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.
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
Vice President & 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.
"Motivator & Challenger"
Ms. Jean has been working in the non-profit world for 20+ years in various capacities as a youth program coordinator, family advocate, case manager for single adults and youth mentor & group facilitator. In the past 4 years she has shifted to healing arts becoming certified in Energy Medicine and Restorative Yoga, a few years ago after being introduced to Thai Yoga Body, she wanted to learn more and took a trip to Thailand with a group of others to learn Chi Nei Tsang and do a training in Thai Yoga. She believes there are various ways for healing to happen within the body. She is graduating this April from Center Point Massage & Shiatsu School & Clinic as a Therapeutic Massage Therapist. She is also an Ordained Minister.
She enjoys reading a good book, hanging out with friends & family, and encouraging others and taking vacations to retreat centers to get away from the hustle and bustle with minimal access to any media devices. She is the mother of 3 adult children and has 6 grandchildren.
Heather Lidholm, MA, LMFT
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.
James Bean, MSW, LICSW
Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
"Challenging and 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 hired 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.
Allisun Palma-Ruwe, MA, LAMFT, RYT200
Therapist & Yoga Instructor
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 has obtained her 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.
Burgundi Hebert LSW
"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.
Seneca J Krueger, MA, LAMFT
"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.
Rev. Darrell Gillespie
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 Christian 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.
Therapist & Marketing
CTSS & ARMHS Practioner
"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
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's 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.
Chris Hill, MA, LADC
"Genuine and Caring"
Chris has a genuine love for helping clients discover and make the changes they would like or need to make. As a therapist, he is open and honest with his
clients and works with humility to establish trust. He believes we all have the ability to change within us, and many times need some help with finding that change. He specializes in working with
adults and adolescents with substance use and trauma-related disorders. He feels confident helping his clients work through various issues that arise. Individuals, Relationships, as a parent or
work-related, he has worked with adolescents and adults. Currently, he specializes in helping adolescents offering a non-judgmental relational focused approach.
Chris enjoys spending time with his family, games and bike rides with his kids. He prioritizes self-care for he and his wife in order for them to be the best version of themselves they can be for one another, their children and those they come in contact with. Exercise and motorcycle rides are his favorite self-care activities.
Chris has a BA degree in Substance Use counseling as well as Licensed as a Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has worked in the substance use field for over 16 years. He currently holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University.
Lynda S. Cannova, MSW
"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
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.
Tandra Jefferson, MA
"Love and Balance"
Tandra Jefferson uses her gifts to bring a holistic approach to therapy and believes we are all born with an innate ability to form healthy relationships.
Tandra believes in the power of healing through love and connections within the community. She draws from experiential, Internal Family Systems, Trauma informed and Play Therapy techniques in her
work. She embraces a balance between addressing immediate concerns, and promoting empowerment, confidence and lifelong wellness. Tandra approaches therapy from a culturally responsive lens and
believes in honoring cultural diversity and social justice.
graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, she has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has vast
experience working with children and adolescents with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. Her experiences include presenting concerns related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, trauma, identity, and
relational conflict. Tandra is Psychological First Aid certified and is a certified Prepare & Enrich marital and premarital facilitator.
Throughout her life, she’s been committed to empowering children to discover confidence, agency and self -love. For over fifteen years, she has coached Junior Olympic Gymnastics throughout the Midwest and currently holds a level 10 gymnastics Judging Credential. Her vast experience in youth athletics positions her well to work with children in youth sports programs. In her free time, Tandra enjoys hiking, yoga, traveling and spending time with family.
Nicole Bergstresser, MA, LADC
Ever since she was a teenager, Nikki knew she wanted to help others. After her last hospitalization at 15, she decided that she wanted to work in mental health
just like those who had helped her through her own battle. She received a bachelor’s in human services from Metropolitan State University in 2010 and has worked with individuals with mental illness
in some form ever since. In 2019 she received a master’s degree in Adlerian counseling from Adler Graduate School.
In her personal life, Nikki enjoys spending time with her black lab Charro and her two cats, Choco and Felix. Nikki spends her favorite season, winter plowing snow but also enjoys gardening in the summer. She moved from Canada to the United States at the age of 10 and is hoping to move back to Canada when she retires.
