AAMFT, MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy and Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy Approved Supervisor
As a therapist, I strive to help the client discover Self; learn to listen to their inner compass; and to develop strengths so that they can become more confident and attain the personal change, growth and happiness that they are seeking.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I founded Beacon Therapy Associates for two main reasons; one to provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment for people in need of support and two, to create a work environment where therapists are able to find a healthy work/life balance and are able to model health to their clients and family.
I have more than 23 years of experience working with families, children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to my clinical experience, I have managerial experience in community mental health administration, quality control, attainment of national health certification and the start-up/ownership of two mental health companies. I am a Clinical Member of both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Psychotherapy Association. I am an Approved Supervisor for the State of Minnesota for both the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and for the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy; as well as an Approved Supervisor for AAMFT
I hold a Master of Science degree with honors in Human Development: Family & Child Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology: Human Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma. Additional graduate studies for my license was obtained at Alfred Adler Graduate School in Richfield, MN.
Specialties: Family Systems, Trauma, EMDR, Brainspotting, Neurolinguistics, Emotional Intimacy issues, Depression and Anxiety.
Fear, doubt, and pain can sometimes keep us from realizing our potential and achieving our goals. Although we may sometimes need a little help to access the tools we need during a challenging time, each of us has the ability to overcome these obstacles. With courage, hope, patience, and a new perspective, we can get moving in the right direction again. Loren’s clients value his authentic, supportive, and humorous style. Meetings are characterized as encouraging, engaging, and insightful as he creates a positive and safe environment to make lasting changes. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, he works with individuals, couples, and families to improve their quality of life. Loren’s holistic perspective will help you consider your thinking, behavior, relationships, health, and life circumstances to create a more fulfilling future. His particular interests include communication, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, teen and young adult concerns, relationships, self-esteem, and spirituality. Loren is also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, specializing in helping people overcome addictions in any form. Loren has a Master’s of Arts degree from Bethel University and a Graduate Certificate from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Amy’s warm, compassionate, and positive style helps those she works with to understand difficult life circumstances and make positive and lasting change. Amy works together with those she serves to create a safe environment to identify concerns and improve quality of life. She focuses on the whole person in all life areas including emotional, mental, physical life areas to make improvements long term. Amy is passionate about helping people and views it as an honor to support people during life’s challenges. She helps empower people to bring life into greater balance and increase happiness and fulfillment.
Amy has vast experience working with individuals, couples, and families. With years of experiences as the Dean of Students at a private school, she also specializes with concerns affecting teens, children over nine years old, and their families. In addition, she has significant expertise simultaneously addressing addiction and mental health concerns. Other areas of interest include depression, anxiety, communication issues, life transitions, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and emotional regulation. Amy focuses not only on overcoming immediate concerns but also on discovering and addressing the underlying problems so that these problems do not resurface.
Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. Jason has over 10 years of mental health experience and has worked with people who have a Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), drug addictions, sexuality concerns, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and people on the Autism Spectrum. Jason is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has extensive experience with working with deaf individuals and knowledge of the deaf community.
Jason utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered therapy to help individuals gain insight into themselves and to help them grow as people. Jason strives to provide a warm and supportive environment in order to develop a good therapeutic relationship. Jason’s areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues.
Tara is a clinical trainee in marriage and family therapy who is working towards her full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to help families and couples thrive in relationships. Tara has spent much of her youth and adult life in church ministry working with youth, young adults and families.
Office is in building next door at 11117 Zealand
Specialties: Working with persons of all ages who are having difficulty with: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, grief, communication difficulties, and relational issues.
Office is in building next door at 11117 Zealand
Specialties: Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, grief, communication, relational issues and the family’s understanding of Asperger’s Disorder, Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
Aki is a proud mother of a 3 yr old boy and 6 yr old girl, and enjoys going to their school events. She offers 15 years of counseling experience in residential and outpatient settings.
Aki is a Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) certified supervisor since 2013 for aspiring LPCC’s. She is currently working full time on Clinical Psychology Ph.D and plans to graduate by the Fall 2017.
Chris specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of specialty include working with: autism spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, displaced workers and addictions.
I have been a nurse practitioner for over 15 years. I love the work that I am privileged to do each and every day. The thing I like most about my job is not only getting to know my patients, but getting to know their families as well.
Dreaming is like gazing into a mirror that looks into the future.
Each time we step into the reflection,
the image changes into a more real possibility.
Every experience we've had along our journey has enriched us immeasurably.
What we seek evolved everyday from the presence of those we meet.
We too change with every experience,
and our dream unfolds and reshapes with us.
At times of change an accepting ear, a kind word, and a gentle hand can bring comfort, clarity, and resolve. With over 30 years experience providing therapy to adults, couples, families and older adolescents, Dave has the expertise to help those with long standing, complex, and difficult problems. He has extensive experience with the broadest cultural and ethnic diversity and specializes in treating complicated grief, depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD, personality disorders, bad habits, relationship difficulties, recovery from child and domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and all kinds of trauma. He is LGBTQIAPK-affirmative, poly and kink-aware.
Dave is building a portal to teach Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills online. He also provides Skills training in person. He provides individual DBT therapy, effective for depression, anxiety, anger, and relationship difficulties. He is also trained in the Duluth Model of anger management and preventing domestic violence.
His approach is eclectic, emphasizing Emotion Focused Therapy, highly effective changing the quality of relationships with individuals, couples and families. He also uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-focused Narrative/Exposure Therapy and DBT.
