FamilyMeans Therapist Bios

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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.

Key to Credential Acronyms

These letters can refer to educational degrees:

  • MA – Master of Arts
  • M. DIV - Master of Divinity
  • MFT – Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy
  • PsyD – Doctor of Psychology
  • BSW – Bachelor of Social Work
  • MSW – Master of Social Work

Or to professional licenses:

  • LAMFT – Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, practicing under supervision of another independently licensed provider
  • LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • LGSW – Licensed Graduate Social Worker, practicing under the supervision of another independently licensed provider
  • LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin
  • LPCC – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minnesota
  • LP –Licensed Psychologist
  • LISW- Licensed Independent Social Worker
  • LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • CSW- Certified Social Worker

 


ERIN ROWLSON, LMFT (she/her)

ERIN ROWLSON, LMFT (she/her)

Clinical Director

Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in MN, WI, and MI. Erin loves working with children, teens, families and couples. Erin is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and has completed the third 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 and WI as well as administrative supervision here at FamilyMeans.


DIANE CRAGOE, LMFT (she/her)

DIANE CRAGOE, LMFT (she/her)

Clinical Supervisor and EAP Coordinator

Diane is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Most of her 20+ year career has been spent working with youth and their families through school-based therapy programs.  Diane works from a collaborative, strengths-based approach; assisting and supporting clients to be the author of their own lives.  She works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem, and trauma.

Diane is the School-Based Mental Health program supervisor, and is also the coordinator of FamilyMeans’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


MICHAEL CASALE, MA (he/him)

MICHAEL CASALE, MA (he/him)

Mental Health Therapist

Michael recently received his MA in Counseling and Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. Michael has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Michael uses a client-centered, humanistic approach, focusing on aspects of Existentialism, mindfulness, family-systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while keeping careful consideration of cultural concerns and practices. Michael has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma-related diagnoses, and other life experiences.


RACHEL DOWLING, MA, LAMFT (she/her)

RACHEL DOWLING, MA, LAMFT (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

Rachel is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and families in the school-linked mental health program at Stonebridge 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.


ALEX MAAS, LPCC (he/him)

ALEX MAAS, LPCC (he/him)

Mental Health Therapist

Alex Maas, M.A. is a graduate of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota with a wide variety of clinical experience. Alex is a school-based therapist that has experience working at different high school and university settings as well as providing in-home services to families. Alex specializes in working both in school and family home settings to encourage mental health support and reduce mental health stigma. Alex has traveled and lived all over the world, and spends his free time working with his dogs, volunteering with many rescue organizations, practicing wheel-thrown pottery and training for competitive powerlifting.  Currently, Alex provides school-based mental health support to students at Stillwater Area High School.


NORA EIESLAND, LMFT (she/her)

NORA EIESLAND, LMFT (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

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.


BRIAN ENGELEN, MA (he/him)

BRIAN ENGELEN, MA (he/him)

Mental Health Therapist

Brian Engelen, M.A. is a graduate of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.  Brian is working toward his L.P.C.C. licensure. Brian has been working in the mental health field for over twenty years, and has experience working with adults, children and families who have experienced trauma, autism, varied mental health diagnoses, and legal and socioeconomic concerns. Brian works from a systemic, collaborative, strength-based approach that is mindful of cultural, ethnic and economic concerns. He has an eclectic approach that includes psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques with an eye toward how people can use their support system, community resources, mindfulness and newly learned skills to live the kind of life they envision for themselves. Brian works out of the Stillwater clinic. 


NICOLE GARDNER, MS, LPC-IT (she/her)

NICOLE GARDNER, MS, LPC-IT (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor – In Training. Nicole has her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with concentrations in Child and Adolescents, Eating Disorders, and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addiction, relationship concerns, and other life experiences. She believes that each person has their own story that has shaped what they are currently experiencing. Through her work, she strives to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain insight into how that has impacted them, and create a new reality that is more fulfilling. She utilizes various therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and narrative therapy. Nicole provides school-based mental health support in New Richmond Middle and High Schools.


KARI KELCHER, LMFT (she/her)

KARI KELCHER, LMFT (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist, Intern Coordinator

Kari is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has been in the field for nearly ten years and has a passion for supporting children, teens, and their families. Currently she offers therapeutic services at Stillwater Middle School, Stillwater Area High School, and Rutherford Elementary School.

She enjoys working with individuals and families to navigate the challenges of life, whether they are personal, with family, or with peers. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, trauma, sleep problems, transitions and adjustments, identity development, parenting skills, and family communication. Kari is bilingual and can conduct assessments and therapy in Spanish.

Kari describes herself as having a down-to-earth nature, sense of humor, and personable demeanor. She has an eclectic approach, utilizing various theoretical approaches, behavioral neuroscience, and real life experience. She caters her approach to each client’s individual therapeutic needs.  Additionally, Kari is trained in two evidence-based models to process trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


CHRISTA MARINCEL, MA

CHRISTA MARINCEL, MA

Mental Health Therapist

Christa is an intern pursuing a graduate degree in marriage, couples, and family therapy at Adler Graduate School. She works from a person-centered approach that incorporates influences from attachment and solution-focused perspectives. She collaborates with clients to identify and enlist their internal strengths and resources to approach life’s challenges. Christa has a background in mediation and experience helping couples better understand each other and improve communication skills and relationships. Christa provides school-based mental health services at Oak-Land Middle and Stillwater Area High School. Her hobbies include meditation, yoga, running, cooking, and hiking or cross-country skiing through the woods.  


