Lynda Cannova, MSW


Practioner (ARMHS)

Specialties: Adults with SPMI, Managing Social and Living Skills


"Compassion and Connection"


Lynda holds a Masters degree in Social Work, She started career on the front lines working with Barbara Foundation; training police officers in crisis intervention and de-escalation training. She 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 enjoys her work with the mentally ill, sharing her insights, giving them support, confidence, and hope. Lynda loves traveling and has plans to visit other countries as an exchange student and teacher of language. Lynda also has studied and enjoyed Latin dance, tango, salsa and rueda. She has traveled to Latin countries to connect, eat, enjoy music and dance. She has studied food as medicine, and uses her knowledge to guide others to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior education. Lynda has been blessed with five grandchildren, ages from 5 years to 18 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her grand-kids growing up.




Yaritza Montiel, BA


Practitioner (CTSS and ARMHS)


"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 desires to provide assistance to any person because she believes everyone is unique in their own special way.




Beth Valentine, BS


Practioner (ARMHS)


"Benevolence and Breakthrough"


Beth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental-Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She participated in several research projects during her undergrad experience, which won resulted in multiple scientific awards and publications. These projects outlined and identified things like chemicals involved in the “fight or flight” response in fish, and the effects of Frac-Sand mining on the societal, emotional, and physical health on various population throughout the Midwest. The trajectory of Beth’s career changed when she faced a series of traumatic events in a short period of time. These challenges required her to step away from her career and focus on her own recovery and emotional healing. Through her own personal experience, she learned the value of life-changing therapy and the importance of mental and emotional health. She quickly became fascinated with psychological and mental health sciences. Thus, she is currently obtaining her Alcohol and Drug Counseling License from Century College. She then seeks to continue with a graduate program for Dual Diagnosis /Co-Occurring – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. She also desires to be certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). 




Martor Collins, BSW


Practictioner (ARMHS)


"Ambitious and Ethical"


Martor grew up in Liberia, West Africa, but moved to Minnesota in 2008 with her parents and siblings. She went to Earle Brown Elementary in Brooklyn Center and graduated from Brooklyn Center High School in 2017. Martor currently works at Homeward Bound Inc as an On Site Supervisor (OSS). As a Mental Health Worker, her goal is to make her client facilitate behavior change, improve her client's ability to establish and maintain relationships and enhance her client's effectiveness and their ability to cope. Martor loves spending time with family and friends, and her favorite holiday is Christmas. Some of her favorite books are The Chronicle of Narnia, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings.




Hannah Blaha, BA


Clinical Intern


"Hope and Balance"

Hannah Blaha is coming to Arubah Emotional Health with some prior experience working at a crisis shelter in WI and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Advocacy Studies which has assisted her in helping many survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She has continued her education with Capella and started the Clinical Mental Health program in 2018. She has always believed helping people and communities is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. She is passionate about working towards self-acceptance, self-love, healing and balance. She currently lives in the Twin Cities and enjoys spending time with her dog, traveling, reading, hiking and cooking. She is actively working towards completing her program and ultimately wishes to apply for licensure at the end of September. 




Hanna Schaefer, BA


Clinical Intern


"Openness and Support"


Hanna’s interest in therapy started at a young age when she would help resolve conflicts on the playground. She believes that all people have the power to realize their full potential with the right perspective and support. She wants to help clients achieve their goals through a personalized, strengths-based approach.

Hanna is currently in her second year of the MSW program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. In her free time she enjoys attending live shows, playing the guitar and electric bass, taking her dog for hikes, and playing video games.




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