Meet our Newport Office
Sheri Kruse, Counseling Intern
I am the newest member of the Threads of Hope Team and I am so excited to offer hope and encouragement in your situation. I am completing my Masters degree at Colorado Christian University and have a deep passion for helping hurting people.
I know sometimes we get stuck in our own thoughts and feelings and can have trouble making sense of our circumstances. Maybe you just need a gentle and compassionate person to come alongside you and help you figure out how to cope. I typically use a cognitive behavioral and person centered approach, and I would be happy to incorporate faith into your healing if you desire.
I am available for appointments with adults, couples, teens, and children and would be happy to work with you wherever you are at. I am a real person and I understand that authenticity is critical for dealing with the things holding you back, so I'd be honored to help you.
Tanager Polowchak, MA, LPC
I have worked with children, adolescents, and their families in their homes, schools, communities, and day treatment settings for the last 6 years. I am especially passionate about working with children from difficult life circumstances, involving abuse, trauma, loss, grief, and attachment issues. I do offer services to adults as well and my style is gentle and encouraging.
I believe that each child longs to be seen, heard, and valued and I use play therapy and expressive therapies to connect with children and to assist them in accessing and telling their stories. I also work with parents to facilitate an inner sense of expertise, satisfaction, and enjoyment in relating to and interacting with your child.
I completed my Bachelors in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Northwestern, St Paul and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University. In addition, I have a certificate in Christian counseling from University of Northwestern, St. Paul. I am certificatied in Adoption and Permanency Competency from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, as well as ongoing training and supervision in play therapy. I would love to help you and your family to find healing and new ways of loving each other and growing together.
Jenny Beall, ma, LPCC, Therapist & FOUNDER
I have a heart for those who have been wounded by relationships and difficult life situations. My passion is to walk with people through their pain and help them find hope and freedom from their past. I graduated from Bethel University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and completed additional Marriage and Family Therapy coursework through Adler Graduate School. My style is very practical and insight-oriented and I like helping individuals and families think about situations in new ways to get un-stuck. I am a real person in the counseling office and use humor to help you feel comfortable and enjoy the process. My Therapy puppy, Pip, attends some sessions with me for those who wish to incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy.
I enjoy working with a variety of clients and have extensive experience working with divorce family issues, kids and teens, ADHD, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, people pleasing, and healthy boundary setting. I have a special interest in helping individuals who are in relationship with toxic people such as spouses or children of people with personality disorders.
I provide parent coaching and particularly ascribe to behavioral methods and the model developed in "Parenting with Love and Logic" as it teaches children to be responsible for their own behavior and empowers their parents as coaches and allies rather than adversaries. I am a certified Prepare/Enrich couple and group facilitator. I also have a special interest in healing the wounds of sexual addictions and have received training through the American Association of Christian Counselors. I love to meet the needs of the hurting and help them continue to grow into the people they were made to be.
Pip, Therapy Puppy
Pip is our Therapy dog in training. Pip is a chihuahua mix who joined our team from a rescue and he is neutered and current on all of his vaccinations. He is still a puppy and learning his manners, but he loves meeting new people: adults, teens, and children and is a big cuddler during his naptime.
He has some quirks such as enjoying raw carrots and chewing on blankets. He has been know to give excessive puppy kisses, but if that bothers you he can be encouraged to refrain. He works only with his handler, Jenny, but if you are interested in having him join your session, let us know.
Adam Retterath, MA, Marriage & Family Counselor
I completed my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St Thomas university. I love working with families and couples on resolving their conflicts, improving communication, and restoring peace to the relationship. I am level I Gottman trained and find this approach very helpful for couples who find themselves struggling with resentment and having the same fight over and over again. (In Gottman language, we address these issues as "perpetual problems"). I'd love to be able to help your family negotiate these struggles and work together as team mates and partners again.
I also enjoy working with individuals struggling with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, building self esteem and reaching their personal and family goals. I have extensive experience working with children with trauma and behavioral issues, but in those cases I particularly enjoy helping the entire family system to develop new strategies to not only cope and survive, but connect and thrive. I feel honored to be invited into your family to bring change, encouragement, and hope.
Emily Carbone, MA, Therapist
I am a mental health professional who values helping clients find freedom and joy in their everyday lives. I have specialized training in working with stage of life adjustments, spiritual healing and development, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from North Central University and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I have worked with individuals recovering from substance abuse and family members seeking support and education concerning loved ones battling addiction. Much of what propelled my interest into addictions studies, and then later into my master’s program, is the desire to see people live in freedom and reach their goals.
Stylistically, I counsel from an accepting, warm, and client- lead perspective. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a highly effective approach for addressing trauma. I am also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which can be helpful for those struggling with emotional regulation, relationships, and coping with change. I am a fan of Reality therapy and am a therapist who can really tell-it-like-it-is for those looking to be challenged. I believe that individuals often hold the tools they need to overcome, but sometimes benefit from the counseling process to tune and uncover those tools. For those who desire, I am happy to integrative faith-based interventions as part of the counseling process.
I feel like that therapist would be a fit for me!
Lisa Mandell, Billing Assistant
I am the offsite billing assistant. I manage most of the contact with your insurance company to ensure that our therapists get paid and your insurance covers everything they are supposed to. I am a retired biologist and former business owner. In my free time I enjoy quilting, reading, doing bible studies, cooking new dishes, and playing with my adorable grandchildren.