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 five 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 seven years and practicing for the past 10 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

Operations Manager/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. 

 

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

"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.

 

Allisun Palma-Ruwe, BA

Therapist & Yoga Instructor

"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.

 

James Bean, MSW, LICSW

Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

"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 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, LAMFT

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 of Minnesota.  She has been trained in Gottman Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Pragmatic-Experiential Couples Therapy.  Seneca is also certified in Prepare/Enrich assessments, and as a Psychological First-Aid respond.

 

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.

 

Heather Lidholm, MA, LMFT

Therapist 

"Family Centered"

 

Heather is a licensed Marraige and Family Therapist who believes that families are constantly evolving and always moving. She believes that individuals are unique, bringing their own experiences and perspectives to their socially environment. Her values are respect and communication.  She believes her role in the therapeutic relationship is as a sounding board, a support, and a challenger. Heather believes that all people have had hard experiences and made mistakes, sometimes desiring support in overcoming the effects these life events. Heather works with all ages, with a strong passion for working with children and families. She utilizes art, play, and narrative techniques with individuals and families. Heather identifies as an LGBT+ friendly clinician.

 

In her personal life, Heather has a loving family and cat. She enjoys exploring nature as a calming space, music, free-writing, and professional development. 

 

Heather has attained an Associate's of Arts degree in Psychology from Normandale Community College, Bachelor's of Science in Child Development from the University of Minnesota, a Master's of Arts in Marriage in Family Therapy from Argosy University's School of Professional Psychology. She has training in trauma intervention, therapeutic art, and therapeutic play. She belongs to the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

 

Rev. Darrell Gillespie

Therapist

 

Rev. Darrell Gillespie was an Adjunct Professor at North Central University. Courses taught were: Introduction to Urban Studies, Urban Sociology, and Counseling in the Urban Setting. Darrell has completed to Masters Degrees Psychological Counseling from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN and Divinity from Luther Seminary from St. Paul, MN. He just began a Doctoral of Ministry program focusing on Black Church Leadership. He is the Founder/Pastor of Proverbs Chrisitan Fellowships, located in North Minneapolis. He currently serves at Hope Academy as he Dean of Students K-5, and the Middle School Bible Teacher. Hope Academy is a Christ-Centered day school serving nearly 300 students in inner city Minneapolis. Darrell's passion in ministry is for the people of God to become the reconciling body to which they have been appointed. His desire is that the church would become agents who would foster understating appreciation of diverse cultural and ethnic groups in the city. 

 

Katie Bluhm, BAS

CTSS, Clinical Intern

"Positive & Compassionate"

 

Katie started out her career working as a Personal Care Assistant in-home with adults & children with intellectual and physical disabilities.
 
Her unique life experiences have led her to develop a passion to working with individuals who have mental health issues. In her free time, she likes to take her dog for walks or go to yoga classes.
 
She started her studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth where she received her bachelor of applied science in psychology. She is currently in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Adler Graduate School. In her future practice, she hopes to help those struggling with change to develop a healthier way of thinking. She believes that changing your thoughts can change your overall perspective. If you can gain control over your thoughts then you have the power to develop a healthy outlook on your life. You may not have control over what happens to you in life, but you have control over how you react and perceive those events.
 

Hanna Mumin LSW

CTSS/ARMHS Practitioner

 

My story started in the Capital of Somalia in the 70s. After coming to Minnesota and starting a family I went to school to finish my social work degree. My core values of social work come from my years of experience and have been shaped and molded to better assist the lives of my clients that I have worked with. My core values are understanding the service I have to the clients and the respect there dignity and self-worth. Competence and integrity is a big part of the work we do as social workers and it has a large part to do with the way we communicate with the patients and the way we can insure they trust us as we show them our compassion and competence. My philosophy or perspective of changing is based on whether or not the patient wants to change and also depending on the level of mental health, also if they are actively seeking help in a healthy way.

 

My personal time is spent on my two boys who are all grown now. I have one 21 year old who is studying Medicine in Europe currently and my youngest is a junior in High school. I tried my best to make sure there school, mental health, and physical health is in order. But as they aged I had to teach them how to take care of all of themselves in so many different ways. My hobbies include cooking different Italian and Somali dishes.

 

My highest degree or credentials is my Licensed Social Worker degree and Sociology. As I have been work as Social worker, I worked different place and wear different hat either it was mental health field or case manager.

