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Dacia Oberhelman

Dacia Oberhelman, PhD

Dacia Oberhelman

Dacia Oberhelman, PhD

Dacia Oberhelman, PhD is Post-Doctoral Resident at Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions. She provides individual psychotherapy and psychological testing services for adolescents and adults (ages 12+) at the Natalis University Avenue location both in person and via telehealth. Dacia also provides counseling and psychological testing at Child & Teen Medical Center, an established partnership with Natalis to increase access to behavioral health services in primary care settings.

Therapeutic Approach:
Dacia primarily uses a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and a humanistic approach. She uses evidenced-based approaches while also striving to be open, flexible, and validating. Dacia works to create a space where individuals can evaluate and understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors within the contexts of their life. In her work, she aims to emphasize the whole individual to not only understanding a person’s suffering but also their purpose, values, and strengths.

Outside of her clinical work, Dacia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and drinking iced coffee.

Educational & Professional Activities:
Dr. Oberhelman completed her APA-accredited doctoral internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center working specifically with underserved groups, including adults, adolescents, and children, through rural telehealth outreach and integrated primary-care behavioral health settings. She has experience working with individual across the life-span and has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, adjustment, grief, women’s mental health, and chronic pain and health conditions. Dr. Oberhelman completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Oberhelman is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA), and serves on leadership councils for the Division 17 Section on Positive Psychology and the International Positive Psychology Association.

Dacia sees clients at the University Avenue location and at Blaine Child and Teen Medical Center. Dacia is supervised by Dr. Greg Picker, Ph.D., L.P.

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.

Ari Schoenholtz

Ari Schoenholtz, MA

Ari Schoenholtz

Ari Schoenholtz, MA

Ari is a Doctoral Psychology Intern with Natalis Counseling & Psychology Solutions. He is in his final year of completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

Ari works with clients who are experiencing grief and loss, relationship challenges, family stress, life transitions, and many other issues. He aims to foster a secure and unhurried space where his clients can open up at their own pace. Ari has experience providing trauma-informed therapy in community mental health settings, including a community clinic specializing in helping people recover from addiction. He has a keen interest in gender identity and expression, recovery from trauma, and supporting refugees.

Previously, Ari worked in public health and politics, where he served as a field organizer for then-Senator Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. He speaks conversational Spanish.

Ari practices at the Natalis Woodbury and University locations.

Sumita Punia

Sumita Punia

Sumita Punia

Sumita Punia

Mental Health Practitioner

Life can get the best of us sometimes. It can be overwhelming and lonely to find a solution and a path forward amid a struggle. We can only see the stars at night and a silver lining among thunderstorms. I believe crisis gives us the opportunity to grow and having a safe, supportive environment helps us heal. Shifting our internal dialog and thoughts can prepare us to see and receive the gifts the universe has to offer. If you are going through one of life’s transitions and are motivated to seek support, I would feel privileged to help you find the answers. I follow a person-centered and existential approach and rely on narrative, systems, internal family systems, solution-focused and psychoanalytic therapy modalities. I am fierce in helping you achieve your goals and kind in my approach to meet you where you are. I structure our time in a manner that meets your short-term needs and long-term goals.

I was born and raised in India, and I immigrated to the US in 2000. I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Indiana University. I am currently pursuing an MA in counseling psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy) from University of St. Thomas, MN. I have 26 years of experience in corporate America prior to pursuing my career in counseling. I understand first-hand the stress of life’s transitions due to loss, move, job, parenting, blended families, marriage, divorce, and inter-personal relationships. I partner with couples, families, and individuals to explore insights and solutions to help you live your best possible life. I believe in a holistic approach to a healthy life, and I prefer using culturally informed interventions. I offer consultations in English or Hindi based on client preference.

Sumita practices at the Natalis University location.

