Sara Huelsman – BS, LADC is licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Sara specializes in assessment, case management, and education on abuse of alcohol and drugs. Sara has extensive experience working with chronic dependence and dual diagnosis clients. Sara uses reality based approach which focuses on the present and choice theory. She also uses harm reduction approach allowing clients to set goals and step down their use slowly at a manageable pace for the individual. Sara holds Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology and a chemical dependency counseling certificate.
Nancy Rossman – BS, RN, LADC is licensed by the State of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is also licensed as a Registered Nurse. Nancy is the Program Director at Central MN Receiving & Referral Center (Detoxification Program) and supervises the nursing in the Crisis Care program (Adult Residential Crisis Stabilization Program). Nancy has had years of experience working in Detox and worked several years as the community-based case manager for persons suffering from chronic homelessness and chronic alcohol use. She is a strong proponent of Harm Reduction and not putting our expectations on the persons we serve. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Nursing Major) from College of Saint Benedict and an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing from North Hennepin Community College.
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Leah Holzem – LADC is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the Board of Behavior Health and Therapy of Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a Master’s Certificate in Chemical Dependency, both from St Cloud State University. Leah has experience working with both adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including intensive outpatient and medically assisted treatment. She utilizes motivational interviewing, client-centered treatment, and 12 step modalities. Leah is passionate about recovery and assisting others in meeting their personal goals.
Michael O’Neal – LADC, ADCR has been a licensed chemical dependency counselor in the state of Minnesota for the past seven years working in both residential and outpatient services and currently serves as Program Director. His experiences and work includes; thorough screening and the assessment process, intake procedures, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, extensive client education, consultation with other professionals and effective record keeping. Mike utilizes several therapeutic approaches including but not limited to – cognitive/behavioral therapy, family systems, co-occurring education and treatment, the disease model of addiction, existential and reality therapy. Mike’s current work experience has allowed him to develop relationships with clients over a ninety to a hundred and twenty day period, offering consistent reminders of the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of the complex disease of addiction. It has also provides him with rewarding examples of “why treatment works and why the work that we do is so vital”
Katherine Omlid – BS, LADC is licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her expertise lays in the area of substance misuse, specializing in assessment, crisis management, group therapy, case management and other daily job duties as assigned. In addition, she has extensive experience working with mental health professionals, outside support agents and working as a team for the benefits and care of the clients she serves. In addition, therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited to: Person Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Relapse Prevention which are utilized to assist clients in meeting their own unique needs/goals. Katherine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Community Psychology obtained from St. Cloud State University in January 2006.
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Amelia Eckes – BS, LADC is licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Dependency and Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University. She has experience working with adolescents and adults, both males and females, in a variety of different settings including residential and intensive outpatient. Amelia primarily works with adults in outpatient chemical dependency treatment, however provides chemical dependency evaluations for all ages. She strives to create a safe and nurturing group atmosphere in which individuals can feel supported in their recovery efforts to encourage change and growth. Amelia believes in utilizing a multifaceted therapeutic approach in order meet the individual needs and goals of each client.
Melissa Valentine – BS, LADC is licensed by the state of Minnesota as an alcohol and drug counselor. Her expertise lies in the area of substance abuse, assessment, drug education and prevention and group therapy for adolescents and adults. Melissa utilizes a multifaceted therapeutic approach according to the individual needs of the client. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Psychology and completed the graduate level chemical dependency program at St. Cloud State University.
Teresa Halloran – LDDC is licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has extensive experience with the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step approach and working with families in addiction. Teresa has enjoyed working with adolescents and young adults along with their families educating them on addiction and offering them hope for recovery. Teresa uses a multifaceted therapeutic approach, concentrating on meeting clients where they are at and treating them with dignity and respect. Teresa holds an Associate in Science degree in Addiction Counseling.
Andrew Sudbeck – LADC is licensed by the state of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. His expertise lies in the area of Chemical Dependency Evaluations, Group Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral, 12-Step Programs, CD Evaluations, and Group therapy. In addition he has extensive experience working with mental health professionals and family therapists. His approaches include motivational interviewing, twelve-step facilitation, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and Solutions Focused Therapy to assist clients in meeting their own unique goals. Andrew holds Bachelors’ degrees in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Community Psychology from Saint Cloud State University.
Sherri Adams – BA, LADC is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. She received her Bachelors of Arts from St. Cloud State University, double major in Sociology and Psychology. Sherri worked in Child Protection for 8 years, and in local school systems helping educate students, faculties, and parents about Chemical use. Sherri primarily works with adolescents in outpatient chemical dependency treatment, however provides chemical dependency evaluations for all ages. Sherri also works with area schools and community organizations to provide education and services focused on chemical misuse, addiction, recovery, and prevention. In her work Sherri incorporates client-centered approaches with motivational interviewing tactics to encourage positive and sustainable change in individual lives. She recognizes that chemical use can disrupt family systems and multiple areas of an individual’s life. She strives to utilize evidenced-based recovery principles to decrease high-risk behaviors. Sherri believes that building a respectful, trusting relationship with clients is the foundation of successful interventions.
Jen Blesi – BS, LADC is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. She received her Bachelors of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jen has experience working with both men and women in residential and outpatient treatment settings and also has experience working with Drug Courts. Jen utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques to help her clients gain an understanding of their distorted and negative thinking patterns. Jen utilizes evidence based practices to help her clients build new skills to live a life free of criminal conduct, drugs and alcohol.
Danielle Brant – MSW, LGSW, LADC is a dually licensed therapist, with experience in both the chemical health and mental health fields. Her expertise lies in the area of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders at the individual, couples, and family systems level. In working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, Danielle assists clients with presenting concerns that typically include depression, anxiety, ADHD, separation/divorce, behavioral concerns, criminal justice involvement, and life transitions. Danielle uses a client centered and strengths-based approach, holding the strong belief that individuals are the experts in their own lives. Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Community Psychology.
Brittany Steer – MA, LADC is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the state of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. She completed a certificate in Chemical Dependency with Ridgewater College, and went on to complete a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology with Argosy University. Brittany is currently continuing her education through Saint Mary’s University in pursuit of another Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services. She has experience working with both adult men and women in outpatient chemical dependency treatment, and uses motivational interviewing and a cognitive-behavioral approach in her therapeutic interventions. She strives to assist clients in building a life that they feel is worth staying sober for, and focuses on identifying negative thinking patterns.
Catherine Wurm – BA, LADC is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the state of Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Argosy University with a concentration in chemical dependency and has experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Caty specializes in providing chemical use assessments for individuals of all ages as well as chemical dependency treatment services for the adult population. She utilizes viewpoints and techniques from various theories and practices to assist clients in obtaining their own individual goals as well as overcoming obstacles to live the best possible life.