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Meet our Clinical Supervisors

STEVE SMITH, PSY.D., LP, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

I am a licensed psychologist certified with the board of behavioral health for both LPCC and LADC and have been licensed as a psychologist since 1990. Much of my career has included working with clients of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds; including a special focus on work with American Indian people.

I am experienced in providing art therapy and use expressive tools to help people understand and work through difficult issues. Art therapy is not for everyone but it is a powerful tool to help with mindfulness and to reduce anxiety and depression. Art therapy can be particularly effective for troubled youth with difficulty fitting in.

I provide psychological evaluations with testing for a variety of purposes: court ordered, parenting, ADHD, cognitive/IQ, and personality assessment. I integrate a variety of expressive art modes into the therapy process to help with healing and coping.  My approach is very laid back and based upon respect and understanding. I have a passion for honoring all individuals and their individual faith journey. 

KRISTA NEWMAN, MA, LPCC, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and have been active in the field of mental health and wellness since 2009 and have been a board approved Clinical Supervisor since 2013. 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.

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). In addition, for Supervision, I offer knowledge in the areas of HIPAA compliance, professional documentation, and private practice business ownership and marketing.

LAMBERS FISHER, MS, MDIV, LMFT, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Minnesota in Psychology and Biblical Studies, a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy as well as a Master of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. I am a Board Approved Supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapy as well as the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health. I also serve as an adjunct professor and national speaker, training mental health professionals on multicultural awareness and various aspects of diversity competence.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience working with individual adults, adolescents, couples and families. I work from a client-centered and solution-focused perspective and I  have a passion for couples counseling. I am experienced in Christian faith integration in the therapy process and therapist case conceptualization. Lastly, I offer specialized training in court appearances and court related documentation if required.

Andy Kaehr, MA, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor

Andy works in private practice and as a Children’s Mental Health Social Worker in a county mental health agency. He is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Andy has many years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families in vocational ministry and therapy contexts. Some areas of clinical treatment focus are anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, communication and relationship patterns, grief/loss and life transitions. He practices with a strengths-based approach, allowing clients the opportunity to bring forth their strengths already employed in relationships. He has completed level 1 and 2 of the Gottman Couples Therapy method.

He particularly enjoys working with relationship issues, professional workplace boundaries, Organizational Health and Culture, Adolescent Development and Spiritual Growth, Emotional Intelligence and Self Care, and Sexuality.

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COVID-19  NOTICE

We at Threads of Hope Counseling care deeply for you, your families, and our community. As the concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 increases worldwide, Threads of Hope is prepared to reduce the spread of illness by following the expert guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH continues to stress common-sense illness prevention strategies such as sanitizing surfaces, covering your cough and sneezes, and frequent hand washing.

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of a viral respiratory infection including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or if you or someone you have been in contact with traveled internationally in the last 14 days, please DO NOT come to our office. Instead we are happy to offer you telemedicine (online video) services.

Telemedicine appointments are HIPAA secure, do not require any downloads, and can be accessed on any device with microphone and internet access. Ask your provider or the administrative staff if this is a service you’d like to pursue.

Additionally, there is a lot of misinformation being spread regarding this virus which has inspired significant anxiety in many in the community. Look here for ideas on how to reduce your fear while remaining wise in facing the uncertainty of this disease.
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