Mental Health Staff

North Homes Children and Family Services has a number of trained mental health professionals who provide a variety of services. Our staff is located in the Grand Rapids, Duluth, Deer River, and Bemidji offices and provide multiple treatment options that include diagnostic assessments, psychological evaluations, play therapy, grief and loss treatments, individual/group/couples/family therapy, anger management, and trauma based therapy.


Grand Rapids Office

Amy Mallum

MSW, LICSW

Amy has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2001. Amy started as a Professional Foster Care Case Manager and has now been practicing outpatient mental health since 2012. Amy provides complete Diagnostic Assessments, individual therapy for adolescents and adults, and family therapy. Amy is Nationally Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Becky Zidarich

MAFP

Becky Zidarich provides family assessments, individual therapy for adolescents and adults. Becky has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. She is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Offender Treatment, and Behavior Modification. Becky is also a certified MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice) therapist.

Brandon Stenzel

MA, Mental Health Clinical Trainee

Brandon attended St. Mary’s University where he received his Masters of Art in Counseling and Psychological Services. He is currently working towards meeting the requirements set forth by the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy to gain LPCC licensure. Brandon has been working in the mental health field for over five years, with experience at The Children’s Home facilitating individual and group skills training and at Headway Emotional Health Services in their day-treatment program working with at-risk adolescents. Brandon has engaged in student learning through the Veteran’s Affair Hospital in St. Cloud, studying neurocognitive disorders among the geriatric population. Brandon has work experience providing direct support services for adult and children foster homes and working as a Supportive Employment Specialist for those with serious persistent mental illness. Brandon currently provides children, adolescent, and adult diagnostic assessments. Brandon also provides individual and group psychotherapy for children and adults, and works with individuals aged 5 years and older (including adults). Brandon plans on pursuing training in play therapy and Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


Courtney Chesness

MA, Mental Health Clinical Trainee

Courtney is a recent addition to the team at North Homes Children and Family Services. Courtney is currently working at the ITASKIN Center where she provides individual therapy for youth in residential care. Courtney graduated from St. Mary’s University where she received a Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services. Previously, Courtney has worked as a Mental Health Specialist where she provided care for individuals of all ages with high behavioral mental health challenges. Courtney has previously worked as a Lead Staff Coordinator where she worked with adults primarily diagnosed with personality disorders. Courtney plans on pursuing training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).


Dr. Donnie Farnsworth

Ph.D, LP

Dr. Farnsworth has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2014. Dr. Farnsworth specializes in psychological testing (IQ, memory, learning, personality, developmental disability, and diagnostic clarification) with individuals six years of age and older. He has experience with inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency programs and working with those who have both mental health and chemical dependency needs. Dr. Farnsworth is able to complete court ordered forensic evaluations with adults as well as Pre-employment Evaluations for Law Enforcement Candidates.

Dr. Lindsay Kujawa

Ph.D., L.P.

Dr. Kujawa has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2016. She specializes in conducting psychological evaluations with adults and adolescents, including: evaluations to assess IQ, memory and cognitive functioning, ADHD, learning, personality, developmental disability, pre-surgical readiness, sexual health, and mental health diagnostic clarification. Dr. Kujawa specializes in completion of pre-professional peace officer education program psychological evaluations. She also conducts diagnostic assessments and 35-Day Evaluations at the I.T.A.S.K.I.N. Center in Grand Rapids, as well as provides evidence-based individual therapy for adults with anxiety, depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Philip Valdez

Psy.D., LMFT, LADC

Dr. Valdez is a recent addition to the team at North Homes Children and Family Services. He specializes in offering mental health and substance use services to families and individuals of all ages, and performs diagnostic assessments and Rule 25 Assessments at the outpatient clinic in Grand Rapids. Dr. Valdez has many years of experience working with families and individuals who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders in various settings, from a private practice in Pasadena, CA to psychiatric hospitals. Affectionately known as “Dr. Phil,” he comes to North Homes after moving to the Iron Range from Los Angeles, where he was the director of a mental health clinic in South Central. He favors evidence-based practices in treatment, and is a strength-based, person-centered, humanistic provider.

