THE TEAM

Arubah prides itself on having a diverse group of staff with various backgrounds and competencies.  As a team, Arubah provides supportive services in an array of areas. If you are looking for staff at a particular location, or looking for a specific service, please see our locations and services.

 

Anissa Keyes, MA, LMFT, LICSW, RYT-200, R-HYI

President/Therapist

"Love & Restoration"

 

Anissa is the founder and owner of Arubah.  She came in the field when she was 15 years old with the desire to help.  She ended up spending several years in Social Services but not feeling like her contribution would help the clients sustain over time.  She continued to desire to help guide individuals and families into a space of healing, and specifically wanted to provide support to the people that were least likely to receive the services.  Her passion inevitably became focused on merging her spiritual beliefs, her understanding of the importance of emotional stability, and the connection with physical health and well being.  Her sights were set on facilitating restoration.  Her hope was that people would go beyond natural restoration, and instead be spiritually restored to whom God had created them to be.  

 

Anissa loves spending time with her four children, is very involved in church activities and enjoys reading.  She really loves to travel and try new things.  She spends a lot of time with close family and friends.  She practices Vinyasa Power Yoga, and is both a Registered Yoga Teacher (200) and a Registered Holy Yoga Instructor.  She enjoys teaching both Holy Yoga and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.  

 

Anissa has her Bachelor of Science in Law, Criminology and Deviance and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.  She has been providing Clinical Supervision for the past four years and practicing for the past 8 years.  She is approved with Minnesota Licensing Boards to supervise those seeking licensure as an LPC, LPCC, LICSW and LMFT.  She has experience in program development, creating and implementing psychotherapy group curriculum and is trained in Trauma Focused CBT and EMDR.  She is also a skilled trainer in various psychotherapy topics and a strong collaborator with outside providers.

 

Anissa brings the concepts of Love and Restoration into all of her work, understanding that God embodies the perfect definition of Love and He restores.  She embraces the fact that she is simply a vessel to assist in facilitating the process of healing.

 

Jennifer Boyd, BA

Training Coordinator/Therapist

''Encouraging & Compassionate"

 

Jennifer believes that people struggle with discouragement.  She also believes that we have to shift our focus from feeling we are above or below one another to seeing that we are standing next to each other and that each person brings something special to the table. Jennifer has a passion for helping those who are hurting and desires to assist those around her find and utilize their strengths. She maintains the belief that everyone matters and is valuable.  She believes that people are able to make a change when they become aware of the root of their behavior and discover what need is driving the behavior.

 

Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She loves singing, drawing, painting, reading fiction, hand sewing blankets and watching shows such as Dr. Who and Lord of the Rings.  

 

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. Jennifer has been working with children for 16 years. She finds children both a wonderful challenge and reward. Jennifer is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Adler Graduate School in Richfield Minnesota.  She is also working to become a Registered Play Therapist. 

 

Deanin Willsun, MA, LSC

CTSS Treatment Director/Therapist

"Calm & Joyful"

 

Deanin's therapeutic values include: compassion, respect, loyalty, and hard-work.  Deanin believes her role is to help others understand, acknowledge, and identify conflict in their life. Her therapeautic style is demonstrated through active listening, encouragement, patience, and empowerment to make a self-change through positivity. Deanin understands that we all make mistakes and it is necessary to make room for errors in order to positive change in our lives.

 

In her personal life, Deanin has a loving family in which she enjoys spending as much time with as possible. She loves to shop, try new activities, travel, expand on her therapeutic career, be happy, and feel inspired with her life. 

 

Deanin's received her Master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis on school counseling. She has licensure in school counseling and currently works with kindergarten through 4th grade students. Further, Deanin has many years of experience in case management, children therapeutic skills services (CTSS) and family work. She has further experience working with children and families. Deanin's passion includes working with people. Additionally, Deanin is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

 

Stephanie Aina, BA

Therapist

"Empathetic & Trustworthy"

 

Stephanie’s passion is to create a healthy supportive environment built on strengths, wellness and positive lifestyle choices; helping clients overcome and mange a wide range of mental health and behavior needs. Stephanie believe clients have the capability in creating a healthy environment for themselves and families; overcoming life uncertainties and circumstances while implementing the right tools and supports. She values change, growth and healthy outcomes that focus on individuals’ optimal health, including mental and physical wellbeing.

 

During her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family members, going for long walks, live theater, and visiting close friends. She listens to radio gospel daily and enjoys live jazz music and reggae. Stephanie also enjoys cooking and trying new foods.

 

Stephanie has attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Inver Grove Hills Community College, and North Hennepin Community College. She graduated from St. Mary’s University with a BS in Human Services. Stephanie currently attends Adler Graduate School, working towards an MA in Psychotherapy & Counseling. Stephanie takes a Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral approach to therapy.