PORTIA MENSAH, MSW (she/her)

PORTIA MENSAH, MSW (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

Portia obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She enjoys working children, adolescents, adults, and families using evidence-based practice and person-centered treatment modalities. Additionally, she has worked with diverse population with array of mental health symptoms such as Generalized Anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, ASD-related challenged, co-occurring substance use disorder, mood disorder, Schizophrenia, and Major Depressive Disorder.

 

Portia strives to actively participate in assessment, treatment planning, and client support services with a team with an optimistic commitment to help individuals and families to become an independent life-long learner. She has experience using modalities such as CBT, ABA, mindfulness-based interventions in addition to having an extensive research background in Trauma-focused CBT. Portia is passionate about providing quality services to individuals and families in the community.


JOHN MOFFATT, (he/his)

JOHN MOFFATT, (he/his)

Mental Health Clinical Trainee

John is pursuing his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He focuses on understanding each client’s story and emotions and how they mesh with those of the people in their lives. John offers mental health services at FamilyMeans clinic and Weaver Elementary. His other interests include tabletop role-playing games, rock climbing, and hiking.


SHERITTA PHILLIPS, MS (she/her)

SHERITTA PHILLIPS, MS (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

I earned my Master's of Science in Clinical Counseling from Capella University in 2020. I am working towards my LPCC. I have experience with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and belief systems. I have worked with adults who have Severe and Persistent Mental Illness such as Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar I, as well as, co-occurring Substance Use disorders. I am thrilled to work in a school-based position at Richardson Elementary with children ages 5-12 years old. I take a person-centered approach and love doing therapy with children and their families to help them navigate and cope with challenges in their life. I strive to assist clients and their families process emotions and learn coping skills to deal with everyday stressors and decrease symptoms. With the necessary tools and skills at our disposal it is easier to identify triggers, notice warning signs, and find ways to better prepare for oncoming stressors and challenges. I utilize CBT, DBT, and trauma focused approaches. My office is a safe space and welcoming to all who wish to enter. 


TONI PRICE, MA (she/her)

TONI PRICE, MA (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

Toni holds a Master’s degree from Adler Graduate school, and is working toward her Marriage and Family Therapist licensure in both MN and WI. She has experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, PTSD, dissociative disorders, trauma, spirituality, life transitions, and relational problems. She is passionate about helping individuals, families, and relationships of any kind to help people more wholly connect with themselves and others.  

Toni works from a systemic, collaborative, strengths-based therapeutic approach to help clients acknowledge the various unique contexts which impact their lives, connect with their strengths, and learn new ways to live in wholeness. Her empathy and warmth help to create a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients can process and heal. She utilizes various therapeutic approaches including family systems, attachment-based, and Adlerian theories.

Toni meets with clients in our clinic locations.


LEAH SCRIBNER (she/her)

LEAH SCRIBNER (she/her)

Clinical Trainee

Leah is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University. She has experience working with children and adults, including those with dementia and traumatic brain injuries. Leah uses a family-systems-based approach to support families and individuals through life transitions and developmental changes. She uses a strength-based and collaborative approach, focusing on the client's cultural and religious beliefs. Leah offers mental health services at Stillwater Middle School, Andersen Elementary, and Rutherford Elementary School. Her interests include hiking with her three children and two dogs, SUP Yoga, kayaking, and mountain biking.   


HEATHER SWEENEY, MS (she/her)

HEATHER SWEENEY, MS (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

Heather recently received her second master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological services at St. Mary’s University Twin Cities. Heather enjoys working with a variety of clients, but is most passionate about working with children and adolescents. Heather has ten years of experience working with children, four of which have been in the school setting.

 Heather incorporates a collaborative therapeutic approach that is person-centered, strengths-based and honors the individual. This eclectic approach marries person-centered, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral methods to help each individual get what they need in a supportive and understanding environment.

 Heather has experience working with anxiety, depression, autism, trauma, LGBTQ+, and transgender clients.


DANA TONNE, LICSW (MN), LCSW (WI) (she/her)

DANA TONNE, LICSW (MN), LCSW (WI) (she/her)

Mental Health Therapist

Dana is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (MN), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (WI), and has completed her certification for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Her practice is centered around children and adolescents/teens struggling with behavioral difficulties and ADHD diagnoses, as well as, adult ADHD assessment.  Modalities utilized include psychoanalytic/psycho-dynamic, CBT, and play and sand tray therapy techniques.  Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory are incorporated while working with children and their families.  Dana ensures flexibility. She meets her clients and their families where they are at therapeutically and provides a safe and accepting environment to help each individual feel secure throughout the process.  Dana has experience working with coexisting anxiety and depression.  She believes in utilizing multiple supports while exploring executive functioning strengths and weaknesses and how they impact her client’s life. 

Dana sees clients at our Hudson location and provides School-Based mental health services at Prescott high and middle schools.