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Rebecca Blake, MSW, LGSW

Rebecca Blake, MSW, LGSW

Rebecca Blake, MSW, LGSW

Rebecca Blake, MSW, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Children, pre-teens, and teens often struggle in ways that are hard to understand. I pride myself in helping those children, and their families, to uncover the hurts, heal the pains, and build tools to live a life that offers more joy and better ability to handle struggle and pain. It’s hard for adults to always understand what an adolescent or child is trying to communicate. I can help bridge that gap. My passion drives my work which is why I only work with this age group. I provide a safe space where you feel heard and supported. I am a guide to help navigate thoughts, emotions, and experiences while building coping skills.

I use play with children to help them express their emotions and viewpoints. I use play because it is children’s primary language. Other techniques that I use in sessions include regulation, sensory objects, art, and books. For adolescents I use a more talk therapy approach with art techniques. As well, I help support and guide parent’s through stressors.

I have experience working with young adults, teens, elementary, and preschool-aged children. My experience in early childhood day treatment, elementary schools, and therapy has led me to understand adolescents and children’s ever changing needs. If you are looking for support for you, your child or teen I encourage you to reach out, all are welcomed!

Licensure & Education
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
Saint Catherine University: Master of Social Work
University of River Falls Wisconsin: Bachelors of Social Work

Jennifer sees clients at the Natalis Woodbury location.

Melanie Xiong

Melanie Xiong

Melanie Xiong

Melanie Xiong, MA

Integrated Behavioral Therapist

Melanie Xiong completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Child Development. She continued her education at the University of St. Thomas earning her Master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in child and adolescent mental health. Melanie is currently working towards her hours for LPC/LPCC licensure. Melanie has previous experience working in an intensive outpatient program and an adolescent residential program in the Twin Cities.

Melanie enjoys working with children and adolescents who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, relational conflicts, and troubles adjusting to new experiences. She enjoys helping others learn how to cope with their symptoms by providing healthy skills, build their self-esteem, and process traumatic events. Melanie strives to understand and creates a safe space for clients and their family members to express themselves openly and to feel heard. She values building healthy therapeutic relationships with clients to encourage self empowerment. Melanie’s approaches to therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), problem solving through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as Person-Centered Therapy.

Melanie was born and raised in Minnesota. She loves playing, watching, and talking about sports such as volleyball and football (she is a huge MN Vikings fan), enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family.

Melanie sees clients at the Central + Priority Pediatrics clinic in Woodbury.

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.

Brittney Serbus, MSW, LGSW

Brittney Serbus, MSW, LGSW

Brittney Serbus, MSW, LGSW

Brittney Serbus, MSW, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Brittney Serbus is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker currently working under the supervision of Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, LP, and Richard E. Close, DMin, MA, LICSW. Brittney’s primary experience is working with children and adolescents with a variety of concerns including Depression, Anxiety, Behavioral Concerns, and ADHD. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with children with a history of trauma as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Brittney utilizes play therapy techniques in her work with both kids and teens. She believes that all behavior is communication and that, for kids, paly is the language and toys are the words. Brittney enjoys combining therapeutic work with paly activities and strives to create a collaborative therapeutic relationship with both clients and their families. Brittney works from a person-in-environment and systems perspective, considering the impact of both nature, genetics and brain chemistry, as well as nurture, the client’s environment and surroundings, when addressing symptoms, mental health, and well-being.

Brittney received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Trauma-Informed Care from the University of Northern Iowa. In her spare time, Brittney enjoys reading, baking, needle work, and anything outdoors. Brittney recognizes how hard and scary it can be for families to ask for help and she looks forward to guiding both parents and kids through the therapeutic process.

Brittney currently sees clients at the Energy Park Location and is supervised by Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, LP and Richard E. Close, DMin, MA, LICSW.

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.

Renata Tinoco–Stephens, MA

Renata Tinoco–Stephens, MA

Mental Health Practitioner and Doctoral Psychology Intern

Renata is a mental health practitioner and a doctoral psychology intern at Natalis Psychology under the supervision of Robin McLeod, PhD, L.P.

Renata believes that each individual frames their life from their experiences. Such experiences can cause distress, sometimes making life unbearable. She invites clients in the direction of the unconscious mental process to create healing and promote change. With wholeheartedness and non-judgmental support, she offers a deep journey in search of keys to unveil the answers that lie within. She helps clients to find insight, and cope with the underlying causes of emotional and psychological symptoms. She supposes that it is through telling one’s unique story that one can re-write it. Renata speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish which has given her the experience working with culturally diverse individuals, including immigrants and refugees.

Renata earned a bachelor’s degree in Language and Arts from Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. She has been trained in Lacanian psychoanalysis at the Brazilian School of Psychoanalysis, and at the Lacanian Psychoanalysis Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Renata earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she is also a doctorate candidate.

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.