Julia Edelman, LMFT, LADC
Let’s face it – we’ve all struggled at some time in our lives, in ways both big and small. No matter the size of the issue at hand, it often bears viewing with the eyes of an experienced “other” for perspective,
tools, and perhaps the simple comfort of knowing you are not alone. I’ve had extensive experience helping individuals, couples, and families sort through grief and loss, trauma, family conflict and other interpersonal issues, and navigate the sometimes choppy waters of separation/divorce. Learning respectful and effective communication skills is often part of my approach. I’ve been described by colleagues, friends, and clients as non-judgmental, down-to-earth, and relational. I may sprinkle humor into sessions while lending insight and encouraging positive growth. Mindfulness is important to me personally and professionally, and I have been trained in DBT, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and Gottman Therapy for couples. My style is collaborative and client-centered as we co-create goals within a safe and supportive space. Additionally, I bring to my practice years of life experience. In my previous career as a writer and editor, I published a local newspaper, The Phoenix Spirit, which focused on mental health and recovery. My husband and I have raised two sons, a dog, a couple of cats, three birds, and a rabbit, not necessarily at the same time.
Melissa Fjelstad LADC, LPCC
My primary focus is creating a therapeutic relationship to facilitate change and healing in order to assist you in creating or rediscovering a sense of meaning and purpose in your life and relationships. I specialize in working with adults and families who have experienced the impacts of trauma and chemical dependency to assist in challenging old patterns of managing emotional distress and developing positive beliefs about the world and ourselves. My background in working with individuals who have experienced trauma has led me to pursue training in EMDR and to integrate this practice into therapy. Beginning the process of therapy can feel like a giant leap into vulnerability and making change in our lives can be challenging and I would be honored to assist you in the process of creating additional emotional awareness, understanding, and meaning in your life.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and my Master’s Degree from Argosy University Twin Cities. I am licensed as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) in the state of Minnesota. In addition to offering family, couples and individual therapy services I also offer chemical dependency assessments and can assist in the process of connecting individuals and families with sober supports and treatment programs when necessary in the process of recovery and healing.
Frank Thayer, LMFT
My style is generally focused on the relational aspects of life, whether that is relationships with our family, your partner, the therapeutic relationship we build, or your relationship with yourself. My style of therapy centers around systemic theories, relational principles and relational ethics. I believe that problems are inevitable in life and we all face challenges that create pain and can leave us feeling stuck and disconnected. I also believe it is through these experiences that we grow into adulthood and acquire wisdom. I work diligently with my clients to understand who they are and where they want their lives to take them. My clients can expect me to be consistent, authentic, relationally focused, and honest with them.
I received my master's degree from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have experience as an in-home therapist, outpatient therapist, and a therapist for individuals needing services at a residential level. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families. From these experiences I have developed a passion for working with people and have immense respect for the transformative power of our relationships.