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Nanette Brown, MA, LP

Nanette (Nan) Brown, MA, LP

Nanette Brown, MA, LP

Nanette (Nan) Brown, MA, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Nan has been providing psychotherapy as a licensed psychologist for nearly 30 years. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and received her elementary education teaching license from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis.

Nan enjoys working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, relationship conflict, work and career stress, life transitions, traumatic experiences, and ADHD. She is compassionate, empathetic and committed to creating a safe space for clients to heal. Nan believes that building an authentic therapeutic relationship is one of the first steps in moving toward healing. She approaches each client as a person with unique experiences and circumstances and works collaboratively with them to achieve their goals in therapy. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sensorimotor Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy. She incorporates aspects of these therapeutic models to provide psychotherapy that is individualized and designed to fit each client’s unique needs and circumstances. Nan believes that everyone has the resources and inner strength to heal and overcome adverse experiences. She welcomes the opportunity to work with her clients in therapy and considers it an honor and privilege to contribute to their healing journey.

Nan sees clients at the Natalis Woodury location.

Robin Peternell, MA, LMFT

Robin Peternell, MA, LMFT

Robin Peternell, MA, LMFT

Robin Peternell, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Robin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with close to a decade of experience working with a wide range of clients and diagnoses in home, school, and outpatient clinic settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology, with minors in Family Violence Prevention and Youth Studies, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University-Twin Cities.

Robin serves children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and the LGBTQ+ community and has experience with providing treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, marital/couple issues, ADHD, family conflict, mood disorders, autism, life transitions, and other behavioral difficulties. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), art therapy, and play therapy. When working with children and adolescents, Robin involves parents or guardians in the process to bridge understanding in the child’s unique presentation and assist in parenting challenges. She likes to bring cultural awareness, compassion, and a playful attitude to the therapy room to allow clients to connect and create change in their lives.

Robin practices at the Natalis Woodbury location.

Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, LP

Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, LP

Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, LP

Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, LP is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota and acts as the Supervisory Pediatric Clinical Psychologist at Natalis Psychology. She provides psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, and their families. She enjoys working with children and teens ages 2 -18 at the Natalis Woodbury location. Dr. Joseph also provides clinical training, consultation, and supervision for clinical staff. Dr. Joseph has over 15 years of experience working with children and families. She received clinical training in private practice settings, community mental health, day treatment and school settings. Dr. Joseph comes to Natalis Psychology after acting as CEO, Supervising Psychologist and Co-Owner of a behavioral health clinic for over 10 years.

Dr. Joseph’s interests and experiences include working with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and mood challenges such as ADHD, depression, autism spectrum disorders, emotional or behavioral challenges, and managing life changes. She also enjoys working with a range of anxiety disorders including separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, school avoidance, social anxiety and general anxiety. Dr. Joseph uses evidence-based practices in her work and tailors her approach to each individual. She uses problem solving, cognitive behavioral, play based and collaborative approaches in helping children and families find healthy solutions to life’s challenges. Dr. Joseph believes that parents are an integral part of the therapy process with children and encourages collaboration with other providers as well, including schools. Additionally, Dr. Joseph has specialized experience and training in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children and teens, diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the functional assessment and treatment of challenging and disruptive behaviors in children.

Dr. Joseph meets the competency and other requirements of supervision in MN for Doctoral level applicants seeking licensure with the MN Board of Psychology; Approved supervisor for the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC); and is a Qualified Mental Health Professional for Clinical Supervision for Minnesota Health Care Programs and Clinical Trainees approved by MN Department Human Services. She is also a MN DHS approved provider for completing and supervising Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Evaluations for the Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Interventions benefit for ASD treatment.

Dr. Joseph obtained her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University -Twin Cities in 2006. She also holds her Masters of Science in Education (MSE) in School Psychology, from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a Psychology Major, child and family emphasis, from Macalester College, St. Paul MN. She has conducted numerous community and school-based presentations on topics such as: Behavioral Strategies for Children with Neurodevelopmental Challenges; Cultivating a Growth Mindset; Parenting in a Pandemic; Compassionate Parenting; and Proactive Strategies in Treating ADHD.

Dr. Joseph practices at the Natalis Woodbury location.

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.

Sara Blessington

Sara Blessington, MA

Sara Blessington

Sara Blessington, MA

Sara Blessington, MA, is a doctoral psychology intern providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Sara works with children, teens, young adults, and their families who struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship conflict. Sara approaches therapy from a relational and client-centered perspective. She believes the therapy relationship is the essential component of therapy. Sara’s therapeutic approach addresses thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as pieces of the same puzzle that interact with each other.

