Therapists

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
  • Adolescence

Schedule an appointment with Matt

 

Angela Brodine, MHP

Angela Brodine is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services at Thrive Therapy in Burnsville, MN. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Angela’s background includes in-home care for families, adults, adolescent and children between the ages of 4 and 10. She believes we are all trying to understand ourselves better, feel comfortable in our own skin, and find connection and belonging in the world around us. She understands that having hope can feel pointless or impossible because life can be very negative and disappointing, due to past traumas, current struggles, and/or fear of the future. Angela is passionate about how powerful a change in perspective can be to facing difficult circumstances. 

Her background in holistic health and nutrition lends to her holistic counseling approach, meaning she considers each part of a person’s life in session, while building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship. Angela uses Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Gestalt Therapy in her approach. These theories emphasize strengths, and builds mental and emotional awareness to generate more resilience. These theories are also very rooted in understanding and addressing current struggles and what their goals are for the future. Angela believes that the past does not always need to be understood or discussed if it is not currently impacting the present. However, she is willing and able to navigate that terrain when necessary. 

Angela currently lives in Bloomington, MN. She loves to spend time with family and friends. In her spare time sheloves to read and watch documentaries about health, psychology, and history.

Angela 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
  • PTSD and trauma-related disorders and stressors
  • Identity/self-esteem issues
  • Boundaries
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Women’s mental health
  • Childhood and adolescent anxiety

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Claire Kaehr, LMFT

Claire received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her ultimate goal within her therapeutic work is to walk alongside clients in their journey towards healing.

Claire enjoys working with individuals, families and couples; she has specific areas of interest in couples and adolescents. Claire’s clinical experience includes working with eating disorders, marriage and couples therapy, depression, anxiety, trauma, and adolescent life stage issues. Clairealso recognizes and values the role of spirituality in therapy and healing. Additionally, she has extensive trauma training, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approaches for trauma and affect dysregulation, and EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. Claire has also completed Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Claire is a Gottman leader in administering Gottman’s ‘Seven Principles for a Healthy Marriage’ and ‘Bringing Baby Home’ and enjoys facilitating group work.

Her specific areas of concentration include:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Relationship counseling
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Identity/self-esteem issues
  • Bringing home baby
  • Adolescence

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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:

  • Anxiety
  • Weight loss and binge eating disorders
  • Boundaries
  • Identity/self-esteem issues
  • Spiritual concerns
  • Personal organization/”Adulting”
  • Infidelity
  • Step-Parenting/Blended families

Schedule an appointment with Ashlee