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Natalya Parsons

Natalya Parsons, B.S.

Natalya Parsons

Natalya Parsons, B.S.

Mental Health Practitioner & Practicum Trainee

I am a graduate student, working towards my master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and currently working at Natalis in the role of clinical intern.

During my sessions, I look forward to learning from my clients about their experiences and take time to understand each individual and their unique concerns. To help my clients explore their thoughts, emotions and experiences, I will aim to create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, support and genuineness. I use a client-centered and integrative approach throughout sessions in order to get a full understanding of culture, environment, relationships, and past experiences that may be influencing the current experiences an individual is going through.

I am currently interested in working with adult individuals having Anxiety, Depression, ADHD concerns, going through life transitions and adjustments, and individuals looking for stress management and coping skills. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in 2016.

I am working under the licensed supervision of Dr. Kimberly Stewart, Ph.D., LAMFT. and see clients at the University Avenue location.

Elizabeth Schumack, MSW, LICSW 

Elizabeth Schumack, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Elizabeth Schumack, MSW, LICSW, Narrative Therapist, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who earned her master’s degree though St. Catherine’s/St. Thomas University. Post-graduation, Elizabeth worked in a residential setting for those with serious and persistent mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Elizabeth works with clients from varied backgrounds, including socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, generational, educational, sexual, etc. Elizabeth is part of the Sexual Health and Gender team at Natalis, working with transgender and non-binary individuals as well as sexually impulsive or problematic behaviors.

Therapeutic Orientation:
Elizabeth is a licensed practitioner of Narrative Therapy (NT) who utilizes strength’s-based, cognitive-behavioral, and trauma-informed modalities in therapeutic practice. Elizabeth has special interest in women’s health and sexual health. Elizabeth is currently in the process of sex therapy certification through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Activities and Interests:
I am prolific reader, from fiction to poetry, to research and nature-writing. I have been interested in, and collected, rocks and semi-precious stones since I was a child. Additionally, I love plants, both indoor and outdoor varieties, and keep a colorful garden in the summer. I am a poet, finding inspiration in nature, the beauty of common objects, and lived experience. As a narrative therapist I acknowledge the multiplicity of stories in our lives, helping others gain authorship of their story via the therapeutic process. I meet people where they are at, challenging preconceived notions of normativity, while fostering strength, grace, and development of the self.

Elizabeth sees clients at the Natalis University location.

Jocelyn Sutehall, MA, LAMFT

Jocelyn Sutehall, MA, LAMFT

Jocelyn Sutehall, MA, LAMFT

Jocelyn Sutehall, MA, LAMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Jocelyn Sutehall, MA, LAMFT is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist providing couples, family, and individual therapy to adults, adolescents, and children.

Jocelyn is warm, welcoming, and guided by her belief that people are doing the best they can and have an inherent ability to change. Wherever a client is on their journey of change, Jocelyn is passionate about providing a safe, authentic, and culturally sensitive space where clients can explore, process, and be challenged in their identified problematic patterns. Jocelyn is committed to actively working to recognize and understand her implicit biases and privileges as a white cis-gendered woman; she is an ally with the LGBTQIA+, racial justice, social justice, and sex-positive communities. Jocelyn’s therapeutic approach is trauma-informed and grounded in Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (including Trauma-Focused), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy. With a background in creative and performing arts, Jocelyn will often utilize creative interventions such as movement, posture, art, imagery, metaphor, and mindfulness to assist clients in reaching their identified goals.

Specialties
Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, Parenting Support & Skills, Women’s Issues, Grief & Loss, Chronic Invalidation, Self-Esteem & Self-Worth, Body Image Issues, Life Transitions, Adjustment Issues, Trauma & Related Disorders

Education and Training
Jocelyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University in Seattle, WA. Jocelyn’s clinical training was completed at Navos Mental Health and Wellness Center in Burien, WA where she worked with children, adolescents and their families in a community mental health outpatient program and led group therapy for residents of a Children’s Long-term Inpatient Program. Jocelyn is currently working on her post-graduate clinical hours towards full licensure and maintains a professional membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a pre-clinical membership of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Jocelyn sees clients at the University Ave location and currently works under the supervision of Elizabeth Goodchild, MPA, MA, Psy. D., LMFT, LP.

