Therapists

Sandra Van Campen, LPCC, LADC

Sandra Van CampenSandra Van Campen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor and joined Thrive Therapy in January of 2016. She received her Master’s degree from North Dakota State University. With 18 years of clinical experience, Sandra understand the many challenges that individuals who struggle with traumatic events and/or addiction encounter. She has advanced training in trauma therapy, DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).

Working with a variety of therapeutic approaches, Sandra works with individuals to develop their strengths to understand how their past experiences impact them daily and build skills that bring relief. Sandra is dedicated to the belief that individuals can connect more fully with their own wisdom and create a life that is rich and meaningful to them, but they do not have to do that alone.

Sandra enjoys taking walks with her cairn terrier, reading, gardening, and spending time with her three grown children and grandchildren. She is active in her spiritual community and loves to dance.

Her specific areas of concentration include:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, fear and remorse
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Co-dependency
  • Abuse: sexual, physical, verbal and/or neglect
  • Spiritual concerns
  • Relationship struggles/transitions

Schedule an appointment with Sandra

Matisha Williams, LAMFT

Matisha Williams

Matisha Williams is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who recently relocated back to Minnesota from her home state of Illinois, where she practiced for the last 10 years. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Matisha’s training in the Illinois corrections setting has given her ample experience working with adolescents and adults who struggle with severe depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors and the partners/family members supporting them. Additionally, Matisha is passionate about working with adolescents and adults who have experienced traumatic events and may be struggling with their identity and self-esteem as a result.

Matisha’s education and experiences have generated a compassionate perspective in therapy. She describes her approach as a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy. Meaning, she intends to focus on meeting individuals where they are while exploring reasonable and practical solutions for your goals.

Matisha’s personality is professional, approachable and easy going. Her goal for each of her clients is to feel accepted, safe and understood. At her core, Matisha believes that every person has the ability to access their strengths and resilience to work through difficult circumstances, but no one needs to do it alone. We all require support at some point.

Matisha works with children, adolescents, adults, parents, couples, and families.

Her areas of concentration include:

  • Depression/Severe Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Traumatic events (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Truancy issues
  • Challenging behaviors in children and adolescents
  • Cutting and self-injurious behaviors
  • Dangerous behavior in adolescents and adults
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self esteem issues
  • LGBTQI and Gender identity
  • Relationship struggles/transitions
  • Infidelity

Schedule an appointment with Matisha

Matt Sutera, MHP

Matt SuteraMatt Sutera is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services in Burnsville, Minnesota. Since receiving his Master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas he continues to pursue his licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor. Matt has worked extensively with adolescents and adult males with chemical dependency issues and co-occurring trauma. His experience also includes providing therapy and skills services to families with a variety of presenting concerns, such as abuse and neglect, reunification, community violence, substance use/abuse, grief and loss, and sexual concerns.

Matt’s theory is largely person-centered and contains elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy. In short, he approaches his clients with an understanding that we each have different experiences, strengths, weaknesses, fears, and systems of support, but everyone can be an active participant in their therapy. Matt encourages individuals to take an active role in their therapy and reinforces the understanding that we are each equipped with the tools for our recovery and well being.

Matt’s perspective is experiential, practical, and navigates his sessions with the understanding that all clients and families have unique needs and goals. His desire is to help individuals, families and/or couples realize their potential, improve the relationships in their lives, and better their self-understanding. He brings a calm demeanor, trust, optimism, and the occasional witty sense of humor to his sessions.

Matt currently lives in St. Paul, MN. He loves to spend time with his boyfriend, family and friends. In his spare time he enjoys doing outdoor activities, reading, staying fit, and expanding his horizons through volunteer work, education, or simply trying new things.

Matt works with children, teens, adults, individuals, couples, and families of all racial, economic, sexual, and mental health backgrounds.

His specific areas of concentration include:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Substance abuse/dependence
  • PTSD and trauma-related disorders and stressors
  • Identity/self-esteem issues
  • LGBTQIA populations
  • Relationship struggles/transitions
  • Sexual concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Men’s mental health

Schedule an appointment with Matt

Ashlee Secord, LMFT

Ashlee Secord, MA, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Ashlee Secord is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing therapeutic services in Burnsville, Minnesota. She received her Master’s degree from Alfred Adler Graduate School. In addition to working one on one with individuals, couples and families, she has also worked with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since 2006.

Ashlee’s theory is founded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Put simply, she approaches her clients with the foundation that all actions have function or purpose. There is a reason behind what we think, feel, say and do. She is passionate about helping individuals transform their negative self talk into a personal truth and begin living the life they were intended to live.

Her perspective and insight is practical, realistic and directed by the goals of the client. Her desire is to equip individuals, families and parents with communication and understanding to generate an atmosphere where each family member feels respected, heard and uncompromised. She brings energy, enthusiasm and even a sense of humor to her sessions.

After losing 75+ lbs over the last decade she remains active and healthy through regular strength training and balance in her nutrition. Ashlee ran the Twin Cities Marathon in 2013 and plans to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail. She enjoys outdoor adventures, travel, laughter, reading, writing and spending time with her friends and family.

Ashlee works with parents, couples, individuals, and families.

Her specific areas of concentration include:

  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight loss and binge eating disorders
  • Identity/self-esteem issues
  • Spiritual concerns
  • Relationship struggles/transitions
  • Infidelity
  • Step-Parenting/Blended families

Lindsey Fritz, Administrative Assistant

Lindsey FritzLindsey joined Thrive Therapy in March of 2015, bringing her extensive experience in customer service and administration with her. Lindsey is currently a graduate student at Adler Graduate School, studying Marriage and Family Therapy and currently holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Crown College.

Lindsey and her husband have been married for five years and live in Burnsville, MN. Lindsey loves to read, write and get together with family and friends.