Craig Rens, MA, LMFT
Craig is a licensed individual, couples, and family therapist. He is specifically trained to treat and improve couples and family relationships regardless of their current condition. In addition to couples and family work, Craig has spent many years providing one-to-one therapy with adolescents in various local schools including the Elk River School District and St. Michael-Albertville District. He is a trained Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral clinician allowing him to treat children and adolescents who have experienced emotional, verbal, or physical trauma. In working individually with adults, Craig typically assists his clients with reducing anxiety, depression, and abuse related trauma symptoms. All of his therapy is about looking forward to the future when his client's symptoms are no longer present and affecting their lives. Craig is caring but challenging to his clients and uses humor to make even the most uncomfortable of topics approachable and changeable. Craig is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Minnesota Board Approved Supervisor.
At Solutions Counseling, we believe it is essential to match you up with a professional that best fits your needs. All of our professionals are specifically trained to assist you with individual, marital/couples, or family related issues. Every clinician is state licensed with significant experience in dealing with depression, anxiety and other mood related concerns. Below are specific specialties and bios of the clinicians for you to learn more about them:
Stephanie O'Rourke, PhD, LMFT
Stephanie is a licensed individual, couples, and family therapist. She creates a warm, comfortable and non-judgmental environment where adults, children and teens feel safe to express themselves and take steps toward positive change. She recognizes client's strengths and helps them use those strengths to make different choices as well as develop new patterns for relating to others in their lives. Her clinical approach reflects a commitment to working with clients from a family systems viewpoint, meaning she looks at issues within the context of relationships (couple and family) and social environment. Stephanie believes issues are best resolved by considering your experiences, family and significant relationships as well as others involved with your situation such as school and/or work. Stephanie holds a Bachelors degree in psychology, a Masters degree in counseling and psychological services, a post masters certificate in marriage and family therapy and a PH. D in family psychology.
Tonya Dolly, MSW, LICSW
Tonya Dolly is a clinical therapist trained to provide therapy and support to families and individuals of all ages. Tonya has over seven years of experience providing mental health services in a variety of settings including: outpatient, adolescent partial hospitalization, and co-located elementary school services. Tonya specifically enjoys working with child and adolescent behavioral issues, step/blended family conflicts, grief, loss and trauma issues, and relationship and affect difficulties in infancy and early childhood (ages 0-4 specialized training). With adults, Tonya assists with life changes, depression, anxiety, communication and relationship issues. She works from a developmental and relational perspective which focuses on the ever-changing individual in relationship to others. With the client, Tonya focuses on jointly developing coping and resolution skills.
Kelly Salzl, MS, LMFT, RPT
Kelly Salzl, MS, LMFT, RPT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a Registered Play Therapist. Kelly provides counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She works with a variety of concerns and issues including behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse concerns as well as various other issues concerning individuals and families. While working with children, Kelly uses a non-directive play therapy approach called Experiential Play Therapy. With adolescents, adults and couples, Kelly utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach. Kelly has a passion for working with children and helping families find healthier ways of interacting with one another. She also focuses on the strengths of the individual while also challenging belief systems that may be having a negative impact on the life of the individual.
Jessica VerBout, MA, LMFT
Jessica VerBout is a licensed individual, couples and family therapist. She believes that we are who we are today from the experiences, situations, and people we have gone through or come in contact with throughout our lives. Using knowledge from these experiences, coupled with the new experiences and strengths we already possess (or will learn), healing and growth is possible. Clinically she works from a systems perspective, which means she sees issues within the context of a persons various relationships and social environments. She uses viewpoints and techniques from various theories to better help her clients with whatever life issue their working through and to create a comfortable, safe atmosphere her clients can use to explore themselves and the issues at hand. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development with minors in English and Japanese and has her Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT). She is also working toward certification with the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Jessica is a Certified Prepare and Enrich Counselor focusing on pre-marital, co-habitating and marital relationships. She has experience with sexuality concerns (i.e., dysfunctions, addictions, pedophilia, etc.), depression, anxiety disorders and severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Available Locations: St. Louis Park & St. Michael
Heidi Haley-Franklin, MSW, LICSW
Heidi is a clinical therapist specializing in working with adults and families who are experiencing chronic health conditions as well as adults with developmental disabilities. She has specialized training in caregiver consulting and over fifteen years experience working in a variety of settings with families, including skilled nursing, residential group homes, and home health care. Heidi understands that coping with health issues can be overwhelming and provides a warm, supportive, and encouraging therapeutic environment. By focusing on strengths and resiliency as well as restructuring views on grief and loss, clients can expect that they will create short-term and long-term plans to overcome obstacles to live the best possible life. Heidi is a member of the Minnesota Gerontological Society and also works as the Associate Director of Clinical Services at the MN-ND Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association where she provides education, counseling, and support to individuals with dementia and their families as well as manages the Information Helpline and Care Consultation programs for the Chapter.
Nancy Tomanek MA, LMFT
Nancy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She provides services for individuals, couples, and family groups. She is skilled at addressing issues on domestic violence, co-dependency, depression, anxiety, parenting problems, life transitions, as well as grief and loss issues. Nancy fosters an environment of encouragement and empowerment for her clients. She believes in the power of support and encouragement that can be nurtured in the therapeutic relationship and used to infuse others with the courage to change. Nancy has diverse therapy experience including working with at risk youth in the school setting, providing in-home therapy services that focus on family structure as a whole, and practicing in an outpatient community based mental health center.
Mary Ann Tran-Barnhouse MA, LMFT
Mary Ann is a licensed therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families. She has a passion for helping those in need of mental health services and being sensitive to each person’s “common uniqueness.” Her clinical specialties consist of working with families of diverse cultures, helping families acculturate to America, assisting young children who have experienced severe trauma, and supporting adolescents through the challenging elements of change and GLBT issues. Mary Ann strives to maintain a safe environment for clients as she traverses the journey of exploration towards solutions to her client’s struggles. Mary Ann understands therapy, at times, can be a difficult process and therefore creates a setting absent of judgment. Mary Ann has spent five years providing in-home therapeutic services, continually honing her skills as a clinician. Mary Ann holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Tonie VanStelten, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
Dr. VanStelten is a Licensed Psychologist. She has over ten years of mental health experience in multiple settings, including, college counseling, community mental health, medical clinics and private practice. Dr. VanStelten enjoys working with patients ages twelve through adulthood. She has extensive experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, panic, PTSD, health problems, abuse issues, grief and loss, problems related to parenting and multiple roles, issues specific to women and relationship difficulties. Dr. VanStelten also sees couples and families for therapy, in addition to conducting groups with the primary focus on anxiety and depression. Her approach to therapy is patient centered and supportive, using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to create change. Dr. VanStelten holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Psychology in the field of Counseling Psychology.
Sheri Tesch, MS, LMFT
Sheri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist experienced in working with individuals of all ages. She specializes in working with children ages 3-12 experiencing emotional/behavioral disorders. Sheri is a system's therapist who utilizes both a cognitive behavioral and psychoeducational approach to assist children and their families in learning skills necessary to emotionally regulate and manage behavior. She has experience working specifically with children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as those who have experienced trauma or disrupted attachment. Sheri has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, a Master’s of Science Degree in Child and Family Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Sheri is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and an Associate Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in a number of settings including school, preschools, early childhood special education programs, community mental health and in-home foster care.
Our clinic provides a professional training environment for graduate-track-counseling-interns in collaberation with college programs around the state of Minnesota. Our graduate-track-counseling-interns are trained to participate in all facets of our clinic's operation. Clinical duties are considered only after satisfactorily completing all training requirements and are conducted under the supervision of Solution's Clinical Director and their respective college clinical supervisor. All graduate-track-counseling-interns are subject to a rigorous pre-hire qualification process and background check before they are considered for Solution's practicum/internship program.
Heather Dmohoski, BS
Heather will be completing her practicum experience at our clinic through July, 2013. She is presently working towards her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary's University. In addition to her education, Heather has two years of experience working as a Sexual Assault Advocate in St. Cloud. She currently works in health insurance administration. Heather tends to utilize Narrative and Systemic therapy approaches. In Narrative therapy, a person’s values, beliefs, morals, and insights are used to help the person view their problems in a new light. She believes that “the problem is the problem, not the person is the problem."
Jenna Benoit, BS
Jenna Benoit is completing her practicum experience at Solutions Counseling through July of 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and is completing her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at SCSU. Jenna has assisted children and families at St. Cloud Crisis Nursery, provided individual therapy for a diverse group of students at SCSU through her on-site practicum program, assisted in play therapy sessions, and presently provides services in a group home setting with clients whose primary diagnosis is Paranoid Schizophrenia. Jenna has experience with a wide variety of clients issues including trauma related concerns. Jenna’s goal is to complete her doctorate degree with a focus on couples and families. Jenna’s preferred working model is Experiential and Bowen Family Therapy. She believes that all behavior, within its context, makes sense, and that everyone is capable of healing.