Cheri Gunderson Gieski

MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Brain Health Coach – Amen Clinics

PERSONAL:

I grew up here in Minnesota boating, camping, biking and enjoying the great outdoors.  I love crisp fall evenings, reading while curled up by the fire, going on adventures with my kids (I’m almost an empty nester! Where has the time gone?) watching football, and I also enjoy writing.  Walk With Me: Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey Together and Play With Me: Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey with Kids (Faithwalk Publishing, 2005/6) are inspirational books I’ve had the joy of co-authoring with one of my dearest friends.

PROFESSIONAL:

I am truly passionate about helping people listen to their lives in a way that inspires change. My background is in social work and secondary education, and I have over 20 years of experience working with children, families and adults in a variety of settings. I have a Masters in Adlerian Counseling which means that my style is encouraging, strengths-focused, and considers the whole person – mind, body, spirit. I don’t believe in pathologizing people. Instead, we will explore your strengths and identify the challenges that seem to be running on “repeat” in your life.

I’m especially passionate about the Enneagram, a personality tool with powerful implications for understanding the patterns that keep you stuck. Whether you want to focus on your relationship or healing yourself, we can uncover the inner resources you need to grow, adapt, and to live more creatively aligned with the person you want to be.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts – Communication and Secondary Education, Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois

Master of Arts – Clinical Counseling, Adler Graduate School in Richfield, Minnesota

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:

Certified Brain Health Coach, Neurofeedback Bootcamp, Certified in PREPARE/ENRICH, Sex,  Desire and Attachment for Couples, Trauma Healing

AREAS OF INTEREST

Individuals, Couples, Depression, Anxiety, Adolescents, Self Esteem/Identity, Enneagram Coaching, Boundaries, Divorce, Grief and Loss

David Livingston

MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Brain Health Coach – Amen Clinics

PROFESSIONAL

In my professional career, I have received my bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management, worked in the corporate world for 10 years, and completed graduate school as well. I hold a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and I am fully licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist through the state of Minnesota. I thoroughly enjoy working with couples, families, and counsel both men and women individually as well. Much of the work I do with clients focuses on navigating through anxiety, depression, shame, addiction, emotional regulation, communication, infidelity, conflict management, and improving marital intimacy using the medium of exploration, insight acquisition, goal refinement, and behavioral change.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

BCIA Didactic Bootcamp (Neurofeedback)

PERSONAL

Originally from Florida, I spent 11 years in Chicago, 3 in Charlotte, and now permanently reside in Minnesota. My wife and I have been married for over 17 years with 4 children and have plenty of stories of comedy and tragedy. Due to my own developmental and family of origin experiences, I know that life can be messy, overwhelming, and that finding a framework to orient yourself can be extremely challenging. I am motivated to work with youth, individuals, families and couples in coping with all that life throws at us while helping you find calm in the chaos of relationships and direction in your relationship to the world.

In my free time, I pursue several hobbies including playing guitar, woodworking, photography, and sports. I was a collegiate gymnast and to this day continue to enjoy not only the mental challenge of sports, but the friendly relationships built through competition.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science – Marketing/Management, The University of Chicago-Illinois

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy), Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

AREAS OF INTEREST

Couples, Individuals, Families, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Marriage Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling, Family of Origin Issues, Communication, Infidelity/Affairs, Trust Issues, Pornography and Sexual Addiction, Neurofeedback.

Rachel Ester

MA
Mental Health Practitioner and Neurofeedback Technician

PERSONAL

Originally from the East Coast, I have called Minnesota home for nearly a decade. I love exploring the outdoors with my husband and dog and searching for the best ice cream and coffee in the state! In my free time, I enjoy baking, hosting friends, traveling, and playing sports.

PROFESSIONAL

I earned my Master’s in Counseling from Bethel University and have experience working in an outpatient setting with adolescents, adults, and couples. In my previous role as a university career coach, I enjoyed empowering students to explore their passions while pursuing future career goals. I received additional trauma training during my graduate degree, and I am passionate about helping clients explore their stories with curiosity and compassion. My goal in counseling is to create an environment where clients are encouraged to be curious and open, while we identify a path toward healing and connection together. I approach the counseling relationship with warmth, from a holistic and individualized perspective, knowing every person has unique needs. I believe that the journey toward healing is taken together, and it would be a privilege to be a part of your story.

