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Paul Springstead - Therapist Paul Springstead, PsyD, ABPP, LP

Dr. Springstead is a licensed psychologist and director of clinical services at Northern Pines. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, which is the oldest and most prestigious psychology certification board. Dr. Springstead obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Illinois State University in 1980, and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Baylor University in 1987. Dr. Springstead has been employed at Northern Pines since 1990.

His current clinical emphasis is working with couples and families.

Patricia Scott Patricia W. Scott, MA, LP
Patricia holds a master's degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and has taken postgraduate classes from St. Cloud State University and the Atlanta School of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  She has completed the DBT Intensive Training.  She is a Licensed Psychologist with a specialty in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Donn Beaubien Donn C. Beaubien, LICSW
Donn graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in accounting. She earned a master of social work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas and is certified as a licensed independent social worker. Mrs. Beaubien worked at Crow Wing County Social Services in child protection. Presently, she does individual counseling with adolescents and adults. Her primary focus is grief counseling. Mrs. Beaubien also works with Mobile Crisis Outreach as a mental health professional.
Stu Popkin Stu Popkin, LICSW
Stu has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He has completed the Professional and Advanced trainings through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and incorporates these skills and principles into his work. He has experience working with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, and the psychological response to ongoing health issues.
Robert Steele Robert Steele, MA, LP
Bob Steele is a graduate of Antioch College and the University of Minnesota, with advanced degrees in psychology and counseling. Before joining the Northern Pines staff, he served as the agency director for the South Central Human Relations Center in Owatonna for 25 years. Bob currently provides outpatient therapy/counseling services to adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and specializes in psychological testing and assessments. He also works in a professional capacity on the Northern Pines Mobile Crisis Outreach team.
Therese Meyer Therese Meyer, MA, LAMFT
Therese holds a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University in Eagan MN. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Therese specializes in child, adolescent, and family therapy, and works in our Brainerd and Little Falls outpatient clinics.
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Richard Jackson, LGSW, MSW

Rick was born and raised in northern Minnesota. He has 15 years’ experience working with children with emotional and behavioral problems and has worked for Northern Pines for more than 10 years. His experience includes: Family Teacher in residential program at Boys Town, Nebraska; over 10 years’ experience as a foster care parent; day treatment work in schools; and supervising the Mental Health Behavior Aide & In-home Skills program for Northern Pines. He also has experience with birth-to-age 5 assessments and working with the Northern Pines Mobile Crisis Outreach program.

Tyler Trettel Tyler Trettel, BA, MS, MFT

Tyler holds a B.A. in psychology from St. John’s University and is a Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 from St. Cloud State University. Tyler brings forth an understanding that people live in a multisystem society which is made up of interactions between individuals, couples, families, and the environment and that these all exist together to create the issue at hand. Tyler is working as an outpatient therapist providing services for individuals, couples, and families.

Kim Scearcy - Central Lakes College therapist Kimberly Scearcy Senn, MSW, LICSW

Kimberly Scearcy Senn holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and received her LICSW in March of 2009. Kim’s experience includes an internship in child protection, Assertive Community Treatment facility in the Windy City Chicago, CTSS school-based, in-home family therapy, DBT, and clinical supervision.  Kim’s focus is working with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, women's concerns, and relational issues. Kim's vision entails working alongside individuals in a solution-focused, strengths-based orientation to facilitate positive life change.

Jean Schlicting Jean Kocer, MSW, LGSW

Jean Kocer is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a master's degree in social work from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She specializes in providing counseling services to older adolescents and adults for the treatment of self-esteem issues, stress management, adjusting to life transitions, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and thought disorders. Jean currently provides counseling services at the Outpatient Brainerd office. She also provides counseling services to students at Central Lakes College. Jean incorporates wellness and integrative, collaborative care into her clinical practice to treat the effects mental health problems have on physical health and conversely the effects physical health problems have on mental health.

 

Nancy Bernsetter Nancy Bernsetter, M.A., LICSW

Nancy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her Master of Arts degree in Social Agency Counseling is from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She has provided play therapy services to children ages 4-11, parent education, and therapy with female adolescents for 23 years. Nancy provides services in our Staples clinical office.

