Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT *Currently not accepting new clients*
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with over a decade of clinical experience. My main clinical practice is as a systemic therapist, specializing in addressing issues related to gender, sex and sexuality, and disability from a trauma-informed perspective. Systemic psychotherapy is based on Family Therapy approaches that were developed over the past 40 years, mostly from a Western perspective. I am trained in and practices Narrative Therapy, a form of therapy that focuses on the stories we tell ourselves and each other, as well as larger systemic stories (e.g., language, gender, culture), and the impact those stories have on us. Underlining this approach is a belief that clients are the experts in their own lives, and that my role as a therapist is to use tools and questions that facilitate the emergence and consolidation of the clients’ wisdom and preferred stories. In a systemic approach, even when I work with an individual in session, I bring an awareness of and curiosity about all the systems the client is part of (e.g., families, language, race/ethnicity, gender, faith/spiritual communities, and more). I am an AASECT certified sex therapist and am also trained in Somatic ExperiencingⓇ. I am also training in Dance and Movement Therapy, an approach mostly developed in the US and informed by modern dance, Authentic Movement, and developmental psychology. I strive to integrate mindfulness, breathing, embodiment and movement in my work as a healing practitioner. Nevertheless, I am always guided by my clients and their needs. A psychotherapy session with me can involve just sitting and talking as well as, if a client is willing and interested, movement, breathing exercises, drawing, writing and other forms of creative expressions. Therapy sessions with me are your time to focus on your needs and healing. Any ideas I offer is just and always an invitation. Therapy is your journey. I feel privileged to accompany my clients on their own healing journeys, if they think I might be a good guide for them, and I am always open to direct feedback.
Kaj Benson, MS, LMFT *Currently not accepting new clients*
I am a licensed associate marriage and family therapist. As a marriage and family therapist, my lens as a therapist is always informed by all the systems that impact our lives and our relationships with ourselves. My priorities in our work together are believing that you are doing your best with the tools you have, supporting you in finding more nourishing ways to relate to yourself and your life, and co-creating a narrative about your life that brings you hope and gives you agency. I specialize in working with queer and trans people, people with chronic pain and illnesses, and neurodivergent people. I have been providing community care for queer and trans people since 2010. I enjoy working with developmental and complex trauma, and I am in my advanced year of training in Somatic Experiencing. Other focus areas that I prioritize include sex therapy, nonnormative relational orientations and structures, disability justice, body image, disordered eating, and marginalized religious and spiritual communities. I bring an integrative, radical, and queered perspective to therapy. I believe everyone deserves to have agency in their own life and to build a life they don't need to escape from.
Leisha Suggs, MS, LAMFT *Currently not accepting new clients*
I am a licensed associate marriage and family therapist. I received my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017 from Saint Mary’s University. I am largely Experiential in my focus and am currently in my second year of Somatic Experiencing training. I do my best work in assisting folks experiencing trauma symptoms, life stage uncertainty, role differentiation, gender-feels, and self-esteem. For individual clients I view myself as a support or companion for your therapeutic journey. For couples I often provide support as an “enthusiastic cheerleader” for your relationship, whatever it looks like.
I enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ community, folks who are polyamorous or non-monogamous, kinky folks, folks with questions or concerns around sex and intimate relationships, folks questioning or playing with gender and gender expression, navigating difficult experiences and strategies from past relationships, racial and intergenerational trauma, healthy boundaries with social media and internet engagement, intersections of gender and race within nerd culture, and really anything queer and nerdy. I see and recognize the gentle balance we all must strike between the human we feel we must be, and the human we know ourselves to be. My hope is that through our work together you are better able to nurture and express your full and authentic self.
Kim Sherva, MS, LAMFT *Currently not accepting new clients*
People are amazing because they are resilient, because they are resourceful, because they can change their story. People can break patterns of abuse, can heal from intergenerational trauma, can validate their stories and who they are.
