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Claire Decelles, PA-C

Claire Decelles, PA-C

Claire Decelles, PA-C

Claire Decelles

Physician Assistant

Claire is a Minnesota native who grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. She has long been passionate about mental health and received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Claire later attended Augsburg University where she received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She has extensive training in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has been a Physician Assistant since August 2022.

Claire believes medication is a wonderful tool for those struggling with their mental health. She strives to meet patients where they are and work as a team to find medication regimens that work best for them. In her free time, Claire enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her dog, friends, and family.

Claire practices at the Natalis University location.

Jieyi Cai

Jieyi Cai

Jieyi Cai

Jieyi Cai

Mental Health Practitioner & Doctoral Practicum Trainee

Jieyi (they/them/theirs) is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota and a practicum trainee at Natalis. They received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and history from Brown University in 2017. Their previous clinical training experiences include university counseling, community mental health, and outpatient hospital settings.

In my clinical work, I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) approaches with a basis in feminist principles. My primary interests are working with people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and clients with other marginalized identities, as well as individuals with histories of trauma. I emphasize the importance of understanding how clients’ social identities may shape the context of the issues that bring them to therapy. My clinical work is also shaped by my research on historical/intergenerational trauma in Asian American immigrant families, transracial and transnational adoption (as a non-adopted person), and health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ people of color.

Jieyi is working under the licensed supervision of Dr. Alexander Kovic, M.A., Psy.D., L.P. and sees clients at the University Avenue location.

Molly Carroll

Molly Carroll

Molly Carroll

Molly Carroll

Mental Health Practitioner

Molly Carroll, Mental Health Practitioner and Doctoral Practicum Trainee, has a passionate interest in helping people reach their mental health and wellness goals. She practices a person-centered, holistic approach, and strives to identify and utilize clients’ existing strengths, build new skills and supports to meet their goals. Her clinical interests include mood disorders, anxiety, depression, adolescents, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Molly is a student at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota obtaining her doctorate in Counseling psychology. She is under the supervision of Ann Becher-Ingwalson. Molly sees clients at the University Avenue location.

Skye Davis

Skye Davis, MSW, LICSW

Skye Davis

Skye Davis, MSW, LICSW

Mental Health Practitioner and Doctoral Practicum Trainee

Skye has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, community services for Autism, and State based mental health programming. Skye has worked in the mental health field for at least 15 years in urban communities providing services to the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved populations. In addition, Skye obtained her License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling so that she had the competency and expertise to work with co-occurring disorders. Skye is currently a full-time doctoral student at the Morrison Family College of Health within the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s of Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s of Alcohol Drug Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

Skye described her counseling approach as vibrant, open, accepting, and nonjudgmental attributes, which are helpful in developing and strengthening the therapeutic alliance. As a clinician it is essential that I work in collaboration with the client’s transformational development while they utilize their self-determination and self-exploratory skills to assist in positive decision-making. The theoretical orientations Skye is drawn into are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) along with Humanistic and Psychodynamic theories. In the populations Skye has worked with some of the recurring themes are fear of losses e.g. loss of identity, life, love, and money; trauma e.g. historical, sexual, physical, and psychological. Skye enjoys working with adolescents, emerging adults, and adults across the life span. One conviction Skye stands on is holistic health as the key to wellness in an individual’s life transition from chaos to uncertain confidence. Skye has the mission as a therapist in nurturing and guiding the client onto a journey of self-discovery and self-fulfillment so that they can make a healthy imprint and legacy that contributes to world history.

Skye provides services at our University Avenue location. She is under the supervised practice of Rita Sandidge, PhD, LP.

Rah Bridwell

Rah Bridwell MSW, LGSW

Rah Bridwell

Rah Bridwell (They/Them) MSW, LGSW

Mental Health Practitioner

Rah is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker working under the supervision of Richard E. Close, DMIN, PSYD, LPCC, LICSW, LMFT.

Rah believes in the power of connection and relationships. Co-creating an environment with clients, where they feel safe to share their story, is how a healing journey starts. Life is incredibly hard, complicated, and stressful sometimes and we aren’t always provided with all of the resources necessary to deal with it on our own nor should we have to.

Rah strives to always be learning and growing and is excited to join clients where they are at- wherever that is- with warmth, empathy, honesty, humility and a good sense of humor. Rah has a special interest in attachment, psychodynamic, and somatic therapy and views most of their work through the lens of queer & post-modern theory. They are particularly invested in working with trans and queers folks and those whose relationship structures and identities are not always validated by dominant culture.

Rah studied clinical social work at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities where they interned at the Queens Center for Gay Seniors and Twin Cities Counseling Coop. In addition, Rah has a bachelor’s degree in Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies from Augsburg University and has experience working in non-profit program management, particularly in food justice and insecurity programs. When they are not working, Rah appreciates cooking and feeding their friends, astrology, and reading contemporary fiction.

Rah also receives specialty supervision from Tera Jansen, PsyD, LP, CST and is on the journey to become a certified sex therapist.

Nicolle Dirksen

Nicolle Dirksen

Nicolle Dirksen

Nicolle Dirksen

Mental Health Practitioner and Practicum Trainee

Nicolle is a graduate student working toward her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and she is currently at Natalis as a mental health practitioner and practicum trainee.

Nicolle is at Natalis for generalist mental health training and in the future sees herself working with sexual health and gender-related concerns. Nicolle aims to help every client feel heard and validated through a person-centered and feminist lens. Nicolle received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies/Psychology from South Dakota State University.

Nicolle sees clients at the University Ave location and receives clinical supervision from Elizabeth Goodchild, MBA, MA, Psy.D, LMFT, LP.

