Our Clinical Staff
Sarah Stelzner, MSW, LICSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™
Sarah received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Sarah has worked in the social work field for over 15 years. Sarah’s professional experience has involved working in a variety of settings including a non- profit adoption agency, child protective services, community based mental health, in home therapeutic services and private practice. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families dealing with complex issues including depression, anxiety, parent/child relationship issues, adoption issues, attachment disruptions, trauma, behavioral / self-regulation issues, and communication issues. Sarah training and competencies are in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, family therapy, adoption and attachment work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, Theraplay©, faith based counseling and co-parenting support. Sarah is also a vetted therapist with the MN ADOPT HELP Program, a program that provides post-adoption clinical support and resource linkage assistance to the Minnesota adoption community. Additionally, Sarah is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician.™ The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC) process was created with high standards and rigorous protocols for assessing and recognizing the knowledge and capacity of the clinician to deliver DBT in the form Dr. Linehan and colleagues developed from years of evidence-based research. Sarah has completed these protocols and assessment process to be one of the first 10 clinicians certified in the state of Minnesota and one of the first 100 clinicians in the United States.
As the Founder and Director of Highland Meadow Counseling Center, Sarah provides both individual and group therapy, supervises mental health practitioners and interns, and offers professional development/consultation to clinicians in the community. Sarah strives to provide a warm and non-judgmental environment to those she works with. Sarah strongly believes in the power of the therapeutic partnership to help uncover clients’ strengths and resources in order to bring about the changes they desire in their lives.
Mandy Hyland, MSW, LICSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™
Mandy received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Her past experiences include providing community based mental health services and working for the Department of Corrections. Mandy is trained in and specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her training and expertise focuses on therapeutic issues including trauma, personality disorders, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders as well as behavioral issues. Mandy is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician.™ The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC) process was created with high standards and rigorous protocols for assessing and recognizing the knowledge and capacity of the clinician to deliver DBT in the form Dr. Linehan and colleagues developed from years of evidence-based research. Mandy has completed these protocols and assessment process to be one of the first 10 clinicians certified in the state of Minnesota and one of the first 125 clinicians nationally.
As Co-Owner and Clinical Director of Highland Meadows Counseling Center, Mandy provides both individual and group therapy. She also supervises mental health practitioners and interns as well as providing licensure supervision. Mandy works to develop strong relationships with the clients she works with, believing the relationship is the core to successful therapeutic changes.
Britney Meyers, MSW, LICSW
Britney Meyers received her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Britney is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. Britney has worked as a School Social Worker and Mental Health Practitioner with students who have severe emotional and/or behavioral disorders. She is trained and experienced in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), individual therapy, family therapy and play therapy. Britney focuses on therapeutic issues including: depression, anxiety, behavioral/self-regulation issues, divorce, and parent/child relationship issues. Britney is also a Senior Trainer with Life Space Crisis Intervention which is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy used for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patters of self-defeating behaviors.
Brittni Timmerman, MS, NCC, LPCC, RPT
Brittni received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Winona State University. Brittni is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor. Brittni is level one trained in Theraplay©. Brittni has completed her training to include additional advanced level training and cohort consultation and supervision for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Brittni is currently in the processing of completing the application process to become nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Brittni has ongoing collaboration with the National Board for Certified Counselors—International and is a National Board for Certified Counselor International Registered Mental Health Facilitator Master Trainer. Brittni participated in the inaugural Rwanda Mental Health Facilitator Capacity Development Program in Kigali, Rwanda in August of 2015. Brittni was a MHF trainer and co-facilitator in the 2016 Haiti Trauma Project in Croix-Des Bouquet, Haiti in collaboration with Global Trauma Research Inc. and The Haitian American Caucus-Haiti. Brittni continues to collaborate and work with various domestic and international organizations in an effort to implement mental health and trauma informed trainings internationally in countries that have experienced significant trauma or hardships as a country. Brittni is currently collaborating with various state and county level entities in an effort to assist in implementing a pilot program aimed at increasing the capacity of mental health providers serving children birth to five years of age within Olmsted County in the state of Minnesota.