 

Brandon Johnson LGSW

Therapist 

"Passionate & Creative"

 

Brandon believes that everyone has strengths and, with the right tools, can recover and thrive. In his experience, Brandon learned that healing and recovery happen when the mind, body, and spirit are working together. By focusing on a holistic approach we can encompass who we are supposed to be. Aspects of ourselves that we may see as weaknesses can also be unique strengths. We all can find our own voice. During therapy, Brandon works to ensure that the sessions are based on the goals you set. He is honored and humbled to help others reach and accomplish their goals.

 

In his free time, Brandon like to go camping, and enjoy the peace when it comes to being in nature. Brandon is also a poet, and enjoys reciting poetry. He's even been known to freestyle on occasion. Brandon is always seeking personal growth through reading, traveling, learning about different cultures and meeting new people. 

 

Brandon has training to work with those who have Mental Health and Chemical Health disorders, and has worked with both children and adults for a combined 10 years. Brandon uses several modalities during sessions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. He also likes to use poetry, music, and dance to help with the healing process. Brandon is committed to working with people regardless of age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or economic status. 

 

Sunghee Kim MA, LAMFT

Therapist 

"Walking Together"

 

Sunghee has a strong desire to help people live life to its full potential. She believes that we all have a purpose in life, along with gifts and abilities to fulfill the purpose. Sunghee’s goal is to assist others achieve this purpose by walking together with them. As a systemic therapist, Sunghee believes that relationship is the key to change. Sunghee sees that healthy relationships with self and others not only empower one to overcome the pain and hardships of life but also promote personal growth. Her role as a therapist is to provide a safe and trusting environment where clients can experience the power of healthy relationships and discover ways to build and maintain them for change and transformation.

 

In her personal life, Sunghee enjoys spending time with her husband and close friends. She also loves singing and traveling.  

 

Sunghee received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She obtained a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, certified in Psychological First Aid, and trained in Trauma Systems Therapy. She did various in-home skills/therapy work with children and adults, has been a community mental health educator, and facilitated family enrichment program, Duranno Mother School and Father School.

 

Driss Moukrim, MA, MFT

Therapist/ARMHS Practitioner

"Empowering & Understanding"

 

Driss' aim during the therapeutic process is to empower individuals and families to develop healthy ways to enrich their lives and acculturate themselves to their new environment. As a former immigrant from Morocco, he has learned firsthand the tremendous challenge of adapting to the social norms and rules of a new culture, and thus focuses on working with the immigrant population. Driss recognizes many immigrants suffer from ongoing trauma, and will not become healed or self-sufficient without necessary emotional and spiritual support.

 

Driss understands that, as a Muslim, that the presence of Islamic religion and cultural heritage needs to be embedded in the therapeutic process. This means that therapy starts from a place of respecting and showing interest in working with the client's issues, to heal their wounds, misunderstandings about self, and create a more positive and fulfilling future in their new environment.

 

Driss received his MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler Graduate School, and previously worked as a supervisory therapist at the Art and Drama Therapy Institute in Washington, D.C.. Prior to this, he was a former teacher of Philosophy in Casa Blanca, Morroco, as well experiences in retail sales, management, and company management. Driss believes his many experiences inform his capability to understand all client's problems.

 

Eston Brown, AA

ARMHS Practitioner & Marketing/Partnership Coordinator

"Open & Diverse"

 

Eston believes in a holistic approach to both health and recovery. Different approaches work for different people, so he thinks it behooves practitioners to be comfortable with topics as broad as spirituality, intellectualism, exercise, nutrition, and a range of different therapeutic approaches. His core philosophy is a mix of existentialism, determinism, pragmatism, and humanism. Eston thinks the foundation in any process is to believe that people have the capacity to change.


Eston is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and exploring different foods. He also loves to socialize with friends, play basketball and spend time with his girlfriend and three dogs.


Eston currently is attending the University of Minnesota with a double major in Philosophy/Psychology, and graduated with an AA degree with a Psychology emphasis from Normandale Community College with highest honors. He was the Undergraduate Philosophy Association President at the University of Texas at Austin and an editor/selection panel member for the Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, Ex Nihilo. Eston has been a mental health professional for a little over a year now, with experience working with kids and people from all walks of life. Eston welcomes the opportunity to help and work with everyone, regardless of race, religion, age, background, gender identification, or worldview.

