Counselors and Therapists at FamilyMeans have a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Browse through our staff's biographies below, and contact our mental health staff for any questions you may have.
Jonathan is a marriage and family therapist who specializes in individual, couples and family therapy. Among his areas of interest are infidelity, sex therapy, trauma, play therapy and working with children and teenagers.
Jonathan’s therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He combines traditional complementary methodologies and current neurological research to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Jonathan is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths to live their best possible life.
Lauren believes a positive therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client is essential to the growth process. She creates a collaborative, warm and comfortable environment in which clients can feel free to explore.
Lauren relies on elements from CBT and Mindfulness, along with psychodynamic approaches, to assist clients in exploring the past, creating peace in the present and feeling hope for the future. She is especially interested in working with clients around issues such as self-esteem, body image, anxiety and difficult adjustments.
Carol has worked as a Licensed Social Worker for more than 20 years in a variety of health care settings assisting adults and families with various issues. During this time, nine years have been spent working with families regarding caregiving issues at FamilyMeans.
Carol enjoys working with teens 12 years or older, adults and couples. Areas of interest include women’s life transitions, anxiety, depression and coping with caregiving challenges. Carol believes the therapeutic relationship can be healing for clients and uses various therapeutic approaches based on each client’s unique needs.
Nora is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nora has provided therapy services for 15 years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. She has worked at FamilyMeans since 2005.
Nora sees families, children, and teens. She works with students and families at the Stillwater High School Wellness Program and New Heights Charter School. Nora addresses depression, anxiety, OCD, grief, anger, trauma, and family relational problems.
Nora has special training and interest in working with trauma providing EMDR therapy as a helping aid. She loves to help families move towards healthier relationships. Nora has taken extensive course work in attachment and bonding, hypnotherapy and neurobiology. Nora enjoys her work and deeply respects the therapeutic relationship.
Jessica believes everyone needs a place where they can talk with someone who will really listen and accept them as they are, and she works to provide a safe and warm environemnt in which this can occur. Jessica enjoys helping clients make positive changes in their lives and move toward their futures with hope.
Jessica has her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently works in schools with students of all ages in special education as well as regular education programs. Areas of specific interest include depression, anxiety, life transitions and family conflicts.
Therapy is a collaborative adventure! It is a process that is sometimes painful, sometimes fun. Cori enjoys awakening awareness and insight, encouraging action, fostering healing and cultivating joy in the lives of others. She believes helping is an honor, everything is possible, change is constant and our options are limitless even though it may not feel like it at the moment. An individual approach is catered to each client using an Adlerian framework and integrating techniques from several schools of psychology.
Cori has worked in residential treatment facilities with delinquent youth, as part of a correctional facility’s mental health unit and as a mobile crisis worker. She has coordinated a victim/witness assistance program, taught in special education programming and is a qualified neutral (mediator) and conflict consultant.
She divides her time as a school-based and outpatient clinic therapist in Hudson. Cori works with adults, couples, teens, children and families. She has special interests in antisocial behaviors, child guidance/parenting, conflict resolution, domestic violence, Eastern healing philosophies, life transitions, mindfulness and relationship issues.
Kari is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist who enjoys working with youth and their families. Kari has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including school-based, in-home, and outpatient.
Kari works in elementary and junior high schools providing therapy services to youth and their families. Kari works with children and their families on a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, transition, grief, parenting skills and social skills. Kari uses a variety of approaches including solution-focused, narrative, experiential, cognitive-behavioral, systemic and structural therapy techniques. Kari strives to assist children and their families, working together to gain new insights and learn new tools to utilize on their life journeys.
Kari is also bilingual and can conduct assessments and therapy in Spanish.
Will has worked in the field of mental health since 1992 and has been licensed in Minnesota since 1999. He graduated from the University of Minnesota followed by five years in a doctoral program at Argosy University. He uses a seriously eclectic range of therapeutic styles and techniques, customized to fit each individual, couple and/or family that comes in for help.
Will has worked with all ages over the years including children and families, couples, adolescents and adults in the area of sexual violence, and geriatrics in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Will worked at FamilyMeans for 5 years, left to explore other professional endeavors and then returned to FamilyMeans in 2014. He is particularly skilled in treating both anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as marriage/relationship crises. Working with adolescents is also an area of expertise he has developed over the years.
Libby enjoys working with individuals, couples, children and adolescents. She works in both the clinic and school setting. Libby works from a systems approach and has a strong desire to help clients discover and engage in healthy relationships. Areas of special interest include communication skills training; children and adolescents; grief; anxiety; and spirituality.
Jamie Nupen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who works in the School-Linked Mental Health Program at Tartan High School and has limited availability in the Stillwater Clinic. She enjoys working with clients age 10 and above. Jamie has a special interest in relaxation/mindfulness starting as early as childhood. Jamie uses a holistic approach considering mental, physical, and environmental aspects in a client's life, with a special interest in the mind-body connection. She has over ten years experience working with families specifically around issues of trauma, abuse, and grief. Jamie welcomes clients with a variety of concerns with an added specialization in working with clients around trauma, grief, depression, and anxiety.
In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, going for walks, enjoying the outdoors, and cooking.
Mary works with children, teens, adults and couples. She says, "None of us gets to choose everything that happens in our life, but we all can choose how we respond to events and move forward." Mary enjoys combining therapy with encouraging clients to pursue a holistic approach to health, including activities such as exercise, spiritual practices and pursuing nourishing relationships.
Mary's areas of particular interest include anxiety, mood disorders and families experiencing divorce, as well as working with people experiencing a major change in their lives.
Pat has worked with children, adults and families for more than 30 years. She believes most of us find ourselves overwhelmed or struggling at some time in life. During those times it can be helpful to talk to someone who is encouraging and understands life’s challenges. Therapy provides a private, safe place to better understand a particular situation and begin to make positive changes.
Special areas of interest include depression and anxiety, working with all ages, life transitions, collaborative divorce, parenting and co-parenting. Pat currently provides clinical and administrative supervision at FamilyMeans.