Nikki has a master’s degree in Adlerian counseling and is working towards LPCC license. She is also a licensed chemical dependency counselor and is familiar with the intricacies of treating mental illness and chemical dependency. Nikki has worked with individuals coming out of incarceration for over six years and is passionate about giving everyone she meets a second chance. She also has experience working with adolescents, families, children, and individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
Jenny Jendro, MSW, LICSW
Jenny is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who believes in the power of compassionate connection. She believes that we are joined together in our
human experience and that therapy can be a place to learn more about the challenges we face as well as the contributions we have to offer. She believes that clients are the experts of their own lives
and that her role as a therapist is to provide a space where people feel heard, valued and supported to make the changes that they seek.
In her free time Jenny enjoys time with her family and friends. She loves reading, being active and spending time outside. She also enjoys finding ways to build and participate in meaningful community.
She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work, both from the University of Minnesota. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with twenty-five years of direct practice experience. Jenny has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). As a transracial adoptee, Jenny enjoys working with other adoptees who are navigating journeys around attachment and identity. Jenny serves on the Board of Directors of Amazeworks, an organization that promotes equity and building the conditions for belonging.
Colin Cooper, BA, MA
Colin was drawn to the therapy profession from an early age. He has always been interested in the meaning others find in life and learning about their story. As a person-centered therapist, Colin strives to meet you as the person you are. He collaborates with clients and their inherent strengths to create therapy on their terms, matching their stride and pace. He often works from a base of self-acceptance and self-love. Colin has worked with individuals facing challenges related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, and relationship difficulties. Colin believes everyone is worth the change they find themselves yearning for and recognizes the search for change can be challenging to navigate. His mission is to walk alongside you, hearing you and seeing you through each season of life. He believes change only happens from within the self but that support from others along the way can be invaluable.
Propelled by his passion for learning, Colin has an uncommon interest for things novel to him. New movies, music, art, and ideas energize him. His lifelong devotions to Lego, gaming, literature, and the animal kingdom keep him preoccupied in his downtime. He is often found reading works of favorite writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, and Wallace Stevens. Colin lives in Minneapolis with his partner and his pet mini-lop rabbit, Blue.
Colin received his BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Morris. Hs volunteered overseas with Peace Corps before returning to Minnesota to complete his MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. He is currently working toward full licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC).
Divine Baker, LMFT
Divine has always worked in a capacity not only as a healer but a problem solver. For the past fourteen years she has worked as Senior Site Coordinator providing emergency shelter to the homeless community in Saint Paul, MN. Divine brings 7 years of experience providing excellent individual, couples, family and in-home therapy to individuals and their families through a local non-profit agency. Divine is passionate and dedicated to providing services to individuals and families from a culturally sensitive lens. She works with families to bring out their unique talents and capacities to overcome generational barriers, family dynamics and interpersonal issues. Divine’s approach to healing work is collaborative and includes harm reduction, strength-based and psychoeducation. She uses her professional training and personal experiences when providing services and creates a safe environment where clients can explore mental health issues free from judgment and shame. With her remaining time she enjoys being active, eating well, and practicing meditation.
"Restoring & Hopeful"
Chantel’s experience in mental health starts back 5 years ago when she worked as a personal care assistant, doing in-home work to motivate clients to become more independent. She then transitioned to doing advocacy work at the MN state legislature to push for legal changes to create better access to care for clients. Chantel’s passion for this work stems from both her own personal challenges with her mental health and witnessing the true power that therapy has had in her own life as well as the lives of her clients. Being on both sides as client and as counselor really puts into perspective what is most important to a successful counseling relationship, connection and understanding.
Chantel believes that change occurs when we begin to truly accept ourselves as we are and live our most authentic life. This world spends much of its time breaking us down, which can leave us feeling broken, rejected, lonely, hopeless, and searching for answers. Through self-acceptance we can find our refuge and inner peace, bringing us the emotional healing we desire.
In her free time, Chantel loves to travel, as she currently has been to 20 countries. She loves learning new languages and trying food from different cultures. She values her alone time and as an introvert loves cuddling up on the couch with a nice cup of tea and a great show to watch or book to read.
Chantel completed her undergraduate degrees in Psychology with neuroscience minor and French studies at the University of Minnesota. She then went on to complete her Master’s degree at Northwestern University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also certified in providing TMS therapy to those experiencing treatment resistant depression.
Hannah Blaha is coming to Arubah Emotional Health with some prior experience at a domestic and sexual violence crisis shelter in WI and intake coordination at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She has continued her education with Capella and started her Clinical Mental Health program later 2018. She has always believed helping people and communities is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. She is current living in the Twin Cities and has recently adopted a dog named Lincoln to keep her company during COVID. She loves to travel, hike, read and cook. She is actively working towards completing her program and ultimately wishes to apply for licensure at the end of September.