As a non-binary Korean adoptee, I resonate with people who work on changing their stories, who are healing themselves, who want to have families and relationships that are loving and caring and kind. I identify with the transgender/non-binary community as well as the polyam, pagan, and kink communities. I wish to work with individuals and families who come from these communities as well as those who are adopted and others from marginalized communities. I wish to work with those who live with chronic pain, who are physically disabled, and with neuroatypical folx. I also wish to work with sex workers, Two-Spirit folx, and BIPOC.
I like narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, Bowen Family therapy, strategic therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. I believe that each person and family knows which therapy would work best with them. My goal is to work with them, to communicate openly and honestly, to support, and to encourage. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I am your radical queer who keeps intersectionality in mind when it comes to the people I meet. Each person is valid. Each person deserves to be seen. Each person’s story deserves to be told. I am honored to hold these stories, to be a part of the healing of these stories, and to witness how people change these stories.
I have received my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2020. I have also completed a certification in sex therapy.
Coltan Schoenike, MS, MFT-IT *Currently accepting clients in Wisconsin*
I am a training marriage and family therapist (the Wisconsin equivalent to Minnesota's licensed associate marriage and family therapist) and have recently completed my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I'm so excited to have joined Edges Wellness and am beyond thrilled to work alongside the many fabulous clinicians here! I entered this field because I felt, and continue to believe, that everything in our lives is connected and intertwined, with our experiences shaping us for better or worse. Humans are relational beings, and our connection to others, whether it is our families, friends, lovers, coworkers, and the like, continues to have impact on our lives until the end of our days. I think everyone can benefit from therapy, and as a therapist, I look forward to our relationship as one that can have a positive, beneficial impact on your life. In our work together, I believe you can expect a warm, affirming space where you feel respected, heard, and understood.
As a queer, transgender, and nonbinary person, I've come to appreciate the beautiful diversity of human experience. Taking that appreciation into my therapy work, I value the wide breadth of tools and strategies at our disposal that will allow our approaches to be custom-tailored to the needs of the client I'm working with. My personal approach as a therapist is informed by solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, internal family systems, and feminist therapy. In addition, I feel that my background and experience in advocacy and social justice work also heavily influenced who I am as a therapist. At the end of the day, I hope that if my work were to be described in one word, it would be "affirming." On the note of affirming, my training as well as my experiences as a queer and transgender person have given me a special interest in working with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+, are questioning their gender or sexual orientation, or are practicing (or looking to practice) polyamory or kink in their relationships.
As I continue to train and work toward becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am beyond fortunate to have my work at Edges Wellness Center, LLC be under the supervision of Alex Iantaffi.
Eric Fawcett, MS *Currently only accepting relational clients*
I believe that earning a client’s trust is both the starting point and cornerstone of successful therapeutic relationships. While several modalities influence my work, my approach is informed most by Narrative Therapy. As other therapists have explained in their bios, narrative therapists are very interested to learn about the stories a client tells them about their own lives, and to learn where those stories come from. Our stories, and the lens through which we view ourselves in the world, are powerfully impacted by culture, by our families, and by our own unique interpretation of our reality. Sometimes the stories we live by are consistently nurturing and helpful. Other times the stories we live by conflict with one another and cause us to hurt and feel stuck. Narrative therapists are all about helping clients to achieve their best life according to how clients themselves define what that means.
I offer an affirming therapeutic environment where queer, trans, nonbinary, cisgender and heterosexual people can explore questions and concerns, both personal and relational. I enjoy working with people hoping to enhance their intimate partnerships however they define them, whether open, monogamous, polyamorous or kinky. I welcome clients maintaining spiritual beliefs both alternative and those more commonly practiced. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, I spent twenty five years in the music industry, both as a touring recording artist and as a creative entrepreneur. Throughout those years I collaborated on thousands of projects, with other musicians, with dancers and choreographers, with filmmakers, with poets, and with major corporations, among many others. In my therapy practice I love working with artists, and I approach this work, as I approach my work with all my clients, as a kind of sacred collaboration.
