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Barbara Blue Nurse Practitioner

Barb Blue, NP

Barbara Blue Nurse Practitioner

Barb Blue

Nurse Practitioner

Barb Blue is a Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric care for adolescents, young adult patients.

Personal Statement
Barb believes in a providing high quality, patient centered care with respect, a team attitude and compassion to patients and their families.

Education & Professional Activities
Barb has lived in Minnesota since 2019 when she came to be closer to family. Barb has had a long career in nursing working in both pediatrics and psychiatry. She studied at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as well as University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan. She has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2007 and practices at the Natalis University location.

Specialties
Depressive disorders
Anxiety disorder
ADHD
Trauma disorders

Carolyn Sanchez Hulstrand, MSW, LGSW

Carolyn Sanchez Hulstrand, MSW, LGSW

Carolyn Sanchez Hulstrand, MSW, LGSW

Carolyn Sanchez Hulstrand, MSW, LGSW

Carolyn Sanchez Hulstrand, MSW, LGSW, is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker currently working under the supervision of Kathryn Elison, LICSW. Carolyn identifies as biracial, with roots in Mexico and Minnesota; she speaks Spanish fluently, and has provided much needed outreach to the Latinx community. Carolyn has experience working in grade schools supporting students and families with their social and emotional needs, especially during distance learning. She has worked closely with children with disabilities, giving her experience with autism, cognitive delays, ADHD and presentations of complex trauma.

Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hamline University. During her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, she interned with families who were facing challenges related to early childhood development. She also interned with a community-based program that offered rehabilitation services to adults experiencing severe mental illness. Carolyn believes that recovery is non-linear and looks different for each individual. Her method includes collaborating with clients to best achieve their recovery vision. Carolyn draws from a range of evidence-based interventions, including play therapy, mindfulness, psychoeducation and motivational interviewing.

Carolyn sees clients in Blaine and Fridley at the Child & Teen Medical Center, at Natalis University location, and in the school-linked program.

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

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

Robin McLeod, PhD, LP

Robin McLeod, PhD, LP

Robin McLeod, PhD, LP

Robin McLeod, PhD, LP

Education & Professional Activities
Robin McLeod, PhD, LP, Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota, is the President, Chief Business Development Officer and Director of Training at Natalis. Dr. McLeod works with children, teens and adults who struggle with many mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, terminal illness, complicated grief, chronic pain, autism spectrum disorders, and other disabilities that interfere with daily living. With couples and families, she focuses on improving relationship communication skills so that family members can solve problems more effectively. In her work with people who struggle with the social and emotional challenges of autism spectrum disorders, Dr. McLeod helps people identify the ways that this particular way of being in the world is both a strength and a challenge, and then identifies specific skill sets that need to be learned. In addition to her work directly with clients on the autism spectrum, Dr. McLeod works with parents of children, adolescents and young adults as they struggle with the unique challenges of parenting a child with developmental disabilities or chronic mental illness.

Dr. McLeod holds doctoral and masters degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a masters degree in Speech Communication from Central Missouri State University. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. McLeod was a high school English teacher and debate coach. As such, she enjoys speaking in the community on topics ranging from parenting teens in the digital age to succeeding in college with Autism.

Dr. McLeod currently serves as Chair of the Board of Professional Affairs of the American Psychological Association (APA), is the past Chair of APA’s Committee of State Leaders, and is President-Elect of APA’s Division 42, The Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice. She also serves as the Minnesota representative to APA’s Council of Representatives. A few years ago, Dr. McLeod was appointed by Minnesota Governor Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Board of Psychology as the Doctoral Program representative and is currently the Chair of the Board of Psychology. Dr. McLeod is an associate faculty member teaching in the APA-accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Previously, she served as the 2016 President of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA). She is a graduate of APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, in 2018 was awarded the Karl F Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy, and in 2020 was presented with the MPA Susan T. Rydell Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology. She also is a founding member of the Suicide Prevention Collaborative in Washington County. Finally, Dr. McLeod is partnering with Central & Priority Pediatrics in Woodbury and Roseville, and the Child & Teen Medical Center in Fridley and Blaine to build integrated behavioral health programs for children and youth, ages 0-22, increasing access to behavioral health services in these primary care clinics.

Robin sees clients at the Woodbury location, and at the Child and Teen Medical Center in Blaine, as well as at Central Pediatrics in Woodbury.

Bonnie Slaughter, M.Ed., LPCC

Bonnie Slaughter, M.Ed., LPCC

Education & Professional Activities
Bonnie Slaughter, M.Ed., LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minnesota, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin. She provides counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with people who are struggling with chronic pain, disability, return-to-work issues, anxiety, depression, stress management and substance abuse.

When working with clients, Bonnie is compassionate and caring, while also working in a straightforward and direct manner to help people find solutions to the problems that bring them to counseling. Because she also is fluent in Spanish, Bonnie welcomes Spanish-speaking clients. Bonnie’s credentials include a bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Miami University and a master’s degree in Agency and Community Counseling from Xavier University.

Bonnie sees clients at the Woodbury location.

Liz Ward, PsyD, LP

Liz Ward, PsyD, LP

Liz Ward, PsyD, LP

Liz Ward, PsyD, LP

Education & Professional Activities
Liz Ward, PsyD, LP is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota. Dr. Ward works with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of mood and anxiety disorders as well as trauma and abuse. She also has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment and psychological testing.

Dr. Ward earned her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Tufts University School of Medicine/Boston Department Veterans Affairs Psychology Internship Consortium. During her internship she spent a significant part of her training time at New England Medical Center in the outpatient child and adolescent clinic as well as the inpatient consultation-liaison service. Another portion of her training was spent conducting comprehensive diagnostic assessments at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA. Additional child and adolescent training was also completed during a post-doctoral internship at Maryville Academy, a residential treatment center for children with histories of severe trauma and abuse in suburban Chicago.

