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Meet Our Counselors

Therapist Grp 2013

Michelle Abbott, MA, LMFT

Abbo_2013Clinical Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: MA – Argosy University

Specializing in: Marriage & Family, Play Therapy, Coaching Parenting Skills, Women’s Issues, Working with People with Disabilities and their Families, Depression & Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Spiritual Issues, Working with Ministers & their Families, Infidelity

Has experience in: Teaching, women’s ministries, and youth and drug rehabilitation counseling. Michelle is married to an ordained minister who is in a wheelchair because of Muscular Dystrophy. Michelle also has special expertise working with camps for people with disabilities.

Works with ages 4 through adult

Personal Mission Statement: I believe that there is hope for change for everyone. It is my desire to help my clients unburden themselves as we walk through the therapy process together.

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Kurtis Ault, MA, LMFT

KurtAult_2013Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Years of experience: 10

Specializing in: Marriage Restoration, Parenting Issues, Men’s Issues, Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Pre-marital Counseling, Conflict Resolution, Life Transitions, Military Families, Religious/Spiritual Issues

Works with ages 8 and older

Personal Mission Statement: As a husband and father, I am passionate about strong marriages and families. With over 10 years of Christian counseling experience, I endeavor to offer hope and solutions to individuals, couples and families who are seeking help. Eph. 3:20 reminds us that our hope is in a God “who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to His power that works within us.” It is my hope that all might experience the abundance in life and in relationships that God has for them.

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Marcus Bachmann, PhD

Bach_2013Clinic President, Clinical Therapist

Education: MA – Regent University, VA
PhD – Clinical Psychology, Union Graduate School, OH
Years of experience: 24

Specializing in: Marriage and Family, Depression/Anxiety, Anger Management, Family of Origin Issues, and Conference/Seminar Speaking.

Works with ages 5 and older

Personal Mission Statement: I believe my call is to minister to the needs of people in a practical, effective, and sensitive way. Christ is the Almighty Counselor. My wife and I are the parents of 5 children and have been foster parents to more than 20 children.

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Lucas P. Bachmann, MD, Psychiatrist

Lucas Bachmann May 2016
MD, Psychiatrist
Works with ages 8 and older

Dr. Lucas Bachmann believes that understanding the biological, psychological, and social characteristics of a patient and their family is crucial to providing mental healthcare in a safe and therapeutic environment.

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Brent Baumler, MS, LPCC

Burnsville Clinic Director, Clinical Therapist
Education: MS – Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Years experience: 19

Specializing in: Marriage, Individual and Family Issues, Christian Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Adolescent Changes in Development, Men’s Issues, Women’s Issues, and Couples Counseling.

Works with ages 14 to 75

Personal Mission Statement: It is my mission to provide Christ-centered, Bible-based counseling to those hurting from the trials and troubles of this world.

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Wendy Baumler, MA, LMFT

BaumW_2013Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Education: MA – St. Mary’s University
Years of experience: 14

Specializing in: Marriage and Family, Depression/Anxiety, Adolescents, Women’s Issues

Works with ages 5 and older

Personal Mission Statement: Through integrating Biblical principles and strength based therapy, I strive to create a healing environment for children, adolescents and families where they experience emotional and spiritual growth.

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Mari Boyd, MA, LMFT

Boyd_2013Clinical Therapist, LMFT

Education: MA – Marriage & Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Specializing in:  Adolescent Issues & Parent Coaching/Support, Depression & Anxiety, Family Therapy, Grief/Loss/Terminal Illness, Marital/Relationship Issues, and Military Single/Families/Couples, Self Esteem/Personal Growth, Sexual Addiction/Compulsion/Dysfunction (Female & Couples).

Works with ages 12 and older

Personal Mission Statement: As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I have the privilege of walking beside adolescents, adults, parents & families during difficult and often confusing times of life. My goal is to be able to integrate faith, grace, and proven psychological principals as I strive to understand each person on a deep level. This is not just a business or a job. Helping people come to spiritual, emotional, and relational healing is my deepest passion.

See Mari’s Website:

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Jon R. Colombo, PhD, LP

Colo_2013Licensed Psychologist

Education: PhD – Clinical Psychology, Walden University
MA – Counseling and Psychological Services, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
BA – Psychology, Northwestern College
BS – Bible, Northwestern College
Years of experience: 20 Years in the mental health field

Specializing in: Individual Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy,
Parent/Adolescent Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,
Trauma/PTSD/EMDR, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexual Compulsivity, ADD/ADHD, and
Psychological Testing.

Works with all ages (generally works with children in the context
of family therapy).

Personal Mission Statement: My mission is to provide my clients with the
opportunity to integrate their faith with effective psychological treatment. I
believe that effective therapy begins with a relationship of genuineness and
mutual respect, and I am delighted when my clients gain victory over the
complexities of life and relationships.

