David Comparetto MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota. He works with adults and teens, ages 13 and up, as well as with couples and families. Dave works collaboratively with clients to identify and enhance their strengths while reducing the negative self-talk that is associated with depression and anxiety. Dave uses humor, empathy and compassion in his person-centered approach, while helping people explore short and long-term goals for themselves in their lives. In his work with couples, Dave enjoys helping people learn communication skills so that they reach resolution in conflicts, and helps couples rediscover their passion for one another. Dave is certified in Prepare-Enrich, helping couples who are getting married to communicate their values and beliefs with one another.
Dave earned his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and has worked as a therapist in the St. Paul school district for several years. He also is completing certification training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to help teens and adults who are struggling to overcome trauma-related symptoms.
Pamela J. Reed, MA, LPC, CCTP is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of MN. Pam’s warmth and engaging demeanor align with her belief that genuine presence, authentic connection, and a welcoming sense of curiosity, inspires each client to recover and overcome. Her genuine and positive regard for her clients enables her to encourage and support them as they come to understand the origins of their challenges and how to meet and transform them with the power of their life purpose. Pam counsels individuals (ages 14 and up), couples, and families. Her practice focuses on life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity, grief and loss, and spirituality and meaning. Her commitment is to discover the strengths and gifts each client uniquely brings to finding solutions, healing, or a new direction.
Pam earned her master’s degree in counseling from the Adler Graduate School in 2017 and has worked with individuals and couples since 2015. Pam is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and is completing her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a powerful healing tool for processing traumatic memories and Accelerated Resolution Therapy, ART™ a psychological intervention that helps in healing trauma. She practices under the supervision of Robin McLeod, PhD, LP and Richard Close, DMin, LPCC.
Lisa Moen, MA is a Mental Health Practitioner in Minnesota, working under the supervision of Dr. Robin McLeod. She works with individuals in every age group; however, she has a passion for working with the elders of our community. In her work, Lisa helps children, teens and adults who are struggling with the challenges of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, chemical dependency, and complex health issues. As a certified Prepare Inventory facilitator, she also loves to help couples improve communication as they move toward joining their lives in marriage. As a therapist, Lisa believes that each person brings unique qualities to the therapeutic relationship, and therefore, she tailors her approach to meet each person where they are on their unique journey. She strives to create a safe, therapeutic environment in which individuals feel comfortable exploring underlying thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that fuel mental health symptoms. Lisa will work with you to develop positive coping strategies and solutions to overcome just about any obstacle that life throws your way, and she is excited about hearing your story and joining your journey to positive mental health!
Lisa is an experienced Mental Health Practitioner who has worked in many settings including community mental health, rehabilitation and integrated health, and in-home services. She provides individual and group therapy as well as conducts psychological assessments for diagnostic purposes. With a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, Lisa is in her final year toward completion of a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Andrea Hidlebaugh, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She works with children, teens, adults and families, viewing each individual and family as unique, and working collaboratively to identify not only areas of need and challenge, but also the strengths and goals that can lead to positive change. She works with people of all ages who are struggling with a broad range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and stressful life transitions.
Andrea has extensive experience with individuals and family members of loved ones who struggle with chronic medical conditions including physical, mental, behavioral and chemical health issues. Her primary goal is to increase effective communication, self-esteem, stress management, symptom recognition and management, as well as to reduce relationship conflict, and self-injurious behaviors and thinking. She draws from evidence-based practice in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a strengths-based and solution-focused approach, and mindfulness and emotion regulation strategies, creating an individualized treatment plan that supports a more positive and healthy life for her clients. Andrea completed a Master of Social Work degree from the University of St. Catherine, and has worked in both community-based and hospital settings for over 15 years.
Allison Kirk, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of MN. Inspired by current evidenced-based practice, Allison uses Accelerated Resolution Therapy, ARTÓ and is passionate about the science that makes ART efficient and effective. ART is a psychological procedure that heals using bilateral eye movements to shift sensation and emotion, pealing it away from the images that cause discomfort. Allison incorporates ART and approaches based in trauma informed care, cognitive, behavioral, solution-focused and mindfulness-based healing. Allison graduated with honors from the University of Southern California in 2012. She is passionate about her work. She has worked with diverse populations and challenges in hospital and medical settings since 2000.
