FamilyMeans' clinical staff have a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Our variety in licensure helps us bring diversity to our staff and availability to clients. Our staff want to provide safe, professional and excellent clinical service to our clients. Please 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’s therapeutic style is influenced by psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based approaches to healing. She enjoys working individually with both adults and adolescents to understand and reduce anxiety, cope with change, grow self-love, structure enriching and dynamic self-care practices, and explore the rich internal world that resides within each of us.
A key component to her practice is in developing a collaborative, compassionate, authentic and comfortable therapeutic relationship with clients. Therapy is a safe place in which Lauren will assist you in exploring the past, creating peace in the present and feeling hope for the future.
Lauren provides LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy, which means that clients who are members of this population will encounter a loving, open, and non-oppressive environment. All are welcome here.
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.
I feel honored and humbled to have a job that offers me the opportunity and privilege to work with people, who are willing to take the risk of talking and being vulnerable. I am energized in helping you find your own path, heal from painful events/memories, take risks and change what’s not working.
What I know to be true, people are resilient, strong and doing the best they can. I think people are really cool and have so much to offer to this world, but sometimes things get in the way of the successes. I know that no one enjoys being ‘stuck,’ judged, or pushed to do what they aren’t ready to do.
I try to work on developing a plan of action that will help people succeed. I ‘push’ if needed and ‘back off’ if requested. If any of us want to change, we need to be in charge of our own directions.
Nora is 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.
Leigh is a Graduate Intern, obtaining the hours necessary for her to complete her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary's University. She works with clients under the direct supervision of Erin Rowlson. Leigh obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northwestern University.
Leigh has worked and volunteered in several settings during her 8 years of training, including group homes, psychiatric unit at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, and school districts in Stillwater, Prescott, and North St. Paul. Leigh enjoys working with couples, individuals and families to better their lives at home and improve the community in which they live. She focuses on the systemic functioning of the family, while paying close attention to family strengths and challenges, in order to help clients better engage in life's transitions.
Leigh is passionate about working with trauma, grief and loss, and helping clients rediscover hope.
Stillwater Clinic and School-Based Therapist
Annie is an LICSW with an empasis in clinical social work. Her focus in therapy is to provide a welcoming space where every person, regardless of what brings them in for counseling, feels safe unpacking their "stuff" throughout the therapeutic process. Annie utilizes a grounding, trauma-informed approach, emphasizing internal family systems, strengths-based interaction, and unconditional positive regard.
Annie divides her time between Tartan High School and Castle Elementary providing school-based therapeutic services. She also sees therapy clients at the Stillwater Clinic. She works with both children and adults, helping with anxiety and depression, personality disorders, trauma, school stress and life adjustments. Annie is always LGBTQIA+ friendly, all are welcome and can expect loving support here.
Jessica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who provides individual therapy to children and adults of all ages, family therapy and couples therapy.
She 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 environment in which this can occur. She believes in taking a collaborative approach, utilizing the strengths and insights of each person to help clients make positive changes in their lives and move toward their futures with hope.
Areas of specific interest include depression, anxiety, anger, spirituality, attachment and bonding, trauma, family conflict and life transitions.
School-Based Therapist and Hudson Clinic
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 Marriage and Family Therapist who serves in elementary and middle schools in the Stillwater school district. She enjoys working with individuals and families to navigate the challenges of life, whether they are personal, with family, or with peers. She has an eclectic approach, utilizing various theoretical approaches, behavioral neuroscience, and real life experience. She enjoys working with anxiety, depression, sleep problems, transitions and adjustments, identity development, parenting skills, and family communication. Kari is 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.
School-Based Therapist and Stillwater Clinic
Libby is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about working with individuals and families to find hope in their struggles and freedom from emotional pain. Libby works from a systems approach and has a strong desire to help clients discover and engage in healthy relationships with themselves and others. Libby finds fulfillment in working with clients to understand the interconnectedness between our bodies and our emotions. Areas of special interest include: anxiety, children and adolescents, family therapy, reunification work, discernment, couples therapy and more.
School-Based Therapist and Stillwater Clinic
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.
Stillwater and Hudson Clinic
I believe creating a safe and non-judgmental space for my patients to share and work towards their goals is key to the therapeutic relationship. My approach is holistic focusing on mind, body, and heart. I have skill in helping clients integrate lifestyle changes into their healing journey. I find techniques listening to the messages from the body promote well-being and balance. I am experienced working with trauma, grief and bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, attachment problems, personality disorders and communication issues.
Mackenzie has her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with concentrations in Child and Adolescent Counseling and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in school and outpatient settings. Mackenzie uses a person-centered approach to help clients utilize their own strengths and build new skills to achieve change. She also believes in the importance of working eclectically to meet the unique needs of each individual. This may involve using CBT, play therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. Mackenzie’s areas of interest include depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma and grief.
Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in MN, MI and WI. Erin loves working with children, teens, families and couples. Erin is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and has completed the second level of Gottman Couples Therapy Method. Erin believes everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life’s difficulties. Erin tries to help bring families and couples closer together through therapeutic work and help to have fulfilling relationships. Erin provides both clinical supervision for Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors in MN as well as administrative supervision here at FamilyMeans.
Lindsey has her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health. She provides school-linked mental health services for elementary, middle and high school students in Wisconsin. Lindsey’s approach is relational, strengths-based and collaborative. She believes therapy is a safe place to grow, learn and achieve shared goals using an eclectic mix of modalities to meet each client’s unique needs. Approaches used might include play therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, Adlerian and narrative therapy.
Lindsey has special interest in anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders and family changes.
Brynn’s hope as a therapist is to build relationships and work collaboratively with individuals and families to address their specific goals. Approaches used in her practice include family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho dynamic and strengths based therapy. Brynn aims to bring an accepting and inviting presence into each session, with encouragement for the obstacles that life brings to all of us in different ways. Brynn works with children, teens and adults. Specialties include anxiety, grief and loss and relationship stress.
Jacob has his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a Family Psychology Concentration. Jacob enjoys working with families and individuals ages five and older. He strives to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere. Jacob operates from a variety of approaches including family systems, client-centered, strengths based, narrative, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and structural therapy techniques. He currently works at Mahtomedi and Stillwater school districts. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, family conflict, anger, conduct disorders, emotion regulation and self-injurious behavior.
School-Based Therapist and Stillwater Clinic
Amber is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She 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 at Mahtomedi High School. 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, trauma, pregnancy and postpartum issues.