 

Allisun Palma-Ruwe, BA

Intern

"Peaceful Presence"

 

Allisun is a student of the world who earned her miles, in large part, due to the Lutheran church. She has compassion for the vulnerable and values the power of healthy relationships. She loves meeting new people and working with them to explore what makes them unique. All people have stories and experiences that influence who they are and how they relate to the world. Life happens and can be cruel, so Allisun intends to walk alongside those who are hurting as they become empowered to create the change necessary to find peace both inwardly and outwardly.

 

She enjoys reading, journaling, and self-development physically and mentally. Her family lives in Colorado, California, and Arizona, but are always at heart. She was originally born in St Paul, but didn’t live in Minnesota again for 25 years.

 

Currently, Allisun is pursuing dual Master's degrees in Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology. Her energy since college has been focused on childcare as a nanny and infant teacher. With that, she is interested in sand tray therapy and various art therapies for children and support for their parents or couples in general.

 

Justin Allen, MSW, LGSW

Therapist

"Collaborative & Understanding"

 

Justin utilizes a client-centered, strengths-based approach in working with his clients. He draws from several different treatment modalities in his work, and tailors his approach to his clients’ specific needs and circumstances. He embraces his clients’ diversity and individuality, and believes they are the experts of their own lives. Justin strives to understand how the world interacts with them, in addition to understanding how they interact with the world around them. He believes that everybody has the capacity to create positive changes that impact their lives, and will work with his clients to help them reach their goals.

 

Justin enjoys spending time with his family, and friends. He also enjoys following his favorite sports teams: the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wisconsin Badgers, and North Carolina Tar Heels.

 

Justin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his Master's in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has over 3 years of experience in the mental health field providing services to a wide variety of clients, and specializes in work with adolescents and young adults.

 

Taiana Hayes, MSW, LGSW

Therapist

"Humanist & Person Centred"

 

Taiana began her journey in the helping profession as a nursing assistant, realizing the need for more supports for the vulnerable and marginalized populations. Her  focus has been on helping to provide support for adults and families to maintain stability, achieve safety, and reach their goals.  Taiana employs a person-centered, holistic perspective in her work, utilizing mindfulness- and strengths-based interventions and trauma-informed care, but attuning her practice to meet the needs and preferences of those she works with.


Taiana currently lives in Minneapolis. She is an animal lover, her and her spouse having 3 cats and 2 dogs. She enjoys all things geeky, reading science fiction and fantasy, playing tabletop games, and participating in a weekly Dungeons and Dragons campaign. 

Over the past 15 years, Taiana has worked with a variety of populations, from the elderly to kids, moving from providing direct support to case management. Taiana received her Bachelor's Degrees in Social Work and Psychology from the University of South Dakota, along with her Master's Degree in Addiction Studies. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University. She is currently licensed as a graduate social worker in Minnesota, pursuing independent clinical licensure.

 

 

James Bean, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

"Challenging & Humbling"

 

The story of James Bean II.  It all started in the City of Gary, Indiana in 1976. The most profound event was the marriage to his beloved wife Pearline. Later they were blessed to have 5 children, which are now all adults. In the year of 1985 he started his journey in the field of social services. Note, this was not a planned career move it was a matter of employment.

 

He began working at Gary Mental Health Center, that’s now named Edgewater Mental Health. This population of clients were acutely (SPMI) severe persistent mental Illness with dangerous tendencies.

 In 1987, the family relocated to the state of Minnesota and he began to work for a rule 36 facility named Carlson Drake. James is also an ordained Pastor with a Doctorate in Ministry from Warren Robbins University and in the same year he and his wife started a church in the city of Burnsville named Spirit of Truth Church.  Nine months later he was hire at the Crisis Intervention Center at Hennepin County as a mental health tech.  He went on to gain his college degree from Augsburg (BSW) in social work. As he continued to work for Hennepin County, he then went on to get his Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. In 2016, he retired from Hennepin County after working there nearly 30 years.

 

He seems to work well with inner city clients that have experienced trauma be it drug dependence, violent events or just down and depressed. He is passionate about working with this population because due to his own personal experiences he can relate to how its feels to be in these situations. James is very much into Behavior Modification and Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

He is a lover of outdoors and fishing, fishing and fishing. He also enjoys a good game of chess and real live jazz music. He is in the process of getting a dog that will hopefully get him out on walks.

His highest degree is a MSW masters of social work with a License Independent Clinical Social worker (LICSW). Doctorate Degree in Ministry.

 

Seneca J Krueger, MA, MFT

Therapist

"Meaning & Movement"

 

After witnessing how therapy changes the lives and relationships of people around her, Seneca knew that therapy was her calling. Seneca has developed a skill for creating connections with her clients. She believes that each client already has the knowledge and ability to create change and movement in their lives, and that her role is to help develop and navigate those skills. Change also requires work, and Seneca pushes her clients so that they can reach their goals. Since each client is unique, Seneca employs an integrated system of therapy that includes emotion exploration, meaning making, and self-compassion. Seneca treats individuals, families, and specializes in relationship therapy.

