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Counseling

Mental health and relationship challenges such as: depression, loss, grief, life transitions, stress, substance abuse, parenting, divorce, conflict, anxiety, self esteem and hurts from the past that may have personal and social costs. Licensed mental health professionals and practioners provide relationship, trauma focused and mental health counseling services to address a wide range of personal and family challenges. Counseling services are available to individuals, couples and families of all ages.

Counseling:

Individual Counseling:

Our therapists work one-to-one with individuals on a wide range of concerns that may include depression, anxiety, adapting to life changes, stress management, and dealing with trauma, grief or loss.

Family/Couple Counseling:

Therapists work with clients to improve family stability by addressing relationship issues such as poor communication, unresolved conflict, sibling rivalry, school concerns, divorce, single parenting and step-family issues.

Mental Health Diagnosing:

Our mental health professionals offer diagnostic services for all ages. We also offer specialized diagnostic services for children ages 0-5 years.

Veteran's Family Services:

Understanding the need to support military families in our midst, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon SEMN and Family Service Rochester have partnered to provide mental health services to military families. Family Service Rochester offers case management, counseling and therapy services to Veteran Families in Southeast Minnesota. A few of the areas we address:

  • Deployment or reintegration problems
  • Parenting concerns
  • Financial challenges
  • Marriage or other family relationship issues
  • Anxiety, depression and stress

Contact Family Service Rochester for more information, 507-287-2010.

Adults

Project Restore:

A therapeutic, educational group that provides men the opportunity to increase their knowledge about domestic violence; to develop and use the non-violent, problem-solving and relationship skills; and to understand the damages resulting from domestic violence. This program meets the MN State Statutes standards for domestic abuse counseling and education programs.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy:

Our trained therapists provide an intensive, comprehensive program for adults that struggle with emotional regulation and are at risk of self-injury or suicide. This program was developed by Dr. Marsha Lineman to treat individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and/or multiple mental health diagnoses. Research has demonstrated that DBT is the most effective treatment for reducing suicide and self-injury while helping people build a life worth living. Program components include individual therapy, skills training and phone coaching.

*Training for DBT was provided by a generous donation in memory of John Beyerle, a long time therapist and Family Service Rochester.

Mental Health First Aid:

Just as CPR helps assist individuals having a heart attack. In this course, participants learn how to apply the 5 step Mental Health First Aid action plan. Addressed are risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Children & Families

Children's Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS):

A flexible package of mental health services for children and their families who require varying levels of therapeutic and rehabilitative intervention. Our belief is that all family members should have services and support available to help assist the child in achieving the desired level of functioning.

Trauma Focused:

Our certified therapists utilize this short-term treatment with children between the ages of 3-18. Understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. An adult family member is involved in the service as childhood trauma not only affects individuals, but their families.

Family Based Services:

Unaddressed mental health and behavioral concerns can negatively impact a child's development, academic progress and disrupt family life. Our mental health professionals and practitioners provide counseling to families in their own homes. Through a variety of programs and interventions, families will identify their strengths, explore concerns to create and work an action plan.

Jane Buffie, MSW, LICSW

Jane Buffie, MSW, LICSW

Director of Clinical Services

Education
Bachelor of Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Masters of Social Work, California State University, San Bernardino
Licensure
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work
Specialized Training/Certifications
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Tech Institute
Competencies
Individual, family, and group therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Special Interests/Skills
Domestic Violence, older adults and children's mental health issues, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Matt McKay, MSW, LICSW

Matt McKay, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Program Director

Education
Bachelor of Social Work, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall
Masters of Social Work, The College of St. Catherine and University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
Licensure
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work
Specialized Training/Certifications
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ambit network
Managing and Adapting Practice Certification - MN DHS
Special Interests/Skills
Domestic Violence Group - Project RESTORE, Individual and Family mental health issues, Foster/Adoption family systems, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Alicia Bartel, MSW, LICSW

Alicia Bartel, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Academy Director

Education
Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth
Licensure
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work
Specialized Training
Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy Certified Therapist
Managing and Adapting Practice Certified Therapist
Competencies
Individual and family therapy
Special Interest/Skills
Children's mental health issues, trauma work, relational based therapy, solution focused brief therapy, cognitive behavior therapy.

