St. Paul Office Meet our team. The people behind client success.
Leah Faiad MS LAMFT
Leah Faiad, MS LAMFT Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist Dr. Jenny Holdredge, PsyD LMFT, Supervisor Leah holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a bachelor's degree in child youth and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Leah believes in empowering clients to access their own strengths by utilizing a solution focused perspective to overcome life’s challenges. Leah enjoys working with individuals and families across the lifespan, including children, teens, adults, couples and families. She utilizes both talk therapy and child centered play therapy when appropriate to facilitate the healing process. Her special areas of interest include anxiety, depression, family conflict, parenting stress, life transitions, trauma and sexuality. She provides individuals with a variety of mindfulness based techniques to increase ones ability to manage difficult emotions and improve overall self awareness. Leah aspires to create a warm and and non-judgmental environment for clients to find healing and inner peace.
Kate Stevenson MA
Kate Stevenson, MA Therapist Dr. Jenny Holdredge, PsyD LMFT, Supervisor Kate holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Saint Mary’s University. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and theatre arts and a minor in English writing from Concordia College, Moorhead. Kate has experience working with adults in a higher level of care, providing psychotherapy and psychoeducation on key topics such as coping and distress tolerance skills, goal setting, wellness, assertiveness skills and boundary setting, naming and understanding emotions, understanding mental health and stigma, social skills and healthy relationships, and meditation/mindfulness skills. Kate has worked extensively with adults experiencing generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and autism. Kate uses a person-centered approach to establish a warm and genuine relationship with her clients and provide a safe, non-judgmental, and validating place for them to share their story. She draws upon elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in order to introduce tools, skills, and concepts for clients to implement in their lives. Creativity, humor, and bibliotherapy (books!) are especially welcome in Kate’s practice.
Courtney Sellberg MA LPC
Courtney Sellberg, MA LPC Therapist Supervisor: Catherine Tamayo, MS LPCC Courtney holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. As a therapist, Courtney strives to establish a safe, non-judgmental environment through a person-centered approach. Courtney believes in working collaboratively with her clients, utilizing each client’s strengths and readiness to change to reach a common goal. She values building a genuine and authentic relationship with her clients, as is essential to the counseling process. Courtney draws upon elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT) and Narrative therapy, and is trained in Tobacco Cessation Treatment training and motivational interviewing. Courtney has experience working with kids and adults, providing individual and group therapy that focuses on the following areas: psychoeducation on mental health symptoms, coping skills, stress regulation, anger management, goal and boundary setting, healthy relationship building, medication management, mindfulness and mental health and stigma. Courtney has worked with a variety of populations experiencing ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. In addition, she has experience working with Veterans recovering from trauma, in a group setting that integrated a spiritual and relational component into therapy.
Holly Tofanelli MA LMFT
Holly (Traynor) Tofanelli, 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 Brainspotting and EMDR and utilizes these two mindfulness based approaches 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.
Michelle Strafelda MA LPCC
Michelle Strafelda, MA LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Michelle holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is passionate about providing individual therapy to adults and teenagers, with a special focus on first establishing a safe, nonjudgmental relationship with clients before beginning to approach more serious issues with them, such as healing from trauma and other negative life experiences. She wholeheartedly believes that individuals are able to change when they are an active part of their recovery and are given tools to help themselves heal. She uses her genuine self to help build trust and connection with clients of all ages. Michelle is trained in EMDR (eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing), a trauma-focused intervention that assists clients in addressing negative beliefs, intrusive thoughts, and triggers that prevent clients from living in the present moment. She has long been very passionate about helping individuals and families to better understand how their trauma affects them and those around them, as it is such a stigmatized and misunderstood phenomena in our society. After working through trauma reprocessing, Michelle helps client to find growth and new meaning in their lives. Michelle’s other therapeutic interests include but are not limited to: mindfulness and meditation, immigration issues, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma-related disorders, chemical dependency issues, family systems, grief and loss, job stress, love languages, nutritional well-being and cooking, yoga, nature as a healing experience, multicultural issues, LGBTQ rights, and fostering a social support network. Michelle uses a person-centered approach which allows her to meet clients in whatever stage of change they are currently in. This approach allows each client or family to be the expert of their own lives. She draws upon elements of as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These techniques have been known to give clients additional skills to cope with symptoms and other everyday stressors. Michelle is continually improving her written and spoken fluency in Spanish and hopes to continue make herself available to working with Spanish-speaking clients. She is always trying to challenge herself to grow her multicultural knowledge to better meet her clients’ needs.
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