Mya Saracho practicum student 2020-2021 *Currently not accepting new clients*
I love stories. I believe we create our world by the stories we tell ourselves and the relationships we hold dear, and I am consistently impressed by the resilience of people. I have worked in case management and with both kids and adults living with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as teaching sex education. In all my jobs I found myself falling in a therapeutic position, and count myself lucky to now do therapy full time. I enjoy working with the LGBT+ community as well as non-monogamous individuals and families. I have a special interest in chronic illness and disability, concerns around gender and sexuality, racial and intergenerational trauma, sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, spiritual/ religious trauma and purity culture. I work from a kink friendly, affirming and sex positive approach. As a biracial Latina, I am interested in intersectional identities and how we bring our most authentic selves to the surface. I love all things nerdy. Let’s talk about trauma in terms of your favorite stories and your to-do list in terms of D&D. I’m here to listen openly, ask questions, and work alongside you. Every superhero needs a sidekick and I’m here to wade through it alongside you. I am completing a masters in marriage and family therapy at St. Mary’s University. Between classes and clients I enjoy making art, lindy hop and blues dancing, reading fanfiction, and playing board games.
Cherolyn K. Fischer practicum student 2021 *Currently accepting new clients*
Life is hard. I’m here to listen, provide support, and travel alongside you in your journey towards healing and harmony. Humans are always learning and growing; I believe this process happens in social relationships with others and the systems around us. Let’s work together to help you find greater balance in your life, improve relationships with friends, family, and partners, and become more in tune with your true self. I am passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community, including adolescents, families, and poly/non-monogamous folks. I am interested in intergenerational trauma, intersectional identities, and holistic approaches to healing. My approach to therapy draws on emotion-focused, existential, and experiential practices. As a musician and justice-focused artist, I love bringing creativity into the healing process if that’s right for you. Music, art, and movement can be powerful tools for gaining new understanding and breaking out of old patterns.
I am completing a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and have worked in helping fields -education, community arts, and activism- for over 20 years. I am bilingual and can provide therapy in Spanish or English. My experience working with Spanish-speaking children and families in a Montessori setting has taught me the importance of developmental/life stages and deepened my understanding of how systems impact people’s experiences and growth.
Anna Dowson practicum student 2021-2022 *Currently only accepting relational clients*
Welcome! As you navigate the challenges, uncertainty, hardships, and joys of life, it can feel supportive to have a therapist join you in that journey. I would love to be there to support you through the range of experiences you may have. I will celebrate with you, listen to you, hold space for you, and meet you wherever you are each day we join together. I will be there with you as you take an active role in transforming parts of your life that need healing, nurturing, compassion, and care.
As a systematic thinker, I value the various identities that make you, you. We all hold different worldviews, and I wish to acknowledge the systems you are a part of and your identities; be it your family of origin, family of choice, race, ethnicity, social class, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, and the many more parts of you.
There are numerous parts of us at play during our journey of humanity- and through this we create countless stories. I look forward to supporting you in creating alternate stories that feel right to you, and helping you find compassion for all of the parts that make up your true self. With that being said, the therapeutic approaches I am drawn to include internal family systems, narrative therapy, and solution focused therapy.
I look forward to working with individuals, couples, polyam relationships, and families of all structures. I utilize a person-centered, strengths-based, and sex positive approach in my work. I am currently earning my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In addition, I am working towards my sex therapy certificate, where my passion for working for the LGBTQIA+ community has been supported. In my free time, I enjoy reading a corny romantic thriller by the lake, walking, and spending time with friends and family.
Jay (Julia) Lawler practicum student 2021-2022 *Currently only accepting relational clients*
Stories can be a powerful tool for making sense of ourselves, our relationships, and the contexts in which we live. I consider therapy a space for collaborative meaning-making, where we can examine and re-author our stories - those we’ve told ourselves for years, those thrust upon us by others, and those we are striving to create for the future.
