Allison Kirk, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of MN. She approaches her work as a psychotherapist with a respect for each person’s resiliency, adaptability and capacity for effective problem-solving and change, easily creating a safe space for collaboration and exploration. Allison works with clients ages 14 and up who have challenges with depression, anxiety, chronic illness, attachment, family of origin, communication, conflict negotiation, and stress management. She works with clients to identify root causes of the challenges they face, and encourages them to explore areas of their lives that they want to change in ways that leads them to find hope for their future.
Through genuine attentiveness, trust, and unconditional positive regard, Allison is able to help clients understand, support and empower themselves. Inspired by current evidenced-based practice, Allison uses approaches based in cognitive, behavioral, solution-focused and mindfulness-based healing. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012. She has worked as a social worker in the hospital and medical settings since 2000.
Denise Wyttenbach, PhD is completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Counseling Psychologists of Woodbury. Dr. Wyttenbach completed her doctoral and master’s degrees in the nationally recognized Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Since completing her doctoral degree, she has worked with individuals, couples and groups at the University of Minnesota and at Bethel University.
Her work with people struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, sexual assault, and sexual identity is known by her colleagues as insightful, intuitive and highly competent. She is particularly adept in helping people struggling with family of origin issues and concerns related to multicultural issues. In addition to her extensive work in college counseling center settings, Dr. Wyttenbach has experience working in settings specifically oriented toward the treatment of eating disorders. Prior to entering graduate school in psychology, Dr. Wyttenbach completed a graduate degree in Human Resources, and worked for 12 years as a human resource manager.
She continues to be interested in helping people resolve work-life balance, work adjustment and work transitions issues. As an insight-oriented therapist, Dr. Wyttenbach works to create a warm and caring space where clients who are ready for change can engage in courageous explorations to find their way back to living with purpose and meaning.
Dr. Wyttenbach is supervised by Robin McLeod, PhD, LP.
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 struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, and struggles with career and workplace concerns. He provides pre-marital and couples counseling, helps parents who are launching a distressed young adult, and college students who feel challenged by college and becoming an independent adult. He also has extensive experience working with clergy and law enforcement personnel and their families. Dr. Close has special expertise in working with people who want to explore spiritual and life purpose questions, and provides clinical pastoral counseling for individuals who wish to include their spiritual or religious beliefs in their treatment. He welcomes people of all faith traditions.
As a therapist, Dr. Close combines the encouraging and holistic psychology of Alfred Adler, the meaning-centered and spiritual therapy of Viktor Frankl, and the strengths-based practical approach of Solution-Focused Therapy to support his clients in clarifying their goals, implementing an action plan, and overcoming their challenges to live more meaningfully and make more rewarding contributions 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.
John Sabino, M.S.W., LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. Practicing since 1996, he specializes in treating anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and specific phobias. John works with teens and adults to help them create lasting change related to anxiety and fears, social anxiety, compulsive and addictive behavior, depression, relationship conflict, domestic abuse, and issues related to self-esteem and self-harm. His approach to working with clients is grounded in the belief that each person comes to therapy with a unique set of experiences, values, beliefs and strengths.
With this in mind, he competently and effectively guides clients to find solutions to the distress that is disrupting their lives. He is compassionate and caring in his work, helping people create change to improve their overall well-being, find satisfaction, and become more resilient in the face of life's challenges. John has a master of science degree in social work from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a member of the National Association of Social Work and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
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. Most recently, she was invited to attend the American Psychological Association's Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. 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.