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Minnesota Counseling and Therapy Center

"Supporting children, adults, couples, and families"

We are here to support you....

Erin Shobe (Leach), M.A., LMFT, RPT-S (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, EMDR Certified, Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor

Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Minnesota. She has a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has experience as a Crisis Counselor and an Outpatient Therapist. She is an Approved Supervisor by the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as an Approved Supervisor for Registered Play Therapy. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Argosy University in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program. Erin is also a Registered Play Therapist and a Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor. She is certified to use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Often two heads are better than one, so Erin will utilize co-therapy in sessions.

Areas of Interest

-trauma

-depression

-play therapy

-a little bit of everything!

Populations Served

-kiddos

-teens

-adults

-couples

-families

Therapeutic Influences

-EMDR

-Experiential

-IFS (Internal Family Systems)

-Play Therapy

Molly Nepote, M.A., LAMFT

Molly is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She is a Certified Prepare/Enrich counselor and also works with individuals, couples, and families of all ages. Molly believes relationships serve as the building blocks for change and that authenticity and compassion are key components to making connections. She is interested in supporting children and families to find the strength within themselves to heal their wounds, and empower clients to grow through the therapeutic process.

Areas of Interest

-addiction

-trauma

-depression

-meditation

Populations Served

-couples

-families

-kiddos

-adults

*adolescents

Therapeutic Influences
-Experiential
-IFS
-Narrative
-Bowenian

Melissa Tyler, M.A., LMFT (She/Her/Hers)

Melissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Argosy University. Her undergraduate degree was in psychology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She is a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor working with premarital couples. She also has experience with kids, teens, adults, couples, and is interested in family work. Although she finds herself primarily using Experiential Therapy, she often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy interventions as well. Melissa is interested in learning each client's individual story to help them identify personal strengths and rewrite their narrative. She does this by meeting clients where they are, whether that be through geek speak (i.e. Dr. Who, anime, comics, etc), sports talk, artwork, existential discussions, or relating through her therapy dog Scooter.

Areas of Interest

-anxiety

-depression

-relational issues/difficulties

-kiddos (play therapy)

-geek culture

-art therapy

Populations Served

*kiddos

-teens

-adults

-couples

-families

Therapeutic Influences

-Experiential

-IFS

-Structural

-Narrative

-Bowenian

Elliott Odendahl, MSW, LICSW (She/Her/Hers)

Elliott is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) .She holds a Master’s degree from Augsburg College and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has over a decade of experience working with children, youth, and families experiencing behavioral and mental health issues, disruptions in attachment and family relationships, as well as the unique needs facing individuals diagnosed with special needs. Elliott recently completed the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification (PACC) training to become an adoption-competent therapist. Elliott is passionate about working with and supporting adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and anyone from the adoption kinship network. Elliott enjoys assisting clients in telling their own stories as a means to activate personal power, agency, and identity.

Areas of Interest:

-Attachment/relationships

-Adoption/foster care

-Adoptees

-Depression

-Anxiety

-Trauma

-Developmental diagnoses

-Multicultural challenges/concerns

-LGBTQIA

-Art therapy

Populations Served:

-Children

-Teens

-Adults

-Families

-Couples

Therapeutic Influences:

-Eclectic & based on the needs of the individual/family

-Narrative

-IFS

-CBT

-TF-CBT

-Systems

-Person in Environment

Carol J. Strand, M.A., LMFT, ATR-P (She/Her/Hers)

 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist, Provisional

Graduated from Adler Graduate School with a Master’s degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Art Therapy. Alfred Adler stated that "Courage, an optimistic attitude, common sense and the feeling of being home upon the crust of the earth will enable us to face advantages and disadvantages with equal firmness". My goal is to support clients as they find their own courage and become more comfortable in how they interact with their world. As a former teaching artist, I use art therapy to foster self-esteem, self-awareness and promote insight. The beauty of art therapy is that you do not need to be an artist to do it. Just the willingness to play and get messy sometimes.

Areas of Interest

-ADHD

-Anxiety

-Autism

-Depression

-LGBTQIA

-Art Therapy

-Play Therapy

-Parent Education

Populations Served

-Children

-Teens

-Adults

-Families

Therapeutic Influences

-Adler

-Feminist Theory

-Person Centered

-Art Therapy

Claire DeBenedetto, M.S., Mental Health Practitioner (She​/Her/Hers)

Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Member, DC: 0-5 Trained, ECSII Trained

Claire is a Mental Health Practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. Her undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University was in Human Development and Family Science with minors in Wellness and Psychology. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to help them seek healing and growth at all stages of life. Claire is also very interested in working with adolescents/young adult athletes of intense sports and their family dynamics.

Areas of Interest:

-Attachment

-Anxiety

-Depression

-Divorce

-Play therapy

-Relational issues/difficulties

-Self esteem

-Trauma

Populations Served:

-Children

-Adolescents

-Adults

-Families

-Couples

-Athletes

Therapeutic Influences:

-CBT

-IFS

-Narrative

-Structural

- Family Systems

Grace, Therapeutic Helper

Grace is a 3 year old Golden Doodle. This means she is hypoallergenic and is a low shedder so should be safe for even our clients with allergies!! Grace is sweet and smart, but still has a little puppy left in her, so she gets very excited to meet new people. She stays on her leash when new people come to let you both get used to each other. Grace can stay in another room throughout the session, or if you are comfortable she loves to lay on the floor and chew on her toys while we talk (she would love to sit with you on the couch if you would like) . We believe that animals have a therapeutic presence. They are loving and non judgmental. As her name implies, Grace will work to provide comfort and understanding for our clients. Please be patient with her as she learns this new role. And please do not hesitate to mention any concerns.

Buster, Therapeutic Helper

Buster's bio coming soon!

Joy (Jo Jo), Therapeutic Helper

Joy's bio coming soon!