 

I have grown to be passionate about what I do I have gained resilience, which I believe to be the most important attribute a practitioner can possess within the human services.

 

 

Kiara Owens

Therapist Intern

“Encouragement and Holistic”

 

Kiara’s story began to develop as a high school student serving and advocating for the community. While serving in the community, Kiara became conscious of diverse individual’s experiences of trauma, disadvantages, microaggressions, and stigmas from society. At that moment, Kiara knew her role in the world…to provide care to individuals taking in account all parts of their being. Kiara’s theoretical perspective is Adlerian, she believes “healthy” is defined by the individuals view of their state of being in their life tasks of work, vocation, social, self, and religion. Kiara believes with providing an atmosphere of encouragement and guidance, one may be willing to explore their self-identity and practice reality testing to take on their tasks of life in an encouraged way.

 

Kiara believes having a holistic approach creates rapport between the client and therapist. Kiara was taught this in her studies at Concordia University St. Paul, where she graduated with a B.A in Psychology. Kiara has further education on the importance of multicultural and empathic approaches from her pursuit in a M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy. With this degree, Kiara hopes to continue to provide multicultural competent counseling to diverse individuals, families, groups, and couples. Kiara has been trained in Yoga Calm, mindfulness techniques, and person-centered therapy.

 

Kiara has dreams of one day having her own nonprofit where she will provider psychoeducation and therapy in the community.  Kiara finds job providing services to individuals and families.  She believes everyone can become a "better" version of themselves through encouragement, guidance, empathic relationships, and continuous thoughtful and mindful work towards that "better" version.

 

Katie Eschenbauch, MSW, LGSW

Therapist

"Connection and Compassion"

 

My practice is based in bearing witness to others, listening, building relationships and connection. For me, these are the building blocks of the work I do and why I do this work. My education, life, work experiences, and internships have helped provide knowledge and skills that will assist me in being a therapist. I believe we are all capable, and we are individuals who view and seek change in many different forms.

 

My family is made up of my husband, Eli, and we have one adventurous, spunky son. I enjoy running, listening to podcasts, sending time with friends and families, and hiking and exploring the outdoors. Our family loves to travel to new places, and love visiting National Parks. My favorites thus far are Grand Canyon National Park and Badlands National Park.

 

I have my Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in clinical social work from the University of Minnesota. I am a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. My practice interests include trauma informed care, CBT and DBT modalities, working with the SPMI population, substance use, life transitions (especially to motherhood) and perinatal mental health. I have had multiple experiences, including, being a childbirth doula, working in child welfare, inpatient mental health, higher education and community education.

 

Raphael Szykowski, MSW, LICSW 

Therapist

"Demand the work and Show compassion"

 

Raphael is a client centered therapist. He believes the best therapeutic work occurs when the client understands the answers are his/hers to find and that the therapist is merely a guide to point out possibilities and explore the "what ifs" of the person's story.He believes there is a relationship between trauma and addiction and/or other self-destructive behaviors/thoughts. Raphael has worked largely with adult men and adolescents in the Native American community and understands trauma is universal to the human condition. When one of us is hurting, it affects many of us in our family and in our community. Our journey begins when we can change how we feel about what happened. We move forward. We don't forget. We survive by learning new coping rituals and changing the rules in our playbook.

 

Raphael comes from a family of performing artists and sometimes will perform on stage just for fun.  He has appeared with New Native Theatre, The Turtle Gals, Ulali, and Keith Secola, among several others.  He has an interest in languages, cooking, powwow dancing with his loved one, support meetings for himself, and playing with the dog.

 

Raphael has been working in the sobriety movement for over 27 years.  He recieved a Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2000, with a specialty discipline in alcohol and drug counseling.  He has been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with the State of Minnesota since 2006.  He has also worked as a School Social Worker and an Adjunct Instructor for Sociology and Psychology courses.  His best philosophical approach might be described as "Demand the work and show compassion."

 

Burgundi Hebert LSW

Therapist

“Innovative & Caring”

 

Burgundi has over 18 years of experience serving the community. She has a passion for assisting those who struggle with various challenges in their life. She is currently providing services for individual adolescents, men, women, as well as couples and families who express a desire to deal with their mental health and learn new skills to cope with and overcome their issues.

 

Burgundi has a passion for the work and realizes how important it is to first connect with everyone that she serves, as well as develop a genuine and professional working relationship, to better serve her clients.

In her spare time, Burgundi enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, travelling, and watching movies.

