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.
Rachel is a marriage and family therapist working with children and families in the school-linked mental health program at Stonebridge Elementary and Afton-Lakeland Elementary. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD-related challenges, abuse, familial alcoholism and grief. Rachel works eclectically to suit the needs of the individual. Under the umbrella of a family-systems based approach, modalities used in treatment may include play therapy, CBT, psychodynamic therapy, family therapy and mindfulness-based interventions. Rachel’s goal is to help children reach their highest potential and to help families live more harmonious and happier lives together.
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.
Marnie is a marriage and family therapist who works with individuals, couples and families. She believes that a trusting and positive relationship between client and therapist is key to the therapeutic process. She practices using a variety of frameworks and techniques, including psychodynamic, mindfulness, humanistic, attachment theory, systems theory, solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, individuals experiencing distress from sexual behaviors, schizophrenia, personality disorders, trauma, parenting skills, people from the LGBTQA+ community, marriage therapy and group therapy.
Cori enjoys awakening awareness and insight, encouraging action, fostering healing, cultivating joy in the lives of others and supporting people in changing their lives. She believes helping is an honor, therapy is a collaborative adventure and that we are all choice makers. Cori operates from a holistic, Adlerian perspective and integrates techniques from several schools of psychology.
Cori has worked in residential treatment facilities with delinquent youth and many other roles including as part of a correctional facility's mental health unit, a mobile crisis worker, a mediator and conflict consultant. She has coordinated a victim/witness assistance program and taught in special education programming.
Cori, a psychotherapist, divides her time between school-based and outpatient clinic therapy in Hudson, Wis. Cori accepts adult, couples, teen and adolescent clients. She has special interest in criminal justice system involvement, EMDR, conflict resolution, spirituality, panic, suicidality, trauma, and career and life transitions.
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.
Lenaya has her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy. As an art therapist, Lenaya utilizes art materials in session to offer an alternate means of communication to traditional talk therapy. Lenaya operates from a person-centered and strength-based perspective, seeking to understand each client’s unique experience as well as the skills in which they already approach the world in order to build new skills for the future. Lenaya currently works with adolescents and young adults in New Richmond and Stillwater schools. Areas of interest include self-esteem, anxiety, depression, life transitions and trauma.
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.
Maureen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been working with children and families for more than 10 years. Maureen has worked in outpatient in-home, and day treatment settings as a therapist and supervisor with a primary focus on early intervention, children’s mental health and family therapy.
Maureen is passionate about supporting children's mental health so they can do their best socially and academically. She believes strongly in helping to support the family system to reduce discord and increase unity through a compassionate and trusting client-therapist relationship. She focuses on attachment issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, disruptive behavior and challenges related to Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD.
Maureen collaborates with school staff and works with students and families at Webster and Castle Elementary Schools in District 622 as well as O.H. Anderson Elementary in Mahtomedi.
To be in a space where we can feel understood is critical to healing. While having pain is human, suffering needn’t be. Jen takes a collaborative approach with clients to explore painful patterns in their life and provide practices toward coping, self- care and personal growth. Jen works with individuals from children to older adults. Jen uses attachment, mindfulness and self-compassionate approaches in her therapy. Her areas of interest are life transitions, depression, anxiety and trauma.
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.
Brynn’s hope is to build relationships and work collaboratively with families and individuals to address their specific goals. Approaches used in her practice include family systems, cognitive behavior therapy, psycho dynamic and humanistic strategies. Brynn aims to bring an accepting and inviting presence into each session, with encouragement for the obstacles that life brings to us all in different ways.
Brynn specializes in working with families and adults. Specific issues that Brynn is passionate about include working with women, children of divorced parents, parenting issues, anxiety in children and adolescents, OCD in teens and adults, life transitions, depression and personality disorders.
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.
Amber believes it is often the experiences of our past that make-up our present and influence our future. Through these experiences, we fashion our own individual stories. Amber strives to help individuals freely and openly unpack throughout the therapeutic process. She helps each individual experience healing and growth in their present and seek hope for their future. Amber uses person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and a psychodynamic perspective to fit each client’s individual needs.
Amber sees clients in the Stillwater outpatient clinic, along with students in the Mahtomedi School District. Her specific areas of interest include working with individuals age nine and older, specifically in regard to anxiety, depression, social anxiety, school stress, life adjustments, conflict resolution, spirituality and trauma.
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.