EDUCATION

Masters of Arts in Counseling – Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota

Bachelor of Science in Human Development: Childhood & Adolescent Development – Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Telehealth for Mental Health Providers

AREAS OF INTEREST

Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Family Relationships, Spirituality & Faith, Career Counseling, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Pregnancy and Fertility Issues, Marriage, Communication and Conflict Issues, Individuals, Couples, Adolescents

Natasha Kellenberger

MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Virtual Therapist/E-Therapist

Certified Brain Health Coach – Amen Clinics

PERSONAL

I was raised in Chippewa Falls, WI and moved here to Minnesota in 2006. I have been happily married for over 10 years and have three children. Activities that I enjoy are spending quality time with family and friends, remaining active through sports or even hiking outdoors as well as taking up new hobbies.

PROFESSIONAL

“The happiness of your life, depends on the quality of your thoughts” – Marcus Aurelius. Everyone faces challenges on a variety of levels; it is reassuring to know that it is possible to overcome those challenges by having a space to process the situation and develop a plan for personal growth. With compassion and understanding, my role as a therapist is to bring new insights, identify strengths, clarify goals as well as assist in exploring new skills..

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Certified in PREPARE/ENRICH
Certified Brain Health Coach

EDUCATION

Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences at University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University

AREAS OF INTEREST

Adolescents, Parenting and Family, Grief and Loss, Trust and Infidelity Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Pregnancy and Fertility Issues, Communication and Conflict Issues, Life Transitions, Pre-Marital Counseling and Marriages.

Eric Lonergan

MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

PERSONAL

I moved to Minnesota in 2001 from Racine, Wisconsin and have been here ever since. I have been married since 2007 and have two girls (born in 2010 and 2014). I enjoy being active through sport, exercise, and fishing. I am also a huge nerd and love reading both fiction and non-fiction. I love learning and teaching and I find people endlessly fascinating.

PROFESSIONAL

I worked with college students from 2006-2020 in a college ministry setting. In those 14 years I developed an intuition for helping individuals and couples pursue their goals for growth, healing, and conflict resolution. I am passionate about walking alongside others in the midst of their life struggles. I love neuroscience and its applications in therapy. I regularly read research and seek ways to implement some of the latest findings for helping people achieve the mental health they desire.

Certified in PREPARE/ENRICH

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts – Architecture, Minor in Philosophy – University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Master of Arts – Counseling and Psychological Studies – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

AREAS OF INTEREST

Individuals, Couples, Adolescents, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Spirituality, Anger

Beth Lodes

MS, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian

Certified Brain Health Coach – Amen Clinics

PERSONAL

As a native Floridian, it was grace that allowed me to become more acclimated to the Minnesota climate by first spending four years in Birmingham, Alabama and 12 years in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Minnesota with my family in 2013. My husband and I have three children and enjoy spending time together playing board games, cooking, and traveling to lakes in the surrounding area during warmer months of the year (no ice fishing for us!). In 20201 we moved to North Carolina to be closer to family but remain connected with great friends and visit our home-away-from-home in Minnesota often.

I am passionate about people, good food and gardening. On most days from April through September you can find me in my home garden or our elementary school garden teaching kids and neighbors of all ages where their food comes from; how it impacts everything from the way we think and feel to how our body performs. During the winter months you will find me in my kitchen creating and experimenting with new recipes.

PROFESSIONAL

I am a Registered Dietitian and received my master’s degree in Exercise and Physical Performance from Saint Louis University in 2003. Over the last two decades I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of individuals in a variety of settings: in the hospital working with adults as a clinical dietitian, in the field teaching children where food comes from (the answer is not the grocery store!), in the classroom teaching college students the importance of food choices for our body and brain, and at LIFE counseling teaching individuals of all ages the importance and impact of nutrition on physical, mental and emotional health.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science – Nutrition and Dietetics, Samford University – Birmingham, Alabama

Master of Science in Nutrition and Physical Performance, Saint Louis University – St. Louis, MO

Brad Bychinski

MA, LMFT, BCN
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Approved Supervisor

Board Certified in Neurofeedback – BCIA
Certified Brain Health Coach – Amen Clinics

PERSONAL

I have been living in Minnesota since 1999 after growing up in Wausau, Wisconsin. I am happily married and enjoying life with my beautiful wife and four children. When I’m not working you will likely find me outdoors: camping, climbing, sports, adventure, and even just shoveling snow. Give me a challenge or problem and I’ll try to solve it. I love to analyze, research and strategize to find workable solutions. I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. I am passionate about working with and learning more about the brain.

