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Providers | Therapists St. Paul & White Bear Lake MN 2019-07-15T19:45:00-05:00

PROVIDERS

Meet Our Providers

Supporting you in growing and sustaining strong roots, life balance, and flexibility to adapt to change in this wild world.

St. Paul Team

Julie Schmit | MA, LMFT

Julie is committed to helping people create a life filled with love, inspiration and celebration. In addition to practicing standard psychotherapy protocols, she teaches you how to use your body as a doorway into your psyche because the body, unlike the mind, is always honest. It doesn’t have an agenda. Yet, we are rarely taught to pay attention to what happens in our bodies, let alone that these sensations are clues as to what’s going on in our minds. Julie has decades of training and experience with the mind-body connection. Whether teaching Yoga, human anatomy, energy healing, massage therapy or practicing psychotherapy, she’s witnessed countless moments when people receive valuable insights about their lives through signals from their body. She has special training in energy psychology as well as couples counseling. Her work has been featured in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune and Yoga Journal. She additionally hosts a monthly podcast about the body/mind connection and healing called “Jumpstart Jam Sessions at the Edge.” Julie specializes in helping people who are experiencing sexual difficulties such as decreased desire, infidelity, sexual pain and past sexual trauma. Julie is LGBTQ friendly and informed. 

Adults | Individuals & Couples | Unhealthy Relationships | Sexual Issues & Trauma | LGBTQ | Anxiety & Depression | Self-Esteem Issues | Fertility & Pregnancy Loss 

Connect with Julie » julie@wildtreewellness.com

Katrina Rude | MA, LPCC

Katrina approaches therapy with a holistic and integrative mindset. Katrina believes that there are often many solutions to a problem. She is passionate about working with her clients to find techniques and solutions that fit and work best for them taking into account each individual’s unique experiences and life stories. In doing so, she aims to treat everyone as a whole person, comprised of mind, body, and soul. Through a collaborative and supportive process she works to understand her clients as the unique individuals we all are. Katrina creates a safe environment that is free of judgment and a place where a trusting therapeutic relationship can be developed and fostered.

Children (6+), Teens & Young Adults | Individuals | Parenting Concerns | Anxiety & Depression | Life Transitions | Pre- & Post-College Adjustment | Low Self-Esteem | Goal Setting | Relationship Issues | Trauma | Self-acceptance & Awareness | Multicultural Issues

Connect with Katrina » katrina@wildtreewellness.com

Malinda King | MA, LPCC

Malinda believes that everyone has the potential to experience emotional healing. With empathy, compassion, and understanding, Malinda helps clients create awareness and find meaning within internal distress, which brings about a different understanding of the experience of emotions. Malinda believes that all emotions are our body’s way of communicating with us, providing information to us about our experiences; we just have to learn to listen. Often our current experiences are being influenced by past pain and hurt which makes it difficult to move forward in life.  By exploring the root cause of our emotional experience and accepting the pain of the past, emotional healing can occur.  Malinda knows this is a difficult journey to do alone and is deeply passionate about joining clients on their journey.  Malinda is skilled in supporting people struggling with anxiety, self-doubt, women’s self-esteem, and young adults exploring identity and self-trust. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, an evidenced-based therapy to help restore connection and reduce conflict within romantic relationships.

Teens & Adults | Individuals & Couples | Anxiety | Self-Esteem Issues | Attachment | Women’s Mental Health | Young Adult & Transition Issues | EFT | EMDR

Connect with Malinda » malinda@wildtreewellness.com

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Elena Walker | MA, LPCC

Elena believes that we all have the capacity to change our lives in ways that are positive, healing and enriching. Even those of us who are feeling stuck, confused and discouraged. Her gentle, compassionate style provides clients the support and safety they need to work through their life challenges. Elena collaborates with clients to explore self-limiting beliefs, discover their inner wisdom, and turn their emotional pain into meaningful and long-lasting change. Elena encourages clients to become aware of the body sensations that accompany their thoughts and feelings. By including the body, traumatic events can be resolved in a safe and manageable way, and painful beliefs developed early in life can be brought to light and transformed. Elena has over ten years of experience in the mental health field, and her work with clients is strongly influenced by eastern philosophies and many years of personal meditation practice.

