Mary is a graduate of Adler Graduate School with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Professional Counseling. Her undergraduate degree was BS in counseling / psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood from Crown College. Along with this, she obtained a Masters level certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of MN. Mary is a nationally certified assessor for NCAST in infant feeding and teaching scales as well as a Project Exceptional trainer. In May 2011, Mary was recognized as FASD Clinical Training of Trainers (TOT) for the Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center (GLFRTC) and the University of Wisconsin, Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies (PDAS).
Mary has served families in the area of childcare for 35 years. Having owned and operated up to three childcare centers serving a total of 23 infants, 43 toddlers and 120 preschoolers at a given time.
Her current positions are that of Executive Director of Kids Inc Child Care Center, President of SteppingStone Therapeutic and a LMFT, specializing in working with children and their families in the areas of social and emotional development. Mary is also an approved Supervisor with the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Mary is an active member of THRIVE initiative, a member of the MN Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, as well as a member of the United States Association of Play Therapy.
Mary states that she has been mostly happily married to Randy since 1978. Mary and Randy have two grown children, a son-in-law and three beautiful grandchildren.
Christy is a graduate of Adler Graduate School with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her experience includes working with individuals, families, children and couples.
Beginning therapy takes a lot of courage and bravery. It takes courage to overcome challenges and to grow. Christy’s style of therapy is to help you utilize and focus on your strengths and your values while you navigate new healthy patterns that lead to hope and healing. Everyone has a story and Christy’s goal is to provide a place of hope and encouragement and a safe environment for clients that includes empathy, compassion and understanding.
Christy is passionate about working with very young children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. She offers a strength-based, family oriented approach and offers a safe place for children and their families to come and express their concerns. She uses directive and non-directive play therapy and uses play as a way to facilitate healing by helping children express emotions and themselves in a healthy manner. Christy aims to strengthen the parent child relationship as she believes this is crucial for the child’s success and healing.
Christy has received her two year post graduate certificate at the University of Minnesota in Early Childhood Mental Health and has a passion to work with children that have experienced trauma. She aims to help children overcome anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, experiencing separation from parents, grief/loss, life transitions, or any other mood or behavioral concern that is impacting a child in a negative way. Christy’s goal is to work with parents to help them understand their child’s experiences in a better way and help their child grow and develop into happy and healthy individuals!
Christy is also bilingual and fluent in American Sign Language. Christy’s background includes being a certified ASL interpreter and then later changing her career path to counseling Deaf couples, Deaf individuals, Deaf families, and codas (Child of Deaf Adult). Christy has interned in the past with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services here in the state of MN providing therapy to the Deaf population as well as in a private practice setting. Christy understands how difficult it can be to find a competent mental health therapist that is fluent in ASL and has knowledge of Deaf culture. She specializes in providing these services to this population.
Kelly Peterson is a graduate from Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a graduate from Luther Seminary with a Master of Arts in Pastoral and Community Care. Her undergraduate degree includes a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Kelly has extensive experience working with children and teens presenting with emotional and behavioral challenges related to anxiety, trauma, and autism spectrum disorder, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including center, school, and home-based therapy. She tends to gravitate toward the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and experiential play therapy.
As a mental health practitioner, Kelly sees children, teens, adults, couples, and families. Kelly utilizes both a conversational and directive approach incorporating kindness, humor, openness, and understanding. She believes life is one big puzzle with many different pieces. Sometimes our puzzle pieces can become worn and may not look or fit as well as we would like. Other times, our puzzle pieces can be stuck upside down or even lost. Kelly believes that therapy can be a useful tool to help restore those pieces and make our puzzles whole again.
Outside of being a therapist, Kelly enjoys singing, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Emily is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Emily received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University, Twin Cities. She has had field experience at NDSU Couples and Family Therapy. She also did practicum internship at Cedar Valley Center for Child and Family Therapy in Eagan, MN.
Emily specializes in working with teens and adults. She is also interested in couple’s therapy as well.
Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Andrea received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University and has completed a PhD in Educational Psychology from Walden University.
Andrea has an extensive background working with children, teens and adults. She has worked as an autism specialist and consultant and also within private practice specializing in ADD/ADHD, anxiety, trauma and depression. She has experience conducting weekly parent education support groups, and has worked with the Southwest Initiative Foundation as an educator regarding children and trauma, as well as at Ridgewater College as a psychology professor.
She believes each person and situation is unique and uses therapeutic approaches that meet the needs of each situational context. She feels strongly about creating an atmosphere in which people feel comfortable and supported while beginning their personal journey.
Megan is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who received her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from Saint Catherine University. Megan has experience treating clients in outpatient pediatrics as well as inpatient psychiatry.
As an occupational therapist, Megan aims to promote skill development and improve participation and independence in daily activities. More specifically, she directly addresses areas such as social skills, emotional regulation, fine motor skills, sensory processing, toilet training, toothbrushing, dressing, handwriting, meal preparation, and play skills. While it may look like she is just playing with her clients during sessions, every activity is specifically tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. Megan takes a client-centered approach to therapy by collaborating with you – the caregiver – to determine what goals are most important for your child.
When not at work, Megan enjoys boxing, reading, biking, coaching softball and napping.