Therapists

Michaela Farley, MHP

Michaela Farley is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services via Telehealth and in-person in Burnsville. She received her master of science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. Her experience includes working with adolescents and young adults seeking identity transformation, as well as adults and couples. She also has experience in working with individuals, couples, and families for life transitions, PTSD, and sexual identity.

Michaela’s theoretical orientation typically revolves around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Systems Theory, and Mindfulness. Her approach views the humanistic part of every individual, including their values, strengths, and mindset. She observes how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are impacted by both our histories and our future goals. She enjoys seeing how clients can create new meanings and purpose through this lens and move towards growth. It is often an experiential process as clients discover how they experience their thoughts and emotions in the moment. Through this, her goal is for the client to find healing and hope in transforming and building themselves and their goals. Michaela understands that beginning therapy can feel uncomfortable or difficult for clients, and wants all to feel like they have a safe space wherever they are at and process at whatever pace they feel comfortable with.

Michaela currently lives in Mankato, MN. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and her new puppy. She enjoys being outdoors, photography, and a good cup of coffee.

She works with individuals, families, and couples. Coming from a blended family, she enjoys working with other blended/merged families herself. She is also certified in Prepare/Enrich for premarital and married couples. She works with clients of all racial, economic, sexual, religious, and mental health backgrounds.

Her specific areas on concentration include:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Adolescents
  • Sexual Identity
  • PTSD and trauma-related disorders
  • Religious Identity/Trauma
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Communication Skills
  • Boundaries
  • Men’s Mental Health
  • Women’s Mental Health

Schedule an appointment with Michaela

 

Angela Brodine, MHP

Angela Brodine is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services at our Burnsville, Minnesota location. 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

Schedule an appointment with Angela

Samuel Secord, MHP

Sam Secord is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services at our Burnsville, Minnesota location and via Telehealth. He will be receiving his master’s degree in December 2021 from the Adler Graduate School and then continue to pursue his licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Sam has worked extensively with substance use disorder and co-occurring trauma. Sam’s experience also includes running substance use disorder groups, couples counseling, providing individual, family therapy, skills services on grief and loss, sexual concerns, and trauma.

Sam’s theory combines Adlerian, Existential, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Systems Theory, mindfulness, and multiculturalism. In short, Sam’s belief is that every individual is unique and requires a tailored approach. His approach considers the client’s history, past trauma, life stressors, and how they view and understand themselves. Through this understanding, clients can begin to understand how their own experiences, strengths, weaknesses, fears, and support systems have influenced who they are today. Sam encourages his clients to see themselves as an active participant in their life who is capable of change, happiness, and defining their success.

Sam’s perspective is experiential, practical, and even fun as he navigates his sessions to understand that all clients and families have unique needs and goals. He desires to help individuals, families, and couples realize their potential, improve the relationships in their lives, and better their self-understanding. He brings an easy demeanor, trust, optimism, and usually laughter to his sessions.

Sam currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. He loves spending time with his fiancé, friends, and family. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking, reading, woodworking, and learning new topics.

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

His specific areas of concentration include:

  • Blended/Merging Families
  • Communication Effectiveness
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Adolescents
  • Grief and Loss
  • Men’s mental health
  • PTSD and trauma-related disorders and stressors
  • Relationship struggles/transitions
  • Religious Trauma
  • Sexual concerns
  • Substance Use Disorders

Schedule an appointment with Sam

Matt Sutera, MHP

Matt SuteraMatt Sutera is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services at our Burnsville, Minnesota location. 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

Jed James, LPCC

Jed is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in working with trans, non-binary, gender-expansive and other queer-identified people on a variety of issues including anxiety, ADHD, depression and all manner of life transitions. As an out, trans, queer-identified man, Jed brings a special understanding of the internal, societal and practical challenges that many trans folks encounter. He seeks to remove barriers to interventions, and he supports an informed consent model of medical transition. 

Jed recognizes what a privilege it is to hold another’s story. His style is authentic, deeply partnering and based on the certainty that you are the expert on you. 

These are challenging times, particularly for people with marginalized identities. There is nothing maladjusted about feeling anxious or depressed in a world that does not feel equitable or safe. Jed’s goal is not to help you to adjust to broken things, but to build upon the strengths of your identity, the power of your voice and the foundation of your values. Jed celebrates all body sizes and shapes. He is poly and kink allied. 

When Jed is not being a therapist, he enjoys reading, doing yoga, baking, and hanging out with his spouse and their household menagerie of two dogs and two cats. His office is located at Solomon’s Porch in South Minneapolis.

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 at our Burnsville, Minnesota location. 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. Claire’s clinical experience includes working with eating disorders, marriage and couples therapy, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Claire also 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

Schedule an appointment with Claire

Andy Kaehr, LMFT

In addition to his work in therapeutic work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at our Burnsville, Minnesota location, Andy is a Children’s Mental Health Social Worker in a county mental health agency as a recruiter/business developer, and as a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Andy practices from a strengths-based approach, encouraging clients to bring forward and focus on the strengths they already utilize in their relationships. He believes clients are experts of their own lives and sees his role as a guide to provide a different perspective for individuals as they work on their goals. Andy views the therapy process as creating space for the soul to be seen, heard and affirmed.

Andy’s experience includes working with individuals, families, and couples in therapy and vocational ministry settings. His clinical treatment focuses are anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, communication and relationship patterns, grief/loss and life transitions. He has completed level 1 and 2 of the Gottman Couples Therapy method and plans to continue this training until certification. Andy is also a Gottman leader in facilitating Gottman’s ‘Seven Principles for a Healthy Marriage’ and ‘Bringing Baby Home’.

His specific areas of concentration include:

  • Relationship issues and conflict
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bringing baby home
  • Grief/loss
  • Life Transitions: Divorce, death, job loss, moving
  • Spiritual concerns
  • Communication issues

Schedule an appointment with Andy

Ashlee Secord, LMFT

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

Ashlee Secord provides therapeutic services in-person and online therapy as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at our Burnsville, Minnesota location. 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 is also a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

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 of all racial, economic, sexual, and mental health backgrounds..

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