 Adults | Individuals | Trauma | Depression & Anxiety | Grief & Loss | Addiction & Codependency | Family of Origin & Relationship Issues | Self-Image Issues | Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Connect with Elena »elena@wildtreewellness.com

Allie Hutchins | MA, LPCC

Through her work with adolescents and adults Allie has seen in action the power of acknowledging our struggles while focusing on our strengths. Too often we are quick to define ourselves by our weaknesses and struggle to see the beauty and ability within ourselves. Allie believes that we are MORE than our problem areas, and to define ourselves by those problems, is to limit our ability to grow into the life we want for ourselves. Allie believes the power of therapy comes from the combination of a safe space to share, building on our strengths, and learning ways to create positive change through action. Her sessions are collaborative, compassionate, honest, and engaging. Allie has worked in a variety of settings including a residential substance use facility, university campus, high school, and community mental health clinic. Building on these experiences Allie works to meet you where you are and support you through your therapy journey.

 Teens & Adults | Individuals & Couples | Anxiety & Depression | Addiction | Dual Diagnosis | Pregnancy & Postpartum Issues | DBT

Connect with Allie » allie@wildtreewellness.com

Amy Stoks | MA, LPC, RYT

Amy works with individuals, children and families. Her background includes working within the eduction system and privately as a doula and childbirth educator. With a holistic lens, Amy engages with her clients to create a plan to improve overall wellness with a refreshing perspective. She works collaboratively with her clients to harness fear, discover strengths and eliminate distractions to make positive and sustainable change. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree is Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with honors from the University of San Diego with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. In addition to her formal education, she is a Registered Yoga Teacher, a DONA trained Doula, Lamaze International trained Childbirth Educator and a Dr. Sears Certified Holistic Health Coach.

 Children (12+), Teens & Adults | Individuals & Families | Anxiety & Depression | Pregnancy & Postpartum Issues

Connect with Amy » amy@wildtreewellness.com

Elise Browne | MS, LAMFT

Elise is a firm believer in the value that can be found in relationships, whether that’s with your partner, your children, or even yourself. She strives for a calm, gentle environment in which clients feel comfortable exploring their own lives as well as their connections with others. In addition to a focus on outward relationships, Elise helps bring awareness to internal processes, fostering a mind-body connection that she believes is important in understanding how we interact with the world. It is her belief that at times, life can become overwhelming and difficult to navigate alone, so Elise enjoys walking alongside her clients as they make meaning of their experiences. With experience working in child development, domestic violence, and the military, Elise draws on her diverse background to help her clients. It is her mission to help clients leave feeling heard, empowered, and capable of living life more happily.

Children (14+), Teens & Adults | Individuals, Couples & Families | Depression & Anxiety | Relationships Issues | Life Transitions | Pregnancy & Postpartum Issues

Connect with Elise » elise@wildtreewellness.com

Sonja Kromroy | MA, LPCC

Sonja has seen how powerful the mind-body connection can be, not only in how we live our lives, but also how we respond to challenges and interact with others. By listening to and understanding our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations we are more effectively able to navigate life and choose paths that better suit our values. She understands that we are not able to choose the obstacles in life but does believe we can work towards responding to them in ways that help us feel empowered and confident. Sonja’s sessions are interactive, approached with empathy, compassion, honesty and humor. She believes that no matter your situation, working together with someone who understands and supports you can provide stability, deepened insight and healing. Sonja is certified in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders by Postpartum Support International.