Jennifer Kliewer

MSW, LGSW

Jennifer has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2004. Jennifer provides individual and family therapy to children and adults 6 years and older. She has experience counseling clients with anxiety, depression, parenting education and support, relationship and family issues, and adjustment to life changes. Her background enables her to be an extremely effective social worker who is comfortable counseling diverse groups of people. Jennifer also specializes in providing treatment services to individuals who qualify for Safe Harbor support services in the community – those who are at-risk of or who have experienced sexual exploitation. She is a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) Therapist and is a certified MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice) Therapist.  

 

Jennifer Sheppard

MSW, LICSW

Jennifer has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 1999. She provides individual and family therapy for ages 6 to adult. She is Nationally Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is a certified ATTACh therapist with a focus on attachment throughout the lifespan. Jennifer is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently working towards certification through EMDIRA. She also has national certification as an LSCI (Life Space Crisis Intervention) senior trainer helping counselors, teachers, and foster/adoptive parents learn to create relationships with youth that create opportunities for growth. Jennifer has worked with women, men, and children whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

Kathleen Rubesh

MSW, LICSW

Katie has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2012, and working in the mental health field for over 20 years. Katie is currently the supervisor of our Community Mental Health Center located in Grand Rapids, MN overseeing the day to day clinical operations. Katie is also the Clinical Director of ISD 318 CTSS school based programming. Katie has received training in working with children aged 0-5 years for diagnostic assessments, is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Based Therapy (TF-CBT), play therapy, and filial therapy. She is a certified MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice) therapist, and is working towards certification as a MAP trainer. Katie specializes in play therapy, trauma and individual therapy, clinical supervision, and diagnostic assessments. Katie has also worked in school providing CTSS and day treatment services for over 8 years.

Lisa Corradi

MSW, LICSW

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and is an MSW, LICSW Therapist/Clinician who has been with North Homes Children & Family Services since 2006. She has extensive training and skills in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Lisa is also certified in Permanency & Adoption Competency. Lisa currently provides diagnostic assessments, individual/family therapy and clinical supervision to all youth at the Residential Treatment Cottage.

Tony Ross

MSW, LGSW, Clinical Trainee

Tony has worked at North Homes Children and Family Services since December 2016. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in May, 2017 with his Masters in Social Work. Tony provided ARMHS services when he started at North Homes while finishing his last semester of school. Tony transitioned from providing ARMHS to providing therapy in October 2017. Tony is currently providing individual therapy two days a week at the Itaskin Center and three days a week at the Community Mental Health Center in Grand Rapids. Previously, Tony worked at Support Systems, Inc., providing respite care services with children and working with individuals with disabilities. Tony completed internships with the PLUS Program at UND where he provided case management for adults, and at Rippleside Elementary in Aitkin, MN where he provided individual therapy to children in grades K-6. Tony plans on pursuing training in MAPs (Managing and Adapting Practice) as well as Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


Bemidji Office

Amanda Rohloff

LADC, BSW

Amanda Rohloff joined North Homes in November of 2017. She had attended Bemidji State University, and graduated in 2011 with her Bachelors of Social Work degree and LADC minor. Amanda provides substance use counseling services for youth, adults, and groups at our Bemidji Community Mental Health Center. She also provides group and individual counseling at the Northwestern MN Juvenile Detention Center. Amanda can complete Rule 25 assessments, and she also facilitates an out-patient treatment group for women who use violence.

Candace (Ophus) Snodgrass

MS, Clinical Trainee

Candace provides clinical therapeutic outpatient services through our Bemidji-based Community Mental Health Center. She is currently a doctoral student with Walden University, specializing in Clinical Psychology. Candace has completed both her practicum and pre-doctoral internship with North Homes Children and Family Services.

Candace has worked extensively with therapeutic service delivery for children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience with outpatient, school-based, and youth residential service delivery. Candace has gained competencies in the areas of psychological testing and assessment for children and adults including cognitive, personality, adaptability, and behavioral testing. Her assessment knowledge and practice includes working with clients aged 8 and older and specializing in diagnostic clarification, attention/concentration concerns, cognitive, memory, or academic related concerns, as well as personality and mood-related concerns. Her therapeutic approach utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness techniques, as well as incorporating a person-centered approach to therapy. Candace’s therapeutic focuses include: Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and relationship-focused concerns. Candace is also certified in the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) and utilizes this as part of a comprehensive approach to evaluations.

Charly VanGrinsven

MSW, LGSW, LADC Clinical Trainee

 

Charly recently joined the North Homes team in May of 2018. She attended University of North Dakota, where she obtained her MSW. Charly provides mental health and substance use counseling services at our Bemidji Community Mental Health Center for youth and adults. She can also complete diagnostic assessments, as well as Rule 25 assessments. Charly facilitates an outpatient treatment group just for women. She is actively involved with the Beltrami Country DWI Court, where she provides mental health and substance use services and collaboration.



 

Colbi Ikola

MS, LPCC

Colbi holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bemidji State University and has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2012. Colbi oversees our girls’ residential homes providing clinical direction, mental health treatment services and consultation, individual therapy and program development.

Specializing in anxiety, mood, behavioral, and trauma-related disorders, Colbi has been trained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) curriculum and sees clients ranging from early adolescence to adulthood. She also specializes in providing treatment services to youth who qualify for Safe Harbor support services in the community, including mental health therapy and case coordination to best serve the needs of clients who are at-risk or have experienced sexual exploitation.

Colin Heglund

MA, LP

Colin Heglund has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2008. Colin works with children, adolescents, and adults. He specializes in diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, working with families and couples, conducting parental capacity evaluations, and psychological evaluations. Colin is also nationally certified in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Colin is involved in a number of collaborative relationships in the Bemidji area, including: providing mental health services at Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center, working with the Evergreen Shelter collaborating on 35-day evaluations, and participating on the Interdisciplinary Review Team (IRT).

Dr. Lindsay Kujawa

Ph.D., L.P.

Dr. Kujawa has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2016. She specializes in conducting psychological evaluations with adults and adolescents, including: evaluations to assess IQ, memory and cognitive functioning, ADHD, learning, personality, developmental disability, pre-surgical readiness, sexual health, and mental health diagnostic clarification. Dr. Kujawa specializes in completion of pre-professional peace officer education program psychological evaluations. She also conducts diagnostic assessments and 35-Day Evaluations at the I.T.A.S.K.I.N. Center in Grand Rapids, as well as provides evidence-based individual therapy for adults with anxiety, depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Melissa Chalmers

MA, PsyD Clinical Trainee

Dr. Chalmers recently joined North Homes in 2018. She specializes in psychological evaluation, diagnostic assessment and providing evidence-based mental health services for children, adolescents and adults across the lifespan. She has been involved in the provision of trauma-informed mental health services in a variety of capacities since 2002; receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1999 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology through the APA-Accredited training program at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in the Twin Cities in 2015. Dr. Chalmers has a strong commitment towards destigmatizing and decolonizing mental health services and incorporating cultural practices and spirituality to promote healing and balance. She has experience providing mental health services in community outpatient clinics as well as inpatient chemical health and mental health treatment centers. A holistic, strengths-based and developmental perspective informs her practice.


Elizabeth Christenson, MS

LAMFT, Clinical Trainee

Elizabeth Christenson began with North Homes in May 2017. She completed her MS degree at St. Cloud State University, with a focus in couples and families. Elizabeth has experience providing individual and family services to children and adults, and she utilizes a family systems approach in her work, operating from the belief that an individual’s mental health is inseparable from their network of relationships. Elizabeth specializes in Early Childhood Mental Health, DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Assessments, and working with families.

Eric Nance

MSW, LICSW

Eric Nance received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland (Oregon) State University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Eric currently serves adults, teens and families using a variety of modalities including client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, mindfulness and basic problem-solving. Eric’s approach focuses strongly on client empowerment and the need for clients to own their progress within their therapy experience. He has a special interest in adults with severe and persistent mental illness, in addition to adults who have sustained complex trauma. Eric is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and often utilizes this intervention with those who present with complex trauma. In addition to being an outpatient psychotherapist, Eric co-facilitates an adult processing group that focuses on trauma and anxiety issues. He provides clinical supervision to those on licensure track and professional supervision to staff at the “Journey” Group Home in Bemidji. Eric is passionate regarding the well-being of colleagues in the mental health system and enjoys providing education regarding the realities of appropriate self-care and self-compassion.

Hannah Wilson

MS Clinical Trainee

Hannah Wilson started with North Homes Children and Family Services in 2016. She completed her MS degree at Bemidji State University (BSU), where her thesis focused on challenges experienced by minorities. Hannah has a decade of experience providing services to adolescents, young adults and parenting teens. She utilizes a client-centered approach, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness approaches. Hannah is a trained Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) therapist giving her access to research, clinical approaches to assist in treatment, and outcome measures. Hannah will be pursuing training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She provides services in the Bemidji high schools including diagnostic assessments, individual and group therapy.

Jonathan Friedt

MA, LMFT

Jonathan holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University-Denver and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He currently provides services in schools, juvenile centers, and office settings to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Jonathan is nationally certified in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Jonathan has additional training in Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP). He also has experience with Families Moving Forward—a family-system approach to working with those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Jonathan provides complete Diagnostic Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, Jonathan provides parent education using the Love and Logic curriculum.

Kathy Faver

MSW, LICSW

Kathy Faver has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2006. Kathy is certified in providing Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), sex offender treatment, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She is a mental health therapist who provides diagnostic assessments, individual, group and family therapies – her specialty areas include: domestic violence, sexual abuse and perpetration, serious and persistent mental illness, anxiety, and depression. Kathy sees all genders in the adolescent and adult population, and is able to accept all insurances. She also serves on the Family Advocacy of Northern Minnesota's multidisciplinary team and the Bemidji Area Sexual Assault Response multidisciplinary team. 

Kirsten Craft

MA, LPCC

Kirsten has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2015. She specializes in individual and group therapy for adolescents and individual therapy for adults. Kirsten completes diagnostic assessments for adolescents and adults. She often utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral, Mindfulness and Client-Centered approaches in the areas of stress management, depression, adjustment, and anxiety disorders along with oppositional defiant behaviors. Kirsten is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and is a certified in MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice) therapist. Kirsten also specializes in working with adult clients with serious persistent mental illness, and provides treatment for people who are sex offenders.

Nicole Brenny

MS, LPC

Nicole provides individual therapy to adults and children, couples and family therapy, and conducts Diagnostic Assessments. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with emotional and conduct problems, including: Depression/Anxiety Disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorders and Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Nicole has an extensive background in working with Native American children and adults and makes integration of the individual and family’s values and beliefs a priority in assessment and treatment.

Richard William Faver (Bill), MA, LP

Clinical Director

Bill Faver has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2005, and provides clinical oversight to all mental health programming in North Homes Children and Family Services continuum of care. Bill provides supervision, individual, family and group psychotherapy, Diagnostic Assessments, psychological testing and evaluations. Bill has several competencies including psychological evaluation, sex offender treatment, trauma focused therapy, and domestic violence. Recently, his efforts have focused on community and systems responses to mental health needs including collaboration and coordination of care. Bill has provided mental health services in home and school based environments, shelter, outpatient and residential settings as well as hospital and corrections facilities.