Brylie Wiedmaier, PA-C

Brylie Wiedmaier, PA-C

Brylie Wiedmaier, PA-C

Brylie Wiedmaier, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Brylie Wiedmaier is a Physician Assistant providing psychiatric care for older adolescents and adults.

Personal statement:
Brylie believes in providing evidence-based medicine to patients and their families with a compassionate and collaborative approach.

Education and professional activities:
Brylie has lived in Minnesota since 2019 when she moved from Iowa to attend Bethel University in St. Paul. While in school, she found her passion for helping individuals with mental health concerns. She has received training in both inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. She has been a Physician Assistant since August 2021 and practices at the Natalis University location.

Ken Robinson MA

Ken Robinson, MA

Ken Robinson MA

Ken Robinson, MA

School Linked Mental Health Therapist

Ken is a mental health therapist whose work at an adolescent day treatment program taught him the deep need adolescents, and adults, have for being heard and seen, as well as the need for the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills. He sees life as a process of trial and error that requires the courage to be imperfect, the ability to take responsibility for our actions, and the capacity to be merciful toward the self and others as a means to repair relationships when imperfections occur. Before starting his career in the mental health field, Ken worked 21 years in IT.

Education
MA in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, Adler Graduate School, Minnetonka, MN
BS in Computer Information Systems, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN
Minor in English Writing, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN

Ken sees clients at Irondale Hight School through the School Linked Mental Health program. Ken is supervised by Lisa Johnson, Psy. D., LP, LMFT.

Toni Taylor

Toni Taylor, MA

Toni Taylor

Toni Taylor, MA

Mental Health Practitioner

Toni has worked as a Children’s Mental Health Case Worker at Fraser for 4 years, and as a Case Manager for 5 years. Toni is interested in working with families and parents of African American children with Autism. In addition, Toni is interested in Group Counseling and Wellness – specifically geared towards African Americans. Toni is also a registered Yoga Instructor and has been running a non-profit female adolescent program for 3 years.

Toni sees clients at the University Ave and Woodbury locations. She is supervised by Dr. Robin McLeod, Ph.D., LP.

Haewon Jun MPS LADC

Haewon Jun, MPS, LADC

Haewon Jun MPS LADC

Haewon Jun, MPS, LADC

School Based Mental Health Therapist

Haewon is a LPCC candidate who serves adults, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health and chemical health diagnoses.
Education & Professional Activities

Haewon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota in 2016. She received her Master of Professional Studies degree in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota in 2020. Haewon is a Licensed Alcohol and Drugs Counselor as well as an LPCC candidate.

Therapeutic Approach

Haewon primarily uses an approach which incorporates existentialism and cognitive behavioral therapy. She values the uniqueness of each individual and the experiences that help build who they are, and hopes to provide an opportunity to take a moment and focus on self, raise curiosity about self, and prioritize self-care.

Haewon receives clinical supervision from Ann Becher-Ingwalson, PsyD, LADC, LPCC, DBTC and sees clients at Highview Middle School and Mounds View Area Learning Center through School-Linked Mental Health program.

Specialties
Depression
Generalized Anxiety
Substance use disorders and evaluations
Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Stage-of-life questions
Stress management
Mindfulness
Co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness
Suicidal Ideation & Self-Injurious Behaviors
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Grief and loss
Alternative relationship structures

Albert A. Vargas

Albert A. Vargas

Albert A. Vargas

Albert A. Vargas

Mental Health Practitioner

I am currently earning my contact hours for my master’s program at the University of St. Thomas. It has been a long journey thus far, but I am excited to soon graduate and work towards licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Minnesota. I have always been interested in working with couples and families as I have always seen that the growth of individuals is rooted in and optimized by a systems view. Although I am interested in working with couples, families, and even individuals (14+) of all backgrounds and types, I am excited to work towards providing therapy for Spanish-speakers and those of Hispanic/Latino/Latinx backgrounds. Myself having grown up in a Puerto Rican household and witnessing the lack of services available to the Spanish-speaking community when it comes to mental/emotional health is what first pushed me into this field, but seeing opportunities for growth and development in any person I come into contact with is what has kept me going.