 

Burgundi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and Sociology from the University of Minnesota.  She received her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Family Practice, from Augsburg College.

 

Yaritza Montiel

CTSS/ARMHS Practitioner

Compassionate and Serving”

Yaritza has a passion for providing help and resources to those that are afflicted with mental illness or are going through a difficult stage in life. She believes that everyone deserves to be heard and helped. She has worked with different people with different needs in their life and has gained valuable experience working for an internship called “trauma recovery group project” where she was able to create a safe place for kids that went through tough times and needed a place to destress and express their concerns with no fear of judgement.

 

Yaritza is a very outgoing and playful individual who enjoys the outdoors like playing soccer, volleyball, hiking, and swimming. She also loves to play piano and sing alongside her now fiancé who plays the guitar and sings as well.

 

She is still pursuing her career in Psychology with an emphasis on addictions to one day be licensed with a LADC.

 

She hopes that with this new position she will grow to be an even better person and learn more about how she can provide assistance to any person because she believes everyone is unique in their own special way.

 

Nathaniel Hurse, LICSW

Therapist

"Change and Empowerment"

 

Nate Hurse is a License Independent Clinical social worker. He comes with a wealth

of expertise in the areas of clinical and program development, substance use

disorders, successful treatment of co-occurring disorders, recovery coaching, as

well as specializing in culture-centered counselling. He is also a licensed alcohol

and drug counselor in multiple states and has achieved a certification earning him

the distinction of advanced alcohol and drug counselor. Nate is also a qualified

Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and a National Acupuncture Detoxification

Association (NADA) registered trainer. Nate is also currently the vice president on

the board of NADA.

 

His career spans over 30 years, having worked in Connecticut, Indiana and

spending the last 20 years in Minneapolis at various chemical health treatment

centers where he specialized in culturally diverse populations. Nate is also a

consultant with the Minnesota DHS Alcohol Drug Abuse Division as a peer reviewer.

Nate is also in long term Recovery and is a strong advocate or Peer Recovery/Recovery Coaching.

 

 

Lynda S. Cannova, MSW

 ARMHS Practictioner 

"Positivity & Resiliency"

 

Lynda has a true passion for improving the lives of people who are afflicted with mental illness. As well as working as an ARMHS worker, she has lived with SPMI within her immediate family for over 20 years. She holds a Masters degree in social work and has been on the front lines with police officers assisting and facilitating crisis intervention and de-escalation training.

 

Besides coming from an Italian family of great cooks, Lynda has studied food as medicine, and uses her knowledge to guide others to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior education. Lynda loves traveling and recently returned from Colombia where she got to enjoy tango and salsa dancing.

 

Lynda believes that each person is unique, and honors where their own individual story begins. She enjoys her work with the mentally ill, sharing her insights, giving them  support, confidence, and hope. 

 

Jordan Lyseng

 

Jordan is a new provider.  Please be patient while we add his Biography and Headshot!

Phyllis Braxton, LGSW, MSW, M.Ed.

Therapist

"Solution Focused"

 

 

Phyllis Braxton. is a native of Moss Point, Mississippi and has been in Minnesota for 25 years. Her core theoretical values are her beliefs that all people can change, when they’re ready and have the right guide. Phyllis is passionate about older girls and women who want to deal with their trauma and live their best life with confidence.

 

When Phyllis is not traveling the world for intentional cross-cultural experiences, her main devotions are her only child, Ivy Zaire and her husband Marcus Frierson. For the last 13 years, as CEO & Founder of PINK Consulting, LLC she works with individuals, teams and institutions to advance their cultural competency. She also teaches Urban Soul Line Dance and Chicago 8 count steppin, a ballroom partnered dance. Phyllis is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Founder of Dance with Confidence through which she hosts public and private events. Phyllis also mentors young professionals of color to navigate and thrive in predominantly white settings and in society.

 

Phyllis comes to Arubah with over 20 years of experience in the social services arena. Now, as a LGSW she desires to leave a legacy of changing the generational cycles of disfunction and trauma from the womb to womanhood. Phyllis brings knowledge and expertise with a Master of Social Work (Clinical) from St. Catherine’s and a Master’s in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota She is an expert in the field of Intercultural Competence, Cross-Cultural Community and Conflict Communication. She is a faculty member and certified administrator of the IDI, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Intercultural Conflict Styles and The Leadership Circle (a 360-degree assessment).

 

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