Ashleigh H. Dowis MSEd., LPCC, NCC

Ashleigh H. Dowis MSEd., LPCC, NCC

Clinical Program Supervisor

Education
Masters of Science in Education, Emphasis is Community Counseling; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Post-Graduate Certificate: Contemporary Theory in Couple and Family Systems; Capella University
Licensure
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Wisconsin
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
National Certified Counselor (NCC); National Board of Certified Counselors
Specialized Training
CIBS
DC 0-5
Couple and Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy Clinical Supervision
Competencies:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Domestic Violence, Children and Adolescent Mental Health, Family Systems
Specialized Interests/Skills
Individual Psychotherapy; Multi-Systemic Therapy; Parent/Child Relationships; Blended Family Issues; Solution-Focused Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Katrina Musech, LICSW

Katrina Musech, LICSW

Clinical Program Supervisor

Education
Bachelor of Social Work, Winona State University, Winona
Master of Social Work, Augsburg College, Minneapolis
Licensure
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work
Specialized Training/Certifications
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ambit Network
Competencies
Individual and Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Special Interests/Skills
Classification of Mental Health Disorders and Developmental Disorders in children birth-5 years old, Supporting School-aged children's mental health issues, Family Systems, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Daniel L. Ryan, MS, LICSW

Daniel L. Ryan, MS, LICSW

Therapist

Education
Bachelor of psychology University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Licensure
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Specialized Training/Certifications
Institute for Family Dynamics. Family Theory and Therapy Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Competencies
Family and Relationship Therapy
Individual therapy
Substance abuse recovery and co-dependence
Cognitive Therapy and Emotional Management skills.

Jenny Ozcan, MA

Jenny Ozcan, MA

Therapist

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Simpson College, Indianola, IA
--Music, Religion, and English
Master of Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
--Counseling and Psychological Services
Licensure
Working towards Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Specialized Training/Certifications
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Tech Institute
Competencies
Individuals, families, groups, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Special Interests/Skills
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Couples
LGBT populations
Religious therapy (Christian, Muslim)

Kate Perry, MS

Kate Perry, MS

Therapist

Education
Bachelor of Science, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ
--Major in Psychology
Master of Science, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ
--Major in Professional Counseling
Licensure
Working toward Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Specialized Training/Certifications
Trained in Mental Health First Aid Certificate of Trauma in Post-Master of Science in Counseling, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Tech Institute
Competencies
Individual, family, and group therapy
Special Interests/Skills
LGBTQIA and gender identities, immigrant/refugees, cognitive behavioral therapy, and trauma work
Diagnosing Children ages 5 and under (DC:0-5), MN DHS

Laura Dusso, MA, LMFT

Laura Dusso, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Education
Master in Counseling Psychology and 2 year Post Master's certification in Marriage and Family Therapy, Saint Mary's University Minneapolis MN.
Licensure
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Specialized Training/Certifications
National Certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by the Allegheny Health Network, Certification in Managing and Adapting Practice for the MN model of Evidence Based Practice by MN Department of Human Services, advanced training in Sand Tray therapy, training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy by the Behavioral Tech Institute.
Competencies
Individual, couples, and family therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, trauma, grief, and play therapy techniques.
Special Interests/Skills
Adolescent, child and young child mental health.