 

Seneca knows the words to every Disney song made before 1999, and spends a great deal of time singing along as loud as she can. Seneca also loves musical theater. Seneca spends her free time volunteering with animal rescues and fostering homeless dogs. A lover of the great outdoors and the water, Seneca also spends her time swimming in the many Minnesota lakes.

 

Seneca has her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University.  She has been trained in Gottman Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Pragmatic-Experiential Couples Therapy. Seneca is also certified in Prepare/Enrich assessments, and as a Psychological First-Aid responder.

 

Mara Coyle, MSEd, MA ATR

Art Therapist, Therapist

"Creative Transformation"

 

After teaching for seventeen years in St. Paul, Mara experienced the transformative power of art. She was amazed at what came out on the page that she initially didn’t have words for. This led her to become an art therapist. She guides people of all artistic abilities. Mara believes the role of a therapist is to encourage people to tap into their own internal healing and wisdom. This happens through creating images and in talk therapy. Mara has skills with both.

 

Mara takes daily walks with her dog. She has been part of a monthly book club for over twenty years. She enjoys making all kinds of art including painting, mixed media collage and weaving. She is active with her church community.

 

Mara has experience as an art therapy/talk therapy intern in day and residential mental health treatment programs for adults, adolescents and children. She has worked with those living with depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder. Mara has worked with older adults with dementia and their caregivers. Mara has a master’s in education, and in Adlerian Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy from Adler Graduate School. She is a registered art therapist ATR. Mara trained for two years in spiritual guidance.

 

 

Shania Castillo, B.A

Intern, CTSS Practictioner 

"Rise Above"

 

Shania Castillo is a senior at the University of Northwestern St- Paul. At eight years old her mother moved to South Minneapolis in seek of help as a single mother. It is through this life changing event Shania discovered her passion for helping those around her. Gisela Olson was a social worker who went above and beyond to get her and her brother the resources necessary to succeed. It is for this reason Shania is passionate about helping children reach their full potential no matter what the circumstance. She believes all children deserve the same opportunities it just takes the right people to come around them and show them who they have the power to become.

 

In her personal time, Shania loves to mentor middle school and high school girls. She has had various strong women help her throughout her life and believes it is important she does the same. She also enjoys playing sports and discovering new ice cream and donut shops.

 

Currently, Shania is pursuing a Psychology degree and after graduation, she plans to pursue her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling. Her dream is to go back to her community and open up a bilingual private practice where counseling services are provided for families of low-income status.

 

 

Mina Moukrim, B.A

ARMHS Practictioner 

"Autonomy & Cooperation"

 

 

Mina grew up in Morocco. Like many students there, she attended an Arabic and French bilingual school. She graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. She started working in companies related to her field, but she spent a lot of time as a volunteer, tutoring her neighborhood’s children in math, Arabic, and French. When she came to the United States, she worked for over five years in a child care facility teaching preschoolers innovation and social skills in Pennsylvania.

 

Mina is working as a sub-teacher in the south area of the Twin Cities. Over the time, she has developed a passion to teach students. The interaction and the connection with students have led her to consider the mental health field where she can interact, help, and make a difference in the lives of Arubah’s clients. Furthermore, while teaching, Mina learned that positive relationships and focus on strengths are great ways to success. Mina does not have experience in the mental health field, however, she believes patience, empathy and most importantly creativity are critical components to help Arubah’s clients.


    Mina ‘s refuge hiking place is Lebanon Hills Parks where she spends her weekend morning interacting with nature. Also, her favorite time is family gatherings to enjoy Moroccan food. She has two children, Laila and Yaseen. They attend schools in Apple Valley. Mina’s family’s favorite sport is soccer. Mina and her husband Karimi instill the love of soccer to Laila and Yaseen. As of now, Mina is working on her MAE toward a licensure as  an ESL teacher at Augsburg University.

 

Yosief, B.A

CTSS Practictioner 

"Consistency & Quality"

 

 

Yosief Temnewo was born in Eritrea.  He was adopted in 2009 by a family in South Minneapolis . He is  passionate about this work because he had a social worker in the past and thought the work they did was important . I think my philosophy of change is consistency, because clients need to build trust with you.

Some hobbies that Yosief enjoys are sports, movies, and music.  Yosief has 4 siblings that are in the United States and one back in Africa. He loves hanging with friends and socializing in general.

The highest degree that Yosief has achieved is a bachelors degree in Psychology. He is experienced  in working  with kids. He was employed with Home Instead for 2 years.

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