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 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 a 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 the 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.
Mandy Anderson, MSW, LGSW
Mandy 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
Kelsey 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 is 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 LPCC
Rachel 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.
RaeAnn Hagen, MSW, LICSW
RaeAnn 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
Amanda 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 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
Ashley Levens has received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from the University 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 a 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, LPCC, RPT
Elizabeth 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 LPCC
Ahnnica Baade, MA is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. She is currently a School-Linked Mental Health Therapist in Cambridge, MN with high school students and their families. She also sees clients at the Cambridge outpatient office as well as co-facilitates Adolescent DBT. 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.
Ahnnica has a wide range of experience working with children to adults with a variety of backgrounds and abilities. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Ahnnica is a certifies facilitator in Prepare/Enrich for couples. She also has extensive training and experience in sexual assault advocacy. Ahnnica has been with Lighthouse Child and Family Services since 2015 and has primarily worked with teenagers and their families regarding a variety of issues.
Ahnnica believes that all people have the ability to make positive changes in their life and is honored to be a part of each person’s journey. Her areas of interest in mental health include but are not limited to: relational issue, depression, anxiety, sexual assault, domestic violence, trauma, attachment, identity work, self-esteem issues, blended families, suicidal ideation, grief/loss, and family of origin issues.
Sheila Grow, MSW, LGSW
Sheila 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.