Staff

 

LeslieDr. Leslie Russell-Martin M.S. LMFT, Ph.D. LP, RPT-S, IATP CTP
EAGALA Advanced
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Dr. Leslie is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor. She is also an approved supervisor for the Minnesota boards of Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, and Board of Behavioral Health.

Dr. Leslie is a MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a MN Licensed Psychologist. She is also Advanced Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and is a mentor of new EAGALA professionals. She holds additional certifications in Autism and Parent Child Relational Therapy.

Dr. Leslie has led conferences in the areas of children’s mental health, trauma, reactive attachment, therapeutic techniques, and autism. She has also served as Adjunct faculty at St. Cloud State University and Hamline University. Dr. Leslie specializes in couples, family and children’s mental health. She is also experienced in clinical diagnosis and evaluation, the treatment of child and adult trauma, and childhood developmental disorders, including autism spectrum issues.

Dr. Leslie’s specialties include Autism and Reactive Attachment disorders as well as infant and child mental health. One of the clinics, and Dr. Leslie’s, passions is to provide quality mental health care to children and families using both traditional and non-traditional therapeutic methods.

Dr. Leslie works with children and families as well as couples and individuals ages 18 months and up. She also completes psychological assessments for individuals ages 18 months through adult. Dr Leslie is also a Registered Play Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

Dr. Leslie is a provider for all major insurance panels including: MN care, Medicare, United Behavioral Health, Medica, BCBS, Health Partners, South Country Health Alliance, Tricare, Preferred One, BHP, U-Care, and others.


jenniferJennifer Bischoff M.S. LMFT, RPT,  IATP CTP

Jennifer began her career as a mental health practitioner working with adolescents in residential treatment. With a passion for helping children, she then began working as an in home therapist with children with autism, as well as coaching parents on how best to help their children.

Jennifer has also had the opportunity to lead and mentor new mental health practitioners in applied behavior analysis.

Jennifer furthered her professional development by earning her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Cloud State University. As part of her education, she completed an internship with preadolescent children at Catholic Charities Intensive Day Treatment.

Jennifer is experienced in family dynamics, issues accompanying the stressors of having a child with special needs, and teaching children coping mechanisms when dealing with change and challenging home environments.

Jennifer uses a systemic approach with children and families. Jennifer is a provider for most major insurance panels including: MN care, BCBS, Health Partners, South Country Health Alliance, Medica, Tricare, Preferred One, and others.


 

KathyKathleen Anderson MS LMFT

Kathleen Anderson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with years of experience behind her. She earned her Masters degree at St Cloud State University in 1998. She approaches therapy with with “Candid, Caring, and Compassionate” mindset. Kathleen focuses on rehabilitating the family system by working intensively with all members of the family. Kathleen’s experience includes working with families struggling with communication, physical and sexual abuse, child neglect, behavioral problems, attachment issues, and parenting concerns.


TanyaTanya Kubista MA LMFT

Tanya came to True Balance after completing her Master’s degree at Northcentral University.  She is experienced in pre-deployment as well as reintegration therapy.  She has personal understanding of military family life as the wife of a retired soldier and her experience as a former FRG leader and mom.

Tanya works with families, individuals and children generally past age 8 and has a passion for working with adolescent aged individuals.  She is trained in two parenting techniques including Families Moving Forward associated with Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

She loves interacting with animals and often integrates horses and her certified therapy dog into therapy.  Tanya uses a systems, experiential, and transgenerational approachs assisted by CBT and psychoeducation for therapeutic intervention.


 

Barbara Skodje-Mack, MS, LMFT, LPCC, RPT-S

Barbara graduated with a Master of Science degree in Professional Community Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Additionally, she completed coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy, Play Therapy, and research in Art Therapy.  Prior to her graduate work, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Minnesota, Duluth, where she studied Studio Fine Arts and majored in Graphic Design.

