Meet Our Minneapolis Team

Matt Johnson, MA LPCC, Clinic Site Director, Therapist

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Therapy is a relationship that can create lasting positive change in peoples’ lives. Often times, choosing to engage in therapy is one of the biggest steps in initiating the healing process. My mission is to meet you where you are in your current life condition, and to join with you on your journey toward self-improvement. Together we will work to create therapy goals that are inspired by your needs and aspirations.

For over a decade I have provided therapy services to adolescents, families, couples, and adults from diverse cultures and backgrounds with a wide array of mental health concerns. My therapeutic approaches include components of CBT, ACT, and humanistic therapy. My desire is to create a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, down to earth, and empowering you towards a better understanding of yourself. I believe people are at their best when they feel encouraged to grow and change in ways that benefit and improve their well being.

Stephanie Michaels, PsyD Licensed Psychologist, Therapist

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My approach to therapy is grounded in understanding and working with the unique contexts and attributes of each person. Exploration and change occur when people feel seen and heard in a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment. I create a sense of safety through a warm, empathic and transparent style. I am flexible in my approach to therapy so that I can work compassionately and collaboratively with people toward their therapy goals.

I draw upon elements from several therapies including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I provide individual therapy to adults on a range of issues, but I have special interests in anxiety, women’s issues, grief and loss, life changes and events, and trauma. I also have a special passion for working with young adults who are navigating higher education or life transitions.

Jay Callahan, MS, LPCC, Therapist

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Jay is a trauma informed strengths-based therapist who is passionate about empowering and equipping individuals to pursue health and wellness in all areas of their lives. His areas of professional interest include interventions to address the impact of developmental trauma, sexual health, religious trauma, and LGBTQ+ identity development and growth.

He is an EMDR trained therapist and also incorporates mindfulness and the outdoors into therapy. You can expect that he will listen empathetically and seek to collaborate with you to develop goals for improving functioning and invite you to walk and talk if the weather is good.

Education:

Winona State University, Masters of Science in Community Counseling

Winona State University, Certification in Addiction Counseling

Winona State University, Bachelor of Teaching in Secondary Education

Malory Giraldo, MSW LGSW, Bilingual Spanish-English, Therapist

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As a clinical social worker and yoga instructor, Malory’s approach to mental health is rooted in unconditional positive regard for the client, identifying the client’s strengths and systems in which they reside, and holding a trauma sensitive space. She sees the therapy room as a sacred hut for empowerment, attuning to one’s intuition and knowledge, finding calm and resolve, and being gracious with ourselves along the healing journey.

As a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychotherapist, Malory provides comprehensive mental health care for the client and emphasizes inter-professional and multi-cultural collaboration with a lens of compassion for the client. Malory approaches the therapeutic relationship using psychodynamic, narrative, and mindfulness therapies. Additionally, she is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor with concentrations on at-risk, diverse populations and conscious communication.

Malory is experienced in cross-cultural work, individual and cultural trauma, self-esteem and body image, anxiety and depression, adjustment and personality disorders, relationship challenges, marriage and divorce, gender-based violence and domestic violence, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, attachment concerns, in-home and outpatient services, and comprehensive case management.

Malory has a background in ethics, community and international development, gender concerns, environmental sustainability, and holistic healing techniques.

EDUCATION:

University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine University, Master of Social Work

Luther College, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Religion

Trained in:

Psychodynamic therapy, trauma-focused care, mindfulness practices, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Participatory Action Research, crisis response, interprofessional collaboration, and cross-cultural work.

Kelly Pieper, MSW LICSW, Therapist

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Even little people can require support! Kelly has expertise in working with children ages birth through age 18 with specific emphasis on early childhood (birth through age 6) and children and families on the permanency spectrum (foster care through adoption). She maintains a trauma-informed, strengths-based perspective and aims to involve the family in problem solving, solution finding, and resilience building. Kelly is also a board approved supervisor with specific training in reflective supervision and serves as a consultant for childcare providers on early childhood social and emotional development.

Kelly’s specific passion in working with children and their families lies in the unique way every child develops differently and the way that keeps a therapist on her toes! Kids have different brains and have different social, emotional, and mental health needs than adults. Every kid deserves a provider that understands them and does not make attempts to fit them into an adult-sized mold. Therapy with kids is dynamic, challenging, and incredibly important! This is the work that brings Kelly energy daily.

Advanced Training and Certifications:

Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (rostered provider)
DC:0-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Children Under 6
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate

Education:

University of Minnesota Twin Cities – Masters of Social Work
University of Wisconsin Madison – BS

Cari Kokotovich, PsyD Licensed Psychologist

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Cari is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychological evaluations and therapy for children. When working with kids through the evaluation process, Cari’s goal is to find ways to help provide a picture of the child that will lead to an increased sense of understanding and more effective support from caregivers, therapy providers, and educators. Through these evaluations, she can assess for diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, screen for learning difficulties, as well as other mood and behavioral disorders.