 

Roxann Storms Roxann Storms, MSW, LGSW, FT

As a social worker of 20+ years, Roxann has experience in parent education, anger management, self esteem, and adjustments from life transitions. She holds a Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University and a Master of Science degree in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University. Roxann’s area of expertise is grief and loss issues, particularly relating to the impacts of separation/divorce and death of a loved one through sudden, expected or suicide loss. She is a Fellow in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is a board member of the Children’s Grief Connection.

 

Cathy Hansen Cathy Hansen, MSW, LICSW

Cathy holds a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul and a MSW from the University of Minnesota. She was previously a Victim's Advocate and Guardian ad Litem in the court system as well as a Coordinator of Social Services for a Head Start program. She worked for 12 years as a therapist at Neighborhood Counseling Center in Wadena before transitioning to Northern Pines. Cathy sees older adolescents and adults. She has intensive training in DBT and EMDR. Her areas of interest include personality Disorders and trauma. .

 

Karmella Thompson Karmella Thompson, MS, LADC, MFT

Karmy is a Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure Candidate.  She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Psychology majoring in Chemical Dependency.  She received her master’s of science degree from St. Cloud State University in Rehabilitation Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Psychology.  She has worked in mental health for the past 16 years.   She uses a systems approach with a diverse population which includes families, couples, adolescents, and individuals with diagnosis of chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, stress and a variety of different mental health diagnosis.  Her general interests include horses, camping, and anything that has to do with nature and outdoor activities.

 

Patti Gorman Dr. Patti Gorman, Ed.D., LPCC

Patti Gorman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She obtained a master’s degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University in 2001, and her doctorate degree in counseling psychology at Argosy University. She has been intensively trained in dialectical behavioral therapy as well as EMDR. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and dialectical behavioral therapies, as well as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. Her other clinical interests include trauma, depression, anxiety. She has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, families, and couples.

 

Patti Gorman Marlene H. Ceynar, MA, LP

Marlene is a Licensed Psychologist who sees clients in the Wadena Office.  Her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology is from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.  Marlene works with adults of all ages who have depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder spectrum disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, or personality disorders.  Marlene welcomes people of spirituality, LGBT, and/or cultural diversity communities.

 

Wendy Olson Wendy Olson, MSW

Wendy Olson is a Children’s Mental Health Professional at Northern Pines Mental Health Center. She holds a MSW degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and is currently licensed as a LGSW working toward independent licensure. Wendy holds the University of Minnesota graduate level certificate for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and for Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is trained to diagnosis children from birth through age three. She is trained to facilitate Incredible Years parenting curriculum for babies, toddlers, and preschool. Her past experience includes working in the schools and with adults with mild to profound mental retardation.

 

Megan Mueller, MA, LAMFT

Megan graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish in 2010, and from Capella University’s online graduate program in 2013 with residency experiences in both in-home family therapy and school-based therapy services.  She is currently a Licensed Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy, looking forward to further licensure in Spring of 2016.  Megan began her work at Northern Pines in September 2010 on the Mental Health Behavioral Aide team as an in-home skills practitioner. She enjoys working with adolescents and children and is interested in seeing individuals, couples, and families. Megan currently works in our Brainerd and Long Prairie offices.

 

Mary Jo Cody, LICSW

Mary Jo Cody is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over 23 years experience as a mental health counselor, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Minnesota and has additional training in trauma focused therapy, bereavement counseling and mediation. Her approach is compassionate and direct, combining psychotherapy with practical homework between sessions.  She enjoys working with people from all backgrounds and levels of ability.  She offers additional specialization in: depression and anxiety, grief and loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and issues related to military service.  Mary Jo is working out of the Brainerd Outpatient Office.

 

Kim Schaefbauer, M.ED

Kim joins the Northern Pines Team to serve three vital roles: Director of the Outpatient Department, Clinician with the IDDT Chemical Health Program and Clinical Supervisor for the Long Prairie and Little Falls ARMHS Programs.  Kim has degrees in Educational Administration, Counseling and Personal Services and Child Development.  She brings with her many years of experience in the field of behavioral health with a specialization in residential settings.  Her past roles have included clinical director, clinical supervisor, unit supervisor and a therapist servicing individuals, families and groups.

