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.
We strive to be professional, accountable, versatile, willing, self-aware, and relational.
Meet The Team
Anissa Keyes, MA, LMFT, LICSW, RYT200
President and Therapist
Specialties: Family systems, Trauma, Bodywork
"Love and Relational"
Anissa is the founder and owner of Arubah. Anissa desires 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. Anissa believes that through relationship and with love people can be fully restored after any challenges they are met with in life. Anissa loves spending time with her five children, is very involved in church activities and enjoys reading. She completed her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She is approved with Minnesota Licensing Boards to supervise those seeking licensure as an LPC, LPCC, LICSW and LMFT. 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.
James Bean, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Supervisor and Therapist
Specialties: Depression, Drug Dependence, Trauma, Cognitive Behavior Therapy
"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. 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. He went on to gain his college degree from Augsburg (BSW) in social work. 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 is a lover of outdoors and fishing, fishing and fishing. He also enjoys a good game of chess and real live jazz music. His highest degree is a MSW masters of social work with a License Independent Clinical Social worker (LICSW). Doctorate Degree in Ministry.
Jenny Jendro, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Supervisor and Therapist
Specialties: Trauma, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Transracial Adoption
"Connection and Care"
Jenny is a therapist who believes in the power of compassionate connection. Her passion for this work rests on the belief 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. 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 over twenty 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). Jenny serves on the Board of Directors of Amazeworks, an organization that promotes equity and building the conditions for belonging. Clinical areas of interest include: trauma, depression, dissociative disorders, borderline personality disorder, transracial adoption. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time outside and hanging out with her family.
Heather Lidholm, MA, LMFT
Specialties: Trauma, Attachment Trauma, Relationship Issues
Heather is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT supervisor candidate, who believes that families are constantly evolving and always moving. She often works with individuals, couples and families with complex concerns ranging from learning about yourself to addressing the challenges that hinder you from being able to live the life you desire. Trauma and attachment are common concerns that she sees that impact many areas of life. Sometimes the hurts are recent; sometimes they happened long ago; sometimes they are still happening. She is committed to helping people to find and/or build their own strengths through a collaborative, relational approach. No person needs to go through things alone or get stuck in the hurts of life. Heather identifies as an LGBT+ allied clinician. She'll join you in exploring the relationships in your life that support or create challenges. She believes her role in the therapeutic relationship is as a sounding board, a support, and a challenger.
Divine Baker, LMFT
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Couples, Families, Trauma, Social Justice Issues, Mindfulness
"Love over Fear"
Divine is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Divine holds a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University and an undergraduate degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is passionate and dedicated to providing services to individuals, couples, and families from a culturally sensitive lens. She assists them in bringing out their unique talents and capacities to overcome generational barriers, social justice issues, family dynamics, and interpersonal issues. Divine’s approach to healing work is collaborative and includes Harm Reduction, EMDR, EFT, 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 spending time with friends, being creative, off-roading, eating healthy, and practicing meditation. Divine is also a certified prepare and enrich facilitator and LGBTQIA allied.
Jen Boyd, MA, LMFT
Specialties: Children, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Play Therapy
"Encouraging and Compassionate"
Jen has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She believes that everyone matters and is valuable and that it is important to discover who you are at your core so that you can build a life that works for you. She believes that change happens when people become aware of the root of their behavior and discover the need driving their behavior. Jen has a passion for working with children and is working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Jen also enjoys working with people experiencing anxiety, ADHD, depression, and boundary setting. In her free time Jen enjoys playing video games, singing, reading, and spending time with friends.
Isha Caldwell, MS, LADC
Specialties: Attachment issues, System issues, Life transitions, Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms, Substance-Use Issues
Isha has worked in social services and community mental health for 10 years. Her counseling approach is solution focused, working with clients to reframe negative thought, and reducing triggers rooted in childhood and other traumas. She has experience working with children, adolescents and families, as well as individuals with developmental delays. Some of the issues that her clients work on include system issues, life transitions, reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms, and substance use issues. Her passion for this field lays in prevention and reduction/early intervention for clients from substance use and mental health symptoms. Her motivation for doing this work is to help people of color and Black/African Americans work through their life struggles. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies and crochet.
Nicole Bergstresser, MA, LADC
Specialties: Co-occurring Disorders, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Depression
"Uplifting and Encouraging"
Nikki has been in the mental health field for the past 10 years. She has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in a variety of roles and settings. She completed school at Adler Graduate School and receiving her masters in co-occurring disorders. She is dedicated to meeting clients where they are at and respecting their morals and values. She has a special interest and experience those with criminal just involvement in their lives. On her off-time you can find her playing with her 2 cats, 2 dogs, or the turtle. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as gardening. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and is moving towards LPCC licensure.
Seneca Krueger, MA, LAMFT
Specialties: Couples (LGBTQI+, Poly and Kink affirming)
"Meaning and Movement"
Seneca is a laid back therapist, who utilizes humor in sessions and encourages clients to be themselves (even if that involves a little bit of swearing). She came into the field of therapy, driven by the belief that people do better when they are able to develop and foster trusted relationships with others. Sometimes the trusted relationship becomes one of therapist and adored client. At other times, the therapy work is focused on growing and building on existing relationships; familial, romantic, and communal. Seneca has trained in Pragmatic Experiential Couples therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy in order to build the skills needed to assist her clients in navigating connection. Seneca has also completed one year of Somatic Experiencing training, which focuses on the body and nervous system to release and process trauma. Because the important work of healing cannot be contained to an office space, Seneca also uses her roles as Street Outreach worker and community member to both learn and teach; considering herself a citizen therapist in this way. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's University, and holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Tandra Jefferson, MA, LAMFT
Specialties: Marriage and Family issues, Anxiety, Childhood Trauma, Childhood and Adolescents, Depression, Co-parenting, Identity, Self-Love, Adoption
"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 family & community. Tandra believes change happens through greater awareness of ourselves and the world in which we exist. Tandra's approach to healing is grounded in Attachment and our sense of connectedness. She draws from Experiential, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma informed, and Play Therapy techniques in her work. She embraces a balance between addressing immediate concerns, and promoting empowerment, confidence, and lifelong wellness through healing past & present wounds. Tandra approaches therapy from a culturally responsive lens and believes in honoring cultural diversity and social justice. She is sex positive and LGBTQ allied. She has a athletic background in gymnastics including coaching and judging. Her athletic background equips her with the tools to not only encourage change, but promote change in her client's lives. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, she holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Tandra is currently Pre-licensed and working towards full Marriage & Family Therapy licensure. Tandra is a certified Prepare & Enrich marital/premarital counselor, as well as, Psychological First-Aid Certified. Tandra brings vast experience working with all ages, including children and adolescents with mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
Burgundi Hebert, MSW
Specialties: Women, Adolescent Females, Couples
"Innovative and Caring"
With over 20 years of experience serving the community, Burgundi has a passion for assisting those who struggle with various challenges in their life. She is currently providing services for individual adolescent females, 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 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. In her spare time, Burgundi enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and traveling.
Allisun A. Palma-Ruwe MA, LAMFT, RYT200
Specialties: Students of all ages and their families/mothers with Depression/Anxiety, Children with ADHD, Trauma-lens, Client-Centered, Play Therapy, Enneagram, Mindfulness-Based
Allisun 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 make us feel stuck 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 using mindfulness and a trauma-lens. In addition to therapy, Allisun shares her love of yoga with the community and can usually be found journaling or reading in her free-time. Allisun enjoys her work with families and in partnership with students at Hope Academy in Minneapolis. She has had years of experience working with kids in many different capacities so play-therapy comes naturally. She believes in supporting the family network in order to see health bloom out of mucky waters and teaches the importance of enhancing one’s self-awareness to share peace with the world.
Chantel Jordan, MA
Specialties: Treatment-Resistant Depression, Grief and Loss, Childhood Trauma, Older Adulthood and Retirement, Anxiety and Adjustment to new medical diagnoses
"Healing and Self-Acceptance"
Chantel is a pre-licensed counselor, with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. She understands that this world spends much of its time breaking us down, which can leave us feeling broken, rejected, lonely, and searching for answers. But, Chantel believes that it is through this brokenness that we can begin to discover who we want to be, bringing us the emotional healing we desire. She bases therapy with her clients in a genuine therapeutic relationship and recognizes that this connection creates the space for healing. Through exploration of your childhood and significant life experiences, together, we can begin to understand how these events impact how we treat ourselves, interact with others and create meaning in our lives. Chantel believes that change occurs when we begin to truly accept ourselves as we are and live our most authentic life; this is done through open and non-judgmental dialogue to encourage radical self-love, forgiveness and meaning-making. Chantel eagerly looks forward to walking this journey of mental wellness with you.
Kyla Reinholdson, MA
Specialties: Life Transitions and Adjustments, Identity, Stress/Anxiety, Adoption/Foster Care, Multicultural/Race issues, Disabilities
"Compassion and Strengths-Based"
Kyla is a compassionate laid back therapist, who believes life is a journey of many highs and lows, it gets heavy, cloudy, exhausting and confusing. I consider it a privilege to walk and sit in your spaces as you navigate through life and all its unique rewards, circumstances and challenges. She has worked with elders, adults, adolescents and children from various demographics. Her goal is for people to be able to walk into the space with her and feel like they can put the bags down and as though the weight of what burdens them is lifted even just a little. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and building on it together using humor, strengths and attainable solutions to improve the quality of life. Kyla draws from Experiential, CBT, Collaborative, Psychoeducation, Solution-Focused and Trauma-Informed techniques in her work. Kyla utilizes a global and systemic to helping people build a healthy quality relationship with themselves, build healthy, strong and quality relationships with others and assisting them in finding tools to utilize when navigating hardships and life challenges. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor is Social Welfare from the St. Catherine’s University and a Master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Kyla is currently pre-licensed and working towards her full licensure in Marriage & Family Therapy. On her off time you can find her being active outdoors, checking out the new restaurants or spending time with her friends and family.
Gautham Krishnan, MA
Specialties: Trauma-Informed Lens, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Mindfulness, Addiction, Substance Use, Body Image, Multicultural Lens, LGBTQ+
Gautham is a pre-licensed counselor and has his MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He believes that in order to achieve a sense of happiness, a person needs to have positive and healthy support systems in their life. While working with a client, Gautham identifies how different aspects of their life affect them, and then creates supportive habits that positively shape their self-perception and help them navigate life’s challenges. Gautham believes that mistakes should be embraced, since they can present an opportunity for growth and self-understanding. Gautham is of the opinion that balance can be cultivated through mindfulness practices and self-kindness/compassion. He believes that positive change occurs when someone decides they want to improve something in their lives, and having support can be helpful in that process. Gautham believes that our experiences and identities affect how we navigate through life. He welcomes people from all different ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious backgrounds and provides them with a safe, positive counseling experience. Gautham believes that together with the client, they can create the positive change that a client is seeking. Gautham spends his free time watching films, playing with his cat Korra, cooking, and playing some video games.
Donna Branch, MA, LAMFT, LADC
Donna comes from a background and history in addiction, being a person in long-term sustained recovery. Using her own life history and experiences, Donna was led to learn more about the patterns of behavior that are established through the lived experience. Using a multidimensional approach with foundations in Adlerian Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Donna empowers individuals to break free from the bondage of self and live with acceptance of their authentic selves. In her free time, Donna loves to spend time with family and looks forward to adding a new puppy to the family in the next year. She enjoys music and dancing. On a sunny day, she loves to play in the dirt, gardening. Donna holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota. She is also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Minnesota, as well as holding credentials in California and Texas.
Adriana Quinones, MA
Specialties: Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Trauma, immigration, Stress-related Disorders, Medical Conditions, Grief, and Loss. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
"Rising Above and Willingness"
At any given moment, life can surprise us with pain and unexpected changes. Adriana visualizes difficult situations as an opportunity for transcending and growth. She thrives to facilitate a space of acceptance, comfort, and kindness in her therapy sessions. As a Latin woman and an immigrant, she has overcome challenging circumstances by reshaping, pivoting, and adopting (developing) resilience as part of her self-care kit. She has experience working with challenging conditions such as trauma, behavior outburst, relapse, suicide risk, and psychosis. Therefore, as part of her education and practicum experiences, she’s able to provide services to children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with cognitive disabilities, specific learning disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, and depression. Adriana is pre-licensed and working towards her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She's a bilingual therapist and can effectively serve clients who identify either English or Spanish as their preferred spoken language. She welcomes individuals from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, gender identity, and sexual orientations.
Kristy Dunham, MS, LAMFT
Specialties: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Psychology, Systems Theory, Adolescents
"Courage and Intentionality"
Kristy enjoys the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds. In using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology, Systems Theory, and Evidence-based therapy, Kristy provides compassionate, person-focused services- from brief solution-focused Counseling to Long-term Therapy. Through sound clinical judgment and ongoing assessment, Kristy works collaboratively to focus on goals that are important to you and also lead to an overall improved Mental Health and wellness. Kristy is passionate to empower clients to create changes, enhancing their human experience and life in general. She has helped clients manage/cope with chronic and problematic symptoms, which are often brought on by external stressors, changing circumstances, and transitional phases of life; and process difficult situations and experiences. Clients have said they find it easy talking with Kristy, they feel comfortable opening up about difficult topics. She is a compassionate listener, laid-back and makes therapy worth the time and is committed to supporting her clients. In her spare time Kristy enjoys spending time with her daughter/family and volunteering. Kristy also enjoys exploring nature, hiking, kayaking, stand-up comedy, and star gazing, among other interests. Kristy holds a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist credential, issued by the State of Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from MNSU.
