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Ash Hardell

Ash Hardell, MA

Ash Hardell

Ash Hardell, MA

Mental Health Practitioner

Ash is a practicum student finishing their master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Ash uses they/them pronouns, and prior to counseling, they worked for seven years in the fields of LGBT+ education and professional advocacy. Through this work, Ash discovered their passion for working with under-served communities. Ash enjoys counseling older adolescents and adults on a variety of issues; however, they are especially passionate about identity work, gender exploration, gender transition, sexual health, and serving people from marginalized communities (e.g., BIPOC, queer, trans, nonbinary, asexual, aromantic, intersex, neurodivergent folks, people with disabilities, etc.) Ash uses Person-centered, ACT, and CBT methods, and their practice is collaborative, affirming, and works from an intersectional, anti-oppressive, and fat positive lens. No matter who you are, Ash would consider it an honor to help support your mental health and general wellness through a therapeutic partnership.

Ash is under the supervision of Tera Jansen, Psy.D., LP, CST, and while they are currently working from White Bear Lake, they are only seeing clients via telehealth at this time.

RITA SANDIDGE PhD

Rita Sandidge, PhD, LP

RITA SANDIDGE PhD

Rita Sandidge, PhD, LP

Associate Director of Training

Rita (she/her, they/them) is the Associate Director of Training at Natalis. In addition to a love of training developing practitioners, Rita has a range of experience working with clients individually and in group settings. She has this to say about her experience and practice style:

I value all of the work I do, and all types of people are welcome in my space. I have an emphasis in practice working with people from marginalized/oppressed communities (e.g. BIPOC, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities to name a few), sex positivity, poly/open relationship orientations, grief/loss/transition, college student mental health, neurodiversity, white accountability, and earth-based spiritual traditions. I especially enjoy working with individuals who are new to and/or unsure if counseling is the best option for their well-being.

I believe in equity, justice, and honoring individuals, communities, and nature. The world is a big place, and our personal paths are often shaped by family, friends, community, institutions and experiences; sometimes it is these exact experiences that bring someone to counseling. Being mindful of and addressing oppressive, discriminatory, and colonized ways of being are key personal and professional responsibilities I hold. I consider it an honor to do the work of counseling, and my style is very collaborative– you have valuable wisdom and experience to share. A core element of my style is that our work should always feel safe while recognizing it might not always feel comfortable as we grow.

Education & Professional Activities
Rita is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota and holds both a Master’s degree and PhD from the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her training through an APA accredited doctoral program, Rita completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship with Student Counseling Services at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sandidge’s post-doctoral fellowship focused on sexual health and gender under the supervision of Tera Jansen, PsyD, LP, CST. Rita has additional experience in forensic settings with a wide variety of age ranges and counseling concerns, and has been providing mental health services for over a decade. Rita is trained in clinical supervision and holds an adjunct faculty position at a local university.

Specialties
Career Counseling & Assessment
Grief/loss/transition
Poly, open, consensual non-monogamous relationships
Sexual orientation and identity
Kink and BDSM
Gender identity and expression
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma including historical, generational, and institutional trauma
Sexual abuse/trauma
Life transitions
white accountability
Neurodiversity
College student mental health
Exploring therapy as a useful resource
Stress management and coping
Sexual health

TERA JANSEN, PSY.D., LP, CST Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist

Tera Jansen, Psy.D., LP, CST

TERA JANSEN, PSY.D., LP, CST Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist

Tera Jansen, Psy.D., LP, CST

Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist

Tera is a licensed psychologist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She has a wide range of experiences working with a variety of mental health and substance use concerns. She has also received advanced training in working with a broad range of sexual health and gender concerns, including the completion of a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality.

Tera has experience working with adults and adolescents in individual, couple, family, and group therapy contexts. Her goal as a therapist is to aid clients in confronting fears, developing self-acceptance, creating and maintaining meaningful relationships, and finding strategies for living an authentic life.

Education & Professional Activities
Tera received a B.A. in Theatre Arts Performance from the University of Minnesota before receiving an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in 2011 and a Doctoral degree at the University of St. Thomas in Counseling Psychology 2015.

Specialties
Gender Dysphoria and Transition
Couples’ Intimacy and Relational Concerns
LGBTQIA Sexual Health & Satisfaction
Sexual Orientation Concerns
Sexual Compulsivity (i.e., Sex Addiction)
Sexual Behavior Concerns for Adolescents
Sexual Behavior Concerns & Needs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Sexual Victimization/Abuse
Low Desire
Sexual Pain
Orgasmic Concerns
Erectile Dysfunction
Delayed, Inhibited, & Premature Ejaculation
Sexual Offending
Pedophilia
Sex After Children
Sex After Major Medical Concerns
Kink & BDSM
Polyamory, Consensual Non-Monogamy & Alternative Relationship Structures
Sexual Health & Sobriety
Sexual Health & HIV or AIDS

LISA M. JOHNSON Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Psychologist

Lisa M. Johnson, Psy.D., LP, LMFT

LISA M. JOHNSON Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Psychologist

Lisa M. Johnson, Psy.D., LP, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Psychologist

Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Psychologist, who has more than seven years of experience doing in-home therapy. She has worked in a day treatment facility, a state hospital, and a chemical dependency unit. Additionally, as part of her family therapy specialty, Lisa spends time on-site at South High School, in Minneapolis, where she meets with adolescents and families. In many cases, going on location to meet with clients enables a more comfortable and conducive environment.

Lisa believes it is important to collaborate with a client and help him or her pinpoint, and in turn, separate problems. The process starts with identification – a 360 degree examination of all areas of the client’s life. Who supports whom, what effect does that have and how does it influence hopes, values, and strengths? The key, Lisa believes, is to use those areas in the value system to manage problems. It’s an internal infrastructure of sorts, and it is important to realize that it’s different for everyone.

