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About MidWest Center for Personal & Family Development

A quick history

The MidWest Center for Personal & Family Development was founded by Jack Quesnell, MSW, LICSW, LMFT in April of 1989. The mission was to be an outpatient mental health facility offering high quality services for adults, couples, children and families.

Beginning with 5 clinicians in the St. Paul location, a second location was added in Edina with 2 clinicians in June 1989. MidWest Center for Personal & Family Development grew to 5 locations throughout the Twin Cities in an effort to be more accessible to those in need of our services. We currently have over 40 experienced clinicians offering a large range of specialties and therapy styles including medication management.

Who we Serve

MidWest Center for Personal & Family Development welcomes the opportunity to serve the needs of our clients, Health Management groups, Employee Assistance Programs and the community. MidWest Center for Personal & Family Development’s services are tailored to the particular and unique needs of each client it serves. We strive to match the needs of each client to the specialized talents of a particular therapist.

If you are having an issue coping with any part of your life, suffering with anxiety or depression or other mental health issues, our professional and experienced clinicians are here to help.

We promise to deliver our services with the utmost care and competency, always keeping the needs of the client first

Burnsville


Sarah Tartaglia, Site Manager

Location: Burnsville

Sarah joined MidWest Center’s Administrative Team in 2014. Prior to joining us, she worked as an office manager for a company that manufactured medical training simulators for the military. She also brings some healthcare experience with her after working for a hypnosis clinic for 5 years. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hanging out with her children, reading, game night, crafts, camping, and going to the shooting range.

Why Sarah enjoys working at MidWest Center: “All of the people here are amazing to work with!”


Jill Carlson, MA, LPCC

Locations: Burnsville

Jill earned her Master’s Degree from the Alfred Adler Graduate School. She has 5+ years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, she worked in health insurance administration and community-based social services, as well as a residential chemical health facility. Before she transitioned into mental health, she gained experience working in career counseling, academic advising, and financial aid counseling in higher education. Jill works with children, adolescents, and adults on an individual basis as well as families and groups.

Jill’s Therapy Approach: “I believe a counseling session should be collaborative and hopeful with a focus on problem solving; clients have been encouraged by my flexible approach and my sense of humor.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Chemical Dependency Issues
  • Post-Partum Depression and Anxiety
  • Gender Identity and GLBT Concerns
  • Bipolar Illness
  • Teens and Young Adults

Licenses + Memberships:

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Member of the Humanists of Minnesota

Jere Chapman, MA, LP

Locations: Burnsville

Jere attended the University of Nebraska where he earned his Master’s in Counseling Psychology. He has 35+ years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to working at MidWest Center, Jere worked as a psychologist for various health care clinics, spent time in Nebraska, California, and Boston gaining valuable mental health experience, and also dabbled in private practice. Jere enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics individually as well as working with couples and families.

Jere’s Therapy Approach: “My approach to therapy involves modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, a Existential-Humanistic or Psychodynamic approach”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Academic under-achievement
  • Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Addictions
  • General life discouragement

Licenses + Memberships:

  • Licensed Psychologist

Molly Kehr, MA, LMFT & Director Of Business Development

Locations: Burnsville & St Paul

Molly earned her Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University and has 10+ years of experience in mental health. She serves as a clinician and is also our Director of Business Development. Prior to MidWest Center, she worked in an outpatient clinic where she was a provider as well as the Compliance Director. Also, she has experience in an Adolescent DBT Day Treatment Program. Molly enjoys working with adolescents and adults individually as well as couples and families.

Molly’s Therapy Approach: “I believe in a collaborative approach in which clients are the experts on their lives. I work with them providing the skills and support they need to feel empowered to make positive changes in their lives”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Parenting Concerns
  • ADHD
  • Academic Performance Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Licensure + Memberships:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • Minnesota Board Approved Supervisor

Lisa Perlock, MA, LPCC

Location: Burnsville

Lisa earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. She has 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, she gained experience in an intensive outpatient program, a day treatment program for both children and adults, and at an intensive early behavioral intervention program. She also had the opportunity to be a research assistant in the University of Minnesota’s Child Development Department. Lisa enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults who need individual counseling as well as couples, families, and groups.