I have a special interest in working with folks who have been stifled or harmed by the roles dictated to them by dominant culture and are seeking to create their own, more affirming narratives. I enjoy helping others navigate times of transition, and all the feelings and questions that come with them. I work with individuals as well as with people in relationship with one another (partners, co-parents, families, etc.). I am dedicated to celebrating and affirming diverse identities and relational configurations. My work is shaped by queer theory and the traditions of Structural Family, Solution Focused, and narrative therapies.
I am a White, queer, non-binary parent (among other things), completing a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from SUNY Purchase College and worked for several years as a movement and theatre artist. More recently, I’ve spent many years working with youth in a variety of educational and out-of-school settings. This background has primed me with plentiful creativity, curiosity, and compassion, which are at the center of my work as a therapist-in-training.
Murphy practicum student 2021-2022 *Currently accepting new clients*
I am currently completing my Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, where I also completed a Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy. I approach therapeutic work from a systemic, trauma-informed perspective. In work and life, my guiding principles are rooted in a social justice oriented framework as well as queer and feminist theories.
My style is to meet others where they are with warmth, empathy, compassion and a sense of humor. With clients, I employ knowledge and skills I have gained through my education, personal life experiences, and past professional work. Professionally, I have a history of working in various roles with youth and adults experiencing homelessness, LGBTQIA+ adults and youth, individuals who are HIV+, and individuals who have had experience within the criminal justice system. Therapeutic modalities I am drawn to and inspired by include Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Emotion Focused Therapy, CBT and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I am particularly interested in working with issues related to gender, class, racial and ethnic identity, sexuality, self-esteem, chronic shame, and developmental, complex, and relational trauma. I consider the experience of being raised in and living within a society that does not affirm a person’s various identities a form of developmental and ongoing trauma. My goal is to support others who are on paths towards healing past wounds, unlearning harmful and unhelpful societal messages about themselves and others, and who seek to understand themselves more fully and learn to better tap into their inner resources. Ultimately, I wish for my clients to be able to give themselves permission to explore themselves, to grow and meaningfully expand within their lives and their relationships in ways that they may have struggled to achieve in the past, but are more than capable of in light of their inherent resilience and the natural goodness in all of us.
My personal history and experience is that someone who is white and of a working class background, with personal and familial roots in the rust belt and south, and who was socialized to be female. I am queer and transgender. I identify as trans-masculine and non-binary. I enjoy working with individuals, families and relational units of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and relational orientations. Including folks who identify as heterosexual and/or cisgender and appreciate the perspective of someone who holds different identities than their own.
Mark Reese, MA, LMFT EMDR Trained *Currently not accepting new clients*
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a graduate of the Alfred Adler Graduate School where I obtained my M.A. in Adlerian Counseling & Psychotherapy. I work from an Adlerian, systemic and trauma informed perspective, exploring how a client moves along their life path giving meaning to themselves and to the world. Life goals and the affective, cognitive, and behavioral strategies that people employ to reach those goals will be explored, especially from the context of the clients approach to, or avoidance of, five life tasks: self identity, intimate relationships, participation in community, vocation, and a personal spiritual connection.
I offer an affirming practice where queer, trans, nonbinary, cisgender and heterosexual people can explore issues of self-esteem, authenticity and communication. I also work with people seeking to enhance their relationships however they define them: open, monogamous, polyamorous or kinky. I welcome clients with alternative spiritual beliefs and practices as well.
I work with many clients who have experienced developmental and complex trauma. In working with these clients, I often utilize EMDR, a physiologically based therapy that can help a person recall distressing events, while their attention is diverted. This technique allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response.
Prior to collaborating on Edges Wellness Center LLC, I spent ten years at the University of Minnesota working with the Families and Long Term Care Research Projects, predominately working with caregivers of people living with memory loss and dementia as they face issues of depression, anxiety, changing roles, end of life issues and family/relational conflict that often accompanies caregiving and various medical diagnoses. Working with caregiving related issues is still a passion.
