Individuals, Couples, Families

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.




Jennifer Boyd, MA, LAMFT


Vice President and Therapist

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.




Heather Lidholm, MA, LMFT


ARMHS/CTSS Treatment Director and Therapist


Specialties: Trauma, Attachment Trauma, Relationship Issues


"Family Centered"


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.




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.




Divine Baker, LMFT




Specialties: Families


"Love over Fear"


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.




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.  




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


"Peaceful Presence"


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.




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.




Jordan Lyseng, MA




Specialties: Anxiety, ADHD, Mindfulness, Lifestyle Assessment, Social Justice, Anti-Racism


"Making Meaning"


Jordan’s personal experiences led him to the field of counseling and his strengths are his calm presence and deep passion for understanding. He believes that we create meaning in our lives through our attention and interpretation. His clinical interests include working with individuals experiencing anxiety and depression, in particular, those who feel lost, alienated, or stressed about the world we live in. He uses a person-centered, Existential, and Adlerian approach to therapy, as well as mindfulness techniques. He centers his work in social justice and anti-racism, and values everyone for who they are. He wants you to know that you matter, and you can build a meaningful life. He loves collecting records and his favorite musicians are Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane, and Kendrick Lamar. Jordan is a graduate of Adler Graduate School with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He studied Studio Art and Philosophy during his undergraduate years at Concordia College- Moorhead.




Isha Caldwell, MS, LADC




Specialties: Attachment issues, System issues, Life transitions, Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms, Substance-Use Issues


"Person Centered"

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.





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.




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.




Donna Branch, MA, LAMFT




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. Donna did her internship practicum with Arubah in 2015-2016, returning to us after spending the past six years with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as an Addiction Program Manager.




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