Lisa’s Therapy Approach: “My therapeutic approach is to align the client with the most appropriate intervention and strategies to create a lasting and positive learning experience that will hopefully lead them to the desired change they seek in their life, and to a better sense of emotional well-being.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Autism related to mental health
  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD/Learning Disorders
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Trauma
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anger management/disruptive disorders
  • Adoption/Foster cases
  • Self-Esteem
  • Identity issues or concerns

Licenses + Memberships:

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Melanie Johnson, M.Ed., LPCC

Location: Burnsville

Melanie earned her Master’s in Education from Pennsylvania State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Luther College. She brings 7 years of experience to MidWest Center in the mental health field. She has gained experience by working at a community mental health center, for a crisis team, a day treatment program. Melanie enjoys working with children, ages 8 and older, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. She works with individuals, families and groups. Melanie’s Therapy Approach: “I approach therapy using a collaborative approach and empower clients to be the experts on their own lives. I am there to provide support and guidance and make positive changes to improve their lives.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Trauma
  • CBT
  • ACT
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions

Kathryn (Katie) Weiss, MA, LMFT

Location: Burnsville

Kathryn attended St. Mary’s University where she earned a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s in English and Music from St. Thomas. Kathryn has been in the mental health field for 3 years. Prior to joining us, she worked at St. David’s Autism Day Treatment Program and in their ASDSS Program (in home therapy). Kathryn also worked at Therapy Connections doing outpatient therapy, and she was the leader of their DBT Adolescent Group. Kathryn works with children, adolescents and adults individually and also enjoys working with couples and families.

Kathryn’s Therapy Approach: “I use humor and directness with an evidence based approach to therapy with a focus on DBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and various Family Systems therapies to meet each client & family systems goals.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Play Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Parenting/Parent Coaching
  • Premarital Counseling (prepare/enrich)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Licenses + Memberships:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Lake Elmo


Shanna Buhr, MA, LPCC

Location: Lake Elmo

Shanna earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. She has her Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University. Shanna brings 5 plus years of experience in the mental health field to MidWest Center. Prior to joining our team, Shanna worked for Minnesota Mental Health Clinics and St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development. She also worked in a group home for individuals with developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults on an individual level.

Shanna’s Therapy Approach: “I like to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy to introduce skills clients can use to improve their life experiences. I use supportive therapy to empower clients in reaching their goals.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Health & Wellness
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • ADD/ADHD Therapy

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Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor


Jesse Kardong, MA, LMFT

Location: Lake Elmo, Saint Paul

Jesse has 10+ years of experience working with children, adolescents, and parents. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with his Master’s in Counseling- Psychology and with a certificate in Family Psychology. Prior to working in the mental health field, Jesse spent 9 years as a licensed teacher. Before coming to MidWest Center, he worked with David Hoy and Associates, Northeast Young and Family Services, and The Bridge for Youth. His clinical interests include: anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and behavior disorders. Jesse works with Children ages 6 and older and Adolescents and Adults. He enjoys working with individuals, couples and families.

Jesse’s Therapy Approach: “My approach is to listen, first and foremost, then work collaboratively with clients and families to identify strengths, learn new strategies, and arrive at a practical solution.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Parenting Issues
  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Children (ages 6-12)

Melissa Urbanek, MA, LMFT

Location: Lake Elmo

Melissa attended Argosy University where she earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has 8+ years of experience in the mental health field with a special focus on children. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, she developed her skills working in the Children’s Mental Health Program as a day treatment therapist at the Fraser Child and Family Center as well as providing outpatient counseling services for children and families at the Washburn Center for Children. Melissa works exclusively with children ages 3-17 individually as well as with families.

Melissa’s Therapy Approach: “I work with children to uncover meaning to their behaviors. I help them to understand their world, cope with challenges and express themselves in a healthy appropriate way.”

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Dorothy Elion, MS, LMFT

Locations: Lake Elmo, St Paul

Dorothy earned her Master’s at University of Wisconsin at Stout and has 23+ years of mental health experience. Prior to working for MidWest Center, she gained experience working at a children’s mental health clinic, in various school systems, and in private practice. Before she became a therapist, she worked in the Computer Information Systems Development and Management field. Dorothy enjoys working with adults and geriatrics individually and also has a strength in working with couples and families.

Dorothy’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is systemic with attention to context and family of origin influences while building on strengths to attain goals.”

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Elizabeth Lee, MA

Locations: Lake Elmo and Saint Paul

Elizabeth earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from NYACK College. She also earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Elizabeth brings 7 years of experience in the mental health field to MidWest Center. She has experience as a Graduate Admissions Counselor and has worked at Nystrom & Associates, Orange County Center for Family and Stein Counseling & Consulting Services. She enjoys working with Children, Adolescents, Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families.

Elizabeth’s Therapy Approach: “My approach involves the creation of a warm and safe environment to foster genuine therapeutic relationships with clients. I believe each client has authentic qualities which can contribute to a deeper and meaningful life. I offer skills of encouragement and edification for insight, healing and restoration”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Relationship Counseling
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Christian Counseling
  • Play Therapy
  • Family Therapy

Nicole Munger, MSW, LICSW

Location: Lake Elmo

Nicole earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from College of St. Benedict. She has her Master’s of Social Work from St. Catherines. Nicole brings 11 years of experience in the mental health field to MidWest Center. She has worked in general outpatient, elementary & middle schools, and group homes. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, families and adults on an individual and group level.

Nicole’s Therapy Approach: “I work together with clients and their support people to make change that improves the quality of their lives.

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Paul Quie, MBA, MA, LMFT

Location: Lake Elmo

Paul received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and went on to pursue another Master’s at the University of St Mary’s. He has 20+ years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to joining our staff, he worked at Lakewood Counseling and was a family therapist at Lakes Area Human Services. Before transitioning into the mental health field, Paul gained business experience working in the corporate world. He works with adolescents and adults individually as well as couples and families.

Paul’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is working with clients and helping them move past obstacles and helping them live full rich lives.”

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Andrea Robertson, MSW, LICSW

Location: Lake Elmo

Andrea earned her Master’s in Social Work by attending the University of St Thomas. She has 14+ years of experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, she was completing her degree and working in a mental health crisis response role. Andrea enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults on an individual basis as well as working with couples and families.

Andrea’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is to provide a safe place for children, adolescents, and families to deal with complex issues, express themselves, and find ways to get their needs met.”

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Sara Russ, Site Manager

Location: Lake Elmo

Sara joined the MidWest Center Administrative Team in 2007. Prior to joining our staff, she worked as a school secretary and an inventory specialist, where she gained valuable administrative experience that helps here in her current position. In her spare time, Sara enjoys biking, reading, working out, playing piano, and spending time with her family.

Why Sara enjoys working at MidWest Center: “I enjoy working with everyone at MidWest Center – the admin staff as well as the clinicians. We are all part of one big family.”

St. Paul


Rebecca Fraenkel, MA, LP, LICSW

Location: St. Paul and Lake Elmo

Rebecca attended the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago where she earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She has 38 years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to working for MidWest Center, she gained experience working for the Wilder Foundation in their residential treatment facility, for Ceridian Corporation as an Employee Assistance Counselor, at ABC Family Counseling, and as a school social worker in Mahtomedi. Rebecca enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics individually as  s of Special Interest:

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Men’s Issues
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Chemical Dependency Assessment
  • Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction
  • Substance/Chemical, Abuse
  • Anger Issues

Brittany Barkholtz, MSW, LGSW

Location: Saint Paul

Brittany earned her undergrad degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, BA in Music. She also earned her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at the U of MN- Twin cities. Brittany brings 2 years of experience in the mental health field to MidWest Center. Brittany has experience as a music director. Prior to starting with MidWest Center, Brittany worked for Face to Face Health & Counseling and Alexandra House. She has volunteer experience with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and to write love on her Arms (TWLOHA). She enjoys working with Adolescents, Adults, Individuals and Families.

Brittany’s Therapy Approach: “I utilize a trauma- informed client-centered approach with roots in both interpersonal and cognitive theories. I believe people are the experts in their own lives, and I work collaboratively with individuals through a strength-based lens to foster hope, health and healing.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Trauma- Focused CBT
  • LGBTQ+
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Stress Management

Kelley Garry Marschall, MA, LPCC

Locations: St Paul

Kelley went to Saint Mary’s University where she earned her Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services. She has 2+ years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to working at MidWest, she worked at the St David’s Center in Minnetonka. Kelley enjoys working with adults 18+ individually as well as working with couples.

Kelley’s Therapy Approach: “I work from a person centered-cognitive behavioral perspective meaning we work together to change anxious thoughts and the behavior those thoughts can trigger.”

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Mary Ann Meyer, MA, LP

Location: St. Paul

Mary Ann received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She also received her Bachelor’s in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mary Ann has 28 years experience of working in the mental health field. She has worked at Park Nicollet Mental Health, an eating disorder facility, and as a Clinical Supervisor with ARMHS. She also has experience as a Vocational Counselor. Mary Ann uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Chemical Dependency recovery, Life transitions, ADHD assessments as treatment options, Bipolar Type diagnosis. Mary Ann enjoys working with individual adults 21 years of age and older and Geriatric clients.

Mary Ann’s Therapy Approach: “We as humans make meaning out of thoughts and emotions that affect our perceptions and often increase our suffering. Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy can allow space for awareness, acceptance and change. I try to provide a safe environment for people to find their wisdom and courage to grow to what is true and realtor them in this time and space. I utilize multiple psychological approaches appropriate to the individual’s needs though most have a component of mindful awareness in order to encourage compassion for self, and skills for developing curiosity about successfully inhabiting this human experience.”

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Women in Transition
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • ADHD Assessments
  • CD Assessments
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chemical dependency recovery issues
  • Transition issues
  • Bipolar Types I and II
  • Unipolar depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Heather Zorn, Site Manager

Location: St. Paul and St. Louis Park

Heather joined the MidWest Center Administrative Team in 2007. Prior to joining our team, she worked at a medical clinic in Brooklyn Center as an administrative assistant. Heather brings strong administrative experience into her position after working for 14 years with a home builder in various roles such as administrative assistant, scheduler, customer service representative and corporate secretary. Heather also has experience in various accounting roles and office management. She graduated from Minneapolis Business College with a certificate in accounting. In Heather’s spare time, she enjoys photography, scrapbooking, spending time with her family, friends, her 2 cats, and loves to visit various zoos.

Why Heather enjoys working at MidWest Center: “I enjoy working at MidWest Center and the people I work with. It is fun to share our knowledge and learn from each other. I like to see that our team has made a positive difference in our clients’ lives. It is amazing to see them grow and enjoy life again and that makes all the hard work worth it.”


Inez Bersie-Mize, MS, LMFT

Location: St Paul

Inez attended Iowa State University where she received her training in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has 20+ years in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center clinical team, Inez worked in settings such as in-home, day treatment, and in private practice. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics on an individual level as well as working with couples, families, and groups.

Inez’s Therapy Approach: “I believe that therapy is a joint venture between the client and therapist. It is a way to learn about how each construct the meaning that forms our lives and our feelings and to take responsibility for constructing them to be what we wish. My role as therapist is to correct, understand, empathize, suggest and confront. Therapy can be in turn difficult, fun, painful, confusing, boring, upsetting and once in a while transcending. Because the construction of meaning in our lives is active, I am not a passive listener but an active participant in the process of relationship and change. I use my experience, skills, feelings, intellect, and presence within the relationship to help explore and develop options and create desirable change. My way of doing therapy is always interactive and collaborative. I don’t do therapy to another, we do it together. The client is the agent of change and compassion, caring and empathy on the part of the therapist are the processes that power the growth.”

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David M. Brings, PhD, LP

Locations: St Paul

David attended the University of Minnesota where he completed his Master’s in Psychology as well as earning his PhD in Psychology. He has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, he gained valuable experience working in a variety of settings including family practice healthcare, hospital healthcare, community social services, educational & organizational human resources settings. In addition he has notable experience working in Research and Development roles, Academic Advising in higher education, and training and development settings. David enjoys working with clients ages 18+ on an individual basis.

David’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is problem & solution focused, psychological & behavioral health counseling, therapy & consultation.”

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Kristy Costello, MA, LPCC

Locations: St Paul

Kristy went to Capella University where she earned her Master’s in Counseling. She has 11+ years of experience in mental health. Prior to joining our staff, she gained valuable experience in a variety of settings such as in adult rehabilitative mental health services, in-home crisis intervention, applied behavior analysis, at-risk youth/play therapy, and working in community mental health and case management. Before transitioning to the mental health field, Kristy worked in special education, post-secondary education, and was a Network Support Analyst. Kristy enjoys working with adolescents and adults on an individual level.

Kristy’s Therapy Approach: “I utilize a holistic approach, often using creative techniques unique to the individual and their interests, including imagery, relaxation, art, psycho-education and mindfulness based stress reduction.”

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Jennifer Herman, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

Locations: St Paul

Jennifer went to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where she earned her Master’s in Social Work. While she was enrolled, she also earned certificates in Marriage and Family Therapy and Trauma Counseling. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She brings experience from working in social work for counties and private sectors along with volunteering her time doing clinical work. Jennifer enjoys working with children ages 4+, adolescents, and adults on an individual basis as well as working with families and couples.

Jennifer’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy style is interactive, collaborative, and mostly direct (aside from play therapy). I am activity engaging throughout the therapeutic process by being supportive, understanding, and challenging. I work from an eclectic model in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, Insight, Dramatic Play, Art, Guided Imagery, Solution Focused, and other related treatment modalities.”

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Dietrah C. Hiatt, MSW, LICSW

Location: St Paul

Dietrah attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Master’s in Social Work. She brings over 16 years of experience in the mental health field to our team. Prior to joining MidWest Center, Dietrah gained experience as a counselor for Native American children and as a therapist at Ramsey County Mental Health Center. In addition, she spent time as a guardian/conservator for adults with developmental disabilities. Outside of the mental health field, she notably served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama as well as spent time as a Public Assistance caseworker in Washington DC. Dietrah enjoys working with adults and geriatric clients individually as well as working with groups.

Dietrah’s Therapy Approach: “I listen empathetically to engage and support people as we work to heal and make changes to improve the quality of their lives.”

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Suzan S. Hurlbut, MA, LP

Location: St Paul

Suzan earned her Master’s in Counseling from the University of St Thomas and has 26+ years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to working at MidWest Center, she was at the Wilder Child Guidance Clinic as a psychologist where she co-founded the Family Sexual Abuse Project. She also has experience working as a counselor for chemical dependency. Suzan enjoys working with adults and geriatrics on an individual level as well as working with families and couples.

Suzan’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is based on relationships and empowering individuals to find healing for themselves.”

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Annette Jacob, MSW, LICSW

Locations: St Paul

Annette graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s in Social Work. She has 30+ years of experience in mental health. Prior to working at MidWest, Annette was in the healthcare field working for Health Partners. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics on an individual basis as well as working with couples, families, and groups.

Annette’s Therapy Approach: “My approach aims at enabling the client to 1) find healthy and constructive ways to cope with life’s daily challenges 2) identify, recognize, and learn to prevent future distress, and 3) transform feelings to enable healing.

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Catherine Mollner, MA, LP & Clinical Director

Location: St Paul

Catherine earned her Master’s at St Mary’s College Graduate Center. She has 22+ years of experience in mental health, all which she gained at MidWest Center. Not only is she a clinician here but she is also the Clinical Director and group facilitator for the Installing Resiliency Program. Catherine is currently pursuing certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She holds a level one certification in Relational Empowerment Therapy from the Relational Life Institute in Boston and has received extensive training in the Meadows Model of personal healing. Catherine works with adolescents and adults individually as well as working with couples.

Catherine’s Therapy Approach: “Because people are multi-faceted, my approach to therapy integrates strategies to address thoughts, emotions, and behavior. I enjoy helping people heal from past hurts and work their way through difficult circumstances.”

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Marilyn Olson, MA, LP

Location: St Paul

Marilyn attended St Mary’s University where she received her degree in Counseling Psychology. She has 20+ years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, she worked in a variety of settings gaining valuable experience such as at the Wilder Child Guidance Clinic and Jewish Family and Children Services. In addition, she was a school psychologist for grades K-12 and was an adjunct professor at the University of St Thomas. Also, one of Marilyn’s past jobs was working with support groups for the Family Violence Network. She enjoys providing individual counseling to adolescents and adults and also enjoys working with couples, families, and groups.

Marilyn’s Therapy Approach: “My approach is to build a relationship where we can work together to reach the client’s goals.”

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John (Jack) Quesnell, MSW LICSW, LMFT

Location: St Paul

Jack attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his Master’s in Social Work as well as a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has 50+ years of experience in the mental health field and is the founder of MidWest Center. Prior to bringing MidWest Center to life, Jack served in the United States Air Force, worked in court services, and for Catholic Welfare Services. He enjoys working with ages 7+ individually as well as couples and families.

Jack’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is to create a warm and open environment in which clients can explore their place in marital and family relationships and solutions to issues that are troubling.”

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Farren Grace Swanson, MA, LMFT

Locations: St Paul

Farren attended the University of St Thomas where she earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology and her Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has 10+ years in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center Clinical Team, Farren worked for a home-based residential treatment facility, an adult foster care, and in private practice to gain valuable experience for this position. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults on an individual basis as well as with couples and families.

Farren’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is collaborating with the clients to explore, identify, work through and resolve their concerns.”

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Linda Verbeck, MSW, LICSW

Location: St Paul

Linda attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social work. She has 30+ years of experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, she worked for Health Partner and Allina. Linda enjoys working with clients ranging from adolescents to geriatrics on an individual basis.

Linda’s Therapy Approach: “I try to provide emotional support to clients and help them to gain more perspective on their situation.”

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Anne Kunesh-Carney, MA, LMFT

Location: Saint Paul

Anne earned her Master’s in Psychotherapy & Counseling from the Alfred Adler Graduate School. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from The University of St. Catherine. Anne brings 20 plus years of experience in the mental health field to MidWest Center. Prior to joining our team, Anne worked for Chemical Dependency, Autism Treatment, Employee Assistance, and Home-based Family Therapy Programs. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults.

Anne’s Therapy Approach: “I am trained in Adlerian Psychology and Chemical Dependency Family Therapy. I utilize cognitive-behavioral family systems and faith-based approaches to assist clients in navigating obstacles to attain their goals and improving their well-being.”

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Ashley Ullmann, Administrative Assistant

Location: St. Paul

Ashley joined MidWest Center’s Administrative Team in 2017. Prior to joining us, she was working as an Administrative Assistant at Advanced Dermatology. Ashley brings experience in a medical setting, as well as, working in guest services. She is a proud mom to three awesome boys. She does a lot of activities that involve her kids. They enjoy going to parks, exploring new hiking trails, and water parks. Duluth is one of their favorite places to visit! Ashley also enjoys spending time with friends and going out for a fun night of karaoke or seeing live music.

Why Ashley enjoys working at MidWest Center: “I enjoy working at MWC because the staff and clients are great and friendly. I enjoy learning something new every day!”

St. Louis Park


Mary Jo Faustgen, MA, LMFT

Locations: St. Louis Park

Mary Jo earned her Master’s in Psychotherapy from the Alfred Adler Graduate School. She has 17+ years of experience in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, Mary Jo worked for Family Hope Services and was an Early Childhood Parent Educator. Mary Jo enjoys working with adults and geriatrics on an individual basis as well as providing therapy to couples, families, and groups.

Mary Jo’s Therapy Approach: “I believe therapy can open up new avenues of insight into personal healing as well as positive change in interpersonal relationships. I am present to listen and support healing and positive change.”

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Susan Banal, MSW, LICSW

Location: St. Louis Park

Susan earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Susan also has her Bachelor’s from the College of Saint Benedict. She has 25 years of experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining the MidWest Center team, she worked at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview providing collaborative psychotherapy services to individuals, families and groups with a spectrum of mental, emotional and life transition issues. Susan also provided outpatient therapy at Therapy Connections. Susan enjoys working with adults on an individual basis as well as working with young adults facing challenges transitioning to college or other pursuits.

Susan’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is client centered, collaborative, systemic and strength-based that integrates interventions and strategies that reduce distress, increase self-knowledge and attainment of life goals.”

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Linda Oakes, MA, Ph D, LP

Location: St. Louis Park

Linda earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota. She has been licensed as a psychologist for more than 25 years. In addition to 20+ years at MidWest Center, Linda has worked in other metro mental health clinics. Linda was a teacher in the Bay Area (California) prior to her career as a psychologist. Linda enjoys working with individuals 18 years and older.

Linda’s Therapy Approach: “My therapy approach is eclectic (insight, cognitive, behavioral, relaxation, mindfulness). I like to work together with clients to develop goals, understand & overcome obstacles to the goals, and make the necessary changes to attain the goals.”

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Rita Younger, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

Location: St. Louis Park

Rita earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and brings 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She has been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1989. Rita has worked at the University of Minnesota Department of Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, MidWest Center and at several outpatient multidisciplinary mental health clinics. Rita enjoys working with adults of all ages.

Rita’s Therapy Approach: “My approach is to develop the therapeutic relationship and work together to achieve client goals. My therapy style is active, collaborative and practical using an interactive systems perspective with primarily CBT modalities.”

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