Specialties
Couples counseling
Family therapy
Life Transitions
Parenting support for Biracial and/or blended families
Acculturation/Immigration Issues
Career counseling
Depression
Trauma and Loss
Anxiety

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

Hans Erickson - Clinical Counselor

Hans Erickson, MSEd. LPCC

Hans Erickson - Clinical Counselor

Hans Erickson, MSEd. LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Hans Erickson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minnesota. Hans provides individual and group therapy to adults 18 and older. He is trained in the following evidenced based treatments: Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder or traits, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients integrate and reprocess single-event, chronic, and developmental trauma. Hans has been a DBT therapist since the inception of Natalis’ DBT program in 2017. He has also completed a year-long internship in Psychodynamic Therapy at The Training Institute for Mental Health in New York City.

Personal Statement/Approach:
Hans’ approach is integrative and adaptive. He draws from his training in Psychodynamic Therapy to help people gain insight into how they have come to be the way they are, DBT to help people assess and use skill to make changes in their present and future lives, Trauma-Informed Therapy to help people heal from traumatic events in their past, and Attachment-Based and Systems Theory to help explain how the structures of people’s past have influenced the way they behave and feel. In addition to this, Hans has a particular interest in helping people manage their issues within relationships such as fear of abandonment, co-dependence, boundary setting, and enmeshment. Hans believes everyone has the capacity to change, and that his role is to help people live their best, most fulfilled lives.

Educational Background and Professional Activities:
Hans has a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College in New York City. He also has Bachelors of Science in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music in Boston. In previous iterations of his working life, Hans has been a commercial composer, a musical artist, an audio engineer, a teacher, an educational consultant, and a donut maker. Hans continues to work in music and audio. In his spare time he enjoys time with his kids, playing instruments, singing, time in nature, reading, exercise, and good friends.

Laura Abrass Clinical Social Worker

Laura Abrass, MSW, LICSW

Laura Abrass Clinical Social Worker

Laura Abrass, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Laura Abrass, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions at the University Avenue location in St. Paul. Her practice includes providing therapeutic services to young children, parents and families using evidence-based interventions for young children and their families. She specializes in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She has experience working with families who have experienced early childhood trauma, adoptive/foster families, parent-child conflict, family stressors/transitions and child behavior concerns. Prior to outpatient mental health, Laura provided therapeutic services to children and families involved in the adoption and foster care communities as well as families involved in child protection services within community and home settings. Laura supported families with crisis management, skill development, parenting concerns/challenges, and navigating childhood/family trauma, stressors, and transitions.

Education & Professional Activities
Laura received her B.S. in Child Psychology and her Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas. She has been a practicing clinical social worker and therapist since 2017 in a variety of settings (community, home, residential, and outpatient). Laura is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidenced-based intervention for children ages 3.5- 7 and their parents focusing on regulating difficult child behaviors and improve parent-child relationship.

Laura practices at the Natalis University location.

Specialties
Clinical work with children 3.5-7 years old, and their families.
Parent-Child Relationships
Parenting interventions, skills and support
Anxiety
Depression
Difficult child behaviors

Therapeutic Modalities
Child-Parent Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solutions Focused
Client-centered
Play-based therapy

Dr Timothy Beyer - Psychiatrist Natalis Psychology

Tim McMaster-Beyer, DO.

Dr Timothy Beyer - Psychiatrist Natalis Psychology

Tim McMaster-Beyer, DO.

Psychiatrist

Tim McMaster-Beyer, DO. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who received his medical degree in 1992 from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a recipient of Public Health Service scholarship for his medical training, and repaid this scholarship by serving in a medically under-served area as designated by the National Health Service Corps, in southeast Missouri, for seven years. He is Board Certified in two specialties through the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, in General (Adult) Psychiatry and in Child/adolescent Psychiatry. He has received community service awards through Avera Healthcare of Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as a “Top Doctor” award and Press-Gainey Patient Satisfaction award as well. He has been practicing community-based psychiatry for over twenty-five years. His orientation is person-centered, and his approach is evidence-based, wholistic and collaborative.

Dr. Beyer practices at the Natalis University location.