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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.

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

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.

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.

Alglozia K. Kennedy

Alglozia K. Kennedy, M.A.

Alglozia K. Kennedy

Alglozia K. Kennedy, M.A.

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Alglozia Kennedy, M.A. is a Doctoral Psychology Intern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago campus who is working under the supervision of Robin McLeod, Ph.D., LP and Greg Picker, Psy.D., L.P.

Alglozia is passionate about helping other people of color reach their full potential through healing past traumatic experiences that impair relational, academic, and vocational functioning. Her practice includes psychological evaluations and individual therapy with adolescents through adulthood. Alglozia takes a client-centered approach to the assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, adjustment issues, and co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness. Alglozia uses techniques to understand her client’s subjective experiences through a developmental – relational lens, and when appropriate, uses psychological testing to assist with diagnostic clarification.

Alglozia received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from Metropolitan State University before attaining a master’s degree in forensic psychology in 2011 and a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 2016 from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.

She specializes in ADHD and learning disability assessments for adults, dementia and Alzheimer’s assessments for older adults, and psychological evaluations for diagnostic clarity for all age groups.

Alglozia sees clients at the Woodbury and University Avenue locations, and she is supervised by Robin McLeod, Ph.D., L.P., and Greg Picker, Psy.D., L.P.

Caitlin Schneider

Caitlin Schneider, PsyD

Caitlin Schneider

Caitlin Schneider, PsyD

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow

Dr. Schneider grew up in Duluth and is excited to be back in Minnesota after completing her doctoral education and training in Indiana at the University of Indianapolis. During her training, Dr. Schneider developed expertise working with children and teens experiencing behavioral and emotional concerns. She has experience working in multiple therapeutic modalities including group therapy, school-based therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. She completed her doctoral psychology internship at a community mental health center for children and adolescents working primarily with children who struggle with anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, and trauma. In addition to therapy, Caitlin also is trained in conducting psychological testing and evaluations with children and adolescents focusing on psychodiagnostics, ADHD, personality, and developmental assessments.

Therapeutic Approach
Dr. Schneider’s approach to therapy involves integrating cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems principles. She strives to meet the individual needs of each client and family and collaborates with them to identify what therapeutic approach will be most effective in addressing their specific concerns. Dr. Schneider views the family system as important and works to include parents and caregivers in the therapeutic process.

Caitlin Schneider sees clients at the University Ave. and Woodbury locations. She is supervised by Dr. Robin McLeod, PhD, LP.

Heather Simmer

Heather Simmer, MA, PsyD

Heather Simmer

Heather Simmer, MA, PsyD

Heather (she/her) joined Natalis in 2021 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Psychology. She primarily works with adults and adolescents 15 and over. Her overarching approach to therapy is person-centered, relational, and multicultural feminist. In therapy she is neuroatypical embracing, body positive and disability sensitive. She most enjoys holding space for spiritual exploration, resolving moral injury, holistic healing, and creative intention building.

During her internship at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Heather earned a national certification in Primary Care Mental Health Integration. Because of this training, she is comfortable communicating with medical providers and addressing her clients’ mental health related needs. Heather has also earned a national certification in massage therapy and multiple complimentary alternative medicines. She ethically integrates these competencies in session for the purpose of mindful awareness of traumatic holding patterns in the body, and body-centered emotional self-regulation techniques. Heather does not provide massage therapy in session. She is trained in trauma-focused therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and creative art/movement-based interventions. She also uses Imagery and Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) for sleep- related issues, in addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBTcp) body-centered mindfulness interventions for chronic pain.

Education & Professional Activities
She received her PsyD in 2021, also from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (an APA accredited doctoral program). She completed her predoctoral internship at the St. Cloud VA and has also enjoyed working in community mental health centers throughout the Metro area. She holds a BA in fine arts and a BA in Art History from the University of Minnesota. She has earned a certificate in Massage Therapy from Corinthian Colleges in Los Angeles, and in Structural Integration from the Structural Integration Institute in Miami. Heather has additional experience in education and actively volunteers with the Minnesota Psychological Association.

Heather practices at the Natalis Woodbury location.

Specialties
Women’s Issues
Men’s Issues
Non-Religious Spirituality
Neuroatypicality (ADHD and Autism)
Depression
Anxiety
Sleep Disturbances
PTSD
Trauma
Veterans
Military Sexual Trauma
Institutional Abuse
Human Sexuality
Decolonization
Chronic Pain
Life Adjustments
Grief and Loss
Creativity and Flow
Shame and Guilt

Richard Close

Richard E. Close, DMin, PsyD, LPCC, LICSW, LMFT

Richard Close

Richard E. Close, DMin, PsyD, LPCC, LICSW, LMFT

Richard has forty years of experience and works from a holistic perspective seeking to integrate mind, body, and spirit. He combines the positive psychology of Alfred Adler, the meaning-centered spiritual therapy of Viktor Frankl, and the strengths-based practical approach of Solution-Focused Therapy, to encourage and guide his clients in clarifying their goals and overcoming their inner and outer challenges to connect, create, and contribute more fully. Richard is also a certified pastoral counselor and an ordained priest and vowed member of a Celtic Christian Order that embraces diversity and a universalist view of spirituality. He is Board-Approved in Minnesota to supervise post-degree licensure candidates for LICSW, LPCC, and LMFT. His recently published book, Assisting Counselors in Moral Distress: From Adlerian Assessment to Logotherapeutic Intervention has been released in five languages. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the counseling psychology master’s program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

LICENSES
LICSW-Minnesota (Supervisor)
LPCC-Minnesota (Supervisor)
LMFT-Minnesota (Supervisor)
LMFT-Wisconsin

EDUCATION:
PsyD, Pastoral Logotherapy, Graduate Theological Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK
DMin, Pastoral Counseling, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
MA, Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN
MDiv, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN

Richard sees clients via Telehealth or in-person at the Natalis Woodbury location.

Practice Areas
Depression/Anxiety
Adult ADD
EMDR
Trauma/Post-Traumatic Growth
Couples Counseling
Gender Identity/LGBT
College/Graduate Students
Spirituality/Life Purpose
Developmental /Life Transitions
Career/Workplace
Grief/Loss
Law Enforcement Personnel
Clergy/Seminarians
Men’s Adjustment
Introversion/High Sensitivity (HSP)
Moral Distress/Ethical Dilemmas
Compassion Fatigue
Athletes
Artists/Musicians
Gifted and Highly-Creative People