Mental Health Professionals

Mental Health Professionals and Mental Health Practitioners at Lighthouse Child & Family Services are able to clinically address a variety of complex life issues.

Julie Hanenburg, MSW, LICSW

Julie Hanenburg, MSW, LICSW is the Executive Director of Lighthouse Child & Family Services. Julie has over 16 years of experience working in the mental health field. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of MN, she has a graduate certificate in Infant Early Childhood Mental Health from the U of M and an Autism Certificate from St. Cloud State University.

Julie is the Director of the Early Childhood Programming and provides direct services to families with children under the age of five. Julie has extensive knowledge as a therapist in the area of trauma with children and families. In addition, Julie provides reflective clinical supervision and consultation to staff and multiple community agencies.


 Jennifer Goerger, MSW, LICSW

Jennifer Goerger - TherapistJennifer Goerger has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker through the Minnesota Board of Social Work. The services Jennifer provides as a therapist at Lighthouse are individual psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and diagnostic assessments for children and adults. She is also the Program Director of DBT and School Linked Mental Health programs, and a Clinical Supervisor.

Jennifer has particular interest in the areas of depression, anxiety, sexual abuse victims, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, self injurious behaviors, suicidal behaviors, school based issues, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adolescents and adults, children involved in the child protection/child welfare system and adolescents involved in the criminal system.  She has a strong background and knowledge of school, child welfare/protection, and special education systems. Jennifer provides both Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Groups and Individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adults. She has completed Intensive DBT Training through Behavior Tech, Inc.


 Paula Fuchs, MA

Paula Fuchs - TherapistPaula Fuchs obtained her Master’s of Counseling Psychology degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver, B.C. She has worked in the mental health field for 7 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is currently a National Certified Counselor working towards her LPCC.  As a mental health practitioner in Onamia and Isle schools, Paula uses a holistic and encouraging approach to provide exploration and healing through individual psychotherapy, groups, and family therapy. She holds experience and passion in expressive therapies, mindfulness, Dream Work, social justice, LGBT2SQA, psychoeducation, grief and loss, therapeutic recreation, anger management, social skills, advocacy, Equine facilitated counseling, phobias, TBI, and severe and persistent mental illness. With her enthusiasm for youth, Paula recognizes they are at a difficult stage in life and yet a wonderful time for change. The age group is often vulnerable and rarely heard, and Paula would love to provide that space with high respect, and a safe milieu to share.


Julie Sabin, MA, LPCC, RPT

Julie Sabin - TherapistJulie Sabin has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, teenagers, and parents in various capacities in classrooms and schools since 1999. During her professional career as a mental health practitioner she has provided individual, family, in-home skill training, and crisis treatment for children, adolescents and adults.

Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology with a minor in Child & Family Studies from St. Cloud State University in 2007. She also received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of MN in 2013.  Julie is a LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), and Registered Play Therapist.

Julie has received training at St. Mary’s University of MN in Directive Play Therapy techniques, Sand Try Therapy, and Experiential Play Therapy. She believes in the Fred Rogers quote that “Play is really the work of childhood,” children are working through trauma, grief, behavioral/emotional concerns, and more; they are working while they are playing. This is the process which happens in the play therapy room daily.

As a therapist, Julie’s interests are working with children and adolescents in any areas they are struggling with, through the process of play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. She also enjoy working with parents through parent coaching and parenting support.


Mandy Anderson, MSW, LGSW

Mandy Anderson - TherapistMandy Anderson has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University and currently works as a clinical trainee, working towards her independent clinical licensure. She has many years of experience working as a school-linked mental health practitioner. Mandy currently works as a School Linked Mental Health Practitioner in the Milaca Schools. Mandy works with elementary and high school aged students providing diagnostic assessments and individual, group, and family psychotherapy. She has background knowledge involved in school settings and in the area of special education.

Mandy’s areas of interest in mental health are working with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, defiant or oppositional behaviors, autism, and anger or self-esteem issues along with families in foster care, child protective services, or the criminal justice system.


 Kelsey Gruba, MA

TN-Kelsey-GrubaKelsey Gruba received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in 2015. She currently works with all age groups. The services Kelsey provides at LCFS are diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, family therapy and Preschool Day Treatment, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Kelsey is trained in DC: 0-3 Assessments, PREPARE/ENRICH, premarital therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Area of interest for Kelsey are working with young children ages birth to five, working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and working with families and couples.


Rachel Nester, MS

2016-05-02 011Rachel received her Master of Science Degree in Agency/Clinical Counseling from South Dakota State University. Rachel is a National Certified Counselor and is currently working toward her Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure. She is also an active member of the American Psychological Association, American Art Therapy Association, Chi Sigma lota, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Rachel has experience working with and providing  diagnostic assessments for early childhood (birth to five), school-aged children (6-12) and adults, including geriatrics. Rachel is a School Linked Mental Health Practitioner in the Braham and Cambridge/Isanti School District. Special interests include working with clients who are experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, grief, eating disorders, self-injurious behavior, and adjustment disorders. She is trained in providing DC 0-3R assessment.


Jannelle Meade, MS, LPC

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Jannelle Prescott has worked on helping relationships for over 25 years in a variety of different roles. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University, and is working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Jannelle provides individual psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and diagnostic assessments for children and adults, in our outpatient clinic in Milaca and Princeton.

