Britta holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Psychology with a Minor in Child and Family Studies from St. Cloud State University. Britta is a Qualified Neutral from the Conflict Resolution Center in Minneapolis. Qualified Neutrals assist in resolving legal disputes and relationship repair.
She is a Facilitator of the Prepare/Enrich Inventory designed for the assessment and treatment of pre-marital, married, and parenting couples. Britta has experience working with parent-child relationships and adolescents. She is a strong proponent of parent involvement in communities, schools, and homes. Britta has extensively examined the relationship between the body, soul, and spirit with special attention to the effects that physical health has on the mind. With this, she is open to talking about how physical health affects the mind.
Britta approaches treatment from Family Systems Theory and specifically using strategic and narrative approaches. She believes that stories should be told, that each one of them is unique and powerful; she believes there are hopeful triumphs in every story. Britta desires to create a culture of honor and joy with the individuals, couples, and families of whom she meets. She has a passion for healing hearts in her community and knows that it all starts with Jesus at the Cross.
Terri Fedorenko holds a Master of Science degree from St. Cloud State University and is a Licensed Marriage and family therapist. She is a wife and a mother of 5 children ranging from age 24 to 12. She has experienced pain and loss, as well as joy and success.
She understands that sometimes life gets hard and people get lost, and it is her desire that no one is alone during those times. It is her belief that therapy is not a magical healing but rather, as Mary Pipher wrote, “Therapy gives clients a safe relationship in which to explore their inner world and to consider taking risks in their external one.”
Terri is a systemic therapist with an eclectic style. She seeks to meet her clients where they are at, explore with them where they would like to be, and walk with them as they overcome whatever obstacles are in the way of getting there. Terri’s experience includes successful work with couples therapy, parenting issues, blended families, women's issues, mood disorders, child development, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, grief and loss, abuse, and trauma.
Terri is a Christian, which to her means that she loves God and loves people; however, in therapy, she works collaboratively with the client to establish goals that are a priority to them. Terri works with teens, adults, couples, and families.
Brandon is a Licensed Marriage and family therapist who obtained a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Cloud State University. He is a member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Brandon has additionally completed training through the University of Minnesota Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate program to specialize in working with pre/post adopted individuals and families. Brandon is also a Prepare/Enrich Marital Assessment seminar director. Brandon has experience working with a variety of families, couples, individuals, and children.
Brandon’s experience includes Premarital Counseling, Couples Counseling, Parenting Skills Training, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, ADHD, PTSD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pre and Post Adoption, Mood Disorder(s), and Grief and Loss.
When working with children, individuals, couples, and families, Brandon uses a strength-based systemic approach that seeks to empower people to better their lives and the lives of their families. Brandon is committed to the restoration and improvement of familial relationships and committed to generational change in families. He feels very strongly about working with individuals and families whatever their current situation may be and working with them to establish positive changes that will positively affect generations to come in their families.
Paula has a strong history of working in many Christian ministries. For 15 years, she worked as a crisis-pregnancy counselor, domestic abuse group program facilitator, and women’s shelter director.
She began her undergraduate in 2003 from Minneapolis Metropolitan College in Psychology, received her Masters of Science in Psychology in Mental Health Counseling from Walden online, a Graduate Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University, and a Masters of Arts in Theology from Steubenville University in 2015.
Her counseling perspective is somewhat eclectic, with a methodology of cognitive/behavioral, psychodynamic, systemic approach in family interactions, and building on the strengths that clients already possess. Paula sees the struggles that bring clients to counseling as beneficial to bringing things out in the open to heal from past traumas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions so that what is false can be replaced by God’s truth. This leads to a different way of perception, thinking, believing, and acting.
While under supervision, Paula has experience and specializes in working with those who have had trauma and/or abuse experiences, dissociation and dissociative identity disorder, borderline personality, scrupulosity, anxiety, depression, and addictions. Paula works with children in a nondirective play therapy approach with younger children and a modified talk-play therapy with children that are older. Paula and her husband celebrated 41 years of marriage this year with 5 children, 3 married bonus children, and 13 grandchildren.
