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Meet our Maple Grove Office

CINDY HODGSON, MA, LPCC, COUNSELOR

I believe that every person is a unique and valuable creation of God, made in His image and loved by Him. As a result, I provide a compassionate approach to counseling, combined with gently challenging you when appropriate. I strive to provide a non-judgmental space for you to talk about whatever you have experienced, and I hope you feel cared about and respected in our therapeutic relationship.

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

We all know that life can get complicated at times, and occasionally we need others to step into our life to walk alongside us through the hard times. I graduated from Bethel Seminary with a degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. I tend to see things through a systemic lens, knowing that we are who we are because of what has shaped us throughout our life.  I believe relationships are one of the most essential parts to life and therapy and my approach reflects their importance. 

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. 
 
I keep a person-centered approach and foster a non-judgmental atmosphere for you to explore some deeper issues that may be underlying some of the problems, all while keeping in mind how your experience of God fits into it all. I strive to meet every client where they are at, no matter the circumstances. We all are doing the best we can with what we have, and I see it as my goal to come alongside you in your goals towards growth and healing.

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.

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).

MIKAYLA NELSON, MA, COUNSELOR

I completed my master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of St Thomas. I have particular interests in trauma, anxiety/depression, relational issues, couples’ therapy, and mood disorders. I also have personal experience and understanding of congenital cataracts, and would love to help you navigate the feelings and emotions behind this eye condition whether you have the condition, or you are a struggling parent.

I work with adults and teenagers and always try to find what works best for each individual client or family. The theoretical model I am most interested in is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which explores your thoughts and behaviors and the way they impact your feelings and relationships. I also integrate a person-centered approach, which means that I am encouraging and our goals in session will be largely determined by you and what you want to get out of our time together.

In my personal life I have a love of disney stories, but real life isn’t always a fairytale. I enjoy helping people create new stories that will inspire and encourage them beyond their current struggles. 

SARAH RIMA, MA, COUNSELOR

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.

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David Brickner, MA, Counselor

Life is complicated. Each of us has a story filled with joy and suffering. We have our own unique experiences that have shaped us, impacting how we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. Often there comes a point where we may want to make sense of the question, “How did I get here?” I think this is a beautiful question that is at the forefront of understanding your unique story. I am eager to walk alongside individuals who want to unpack their story, understand the depth of their experiences, and work towards a greater sense of peace in their lives.

I primarily work with adults and have a special interest in family of origin issues, life transitions, pornography addiction, men’s issues, anxiety disorders, sexuality, relational issues, existential questions, and grief. I also have an interest in working with college-age and young adults. Late teens and early twenties are such important ages as you step into your adult identity.

When working with individual clients, I draw primarily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches. I strive to meet clients where they are at with a relational, non-judgmental, empathetic approach. My approach is conversational and collaborative, and I enjoy incorporating humor when appropriate. I strive for my clients to feel heard, empowered, and supported, and approach their stories with curiosity and compassion.

I received a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bethel University and am working towards my LPCC licensure. I am happy to incorporate Christian faith into sessions if you desire, however clients of any faith background are welcome and accepted.

Andrea Johnson, MA, Counselor

Something has been weighing on your heart and mind and has brought you here today. Maybe it has been difficult to consider working with a counselor again, or for the first time. I deeply respect your decision to consider using this resource. You don’t need to shoulder this weight alone.

It would be a privilege to work with you and help you navigate through this challenge you are facing. I aim to connect with people from a place of warmth, empathy and curiosity. Some of the things that I desire for you: to feel heard, understood, supported, and empowered. I do not claim to have the magic solution to what you are going through, I believe that we humans are more complex than that; however, I am passionate about offering what I can, whether that’s a new perspective, coping skills, a compassionate presence, or facilitating a path towards healing.

My approach to counseling is gentle and realistic, person-centered and eclectic. I draw from several different modalities and try to adapt my approach to the needs of each person. Some of the approaches I frequently draw from include ACT, DBT, parts work, and self-compassion work. I primarily see adults. I have a special interest in Anxiety disorders, depression, college students and young adults, infertility, perfectionism, life transitions, grief, and existential questions. I am also happy to integrate a Christian faith lens into our counseling work if desired.

I received my Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Bethel University and am under supervision with Krista Newman while working towards independent licensure.

JULIE MUEHLBACH, MA, MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELOR

No matter what your age, life can be challenging, and sometimes we need additional support.  Making the decision to consider counseling takes a lot of courage and I am so happy you are taking that first step! My goal is to meet you where you are, create a safe non-judgmental space, and work collaboratively with you. I will draw on different theories and techniques tailored to your specific goals because every individual/family is unique in their life experiences. 
My faith is a central part of who I am. I believe that faith and counseling can work hand in hand to bring hope, healing, and restoration. I am happy to incorporate prayer, scripture, or faith into sessions if that is something you are interested in.
 
I completed my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary and have experience working as a para professional and with families impacted by Serious and Persistent Mental Illness as well as families recovering from addictions. I have a particular interest in helping you work through past trauma and find healing and freedom. Please reach out if you think we might be a good fit. It would be an honor to walk alongside you on your journey forward. 

 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  – Psalms 34:18

HANNAH HINDS, MA, MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELOR

I completed my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary. I love to come alongside individuals, couples and families that desire healing, change and growth in their lives. I am ready to hear your story and help you move towards the next chapter in your life. Faith can be integrated if you desire, but whatever your faith background, you will be welcomed, valued and respected.

I have training and experience working with children with trauma and have a heart for helping the whole family navigate the challenges of PTSD symptoms. I also have a heart for families or individuals that have been touched by adoption. I understand it can feel beautiful, messy and complicated all at once.

I also have a special passion for helping couples and families navigate differences in backgrounds and traditions. I strive to uphold the values of cultural humility and competency in the therapy room because I believe that race, ethnicity and culture are important parts of your identity.

I realize that therapy can be intimidating and change can be scary, so I strive to create a welcoming and warm environment where all individuals can feel safe to be honest with themselves and others.

MELANI KOMPELIEN, MA, COUNSELOR

I particularly enjoy working with people navigating relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting, and life transitions. I completed a Bachelor’s in Psychology in Mexico and practiced for a couple of years before moving to Minnesota in 2014.I completed my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Bethel University. If it is your preference, I believe in inviting God’s wisdom and love into the counseling process.

My approach is gentle yet direct. I provide a safe environment for people to explore their histories and begin to take steps toward a healthier and more fulfilling life. I work with adults, couples, families, and children to help them find relational wholeness. 

No matter what you are particularly struggling with—whether you feel stuck in your circumstances or lost in a sea of change, I believe there is hope. Together, we can work to make things better.

LISA MANDELL, BILLING MANAGER & BOOKKEEPER

I am the offsite billing manager and bookkeeper. 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.

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Dianne White, intake coordinator, billing assistant, & eap specialist

When you come into the Maple Grove office, you will see my smiling face ready to welcome you. 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/Bible with a minor in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. When I am not working for Threads of Hope Counseling, I love to spend time with my two precious grandchildren, walking in the nearby parks with my Australian Shepherd, watercolor painting, or reading on my patio in the warmer months or in front of my fireplace in the winter.