Although I would say I have more of a theoretical integration of many schools of thought surrounding counseling, I am mostly drawn towards using humanistic and systemic lenses to work towards goals collaboratively created in session. I have always had a deep desire to serve and help those who find themselves struggling with any variety of situations and this desire has truly penetrated the way I work with clients as I see them as the experts of their own lives and as the ones that are most capable of opening a path we can mutually explore towards betterment and greater degrees of satisfaction in life.

Albert is supervised by Dr. Lisa Johnson and sees clients at our University location.

Xin Yueh Choo

Xin Yueh Choo

Xin Yueh Choo

Xin Yueh Choo (Sin YOU-Weh)

Bachelors of Science in Psychology

It is so lovely to meet you! I have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a background working in a variety of settings, from non-profit organizations to hospitals, and I love the wide scope of services that counseling and psychology offers. I have found that the people I have served and worked alongside have taught me so much wisdom, compassion, and empathy – and that gives me hope for the future of mental health.  I am a Master’s practicum student, and I look forward to establishing my areas of specialization and flourishing in the counseling field.

I have a person-centered approach, and my goal is to provide an encouraging, welcoming, and warm space for others to recenter and build their mental health to their goals. Growing up in a different country and living in the United States has given me a continuously growing bicultural perspective that feeds into my interest in exploring cultural backgrounds and upbringing. I am especially interested in working with individuals going through life transitions and enjoy being an anchor that people can hold onto when the waves of changes pull a little harder. Whether making meaningful career decisions or navigating unfamiliar systems, I would love to assist in the process and support you.

One of my favorite quotes is “time takes time.” I always find that patience, resilience, and hope persevere through and through.

Xin sees clients at our University location.

Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart, PhD, LAMFT

Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart, PhD, LAMFT

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Stewart is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow and a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, with more than six years of direct client experience. She has worked clinically in community mental health, private practice, corrections, and VA settings. In addition, Dr. Stewart has been active in clinical research regarding PTSD, chronic pain, sexuality, gender identity, and the mental health of older adults.

Dr. Stewart takes a warm, relational approach to her work with clients, practicing primarily from narrative and family systems approaches. By integrating relevant research into her conceptualization of presenting concerns, Dr. Stewart grounds her humanistic style with established data and best practices. Dr. Stewart is particularly skillful in working with couple and family relationships and enjoys the opportunity to interact with relational problems in real time during the therapy session. Clients can expect to hear Dr. Stewart emphasizing self-compassion and relational awareness through observation, reflection, and reframing thoughts or language. It is Dr. Stewart’s position that problems rarely are inherent to the individual but rather are systemically created, by way of stressors in an individual’s environment (e.g., family, society, workplace). She believes individuals are inherently good and are doing the best they can to manage the challenges present in life and relationships. Dr. Stewart understands that clients are the experts of their own experiences and works collaboratively to help clients acknowledge and re-author identified themes, and to move forward in their healing toward more adaptive ways of being. It is important to Dr. Stewart to approach clients with cultural humility and to learn as much as possible about each client’s experience in the world, in their relationships, and in the therapy room.

Beyond her specialty in couple and family work, Dr. Stewart has special interest in working with clients who have the following concerns: trauma, sexual and/or gender identity, religion/spirituality or religious trauma, and existential concerns (e.g., meaning of life, aging, death/dying).

Education & Professional History
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2021
University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN) – M.A., Counseling Psychology (Marriage & Family Therapy concentration), 2016
North Central University (Minneapolis, MN) – B.A., Youth Development Studies, 2006
Washburn Center for Children
Lorenz Clinic
Oklahoma City VA Health Care System – Geropsychology & Palliative Care Units
Joseph Harp Correctional Center
University of Oklahoma Counseling Psychology Clinic
Minneapolis VA Health Care Center – Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research
University of Minnesota – Program in Human Sexuality

Kim is an active presenter and has conducted workshops at various regional and national conferences, as well as at international conferences in Europe and Asia.

Kim sees clients at our University location.