“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Randy Johnson has worked as a professional counselor since 1999. Randy became a Licensed Marriage and family therapist after serving as a pastor for 15 years. Randy holds a Master of Divinity Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Randy specializes in marriage and family enrichment, parenting, co-parenting, grief counseling, and helping adults manage depression and anxiety. He has experience counseling individuals, couples, and families using a family system approach and a cognitive behavioral model of therapy.
Randy also offers prayer and other Christian resources to clients who are interested in integrating faith and therapy.
Cindy holds a Master of Science degree from St. Cloud State University and is a Licensed Marriage and family therapist. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
She and her husband are the parents of four grown children, one of whom has significant disabilities.
Cindy works with individuals, couples, and families as they seek to relieve relational conflict and personal stress. Frequently addressed issues include grief and loss, anxiety and depression, and life transition challenges. As a Christian, she integrates therapy with the love of Christ, the gift of grace, and eternal life.
Camille holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Independent Clinical social worker. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Camille works with children starting at age 6, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Camille uses a systemic approach to therapy and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model. Camille offers prayer and other Christian resources for those who wish to integrate their faith in therapy.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” —John 14:27
Mick is trained, licensed, and experienced in Marital & Family Therapy (MFT), a systems approach to assessing, diagnosing, and treating hurting individuals within encumbered relationships. He earned his doctorate of philosophy in MFT from Iowa State University and Master of Science in MFT from North Dakota State University.
He has been a professor in the accredited Master of Science degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Cloud State University since 1998. He holds licensure and Approved Supervisory status with the Minnesota Licensure Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and holds Clinical Member status with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Part of his professional focus has been in the integration of psychology and theology as well as noting how faith serves as a protective factor for families in distress.
Emileah Most graduated from St. Cloud State University with a M.S. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received specialized education in working with couples and families. She has experience working with individuals as well.
She believes everyone has the right to have access to a therapist who will recognize their personal strengths and resiliency while proving support. Emileah intends to empathize, connect with, and provide hope for others. She is a flexible, creative therapist who strives to adapt to family, couple, and individual needs. Emileah has met with individuals with various diagnoses including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, problematic sexual behavior, and pornography addiction. She recognizes that transitions in life can be challenging and believes asking for help is a sign of strength.
Where there is hurt, there is hope. This belief has fueled my passion for counseling over the last 10 years. I work with my clients to empower them to resolve the stressors and hardships in their life. I also strive to help my clients achieve their goals.
I have experience working through grief, depression, anxiety, anger issues, and conflict resolution with couples and individuals. I also have experience working with at-risk adolescent males and foster children.
As a Christian therapist, I welcome the opportunity to work with clients who would like to incorporate a faith-based perspective during their therapy sessions. This may include the use of prayer, scriptures, and other faith-based components to help clients strengthen and grow in their spiritual relationship.
The Center for Family Counseling strives to help our clients in a respectful and trusting environment. We want to provide Monticello and the surrounding communities with a place of hope and healing.
Jim brings to the practice of counseling a background in ministry, including adult faith formation and working with youth. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical social worker who holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. John’s University and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University.
He works with families, couples, adolescents, and individual adults on a wide range of issues, always seeking to place their challenges in the larger context of Christ’s redeeming power and grace.
Jim enjoys presenting workshops on a variety of topics, including marriage, parenting, and stress and anger management.
Jim’s work finds inspiration in the prayer of St. Paul: “May He give you the power through His Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong.”
Gwen is a Licensed Marriage and family therapist who obtained a Master of Science in Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University in 1999. Gwen has varied therapeutic experiences.
She has worked with clients regarding issues such as marital and family discord, child development, adolescent behavior problems, parenting issues, food allergy and intolerance issues, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, chemical dependency, grief/loss, abuse, trauma, and more. She conducts individual, couples, and family therapy. Gwen has an eclectic therapeutic approach which includes systems perspectives, behavioral techniques, interpersonal skills, and individual approaches as they fit for the clientele she serves. Gwen values helping her clients build on their own strengths, abilities, gifts, and resiliency.
Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University and a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies from The Moody Bible Institute. Jennifer has experience working with children, adolescents, teen parents, couples, and families in a variety of settings.
As a systemic therapist, while under supervision, Jennifer works alongside clients to support them in reaching their goals of relieved personal stress and relational conflict.
As a follower of Christ, Jennifer offers prayer and examining the hope offered through Scripture for clients who are interested in integrating faith and therapy.
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
—John 16:33 (HCSB)
Mike earned a master in counseling degree from the University of North Dakota and has been a Licensed Independent Clinical social worker since 1989. He worked as an in-home family therapist for 14 years and has worked for the past 13 years providing individual, family, and marriage/relationship counseling, as well as working with men court-ordered to domestic violence counseling in group and individual therapy.
Mike has experience in addressing a wide array of issues, including marriage/relationship and family issues, anger management and domestic violence, coping with anxiety and depression from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, and grief and loss issues. He invites clients to draw upon their faith in the power of forgiveness and the love and grace of God in seeking solutions and healing.
“Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
—Romans 12:2 NAB
Deb holds master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Education of the Gifted and Talented from the University of St. Thomas and taught school for 13 years before becoming a therapist. She does a general psychological evaluation, specializing in ADHD assessment for children, adolescents, and adults, and diagnosing learning difficulties in bright students. Deb’s therapeutic approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral.
Her work with children and adolescents has focused on anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral and emotional issues, and academic underachievement. She works with adults in individual and couples therapy, with a special interest in depression and anxiety, self-esteem and empowerment, adult ADHD, and parenting. She has counseled families in crisis, addressing separation, divorce, chronic health issues, grief, and abuse. Individuals seeking Christian counseling are supported in drawing strength and healing from their faith as they strive to make life choices which are consistent with their values.
De Ella is a Licensed Graduate social worker practicing on a clinical track while under supervision and holds a Master of Social Work degree from St. Cloud State University. De Ella works with clients from various backgrounds and ages.
She focuses particularly on counseling children, adolescents, emerging (young) adults, and beyond. Other areas of focus include working with individuals to decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, family conflicts, anger management, behavioral and emotional regulation, and building self-esteem and confidence in the clients’ strengths and resiliency. She has worked extensively in the past two years with youths placed in foster care.
De Ella has also studied in areas of trauma, attachment theory, adoption and foster care services, and children with incarcerated parents. She is dedicated to meeting clients where they are at in the healing process and helping clients find strength and resilience in the challenges they face. De Ella also has a passion for helping individuals dealing with the effects of childhood traumas—both with youth and adult clients, as well as individuals living with the challenges of chronic pain. During the therapy process, services are approached from a solution-focused and strengths-based perspective, utilizing mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral strategies as well.
As a Christian therapist, De Ella also welcomes the opportunity to work with clients who would like to incorporate a faith-based perspective during their therapy sessions. This may include the use of prayer, scriptures, meditation, and other faith-based components to help clients strengthen and grow in their spiritual relationship.
Joe graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2010, he received his Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Joe has experience working with a wide variety of families, couples, individuals, and children.
Joe has worked in a variety of settings including university and outpatient locations, as well as facilitated camps/classes for children and adolescents of divorced/separated families. His specialty areas include working with couples, individuals, and adolescents or children who need direction and guidance with issues such as marital, parenting and family conflicts, anxiety, depression, anger management, grief/loss, and behavioral and emotional issues.
Joe uses a systemic approach to therapy, which seeks to understand patterns of behavior within the context of the family system in which they occur. He also practices a strength based approach to therapy which means that he encourages clients to identify and utilize the strengths present within themselves and their relationships to facilitate growth and healing. Individuals, families, and couples seeking Christian counseling are supported and encouraged to find strength and hope in their relationship with God through faith.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”
—3 John 1:2