Nikki Arthur, MA LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Nikki holds a master's degree in professional counseling & marriage and family therapy from The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has almost two decades of experience in the mental health field; the last twelve providing therapeutic services to individuals, families, couples and groups. Nikki’s work experience has provided extensive opportunities to work with individuals and families with significant emotional dysregulation. Nikki’s approach to therapy is systemic in nature, collaborative and strength-based. In addition to mindfulness her work is informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the latest neuroscience research. Nikki utilizes these methods to increase her clients’ ability to experience their thoughts and feelings with openness and non-judgment; while practicing self-compassion. Nikki’s special interests include working with individuals, couples and families of all types struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting concerns, family/couple conflict, and wellness/stress management. She provides her clients with a safe and supportive space to explore their concerns; while working collaboratively with clients so they feel the empowerment that comes from accessing their best self.
Nikki Dufour, MSW LICSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Nikki holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been working in the field for over 14 years. Nikki is experienced in treating adults and adolescents with various mental health struggles and life challenges. Her areas of interest include trauma and abuse, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship challenges, substance abuse recovery and self-esteem issues. Her approach is influenced by attachment theory, neuroscience research and mindfulness. She incorporates evidence based therapies such as cognitive behavioral techniques, humanistic theory and psychodynamic philosophies. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Biofeedback and Motivational Interviewing. Nikki works collaboratively with the client and implements therapy techniques that will match the client’s needs. Nikki provides a non-judgmental and compassionate environment for clients to explore their challenges and assist them in developing their desired goals.
Andrea Patten, MSW LICSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Andrea holds a master's degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine and a bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Kansas. She has been working in the mental health field for over 7 years. Andrea is passionate about providing early interventions (ages 2-8) through Experiential Play Therapy for children, to work on attachment/relational concerns, trauma, family/life adjustments, and emotional and behavioral concerns. She welcomes the opportunity to provide individual therapy for clients of all ages (including adults) who are in search of support in their experience of anxiety including panic and agoraphobia, trauma work, self esteem, and depression. Andrea has specialty trainings in EMDR, a trauma focused intervention to heal the wounds of the client's past that prevent clients from living in their present. Andrea has advanced EMDR training for both adults and adaptations for young children. Other focus areas include mindfulness/meditation, somatic experiencing/mind-body work, attachment theory, developmental repair, narrative, and cognitive behavioral models. Andrea is a board approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor. Andrea feels honored to provide a warm, safe, and compassionate space for clients to share their story and truly be heard. She understands the importance of tailoring her work to the client's individual need. It is her belief that clients are the experts on their relationships, health, emotions, and body.
Amanda Pikala, MA LAMFT Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist Amanda (Holmberg) Sasek, MS LMFT, Supervisor
Amanda holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in Duluth. She is certified in Prepare and Enrich and has completed level one of Gottman Couples Training. Amanda brings brightness, humor, compassion, and authenticity to her work with you. She believes in a holistic, whole body approach to wellness. She takes a systemic approach to therapy, meaning she places value in integrating past and current relationships into the therapeutic conversation. Amanda is passionate about working with traditional and non-traditional couples and families in all stages, from premarital couples wanting to build a strong foundation, to couples struggling to connect, to those that are on the verge of divorce, to the unique struggles of blended families. Amanda enjoys working with those struggling with infertility, pregnancy, or postpartum depression, adolescents and young adults as they launch into their independent lives, law enforcement officers, and those struggling through life transitions. Amanda is available to work as a Christian based therapist upon request. She also utilizes the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy by providing therapy on certain days of the week with her co-therapist, Willow. Amanda hopes that through working with her, you can move forward to not simply survive, but to thrive with passion!
Willow Pikala Therapy Dog with Amanda Pikala, MA LAMFT
Willow is a 5-year-old golden retriever that serves as Amanda Pikala's co-therapist on Mondays and Wednesdays. She gets excited to greet people but calms down very quickly. Willow and Amanda are a certified through Therapy Dog International. There are many proven benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy. Sometimes Willow helps facilitate therapeutic techniques such as teaching social skills or helps to regulate someone through intense emotions. And sometimes Willow is just in the room and her presence can bring peace and clarity to many on their journey to wellness. Unfortunately, due to her allergies, Willow is not allowed to have any treats while working.
Holly Traynor, MA LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Holly holds a master’s degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She welcomes working with adults, teens, couples, and families regarding relationship conflicts, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, substance abuse, communication, addictive behaviors, aggression, GLBT issues, parenting and emotional dysregulation. As a group facilitator, Holly is both dynamic and engaging. She is certified in Prepare/Enrich assessments as well as Aggression Replacement Training. Holly is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and utilizes it to help clients reprocess past traumatic experiences. Holly has also worked with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, and family caregivers at the University of Minnesota and Fairview Hospital. Holly believes therapy is a collaborative partnership between therapist and client and provides a safe, judgment-free environment where she can offer hope, acceptance, connection and empowerment. She helps her clients find successful ways to navigate problems by listening to their stories and helping them to feel connected with themselves and others. Holly believes that her role as a therapist is to assist her clients to become masters of their own change and growth, and tailors her therapy based on client need.
