About

Meet the Team

 

Amy Gimbel, PsyD, LP

Amy is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Amy started her career doing Social Security Disability assessment and Vocational Rehabilitation. She also has experience facilitating bereavement and grief support groups, providing therapeutic support to those who have lost a loved one, answering a domestic violence crisis line and assisting residents in a domestic violence shelter. At MHS, Amy provides individual therapy for adults and adolescents, conducts diagnostic assessments and facilitates one day weekly DBT Programs for adults. Amy additionally helped to develop and launch our Thrive Program for Psychological Well-Being and Chronic Pain as well as our Thrive Program for Psychological Well-Being in Cancer. Amy uses a Cognitive-Behavioral approach with her clients. Her favorite thing about working in mental health is helping people help themselves.


Amy Dols, MA, LADC, LPCC 

Amy has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in addiction studies. She is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC), and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Amy facilitates an Integrated Dual Disorder DBT group for adults with mental illness and chemical dependency, a 1-day DBT group for adults, a DBT group for adolescents, and also provides individual therapy. Amy uses a Cognitive-Behavioral approach. Her favorite thing about working in mental health is meeting people with extraordinary strength and resilience and having the opportunity to help people work toward healthier and happier lives.

 

Ashley Winkelhake, MA, LPCC 

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Her clinical experience includes teaching DBT skills groups, individual therapy, clinical intake assessments, providing Aftercare psycho-education groups, mentoring practicum students, presenting for CEU trainings, and clinical case management. She has worked with a variety of client’s including severe and persistent mental illness, self-injurious behavior, LGBTQ and diverse clientele, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and body image concerns. At MHS, Ashley facilitates a one day weekly DBT Program. She integrates many approaches, but works mostly from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective. Ashley’s favorite aspect about working in mental health field is helping clients to find hope, happiness, and peace in their lives. 


Brittany Hamann, MA, LPCC, DBTC

Brittany is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently working toward her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. Brittany is a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist by the National Certification and Accreditation Association and has experience working with infants, children, adolescents, and adults. She has clinical training in psychological assessment, working with interpreters, Applied Behavioral Analysis, chemical health, consultation, taught Psychoeducational courses in parenting for and is certified in Psychological First Aid. She has a strong background in public speaking, volunteerism, and has participated in several avenues of research in Health, Integrative, and Applied Psychology. At MHS, Brittany provides individual therapy, facilitates an Aftercare DBT Program and is the lead provider in the State Certified Adherent DBT Program as well as serves as a training mentor for clinicians in clinical training. She serves as the Employment Coordinator, training new employees a, consulting about program placement and manages the four-clinic waiting list. Brittany’s therapeutic approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Systems Theory, and Multiculturalism. Brittany’s favorite thing about working in mental health is teaching skills to promote self-change and seeing individuals learn and change to improve their own lives. Brittany enjoys connecting with people and contributing to the improvement of her client’s lives through the power of awareness and balance.

 

Chris Malone, PsyD

Chris has a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently a post-doctoral fellow working toward licensure as a psychologist. Chris has experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient and residential mental health organizations working primarily with adolescents and children with mental health and chemical dependency difficulties. He additionally has experience doing psychological assessments for a variety of businesses and governmental agencies. At MHS, Chris provides individual and family therapy, facilitates an intensive three day per week DBT Program, and facilitates psycho-education nights for support people of MHS clients. Chris’ therapeutic approach relies on existential psychology, as he helps his clients increase motivation and energy to change by finding meaning and responsibility in life. He additionally incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Systems Theory. Chris’ favorite thing about working in mental health is seeing people take control over their lives, learn to be powerful and use that power to make their lives what they want. He enjoys seeing people get better and become something great.

 

Chris Wachholz, PsyD, LP

Chris is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Chris has experience in an adolescent residential treatment, child and adolescent outpatient individual therapy, adult outpatient individual therapy, family therapy, and adult and adolescent DBT. Chris has taught psychology courses at the Art Institutes International in Minneapolis, MN and Argosy University in Eagan, MN. Chris is currently the Clinic Supervisor for the Edina location and is the Training Director at MHS. He oversees the APPIC-member clinical psychology doctoral internship program, and training programs for all three MHS locations. Chris also facilitates a number of DBT programs, and provides individual therapy and clinical supervision.  Chris’ primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/DBT with an emphasis on Cognitive Therapy. Chris conceptually integrates client centered, developmental, and systems therapy models. Chris’ favorite thing about working in mental health watching people be successful and reach their goals.