Brittni has worked in various clinical settings within the mental health field to include in-home treatment aimed at increasing the daily functioning of adults living with mental health and behavioral concerns, a psychiatric unit within a hospital setting with individuals of all ages experiencing a mental health crisis, clinical research within a university setting, and providing therapeutic services in an outpatient private practice setting to children and adults. Brittni has experience working with many populations including: early childhood, elementary aged children, adolescents, adults, and families. Brittni’s training and expertise focus on therapeutic issues include children experiencing out of home placements, adoption, attachment disruptions, trauma, self-regulation and an array of mental health and behavioral challenges. Brittni provides play therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, parent coaching, reunification work for children and their families, and parenting assessments. Brittni’s special interests are children experiencing an out of home placement, children involved with the foster care system, and adoption. Brittni has a passion of integrating play therapy and other experiential modalities and techniques into treatment.
Teri Scharpen, MA, LMFT
Teri completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University. She is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist. Teri’s professional experience includes working for a non-profit criminal and social justice agency, in home therapeutic services, and private practice. Teri has experience working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families. Her areas of specialty include, premarital and marriage therapy, family/relationship issues, stepfamilies, parenting skills, peer relationships, self-esteem, anger management, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, trauma, infidelity, separation, divorce, intimacy, trust, and forgiveness.
Teri is trained and certified in the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. The PREPARE/ENRICH Program is helpful for dating, engaged, or married couples wishing to improve on their relationship dynamics and skills. This program also meets state standards for the reduced marriage license fee upon completion of 12 hours of premarital education. Additional competencies Teri holds are in marital and family systems therapy, emotion focused therapy, relational therapy, and faith-based therapy.
Barbara Huning, MA, LP
Barb received her Master’s degree in Psychotherapy from Antioch University and is a Minnesota Licensed Psychologist. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the social services field. Barb has worked in a wide variety of service environments, including inpatient and residential treatment with children and adolescents, clinical research, school counseling, and outpatient counseling with adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience in trauma recovery work, including coordination of services in a domestic violence safe house, and treatment of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as sex offenders. A long-time clinical supervisor, Barb is also experienced with therapeutic issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, personality disorders, clients with mental health and chemical dependency issues, relationship issues and co-parenting after divorce. Barb is competent in the use of psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; she has completed specialized training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy as well as intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She provides individual and group therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy intensive outpatient treatment.
Caitlin Krenz, MS, LPCC, EMDRIA Trained Level 1 & 2 EMDR Therapist
Caitlin received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Winona State University and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Minnesota who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Caitlin’s past professional experience includes domestic violence and sexual assault survivor advocacy, advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, and home-based skills and therapeutic work. Caitlin is an EMDRIA trained Level 1 and 2 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist who received her training through the Midwest Center for EMDR in Minneapolis, MN. With a trauma-focused clinical approach, Caitlin seeks to provide a validating environment to challengeshame and to normalize trauma symptoms as expected brain and body reactions to abnormal experiences. Caitlin also incorporates the somatic experience of healing in her therapy, as trauma work calls for attention to distress held in one’s body as well as the mind. Caitlin has also received training in providing pre-verbal trauma work to teen and adult clients using EMDR. Caitlin’s core competency areas include trauma, complex trauma, pre-verbal trauma, phobias, domestic violence, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, behavioral/self-regulation difficulties, and parent coaching.
Joy Kliber, LICSW, MSW, ACSW
Joy is Licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Previously Elected as an NASW board member in Minnesota and Indiana, Ms. Kliber has also served as adjunct professor, field placement Liaison, and thesis committee member for multiple universities; Having the privilege of supervising some of the finest and most dedicated interns in several states, it is recognized that removing the stigma from the delivery of Mental Health is the next frontier of service.
With national and international experience, her professional mission includes support of each individual to their highest level of adjustment: Practicing mental hygiene and supporting brain health similar to one's dental hygiene. Ms. Kliber's efforts in community health earned Social Work plus Business and Professional Women (BPW) Awards; working with teens at risk, and families.
A significant portion of practice is now devoted to Business and Management Consultation and Employee Assistance Programs which she has served, and in some cases, partnered in their developed. Areas of strength include: Work/Life adjustment/Mental Health Management, Grief, Military and Government: Occupational and Family Life Support, Transition, and Co-parenting successfully. Sessions are welcome to include Spirituality and/or previous recovery experiences with chemical or process addiction.
Devoted to improving multigenerational health; one person, one family, one community at a time.
Ian Karow, MA, LPC
Ian graduated with his degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. He brings with him over 11 years of experience working in outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient crisis and residential settings. Ian enjoys working with a variety of populations specifically ages 10 on up. He has clinical experience working with issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma. Ian has training in using a variety of modalities including CBT, solution focused, motivational interviewing and EMDR.
Heather Cruz, MA, LPCC
Heather received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services through St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Having worked in residential care for children and adolescents for nearly four years, she has experience working with youth who have experienced significant trauma, loss, multiple placements, anxiety, depression, anger, and emotion regulation concerns. She has worked with parents and caregivers offering support for a variety of home settings, including foster families, pre-adoptive homes, adoptive homes, single-parent homes, as well as two-parent and blended family homes. Heather has a special interest in working with youth and adolescents. Heather believes in incorporating empirically based treatment strategies into therapy, while also helping individuals explore and integrate their own personal belief system, culture, and story into their healing journey. Heather has a background working in the elementary education field, and is also a licensed teacher. She spent approximately a year and a half acting as a substitute teaching in nearby communities for grade levels kindergarten through eighth, as well as nearly half a year teaching in England for a more diverse teaching experience. Heather enjoys providing concrete therapeutic help to individuals in a manner that speaks to their individual learning style.
Masa Sato, LMFT, LPCC, LADC, RPT, EMDR Trained Therapist
Masa has a Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from MSU, Mankato. He is credentialed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and an EMDR trained therapist. Mindfully, his approach to health integrates all the training and wisdom in and out of research. His clientele ranges from children of 3 years and older to adults with a wide variety of challenges such as mental health, addiction, trauma, grief/loss, family issues such as parenting, divorce, and adoption, sexuality, and other life issues. He works with parents with infants and/or toddlers as well. He also has a passion for the issues of race and culture including immigration and acculturation. He grew up in Japan and is fluent in Japanese and the culture. His therapeutic care is holistic and attends to the harmony among a body, mind, emotion, spirit, and soul of a person through the lens of neuroscience. He embraces and inspires healing that comes in different shapes. Canine assisted therapy is an interesting example in his practice.
Heather Alt, MA
Heather received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services through St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has focused most of her career, working with children and families. She believes in working with people by using a strength based approach, while providing and modeling healthy relationship building. Heather provides play therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. She has a special interest working with children birth-5 years of age, focusing on relationships, attachment, self-regulation, trauma and other behavioral challenges. Prior to becoming a therapist, Heather worked in a preschool and kindergarten classroom, worked as a paraprofessional, worked with children on the Autism spectrum in an intensive day treatment setting, and has done in-home work as a parent educator.
Becky Bunke, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist & Mental Health Therapist ages 5-adult
Becky received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Becky has worked in the social work field for over 16 years. Becky’s professional experience has involved working in a nonprofit mental health center, children’s mental health case management, child protective services, community based mental health, in home, individual, and group therapeutic services. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families dealing with complex issues including depression, anxiety, parent/child relationships issues, attachment disruptions, behavioral/self-regulation issues, communication issues, and trauma.
Becky is a recent Nationally Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and also has competencies in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, faith based counseling, and parenting support. Becky is also an approved clinical supervisor for both the Social Work and BBHT boards. Becky is very passionate about creating a warm and non-judgmental environment to those she works with, along with open and honest communication. Becky strongly believes in developing relationships with clients to increase the success with any therapeutic changes.
Jill Jennissen – Office Manager
Bridget Skyhawk, BSW, LSW – DBT Program Assistant
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