Lingyan Yu

Lingyan Yu, M.A.

Lingyan Yu

Lingyan Yu, M.A.

Mental Health Practitioner and Doctoral Practicum Trainee

Lingyan is PhD student in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota, and Lingyan is at Natalis as a doctoral psychology trainee. Lingyan received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lingyan has an integrated approach to treatment and believes clients will not be served fully unless they are taken as a whole person plus their past experience and current environment. Lingyan value identifying strengths, locating resources, and building cognitive-behavioral skills with clients, and particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. Lingyan sees emerging adulthood as an important life stage of transition, stress, and development, and a critical period for risk detection and early interventions. Lingyan’s goal is to promote the internal and external resilience of clients to help resolve or reduce the burden of mental health and maladaptive behavioral patterns early in life. Lingyan has experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, identity-based stress, safety concerns, and psychotic symptoms.

Lingyan is practicing under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Johnson, PsyD, LP, LMFT and sees clients at the University Avenue location.

Lindsey Merritt

Lindsey Merritt, MA

Lindsey Merritt

Lindsey Merritt, MA

Mental Health Practitioner and Doctoral Psychology Intern

Lindsey Merritt, M.A. (she/her) is a mental health practitioner and Doctoral Psychology Intern from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota who is practicing under the supervision of Rita Sandidge, Ph.D., LP.

Lindsey has previously worked with clients experiencing complex trauma, dissociative disorders, domestic abuse, human trafficking victims, hoarding disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, and co-occurring mental health and substance-use disorders.

Lindsey believes it is important to meet people where they are in their healing journey and empower people to stand in their dignity and act in a way that honors their values. She practices from a multiculturally feminist theoretical perspective that is relationally oriented. She finds it imperative to consider intersecting identities and power imbalances to better understand how people experience the world and what they are up against. As an Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) certified provider, she practices from a framework that integrates developmental neurology into the treatment of complex mental health presentations. She also welcomes all types of people to her practice and has emphasized a focus on working with those from historically marginalized and intentionally exploited communities (e.g. LGBTQIA, BIPOC, women, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, etc.). She believes healing is possible when people are seen and believed, and their lived experiences are valued and validated. She strives to help people learn more about their most resourced selves and who they were truly meant to be in the world.

Education & Professional Activities
Lindsey is presently enrolled at Saint Mary’s University of MN seeking a PsyD. She also received her MA from Saint Mary’s University of MN. Unversity of Saint Thomas (B.A. Psychology), and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (B.S. in Marketing Communications; Minor in Spanish). Her professional association memberships include: PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology, Association for Women in Psychology, the Minnesota Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association (Division 35 – Society for the Psychology of Women; Division 56 – Trauma Psychology)

Lexi Martinez, LADC

Lexi Martinez, LADC

Lexi Martinez, LADC

Lexi Martinez, LADC

Mental Health Practitioner and Practicum Trainee

Lexi is a graduate student and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, working towards my master’s degree in Integrated Behavioral Health with a Youth Specialization minor from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Minnesota State University- Mankato. Lexi is currently placed at the Child and Teen Medical Center in Blaine, which is partnered with Natalis, as a mental health counseling practicum trainee.

Lexi has experience with a wide range of clients and working with the community. She has worked in residential facilities, special education schools, inpatient psych units, and co-occurring residential placements. Lexi’s background and passions primarily focus on children, adolescents, and their families. She is interested in working with individuals and their families that are experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, social challenges, parenting concerns, school issues, oppositional/defiant difficulties, toileting problems, relationships issues, life changes, bullying, and ADHD concerns.

Lexi described her therapeutic style as the following: during my sessions it is essential that I learn from, collaborate, and create relationships with my clients. I utilize evidence-based practices like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, solution focused methods, mindfulness, psychoeducation, systemic and humanistic approaches. I take time to understand the client’s experiences and view them as unique individuals with differing needs. I provide a space of genuineness, safety, and support for my clients to explore their thoughts and emotions.

Lexi is working under the licensed supervision of Dr. Jennifer Joseph PsyD, LP.

Justina Tillman

Justina Tillman

Justina Tillman

Justina Tillman

Mental Health Practitioner and Practicum Trainee

Justina is currently pursuing a Doctor of Psychology for Counseling Psychology at St. Mary’s University and working for Natalis at their St. Paul location as a mental health practitioner and advanced practicum trainee. Justina provides services under the licensed supervision of Kimberly Stewart, Ph.D., LAMFT.

Justina has noted this about her therapeutic approach: My goal with my clients is to provide a cultural, humble, compassionate, judgement-free/non-judgmental, safe, and warm environment that is conducive to cultivating a strong therapeutic alliance. I strive to provide guidance and therapeutic support as we collaboratively and interactively navigate through their individual journey to healing. In addition to assisting with achieving their short-term and long-term goals that will meet their unique and special needs. I aim to provide insight into client’s past and current challenges to shift behaviors that hinder their ability to live the life they desire and maintain mental health. I will offer evidence-based therapeutic in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, person centered therapy, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and strategies that will assist in equipping clients in improving any social, occupational, relational, and/ or interpersonal distress, life stressors, social and emotional development of young people and adults to optimized quality of life, feelings of wellness, and functioning.

Justina is interested in the following counseling concerns: Stress management, Anxiety, Anger management, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, coping with STD diagnosis, Self-esteem, Issues adjusting to transitions, Racial Identity, and Racial issues.

EDUCATION:
Master’s degree in Clinical Applications of Psychology, Kingston University, London, UK, Sep 2017
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Augusta University, Augusta, GA, May 2014