Samantha Evans

MS, Clinical Trainee

Samantha has been with North Homes Children and Family services since May 2017. Graduating with a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at St. Cloud State University, Samantha has previously completed internship work at Disability Services offices of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. She provided CTSS services for Stellher Human Services at Blackduck School, before transitioning into ARMHS services for North Homes. Samantha worked in our Adult Services program until August 2018 when she was hired on as a clinical trainee. Samantha currently completes diagnostic assessments for adolescents and adults. She is also able to provide ongoing individual therapy for children, adolescents and young adults, utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Client-Centered approaches. Samantha’s interests lie in strengths-based and mindfulness approaches to individuals of all ages.

Shalee Ostby

MSW, LGSW, Clinical Trainee

Shalee has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since May 2018, when she started her internship at the Bemidji Community Mental Health Center. Following her internship, she was hired on as a Clinical Trainee in August 2018. Shalee received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota - Duluth where she was a clinical scholar. She is currently a Licensed Graduate Social Worker on clinical track. Shalee has previously completed internship work at Bemidji Area Elementary Schools under the elementary school social worker, working with students and families. Shalee currently completes diagnostic assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. She also provides ongoing individual therapy utilizing a variety of treatment modalities including a client-centered approach, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, as well as solution-focused therapy. Shalee’s interests are client empowerment and a holistic, strength’s based approach to individuals of all ages.

Susan Kramer, MS

MS, LPCC

Susan Kramer holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from Bemidji State University School of Graduate Studies. Susan has an interest in community mental health, physical health and all around wellness. She has been providing therapeutic services with North Homes since 2011. She works with adolescents at the high school, primarily utilizing a client-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy approach. Susan is also trained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy curriculum as well as Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP).


Duluth Office

Ashley Karban

MSW, LGSW, Clinical Trainee

Ashley Karban specializes in relational trauma responsive care assisting individuals, families, communities, colleges, and local governmental agencies. Ashley’s varied experience includes facilitating group therapy for incarcerated individuals, mentoring in transition programs for prior adult offenders, mental health practitioner services with youth in residential and outpatient treatment settings, community based mental health services for youth and families, and a clinical internship in an outpatient program for adults suffering from substance and mental health challenges. Currently, she is a clinical trainee therapist in a local high school. She will be Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified in summer 2018. Ashley, approaches all of those she serves from individuals to, families, professionals, and communities with a trauma responsive lens. She holds an Associates of Science in Law Enforcement from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Deviance from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and a Masters of Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica.


Jessica Winkels-Hagerl

MS, Clinical Trainee

Jessica has worked in the mental health field providing services to children and families since 2002 and has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2016. She has worked in community and school-based services, with homeless families and single women, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and in the day treatment setting. Jessica provides services in the office setting and school setting to children from early childhood through adolescence. She uses client-centered, solution-focused services, and cognitive behaviors therapy with her clients. Jessica has training in early childhood interventions, sand tray therapy, and crisis intervention. She is also pursuing certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Krissa Hultman

MSE, Clinical Trainee

Krissa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ripon College in 2014 in Psychology. She then went on to obtain her Master of Science in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Krissa has experience working with adults in residential treatment settings as well as working with people with sexualized disorders. Krissa largely uses CBT, Solution Focused and Person Centered approaches with her clients.


Laura Stevens

MSEd, LMFT

Laura recently joined North Homes Children and Family Services in September 2018. She received her Master’s in Education in December of 2008 from University Wisconsin-Superior. Laura previously worked for Northwood Children’s Services, during which time she worked as a counselor for a residential treatment team, as a program coordinator for day treatment, and as a therapist for both a day treatment team as well as for their outpatient program. She has extensive experience working with young children aged 2—6 years, but has also worked with children 7—18 years as well as adults. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has been trained in play therapy and sand tray techniques. Laura is skilled in completing diagnostic assessments and uses therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness techniques, Mind-Body techniques, and incorporates a person-centered methodology.