Serenity K. Curtis, MS, LAMFT *Currently not accepting new clients*
I view life as a complex, ever changing and evolving tapestry. My hope is to invite my clients—to whatever level they are able to tolerate at any given time—to start critically examining the stories that they have carried with them thus far, and begin making conscious choices that enrich their lives and speak to their authentic truths. I work from a trauma-aware, culturally responsive, and intersectional stance combining Feminist, Narrative, Solution-Focused, Internal Family Systems, Intergenerational, and Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) modalities. I always try to balance an understanding of how the past impacts the present with a future-orientated approach towards enacting worthwhile changes that will allow clients to create their desired way of living (solution-focused, CBT). I approach issues directly but compassionately, always encouraging my clients to continue making progress and moving forward even if just by baby steps. I celebrate my clients’ successes and support them through setbacks by helping to debrief what went well, what didn’t, what did they learn, and what do they want to try differently the next time. Due to a long-standing interest and specialization in human sexuality, I am also skilled at working with members of the LGBTQ+ communities, non-monogamous folks, kinky folks, and anyone who has questions or concerns around sex, intimate relationships, sexual and/or romantic orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and erotic orientation. Prior to entering private practice, I worked within community mental health for 2 years. I have worked with couples, individuals, families, and children (my preferred age range is 9 years old and up). In addition to my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from UW-Stout, I also completed the Sex Therapy Professional Development Certificate.
lora strey, MS, LAMFT *Currently not accepting new clients*
i believe that all people are resilient. i believe that all people know themselves better than anyone else could ever know them. i believe that the stories that we tell about ourselves and our worlds create the worlds that we live in. sometimes people get stuck in a certain story or belief system that leaves them feeling powerless and helpless. a lot of the time, these stories and belief systems come from outside of us: internalized oppression and other people’s ideas about what is the right or best way to live can be very painful to hold if we do not fit neatly into a norm. my goal in therapy is to listen to client stories and help them unstick themselves using the tools that my education/work/life experience/etc has taught me. when we feel less stuck, then we have more freedom to redefine our lives and our relationships to others. different people need different things from therapy: i will always listen to feedback and workshop therapy sessions with you so that we can co-create the type of therapeutic experience that will be the most helpful for you. i lean toward narrative family therapy, art therapy, and somatic therapies that focus on body-awareness and movement. i work with individuals, couples, and families.
in the past i have worked as a wilderness therapy field guide and a mindfulness guide at a minneapolis middle school. i received my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Saint Mary's University in 2019 and i am currently training in Somatic Experiencing.
Tamin Totzke, MA, LAMFT, SEP *Currently not accepting new clients*
I am a trauma therapist specializing in a mind-body approach to treat symptoms of trauma and build resiliency. Trained as a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, I’ve worked with a wide range of clients who have experienced developmental trauma, birth trauma and complex PTSD. I believe that all human beings have what they need inside of themselves to heal both their body and mind and to realign with a greater sense of wholeness.
Working from a strength-based, collaborative approach that is informed by narrative therapy and attachment theory, I create a space for clients to be with life’s questions, hopes, transitions, and challenges (past and present). I may offer guided movement or breathing practices and invite clients to track sensations, images, and impulses when sharing their stories. Together, we’ll bring curiosity to how past experiences can influence the present, and notice that when our relationship to the past changes, so too can our stories and beliefs.
My experience has been in working with individuals, children (including infants), youth, couples, poly relationships, families and parents. I enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ community and prioritize a culturally sensitive approach, adapting the work to the unique needs of each person(s). I believe that each person knows intuitively what is best for them and I am honored to join clients on their path.
My background is as a dance artist/educator with decades spent witnessing how the body expresses and holds stories. I have an MFA in dance and an MA in counseling from Antioch University, Seattle, where I graduated in 2019.
Becky Poe, MS *Currently only accepting relational clients and clients for the non-monogamy group*
I view life as story. I view the process of therapy as understanding and rewriting our stories. I believe we all possess what we need to change our stories, but sometimes we need a little help along the way. It can be difficult to create our own unique stories in a world that is constantly telling us who we should (or shouldn’t) be. My goal as a therapist is to help you discover what is and what is not working for you in your current story. My goal is to cocreate new and better stories alongside you.
