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Testimonials

“I've worked with Headway for over ten years and the quality of the services they provide to youth and their family has been excellent. The staff genuinely care about their clients and want them to be successful…they hold their young clients accountable for their behavior.

- Willie Bridges, Senior Planning Analyst, Office of the Hennepin County Attorney

Brienne LaHaye, MA, LMFT

Brienne LaHaye

Supervisor, School-Based Therapy
Districts 191 and 197

Phone: 763-221-9915
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: brienne.lahaye@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Brienne joined Headway in August, 2013 and has been working in the human services field for over 13 years, specializing in providing services to children and families within educational settings. She has experience and expertise in school-based mental health and is passionate about the positive impact created by collaborating with schools to meet the mental health needs of students. She believes that strong relationships between school communities and mental health providers creates integrated services and powerful healing for students and their families. She hopes that her team can not only bring direct therapeutic services to students in the district, but also work alongside school staff to support each school community in promoting mental wellness for all students. "It is my honor and privilege to support such a dedicated and highly skilled group of therapists in providing therapy services to students and support to each of their school communities in District 191," she says.

When Brienne is not working, she enjoys playing hockey, singing in a band, going to the family cabin, and spending time with family and friends.

Heather Gunderson, MSW, LICSW

Heather Gunderson 2

Coordinator, School-Based Therapy
District 191 

Phone: 952-200-6090
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: heather.gunderson@headway.org
6425 Nicolet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Heather joined Headway in August, 2014 and has worked in the human services field since 2004. She provides mental health and therapeutic supports to children and teens within the school system. Working within the school provides her the opportunity to be more creative with the therapeutic process. She specializes in using strengths-based and experiential approaches to therapy. “I love that every day is a new experience and that I get the chance to watch children grow physically and emotionally,” she says.

In Heather’s free time, she enjoys yoga, knitting and crocheting, spending time at the lake, and being the world’s best Auntie.

Emma Martin-LaPlant, MA, LAMFT

Emma Martin

Coordinator, School-Based Therapy
Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-212-6461
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: emma.martin@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Emma joined Headway in August, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2011. She has previous experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in multiple different education venues including The Annica Program, the Minnesota Autism Center and the Anova Center for Education. As a school-based therapist, she will collaborate with families and school administration to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for her clients to learn, heal, and grow. “I believe that a compassionate therapeutic relationship is the foundation of successful mental health interventions and that children thrive when offered genuine trust and the opportunity to explore their identities within the world,” she says.

When she is not at work, Emma loves to kayak and bike when she is outside, and cook and bake when she is inside. She also dances with the St. Paul Czech and Slovak Folk Dancers and also likes to relax at the North Shore and share laughter-filled meals with her family and friends.

Abi Lingwall, MSW, LGSW

Abigail Lingwall

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-994-7290
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: abi.lingwall@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Abi has been with Headway since September, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2015. She has past experience working in a mental health day treatment program. As a Mental Health Therapist, she provides school-based mental health services in the form of psychotherapy for middle-school-aged clients and their families, as well as supporting school staff in order to be the best support person that she can be, and promote healthy and effective learning within the school for all students. "I hope to be a supportive and safe person for clients, and to help students as well as staff promote a healthy and inclusive learning environment," she says. "I hope to be involved with all school staff in order to provide support to any students who may be experiencing mental health concerns of any kind."

Outside of work, Abi enjoys yoga, and anything outside, including biking, hiking, swimming, running, and taking her dog to new places. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Alex Ballinger, MA

Alex Ballinger 8.25

Mental Health Therapist
District 191 

Phone: 952-217-3316
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: alex.ballinger@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Alex has worked in the human services filed since 2011 and has been with Headway since 2016. During the 2016-2017 school year, she completed an internship with Headway’s Day Treatment program as an Intern Therapist. She has worked with Kindergarten through 6th grade students for several years as an activities assistant, and has mentored and provided therapy services for students in grades 7-12. She is thrilled to be bringing her passion for healing and support to the students and families in her school. “I want to see the students and families that I work with feel empowered, confident, and hopeful in all aspects of their life,” she says.

In her free time, Alex loves to spend time with her husband, both relaxing at home and binge watching tv or out on an adventure. She also loves to go to concerts and hear live music, and sing karaoke.

Alyssa Radichel, BA

Alyssa Radichel 8.24

Intern, School Based Therapy
District 191

Phone:
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: alyssa.radichel@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Alyssa has been with Headway since August, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2013. She has past experience working with children and adolescents aged three months to 15 years. As an intern therapist within our school based therapy services, she works with adolescents and their families through the therapeutic process in order to help them identify strengths and coping techniques. "By collaborating with adolescents, their families, and other people in the clients' lives, I help to create an environment that cultivates support and growth," she says.

Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys playing board games, reading, traveling with her family, running, and playing with her two dogs.

Audra Vann, MA, LICSW

Audra Vann

Mental Health Therapist
District 197

Phone: 952-492-1009
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: audra.vann@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Audra has been with Headway since October, 2018 and has worked in the human services field since 2008. She uses trauma-informed CBT, mindfulness-based practices, sexual abuse treatment, domestic violence treatment, and play therapy in her practice. As a Mental Health Therapist, she provides therapeutic services for students and their families, and works to empower and provide hope and healing to teens and their families as an integrated member of the school community. "I help to support clients and their families within the larger school community, which both reduces barriers to receiving services and increases the natural supports surrounding health and growth," she says. 

When she is not working, Audra enjoys reading, cooking, being outside, and spending time with her family and friends.

Bobbi Jo Krieg, MSW, LICSW

Bobbi Jo Krieg

Mental Health Therapist
District 191 

Phone: 952-200-9085
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: bobbijo.krieg@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Bobbi Jo has been in the human services field since 2005 and has worked with youth and families since 2009. She joined Headway in 2011 and provides traditional outpatient mental health services within a school setting.  The convenience of meeting with students and families within the school and also the ability to improve academic functioning through school collaboration has proven to be successful for the families she works with.  “My background as a master's level social worker has led me to see mental health as interconnected to all aspects of one's life; therefore I address family, individual, school, community and other concerns in sessions," she says.  "I also recognize the connection between mental health and self-care, focusing strongly on developing healthy lifestyle patterns to promote mental health."

In Bobbi Jo's spare time, she enjoys leading a Girl Scout group, being active outdoors, traveling, gardening, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

Carissa Kaufman, MA, LAMFT

Carissa Kaufman

Bilingual Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-501-0456
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: carissa.kaufman@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Carissa has worked in the human services field since 2006 and joined Headway in August, 2016.  As a school-based therapist, she has the unique opportunity to work directly with adolescents in a school and be present with them. They meet with her to discuss the many different kinds of situations that they encounter.  She supports her clients in learning skills that can help them navigate their lives and gain positive emotional health and wellness.  She specializes in strength-based, humanistic, and experiential therapeutic approaches.  "Everyone has a story and it's a real honor to hear the stories of students and families.  I work with them so that when they look back on things, they realize they have experienced more comedy than tragedy, more hope than despair, and ultimately, that they have crafted a life that they can look back on and be proud of."

Carissa has a great number of interests and hobbies outside of work. Some of them include walking, dancing, swimming, watching movies, and traveling.  She travels fairly often, as she has family in Mexico, but also greatly enjoyed a trip to explore Southeast Asia in 2016. 

Deidre' Clark, MA, LAMFT

Diedre Clark

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-861-1675
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: deidre.clark@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Deidre' has been with Headway since March 2018 and has worked in human services for over 30 years.  As a school-based therapist, Deidre' has the opportunity to help her clients heal as well as collaborating with school staff to address the mental health concerns of children and adolescents within their school environment.  She uses play therapy, structural therapy, and solution-focused therapy in her work. "I help my clients by helping in the healing process, being there to help create interventions for children in a therapeutic setting that promotes healing, empowering people through providing psychoeducation and knowledge on mental health diagnoses, issues, and symptoms, and being there as a resource and support for families in the community," she says.

Emily Klehr, MA

Emily Klehr 8.25

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-994-7369
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: emily.klehr@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Emily joined Headway in August, 2017. She has previous experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in schools, outpatient, and home settings, and is fond of using Cognitive Behavior Therapy, play therapy, and person-centered therapy models. “Children’s mental health is a huge passion of mine,” she says. “I’m excited to be working in this field and working with children.”

Emily grew up on a dairy farm, which has instilled in her a great love of the outdoors. In her free time, she loves to go hiking and camping at different state parks. She also loves watching sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Eva Albrecht, BA

Eva Albrecht 8.24

Intern, School Based Therapy
District 191

Phone:
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: eva.albrecht@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Eva has been with Headway since August 2018. She is currently pursuing an MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of St Thomas. She has past experience working with children and adolescents and their families. As an intern in our school based therapy services, she works with children and adolescents in supporting the school system. "I work with my clients in individual therapy and mediation and support my clients' needs so that they can be healthy and successful students," she says.

Karin Muldowney, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

Karin Muldowney 3.19

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 763-222-7658
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: karin.muldowney@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Karin joined Headway in October, 2017 and has been working in the human services field for more than 20 years.  She has a background working with children and families and has worked both as a Clinical Social Worker and in Special Education and is eager to pull both skill sets together and provide services to help children and their families to be able to function better both in and out of school.  She has a strong belief in family work and uses many different techniques to provide the services that are best for each individual child and their family.  "I love working with children," she says.  "They are so full of energy, optimism, and certainty.  They teach me as much as I teach them."

Karin is married with two daughters aged 16 and 12, and her life outside of work is surrounded by their activities, including viola, orchestra, diving, archery, school activities and more.  She also loves to read, work out, and be outdoors.  

Kimberly Harrison

Kimberly Harrison 8.24

Intern, School-Based Therapy
District 191

Phone: 952-200-5674
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: kimberly.harrison@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Kimberly has been with Headway since August, 2018 and has worked in the human services field since 2010. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St Thomas and St Catherine University. She has past experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, and currently works outside of Headway as a case manager for adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. As an Intern, School Based Therapy, she works with youth in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, as well as their families. She enjoys seeing her clients gain insight, experience growth, and overcome adversity. "I partner alongside students and their families in therapeutic relationships to provide a safe place, support, and guidance as they work through emotions, adversity, and any other challenges they are facing," she says. "My goal is to provide hope and encouragement while, most importantly, being a safe place for students to work through tough issues."

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys running, tennis, volleyball, camping, hiking, kayaking, playing violin, black coffee, dogs, cribbage, and exploring new places.

Lacie Kummer, MA, LMFT

Lacie Kummer

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 763-222-6099
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: lacie.kummer@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Lacie has worked in the human services field since 2013 and joined Headway's school-based team in August, 2016.  Her experience working with children and youth ranges from working as a school age teacher at Kindercare and caring for children at a YMCA to providing CTSS in-home work teaching skills and providing therapy to children, teens and families.  She has also provided mental health services to young adults in a transitional school.  She specializes in working with children who have behavioral challenges and also in using a Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach.  "I will provide support and guidance to help children and families find their inner strengths to overcome and manage life's challenges," she says.

Outside of work, Lacie likes to travel, spend time with her friends and family, try new restaurants and also has a great love for all things Disney.  

Lauren Gavin, MSW, LGSW

Lauren Gavin 8.25

Mental Health Therapist 
District 191

Phone: 612-203-4085
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: lauren.gavin@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Lauren joined Headway in August, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2013. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas – St. Catherine University. She has experience working with children and families in early childhood education, pre-K special education and also with children K-5 in a day treatment setting. “I want to empower students to discover their individual strengths and help them to implement new ways of coping that can be utilized across home, school, and community settings,” she says.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys being active outdoors, taking her dog for a walk, attending hot yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lauren Vieaux, MA

Lauren Vieaux 4.17

Mental Health Therapist 
District 191

Phone: 612-876-0335
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: lauren.vieaux@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Lauren joined Headway in November, 2016 and has provided services in outpatient, residential, and day treatment settings since 2010. She has previous experience working with populations across almost all stages of development, from children to older adults (ages 5-85) but has had the most experience working with children and adolescents. She specializes in play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy and loves being able to meet her clients where they are and walk alongside them in their journey. “I love to help people see things from a different perspective or make connections between different experiences in their life,” she says. “Helping my clients overcome hardships is unbelievably rewarding.”