When Cari works with kids in therapy, her goal is to find ways to work with the child and caregivers to maximize the child’s success in his/her environment. While play is definitely a part of any session with kids she works with, she also works to build skills and follow evidence based practices. In addition to working with the child, Cari works to help problem solve and build strategies with the caregivers. Cari has received certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has worked with many children through their trauma and grief. Healing from trauma is a process, and Cari is grateful to be a part of that journey for children and their families.

Cari has worked with children and their families in a variety of contexts and she greatly enjoys seeing the world from a child’s perspective and joining them in their play. Cari will bring creativity, energy and research based ideas on how to best address a kid’s needs in therapy.

When Cari is not at work, she is enjoying new adventures and experiences with her family, spending time outdoors, trying new theaters, and, of course, curling up on a couch with a good book or show.

 

EDUCATION

Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology

B.A. Child Psychology, University of Minnesota

Pre-Doctoral Internship, Penn-State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA (APA-Accredited)

 

POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fraser

Certified Therapist, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Lydia Cotch, MA, Therapist

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Lydia is a warm and determined therapist who is solution focused and strengths based. Lydia does her best to meet clients where they’re at and form goals thoughtfully and collaboratively along side them. Her approach to therapy is an open and honest conversation, grounded in respect, commitment, and humor. Lydia works to create a therapeutic space where client’s can feel safe to confidently explore their journey thus far. Her education is grounded in marriage and family therapy, bringing a systemic based lens that always considers how her client’s environment, relationships, and other influences impact their experience.

Lydia has experience working with adolescents, couples, families and individuals. She has worked in intensive in-patient hospital settings, high schools, out patient clinics, in client’s home and communities, and in group therapy settings.

Education Background

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts. Marriage and Family Therapy.

University of Minnesota. Bachelors of Psychology.

Jorgen Knutson, MA Therapist

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Jorgen brings a unique experience and passion into her work as a therapist, having worked with diverse families, couples, individuals, and communities . She embraces a holistic approach and believes healing comes from connecting to our communities as well as our spiritual, physical, and emotional well being.

Jorgen is committed to providing culturally attentive therapy in a nurturing environment where differences are valued and respected. She appreciates the complexity of relationships and collaborates with her clients to foster trust, safety and respect on the path to healing. She believes that individuals are the experts of their own lives, thus entering into this journey with clients is one where she focuses on building her clients’ strengths while also honoring their unique life experiences.

Jorgen has worked in various community settings serving youth and families. She loves working with children, teens, and adults in various life-stages. She is a passionate advocate for issues of equality & social justice as well as holding the space for individuals to question and explore their own spirituality.

Alysia Schwartz, MA, LADC, Therapist

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Alysia is a strengths based, trauma informed therapist who believes in building an authentic and trusting therapeutic relationship. She provides a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel their story matters. Alysia empowers clients through a holistic approach and mindfulness techniques. She recognizes therapy is a collaborative process and each individual has a unique set of needs and goals.

Since 2013 Alysia has worked as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, and medication assisted treatment. While working in the addiction field she recognized the connection between addiction and mental health and was motivated to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.

Through her experiences she discovered a passion for working with individuals who identify in the LGBTQ+ community. Alysia focuses on helping clients explore their identity, feelings of shame and guilt, and cultural marginalization.

Outside of work Alysia enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs, exploring Minnesota, thrift shopping, and discovering new music.

Education:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Counseling and Psychological Services

Metropolitan State University, Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Christina Potter, MA, Therapist

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Christina is a therapist who is passionate in meeting clients where they are in their recovery while emphasizing on being a guest in the client’s journey. Christina gravitates to a strengths based approach while focusing on the present and what the possibilities are for the future. Christina takes on the coaching role while working with client’s finding their best way to cope with what life throws at us and decreasing emotional reactivity.

Christina offers client-centered therapy for adults, couples, and families. Christina has a history of providing in-home services with adolescents and their families and adults in ARMHS and in-home therapy. Christina also has a history of working with victims and survivors of sexual violence, homeless families and adults with SMPI. Christina has her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and is in the process of seeking licensure.

Education Background:

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy

St. Cloud State University, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Community Psychology, Minor Psychology

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT STAFF

Colleen Zimmer, MSN PMHCNS-BC, Psychiatric Medication Prescriber

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Colleen’s career in psychiatry started by working as a registered nurse in a community mental health center. She supported individuals with a wide range of mental health needs. That experience provided the foundation for advancing her career and she obtained her advanced practice license. Due to the significant shortage of mental health providers with prescribing privileges, Colleen knew this was a vital piece needed to assist individuals towards mental wellness.

In a variety of settings throughout her career, Colleen has worked with populations who experience a range of mental health issues, people with chemical dependency issues and those with diverse backgrounds. She believes everyone has the right to access appropriate resources as they work towards mental wellness.

Colleen has an open, friendly approach to mental wellness. She understands each person has a life story to tell and actively listens, working together with the individual on their journey to wellness. Colleen takes a holistic approach taking into account psychological, physical and social aspects of each individual’s life. She believes every person is unique and therefore, deserves a unique treatment plan that works for their life.

Education:

University of Minnesota, Master of Science, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

The College of St. Scholastica, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

American Nurses Credentialing Center – Board Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

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