Young Adults & Adults | Individuals & Couples | Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders | Body Image Issues | Depression & Anxiety | Life Transitions | Relationship Issues | Mindfulness | Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) | CBT | DBT | EMDR

Connect with Sonja »sonja@wildtreewellness.com

Cassie Sawyer | MA, ATR-P, RYT-200

Cassie (she/her) is an optimistic and adaptable therapist that believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing.  Cassie is passionate about helping others find an individualized and holistic approach that works for them to facilitate their own healing.  She aims to empower the self-teacher and the self-healer inside each individual.  Cassie has training in a variety of holistic methods that can assist in healing, including Art Therapy, SomaYoga (a slow and therapeutic style of yoga that helps to release the stress and tension of every day life), and Vinyasa yoga (a faster-paced yoga that links movement to breath). Cassie operates from a trauma-informed, and a healing-centered approach.  She is Adlerian trained, which focuses on encouragement, movement from feeling “stuck”, and figuring out a sense of purpose and belonging in your community. Cassie believes that you are more than the sum of the experiences that have happened to you, and that all humans are resilient and can heal, thrive, and find wellness.

Adults | Individuals | Art Therapy | Complex Grief & Loss | Trauma / PTSD | Race-based Trauma | Anxiety & Depression | Severe & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)

Connect with Cassie » cassie@wildtreewellness.com

Elizabeth (Hamburger) Kittleson | MS, LMFT

Clinic Manager

 

Liz believes that the most essential keys to reaching our goals are believing in ourselves and knowing that someone believes in us. She works to create a safe, comfortable, trusted, honest, and humorous environment with her clients that encourages creativity, confidence, and motivation. Liz uses a systemic and strengths-based approach in working with clients and the relationships they have in their lives. She has a particular interest in helping children and families navigate the stressful demands of their environment in order to find a sense of harmony together. Liz enjoys teaching children how to be self aware and in control of their body, mind and emotions through mindfulness and movement. Additionally, she finds great passion in supporting young adults navigating post college life and new parents adjusting to supporting their children. Liz often incorporates play, movement, mindfulness and art in to her therapy sessions. 

 Children (6+), Teens & Young Adults | Individuals & Families | Parenting Concerns | Emotional Dysregulation | Anxiety & Depression | Trauma | Family Change | Post-College Adjustment | Social Skill Building | Low Self-Esteem | Goal Setting

Connect with Elizabeth » elizabeth@wildtreewellness.com

 

White Bear Lake Team

Katrina Rude | MA, LPCC

Katrina approaches therapy with a holistic and integrative mindset. Katrina believes that there are often many solutions to a problem. She is passionate about working with her clients to find techniques and solutions that fit and work best for them taking into account each individual’s unique experiences and life stories. In doing so, she aims to treat everyone as a whole person, comprised of mind, body, and soul. Through a collaborative and supportive process she works to understand her clients as the unique individuals we all are. Katrina creates a safe environment that is free of judgment and a place where a trusting therapeutic relationship can be developed and fostered.

Children (6+), Teens & Young Adults | Individuals | Parenting Concerns | Anxiety & Depression | Life Transitions | Pre- & Post-College Adjustment | Low Self-Esteem | Goal Setting | Relationship Issues | Trauma | Self-acceptance & Awareness | Multicultural Issues

Connect with Katrina » katrina@wildtreewellness.com

Kelly Ciapetta | MS Ed., LPCC

Kelly believes in the importance of establishing a strong therapeutic relationship by meeting individuals where they are in their journey. Sometimes we need a little help to get unstuck and uncover the tools we have for our potential for growth and healing. Kelly encourages the use of mindfulness and looks at each unique person holistically in order to customize her approach while maintaining integrity of her foundation in cognitive behavioral, systematic, and strength based approaches. She brings empathy, nonjudgment, and humor into her work and enjoys working with a variety of individuals including children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She has a special interest in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and working with new moms and families trying to navigate this thing called life.

