At Journeys Towards Healing Counseling Center we have a dedicated team of professional counselors on staff ready to help you with all the needs you may have.
Hello! My name is Mandy Byram, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and an EMDR-trained therapist, which is a form of therapy developed to address those symptoms that often follow experiencing, or being exposed to trauma. I also have training in sandtray therapy and attachment-based therapies. I have worked extensively with child, adolescent, and adult perpetrators and victims of sexual violence for the last nine years. I also enjoy working with individuals and couples on partner-relational discord.
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Nicole (Nikki) Gartner
Hello, my name is Nikki. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I have experience in providing outpatient psychotherapy for individuals of all ages, couples, and families with a variety of concerns and mental health diagnoses including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, boundaries/relationship co-dependency, verbal abuse, trauma, attachment, emotional regulation, family stress, and co-parenting. I utilize a client-focused, trauma-informed approach with a balance of both challenge and support. I am passionate about collaborating with individuals, families, and other professionals in providing services.
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato in May 2013. I received my Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato in May 2015.
I am an ally of and work competently with individuals, as well as their families, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or trans*/non-binary (LGBTQ+). I have specific training in DC:0-5 (diagnosing and treating children ages birth through 5) and play therapy.
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
I entered this profession with a genuine desire to help others in a meaningful way. My clinical experience has ranged from the developmental impact of trauma to attachment to the use of multi-sensory fotms of psychotherapy in the treatment of child/adult/family difficulties. I have treated a wide range of mental health and relationship issues including anxiety, depression, conduct/oppositional behaviors, ADHD, and trauma, including RAD and PTSD. While being flexible and grounded in utilizing theoretical frameworks, I specialize in strengthening family relationships through play with subspecialties in child/family trauma and attachment interventions. I have received specialized training in: TF-CBT, EMDR, Theraplay®, Filial Play Therapy, and Experiential Play Therapy. My philosophy of service includes a collaborative approach that draws upon the involvement of a range of supports of the client system. I also work competently with individuals who identify as LGBTQ and I am a Safe Zone Certified Ally.
"Hi, my name is Amber Lodes. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and from Argosy University with my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am currently on track to complete my licensure. I have many years of experience working in the group home setting with Individuals of all ages with a wide range of disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Downs Syndrome. I completed my Master’s Internship and then subsequently volunteered at the Bridge for Youth, a Youth homeless shelter in Minneapolis and gained valuable experience working with displaced youth. I enjoy working with Individuals of all ages and find joy in assisting others to live to their fullest potential. I also find joy in reading, watching movies, and spending time with family, friends, and my dog."
Hello! My name is Michelle Nortrup and I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Clinical Trainee on track to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling in July 2017, I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. I have special interests in crisis intervention, couples counseling, and being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. I hope to someday have a therapy dog and to volunteer with the Red Cross for disaster response counseling. My hobbies include traveling the United States, going to the movies, and spending time with my animals.
"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."
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 Brenda Tood-Bense. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who provides therapy to adults, adolescents, children, and families. My specialty areas include working with persons experiencing serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, and sexual behavior issues. I bring over 20 years of experience in providing therapy. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
My name is Bridget Anderson and I work as a Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports Mental Health Practitioner here at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center. I provide in home services to children, ages ranging from 2 to 16, and their families. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2013 and have worked in the mental health field since, serving various populations. Children have always been a great source of inspiration and joy for me and I thoroughly enjoy working with them in the way I currently am. My favorite color is purple, my favorite food is chips and salsa, and hula hooping is one of my favorite past times.
My name is Taylor Montbriand and I am currently a Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Mental Health Practitioner here at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center. I graduated with honors from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Corrections. I have been working in a variety of different settings in the mental health field for over 4 years now. My experience includes working with individuals who have severe and persistent mental illness, adolescents that have developmental cognitive delays and the at-risk youth population. In the future, I plan to continue my education and work towards getting my Master’s degree. I enjoy working with other people and strive to improve the quality of everyday life. I am a huge dog lover and I like to stay active and rollerblade!
My name is Kelliann Schmidt. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Corrections and a minor in Law Enforcement. I am a Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports Mental Health Practitioner here at Journey's Toward Healing Counseling Center. Working and helping children and at-risk youth has always been a passion of mine. Future plans involve continuing my education and working towards a Master's degree. I love animals and being outdoors in my free time! I enjoy making the most of every situation that life has to offer!
Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center (JTHCC) provides outpatient mental health psychotherapy and Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports. Mental Health Professionals are available for crisis care or after- hours emergencies. If you or another person is immediate danger, you should call 911 for emergency services. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis and you need help, you can contact any of the following on-call services or crisis hot-lines: