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 Danielle Houser

MA, LMFT

MS, Psychotherapist

"I believe people heal in relationships, and I will work to create a trusting and safe relationship where you can discover the best solutions for your problems."

​​Kelly Evans earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  Kelly is a Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor and also offers supervision to therapists in training.   

On a personal note, Kelly is married with two sons. She loves to spend time with her family, specifically outdoors. She enjoys all kinds of music. Kelly grew up in Upstate NY and moved to the midwest at the end of high school.  She enjoys exploring the city and trying new restaurants.

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 MA, LMFT 

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Sarah approaches therapy from a place of compassion and acceptance. She believes in the power of safe, trusting relationships to create change and that authentically expressing oneself is key to healing. She will work with you to explore your patterns and create a deeper connection with yourself and others. 


​Sarah has four years of experience working with children and families in an outpatient setting. Before that, she worked with children, teenagers, and their parents in their homes for two years. Sarah has expertise working with children and teenagers with special needs and families with children on the autism spectrum.


​Sarah has a special interest in working with women who struggle with mental health concerns that accompany autoimmune disease, hormone imbalance, and other physical health challenges. Sarah is also interested in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, relational conflicts, life transitions, and generally high levels of stress. Sarah offers the Prepare/Enrich Assessment to couples wanting pre-marital counseling. 


​Sarah lived in Venezuela and speaks Spanish. She loves working with the Latino community as well as with children, adolescents, and adults from all different backgrounds. Sarah is a strong ally to the LGBTQ community. In her personal life, Sarah likes to cook and practices yoga. She is passionate about understanding the mind-body connection and loves to integrate mindfulness into her work with clients.

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"Our wounds are often openings into the best and most beautiful part of us."

- David Richo

I have completed specific trainings in treating trauma, including EMDR Basic Training through the EMDR Institute and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy working with teenagers and adults struggling with self-identification, life transitions, family stress, and inter/intrapersonal problems. 

​I also enjoy working with couples experiencing a lack of connection or difficulties communicating. I offer the Prepare/Enrich Assessment to couples wanting pre-marital counseling or for couples looking for a relationship “tune-up”. 

Kelly Evans has been working in the mental health field for fifteen years; working in outpatient therapy with individuals, couples, and families for the past six years. Before that, she was providing individual and family therapy to children, teenagers, and their parents in their homes. Kelly also has worked with people with traumatic brain injuries and their families and caregivers. She worked with men who struggle with issues of sexuality both individually and in group therapy settings.  Kelly is skilled and experienced working with people who struggle with co-occurring mental illness and chemical dependency. She has many years of experience treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and bi-polar disorder. Kelly is a strong ally to the LGBTQ community and works with many people who are a part  of this community.

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Danielle believes that strong communities start in the home and seeks to strengthen marriages and partnerships. Relationships can bring about extreme joy and deep pain. Danielle helps create a space in which couples can work to heal emotional wounds. Danielle is also interested in working with individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relational conflict, life-cycle transitions, and overall lack of purpose and joy.

Danielle has a special interest in supporting women struggling with the mental health concerns that can accompany physical issues such as adrenal fatigue (burnout), thyroid issues, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hormonal imbalances, obesity and weight-related concerns, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and perimenopause and menopause.

“Healing and change is possible. Together we can accomplish your goals.”

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Elisabeth Emmerich 

MA

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Elisabeth strives to help children, adolescents, and adults reach their goals by experiencing an emotionally safe space to process thoughts and feelings. Elisabeth specializes in working with children ages 4-12, in addition to adolescents and adults. Elisabeth meets anyone who enters her office with a warm smile and a listening ear. Clients who work with Elisabeth find the relationship authentic and the therapeutic process rewarding.

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Danielle is a graduate-level intern and is completing her master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling with Walden University. Danielle has worked with children and families from all backgrounds for over a decade. Having worked in Vietnam and Honduras and advocated for Minnesota’s refugee populations, Danielle recognizes the strengths of all religions and cultural backgrounds.

Kelly’s experience consists of children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families from many different backgrounds. She uses evidence-based methods with a central focus on relationships, self-care, and healthy coping skills. Many people seek therapy because they are feeling stressed, anxious, sad and depressed, or are unhappy in their relationship's. Kelly approaches therapy with an open, non-judgmental stance.  Therapy is more than simply listening. She will actively listen, reflect, and challenge you to grow. Kelly will see your strengths and help you build on them. She believes through a safe and trusting partnership - change can happen. Kelly will listen to your personal and relational goals and help you on your path.  

Danielle has been married for seven years, and she and her husband are avid football and soccer fans.  She is an active member of a number of women’s organizations in the Twin Cities and is passionate about developing leadership skills in girls and women.

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Christina Thompson believes each client comes with their own unique story and the ability to improve their life. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to identify their strengths and find new solutions to unhelpful patterns. Christina is passionate about empowering individuals, couples, and families to live more authentic lives. With that, she strives to create a safe and judgment-free space where clients can heal, explore, and improve.

Christina has experience providing therapy to a culturally diverse population of adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is an ally to the LGBTQ community. She utilizes a variety of modalities, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her areas of expertise and clinical interests include: anxiety, depression, mindfulness, emotion-regulation, grief and loss, communication issues, integrative health and the mind-body connection, and self-harm.

Christina earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is also a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. As a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Trainer, Christina emphasizes the importance of balance, the balance between showing ourselves compassion and challenging ourselves beyond our comfort zone.

Outside of the office, Christina enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner and their two dogs, doing home renovation projects, and going to concerts. She also has a passion for traveling and learning about new cultures. 

LPCC, RPT

"I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment."

Christina Thompson

"I believe that strong communities start in the home and seeks to strengthen marriages and partnerships."

As a marriage and family therapist, I strive to help individuals, couples, and families build stronger and healthier relationships with themselves and others. I approach therapy from a gentle, yet direct, place, using mindfulness, compassion, and acceptance. I believe in utilizing each client's unique strengths to help them find hope in the midst of suffering. My focus is on helping clients with anxiety, trauma, depression, and interpersonal problems.

Elisabeth Emmerich earned her master's degree from Bethal University and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Elisabeth's areas of expertise include anxiety, ADHD, depression, trauma, parenting concerns, social skill deficits, Autism, relationship issues, behavioral concerns, family issues, life transitions and premarital counseling. 

​In my personal life, I practice yoga and mindfulness often and enjoy bringing this into sessions with my clients. I believe in the importance of understanding the body as it responds to mental health and incorporating sensory awareness in therapy.

Outside of the office, Elisabeth spends time with her husband and two sons. She enjoys walking around the lakes and exploring new restaurants and shops in the Twin Cities.

Genuineness, respect, and empathy are the essential components of my therapeutic style. I work with a diversity of issues and have a passion to assist individuals, couples, and families reach their full potential. My areas of specialty include trauma, abuse, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and family therapy. When experiencing life’s difficulties, sometimes you can feel alone and isolated. I believe people heal in relationships, and I will work to create a trusting and safe relationship where you can discover the best solutions for your problems.

I earned my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University in Eagan, MN and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I am a member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Minnesota Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and offer supervision to therapists in training.


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