 Children (7+), Teens & Adults | Individuals, Couples & Families | Depression | Anxiety | Mood Disorders | Trauma | Grief | ADHD |  Pregnancy & Postpartum Issues | TF-CBT

Connect with Kelly » kelly@wildtreewellness.com

Courtney Thompson | MA

Courtney believes that all challenges in life bring about opportunities for gaining meaning, growth and strength for the future. She considers it a privilege to walk alongside individuals and families as they navigate the joys and struggles of life. Bringing genuine acceptance, hope, humor and creativity to the counseling process, Courtney is passionate about the mind-body-spirit connection, and offers Christian integration in counseling, if desired. She believes one must look at all areas of life and environment for balance and sustained growth. Courtney works with children (18 months to 18 years) and adolescents, utilizing play therapy and creative, skill-building activities to allow time to both process and gain practical tools for the future. She seeks to empower both the child and their parent(s) while navigating transitions, behavioral challenges, and relational dynamics. Courtney has special interest in attachment and working with adopted children and their families or parents struggling to connect with their children.

 Children (18 mos.+) & Teens | Individuals & Families | Anxiety & Depression | Life Transitions & Adjustment | Adoption & Fostering Issues | Parent Coaching | CBT | DBT | Family Systems Approach | Play Therapy

Connect with Courtney » courtney@wildtreewellness.com

Michelle (Shelly) Poore | MSW, LICSW

Relational Psychotherapy has served as the foundation to Shelly’s practice for the past 30 years. She believes that a collaborative, empathic and supportive relationship with a therapist can serve as a model for future relationships and provides a safe space where specific past or current experiences, relationships, beliefs and emotions that are causing distress can be explored and addressed. Shelly is trained in Mindfulness-based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Lifestyle Medicine. She uses a mind-body or integrative approach to treatment and works with clients to find the combination of practices or skills that will be most effective in bringing an improved state of health and wellness.

 Young Adults, Adults & those in later Adulthood | Individuals | Anxiety & Depression | Stress Management/Lifestyle Medicine | Chronic Pain & Adjustment to Medical Problem | Grief & Loss | Perinatal & Postpartum Issues | Adjustment to Divorce & Co-parenting | Life Transitions | Mindfulness

Connect with Courtney » shelly@wildtreewellness.com

Rachel Kusilek | MA, LPCC, CCATP-CA

Rachel enjoys working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Rachel connects with clients from a place of acceptance using humor and warmth to make the therapeutic process collaborative and comfortable. Rachel takes a systemic perspective striving to understand how an individual’s difficulties and symptoms arise from their life experiences and relationships. She views the therapeutic process as a way to come alongside clients in an effort to improve their satisfaction with life and relationships. Rachel has 12 years of experience working with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-harming behaviors. She has additional training in Child-Centered Play Therapy and enjoys working though obstacles with children as young as four through play. When working with children and adolescents, Rachel spends time supporting parents and making them a part of the healing process. Rachel specializes in helping individuals work through traumatic experiences, big and small, through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Rachel is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional – Child & Adolescent (CCATP-CA) and has powerful tools to assist clients in rising above anxiety. Finally, Rachel has experience the area of domestic violence and passion for working with those caught in abusive relationships.

Children (4+) | Teens & Adults | Individuals, Couples, & Families | Trauma | Anxiety & Depression | Self-Esteem Issues | Women’s Mental Health | Transition into Parenthood | EMDR | Play Therapy | Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence | EMDR

Connect with Rachel » rachel@wildtreewellness.com

Cassie Sawyer | MA, ATR-P, RYT-200

Cassie (she/her) is an optimistic and adaptable therapist that believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing.  Cassie is passionate about helping others find an individualized and holistic approach that works for them to facilitate their own healing.  She aims to empower the self-teacher and the self-healer inside each individual.  Cassie has training in a variety of holistic methods that can assist in healing, including Art Therapy, SomaYoga (a slow and therapeutic style of yoga that helps to release the stress and tension of every day life), and Vinyasa yoga (a faster-paced yoga that links movement to breath). Cassie operates from a trauma-informed, and a healing-centered approach.  She is Adlerian trained, which focuses on encouragement, movement from feeling “stuck”, and figuring out a sense of purpose and belonging in your community. Cassie believes that you are more than the sum of the experiences that have happened to you, and that all humans are resilient and can heal, thrive, and find wellness.