I provide individual therapy for adults and adolescents, family therapy, and couple therapy for any relationship configuration (polyamorous, open, monogamous, etc.). My therapeutic work is informed by Narrative and Internal Family Systems theories and I take a collaborative approach to therapy. I have special interest in working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families as well as non-traditional relationship configurations. I am currently in graduate school at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and will receive a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in the fall of 2020. In my spare time, I enjoy live music, painting, paddleboarding, patios, and watching all the TV shows. I am thrilled to be starting my practicum at Edges Wellness Center LLC under the supervision of Alex Iantaffi.
Casey Skeide, MS *Currently accepting new clients*
Do you feel alone, disconnected, checked out, or overwhelmed? Not sure where to begin? I am the kind of clinician who can help you find the starting place right for you, meet you where you already are, and go with you where you need to go. I center my practice on relationships: relationship with friends, family, culture, and one's self.
I enjoy working with people who want to understand who they are and those who want to explore who they want to be. I especially enjoy working with LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families that are of a mixed-race and/or mixed-ethnic background, as well as those who have felt marginalized just for trying to be themselves. In doing work together, it is important to me that I meet you where you are at. I know what it's like not to speak 'the language' or speak the language 'correctly' and have the words you speak not feel like your own. In our work together, we will find your language to relate to others better, as well as yourself.
I use my training in Somatic ExperiencingⓇ, Narrative Family Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy as the basis for my practice. I identify as a first-generation immigrant, Pinxy/Filipinx-Japanese American, Bakla/Queer. 日本語が分かります。I am an MSMFT student from Capella University with eight years of experience working in education online, in person, and over the phone, providing academic coaching and mentoring to individuals ages 14 to 60+ on subjects including adjusting to and navigating college as a first-generation student and career transitions. I received my BA in Linguistics, Asian Studies, and Japanese from St. Olaf College. I am a Trio Ronald E. McNair Scholar and AAMFT Minority Fellow.
EJ Dean, MA practicum student 2021 *Currently only accepting relational clients*
My approach to therapy is from a harm reductionist, person-centered, strength based, solution focused, Adlerian and Feminist theory perspective. I believe that all people are the truth tellers of their own story and that often, as folks from non-dominant communities or belief structures, we struggle to find a place to be seen and heard. As an Adlerian therapist, I believe that belonging and connection play an essential role in our wellbeing journey. My role as a therapist is determined by you and the goals we set together. I am a gender specialist working with trans and GNC folks of all ages through their transition. I also have expertise in supporting queer and trans couples who are contemplating or in the process of building a family and couples seeking support toward conscious uncoupling. Every relationship we have impacts our journey and while we are each the author of our own story, societal inequities create barriers and limitations that no one should have to work to overcome, heal from or dismantle alone. I am completing my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Adler Graduate School and will graduate December of 2021. I have a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology and received an alumni achievement award for my work in LGBTQ Justice. I am a queer, GNC parent and spouse and a leader in community chemical and mental health. I am honored to be working as an intern therapist at Edges Wellness Center LLC under the supervision of Mark Reese. I look forward to meeting you.
Emma Kopp practicum student 2021-2022 *Currently accepting new clients*
Our experiences shape us to be the complex people we are. I see myself as a person making meaning out of my world and experiences, informed by values of radical kindness, justice, and equity. My work centers around peace-seeking and I strive to offer an authentic, friendly, and casual space where people are free to be and explore their whole selves. I welcome my clients to express all parts of themselves, good, bad, frustrating, and beautiful. My goal is to always honor my clients’ thoughts, dreams, and experiences.
Anti-racism, anti-imperialism, and anti-capitalism lie at the center of my values in therapy and ceaselessly inform my practice. Cultural humility drives my understanding of those around me. Before working towards my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, I worked in several nonprofit organizations centered on justice and equity and received my BA degrees in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and American Culture and Difference Studies from the University of St. Thomas.
