Evidence Based Practices

Family Innovations has accomplished therapists at each of its outpatient clinics specially trained and experienced to work with school-age youth dealing with depression, anxiety, attention problems, and disruptive behavioral concerns. This is a rapidly evolving specialty, and our therapists stay at the forefront of research and employ the most effective interventions and techniques to help young people learn to better manage these issues. Through the use of ongoing assessment, scaling questionnaires and dashboards, clients and their parents are provided up-to-the-moment information of clinical change that occurs throughout therapy.

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EBP Therapists at Family Innovations

  • Sarah ColemanSarah Coleman - MA, LMFT, RPT-S
    Therapist - Anoka

    Sarah completed her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University of MN.  She also completed a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and received her certificate at St. Mary’s University of MN.  She has been licensed with the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2006. Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University of MN in the Marriage and Family program.  Her courses focusing on teaching Play Therapy, working with children and their families, and trauma recovery for children.  Sarah enjoys working with individuals, children, adolescents and families.  She has extensive experience with children and Play Therapy.  She is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and has served on the Board of Directors on the MN Association of Play Therapy.  She specializes with children who have experienced traumatic events, including yet not exclusive to sexual abuse, physical and verbal abuse, domestic violence, adoption and medical issues, and their children. 

    Special areas of interest:

    • Domestic Violence Survivors
    • Blended Family
    • Divorce Recovery
    • Adoption Issues/Reactive Attachment Disorder
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Parenting
    • Relationship/Marriage Issues
    • School Difficulties
    • Family Communication/Conflict
    • Sibling Rivalry
    • Self-esteem
    • Grief and Loss

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # 1504
    • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
    • Association for Play Therapy Approved Supervisor
    • Associated for Play Therapy Approved Education Provider
    • Clinical Member: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member: MN Association for Marriage and and Family Therapy
    • Somatic Experiencing – Year 1 completed

     

  • Jeff CrossJeff Cross - MA, LMFT
    Therapist - Alexandria

    Jeff earned his MA in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has additional training and experience in the use of Evidence Based Practices for treating anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors. He uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to treat children and adolescents with histories of trauma. Jeff also has experience in the field of addiction. He enjoys working with individuals, families, couples, adolescents, and children to address the challenges life presents.
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    Licensure, Certificates, Affiliations, & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    • Minnesota State Approved LMFT Supervisor
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • Evidence Based Practices for youth with anxiety, depression, ADHD or disruptive behaviors
  • Jim FarmJim Farm - MDiv, MA, LMFT
    Therapist - Anoka

    Jim received his Master of Divinity and a Master in Marriage & Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary. He has extensive counseling experience with individuals, couples and families in multiple community settings.  He has training in providing evidence-based treatments for youth, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and the “Hawaii Model”.  Jim utilizes a short term, practical and strengths based approach that is geared to help you reach your personal and relational goals. Jim seeks to provide an encouraging, honest, and grace-filled environment that will provide you opportunity for the development of life skills, persistent change and optimum growth.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Trauma exposure – youth
    • Parent and Child/Teen Struggles
    • Anxiety: Panic/Generalized/Social
    • Depression
    • Interpersonal Relationship Conflicts/Communication/Intimacy
    • Affair/Infidelity Recovery and other Marital Challenges
    • Pre-Engagement and Premarital Relationship Counseling
    • Men and Male Teen Issues Including Anger Management and  Internet Pornography Use
    • Sexual Addiction Recovery and Associated Shame
    • Faith difficulties and Spiritual growth
    • Grief and Loss
    • Self- Esteem

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Training

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #1495
    • Clinic Member; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors
    • Member American Association of Christian Counselors    
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • “Hawaii Model” Evidence Based Practices for youth with anxiety, depression, ADHD or disruptive behaviors
    • Certification Treating Sexual Addictions and Healthy Sexuality
    • PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital & Marriage Facilitator
    • Emotion Focused & Gottman Method Couples Therapy
    • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
    • LPCC/LPC State Approved Supervisor
  • Ed FricksonEd Frickson - MS, LP
    Executive Director
    Therapist - Stillwater

    Ed received his Master’s in Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University in 1990, and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1987.  He received his Minnesota Psychology Licensure in 1994.  He has experience with family therapy, couples counseling, child and adolescent therapy, solution focused therapy, and child trauma.  Areas of clinical interest are trauma assessment, pre-marital/marital therapy with couples having or desiring children, family therapy, and adolescent issues.  He has significant experience with program development and supporting the professional growth of staff.  




    Special areas of interest:

    • Child Trauma (TF-CBT)
    • Anxiety disorders in children and youth
    • Family Therapy
    • Parent/Child relationship struggles
    • Adolescent Issues

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties:

    • MN Licensed Psychologist # 3213
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • “Hawaii Model” Evidence Based Treatments for youth with depression, anxiety, ADHD and disruptive behavior concerns

     

  • Shanna FrenzenShanna Frenzen - MA, LMFT
    Clinical Supervisor & Therapist - Eden Prairie 

    Shanna completed her Masters of Counseling Psychology at Bethel University.  She received her Certificate in Marriage and Family Studies from Bethel Seminary.  She has been licensed through the State of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2009.  Shanna enjoys working with individuals, adolescents, couples and families.  She has extensive experience in working with individuals and teenagers affected by trauma, depression and anxiety.  Shanna works with clients on a wide range of clinical issues.  