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Susy (Susan) Courneya, MA, LPCC

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Licensed Professional Counselor
Education: MA – Counseling Psychology, Bethel University, MN

Specializing in: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Issues of Aging and Life Transitions, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Grief and Loss, Borderline Personality Disorder, Spiritual Issues, Child/Parenting Challenges, ADHD, Family of Origin Issues

Works with ages 5 and over.

Personal Mission Statement: My foundation verse is Lamentations: 3:21,22 (NIV): Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.   I am a therapist who is a believer in Christ.  I believe that if there is breath in the body, there can be hope in the soul.  My personal mission is to journey alongside my clients and introduce opportunities for hope, belief, and lasting change into their lives and experiences using compassion, empathy, and the process of grace and truth.

See Susy’s Web Page:


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Daphne DeMaris, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education: MA – Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Ashland Theological Seminary, OHDeMaris_Daphne2015

Specializing in: Recovery from Trauma or Abuse, Treatment of Chronic or Life Threatening Illness/Infertility, Depression, Anxiety, Codependency, Grief & Loss, Spiritual Abuse. Counsel Ministry Families and provide Marital and Pre-marital counsel.

Works with ages 18 and over.

Personal Mission Statement: I believe that God wants to bring healing to any area that holds us back from experiencing life to the full and reflecting God’s glory the way we are meant to. My desire is to help others find freedom from wounds, thoughts and behaviors that prohibit them from experiencing the joy, peace and contentment that God promises. It is my joy and privilege to walk alongside those making their way along the healing of page

Andrya Dieter, MA, PsyD (Not accepting new clients at this time.)

Clinical Therapist
Education: MA, PsyD, Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
Years of experience: 7

Specializing in: Marriage and Family issues, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/Grief/Loss, Women’s issues, Coaching Parenting Skills, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Adoption and Attachment Concerns, Major mental illness, Spiritual issues, and Children.

Works with ages: 1-70

Personal Mission Statement: I desire to be an instrument of grace, comfort, and truth that liberates and expands one’s heart to live fully the life that one has been called to live. Psalm 119: 32

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Marian E. Eckhardt, PsyD, LP

Licensed Psychologist
Education: PsyD – Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology
Years of experience: 14

Specializing in: Marian specializes in working with individual adults and couples. She enjoys working with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship concerns, conflict resolution, communication skills training, eating disorders, grief and loss/adjustment issues, self-esteem/assertiveness training, spiritual concerns, and women’s issues.

Works with ages: 18-100

Personal Mission Statement: I use a cognitive behavioral and insight oriented approach with a spiritual focus. I enjoy facilitating and encouraging growth in many areas — cognitive learning, emotional healing, relational strengthening, and spiritual growth. I believe that through knowledge, faith and dependency on God and His revealed truths one receives the strength and love to truly fulfill their life’s purpose.

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Linda Gale, MA, LMFT

Gale_2013Clinical Therapist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Years of experience: 11

Specializing in: Marriage/Family/Relationships, Children/Parenting Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Abuse, Women’s Issues, Spiritual Issues, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem.

Works with all ages 4 and older

Personal Mission Statement: As a Christ-centered therapist, my heart’s passion is to come alongside those seeking help with kindness, hope and compassion while providing guidance toward resolving issues enabling people to lead more fulfilling, balanced and enriched lives.

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Tim Johnson, LICSW, LMFT

Johns_2013Clinic Director, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Education: MSW (Master of Social Work), School of Social Work, University of Minnesota  BSW, Bethel University
Years of experience: 30

Specializing in: Marriage and Family, Depression and Anxiety, Adolescents, Anger Management, Step Family Dynamics, Adoption Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Children (all ages), Abuse Recovery, and Pre-Marital Counseling.

Works with ages 3-70


Personal Mission Statement:  It takes a lot of courage to come to a counseling
office and seek help.  It is my responsibility through the power of the Holy Spirit
to address presenting needs with all the Grace the Lord has offered me.

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Debra Kullberg, MA, LMFT, M.DIV. (On Medical Leave)

Kull_2013Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Licensed Clergy
Education: MA – Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN
Master of Divinity w/emphasis in NT Studies, Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Years of Experience: 16

Specializing in: Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling, Premarital, Spiritual Direction/Pastoral Counseling, EMDR, Trauma, Depression and Anxiety, Chemical/Co-dependency/ACOA, Attachment Disorders, Adoption Issues, Children and Adolescents, Prostitution and Human Trafficking. Workshop/Conference/Retreat Speaker.

Works with all ages.