My direct approach with clients combines Existentialism, Critical Theory, Feminist Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Experiential Therapy to guide our sessions in a way that suits them best. I have a deep interest and personal connection in working with LGBTQ+ folks, non-normative relational styles (e.g., kinky, non-monogamous, multiamorous), and people exploring their authentic selves. Commitment to understanding and healing ourselves is a deeply personal expedition and I’m honored to partner with my clients along the way.
Jamie Bosc practicum student 2021-2022 *Currently not accepting new clients*
I believe that you are the expert on your life. I value client autonomy and empowerment in therapy. We will be co-creators in the therapy room, working together to find the right path forward for you. The therapy room is a place where no topic is off-limits, an affirming and collaborative space where we can work through your challenges together to help you live your most authentic life. My theoretical approach to therapy incorporates Narrative therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Solution-focused therapy, among others.
I love working with the LGBTQ+ community, including polyamorous and/or non-monogamous folks and relationships. I am a sex-positive and kink-friendly therapist and am happy to work on sex and intimacy related issues. As a queer and trans person, I have a personal interest in working with couples and families navigating gender identity exploration and transitions.
I am currently a graduate student at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota working towards my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, and when I am not working you can often find me with my knitting in my lap. I am excited to be working as an intern therapist at Edges Wellness Center LLC under the supervision of Alex Iantaffi. Contact me today if you think we would be a good fit.
Kadija Mussa doctoral practicum intern 2021-2022 *Currently accepting new clients*
I have worked close to four years now with couples, individuals and those who identify as women in my current practice. I am very much relationally oriented and believe that life starts with the relationship we form with ourselves through how we interact with others. Therefore, most of our work will not just focus on the past but how we carry ourselves into our current relationships with ourselves and others. Therefore, intervening in the moment and working together to correct and reshape ways in which we are not good at being in a relationship with ourselves and those around us.
My focus is working first on myself as the therapist and containing the therapeutic space that clients can bring their authentic selves to our interaction. I am a Prepare and Enrich Certified facilitator for couples and started working on Trauma Focused Modalities. I look forward to the work we can accomplish.
Maggie Nelon practicum student 2021-2022 *Accepting new clients soon*
Our identity and stories are constantly evolving and shape shifting as we move through our communities and lifespan. Sometimes we may feel stuck or at an impasse to process these transitions when life feels too overwhelming. As a clinician my desire is to work with clients in building trust, reflecting on their personal experiences and moving forward by making conscious choices that align with their core values, goals and authentic truths. I believe everyone deserves to live their lives with agency, honesty and compassion in their relationships, families, workplaces and communities.
My areas of interest include LGBTIQA+ relationship dynamics, gender-identity exploration, persons recovering from religious/spiritual trauma or abuse, sexual shame, reclaiming sexual pleasure individually or within relationships, processing intergenerational trauma, navigating chronic illness and pain, as well as exploring relationship and spiritual concerns. I look forward to working with individuals, couples, polyamorous relationships and families of all walks of life in a culturally responsive and strength-based manner.
My trauma-informed and sex positive approach with clients combines Narrative therapy, Emotion-focused therapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy to guide our sessions that best meets the unique needs of each individual and relationship structure. I believe working alongside clients in co-creating a narrative that validates their lived experiences and intersectional identities, and creates room for personal evolution and radical self-compassion.
Prior to joining the Edges team I have several years of experience working in the fields of education, dance and advocacy for sex workers’ rights. I also have extensive experience being active and serving in the following communities: BDSM/kink, polyamorous/ethnical non-monogamous, pagan, Deaf, trans, queer, disabled and sex worker. I am currently in the process of earning my M.S in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of St. Mary’s - Minneapolis, MN. In my free time I enjoy reading Tarot, kayaking, dancing and spending time with my beloved pets. I am honored to be working as an intern therapist at Edges Wellness Center LLC under the supervision of Alex Iantaffi PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT.