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. Craig is also a board member of the Wright County United Way and the Director of Solutions Counseling. 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. Looking for more information about our Clinical Trainees? Click here or scroll down.
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 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. Heidi also provides clinical supervision to newly licensed social workers in the aging field.
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 clinical trainees pursuing their Master's Degrees in collaberation with college programs around the state of Minnesota. Our clinical trainees 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 clinical trainees are subject to a rigorous pre-hire qualification process and background check before they are considered for Solution's training program.
Aaron Nordrum, BA, BS
Aaron is completing his graduate practicum experience at Solutions Counseling. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University. He is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Cloud State University. Aaron has two years of experience working in a residential treatment setting with children and more than five years of in-home experience working with individuals with disabilities. Aaron has an Adlerian approach that focuses on encouragement and potential. He believes that everyone is capable of change and growth through their own personal strengths while acknowledging they are part of a larger system. He is currently working towards certification as an Animal Assisted Therapy team with his dog Thor.
Michelle Suarez, MSED
Michelle is completing her practicum experience at Solutions Counseling through January 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s in Child and Parent Development from Bank Street College of Education in New York. She holds a certification in Play Therapy from St. Mary’s University and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University. Michelle is the founder and director of Kaleidoscope Interactive Developmental Services (KIDS) where she works with families and their children diagnosed with special needs. She holds an Advanced Certification in Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder’s DIR/Floortime model. Michelle has experience supporting children and families for 15 years and engages in a collaborative approach when working with clients, empowering the clients to explore and find resources for positive change. Michelle has a passion for helping families connect and engage with their children.
Laura Meemken, MA, LMFT
Laura is a licensed individual, couples and family therapist. She provides a comfortable and accepting environment where children, adolescents and adults are safe to explore life challenges. Laura believes in a balanced approach in therapy and life and supports clients in finding a healthy medium between acceptance and change. She works from a client-centered, family-driven perspective, meaning the client is empowered to take the lead in their treatment. Laura is trained in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and utilizes play and art therapy techniques with children and teens. Areas of particular interest include working with adolescents and adults on issues related to depression, anxiety, difficulty managing emotions, disordered eating, low self-esteem, parenting concerns and family conflict, and substance use and co-dependency in families.
Darci Witasek, MA, LMFT
Darci Witasek has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish. Darci has experience providing therapy in both English and Spanish to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples in a wide range of settings. Darci assists her clients with a diverse range of mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, trauma, oppositional defiant disorder, health concerns, divorce, and relationship issues. She typically utilizes Solution-focused, Cognitive Behavioral and Systemic therapy approaches in her therapy work. Darci believes in a collaborative approach to counseling where the therapist and client work together to find solutions to their problems.
Katie Stangl, MS, LMFT, RPT
Katie Stangl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist experienced in working with children birth and up as well as adolescents and families. She utilizes a developmental perspective when working with clients as well as a cognitive behavioral and psychoeducational approach to assist children and their families in learning how to manage behaviors and learn how to regulate emotions. Katie has experience working with trauma, domestic violence, loss, relationship and affect difficulties in infancy and early childhood as well as disrupted attachments, depression, anxiety, and behavioral concerns. She received a Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy from Saint Mary’s University as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota. Katie has a passion for working with children and their families to help improve the dynamics of family relationships and to help decrease stress and frustration in the home environment.
Mary Hollermann, MA, LSW, LAMFT
Mary is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Social Worker. Mary provides a comfortable environment of encouragement, respect, and empowerment while working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Mary has worked in a school setting for 12 years as a special education social worker primarily in the middle and high school grades. She is experienced working with children and teens diagnosed with ADHD, depression, emotional behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities, Autism and Asperger’s. Her experience also includes working with individuals and families providing in-home family services for the past four years. Mary has a special interest in working with women related to their concerns of self-esteem, depression, self-image, assertiveness and domestic violence. Through her encouraging approach she is able to support clients in putting their emotional wellbeing first and working with them to maintain a healthy life balance. Mary enjoys working collaboratively with her clients, understanding that clients often have the insight needed to help them explore positive change and move forward towards healthy personal growth. She also utilizes a multisystemic and cognitive behavioral approach customized to individual client needs.
Brian Putz, MA, Licensed Psychologist (Assessment & Testing Only)
Brian has been licensed as a psychologist in the State of Minnesota since 1995. He has a wide range of experience in the field of psychological testing, including assessments with children, adolescents, and adults, with a variety of mental health concerns. Brian believes that, while no one test can fully diagnose, or capture the essence of an individual, appropriate and effective measures do provide significant information, which is helpful in clarifying the clinical picture. He uses a mixture of standardized tests and subjective rating scales, when indicated, in an effort to fine tune the diagnostic presentation and aide in treatment planning.
Specific areas of assessment include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations
- Court ordered psychological evaluations – adolescent and adult
Caleb Mol, BS
Caleb is completing his graduate practicum experience at Solutions Counseling through May 2015. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Cloud State University. Caleb has three years of experience working with adolescents as a coach in both public and private school settings. Caleb’s experience as a college athlete has given him the ability to connect and empathize with adolescents who are facing pressure as an athlete and student simultaneously. He also has worked as a mentor for Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge to help teenagers overcome addiction. Caleb’s professional philosophy includes creating an empowering and supportive environment for clients to allow them to make positive changes in their lives. Caleb applies a non-judgmental and validating systematic approach to therapy influenced by his academic experience. He believes that helping clients reframe situations and life events is important in promoting positive behavior.
Thor is a 6 year old male American Bulldog. He was adopted by Aaron from the Tri-County Humane Society when he was 2. He has made plenty of visits to the St. Cloud Children’s Home working with children who face a variety of challenges and always puts a smile on their face. He has also made visits to REM homes in St. Cloud providing support for individuals with disabilities. He plays well with people of all ages but also knows when emotional support is needed and is able to regulate is activity level well. Thor loves cars rides, belly rubs, and peanut butter.
John Torkelson, M.Div., LAMFT
John is a licensed associate individual, couples and family therapist. He is trained in family systems, couples counseling, trauma focused therapy and childhood disorders. John enjoys working specifically with adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as those who have experienced trauma. John has seventeen years of experience working with adolescents in various capacities including teaching, mentoring and counseling. In addition, John previously worked at a treatment facility that treated both Mental Illness/Chemical Dependency and has special interest in working with the complexity of co-occurring disorders. John works to create an atmosphere in the therapy room that is comfortable and non-judgmental where adults and adolescents feel safe to express themselves and work toward growth/healing. John’s therapy style is client centered and attempts to build on the strengths of the client, helping them use those strengths to make different choices as well as develop new patterns for relating to others in their lives. His therapy approach focuses on exploring the problem in the context of the family system and on practical solutions often based on progressive cognitive and behavioral changes. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in education, his Master of Divinity and a post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University.