In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to and discovering new music, frequenting coffee shops, and reading. She also loves to travel, hike, and explore new places.

Liz Banovetz, MA, LMFT

Liz Banovetz 8.31

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-201-8230
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: liz.banovetz@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Liz has provided mental health services to a wide spectrum of clients; from preschool-aged kids and at-risk teenagers to adults with serious and persistent mental illness. She joined Headway’s school-based team in March, 2014 to support children, teens, and their families. “For me,” she says, “It’s meaningful to engage with kids across the education continuum. I’m honored to help students learn new coping skills, find strength within themselves and build their self-confidence.”

Outside of work, Liz loves obtaining new stamps on her passport, cooking and baking, snowboarding, and spending time with her family and friends.

Maddie Kuplic, MA

Maddie Kuplic 8.25

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-707-1354
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: maddie.kuplic@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Maddie joined Headway in August, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2015. She has experience working in a residential treatment facility and doing school-based therapy with children aged five to 14. As a Mental Health Therapist, she works with children and their families within a school setting. “I am excited to provide children and their families a space where they are supported, nurtured, and free to express themselves,” she says.

When Maddie is not working, she likes to travel, do puzzles, go hiking, read books, and spend time with her family and friends.

Michelle Justen, MSW, LICSW

Michelle Justen 8.25

Mental Health Therapist 
District 191

Phone: 952-686-4904
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: michelle.justen@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Michelle joined Headway as an intern in August. 2013 and after receiving her license in May, 2014, she joined Headway as a team member.  She has been working in the human services field since 2012. She studied at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University.  Through her work as a school-based therapist, she has been witness to the positive impact that support and therapeutic relationships can have on children's mental health.  “I hope to offer all the students that enter my office hope; even when their family struggles, school burdens, and relationship issues seem to be overbearing for them,” she says.

In her spare time, Michelle loves to spend time with her family and friends—especially her young nephew. She also enjoys being outdoors, running, boating, traveling, cooking, and going to concerts and movies.

Rebecca Pederson, BS

Rebecca Pederson 8.26

Intern, School Based Therapy
District 191

Phone: 952-200-5130
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: rebecca.pederson@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Rebecca has been with Headway since August, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2016. She is currently pursuing her Master of Counseling Psychology degree at the University of St Thomas. She works with elementary-age children in a school setting. She enjoys being able to observe and interact with children in a setting where they are growing socially and academically at the same time. "When children are overwhelmed by big emotions, it's our job to share our calm, not join their chaos," she says. "By sharing our calm, we can strengthen relationships and create healthier children."

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, playing soccer, drawing, painting, and building, playing with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.

Rebecca Venier, MSW, LGSW

Rebecca Venier 3.19

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-217-7386
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: rebecca.venier@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Rebecca has been with Headway since September, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2013. During the 2016-2017 school year, she was an intern therapist at our Day Treatment program, and over the summer worked briefly in the partial hospitalization program at Prairie-Care as a clinical social worker. She also has experience providing school social work services at MNIC Charter High School and also worked as a case manager at the Bridge for Youth for three years. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques including CBT, DBT, and trauma therapy. She is also proficient in Spanish and has experience working with immigrant Latino populations. “I hope to be an advocate and partner to families and the school community in regard to children’s mental health,” she says. “I strive to give a voice to children who are often unheard, and teach them skills to have more power and control over their own safety, happiness, and wellbeing.”

Rebecca was recently married and she enjoys doing outdoor activities with her husband including camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding, and cross country skiing. She also likes to travel and visit both new places and her family, who live all over the United States.

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