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 and Bemidji offices and provide multiple treatment options that include diagnostic assessments, psychological evaluations, medication management, 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. Additionally, Amy is nationally certified in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Amy is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Becky Zidarich

MA

Becky Zidarich, MA provides family assessments, individual therapy for adolescents and adults. Becky has been working in the mental health field for 10 plus years. Becky is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Offender Treatment, and Behavior Modification.

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

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. Additionally, she specializes in completion of pre-professional peace officer education program psychological evaluations. Dr. Kujawa also conducts diagnostic assessments, 35-Day Evaluations at the I.T.A.S.K.I.N. Center in Grand Rapids, and provides evidence-based individual therapy for adults with anxiety, depression, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Jennifer Kliewer

MSW, LGSW

Jennifer has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2014. Jennifer has worked in the mental health field for 12+ years in foster care case management, residential treatment, and providing CTSS services in home, community, and school settings. Jennifer provides individual therapy to adolescents and adults ages 6 and up. Jennifer also provides family therapy. She administers diagnostic assessments and collaborates with clients in the process of treatment planning. Jennifer is also a Safe Harbor Support Specialist, working with youth up to the age of 24 years old, who have been identified as being sexually exploited.

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 TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Jennifer is level 2 EMDRIA trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is working towards certification. As the agency trainer in the area of North Homes Children and Family therapeutic milieu, Jennifer stresses how dignity and respect are the cornerstones of every therapeutic relationship. Jennifer uses a common-sense, client-centered, strengths based approach, including cultural awareness, to enhance mental, physical, and emotional well being. Jennifer also has national certification as an LSCI (Life Space Crisis Intervention) senior trainer.

Katie Rubesh

MSW, LICSW

Katie has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2012, and has been working in the mental health field for 20+ years. Katie is currently employed as the supervisor of our Outpatient Clinic located in Grand Rapids, MN overseeing the day to day clinical operations. Katie is also the director of ISD 318 CTSS school based programming. Katie has received training in working with 0-5 yr old children for diagnostic assessments, Nationally Certified in trauma-focused cognitive based therapy (TF-CBT), play therapy, and filial therapy. 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 has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2006. Lisa started as a Professional Foster Care Case Manager and is now a Therapist/Clinician in the Outpatient Building in Grand Rapids, MN since 2011. Lisa has worked extensively with Native American families and their culture. She is very passionate about working with children and their families. Lisa has extensive training and skills in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), and she is also trained in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).  She also provides individual/family therapy to all youth at the Residential Treatment Cottage as well as providing clinical supervision.


Bemidji Office

Colbi Ikola

MS, LPCC

Colbi holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Bemidji State University and has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2012. Colbi provides mental health treatment services and consultation to our residential care facilities as well as individual therapy to the students of TrekNorth Junior and Senior High School. Specializing in anxiety, mood, behavioral, and trauma-related disorders, Colbi has been trained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral curriculum and sees clients ranging from early adolescence to adulthood. Colbi 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 2007. Colin works with children, adolescents, and adults. His areas of special interests include conducting 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 to address trauma.  Colin is involved in a number of collaborative relationships in the Bemidji area 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

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. Additionally, she specializes in completion of pre-professional peace officer education program psychological evaluations. Dr. Kujawa also conducts diagnostic assessments, 35-Day Evaluations at the I.T.A.S.K.I.N. Center in Grand Rapids, and provides evidence-based individual therapy for adults with anxiety, depression, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Elizabeth Christenson, MS

Clinical Trainee

Elizabeth Christenson is a recent addition to North Homes Children and Family Services, May 2017. She completed her MS degree at St. Cloud State University, with a focus in couples and families. She has experience providing individual and family services to children, adolescents, and adults. Elizabeth utilizes a family systems approach that takes into consideration the influence family, friends, and society have on mental health. Elizabeth is trained and certified in PREPARE/ENRICH for couples wanting to explore strengths and growth areas in their relationship. Elizabeth will be pursuing training in Trauma Focused –Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice). Elizabeth provides services as an outpatient therapist in our Bemidji location and in Deer River schools

Eric Nance

MSW, LICSW

Eric Nance received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland (Oregon) State University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 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 EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 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 also 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 is a recent addition to North Homes Children and Family Services, August 2016. She completed her MS degree at Bemidji State University (BSU), where her thesis was focused on challenges experienced by minorities. She has a decade of experience providing services to adolescents, young adults and parenting teens. Hannah primarily utilizes a client-centered approach, but also utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness approaches. Hannah is a trained MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice) 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. Hannah provides services in the local high schools including diagnostic assessments, individual and group therapy.

