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Eagan Office

Opening soon December 2021!

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. 

I am licensed and able to provide services and clinical supervision for residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

Naomi Drenk, MSW, LICSW, Counselor

I love walking with clients as they discover their strengths and value. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults navigating through anxiety, depression, trauma, and life stage adjustments.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas. My approach in session is from an accepting, client centered, strengths-based lens. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a research based treatment for trauma. I am also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which can be helpful for those working through emotion regulation and relationship concerns. I have also completed training in integrative nutrition and mental health.

I have worked with individuals across the life span in settings from elementary schools to skilled nursing facilities. No matter the stage of life development, I enjoy helping people to reach their goals and discover their value and strengths.

EMILY SCHMIDT, MA, LPCC, COUNSELOR

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.

ERIN URBAN, MA, THERAPIST

The center of my practice is focused on building empowerment, balance, self-esteem and self-awareness. I offer a warm and empathic environment for those facing difficult life transitions, relational challenges, past and present traumas, underlying issues of illness and stress, and any other issues preventing individuals from realizing the freedom and happiness of their true nature.

I integrate a mindfulness approach to help build awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and beliefs to develop insight and uncover new choices. I also incorporate additional therapeutic techniques to fit your individual needs, as well as temper the counseling process with creativity and humor, along with practical solutions and concrete goals.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University.  In addition, I enjoy building upon my education and skills through volunteerism and draw upon my personal development as a cancer survivor. I would be honored to walk with you through your life challenges and growth.

SHERI PETERSEN, MA, COUNSELOR

I completed my Masters Program at Colorado Christian University and I work with adults, and couples. I have a special passion for working with couples and partners facing toxic relationships. My desire, as a counselor, is to help clients sort through thoughts and emotions and find hope. I believe each person is significant, and at times this truth is lost. With jumbled thoughts, we can lose sight of our worth and this can lead to despair.

Together I want to help discover strengths and resources that can carry you through this time. I desire to build the confidence to face all of life’s hardships, because you’re worth the hard work of restoration!

We all have our own brokenness and struggles, sometimes all you need is a caring person to come alongside you. My faith in God is central to who I am, and the reason I have a passion for helping people who are hurting. I will gladly incorporate faith into the process if you desire. I welcome people from all different walks of life!

Jenny Johnson, MA, LPC, Counselor

Whatever is troubling you to seek counseling does not define you. As individuals we are quick to identify ourselves by what is wrong (i.e. I am depressed or I am terrible at relationships or I am a bad parent), but we are not our symptoms. We are so much more. There are so many wonderful things about you and your story, things I look forward to discovering. Together we will talk about you! I am hopeful you will share stories from your past like how you fit in your family, what you wanted to be when you grew up, or how you were as a child. In our laid back and gentle conversations we will weave back and forth between your present and your past. With a mix of humor, continued encouragement, and care you will find different ways of solving today’s problems and discover new things about yourself.

I am a licensed counselor in Minnesota. Many of the tools acquired while attaining a master’s degree from Adler Graduate School have built on my Christian foundation of love and compassion and a desire to speak life and restoration into others. I enjoy working one on one with individuals of any age, including children and will be seeking certification in play therapy in the future allowing me to expand upon my creativity and talents with children. Over the last five and a half years of practice, grief/loss has become one of my specialties however I simply have a heart for discouraged individuals no matter the cause.

In our sessions scripture and prayer can be integral components should you desire. Whatever your faith background please know you will be treated with compassion, respect and covered in encouragement. My prayer is for God to use me as a bridge to get you from where you are to where you want to be. I look forward to meeting you!

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.
We are here for you and there is always hope.