Marion Sanchez, MS, NCC, CCMHC

Marion Sanchez, MS, NCC, CCMHC

Therapist

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Winona State University, Winona
--Emphasis in Psychology and Sociology
Master of Science, Mankato State University, Mankato
--Emphasis in Mental Health Counseling
Licensure
National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board of Certified Counselors
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), National Board of Certified Counselors
Working toward Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Specialized Training/Certifications
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Tech Institute
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Ambit Network
Diagnosing Children ages 5 and under (DC:0-5), MN DHS
Collaborative Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS)
Competencies
Individual, family, and group therapy, CIBS, DBT
Special Interests/Skills
Adolescents, attachment disruptions, anxiety disorders, self-esteem, life transitions, divorce, domestic violence, trauma, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

Joy Kilber, LICSW

Joy Kilber, LICSW

EAP Specialist

Education
Associates of Arts, Brainerd Community College, Brainerd, MN
Bachelors of Elective Studies, Mass Communications, St Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Focus: Public Relations Health and Education
Master of Social Work, Worden School of Social Work, OLL University, San Antonio, TX
Licensure
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board, State of Wisconsin
Specialized Training/Certifications
EAP, ACSW
Competencies
EAP, Military Lifestyle
Special Interests/Skills
EAP, Removing the Stigma, Mental Hygiene as a path to Individual and Family Wellness, Reaching Rural Populations

Amy Fordham, MA

Amy Fordham, MA

Family Based Therapist

Education
Winona State University - Bachelors of Arts
Emphasis in psychology
Saint Mary's University - Masters of Arts
Counseling and Psychological Services
Licensure Working towards Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Specialized Training/Certifications
Collaborative Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Tech Institute
Competencies
Individual, family, and group therapy (CIBS)
Special Interests/Skills
LGBTQIA and adolescents with gender identity issues, Individual and family mental health issues, Multisystemic Therapy & Veterans

Boonmee Pakviset Edwards

Boonmee Pakviset Edwards

School Based Therapist

Education
Master of Social Work (MSW), Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bachelor of Psychology (BA), Winona State University, Winona
Associates Degree (AA) from Rochester Community and Technical College
Licensure
Licensed Graduate Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work (LGSW)
Specialized Training/Certifications
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ambit Network
Co-Occurring Disorders Symposium certificate
Certified Rule25 Chemical Dependency Assessor
Experienced in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for individuals and group
Competencies
Individual, group, and Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Special Interests/Skills
Special interest in helping adolescents and young adults to better understand and cope with variety of mental health related issues. Provide support for Family Systems, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for blended families, parent-child relationships, and youth struggling with oppositional and high-risk behaviors, anxiety disorders, and self-esteem
Languages
Providing mental health services and supports in three different languages Thai, English, and Lao

Moriah Mueller, MSW, LGSW

Moriah Mueller, MSW, LGSW

School Based Therapist

Education
Bachelor of Social Work, Minnesota Statue University--Winona
Masters of Social Work, Minnesota State University--Mankato

Licensure
Licensed Graduate Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work

Competencies
Individual and Family Therapy

Special Interests/Skills
Supporting school-aged children's mental health issues, parent-child relationships, family systems

Specialized Training/Certifications
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ambit Network, and Diagnosing Children ages 5 and under (DC:0-5), MN DHS

Erika Smits

Erika Smits

Family Based Therapist

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii
Master of Science - Community and School Counseling, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota

Licensure
Working towards Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Specialized Training/Certifications
Collaborative Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS)
Multisystemic Family Therapy (MFT)
Working towards Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC): Coursework in progress.

Competencies
Individual, family, group therapy, and CIBS

Special Interests/Skills
Child mental health, parent-child relationships, family systems, and Multisystemic Therapy.

Andrea Coppock, MA

Andrea Coppock, MA

Family Based Therapist

Education
University of Minnesota - Bachelor of Science Psychology
Saint Mary's University - Master of Arts Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensure Working towards licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialized Training/Certifications
Collaborative Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS)
Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator

Competencies
Individual and family therapy (CIBS), Systemic Family Therapy (SFT)

Special Interests/Skills
Couples therapy, working with kids and families on skill building, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the impacts on the family unit, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Jamie Sulflow, MA

Jamie Sulflow, MA

Family Based Therapist

Education
Bachelor of Science, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN - Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Arts, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN - Psychology
Licensure Working towards Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Specialized Training/Certifications
Collaborative Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS)
Systemic Family Therapy (SFT)

Competencies
Individual and family therapy (CIBS)

Special Interests/Skills
Adolescent and children’s mental health, family systems, Multisystemic Therapy (MST), trauma-focused therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)