Barbara is a Minnesota Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Minnesota Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and a Registered Play Therapist–Supervisor (RPT-S) by the Association for Play Therapy.  She is also an approved supervisor for the Minnesota Boards of Marriage and Family Therapy and Behavioral Health and Therapy.  She has served as adjunct faculty for Minnesota State University, Mankato and has presented at local and national conferences on the topics of children’s mental health and expressive art and play therapy interventions.  Barbara has a particular interest in the neurodevelopmental basis for expressive therapies and infuses creativity in counseling along with traditional interventions, such as solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Barbara specializes in work with individuals, couples, and families who are having difficulty with life transitions, such as marital/couple relationship conflicts, parenting/co-parenting relationships, parent-child relational attachment, infertility issues for couples, grief and loss, bullying/relational conflicts, and trauma experiences.
Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the diagnosis and treatment of depression/mood disorders, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other emotional and behavioral disorders of children, adolescents, and adults.

Barbara is a provider for most major insurance panels.

Pam Walz MS LMFT

Pam Walz is a License Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University.  She has an Associates Degree in Child Development and has over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood working with parents and children from birth through adolescence.  Pam has varied therapeutic experiences working with clients on issues such as marital and family discord, child development, behavior challenges, mood disorders, trauma, attachment, pediatric cancer, relaxation and more.  She conducts individual, couples, family, and play therapy.  Pam works with a therapeutic approach in family systems, which considers how people function within their environment.


heatherHeather Anderson M.S. LMFT

Heather began her career as a victims advocate for the central MN Task Force for Battered Women and then as an in-home family therapist for Lutheran Social services. Heather furthered her professional development and interests by working in the school systems working with children and families and chemical health. This work lead her to working with co-morbid issues such as anxiety, depression, family dynamics, and parent-child conflict. Heather uses a systems oriented solution focused approach with children and families and often integrates this approach with CBT and psycho educational model of therapeutic intervention.

Heather is a provider for most major insurance panels including: MN care, BCBS, Health Partners, South Country Health Alliance, Tricare, Preferred One, and others.


hannahHannah Rogak MS LMFT

Hannah Rogak is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. During her training, she completed a research project and a Master’s thesis exploring factors that contribute to couples relationship satisfaction. Hannah has experience providing outpatient, school-based, and in-home therapy for clients 3 to 70 years old, especially couples and teenagers.

Her main interests are: finding integrative approaches to healing trauma; couples conflict; depression and self harm; and alternative sexuality and gender concerns (including LGBTQA, transgender, poly). She uses a range of modalities to suit the individual needs of her clients, including solution-focused therapy, expressive art therapy, play therapy, and sandtray therapy.
Kiersten Wimmer MS LAMFT   

Kiersten Wimmer  has a bachelor’s degree in community psychology and a master’s degree in Marriage and family therapy, both from St. Cloud State University. Kiersten has experience working with children from birth to age five in a Head Start setting, doing in-home family therapy and skills work, and currently does some school based services along with outpatient therapy. Kiersten enjoys working with a wide variety of age ranges and family structures. Kiersten likes to incorporate non-traditional therapeutic elements into her work including art therapy, sandplay therapy and body movement to help promote emotional growth and change.

Stephanie Schelonka MS Mental Health Practitioner  -information coming soon-

Matt Peterson MS Mental Health Practitioner –
Matt is a Mental Health Practitioner with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University (2013). He received his bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry in 2008 from The Moody Bible Institute. Matt worked as a youth pastor for over 8 years and has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults and couples. He is passionate about working with people to help them thrive in life and experience a vibrant life.
He enjoys utilizing a variety of therapeutic models to help clients achieve the change and transformation they desire to see in their life. While working with clients Matt incorporates various models and approaches that are appropriate and beneficial to each of his clients: systemic approach, transgenerational approach, sandplay therapy, cognitive behavioral model, structural and narrative models of therapy.
Matt offers prayer and other Christian resources to clients who are interested in integrating faith and therapy.