 

Cortney Sidwell Pederson, MSW, LICSW, DBTC

Cortney Sidwell Pederson is a certified dialectical behavior therapist who has practiced therapy for over a decade.  In that time she has designed, implemented, and supervised an intensive outpatient  DBT Program and has coauthored a best-selling DBT skills book, The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Manual. She currently focuses on individual therapy and supervision of clinical social work students. While DBT is a specialty area, Cortney takes an integrative therapeutic approach to customize to each individual, combining elements of DBT, CBT, solution-focused, psychodynamic, and humanistic approaches.  Cortney is currently working on a forthcoming practitioner book, Essential Elements of Effective Therapy: Ideas and Interventions for Improving Your Practice

 

Dean Charles, PsyD, LP

Dean is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dean has experience providing services to patients with substance abuse and mental health issues in inpatient and outpatient facilities. He completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship with Pennsylvania Counseling Services where he provided inpatient services for people with substance abuse and mental health issues and who were serving an alterative sentence to state prison. He additionally has experience providing group and individual DBT therapy and has worked with adults, teens, and families with substance use issues. At MHS, Dean facilitates an intensive three day per week DBT Program, a one day weekly DBT Program, and provides individual therapy and clinical supervision. Dean’s therapeutic approach is primarily DBT with elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Logotherapy. Dean’s favorite thing about working in mental health is incorporating many areas of study, from philosophy to biology to theology. Dean enjoys engaging with clients and colleagues in a variety of contexts and levels.

 

Erin Appel, MA, LPCC

Erin has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and holds a license as a Licensed Practical Counselor (LPC). As a counselor, Erin has volunteered for Crisis Connection and worked for MHS, first as a student and then as an employee. At MHS, Erin facilitates an intensive three day per week DBT Program, a one-day DBT program, co-facilitates an adherent DBT Program, and provides individual therapy. Erin’s therapeutic approach blends humanistic and cognitive behavioral methods. Erin’s favorite thing about working in mental health is helping people listen to their own Wise Mind and gain confidence in themselves.

 

Heather B. Trangsrud, PhD, LP  

Heather (Heather T. or Dr. T) is a Licensed Psychologist at MHS. She earned a doctorate (PhD) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a MA in Counseling from the University of North Dakota, and a BS in Psychology from North Dakota State University. In her career, she has previously worked at MHS leading intensive DBT groups, as well as, other community mental health centers and various university counseling centers. She was a clinical supervisor and practicum training coordinator at both Kansas State University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire counseling centers, served as an adjunct instructor at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is published in various professional journals. At MHS, Heather works with individual clients, and is involved in DBT and Thrive programming. In addition to using DBT with clients, she also pulls from interpersonal, feminist, multicultural, and other CBT theories. 


Jaime Pieschke, PsyD

Jaime has a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently a post-doctoral fellow working toward licensure as a psychologist.  Jaime’s clinical experience includes work in both inpatient and outpatient settings, where she provided therapeutic services to adults and adolescents with mood, anxiety, psychotic, and personality disorders. She has also served on the board for The Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association). Jaime has provided DBT services since 2008. Currently at MHS, she provides individual therapy, facilitates a one day weekly DBT Program, facilitates an adolescent DBT Program, and conducts clinical intakes. Jaime’s therapeutic approach incorporates Psychodynamic/Relational, Humanistic, and Cognitive theories. Jaime’s favorite thing about working in mental health is actively assisting individuals in confronting issues and creating effective life changes that propel them toward a better future. She finds it truly gratifying and fulfilling to get to know such diverse individuals and offer them a safe nonjudgmental place to address what they need.

 

Jenny Johnson, MA, LPCC

Jenny has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. At MHS, Jenny provides individual therapy, completes new client intakes and facilitates intensive DBT in a group setting. Jenny uses a Cognitive-Behavioral approach with her clients. Her favorite thing about working in mental health is the people, as she finds it rewarding to see people change. Jenny finds that every day brings new challenges that she is excited to learn from.

 

Julie Morin, MA, LPC

Julie has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is completing post-graduate hours to become a Licensed Practical Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Julie has 7 years of experience conducting Applied Behavior Analysis therapy with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and has experience providing DBT services to adults and adolescents. At MHS, Julie facilitates an intensive 3 day per week DBT Program, facilitates an adolescent DBT Program, and provides individual therapy. Julie’s therapeutic approach incorporates DBT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Julie’s favorite thing about working in mental health is seeing people make changes to reach their personal goals.

 

Katie Engh, MA, LPC

Katie has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is completing post-graduate hours to become a Licensed Practical Clinical Counselor (LPCC). At MHS, Katie currently facilitates the intensive Horizon’s program for adults with mental illness and developmental delays, facilitates a one day per week DBT program, and provides individual therapy. Katie incorporates DBT with a Person-Center approach to find the unique path clients take to reach their goals. Her favorite thing about working in mental health is watching clients gain a sense of control and understanding in areas they have previously felt powerless.