PROFESSIONAL

I have been working in the counseling field and administering assessments with individuals, couples and families since 2005. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults.

I thoroughly enjoy working with couples and helping marriages find restoration. Sifting through the muck of conflict, disappointment, betrayal or an affair is difficult. There is no easy way around it, but you can get through it. I take a hands-on, action oriented, solution-focused approach, helping you to take the next right steps to see love and hope restored.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts – Political Science and Global Studies, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Master of Arts – Clinical Psychology, Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota

Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Certified in Neurofeedback, Certified Brain Health Coach, Certified in PREPARE/ENRICH, Advanced training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Advanced training in Biblical Counseling, Faithful and True Ministries – Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addiction

AREAS OF INTEREST

My specialties include working with Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Sexual Addiction/Pornography, infidelity, identity formation, marriages, men, and most anything involving the brain. I’m passionate about helping others strengthen their identity, educating about the head-to-heart and head-to-gut connection, and Neurotherapy.

Julia Zanto

MA
Mental Health Practitioner

PERSONAL

Hello! I am a native to the Twin Cities and currently live with my husband and dog in the south metro. Some of my favorite things include time with family and friends, coffee, and exploring new ideas and places. I was drawn to the counseling field because of my passion for holistic wellness. I believe balance and intentionality are important to maintaining this; which involves an understanding of one’s individual values and goals impacting how they navigate the world around them. All of these concepts influence my approach to counseling, and thus directly and indirectly enter my work with clients.

PROFESSIONAL

As a clinician, I work best with individuals who are curious and ready to engage in the process. Feeling stuck in something can carry a heavy mental load. Moving forward is possible. Collaborating with clients as I partner with them on their own unique journeys is important to how I understand my role as a counselor. I draw  predominately from trauma-informed and emotionally-focused theories. I also believe that oftentimes our past experiences are important to consider in order to better understand our present. In sessions you can expect to engage in individualized activities that incorporate the body, creativity, playfulness, and talk.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science – Exercise Science, University of Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, University of Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Master of Arts – Mental Health Counseling, Northwestern University – Evanston, Illinois

AREAS OF INTEREST

Adults, Young Adults, Teens, Individuals, Couples, Women’s health, PMDD, Trauma, Sex and Intimacy, Sexuality, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Life Transitions

Darcy Murray

BA
Neurofeedback Technician

PERSONAL

I’m Minnesotan to the core! I grew up in Burnsville, went to college in Moorhead, and have owned homes in several southern Twin Cities suburbs. My husband, our two very high-energy kids, Wrigley the super chill Goldendoodle, and I now live in Lakeville. I LOVE black coffee, spending time with my friends, the dance of aspen trees glistening in the wind, watching my kids play soccer, playing Nintendo with my hubby, and creating things of all kinds.

PROFESSIONAL

I have had the privilege of wearing many hats in many different industries in my professional career; I’ve been a part of the automotive industry and financial services, done non-profit work, and most recently filled the role of full-time mom/homeschool teacher/dance party-starter. After being home with my kids full-time for nearly four years, the role of part-time neurofeedback technician feels like a gift. I’ve always enjoyed hearing people’s stories; I come to work each day excited to interact with my clients and hear their stories. As a bonus, I am more and more fascinated with and in awe of the human brain. It’s exciting to have a front row seat to the transformative work made possible through neurofeedback training.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts – Communications, Concordia College

Olivia VanDussen

Neurofeedback Technician

PERSONAL

I was born and raised in Michigan until about 2011, when I moved to Minnesota. I graduated from Lakeville North High School in 2019 and soon after enlisted into the Air National Guard as an Air Evacuation Medical Technician. I am active in my church community and have a heart for anything outdoors. I am always up for a spontaneous adventure and love hearing about new things to do around the Twin Cities. On my not-so-adventurous days, I can be found reading or playing the piano.

PROFESSIONAL

While I have yet to decide on a college career, I have a strong passion for people. I have always been drawn to careers with an interpersonal focus, and find joy in helping others. As a neurofeedback technician, I have the unique ability to see clients multiple times a week. Not only do I have the privilege of developing personal relationships with each of them, but I get to see the incredible impact that neurofeedback has on the human brain.