Adults | Individuals | Art Therapy | Complex Grief & Loss | Trauma/PTSD | Race-based Trauma | Anxiety & Depression | Severe & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)

Connect with Cassie » cassie@wildtreewellness.com

Lauren Robbins | MS, LPCC, LADC, PMH-C

Clinical Director

Driven by the value of listening to your head and heart, Lauren possesses a passion for empowering others to discover their own personal path to health, leading to greater life satisfaction. Lauren approaches the therapeutic relationship with hope, positive energy, and a bit of humor. She believes that to attain overall wellness and to be your best you, we have to look to the mind and the body for guidance in discovering areas needing focused care. Being flexible in her approach and striving to adapt to the unique needs of each person she works with, Lauren believes in hope and optimism for the future and aims to help you find balance and resiliency in your everyday life. Lauren is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, and trauma-sensitive yoga. Lauren is also certified in perinatal mental health.

 Children (6+), Teens & Adults | Individuals, Couples & Families | Anxiety & Depression | Trauma | Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence | Relationship Issues & Nontraditional Relationships | Birth Trauma & Transition to Parenthood | Pregnancy & Postpartum Issues | Addiction | EMDR | Yoga Calm | Brainspotting

Connect with Lauren » lauren@wildtreewellness.com

Administrative Team

Kaitlin Ziehr | BFA, RYT-200

Office Coordinator

Kaitlin is dedicated to making wellness and joy accessible to all. Kaitlin is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with training in trauma informed yoga, and is also a level II Reiki practitioner. Kaitlin believes there are many aspects to wellness, including mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual, and that each person’s path towards healing is unique. When scheduling new clients, Kaitlin will try to match you with a provider that will best meet your needs, and aims to make getting the support you seek as easy as possible.

Connect with Kaitlin » kaitlin@wildtreewellness.com

Therapists who work with children:

Katrina Rude, MA, LPCC | Kelly Ciapetta, MS Ed., LPCC | Courtney Thompson, MA, LPC | Rachel Kusilek, MA, LPCC | Elizabeth Kittleson, MS, LMFT | Amy Stoks, MA, LPC | Lauren Robbins, MS, LPCC, LADC, PMH-C

Therapists treating pregnancy, postpartum & parenting issues:

Sonja Kromroy*, MA, LPCC | Lauren Robbins*, MS, LPCC, LADC, PMH-C | Elise Browne*, MS, LAMFT | Julie Schmit*, MA, LMFT | Amy Stoks*, MA, LPC | Kelly Ciapetta, MS Ed., LPCC | Allie Hutchins, MA, LPCC | Shelly Poore, MSW, LICSW

Birth Trauma: Sonja Kromroy*, MA, LPCC & Lauren Robbins*, MS, LPCC, LADC, PMH-C

Fertility Issues & Pregnancy Loss: Julie Schmit*, MA, LMFT

*Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN vetted providers

Therapists trained in trauma treatment modalities:

Sonja Kromroy, MA, LPCC (EMDR) | Lauren Robbins, MS, LPCC, LADC, PMH-C (EMDR & Brainspotting) | Elizabeth Kittleson, MS, LMFT (EMDR)  | Julie Schmit, MA, LMFT (EMDR) | Malinda King, MA, LPCC (EMDR) | Rachel Kusilek, MA, LPCC (EMDR) | Elena Walker, MA, LPCC (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) | Kelly Ciapetta, MS Ed., LPCC (Trauma-Focused CBT)

We are currently hiring for the position of Administrative Assistant. Join a fun, welcoming team that values work-life balance and self-care in the caregiving professions! Position: 12-18 hours/week; job duties include client scheduling and other office management; based out of our St. Paul office location. Send resume/letter of interest to: Clinical Director, Lauren Robbins (Lauren@wildtreewellness.com).

Interested in a training internship? Contact Clinic Manager, Liz Kittleson (elizabeth@wildtreewellness.com).

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