Hi! My name is Heather, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. My specific areas of interest include working with individuals of all ages to resolve and work through single episodes of trauma or complex trauma. I provide outpatient psychotherapy to children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse, neglect, and trauma. I received certification through the Association for Play Therapy as a Registered Play Therapist. I also a provide trainings and supervision/consultation services to other therapists seeking licensure or certification in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and/or Play Therapy.
I am a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master of Science in Community Counseling with specialized training in Marriage and Family Therapy and Play Therapy. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, majoring in Psychology.
I have specialized training in Experiential Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Theraplay, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), both Sandplay and Sandtray Therapies, Incredible Years Groups, In Touch Therapy, and the DC: 0-5, which is the diagnostic criteria for children ages 0-5.
I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy treatment used to reduce distress connected to psychological symptoms and trauma. I completed the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate in June 2017 to better serve families through the adoption process and the loss that surrounds adoption changes and transitions. Most recently I have begun training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) a therapy that aids in the resolution of unresolved trauma that impacts the mental health and the functioning of individuals and their families.
Justin D Kruse
"Hello! I'm Justin, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and proud graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. I entered this profession out of a genuine desire to help others in a meaningful way. Buddy, my companion dog, now joins me on this journey. My clinical experience has ranged from the developmental impact of trauma to attachment to the use of multi-sensory forms of psychotherapy in the treatment of client difficulties. I work with individuals across the lifespan and have received specialized training in Experiential Play Therapy®, TF-CBT, EMDR, Filial Therapy, Theraplay®, Sandplay and Sandtray Therapy, Incredible Years Groups and the DC: 0-5. I’m also a 2017 graduate of the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate program. And I’ve committed myself to a 3-year-long study and training in Somatic Experiencing. With this close concentration on resiliency-based treatment, attachment, and trauma, I focus on re-establishing the client’s innate capacity for emotional regulation and assist clients in the recognition and release of physical tension that may remain in the body in the aftermath of a traumatic event. I also specialize in strengthening family relationships through play and in addition to trauma and attachment, I’ve treated a wide range of mental health struggles including anxiety, depression, conduct and oppositional behaviors, and ADHD. My philosophy of service includes a collaborative, inclusive approach that draws upon the involvement and expertise of a range of disciplines, supports, and organizations of the client system. I also work competently with individuals who identify as LGBTQ and provide trainings, supervision and consultation to therapists seeking licensure as an LMFT, LPC, or LPCC."
Dr. John Seymour
Hello, my name is Dr. John Seymour. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor serving individuals and families in family therapy, play therapy and mental health counseling. My educational training has included an undergraduate degree and three graduate degrees: a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in pastoral studies (Southern Seminary; Louisville, KY), Master of Arts (M.A.) in family therapy and psychology (University of Houston-Clear Lake; Houston, TX) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in counseling (Texas A & M University; Commerce, TX).
In 2001 I moved from private practice to accept an appointment to the graduate facility of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where I currently serve as Professor of Counseling and Student Personnel, teaching courses in family therapy, play therapy, mental health counseling, and clinical supervision. I have been providing outpatient services in the Mankato area since 2004 and joined the staff at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center in October 2011.
"Hello, my name is Laura Pierson. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I have over five years of experience working with couples, families, and individuals of all ages, with a variety of presenting concerns. I use an integrative and comprehensive approach to therapy and have a compassionate, genuine, and approachable demeanor. I am enthusiastic, personable, and empathetic and am fully invested in developing a therapeutic connection with clients. I strive to create a sense of safety and trust as clients begin to share their life stories and work on self improvement.
I have worked extensively with individuals experiencing mood disorders, domestic violence, partner-relational discord, trauma, and chemical dependency issues. I utilize a client-focused, trauma-informed approach to therapy. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy treatment used to reduce distress connected to psychological symptoms and trauma. I also have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
I completed my educational training at Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Drug and Alcohol Studies."
Hello, my name is Diane Caspers and I am a Licensed Psychologist. I provide individual, couples and family therapy for children, youth and adults. Areas of expertise include: Addictions, Anger issues, Coping with chronic pain/illness, Grief and loss, Healing family of origin issues, Life adjustment issues, Mood disorders, Parent-child problems, Persistent mental illness, Relationship difficulties. Spiritual issues, Trauma and abuse. I am a TFCBT certified Therapist (Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist). I have expertise in testing and psychological evaluation of adults. In 2011 I completed a 2 year training program that I have added to my practice in sand play therapy which I use with both adults and children.
I have more than 35 years of experience as a mental health professional and spiritual director.
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Hi, my name is Kim Slette. I am an Outpatient Therapist with Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center. I have a master’s degree in clinical social work, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have experience using the DC 0-5 with infants, young children and their families in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan. I diagnose, assess and treat clients based on their individual and family needs. I have extensive experience utilizing a family systems theory approach when working with children and their families. Together we work toward developing appropriate treatment plans that will help families to be successful as individuals and as important participants of their family unit.
