward.Education:
- Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary's University
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
Over 5 years of working in clinical settings, including residential, community, outpatient.Specialties:
- Individual therapy (adults and adolescents)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Attachment issues
- Identity exploration and self-empowerment
- Relational patterns
- Life transitions
Kaylie Vincent, MA, Post-Master’s Fellow
Hi, I’m Kaylie, a pre-licensed, Master’s level clinician. I know choosing the right therapist can feel daunting, and finding the best fit is imperative. That’s why we will spend our first few sessions ensuring our fit as we develop a treatment plan that works for you and meets you wherever you are at.
I deeply believe that every person can live a joyful and meaningful life. If you are struggling with shame, fear, grief, or other difficulties, I want you to know that there is a life beyond the abyss of those feelings. I encourage my clients to ask questions about the therapeutic process whenever they arise, and I strive to create an environment of openness and understanding. My hope is that you feel supported to bring any and all questions or concerns to therapy. This is your hour, your therapy, your goals. I consider it a huge honor to be a part of that.
As a therapist, I utilize approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I have worked with individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual concerns, addiction, and personality disorders, among others.
MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. ThomasExperience:
Several years working in a community mental health setting, as well as outpatient clinical and forensic psychology using individual and group modalities.Specialties:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Forensic Issues
- Sexual Issues
- Women's Issues
Mary Auster Shanesy, PsyD, LP
Dr. Mary Auster Shanesy is a Licensed Psychologist whose professional journey has taken her from an inner-city community mental health clinic, to a brain injury hospital, to working with the serious and persistently mentally ill, to helping incarcerated offenders, and finally to her current work with every day, average, “normal” people just like all of us. Throughout these many and varied experiences, Dr. Shanesy has focused her energies on helping individuals who want to free themselves from the suffering created by the lies that are at the heart of anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, life transitions, grief, and loss, and is the author of Becoming the Hero of Your Own Life: The Lies That Bind, and the Problem with Happily Ever After. In addition, Dr. Shanesy offers cognitive, psychological and neuropsychological testing including adult ADHD evaluations, adult Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations, cognitive and memory assessments, and personality evaluation.
Best part of my work: Helping people realize they can live happier, healthier, and more satisfying lives.
Why I became a psychologist: I'm fascinated by the way our minds work and the incredible impact our minds have on our overall health. I am lucky to be able to do what I love.
What I tell friends and family: Keep your mind active and engaged - it is the key to better mental and physical health.
Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional PsychologyExperience:
12+ years of experience in a variety of settings including community mental health, inpatient and outpatient settings, and forensic facilitiesSpecialties:
- Grief and Loss
- Substance abuse
- Relationship and communication difficulties
- Family of origin issues
- LGBTQ issues
- Cognitive, Psychological and Neuropsychological assessment
Tricia Engen, MA, LPCC
When you walk through those doors for the first time, you have made a huge step in your journey of self-discovery. I work to provide a safe space for individuals of all ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds. I want you to feel empowered to be who you are striving to become in life. By collaborating with you we can create goals that you want to accomplish. If you are feeling stuck, anxious, sad, angry, making a big change in your life, I believe that we can work together and unpack those feelings.Education:
Western Michigan University, Master of Arts
College of Saint Benedict, Bachelor of ArtsExperience:
3.5 years in a community based and school based settingSpecialties:
- Life Transitions
- Self Esteem
- School issues
Janet Bertolas, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow
I believe everyone needs support at various times in our lives. Each of us has a point in our journey where we “get stuck” and need help. My therapeutic approach is to assist you in pinpointing these obstacles that have prevented you from moving forward, to be your best self. Together we will set goals and find the tools necessary to develop the skills you need to work through your struggles. I strive to meet clients where they are at in the therapeutic process, with the understanding that each client has unique individual needs that need to be met.Education:
Master of Science in School Psychology from University of Wisconsin Superior
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota School of PsychologyExperience:
25+ years in community mental health, educational settings and chemical dependency facilitiesSpecialties:
- Emotional Regulation
- Anger and Emotional Problems
- Parent/Child Dynamics
- Cognitive and Psychological Assessment
Sonali Gore, M.Ed., LPCC
There are times when we may feel bogged down and overwhelmed by life stressors thereby impacting our ability to maintain a balanced life and achieve our goals. Everyone is an expert of their own life and has unique ways of dealing with stress including when he or she may feel ready to seek help. I strive to provide a safe non-judgmental space to help individuals feel empowered to move forward when they are ready. My role is to provide unconditional support and feedback. A person-centered approach to goal setting and treatment planning helps me meet individuals where they are at. As a clinician, I use an integrative approach with a focus on Solution-focused brief therapy and Cognitive Behavior therapy. Due to my experience working with various cultures, I like to incorporate values and traditions that are meaningful to my clients into my counseling approach.
I primarily work with adults who have anxiety, depression, grief, codependency issues, relationship problems, and other work-life stressors. I also have several years of experience working in EAP, crisis, and community mental health settings.Education:
Master of Education in Community & Agency Counseling, University of Toledo, OH
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Bombay, Mumbai, IndiaExperience:
Over 20 years of experience in diverse settings such as EAP, community mental health clinics, crisis, inpatient psychiatry, as well as managed care. Expertise in providing evidence-based and culturally competent counseling services to adults, and adolescents.Specialties:
- Relationship issues
- Self Esteem
Melissa Kokales, MA, LPCC
The fast-paced world in which we live makes it challenging to find time for ourselves. My goal is to create a space where you feel comfortable and safe prioritizing “you.” This is a time for you to share your story and identify and nurture what is most important to you. I will be there to empower and support you in this process. I have extensive training in acceptance and commitment therapy and love integrating mindfulness techniques in session as well as helping you find ways to incorporate them into your day-to-day life. I am honored to walk alongside clients as they encounter both joy and adversity in their lives. I believe these moments offer opportunities for growth and self-discovery.
My approach to therapy draws from acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive- behavioral therapy, relational- cultural therapy, positive psychology, and attachment theory. Each client is unique, and I modify my approach based on your needs and preferences.
Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of MinnesotaExperience:
I have clinical experience with individuals ages 6-70. I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, school/ work stressors, life transitions, people with disabilities, and parents of children with diverse needs. I have 12 years of experience in managerial/ leadership roles, and I am familiar with the stressors that accompany meeting employee and company expectations.Specialties:
- Values exploration
- Work/school stressors
- Working with individuals of varying needs and abilities
- Adjustment and life transitions
- Family dynamics and relationships