After 13 years in the medical and research fields, Liz made the switch to education and counseling. Liz works from an Adlerian framework incorporating aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and play. Liz brings experience from day treatment, outpatient, private practice, and school settings. Liz enjoys working with children (as young as 3), adolescents, and adults in the areas of Anxiety, Depression, Co-Occurring disorders, self-esteem, grief/loss, family/career/life change, postpartum concerns, secondary trauma, caregiver/professional burnout, and compassion fatigue. Liz is a Licensed School Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master’s from Adler Graduate School. Liz enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children, and 2 registered therapy dogs, who are available to join sessions upon request in the utilization of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy. A Christian perspective is also available upon request.
Daisy (11) and Annie (6) are Golden Retrievers and Registered Therapy Dogs through Therapy Dogs International. Both Daisy and Annie enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults. Animal-Assisted Therapy provides a way for individuals to process feelings and experiences without directly talking to the therapist and can ease anxiety or provide comfort within sessions.
MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy and Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy Approved Supervisor
Office is at 299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 211
Gary offers a lifetime of experience as a Therapist, Counselor and Pastor to engage his clients in the therapeutic process. He uses sound psycho-dynamic techniques, coupled with faith-based principles to assist his clients who are working through life difficulties. Gary’s clients have frequently commented they like his gentle, yet sometime confrontive style.
Specialty areas that Gary offers his expertise are: Marriage and relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, sexual addiction and abuse, trauma, abuse, grief & loss, and senior adult issues. Gary uses EMDR Protocol to assist clients with trauma and PTSD in their lives. For more information of EMDR please visit emdria.org.
Nancy loves working from a relational approach because she gets to see individuals, couples, and family groups have “aha moments” when they realize the influence that they can have in relation to another person and their situation. Her interests include working with those affected by challenging life transitions and various types of loss that can lead to anxiety, depression, and grief. She is passionate about promoting the interests of those in disempowered positions, helping to bring forth silenced voices and perspectives, and standing against bullying in all forms, including relational aggression. She is keenly aware of the need for supporting the emotional and mental health of women—from childhood through adulthood—as well as their partners and families.
I use a treatment approach grounded in research, with the belief that brain has the ability to heal. I create a safe place to help process difficult experiences as unprocessed stressful experiences are the basis for many symptoms including pain and negative beliefs. In my clinical work I provide people with resources and tools to help them make new connections and gain new insights, leading to successful outcomes and adaptive coping. It is a gift to see such transformations. I have experience working with children, adolescence, adults, families and couples. I have treated a range of mental health concerns in home, community settings and corporate environments. I have experience working with children, adolescence, adults, families, and couples with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, life transitions/adjustments, grief and loss, childhood abuse and neglect, PTSD, dissociation, identity, and family work.
Bachelor of Science – University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Masters of Arts,- St Mary’s University Twin Cities; Post graduate training in EMDR therapy (eye movement, desensitization and reprocessing).
Elizabeth has a strong appreciation for the unexpected twists and turns of parenting, and how they can shape us in ways we never expected. The life paths of many of our children weren’t even on our radar when we started planning our families, and so our parenting may require us to re-evaluate our values and perspectives. This can be difficult, confusing work.
A related issue some of us arrive at, is how we got to be the people we are. We may uncover rules and expectations that did not support our well-being, and that may have lead to anxiety, depression, and even trauma in our lives. Elizabeth has great respect for the journey of self-discovery both these pursuits require.
Elizabeth offers support for parents of children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as parents of children that are nonbinary. She also offers support for people experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as the effects of trauma, using a holistic approach. Elizabeth is an EMDR therapist, is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. She is also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Libby Collins has over twelve years of experience working in the counseling field. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and a graduate degree from the Adler Graduate School. In addition to having over five years of experience in private practice, Ms. Collins has worked for the public school system and also for a non-profit agency. Commonly used therapeutic techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, narrative therapy and mindfulness training. Ms. Collins has experience helping individuals and couples manage relationship stress, anxiety, and depression. Ms. Collins can help clients work toward improving and enhancing the quality of relationships between committed partners or spouses, between parents and children, and between family members. Ms Collins is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and of the Minnesota Association of Play Therapy.
With a touch of humor and a genuine interest in her clients, Mary Pietruszewski (Mary P) makes getting energized, organized and challenged at work or school seem easy. Mary P has enjoyed working with teens and parents for over 20 years at an arts-focused high school. She particularly enjoys working with creative youth that excel in procrastination (at home or school) or youth that may just need a jolt of self-confidence. Anyone at any age can benefit from coaching during transitional times or during the inevitable “stuck” phases of life. Mary P emphasizes she is not a mental health therapist, but rather a Certified Life Coach intrigued with guiding the “stuck or worried well” of all ages. GLBT clients of all ages are warmly welcomed to NextSteps, LLC at Beacon Therapy and Associates. Mary P is a Certified Life Coach and trained in Neurolinguistic Language Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis.
Transformational Language Training, a subset of NLP, is taught by Pat Vitale, certified NLP trainer. This class will change your life and the way you communicate with those around you!
Classes are scheduled through out the year and taught in a small group setting. Contact Pat directly or Shelly Davenport at PatVitale66@gmail.com for more information on class times and dates. Next introductory class begins in the fall. Contact us now, class size is limited.