Education & Professional Activities
Lisa attended Argosy University/Twin Cities – Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (Psy.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology, 2007; M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy) and Minot State University (B.A. Psychology, Minor Addiction Studies). Her professional association memberships include: American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Minnesota Association of American Marriage and Family Therapy.

Lisa is an industry thought-leader who attends development conferences and speaking engagements. She also teaches a class at the Minnesota Center for Obesity, Metabolism and Endoconology. Previous to joining Natalis, Lisa spent time at the University of Minnesota Day Community (Minneapolis), Willmar Regional Treatment Center (Willmar, Minn.), The City, Inc. (Minneapolis), and Fairview Riverside Hospital (Minneapolis).

Specialties
Therapy for adolescents struggling with chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, truancy, emotional issues, sexual identity issues, abuse, and family issues
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Narrative therapy
Solution focused therapy
Hypnosis
Family therapy
Therapy for adults struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional difficulties, sexual identity issues, and health issues
ADHD assessments
Psychological evaluations (inpatient and outpatient)
Personality make-up evaluations

ELLIOT NUCKOLS, MA

Elliot Nuckols, MA

ELLIOT NUCKOLS, MA

Elliot Nuckols, MA

Elliot is a LPCC candidate who serves adolescents and adults in a variety of therapeutic settings. Elliot works out of both the Natalis St. Paul clinic and the Natalis White Bear Lake clinic.

Education & Professional Activities
Elliot received their Bachelor of Science degree in psychological sciences and gender/women’s studies from Western Kentucky University in 2015. They received their Master of Professional Studies degree in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota in 2019. Elliot is an LPCC and LADC candidate.

Elliot receives clinical supervision from Ann Becher-Ingwalson, PsyD, LADC, LPCC, DBTC and Tera Jansen, PsyD, LP, CST.

Elliot’s Approach
Elliot primarily uses an approach which incorporates existentialism and cognitive behavioral therapy. Elliot values the uniqueness and fluidity of the relationships they form with each of their clients, and they actively strive to incorporate these relationships into their work.

Specialties
Gender dysphoria and gender transition-related concerns
Gender and sexual identity exploration
Kink and BDSM
Substance use disorders and evaluations
Stage-of-life questions
Generalized anxiety
Self-harm/Non-suicidal self-injury
Depression
Co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Grief and loss
Alternative relationship structures

Eileen Marzullo, Psy.D., LP

Eileen Marzullo, Psy.D., LP

Licensed Psychologist

Eileen Marzullo is a Licensed Practitioner at Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions. Eileen has previous experience providing therapy and testing with young children, ages 0-5; school age children in a community mental health center; and adolescents in an education setting. She has also worked with military veterans diagnosed with PTSD in transitional housing, and in a college counseling setting.

Eileen approaches therapy with the understanding that each child and family are unique. She tailors her approach using evidence-based strategies that will best meet each client’s individual needs, strengths, and challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

Education & Professional Activities
Eileen received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Psy.D. at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Eileen is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Specialties
Achievement Testing
ADHD Testing
Autism Testing
Citizenship Testing
Cognitive Assessments/IQ Testing
Testing for Diagnostic Clarification
Experience in Treating Selective Mutism

ALEXANDER KOVIC Licensed Psychologist, Sex and Gender Therapist

Alexander Kovic, MA, Psy. D., LP

ALEXANDER KOVIC Licensed Psychologist, Sex and Gender Therapist

Alexander Kovic

Licensed Psychologist, Sex and Gender Therapist

Dr. Kovic is a licensed psychologist with specialties in sexual health and gender concerns, as well as, forensic psychology. He has completed his training as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and is currently in the certification application process. His clinical practice includes consultation (mental/behavioral health, family practice medicine, legal/court/criminal justice), therapy (individual, couples, family, and group), and psychological assessment (general assessment, gender surgery letters of support, forensic assessment, and psychosexual evaluations).

Education & Professional Activities:
Dr. Kovic is an active member of American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA), and the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (MPSI). His work has been presented American Psychological Association (APA), World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), United States Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH), the National Transgender Health Summit, the Center on Halstead Annual LGBT Conference. His work has been published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, The Journal of Sex Addiction & Compulsivity, The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, The Encyclopedia of Sex and Sexuality, and a book chapter recently accepted for Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder.

Dr. Kovic received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Hamline University, before receiving an MA in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University in 2011, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology degree in 2017 from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Napa State Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School – Program in Human Sexuality.

Specialties
Addictive, Impulsive/Compulsive, or Out of Control Sexual Behavior
ADHD and Learning Disorder Assessment
Couples’ Intimacy and Relational Concerns
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Delayed, Inhibited, & Premature Ejaculation
Emotion-Focused Therapy
Erectile Dysfunction
Feminist Theory and Psychotherapy
Forensic Assessments (competency, responsibility, risk)
Gender Dysphoria and Transition
Kink and BDSM
LGBQ Health & Satisfaction
Low Sexual Desire
Orgasmic Concerns
Pedophilia
Polyamory, Consensual Non-Monogamy & Alternative Relationship Structures
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ego psychology, object relations, self psychology, intersubjective, and relational)
Psychosexual Evaluation
Sexual Behavior Concerns in Adolescents
Sexual Desire Discrepancy in Relationships
Sexual Health & HIV or AIDs
Sexual Health & Sobriety
Sexual Offending
Sexual Pain
Survivors of Sexual Victimization/Abuse and Reclaiming Sexuality
Transgender and Gender Diverse Health & Satisfaction
Court Ordered Assessments