Lindsay Morgan

M.S.E, Clinical Trainee

Lindsay has worked in the mental health field providing services to children and adolescents since 2015 and joined the North Homes family in fall of 2017. Lindsay received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2013 in Public Health Education and Promotion. She then went on to obtain her Master of Science in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Lindsay has experience working in a community mental health setting with children and adolescents in developing healthy coping skills, emotion regulation skills, and social skills. She has worked with children aged 5-18 years old and their families, utilizing a trauma informed care approach. She works from a strength-based, person-centered, holistic counseling approach in hopes that she can encourage her clients to find meaning and passion in their lives. Lindsay has been trained in Love & Logic curriculum. She also has training and experience in early childhood interventions including play therapy and parenting interventions, and is able to provide diagnostic assessments on children age birth to 5 using DC 0-5 criteria. Lindsay is currently pursuing certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Play Therapy. Outside of work, you can find her running, teaching and practicing yoga, on the lake, spending time with her loved ones, traveling the world and enjoying all that life has to offer.

Sarah Hakel

MSW, LGSW, MH Clinical Trainee

Sarah is a recent addition to the North Homes Children and Family Services team. Sarah is currently working out of our Duluth office in our school based program servicing children and families out of Carlton Middle and High School. Sarah recently graduated from St. Cloud State University where she earned a Masters in Social Work. Previously, Sarah has worked as a School Social Worker and Special Education teacher providing individual and group skills. Sarah will provide diagnostic assessments and individual and group therapy in the school setting.

Tierney Garver

MSW, LGSW, LADC

Tierney has worked in the mental health field providing services to adolescents and adults since 2013 and joined the North Homes family in fall of 2017. Tierney received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013 with a major in Sociology. She then went on to obtain her credentials as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and most recently obtained her Master of Social Work degree, with a clinical focus, at The College of St. Scholastica. Tierney has experience working within outpatient, partial hospital, and residential settings with adolescents and adults with both mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in working with adolescents and adults who struggle with a wide range of mental health symptoms and co-occurring disorders. Tierney provides community-based and some school-based services to adolescents and adults. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness based practices and works from a strengths-based, person-centered, relational approach. Tierney has been trained in Love & Logic and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She is also pursuing certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Walker Office

Violet Sundermeyer

MSW, LICSW

Violet has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2013. She provides Diagnostic Assessments and Individual Therapy at the Hackensack Akeley School in Walker. Violet is client-centered and relationship-based in her outlook and draws heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Violet has over 30 years of experience in the field of children’s mental health.


Deer River Office

Elizabeth Christenson, MS

LAMFT, Clinical Trainee

Elizabeth Christenson began with North Homes in May 2017. She completed her MS degree at St. Cloud State University, with a focus in couples and families. Elizabeth has experience providing individual and family services to children and adults, and she utilizes a family systems approach in her work, operating from the belief that an individual’s mental health is inseparable from their network of relationships. Elizabeth specializes in Early Childhood Mental Health, DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Assessments, and working with families.

Rachel Lach

MA, LPCC

Rachel has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2012, and has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. Rachel currently supervises our school-based mental health programs in Deer River and Remer, as well as continues to be a school-based clinician in the Deer River School District. Rachel has extensive experience in multiple roles throughout our continuum of care. She has experience working as a CTSS in-home worker doing crisis, individual, and family work. She also has experience in adult mental health working as an ARMHS worker, and has supervised staff at the ITASKIN Center as a Shift Manager. Prior to joining North Homes, Rachel worked in corrections specializing with the sex-offender population under the Department of Corrections. Rachel is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Cased Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and has background in grief/loss. She specializes in individual therapy, including trauma therapy, group work, and diagnostic assessments.

Rex McCaughtry

MSW, LICSW

Rex has been the Clinical Supervisor for CTSS services in Deer River since 2014. Rex received a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 and has extensive experience supervising therapists, graduate students, and other mental health providers. Rex’s clinical career started in 1980 at the VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. His primary duties were on the psychiatric research and teaching unit. Rex also had faculty appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to joining North Homes, Rex received extensive experience in oversight and development, holding several Director positions over the years including Director of Clinical Operations, Development Director of Behavioral Health, and Chief Executive Officer at various outpatient clinics.

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