Marie Adebisi, MSEd
Specialties: : Functional Family Therapy (FFT), EIDBI, Childhood Trauma, ADHD, Adjustments, Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum, Grief and Loss, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Conflict, ODD, Mindfulness, Mood Disorders, Interpersonal Difficulties
"Self-Exploration and Healing"
Marie is a clinical therapist and has her MSEd in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She has been exposed personally and professionally to different people and how they endure some pretty horrible situations such as a loss of a loved one, trauma from a scary experience, PTSD from a War. Marie’s vision is to create an atmosphere in her community where individuals and families from all walks of life feel welcome in seeking out mental health services. She is invested in creating and delivering a multitude of services that the community has been unable to access. Marie has been working in mental health since 2013. She has practiced in in-home family settings and community mental health. In addition to these places, one of her main focuses has been delivering school-based mental health services. Marie has been providing services to individuals and families ages 4 and up who have been experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. She utilizes a strength-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and person-centered approach. Marie loves teaching and mentoring individuals on their journey in mental health. In her leisure time, she enjoys going for a walk, listening to some music, taking pictures, creating arts/crafts, braiding, cooking, and having alone time.
Devon Gruber, MSW, LGSW
Specialties- ADHD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Coping Skills, Multicultural Lens, Attachment, Identity, Boundary Setting, Individuals, Adolescents to Adults
Devon is a therapist who values the client as the expert of their own lives. They find that the foundation of effective therapeutic work is a shared connection as humans leading to trust being fostered to create a safe space for processing. She holds compassion with her clients from her own lived experiences and finds this work important in helping others help themselves. In session you can expect Devon to be authentic, which includes thoughtfully challenging clients to grow and heal. They will collaborate with the client to find the root issue to then assess how behaviors, thoughts, and symptoms are related and where to start clients’ journeys of self-acceptance. She is not here to change or shame clients, but to facilitate a non-judgmental space for self-exploration, self-acceptance, and ultimately self-love. They earned their Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Welfare, hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and are licensed by the state of Minnesota. She enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles, reading, and playing video games during her free time.
Rev B. Naa-Abashie Moreaux MA, MDiv, D.Min
Specialties- Systems, relational issues, families, couples and children
Naa’s passion for therapy is born out of her belief that “sometimes, the most deafening voices are the silent ones.” She understands that most people carry a lifetime of pain, tucked deeply into the recesses of their being, and need someone to tap into their pain, help awaken their voices, to bring healing and wholeness back into their lives. Naa loves to be that person, who with compassion and respect, creates the space and walks alongside the broken and bruised person(s) to break down the walls of pain, bitterness, fear, shame and despair to build bridges of love, hope and reconciliation.
Naa is compassionate, nurturing and loves to facilitate healing and hope in relationships. She holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is working towards her licensure.
Specialties- Depression, Anxiety, Infidelity, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, Coping Skills.
"Empowering and Optimistic"
Elly is a master’s student at Adler Graduate School who is currently working towards her Marriage and Family Therapy degree and licensing. She believes that therapy can be beneficial for all. During sessions Elly embraces a positive attitude and provides a non-judgmental comfortable atmosphere offering encouragement towards finding a better self. Elly uses Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), and a Narrative approach that is empowering and optimistic. In her free time she likes to travel, hike/walk, garden, ride horse, or anything that is outdoors and active.
Yaritza Montiel, BA
"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.
Nicole Fraser, MA
"Passionate and Transformative"
Nicole has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of those affected with mental health disorders and subsequently assisting them in transforming their lives. She believes in the importance of building trust and strong relationship with clients, and providing support and resources for the best possible outcome during the healing process. She has vast experience in various health sectors serving people with diverse backgrounds and needs. Her work with veterans was one of her most rewarding experiences. Using her ability to relate with empathy, combined with knowledge of the support services and resources available, she helped many servicemen and women who had experienced trauma to find a positive center from which they could transition into civilian life. Nicole is a jovial, social individual who enjoys being a mother to two fabulous daughters, organizing family gatherings, cooking, gardening, and traveling to the Caribbean islands. She has a Master’s Degree in Arts, and is in the process of completing her LPCC/LADC at St Mary’s University.
Scott Labbot, BA
ARMHS Practitioner Intern
"Growth and Connection"
Scott comes to Arubah as a Master of Social Work student at the University of Minnesota. He found his way to this field through his relational work with unhoused individuals and families in Wisconsin and Vermont. He believes that the practice of therapy can spark change and healing. Scott is also committed to challenging systems of oppression. Prior to his current work, Scott earned his Bachelor's degree in US History and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin. Scott is a lifelong runner and coaches cross country in Saint Paul.
Camille Cushnie, BA
ARMHS Practitioner Intern
Camille has her Bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. Camille is currently in her foundation year in the Master of Social Work program at Augsburg University. Camille believes that each person she works with has the potential to improve their current situation, placing emphasisis on the strengths-based perspective. Camille has a passion for helping others and enjoys working with children. In her free time Camille enjoys going to the gym when she has the time, reading and spending time with friends.