Jannelle taught high school for 12 years, has training in working with adolescence and young adults along with individuals struggling with Autism Spectrum, Traumatic Brain Injuries and other disabilities. She also served six years in the United States Navy and has training in working with Veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, reintegration and sexual trauma. Jannelle also has a particular interest in the areas of depressions, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and/or suicide survivors, self-esteem, anger issues, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, school based issues, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has a strong background and knowledge of the military, adults and children with disabilities, and special education systems.


Kim Willis, MSW, LGSW

WillisKim-PhotoKim Willis has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has her Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University. Kim is currently a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and is working towards obtaining her Independent Clinical licensure. Kim has experience working with both adults and adolescents who engage in harmful sexual behaviors. She has experience working in both patient and outpatient settings.

Kim is a School Linked Mental Health practitioner in the Mora and Milaca School District. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Kim’s clinical practice is heavily influenced by her belief in the importance of establishing healthy relationships and treating the whole person in regard to mind-body-spiritual-environmental aspects.


RaeAnn Hagen, MSW, LGSW

HagenRaeAnn-PhotoRaeAnn Hagen has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University and currently works as a Clinical Trainee in the School Linked Mental Health Program. RaeAnn is a School Linked Mental Health practitioner in Ogilvie Public Schools. She provides diagnostic assessments and individual, group, and family psychotherapy for elementary and high school students.

RaeAnn’s areas of interest in mental health are working with children and adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, depression, anger or self-esteem issues, as well as families in foster care, child protective services, or the criminal justice system. RaeAnn has experience working with recent immigrants and refugee using trauma-focused techniques.


Amanda Wolfsteller, MA

WolfstellerAmanda-PhotoAmanda Wolfsteller has her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University and is working toward her independent clinical license as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has past experience working with children as a mental health practitioner and working with children in correctional settings. Amanda is a School Linked Mental Health practitioner in the Cambridge/Isanti School District. She provides diagnostic assessments and individual, group, and family psychotherapy. She is trained in providing DC 0-3R Assessments.

Amanda’s areas of interest are working with children and adolescents experiencing depression, trauma, anxiety, ADHD, defiant or oppositional behaviors, and anger or self-esteem issues, along with providing family therapy to help not only the individual, but the whole family system to heal.


Samantha Welte, MS, LMFT

Samantha Welte

Samantha received her Master’s Degree from St. Cloud State University in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Samantha is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and is currently working on becoming a certified TF-CBT therapist. Samantha works with children and adults in the Milaca Outpatient Office.

Samantha is able to offer individual, family, and couples therapy utilizing a family systems perspective. She provides Diagnostic Assessments for children ages 5-18 and adults. Samantha has a history of working in residential settings with adolescents, as well as with youth that have a history of harmful sexual behaviors. She enjoys utilizing forms of play therapy in sessions, as well as sand tray therapy. She is interested in helping those with trauma, anxiety, and anger. Samantha also provides individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT Skills Groups through LCFS’s Intensive Outpatient DBT Program. Samantha enjoys helping families needing support in changing family dynamics and patterns.


Ashley Levens, MA

image1 (3)Ashley Levens has received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from the University of of St. Mary’s of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus in 2016; as well as having attained her undergrad at the College of St. Benedict with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Ashley’s professional experience includes currently working as clinical trainee working towards independent licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor. She has worked in the mental health field for over five years, serving both adolescent and adult populations.

Along with having formal training in crisis intervention and motivational interviewing, Ashley’s special interests include working with school-age children and adolescents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-injurious behaviors. Ashley provides individual and family psychotherapy from a client-centered point of view with a background in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her professional approach is influenced from the belief that a therapist’s role is one of a “sounding board” – there to listen to the client, reiterate ideas back to the client, and be there to facilitate acceptance and growth within the client.


 

Elizabeth Szybatka, MA, MHP

2016-05-02 006Elizabeth Szybatka has her Master’s degree in Child/Adolescent Counseling Psychology from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. She is working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist.

Elizabeth has worked in the mental health field for 5 years in outpatient, in-home, and school-based settings. Elizabeth enjoys working with children and adolescents who are affected by a variety of mental health concerns, but specializes in children who have experienced trauma, have attachment concerns, oppositional/defiant behaviors, and Autism Spectrum disorders.

Elizabeth utilizes a client-centered, trauma-focused approach and is trained in Experiential Play Therapy. She believes that play is the language of children and that all children process life experiences through play and art when given the space to do so. Elizabeth also has training in DBT skills, art and dance movement therapy techniques, and sand play techniques. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual, group, and family therapy.


Ahnnica Baade, MA

2016-05-02 008Ahnnica Baade, MA is a School-Linked Mental Health Therapist in Cambridge, MN with high school students and their families.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Family Social Science and Family Violence Prevention at the University of Minnesota.  She received her Master of Arts from Bethel University in Counseling Psychology.  She is currently working toward licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and a certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Ahnnica has a wide range of experience working with children to adults with a variety of backgrounds and abilities.  Ahnnica’s areas of interest in mental health include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, sexual abuse survivors, trauma, self-esteem issues, blended families, suicidal ideation, grief/loss, and family of origin issues.


 

Sheila Grow, MSW, LGSW

2016-05-02 017Sheila Grow received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and is working towards obtaining her Independent Clinical licensure.

Sheila provides individual and family psychotherapy with a Person Centered, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavior Therapeutic approach to support the client with acceptance of their personal growth.

Sheila provides diagnostic assessments, individual and family therapy in the Princeton outpatient office, and is a School Linked Mental Health practitioner at the Princeton Area Learning Center.  Sheila’s areas of interest in mental health include adolescents and adults experiencing anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, sexual abuse survivors, self-injurious behaviors, child protective services, or the criminal justice system.