 

Tammy Kmencik - Physical Therapist - Central Lakes College

Tamara Kmecik, MSW, LICSW

Tammy holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work also from St. Cloud State University, specializing in psychology and human behavior. Tammy has completed internships during international study in England, and with Northern Pines. She has more than seven years’ experience working with adults struggling with mood, psychotic, and personality disorders in the Adult Community Based Services ARMHS division, of which she is Clinical Supervisor. Other clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Tammy provides outpatient therapy at the Northern Pines Brainerd office in an intake diagnostic capacity. She also works with Mobile Crisis Outreach as a Mental Health Professional.

 

Teri Gerhardt, MSW, LGSW

Teri holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s, and is working towards independent licensure. Her experience includes internships in the corrections field and mental health services. Teri’s focus is working with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and relational issues. She is a certified provider of individual and group DBT skills. Teri has worked with adults diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness in our adult community based services for 4+ years. Teri provides outpatient therapy and works with Mobile Crisis Outreach as a Mental Health Professional.  She utilizes a strengths-based perspective in her work.

 

Claribel Severson, MA, LPCC Licensure candidate

Claribel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University, a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Liberty University, Virginia. Currently completing a PhD in General Psychology from Capella University. Claribel is Autism Certified by the Autism Society of Minnesota. Works with adults 18 and older (will work with  adolescents 12-17 years who are on the autism spectrum, with prior approval). Specializing in late diagnosis of autism in adults (formerly Asperger's Syndrome) and counseling couples where one individual is on the spectrum (AS/NT couples). Approach to counseling is eclectic incorporating behavioral interventions, CBT, REBT, Gestalt, art, poetry and writing exercises tailoring treatment to meet the client's specific needs. Areas of counseling experience include Autism Spectrum disorders (Asperger Syndrome), depression, anxiety, anger management, perfectionism, self-esteem, social phobia, assertiveness and communication skills for women, relationship conflicts, victims of violence and abuse.  Claribel is bilingual fluent in both English and Spanish.  She is a native Spanish speaker and reads and writes Spanish fluently and can work with the Latino population.

 

Dr. Connie Moe, PsyD

Connie holds a PsyD in clinical psychology from Capella University.  Her fifteen years of experience includes work as a school counselor, providing in-home family therapy, delivering individual therapy at a day treatment facility, and working with sexual offenders, both individually and in group settings.  She is currently earning her post-doctoral internship hours as an outpatient therapist providing services for children, adolescents, adults, and couples as she seeks licensure as a psychologist.  Connie’s philosophy is strength-based and focuses on what clients are capable of to bring them to their personal best.

 

Julie Hoyt EdD, LP

Dr. Hoyt is a graduate from the University of San Francisco with advance degrees in psychology, marital and family therapy.  She worked for 19 years as a psychologist at Neighborhood Counseling Center in Wadena before transitioning to Northern Pines – Wadena.  She has intensive training in DBT and EMDR.  In addition she has training in Mediation from Hamline University School of Law.  Dr. Hoyt’s area of interest is working with individuals with depression/anxiety, grief/loss and varied transitional issues.  She is working as an outpatient psychologist providing services for individuals, couples and families.

 

Kirsten Skalsky, MS, Mental Health Clinical Trainee

Kirsten graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a BA degree in Psychology, and received her Master’s degree from Walden University in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in forensic counseling.  Kirsten is currently working under supervision towards her licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.   She has training in play therapy with adolescents, and dialectical behavioral therapy.  She utilizes cognitive behavioral, family systems, solution focused, play, and dialectical behavioral therapies.

 

Shari Phillips, MS, Mental Health Clinical Trainee 

Shari holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and is working toward independent licensure as an LPCC.  Her previous experience includes working in a Day Treatment Program with adolescents, children, and families, in both an individual and group format.  In addition, Shari has worked with our Adult Community Based Services for the previous seven years, providing functional rehabilitative services for a number of individuals within the community.  Shari’s internship experience included working with our outpatient Chemical Dependency Program and outpatient therapy.  Shari’s focus is currently working with adults and adolescents in the outpatient setting, providing a person-centered and strength-based approach. 

 

Susan Schwankl, MS, Mental Health Professional Trainee

Susan attended Bemidji State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Susan works in the Brainerd Outpatient Office with adult clients who have a wide variety of disorders. She has a special interest in treating trauma/abuse, emotional dysregulation, and low self-esteem. Susan offers an integrative approach to individual therapy and also provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has volunteered at the Crow Wing County jail and loves helping people get to the root of their problematic issues. Susan welcomes members of the LGBT community and other people of diversity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 
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