Lake Elmo Counselors

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Michelle Abbott, MA, LMFT

Clinical 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

EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trained Therapist

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.


Marcus Bachmann, PhD

Clinic President, Clinical Therapist
Education: MA – Regent University, VA
PhD – Clinical Psychology, Union Graduate School, OH
Years of experience: 25+

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.


Elisa Bachmann

Elisa Bachmann is finishing her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University.

She has lived in Haiti working with an orphanage for over 3 years. Her work at Counseling Care is a calling that God has given to her as a young woman. Elisa believes brokenness, found in all of us, is a tool that can be used to connect us to each other instead of divide.

As a counselor she sees children, women, single and married couples. Her work in Trust-Based Relational Intervention works specifically with children and families that have endured trauma. Her hope is to walk alongside those that want to seek a life of transformation in Christ.

“He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8


Lucas P. Bachmann, MD, Psychiatrist

Credentials: Dr. Lucas Bachmann is a Dual Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Bachmann is board eligible in Forensic Psychiatry. He received his undergraduate degree from Bethel University and is a medical graduate of the American University of the Caribbean. Dr. Bachmann completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Connecticut. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He also completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the division of Law and Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

In addition to his work at Counseling Care, Dr. Bachmann is a forensic psychiatrist at the St. Peter, Minnesota Security Hospital.

Dr. Bachmann was an American Red Cross Mental Health Volunteer, for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort and volunteered for a Native American Health Care Clinic in Minnesota.

Philosophy of Care: “My goal is to deliver significant and positive impact to patients through psychiatric care. I enjoy caring for patients and families of all cultures and backgrounds. I believe that collaboration with my patients helps them maintain good health, and is beneficial in treating mental health challenges.”

Dr. Bachmann is licensed to practice medicine in Minnesota.

Please call for scheduling at our Lake Elmo and Burnsville location.


Linda Barrett, LICSW, BCPCC

Clinical Therapist
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor
Education: MSW – University of Kansas, BA – Psychology, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Years of experience: 25

Specializing in: Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Adolescents & Young Adults, Parent/Child Issues, Life and Developmental Transitions, Trauma, Family of Origin Issues, Women’s Issues

Works with all ages 12 and older

Personal Mission Statement: My goal is to provide competent and caring counseling from a Biblical perspective. I desire to partner with individuals, so they can realize healing, and their potential and wholeness in Christ. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5


Mari Boyd, MA, LMFT

Clinical Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Education: MA – Marriage & Family Therapy – Bethel Seminary, MS – Psychology – University of Northwestern

Specializing in: Trauma/PTSD, Terminal Illness, Grief/Loss, Military, Depression, Anxiety, Family/Marital/Relationship Issues, Adolescent & Parent Coaching/Support, Spiritual Issues, Single/Families/Couples, Self-Esteem/Personal Growth & Women’s Issues.

Works with ages 13 and older
EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trained Therapist

Personal Mission Statement: I am a positive, down-to-earth therapist who will support & encourage you in your efforts toward change, personal growth & emotional healing. My style is relational & conversational because I believe trust comes when you become comfortable with your therapist & develop a safe working relationship.

My Christian faith is very important to me & is the core of who I am. Yet God has not called me to preach or evangelize, but to live out that faith throughout my life. I will always respect your beliefs & I practice a ‘client led’ approach to speaking about faith & spirituality within the context of therapy.

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Jon R. Colombo, PhD, LP

Licensed 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+

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.


Susy (Susan) Courneya, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical 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, Adoption, Child/Parenting Challenges, ADHD, Family of Origin Issues, Pre-marital (Prepare/Enrich Certified and SYMBIS Certified), Trained in DBT

Works with ages 12 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.

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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 and older

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.


David Frazer

David Frazer is completing his Masters in Counseling from Crown College. He completed a Masters of Divinity; then he served as a Pastor for over three decades. David is a retired chaplain from the United States Army Reserve. He has worked several years in suicide prevention programs, anger management, and hospice work.

Dave loves people and enjoys seeing people healed from a shattered life. He often sends encouragement, strengthening, and edification through the help of his personal experiences, schooling, and God gifting.
Dave sees adolescents, adults, and couples struggling in marriage and individuals that have lost hope. He integrates professional expertise and principles of hope, grace and practical steps that lead people to freedom.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)


Linda Gale, MA, LMFT

Clinical Therapist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Years of experience: 12

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.


Timothy S. Johnson, LICSW, LMFT

Clinic Director, Clinical Therapist

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Education: MSW (Master of Social Work) School of Social Work, University of Minnesota and BSW, Bethel University
Years of experience: 40

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 all ages

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.


Courtney Leitschuh MA, LADC, LPC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
Education: MA – Bethel University, MN

Specializing in: Chemical Dependency, Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Abuse, Issues Involving Guilt or Shame, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Family Issues

Works with ages 12 and over.

Personal Mission Statement: I believe that in life, as well as in counseling, utilizing Christian principles inevitably produces the most effective results. It is my privilege to offer kindness and compassion while the client and I work together to develop more productive and positive outcomes. My style integrates spiritual principles with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by providing tools that can be implemented into the present moment and everyday life. This process is done without judgement or imposing my beliefs on the client.


Steven M. Lutz, PsyD, LP

Licensed 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.


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

Years of Experience: 10

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: 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


Tony Sommars, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: MA – Marriage and Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary, MN
Years of experience: 18

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.


Chanel Thiry, MA

Education: MA in Counseling Psychology – University of St. Thomas

Specializing in: Individual, Adolescent, and Child Therapy; Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Abuse, Postpartum, Women’s Issues, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Spiritual/Identity Issues, Child Issues.

Works with ages.

Personal Mission Statement: It is my desire to partner with and walk alongside those in need on their journey through difficult life experiences to help bring a renewed sense of hope and healing.

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