ABOUT ELLIE MOORHEAD
We are excited to be offering many of the great services below to the Moorhead area!
- Counseling and therapy services for small children, including play-based therapies
- Teens/adolescents and young adults
- All types of therapy for adults- individuals and couples
- Family “systems” therapy for the whole family
- Maternal mental health counseling, including post-partum therapy services (depression, anxiety, intrusive thinking and obsessive compulsive concerns during and after pregnancy)
- Trauma informed therapies, including EMDR, and Trauma-Focused CBT
- integrative approaches that include DBT skills work
- LGBTQ+ clients and concerns
- Suicidal ideation and self-injury related struggles
- Mindfulness-based approaches to therapy and skills work
- Grief and loss support
- Help in navigating adoption and foster care experiences, for children, parents and adult caretakers
Meet Our Moorhead Team
Emily Coler Hanson
Clinic Director, Therapist
My ideal client is someone who isn’t done growing up yet 🙂 I love working with kids for their flexibility, optimism, and openness to change. I also see a lot of young adults and transition aged youth.
Play is welcome, and the time is yours to do what you need with. My hope for each client is to leave in a little better space that they arrived. Clients can also expect some work/projects/experiments outside of sessions too. I hope clients can use what they learn in therapy to make real changes in their lives and not just have “one good hour of therapy a week.”
I’m very strength based and solution focused. I like to take a mix of things from narrative therapy at times as well. I think there are components of structural family therapy that I will include at times as well.
I specialize in Autism (assessment and supports), anxiety, depression, child development, parenting, transition age youth, supervision. Parent support for LGBT youth, and LGBT affirming
Master of Science in Child Development and Family Science, specializing in Couple and Family Therapy
Licenses and Certificates
LMFT in both North Dakota and Minnesota
AAMFT approved Supervisor
Ruth Denton-Graber, LPCC, LMFT, NCC, CDBT
Ruth’s ideal client is anyone looking for options to change what they can in order to live their best life. Ruth specializes in Dialectic -Behavioral Therapy skills and working with Dual Diagnosis.
When meeting with Ruth, clients can expect genuineness, empathy, truth, and acceptance. Ruth would describe her therapeutic technique as individualized empowerment.
Licenses and Certificates
Ashley Limesand, MEd
My ideal client is someone who is willing to approach counseling with an open mind, to work collaboratively, and to try new strategies with the aim of finding a path towards change that works for them. I like working with people of all ages, although I hold a special place in my heart for children, the aging population, and those who serve(d) in the military. That being said, I would love to work with anyone who is willing to grow together and I appreciate honesty throughout the process.
When coming to see me, you can expect warmth, empathy, and genuine compassion. I aim to honor your story, understanding and holding space for your perspective, experiences, and emotions as you are the storyteller and expert. I value building a mutual relationship that helps foster growth as well as a safe, affirming space for you to be creative, confident, and brave, as we find your unique strengths allowing you to tell the rest of your story the way you want it to be told.
I have experience working with depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, family relational conflict, adjustment and transition difficulties, trauma, educational struggles and advocacy, LGBTQ+ topics, and neurodiverse populations. Areas of further interest I am continuing to learn about include working with grief and loss throughout the lifespan, existential exploration, rural mental health, and perinatal mental health.
I would describe my approach to counseling as eclectic with a largely humanistic lens. While everything I do has a Person-Centered focus, I also draw from modalities of Nurtured Heart, Ross Green’s collaborative Approach, Relational Cultural Theory, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Strengths-Based Approach, existential theories, and Solution-Focused Therapy when appropriate. I like to be creative and be as collaborative as possible with clients
North Dakota State University – MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Valley City State University – B.S. in Professional Communications and Media Marketing
License and Certificates:
Applying to Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC-Supervised) & Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
John Lyon, MSW, LCSW
My ideal client is someone who recognizes that they need to change but maybe doesn’t know how or what to change. When you are able and willing to put forth effort it is amazing what I have witnessed people accomplish. Learning to open up and trust a stranger is difficult and it is my hope that I will demonstrate I am worthy of such trust.
First and foremost I see myself as an employee of my clients. Specifically I am a consultant who the client has hired to help them make their life look the way they want their life to look. I will provide my clients what they need to help make that happen. This might be specific strategies for overcoming problems, it might be supportive listening and validation. My goal is for my client to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.
Anger management, relationship issues, Anxiety management, Complex PTSD, Consensual Non-monogamy, Attachment theory.
Client centered: I am versed in very clinician driven techniques like EMDR for PTSD, but I am also very good with both psycho-educational techniques for things like Anger management. I most often use CBT to address problematic thinking and to help clients develop alternative coping strategies.
Masters in Social Work (MSW)
License and Certifications
Masters level Social worker (MSW/LCSW)
EMDR Level 2 certification
I would consider my approach to counseling to have a Person-Centered focus, and my therapeutic style is evolving. Clients can expect an eclectic style of counseling. I really like using Strengths-Based and Solution-Focused approaches!
My personality is empathetic, accepting, and playful. This really influences my approach to therapy because I want anyone who comes to see me to feel heard, valued, and acknowledged. With authenticity and honesty being two of my top values in life, I see these qualities as key components to the therapeutic relationship.
I have a passion for working with children and adolescents, but enjoy working with individuals of all ages. I have learned a lot from my previous internship in school counseling and am excited to share this knowledge in a mental health setting.
In my free time, I love to take my dog for walks, cuddle with my cat, listen to music, and get lost in a good book. Some of my favorite books are “Where the Crawdads Sing” and the Mortal Instrument Series.
North Dakota State University – BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Science
North Dakota State University- Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters in School Counseling, expected date of graduation May 2022.
Current master’s level student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling, under the supervision of Dr. Barb Stanton PhD, LPCC, LMFT
Registered to take the NCE in early November of 2021.
Barb Stanton, PhD, LPCC, LMFT
Barb’s ideal clients would be quirky amazing people on the autism spectrum, or quirky amazing people in general. When meeting Barb, clients can find acceptance, humor, compassion Barb’s therapeutic style is flexible to meet people’s individual needs. Barb specializes in individuals on the autism spectrum. This includes diagnosis, individual and family therapy, public education, advocacy and connecting to resources. There’s always something new to learn!
PhD in Counseling Psychology
Licenses and Certifications
ND LPCC and LMFT
Supervisor certification for LPCC and LMFT in ND and am applying in MN
I think that all people are interesting and each brain is fascinating in it’s own way. I love the idea of supporting individuals in their mental health fitness journey, just like a personal trainer would support someone in their physical health fitness journey.
I love all of the core values at Ellie, as well as the mission statement. I am excited to be a part of a team that supports the idea of acceptance!
Bachelors of Social Work