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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My name is Carissa Delestre. I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Currently, I am on track to receive full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy. I have experience in working with children from a variety of ages, as well as adolescents and adults. My experience includes experiential play therapy, couples therapy, the use of art and sand in therapy, filial therapy, and family therapy. I have received training in DC: 0-3R, which is the diagnostic criteria for children 5 years old and younger. I work with a variety of diagnoses and family issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and attachment, divorced/separating families, blended families, and adoptive families. I utilize a compassionate approach with an openness to learn.
Hello! My name is Maura and I'm a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Nationally Certified Counselor and Clinical Trainee. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling in July 2015. I'm currently under supervision while in the process of pursuing my license in Marriage and Family Therapy. I enjoy working with clients of all ages, with a special interest in couples counseling and military individuals and families. 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 hope to receive more specialized training in sand therapy for children, teens and adults. I have been with the Journeys Toward Healing Counseling family since August 2014, and hope to continue serving the Mankato area for years to come.
Nicole (Nikki) Gartner
Hello, my name is Nikki. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Clinical Trainee currently providing outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, couples, and adults with a variety of concerns and mental health diagnoses. I am passionate about collaborating with clients, 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 currently pursuing licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
I am an ally of and work competently with individuals and families who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or trans* (LGBTQ+). I have specific training in DC:0-5 (diagnosing and treating children ages birth through 5) and play therapy. Other clinical areas of interest include perfectionism, verbal abuse, and boundaries/relationship co-dependency.
Heather Frantum-Mathes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist who specializes in using play therapy in clinical practice with children, adolescents, and their families. As part of her clinical work, she provides outpatient psychotherapy to children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse and trauma. Ms.Frantum-Mathes received certification through the Association for Play Therapy as a Registered Play Therapist qualifying her to provide play therapy services for children, adolescents, and families. She also provides trainings and
supervision/consultation services to other therapists seeking licensure or certification in Marriage and Family Therapy and or Play Therapy.
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.
Hello! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am in the process of completing my licensure as a Registered Play Therapist.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and families with a variety of diagnoses and issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, parenting dilemmas, family and couple stress, life transitions, stress management, trauma, attachment, and emotional regulation. I have additional training in Sandplay, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DC 0-3 (birth to age 3), Experiential Play Therapy, Permanency and Adoption, and in the specific needs of those with personality disorders.
Special areas of interest I wish to obtain more knowledge in include: Mindfulness, brain and body connections to trauma and other diagnoses, and Filial Therapy (enhancing caregiver relationships with their children through nondirective play).
My name is Jese Rugroden, I have been in the mental health field for 10 years. I receieved my masters in Marriage and family therapy from St.Mary's University in Minneapolis Minnesota. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT. My theoretical orientation is postmodern family therapy interventions such has narrative therapy and solution focused therapy. I have training in the experiential play therapy model to help children with emotional, behavioral, and trauma based struggles_. My professional background and training is in working with couples, families, tndividuals, teens, and children. I have considerable professional experience working with at risk teens to address personal and systemic struggles they may be facing. I have advanced professional training and work experience using the harm reduction model to address chemical and mental health struggles. believe that therapy is about creating a safe place for clients to process their struggles on their own time.
I am an outpatient therapist and a supervisor in the Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports program. I am Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.
I am one of the founding partners of Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center and I have a genuine interest and passion in working with individuals affected by mental illness and those who have experienced trauma or significant life stressors. I have worked with individuals across the age span and have specialized training and experience in diagnosing and treating children under the age of 5. I have experience working with a variety of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, behavior disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, trauma, autism spectrum disorders, attachment disorders and adjustment disorders.
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.
Theodore (Nash) Surdy
My name is Theodore "Nash" Surdy and I am a clinical trainee at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center. I graduated with my Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from MSU Mankato and am currently working toward my license in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have specific training in DC: 0-3, diagnosing children 3 and under. My undergraduate degrees include Elementary Education and History and I was previously a licensed K-6 elementary teacher and 5-8 social studies teacher before becoming a clinical trainee. My focus is working with children and adolescents but I am open to working with clients of all ages.
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Hello, my name is Emily Thompson and I am Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I received my Master’s in Social Work from Minnesota State University in 2012. Prior to becoming a therapist I worked in the social services field as a mental health practitioner, nursing home social worker, and in the forensics field. I currently enjoy providing therapy to all different ages, and find I work best using person centered approaches while incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy. I find pride in my ability to help people find their inner strengths and work through issues that helps them to feel empowered. I have attended many different trainings and continue to seek out opportunities that will enhance my therapeutic skills so that I can best help my clients!
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 Elizabeth Elton. I recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor’s degree in Corrections. I am a Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports Mental Health Practitioner here at Journey’s Towards Healing Counseling Center. Working with and helping children has always been a passion of mine. I have worked in the Mental Health field for over 4 years now, working with all kinds of populations to get as much experience I can. I enjoy learning more about the mental health field and expanding my education to better serve my clients. Some things I enjoy doing is spending time with family and friends, being outside and walking my three dogs Lyla, Hallie and Jax.
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!
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: