Meet our Brooklyn Park Office
CINDY HODGSON, MA, LPCC, COUNSELOR
I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Bethel University and am a licensed professional clinical counselor. I tend to follow a CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) approach, helping you to change thoughts and behaviors that are contributing to your distress. I like to provide some techniques you can
begin using right away and then go deeper to explore the past experiences that may be underlying your tendencies to think and act in ways that aren’t helpful.
I welcome and have worked effectively with people holding a wide range of beliefs. I have a Christian worldview and am happy to integrate Christian principles into therapy if you would like. I have experience working with adults of all ages, including people with severe and persistent mental illness, and I welcome senior adults who are looking for support in navigating the challenges that come with aging. Whatever your age, whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, low self-esteem, spiritual issues, social or communication skills, anger issues, or relationship problems, I would be honored to walk with you on your path to healing.
KALLI HEITMANN, MA, Child & Family Counselor
I enjoy seeing children and families who need some help with communicating effectively, parenting strategies and techniques, as well as blended families/families of divorce. I also work well with teens and young adults who are struggling with identity issues and transitional challenges that this stage of life brings.
MELISSA "MEL" JACOBSEN, MA, LAMFT, MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELOR
No journey is without turbulence and sometimes we just get plain “stuck” I’m passionate about coming alongside you in these moments to help you reconnect with your strengths while working with you to find new strategies to reach your goals and ultimately find greater hope, healing, and peace.
I graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I enjoy working with a variety of clients including young professionals struggling to find a work-life balance, teens searching for direction, as well as couples and families, specifically those who have been impacted by Child Protection. In addition, I’m drawn to supporting those whose lives have been touched by chronic illness and disability as I recognize these circumstances often have ripple effects across an entire family system.
My style is grounded in warmth, humor, and a client-centered approach I believe clients are experts in their own lives and we all have the ability to be the change we want to see. My hope is therapy will be a safe space for clients to share and explore on the journey to becoming who they want to be! For those who find comfort in their faith I will join with you to incorporate this into your healing. I look forward to meeting you!
PRISCILLA WILSON, MA, LPCC, COUNSELOR
I completed my Masters in Adlerian Therapy at Adler Graduate School and have worked for the past several years doing in-home therapy. I tend to use a coaching style and can be very encouraging, but also straight forward when needed. I like to use humor, metaphors, and story telling to help you get through tough moments. Others would describe me as easy going, compassionate, and determined; I am determined to help each individual and family that I work with to reach their goals and find hope.
I specialize in Autism and love working with families affected by this diagnosis. I have worked extensively with autism related challenges and have a passion for educating and supporting families so they can not only survive, but thrive with this unique condition. I love working with families and marriages with a variety of issues and take a systemic approach to helping families improve their situation.
I have experience in helping clients deal with trauma and PTSD and would be happy to walk with you through the journey of healing from past pain and hang-ups. I also have a ministry degree and can provide pastoral counseling for those seeking more faith integration in their counseling.
Matthew J. Rommel, MA, LADC, Counselor & Addiction Specialist
I am a licensed alcohol and drug counselor working toward licensure as a Clinical Counselor as well. I earned a master’s degree from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School for Addiction Studies. Before my educational pursuits I served in the U.S. Army for 8 years and served in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I enjoy working with a variety of clients whether in for an assessment, individual 1-1 counseling and/or group counseling setting. I have a positive, light-hearted, open, authentic, understanding, and encouraging style of therapy. I enjoy integrating art, music, meditation, journaling, exercise/play, and humor as part of the therapeutic experience. I am a big believer in a healthy balance in our lives. Taking care of our minds, bodies, and our soul are essential to living a fulfilling lifestyle and showing up everyday as our best self.
My experience helping people struggling with mental health and addiction spans throughout my entire life and across many diverse populations and cultures. I grew up in and around addiction my whole life, I personally have been in recovery from alcohol for several years now. I studied it in graduate school, and now I help those struggling with the same issues. I understand how deep and complex addiction and mental health co-occurring disorders are and understand it is not a one size fits all approach. I am honored to help you to navigate life in its successes and struggles.
KRISTA NEWMAN, MA, LPCC, CLINICAL DIRECTOR
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and have been active in the field of mental health and wellness since 2009. I have extensive training and passion in work with trauma including dealing with abuse, anxiety and PTSD, anger management, and relationships impacted by abusive partners.
I have experience, in particular, working with clients who are in relationships with abusive partners such as those struggling with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality disorders; I love to help individuals find the strength to set limits and emotionally heal from some of the “invisible abuse” that occurs within these relationships.
I tailor my approach to best meet the needs and goals of the individual. The theoretical model I most utilize is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am also certified in the highly effective treatment of Eye-Movement-Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR).
CERISE LEWIS, MS, LMFT, MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST
MARIE MERKL, MA, THERAPIST
Struggling with addiction can feel like a vicious cycle. Now providing chemical use assessments and outpatient treatment/counseling. In creating a caring, compassionate environment as client-centered therapist I build a therapeutic relationship with each individual, family, or couple to reach their goals. Over the past several years I have worked with a variety of clients, however I have developed a passion working with specific areas of therapy. Some ares of specialty I work in are severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), trauma and PTSD, EMDR, addiction issues, and personality disorders.
I consider your comfort in the therapeutic process to be an upmost priority. Therefore by taking a client centered approach I provide a space where you are able to openly discuss any life challenges with no fear of judgement or shame. Call today for your appointment!
Sarah Rima, MA, Therapist
I completed my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. As a Christian therapist, I care deeply about providing a hopeful environment where my clients are free to process, heal, and grow, without judgement or shame. I am a whole-person wellness enthusiast, and I desire to see my clients thrive in all areas of their lives.
My work in the past few years has been primarily with college students navigating transition to school as well the many mental health challenges that arise during those stressful years. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, body-image concerns and life-transitions. I am passionate about supporting women during pregnancy and postpartum and supporting mothers in various seasons of transition.
I utilize a trauma informed cognitive behavioral approach and often incorporate a narrative therapeutic method that allows clients to see themselves more clearly apart from the challenges they face. Through a process of building trust, getting to know my clients and working together to move through their concerns, my clients are equipped with skills and new perspectives that have potential to last far beyond our time together.
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.
Dianne White, Intake Coordinator & Billing Assistant
When you come into the Brooklyn Park office, you will see my smiling face ready to welcome you on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I am available to answer questions about billing, insurance benefits, or to help you schedule or reschedule your appointments.
I have my Bachelor’s degree in Crisis Counseling and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary. When I am not at Threads of Hope or working on assignments for my classes, I love to spend time with my two precious grandchildren, walking in the nearby parks, working with my many geraniums, or reading on my patio. When I am at the park, I can often be found taking pictures of the wildflowers for my personal collection.