Liz sees clients at the Woodbury location and at Central Pediatrics in Roseville.

Brent Haagenson

Brent Haagenson, PsyD, LP

Brent Haagenson

Brent Haagenson, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Brent Haagenson is a Licensed Psychologist providing individual psychotherapy and psychological assessment for adolescents and adults at the Natalis Woodbury location both in person and via telehealth.

Many individuals seek therapy or assessment in a state of crisis, searching to understand their pain. Dr. Haagenson believes that collaborative psychological work can help individuals identify not just an understanding to their suffering – but a sense of motivation, value, and purpose from which to begin a life worth living.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Haagenson is a professional singer in the Twin Cities area frequently performing with professional choral groups and his district champion barbershop quartet. Dr. Haagenson can frequently be found training for his next marathon, trying his hand at oil painting, singing karaoke, enjoying East Asian food, or exploring his home neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis with Bella the pitbull.

Therapeutic Orientation: Dr. Haagenson uses an integrated therapeutic approach influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic-Psychoanalytic Theory, and Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF). He also uses health psychology and spiritually integrated psychotherapy techniques.

Education & Professional Activities
Dr. Haagenson completed his APA-accredited Doctoral Internship at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation specializing in mental health and substance use integration. He also has completed clinical trainings in therapy at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital and Park Avenue Center, and advanced clinical training in psychological assessment with the Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM). Dr. Haagenson completed his Master of Arts degree and APA accredited Doctor of Psychology degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (M.A., 2017; Psy.D., 2020); and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Political Science from Concordia College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2012).

Dr. Haagenson is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA), and Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH).

Brent sees clients at the Woodbury and Energy Park locations.

Areas of Practice
Individual therapy for adults and adolescents struggling with both mental illness and chemical use disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, Affective Disorders, Personality Disorders, Anger and Impulse Control, Adjustment & Grief, Trauma-informed care)

Psychological Evaluations for: ADHD, learning disabilities, executive functioning skill deficits, personality assessments, and strengths identification

Consultation and training on a broad range of topics within the domains of mental health, brain functioning, and substance use.

MADDISON ENGLERT, MA Mental Health Therapist

Maddison Englert, MA

MADDISON ENGLERT, MA Mental Health Therapist

Maddison Englert, MA

Mental Health Therapist

Maddison is a mental health therapist working with adolescents and adults at the Natalis St. Paul Clinic. Maddison has experience working with clients individually and in group therapy settings. She believes that each individual has their own unique strengths that allows them to reach their goals when provided with a safe, supportive and accepting space.

Education & Training
Maddison received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She then received a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology through the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program at the University of Minnesota – Twin cities, along with a Graduate Minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices. Maddison is a LPCC candidate.

Specialties
Anxiety, Depression, & Other Mood Disorders
Trauma & Related Disorders
Life Transition & Adjustment Issues
Relationship, Intimacy, & Communication Concerns
LGBTQ+ Health & Satisfaction
Grief & Loss
Mindfulness & Alternative Wellness Practices
Women’s Issues
Stress Management & Relaxation
Parenting Support & Education
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Workplace Difficulties & Career Counseling
Issues Regarding Self-Image & Self-Worth

RITA SANDIDGE PhD

Rita Sandidge, PhD, LP

RITA SANDIDGE PhD

Rita Sandidge, PhD, LP

Associate Director of Training

Rita (she/her, they/them) is the Associate Director of Training at Natalis. In addition to a love of training developing practitioners, Rita has a range of experience working with clients individually and in group settings. She has this to say about her experience and practice style:

I value all of the work I do, and all types of people are welcome in my space. I have an emphasis in practice working with people from marginalized/oppressed communities (e.g. BIPOC, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities to name a few), sex positivity, poly/open relationship orientations, grief/loss/transition, college student mental health, neurodiversity, white accountability, and earth-based spiritual traditions. I especially enjoy working with individuals who are new to and/or unsure if counseling is the best option for their well-being.

I believe in equity, justice, and honoring individuals, communities, and nature. The world is a big place, and our personal paths are often shaped by family, friends, community, institutions and experiences; sometimes it is these exact experiences that bring someone to counseling. Being mindful of and addressing oppressive, discriminatory, and colonized ways of being are key personal and professional responsibilities I hold. I consider it an honor to do the work of counseling, and my style is very collaborative– you have valuable wisdom and experience to share. A core element of my style is that our work should always feel safe while recognizing it might not always feel comfortable as we grow.

Education & Professional Activities
Rita is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota and holds both a Master’s degree and PhD from the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her training through an APA accredited doctoral program, Rita completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship with Student Counseling Services at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sandidge’s post-doctoral fellowship focused on sexual health and gender under the supervision of Tera Jansen, PsyD, LP, CST. Rita has additional experience in forensic settings with a wide variety of age ranges and counseling concerns, and has been providing mental health services for over a decade. Rita is trained in clinical supervision and holds an adjunct faculty position at a local university.

Specialties
Career Counseling & Assessment
Grief/loss/transition
Poly, open, consensual non-monogamous relationships
Sexual orientation and identity
Kink and BDSM
Gender identity and expression
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma including historical, generational, and institutional trauma
Sexual abuse/trauma
Life transitions
white accountability
Neurodiversity
College student mental health
Exploring therapy as a useful resource
Stress management and coping
Sexual health

Patricia Palecek, RNBC

Patricia Palecek, RNBC

Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse

Patricia is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse.

She works with a psychiatrist to provide assessment and medication management for clients. She has worked in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings with clients of all ages and in need of all levels of care.

She works as part of a team to support and help clients get the care and services they need to help manage their mental health diagnosis.