Jonathan Friedt

MA, LMFT

Jonathan holds a Masters 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 also has additional training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), as well as training in Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) - a system for providing evidence-informed care. He also provides complete Diagnostic Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, Jonathan provides parent education in the form of the Love and Logic parenting 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) and sex offender treatment. She is a mental health therapist who provides diagnostic assessments, individual, group and family therapies.  She serves on the Family Advocacy of Northern Minnesota's multidisciplinary team and the Bemidji Area Sexual Assault Response multidisciplinary team.  Kathy sees all genders in the adolescent and adult population.  She is able to accept all insurances.  Specialty areas include domestic violence, sexual abuse and perpetration, serious and persistent mental illness, anxiety and depression.  

Kirsten Craft

MA, LPCC

Kirsten has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2015. She specializes in individual and group therapy to adolescents and individual therapy to adolescents and adults. Kirsten also 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 also Nationally Certified in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and she is certified in MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices).

Nicole Brenny

MS, LPC

Nicole is a mental health professional who conducts diagnostic assessments and provides individual therapy to adults and children, as well as couples and family therapy. 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. In addition, 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. Bill provides clinical oversight to all mental health programming in North Homes Children and Family Services continuum of care.  Mr. Faver provides supervision, individual, family and group psychotherapy, Diagnostic Assessments, psychological testing and evaluations.  Mr. Faver has several competencies including psychological evaluation, sex offender treatment, trauma focused therapy, and domestic violence.  Recently, Mr. Faver's effort have been focused on community and systems responses to mental health needs including collaboration and coordination of care.  Mr. Faver has provided mental health services in home and school based environments, shelter, outpatient and residential settings as well as hospital and corrections facilities.

Susan Kramer, MS

MS, LPCC

Susan Kramer obtained her Masters 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 works primarily with adolescents at the high schools primarily utilizing a cognitive behavioral therapy approach and mindfulness. Susan is also trained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy curriculum as well as Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP).


Duluth Office

Andrea Wells

MSW, LICSW

Andrea has been with North homes Children and Family Services since 2012. Andrea has been working in the mental health field since 2007. She specializes in working with younger children and their families.  In addition, Andrea is certified in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  Andrea is also certified in the Love and Logic, and also specializes in play therapy. Andrea is also qualified to complete diagnostic assessments for children ages 0-5.

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 community based and in-home services to children from early childhood through adolescence. She uses client-centered, solution-focu sed services, and cognitive behaviors therapy with her clients. Jessica has training in early childhood interventions, sand tray therapy, and crisis intervention. She is also perusing his certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Lindsay Morgan

M.S.E, Clinical Trainee

A Minnesota Native, 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 teens in developing healthy coping skills, emotion regulation skills, and social skills. She has also worked with children between the ages of 5-18 years old and their families utilizing a trauma informed care approach. She enjoys working with a wide variety of areas including anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, self-esteem, stress management, guilt/shame, and college-aged and student issues. 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. 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.

Shane Hedrington

Clinical Trainee

Shane has worked in the mental health field for 12 years in residential treatment, day treatment, and foster care settings. He specializes in working with teenagers/adolescent’s suffering from combined mental health and behavioral disruptions. Shane largely uses CBT, Solution Focused and Person Centered approaches with his clients. Shane is perusing his certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Shelly Symons

MSW, LICSW

Shelly has worked in the mental health field providing services to children and families since 2008 and has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2016. Shelly provides school based and in-home services to children from early childhood through adolescence. She uses client-centered, solution-focused, and person-in-environment perspectives in treatment. She has training in early childhood interventions, play therapy, crisis intervention, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She specializes in serving Native American communities as well as families affected by domestic violence and/or chronic stress.


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 Walker Hackensack Akeley School. She is client centered and relationship based in her outlook and also draws heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Violet has over thirty years of experience in the field of children’s mental health.


Deer River Office

Elizabeth Christenson, MS

Clinical Trainee

Elizabeth Christenson is a recent addition to North Homes Children and Family Services, May 2017. She completed her MS degree at St. Cloud State University, with a focus in couples and families. She has experience providing individual and family services to children, adolescents, and adults. Elizabeth utilizes a family systems approach that takes into consideration the influence family, friends, and society have on mental health. Elizabeth is trained and certified in PREPARE/ENRICH for couples wanting to explore strengths and growth areas in their relationship. Elizabeth will be pursuing training in Trauma Focused –Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice). Elizabeth provides services as an outpatient therapist in our Bemidji location and in Deer River schools

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 is currently employed as a school based clinician in the Deer River School District and supervises the North Homes school based mental health programs in Deer River and Remer. Previous to working as a clinician in Deer River, 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, has supervised staff at the Itaskin Center as a Shift Manager, and has also worked in corrections specializing with the SO population under the Department of Corrections. She is also certified in trauma-focused cognitive based therapy (TF-CBT). Rachel also has attended Grief/Loss trainings. Rachel specializes in individual therapy, including trauma therapy, group work, and diagnostic assessments.

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Our offices are located in: Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Duluth and Deer River