     

     

     

    Special areas of interest:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Marital Distress
    • Teenage Issues
    • Trauma
    • Women’s Issues

    Licensure, Certificates, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  #1949
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • “Hawaii Model” Evidence Based Practices for youth with anxiety, depression, ADHD or disruptive behaviors

     

  • Jena GareeJena Garee - MA, LMFT
    Lead Supervisor & Therapist - Maplewood

    Jena completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and her Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary. She has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2008. Jena enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families. She has extensive experience in working with individuals and families that are affected by trauma. She utilizes a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mind, body, and soul care.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Anxiety
    • Communication & Conflict Resolution
    • Family Struggles including Blending Families & Family Structure Challenges
    • Life Adjustments & Transitions
    • Pre-Marriage Therapy, Marital Challenges, Infidelity Recovery & Spiritual Relationship Growth
    • Trauma & PTSD Recovery

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties:

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #1700
    • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    • LPCC/LPC Approved Supervisor
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Mindy Johnson
    Melinda Johnson - MSW, LICSW
    Therapist - Centerville
    Mindy completed her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Wartburg College in 2006. Following her Bachelors program, she worked in a therapeutic preschool program with children, families, and groups in Minneapolis. After 4 years of this work, Mindy went back to school to pursue her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, specializing in child welfare. Following her MSW program, Mindy worked in acute inpatient and partial hospitalization mental health programs, specifically with children and adolescents and their families. Mindy is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults ages 5-25, in addition to their families. Mindy is able to treat a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and disruptive behaviors. Mindy utilizes current neuropsychological research and an attachment lens to guide her work with children and families on their journey towards healing.

    Special areas of interest:
    • Grief & Loss
    • Divorce & Blended Families
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Adoption & Attachment
    • Anger & Aggression
    • Family Dynamics & Communication
    • Infertility & Infant Loss
    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties:
    • MN Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker #18082
    • MN Board of Social Work approved LSW Supervisor
    • Psychoanalytic Training, Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    • "Children, Trauma, and Repair: Infancy through Adolescence", University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Kathy Patras-LegutKathy Patras Legut - MA, LMFT (MN & WI)
    Director of Community Based Services
    Therapist - Stillwater

    Kathy completed her Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services and a Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of MN. She is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Kathy enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents, with some of her areas of clinical interest described below. In addition to her clinical practice, she oversees the Community Services Division at Family Innovations, including the delivery of mental health services to youth and families through Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS), and Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARHMS) across the Twin Cities area.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Grief and Loss
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Communication & Conflict Resolution
    • Marital Distress
    • Adolescent issues such as: ADHD, Trauma, ODD, self-esteem, parent/child/peer conflicts

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    • WI Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
    • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    • LPCC/LPC Approved Supervisor
    • Member of American Association of Christian Counselors
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Candi SchmechelCandi Schmechel - DMFT, LMFT
    Clinic Lead & Therapist - Anoka

    Candi completed her Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Alfred Adler Graduate School, and has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2004. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents. She has extensive experience in working with individuals and families that are affected by chemical dependency. She utilizes a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mind, body, and soul care.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Addiction
    • Anxiety/Depression/Perfectionism
    • Chronic Illness
    • Codependency
    • Communication & Conflict Resolution
    • Grief and Loss
    • Life Transitions
    • Marital Distress, Infidelity Recovery & Spiritual Relationship Growth

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #1231
    • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
    • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    • LPCC/LPC Approved Supervisor
    • Clinic Member; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member Minnesota Association for Christian Counselors (MACC)
    • Basic Training EMDR Therapist
    • “Hawaii Model” Evidence Based Practices for youth with anxiety, depression, ADHD or disruptive behaviors

  • Chris TholeChris Thole - MA, LMFT
    Therapist - Stillwater

    Chris completed his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2012. He has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since September 2014. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents, including children as young as age eight. Chris utilizes a relational, interactive and experiential approach and has experience working in an in-home setting providing systemic family therapy. Chris appreciates the opportunity to work with people on a variety of issues.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Adolescent issues including ADHD, Depression, ODD, parent/child/peer conflicts, self-esteem
    • Anxiety
    • Communication & Conflict Resolution
    • Depression
    • Grief and Loss
    • Marital Distress/Relationship Issues
    • Men’s Issues
    • Parent/Child Relationship Struggles
    • Premarital Counseling
    • Parenting Support

      Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties:

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2974
    • Systemic Family Therapy (SFT)
    • Prepare/Enrich Premarital Counseling
  • Sarah Coleman
  • Jeff Cross
  • Jim Farm
  • Ed Frickson
  • Shanna Frenzen
  • Jena Garee
  • Melinda Johnson
  • Kathy Patras Legut
  • Candi Schmechel
  • Chris Thole
  • Sarah Coleman – MA, LMFT, RPT-S
  • Jeff Cross – MA, LMFT
  • Jim Farm – MDiv, MA, LMFT
  • Ed Frickson – MS, LP
  • Shanna Frenzen – MA, LMFT
  • Jena Garee – MA, LMFT
  • David Hemingway – MA, LMFT, LPCC
  • Candi Schmechel – DMFT, LMFT
  • Kathy Patras-Legut – MA, LMFT