Prior to working with Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center, I worked in a school setting. I was a School Social Worker for more than 27 years. During that time, I worked with children and their families. They taught me so much more than I taught them over the years! When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. My children and grandchildren bring me a tremendous amount of joy! I also enjoy gardening and crocheting.
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Hi! My name is Janet Meegan. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University and I recently obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University, Mankato where I was a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar. I completed internships with the Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Brown County Human Services and Hoffmann Counseling Center. I have over twenty years of experience in the social services field working with families in various roles. I’m joining the Journeys Towards Healing Team as a Clinical Trainee. I practice social work through a trauma informed lens with emphasis on attachment and one’s place within their family and community system. I love working with children and their families.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, watching movies, keeping up with current events and playing with my dog.
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"Hello! My name is MacKenzie Gohdes, and I am currently a Clinical Trainee at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center on track to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Relational Communication from Crown College and my Masters of Counseling through Crown College as well. I have also received training through DHS in the Assessment, Conceptualization, and Diagnoses of Mental Health Disorders in Young Children using the DC:0-5. Previously, I had the opportunity to work as an educational specialist and assistant teacher for two different preschool and daycare facilities. I loved being able to work with children as a teacher but felt like I wanted to be able to do more for the care of their social, emotional, and mental health. I hope to continue to learn and grow, specifically, in the area of trauma treatment and play therapy. Within the next five years, I hope to not only to be a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, but also become a Registered Play Therapist."
Hello! My name is Lynda Mead and I am a newly hired Reiki Practitioner
here at Journeys Toward Healing. I trained as a Reiki practitioner
after hearing so many stories of its benefits to others. I am so happy
to witness first hand these benefits as we all journey through the
stresses and illnesses life present. Now retired, I was a K12 Teacher in Family Consumer Sciences as well as a seamstress altering and constructing apparel, home goods and costumes of all kinds. I still do some of the later for any who may be in need. For those of you who may not be familiar with Reiki, Reiki is a technique that works with our life force energy to promote relaxation, healing, and well-being. Reiki uses gentle or no touch at all to help with relaxation to balance the physical, mental and emotional
energy systems. Studies show that Reiki helps reduce anxiety, stress, pain and increases physical vitality. It enhances the healing process following illness, injury, surgery or chemotherapy. I look forward to
the opportunity to administer Reiki as a supplement to the services provided at Journey’s Toward Healing and aid in the healing and revitalization we all deserve.
Hello! My name is Anna and I am a clinical trainee at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center. I graduated from Saint Cloud State University with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I am originally from Stevens Point Wisconsin. In Wisconsin I worked with kids of all ages at a daycare. I also had the opportunity to intern for Health and Human Services working with foster children and their families. In 2019 I moved to Mankato and began working at a group home for kids and teens on the Autism Spectrum. These experiences have strengthened my passion for working with kids and families from all walks of life. I strive to create a safe and creative environment for people to explore and grow.
1. TF-CBT Training
2. Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Training
3. PESI Telehealth Training
4. Assessment, Conceptualization, and Diagnoses of Mental Health Disorders in Young Children using the DC:0-5
Hello, My name is Juliet Hatch and I am an intern here at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center. I am currently a graduate student at Capella University, Minneapolis. I earned a Master of Science degree in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2000. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1993,
Over the past 20 years, I have held a variety of positions that have afforded me a wonderful array of experiences working with middle-school aged children, at-risk youth, and adults in individual, group and family settings.
I consider each individual and family as unique and tend to tailor my methods accordingly. I primarily lean on narrative, multigenerational, communication, contextual, structural, and eco-wellness models, but continually evolve as I learn more. I am passionate about the environment and our place within it and social justice issues, so I utilize a client-centered, strengths-based wellness (mind-body-nature) lens that guides my work with those who entrust me with their worries, concerns, or issues.
Hello! My name is Christine (Crissy) and I am a clinical trainee at Journeys Towards Healing Counseling Center. I am originally from South Dakota, and moved to Minnesota in 2019. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health and Marriage & Family Therapy through South Dakota State University and am currently working towards licensure for Marriage and Family Therapy. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients in different settings and have obtained a number of different trainings. These experiences have strengthened my enthusiasm for working with kids and families. I strive to create a safe, creative, and engaging environment for everyone to be able to explore, discover, and grow.
My specialized trainings include:
• Assessment, Conceptualization, and Diagnoses of Mental Health Disorders in Young Children using the DC:0-5
• CBITs – Training to lead groups for children who have experienced traumatic events using a cognitive-behavioral approach.
• Bounce Back – Training to lead group similar to CBITs but for younger children
• MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices)
• MommaCare Training – Training to work with grieving parents as well as pregnancy and newborn loss