Jessica Bauman, MA LPC LPCC Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Jessica holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Saint Mary’s University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. For the past nine years, she has been a passionate scholar and practitioner in the field of clinical psychology. Jessica began her practice as a certified sexual trauma therapist, focusing on healing and recovery of survivors of sexual trauma. Along the way she has integrated her work in multiple clinical settings including inpatient psychiatry, non-profit outpatient clinics, as well as middle and high schools utilizing specialized training in the special education system for children and adolescents. In her current clinical practice, she enjoys working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, overall adjustment concerns. Jessica employs theory from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Existential Therapy, among other evidence-based treatments. She maintains a balance of utilizing both traditional and non-traditional perspectives to offer support and guidance for many of the issues that complicate our personal and professional lives. Her specialties include working with those struggling with sexuality concerns, LGBT, life stressors, depleted self-worth, relational concerns, as well as trauma manifesting itself within the symptomology of anxiety and depression. She believes in empowering her clients to begin to consider healthy and constructive alternatives to their lives. She assists people to find courage to face their fears, discover the strength to heal, and construct changes to create balance in their lives.
Patricia Johnson, MA LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Pat holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Bethel Seminary in Minnesota. Additionally, she holds a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine and is licensed as an occupational therapist (OTRL). Pat is certified in EMDR and is also certified in the technique of Brainspotting, a modified form of EMDR. She currently provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families. The individuals she sees range in age from 18 to seniors. Special interests include conflict resolution, trauma, effective communications training, self-esteem, physical/emotional/verbal abuse, domestic violence, boundary setting, anger management, women's issues, parenting and child development, depression, anxiety, Christian counseling and spirituality, mind/body work, bereavement/loss of a loved one, prolonged grief (beyond 1 year), managing the emotional impact of medical conditions & chronic pain, and sensory integration issues related to daily functioning/social interactions. Pat's desire in the therapeutic relationship is to provide a place for individuals to feel 'heard', encouraged, and to instill a sense of hope and self-esteem for accomplishing his/her goals and dreams.
Alison Perry, MA LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Alison holds a Master’s degree from the University of Saint Thomas and has a strong passion for serving others through therapy. She works with couples, families, adults, and adolescents. As every client is unique, Alison strives for a collaborative relationship with clients to improve their sense of self and reach goals best fitting their personal experiences. Her strengths include disorders such as mood, anxiety, eating, obsessive-compulsive, bipolar, borderline personality, panic, phobias, and adjustment. She also places great importance on the client’s whole life picture and relationships. By doing so, she broadens her spectrum of treatment to life coaching, divorce/reconciliation issues, pregnancy/infertility, parenting, family/relationship conflict, career exploration, grief, and coping. Her theoretical approach is eclectic and draws from several frameworks, including systemic, relational, emotion-focused, Gestalt, and CBT. Alison is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and utilizes it to help clients reprocess past traumatic experiences. “The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud.” ~ Buddhist Proverb
Beth Ryland, MA LAMFT Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist Brooke Fleming MS LMFT, Supervisor
Beth holds a master’s degree in marriage & family therapy from Saint Mary’s University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University. Beth takes a systemic approach to the concerns you bring to her office. This means that your current and past relationships play a role in your current concerns so both will be part of the conversation. As a relationship and sex therapist, Beth sees both individuals and couples for issues related to communication problems, divorce, infidelity, and all types of sexual concerns. Sexual concerns might include struggling with one of you having a higher or lower level of sexual interest (desire) than the other, problematic sexual behavior (sex or pornography addiction), erectile dysfunction, and non-monogamous or open relationships. She also sees individuals for issues related to anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. Beth has a passion for helping couples in any stage, from discernment (the process of deciding whether to stay together or not), to spicing things up or making important changes to the way you communicate, to uncoupling and setting healthy emotional boundaries during the divorce process, to establishing your blended family in a second relationship or marriage. She has a straight-forward, yet gentle approach that will leave you feeling comfortable regardless of how uncomfortable the topic.
Katie Schober-Ordoñez, MS Therapist Amanda (Holmberg) Sasek, MS LMFT, Supervisor
Katie holds a master's of science degree in community counseling from Saint Cloud State University. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Katie’s approach is based on collaboratively examining and deconstructing the impact of power dynamics and social expectations in order to help individuals overcome barriers to achieving life satisfaction. Katie’s areas of interest include working with individuals who have experienced sexual assault, bereaved individuals, or those experiencing the effects of social oppression on the basis of race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or immigration status. Katie is happy to help any interested individual or couple to explore the experience and impact of sexuality and/or gender identity. Katie is very passionate about providing a non-judgmental atmosphere for individuals to navigate difficult life situations and fully realize his/her potential.
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