Personal Mission Statement: Jesus as the Son of God is the Savior, Healer, and intimate Lover of my soul. He invites those He calls to join Him on a personal journey to the Cross. Our entire being is healed and restored (body, soul, and spirit) as we surrender ‘our way’ for ‘His way.’ The “Crossroads” is there, the invitation open, the journey sacredly our own.  As a disciple of Jesus, I am honored to offer encouragement and support to those who decide. Jeremiah 6: 16

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Amber Langford, MS, LMFT

Lang_2013Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy –  Friends University, Lenexa, KS

Specializing in: Marriage and Family, Parenting Issues, Depression/Anxiety, Trauma/Grief and Loss, Spiritual and Identity Issues

Works with ages 16 and older

Personal Mission Statement: To reflect God’s love to people by providing a warm and accepting environment in which they will be encouraged and challenged toward deeper application of God’s Truth in their lives. I seek to integrate the best of mental health research with the limitless resources God provides. It is my prayer that through our work together you will experience healing and be empowered to live the victorious life of hope, peace, freedom and joy for which you were created.

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Steven M. Lutz, PsyD, LP

Lutz_2013Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Education: Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D)
Years of experience:20 +

Specializing in: Anxiety (including trauma), Depression, Marriage/Relational Counseling, Family Counseling, and Spiritual Issues.

Works with ages 17 and older

Personal Mission Statement: As a Christian Psychologist, my role is to come alongside and partner with clients through a journey of healing and renewed directions in life. My style involves an integration of warmth and compassion with a strong emphasis on personal responsibility and follow through. My Christian faith lies at the center of the work I do, yet I certainly do not force beliefs or values on clients.

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Sheila J. Marker, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
State & AAMFT Approved Supervisor
MA – Professional Counseling, Argosy University, Eagan, MN

Years of experience: 8

Specializing in: Depression and Anxiety, Relational, Marriage and Family Issues, Pre-Marital Counseling, Women’s Issues including Self-Esteem & Personal Growth, Spiritual Issues, EMDR, Marriage Counseling, Abuse, and Children Diagnosed with Autism.

Works with children, adolescents and adults

Personal Mission Statement: To come along side of those who are struggling to offer hope and encouragement that they can find healing and wholeness in their lives with therapy that is psychologically sound as well as consistent with Biblical principles.  My commitment is to provide a supportive environment, maintaining high professional and ethical standards, where I partner with individuals in finding the path to the abundant life, filled with meaning, purpose and fulfillment.

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Sheena Rapkin, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: MA- Counseling Psychology and Marriage/Family Therapy
University of St. Thomas
Works with all ages

Specializing in: Marriage, Couple, Family, and Child therapy; Parenting, Child Issues, Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Women’s Issues, Spiritual/Identity Issues, Families with Special Needs, Pre-Marital.

Personal Mission Statement: Personal Mission Statement: It is my privilege to come alongside those in need on their journey towards healing and restoration and to partner with them in finding meaning, freedom, and peace. I believe I can be a vessel in which to share God’s hope, forgiveness, acceptance, peace and love for others through the journey of life.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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Tony Sommars, MA, LMFT

Somm_2013Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: MA – Marriage and Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary, MN
Years of experience: 12

Specializing in: Marriage/Relationship issues, Behavior Problems, Depression/Anxiety, Adolescents, Family/Parenting, Men’s Issues (Sexuality, Pornography).

Works with ages 12 over.

Personal Mission Statement: To provide a safe, Spirit-led, and helping environment aimed to fulfill client goals in a direct and compassionate way.

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Julie Temmel-Friesen, MA, LMFT

Clinical Therapist
Education: MA, Argosy University
Works with ages 5 and up

Specializing in: Women’s Issues, Marital Relationships, Blended Family, Single Parenting, Grief.

Personal Mission Statement: My approach to therapy is strength-based and collaborative, with an emphasis on building a positive therapeutic relationship. My passion is to help others develop healthy ways to navigate through life struggles, and be empowered as they journey through change and healing.

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Timothy Wiertzema, MA, LMFT

Wier_2013Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: MA – Argosy University
Years of experience: 8
Works with ages 4 and over

Specializing in: Adolescent & Men’s Issues, Family Therapy, Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety, Marriage/Couples Therapy, Family of Origin Issues, ADHD, Autism/Aspergers.

Personal Mission Statement: Sometimes the stress and frustration becomes too much and I appreciate and admire those willing to address and work on the challenges that are facing them.  I utilize my training and experience to identify potential challenges or concerns and encourage clients to use their strengths to make positive change.  I provide my clients with an opportunity to integrate their faith into the counseling process.

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Kristi Wilder, MA, LMFT

Wild_006_BachmannAssoc_P0201Clinical Therapist

Education: MA – Adler Graduate School
Years of experience: 7

Specializing in: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Marital/Couple, Family, Parenting, Career/Work Issues, Women’s Issues.

Works with ages 7 and older

Personal Mission Statement: My desire is to be an instrument of hope, encouragement, and guidance to others on their path to emotional and spiritual healing. I consider it a privilege to walk along side others as they learn new skills and gain insight, leading toward positive changes and growth.

“…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

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