 

Kristin Kildahl, MA, LP  

Kristin has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist. Kristin’s experience includes diagnostic assessments, group therapy and individual therapy. Kristin has also provided Program direction and administration and clinical supervision at a community mental health center, outpatient mental health facility and in private practice. At MHS, Kristin conducts diagnostic intake assessments. Kristin’s therapeutic approach involves Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Kristin’s favorite thing about working in mental health is seeing clients make progress.


Laura Accomando, PsyD, LP

Laura is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has experience providing group and individual therapy services to adults in an intensive outpatient setting, with specific focus on adults with both mental health issues and intellectual disabilities. Laura serves as the Clinic Supervisor for the Woodbury location of MHS. Laura facilitates a DBT aftercare Program and provides individual therapy and clinical supervision. Her approach to therapy incorporates humanistic and Cognitive-Behavioral theories. Laura’s favorite thing about the mental health field is working with people who are challenging themselves to achieve personally meaningful goals.

 

Maria-Luiza Ramierz, PhD, LP

Maria-Luiza is a Licensed Psychologist with a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota. Maria has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in hospital settings and community mental health clinics. At MHS, Maria facilitates the parent component of the Early Adolescent DBT Program and provides individual and family therapy. Maria has a developmental perspective and her study of attachment and human resilience informs her practice.  She also has a particular focus on interpersonal relationships, the mind-body relationship, mindfulness meditation, and  she draws on cognitive behavioral therapies along with an insight orientation.  Maria has specialized training in MBSR, Circle of Security, and hypnosis. Maria’s favorite thing about working in mental health is witnessing human resilience, creativity and new beginnings.

 

Megan Bona, PsyD, LP

Megan is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She has experience in psychological assessment and psychotherapy with adults and adolescents, in both community mental health and university counseling center settings. Megan currently serves as the adolescent DBT program coordinator at MHS. She also facilitates an adolescent DBT program, provides individual therapy and clinical supervision, and completes diagnostic intake assessments. Her approach incorporates DBT and cognitive behavioral therapy, and she is also trained in EMDR. Her favorite thing about working in mental health is being able to help individuals work toward meaningful visions of recovery.

 

Morgan Cusack, PsyD 

Morgan is currently completing her clinical psychology internship at MHS. She is expected to receive her Doctorate degree from Argosy University in the fall of 2014. Morgan’s clinical experience includes completing diagnostic assessments, conducting individual therapy, providing services to individuals who have mental illness and chronic medical diagnoses and facilitating DBT Programs for adults and adolescents. At MHS, Morgan facilitates a one day weekly adult DBT Program, facilitates the Thrive Program for adults with co-occurring mental health and chronic pain concerns, facilitates a DBT Program for adolescents and provides individual therapy. Morgan’s therapeutic approach consists of conceptualizing with a Cognitive Behavioral framework, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy concepts and skills, and she approaches her work with clients with a person- centered focus. Morgan’s favorite thing about working in mental health is to continue learning every day, both from clinical theory and through the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the individuals she works with.

 

Nikki Gorman, MA 

Nikki has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is completing post-graduate hours to become a Licensed Practical Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Nikki began her career assisting with psychological research at the University of Minnesota and has experience providing school-based services to children and adolescents with emotional and behavior disorders. At MHS, Nikki facilitates intensive DBT services for adults who are mentally ill and developmentally delayed. She also provides individual therapy to adults and adolescents. Nikki’s therapeutic approach integrates CBT, DBT, and Person-Centered Therapy. Her favorite thing about working in mental health is the opportunity to witness resiliency, growth, and success. 


Rebecca Bertram, PsyD

Rebecca is a licensed psychologist with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Rebecca has provided group and individual therapy in a variety of clinical settings, such as Community Mental Health Clinics, an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, University Counseling Centers, and an Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) facility. At MHS, Rebecca provides individual therapy and facilitates for the Early Adolescent DBT Program. Her therapeutic approach integrates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with other approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. As a part of the therapeutic process, Rebecca also focuses on interpersonal relationships, mindfulness strategies, and how our views are shaped by our experiences. Rebecca enjoys working in partnership with clients, building on clients’ strengths, and working with people with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Her favorite thing about working in mental health is having the opportunity to meet so many types of resilient people in the community and hear their stories.

 

Sam Anderson, MSW, LGSW

Sam has a master’s degree in social work and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. He is working toward his license as a Clinical Social Worker.  Sam has experience in case management, residential and mental health employment settings, as well as facilitating DBT Programs. At MHS, Sam provides individual therapy and facilitates an intensive three day per week DBT Program for adults. Sam’s therapeutic approach incorporates DBT and strengths-based theory. Sam’s favorite thing about working in mental health is helping individuals overcome barriers in all aspects of life. 

 

Sarah Janzen, MSW, LICSW

Sarah has a master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas & College of St. Catherine and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Sarah’s experience includes work as a case manager and employment counselor, and she has spent the last 5 years working at MHS facilitating DBT Programs for adults and teens, doing individual therapy, and conducting clinical intake assessments. Currently Sarah is the Clinic Supervisor for the Maple Grove location. Sarah uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet individual client needs, but is strongly grounded in the teachings of DBT and uses systems theory to help understand client’s experiences in this world. Sarah’s favorite part about working in mental health is seeing people realize their potential and empowering them to make changes they had not thought possible.


Sheryl Cotton, MSW, LGSW  

Sheryl has a master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas & College of St. Catherine and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. Sheryl’s experience includes work  with special needs individuals using Applied Behavior analysis and a supervising mental health practitioners in behavioral programming.  As a clinician at MHS, Sheryl is currently providing individual therapy services and facilitating multiple DBT program groups. Sheryl uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet individual client needs, but is strongly grounded in the teachings of DBT and uses person-in-environment, strengths perspective and cognitive behavior theories to help understand client’s experiences. Sheryl truly enjoys working in mental health and empowering clients to make changes to meet their personal vision of recovery. 

 

Steve Girardeau, PsyD, LP

Steve has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist. Steve is the 2017 Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) President as well as the certification chair of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA) and the director of clinical services for MHS, one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the Midwest. He has overseen the care of thousands of clients with co-morbid major mental health and personality disorders in an intensive outpatient setting. Steve has been a therapist for over two decades, specializing in providing clinical services to clients with serious and persistent mental health diagnoses as well as chemical use disorders. Steve has worked as a clinician, clinical director, training director, Program supervisor and a clinical team consultant. He has provided trainings at national conferences, local seminars and created training Programs in the areas of DBT, abuse, safety planning and treatment of clients with dual disorders.

 

Tanya Holthus, PsyD, LP

Tanya is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Tanya has experience facilitating daily living skills for children in a residential facility, conducting special education disability assessments for high school students in an academic setting, providing DBT groups for adults in an intensive outpatient setting, and offering therapy in a college counseling center. She has experience providing individual, family, couples therapy and group therapy with clients of all ages experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns. She has also conducted a variety of psychological evaluations, including parenting, drug and alcohol, anger management, ADHD, cognitive, and learning disability assessments.  At MHS, Tanya facilitates an aftercare DBT Program, provides individual therapy, family therapy, clinical supervision, conducts diagnostic intake assessments and psychological testing.  Tanya is passionate and dedicated to her work as a psychologist and is committed to helping people overcome obstacles to inner peace and mental health. She enjoys being a part of the journey, as "happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."

 

Taryn Ignaszewski, MSW, LICSW

Taryn has a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas & College of St. Catherine and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  She has experience providing community-based skills training for children, adolescents, and adults who are severely and persistently mentally ill.   Taryn has experience facilitating Intensive Outpatient Adult DBT, Adolescent DBT, leads Early Adolescent DBT Programming (EAP), and also provides individual therapy services at MHS. Given her background in social work, systems theory guides her clinical practice, in addition to behavioral psychology and family systems theory. These techniques help Taryn understand clients and their systems better, recognize patterns, and increase learning in one's environment. Taryn is also the Community Relations Manager and participates in all-things related to marketing at MHS. Taryn’s favorite thing about working in mental health is the opportunity to work with strong and resilient individuals and observe their progress and growth alongside them.  


Amanda Woelfel, MSW, LGSW

Amanda has a master’s degree in social work and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). Amanda is currently a Legislative Committee co-chair for the Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work. She has experience working in healthcare management, and working with homeless youth. At MHS, Amanda facilitates an intensive three day per week DBT Program, an adolescent DBT program, and provides individual therapy and clinical intake assessments. Amanda’s therapeutic approach incorporates DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and strengths based theory. Amanda’s favorite thing about working in mental health is helping clients find their own version of mindfulness to notice patterns and increase acceptance in their lives.


Tom Worwa, PsyD, LP

Tom is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. His clinical experience includes teaching DBT skills groups, work with diverse populations, individual therapy, conducing clinical intake assessments, providing psychoeducation groups, and supervising psychology graduate students. At MHS, Tom facilitates a one day weekly DBT Program. He integrates many approaches, but works mostly from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective. Tom’s favorite thing about working in mental health is being with a client when they realize his or her life can be different than what it is.

 

 

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