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Ken Robinson MA

Ken Robinson, MA

Ken Robinson MA

Ken Robinson, MA

School Linked Mental Health Therapist

Ken is a mental health therapist whose work at an adolescent day treatment program taught him the deep need adolescents, and adults, have for being heard and seen, as well as the need for the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills. He sees life as a process of trial and error that requires the courage to be imperfect, the ability to take responsibility for our actions, and the capacity to be merciful toward the self and others as a means to repair relationships when imperfections occur. Before starting his career in the mental health field, Ken worked 21 years in IT.

Education
MA in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, Adler Graduate School, Minnetonka, MN
BS in Computer Information Systems, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN
Minor in English Writing, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN

Ken sees clients at Irondale Hight School through the School Linked Mental Health program. Ken is supervised by Lisa Johnson, Psy. D., LP, LMFT.

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.

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.

Haewon Jun MPS LADC

Haewon Jun, MPS, LADC

Haewon Jun MPS LADC

Haewon Jun, MPS, LADC

School Based Mental Health Therapist

Haewon is a LPCC candidate who serves adults, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health and chemical health diagnoses.
Education & Professional Activities

Haewon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota in 2016. She received her Master of Professional Studies degree in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota in 2020. Haewon is a Licensed Alcohol and Drugs Counselor as well as an LPCC candidate.

Therapeutic Approach

Haewon primarily uses an approach which incorporates existentialism and cognitive behavioral therapy. She values the uniqueness of each individual and the experiences that help build who they are, and hopes to provide an opportunity to take a moment and focus on self, raise curiosity about self, and prioritize self-care.

Haewon receives clinical supervision from Ann Becher-Ingwalson, PsyD, LADC, LPCC, DBTC and sees clients at Highview Middle School and Mounds View Area Learning Center through School-Linked Mental Health program.

Specialties
Depression
Generalized Anxiety
Substance use disorders and evaluations
Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Stage-of-life questions
Stress management
Mindfulness
Co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness
Suicidal Ideation & Self-Injurious Behaviors
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Grief and loss
Alternative relationship structures

Xin Yueh Choo

Xin Yueh Choo

Xin Yueh Choo

Xin Yueh Choo (Sin YOU-Weh)

Bachelors of Science in Psychology

It is so lovely to meet you! I have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a background working in a variety of settings, from non-profit organizations to hospitals, and I love the wide scope of services that counseling and psychology offers. I have found that the people I have served and worked alongside have taught me so much wisdom, compassion, and empathy – and that gives me hope for the future of mental health.  I am a Master’s practicum student, and I look forward to establishing my areas of specialization and flourishing in the counseling field.

I have a person-centered approach, and my goal is to provide an encouraging, welcoming, and warm space for others to recenter and build their mental health to their goals. Growing up in a different country and living in the United States has given me a continuously growing bicultural perspective that feeds into my interest in exploring cultural backgrounds and upbringing. I am especially interested in working with individuals going through life transitions and enjoy being an anchor that people can hold onto when the waves of changes pull a little harder. Whether making meaningful career decisions or navigating unfamiliar systems, I would love to assist in the process and support you.

One of my favorite quotes is “time takes time.” I always find that patience, resilience, and hope persevere through and through.

Xin sees clients at our University location.

Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart, PhD, LAMFT

Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart, PhD, LAMFT

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Stewart is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow and a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, with more than six years of direct client experience. She has worked clinically in community mental health, private practice, corrections, and VA settings. In addition, Dr. Stewart has been active in clinical research regarding PTSD, chronic pain, sexuality, gender identity, and the mental health of older adults.

Dr. Stewart takes a warm, relational approach to her work with clients, practicing primarily from narrative and family systems approaches. By integrating relevant research into her conceptualization of presenting concerns, Dr. Stewart grounds her humanistic style with established data and best practices. Dr. Stewart is particularly skillful in working with couple and family relationships and enjoys the opportunity to interact with relational problems in real time during the therapy session. Clients can expect to hear Dr. Stewart emphasizing self-compassion and relational awareness through observation, reflection, and reframing thoughts or language. It is Dr. Stewart’s position that problems rarely are inherent to the individual but rather are systemically created, by way of stressors in an individual’s environment (e.g., family, society, workplace). She believes individuals are inherently good and are doing the best they can to manage the challenges present in life and relationships. Dr. Stewart understands that clients are the experts of their own experiences and works collaboratively to help clients acknowledge and re-author identified themes, and to move forward in their healing toward more adaptive ways of being. It is important to Dr. Stewart to approach clients with cultural humility and to learn as much as possible about each client’s experience in the world, in their relationships, and in the therapy room.

Beyond her specialty in couple and family work, Dr. Stewart has special interest in working with clients who have the following concerns: trauma, sexual and/or gender identity, religion/spirituality or religious trauma, and existential concerns (e.g., meaning of life, aging, death/dying).

Education & Professional History
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2021
University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN) – M.A., Counseling Psychology (Marriage & Family Therapy concentration), 2016
North Central University (Minneapolis, MN) – B.A., Youth Development Studies, 2006
Washburn Center for Children
Lorenz Clinic
Oklahoma City VA Health Care System – Geropsychology & Palliative Care Units
Joseph Harp Correctional Center
University of Oklahoma Counseling Psychology Clinic
Minneapolis VA Health Care Center – Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research
University of Minnesota – Program in Human Sexuality

Kim is an active presenter and has conducted workshops at various regional and national conferences, as well as at international conferences in Europe and Asia.

Kim sees clients at our University 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

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.