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

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

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

Alison Yang, M.A., Mental Health Practitioner


Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Member


Alison is a Mental Health Practitioner with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. Her undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Alison believes in creating a collaborative and nonjudgmental space to help individuals and families process different challenges they have experienced or currently face in life, whether it is big or small. She primarily incorporates Symbolic-Experiential, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and body awareness interventions in her therapeutic style to help individuals and families express their hidden emotions and explore the changes that they seek. Alison is a genuine, laid back, and supportive therapist who focuses on encouraging and empowering individuals and families during their therapeutic journey.








Areas of Interest

-Anxiety
-Art therapy
-Relational challenges
-Sexuality
-Sexual health
-Multicultural challenges

-Physical health and nutrition

-Self esteem

-Trauma


Populations Served

-Children

-Teens

-Adults

-Couples

-Families


Therapeutic Influences

-IFS

-Symbolic Experiential

-Somatic Experiencing

-Bowen

-Play Therapy


Elliott Odendahl, MSW, LGSW

Elliott is a graduate level licensed social worker (LGSW) working towards her independent clinical licensure in social work (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

Melissa Christensen, MPS, LADC

Melissa is a Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, working towards her licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She holds a Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Melissa has extensive experience working with families and adults in mental health and substance use in various community-based settings. She brings a diverse set of skills which foster healing through addressing barriers in order to promote independence, strength, and wellness while embracing and respecting each person’s values, beliefs, and experiences. Melissa is authentic, creative, and flexible in her approach. With her therapeutic style she has been able to provide individualized care that supports in assisting those she works with reach the quality of life they envision for themselves. 


“At the end of the day, I’m a very chill person who wants to help people heal and recover"










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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.

Scooter, Therapeutic Helper

Scooter is a lovable little guy who likes to help out in therapy. His age is somewhere between 5 and 8. He is a rescue, and so his age is an estimate, however it is certain that he is hypoallergenic and does not shed. Like Grace, he is safe for clients with allergies! He is a Bichon-Poodle mix, which means he is generally quite calm. Most clients find that he is perfectly content sleeping throughout the session, whether that be with the clients, or in his own seat! Due to his unknown past, he tends to be a bit shy at first, but will warm up quickly to you as long as you are patient with him. He is however very shy around kids, so please be aware that although he doesn't bite, he may bark and try to hide from the little ones!  If you do choose to have Scooter with you in sessions, be warned, it doesn't take long before he wriggles his way into your heart!

Buster, Therapeutic Helper

Buster's bio coming soon!

Joy (Jo Jo), Therapeutic Helper

Joy's bio coming soon!