Meet our Maple Grove Office
Molly Schroepfer, MA, Counselor
My educational background includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and also in Art Therapy with additional education in Art Therapy for grief and loss, the psychosocial impact of cancer, and spirituality. As a pre-licensed practitioner I am also supervised by Krista Newman, MA LPCC.
Within the therapeutic practice I view the process as a collaborative approach that is person-centered. Having a specialty in Art Therapy allows the opportunity to try a unique opportunity to process life’s challenges and struggles. If you are interested in integrating art therapy into your sessions, let me know and I would be happy to use this approach. You do not need to be an artist or have any sort of experience in art making to experience the benefits of this type of therapy.
My style is flexible and I also like to use humor. I work with individuals from adolescents and up with issues that may involve depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, and grief. I also have experience working with adolescents that identify with different pronouns and those that are part of the LGBTQ+ community. I would love the opportunity to help you or someone you care for, please feel free to contact Threads of Hope to schedule an appointment.
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.
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).
CERISE LEWIS, PHD, MS, LMFT, MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR
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.
Beteley Gelaw, MA, Counselor
I finished my master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. As a Counselor and human being, I understand how some life situations can be challenging to go through alone. That is why it is wise to reach out and seek guidance when it is difficult to handle situations by ourselves. Being Christian is part of my story so I am happy to integrate it into our work together if it is a part of yours. As a Christian Counselor, I strive to see suffering from the perspective of Jesus and I believe each person has inherent value apart from anything they do.
Having lived much of my life in Ethiopia, I am also fluent in Amharic and available to provide services to individuals who speak this language. I enjoy working with individual adults and children in a variety of areas including: trauma, life adjustments, relationship issues, depression, social anxiety, parenting challenges, and play therapy.
I create a space where you can be heard, understood, and cared for regardless of your circumstances. One of the areas I emphasize is the importance of telling the truth. I believe the truth sets us free and helps us to focus your time on the things that are most relevant to your healing. Through listening and empathizing with your experience, we will come up with a collaborative plan as well as strategies to achieve your personal goals. I use an integrative approach with elements focused on behavioral interventions, exploring ways that the past has shaped your thoughts and relationships, and encouraging you to reach your full potential and feel valued as a person.
At the end of therapy, I hope you will not only feel you have achieved your goals, but also know you have the skills to overcome similar situations in the future. I also want you to know that your stories and struggles matter; I would be honored to give you grace and encouragement as we walk through them together.
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.
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.
David Brickner, MA, Counselor
Life can be difficult and I have a passion for walking alongside those in the difficult circumstances. I am excited to work with couples who are facing a challenging season in their relationship. I want to help you untangle the wires that often get crossed in relationships. This means helping you learn how to improve your communication with one another, work through hurts and forgiveness, all while appreciating the unique story each person brings to the relationship. In addition, I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with issues surrounding sexuality, including sex and pornography addiction.
I am also eager to work with young adults. Late teens and early twenties are such important ages as you step into adult identities. Whether it’s decisions around college, career, relationships, social circles, and more, there is so much that happens at that age and it can become overwhelming.
Christian faith, including prayer and scripture, can be integrated into our sessions if you desire to do so. I believe that all people are created in the image of God and I am committed to treating each person with dignity and respect.
Jack Anderson, Marriage & Family Therapy Intern
I am open to working with you on a variety of challenges, and I particularly enjoy counseling people on relationships, anxiety, and communication. Despite what the issue may be, I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and I welcome the opportunity to join you on this endeavor.
Hannah Hinds, Marriage & Family Therapy Intern
I am currently pursuing 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.
Julie Muehlbach, Marriage & Family Therapy Intern
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.
Sarah Richardson, Marriage & Family Therapy Intern
I am currently a graduate student completing my master’s degree in marriage, family, and couples counseling at Adler Graduate School and under the supervision of Krista Newman.
I am here to offer hope and tools for you to experience healing and change. I have experience working with children and families navigating life on a day-to-day basis. My passion is to encourage children and support parents to strengthen the family unit.
I believe you have a story that matters and deserves to be heard. Throughout life, we experience moments of success and triumph as well as moments of headache and disappointment. No one has to walk alone. I look forward to meeting you!
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.
Dianne White, Intake Coordinator & Billing Assistant
When you come into the Maple Grove 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.