Allison respect’s each person’s resiliency, adaptability and capacity for effective problem-solving and change. She believes every person is able to feel better no matter what their challenges. Allison easily creates a safe space for collaboration and exploration through her genuine personality; Allison keeps it real. She works with clients ages 14 and up who have challenges with trauma, adverse childhood events, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, attachment, family of origin, communication, conflict negotiation, co-dependency and stress management
Richard Close, DMin, LPCC, LMFT is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Minnesota. He also is a Certified Pastoral Counselor and is endorsed by the Minnesota Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Dr. Close works with adults and older teens who are experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, or challenges with school, work, or relationships. He provides pre-marital and couples counseling and appreciates the unique needs of Highly Sensitive People (HSP), artists, musicians, introverts, athletes, gifted adults, and college students. He has special expertise with spiritual questions, ethics, and life purpose. As a Celtic Christian, he embraces the ancient spiritual tradition of universalism, welcoming the stranger and the fellow-seeker. He is an Endorsed Pastoral Counselor in the Episcopal Church. Upon request, he will provide clinical pastoral counseling to people of any, or no, faith commitment. He also has extensive experience working with clergy and law enforcement personnel and their families. He welcomes people of all faith traditions.
As a therapist, Dr. Close works from a holistic and inclusive perspective seeking to integrate mind, body, and spirit. His warm, spontaneous sense of humor has a life of its own, and adds depth to his work. 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 support his clients in clarifying their goals, take action, and overcoming challenges to live, love, create and contribute to those around them.
Dr. Close holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities; and a Certificate in Adlerian Studies from Adler Graduate School where he is also a Core Faculty member. He is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, an Academic Associate in Logotherapy of the Viktor Frankl Institute, and a member of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. He is an Approved Supervisor of both the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy and the MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy and is certified to provide distance online counseling.
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.
Mark Bishop, M.A., LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota. With over 15 years of experience working with couples, families and individuals, Mark brings wisdom to his work in helping people reduce conflict, learn to communicate more effectively, and find solutions to the problems that bring them to counseling. His primary area of focus is working with couples struggling with relationship issues.
Mark also enjoys working with adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, as well as a variety of other concerns. He has experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum as well as with more severe behavioral diagnoses. His approach is collaborative, and focuses on learning problem-solving strategies so that individuals, families and couples identify the individualized solutions that fit their specific situations. Mark holds a masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Connie Meyer, M.A., LP, LICSW, is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. She provides individual therapy to adults and adolescents as well as working with families and couples. Connie's primary area of focus is working with clients with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress or trauma-related suffering. Her experience includes helping individuals and families address challenges with life transitions such as separation/divorce, difficulties with young adult children launching to independent living, grief and loss and work/life balance. Connie enjoys working with parents who have children with special learning needs including gifted children and those with emotional and physical health challenges. She also helps guide clients and their families through the emotional difficulties arising from physical illness or disability.
Connie provides compassionate relationship-based psychotherapy that integrates a range of therapies based on the needs of each individual drawing from her training in clinical psychology, occupational therapy, chemical dependency, hypnosis, mindfulness, and mind/body integration as well as using traditional psychotherapy approaches. Connie believes in building on the resiliency of the human spirit and the possibility of deep healing and transformative change. She holds a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota.
Vanessa Schulte, M.S.W, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. She provides counseling services to children, teens, young adults and their families. Vanessa enjoys working with youth who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief or loss, substance abuse, stress, self-harming behavior and trauma-related suffering. She works hard supporting families as they reduce conflict and learn to communicate more effectively. Vanessa integrates a range of therapies when working with her clients, depending on what each person needs. Her psychotherapy is relationship-based and incorporates a focus on the strengths of each person. Prior to becoming a social worker, Vanessa worked in a county court diversion program helping youth and families realize their strengths and build positive futures.
Vanessa also has experience working with victims of domestic violence, and children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Vanessa earned her Master of Social Work degree at Augsburg College, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She also is a founding member of the Suicide Prevention Collaborative in Washington County and is a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor.
Robin McLeod, PhD, LP, is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include individual, family and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment with adults and adolescents, and practitioner clinical supervision. She specializes in working with 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. When she works with couples and families, she focuses on improving relationship communication skills so that family members can solve problems more effectively. In her work with adolescents and adults struggling 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 Asperger Syndrome.
Dr. McLeod is the founder and CEO of Counseling Psychologists of Woodbury. She was recently appointed by Governor Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Board of Psychology as the Doctoral Program representative; she is an associate faculty member and teaches in the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the St. Mary's University of Minnesota. She served as the 2016 President of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) and has served as the co-chair of the Private Practice Division and the Membership Committee of MPA as well. In addition to her work with MPA, Dr. McLeod serves as the Liaison to the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Organization's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice for Division 35, the Society for the Psychology of Women. She also is the Chair of Continuing Education for APA's Division 42, the Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice. She is a graduate of the American Psychological Association's Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, and was recently awarded the Karl F Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy. She also is a founding member of the Suicide Prevention Collaborative in Washington County. Finally, for the past two years, Dr. McLeod has partnered with Central Pediatrics in Woodbury, MN to build an integrated behavioral health program for children and youth, ages 0-22. Email address: email@example.com.