Sara completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Seattle, Washington. She holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from Eastern Washington University and a Masters degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle. Before graduate school, Sara worked for over 15 years with children, teens, young adults, and families in multiple community settings. She is a student member of the American Psychological Association. Outside of her clinical work in psychology, Sara enjoys hiking, traveling, and dinner with friends.

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

Sarah Giacobbe

Sarah Giacobbe, MEd

Sarah Giacobbe

Sarah Giacobbe, MEd

Sarah Giacobbe, MEd, is a doctoral psychology intern from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, department of School Psychology. She has worked in several schools in Chicago providing school psychology services and is thrilled to participate in an internship in a clinical setting to round out her experiences. Sarah has experience with psychoeducational assessments to determine special education eligibility, co-facilitated skills groups, and taught social-emotional learning curriculums to elementary students. She works with teens, young adults, and parents to address the challenges related to anxiety, ADHD, stress management, and stressful life transitions. She also has a particular interest in working with individuals from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.

Sarah earned her M.Ed at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus, and her B.A. from The University of Toledo in Ohio. In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, reading about fashion and interior design, taking her dog on long walks, and spending time with her husband exploring the Twin Cities.

Sarah sees clients at the University Ave., Woodbury, Child and Teen Medical Center – Fridley and Blaine locations. She is supervised by Dr. Robin McLeod, Ph.D., LP, and Rita Sandidge, Ph.D.

Michael Casale

Michael Casale, BA

Michael Casale

Michael Casale, BA

Mental Health Practitioner

Michael is a student at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota going for an M.A. in Counseling and Psychology Services. Michael is currently a Mental Health Practitioner through Natalis working with the School-Linked Program and the Outpatient Program’s Woodbury location. With 9 years of experience in the mental health field working with adolescents and early adults, Michael approachs each session with a client-centered, existential approach and strive to help guide people towards their personal goals in the healthiest way possible, and provide them the tools needed to continue a life of mental health wellness. Michael enjoys golfing, fishing, rock climbing, playing guitar, and exercising during free time.

“Problems are the outward signs of unused inner possibilities.” – Rollo May

Michael sees clients at our Woodbury location.

Lydia Christianson

Lydia Christianson, MS, BCBA

Lydia Christianson

Lydia Christianson, MS, BCBA

Lydia Christianson, MS, BCBA is a doctoral psychology intern working under the supervision of both Dr. Robin McLeod and Dr. Greg Picker. Lydia’s primary experience is working with children and adolescents with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. Additionally, she has extensive experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities. Her theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral with mindfulness and skills incorporated throughout. Lydia also likes to use humor throughout the therapeutic process to help her patients and their families feel more at ease. Lydia has experiences in conducting psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery, ADHD diagnostic clarification, personality, and cognitive assessments.

Lydia received her Master’s of Science in special education and applied behavior analysis from the University of North Dakota. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. In her spare time, Lydia loves anything baking. This includes both baking herself as well as watching baking shows. She also enjoys spending time on her parent’s farm and in the outdoors as much as Minnesota weather allows her to!

Lydia sees clients at our Woodbury location. She is supervised by Dr. Robin McLeod, PhD, LP.

Jessica Bemlott

Jessica Bemlott

Jessica Bemlott

Jessica Bemlott

Jessica is a Doctoral Psychology Intern and is enrolled in the PsyD in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where she also received her master’s degree in 2019. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Jessica has worked with children and their families in outpatient, partial hospital program, and inpatient settings since graduating from the University of Minnesota. She uses relational and strengths-based approaches to help families move toward the positive changes they want to see. She emphasizes the importance of involving families in their child’s care to maximize success and give everyone the tools they need to be happier and healthier. In addition to emotional and behavioral concerns, Jessica enjoys working with children with medical comorbidities, particularly those experiencing chronic pain and difficulties with sleep.

In her free time, Jessica likes spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, traveling, and fantasy house shopping.

Jessica sees clients at the Woodbury location, Blaine Child and Teen Medical Center, and the Central + Priority Pediatrics clinics in Woodbury and Roseville.

Cristin Callahan

Cristin Callahan

Cristin Callahan

Cristin Callahan

Mental Health Practitioner

Cristin is working to complete her Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Cristin is a mental health practitioner with Natalis and hopes to ultimately pursue LPCC licensure. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012.

Cristin uses a person-centered approach with clients in which she proves support to collaborate with the client to learn new coping skills, build confidence, and empower them in their journey to improve their mental health. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Cristin works with middle school aged adolescents in the School Linked Mental Health program at Chippewa Middle School. She also sees clients at the Natalis University clinic. She receives clinical supervision from Alex Kovic, MA, PsyD, LP.