Canvas Health’s school-based mental health program (TAP) provides on-site mental health services to students who may not otherwise be able to access mental health services because of ability to pay, transportation, or difficulty scheduling and keeping appointments. School-based mental health services include diagnostic assessments and therapy services. Offered at multiple schools in the Twin Cities metro area, the program is a collaborative effort between school psychologists, school social workers, teachers and multiple mental health providers.
To make a referral for a student, please contact your school’s social worker directly.
Schools in which Canvas Health provides school-based therapy (as of 6/25/21)
District 916/ALC Metro Heights
District 916/ALC Eastview Academy
District 916/Karner Blue
District 916/Mahtomedi Academy
District 916/Quora High School
District 916/Quora WelsN
Field Community School
Forest Lake Community School
Forest Lake Elementary
Forest Lake High School
Forest Lake Middle School
Hale Community School
Hastings High School
Hastings Middle School
John Glenn Middle School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lake Harriet Lower
Lake Harriet Upper
Lucy Laney Elementary
Skyview Middle School
The FAIR School – Downtown Campus
School-Based Therapy Manager
I am passionate about helping to support schools in addressing the mental health needs of their students, families, and staff. I believe therapy should be person centered, family focused, and accessible to all children within a system that can help facilitate change.
I have 15+ years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents in day treatment, outpatient and school based settings.
School-Based Therapy Supervisor
My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative: I work together with youth and young adult clients to realize their strengths and talents and work through barriers to change. I value lived experiences of clients and their parents, while using my professional training to create safe spaces that empower clients to work through past traumas, gain acceptance for themselves, and move forward in a direction they are proud of.
I have been working with young people for over 17 years. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in several youth development programs as a youth worker and case manager. My clinical experience includes psychotherapy in many settings including residential treatment, outpatient therapy, school based therapy, and in home therapy.
School-Based Therapy Supervisor
People have internal resources and strengths. We arise out of a family system that helps shape who we are and what we bring to future relationships, but we are not solely predetermined by that. I practice from a strengths-based, developmental, family systems perspective. We will build a course of healing together, collaboratively.
Supervisor, Canvas Health TAP Program 2019-current
Private Group Practice, Thrive Counseling 2018-current
TAP school-based therapist 2013-2019
Private Group Practice, Family Circle Counseling 2009-2018
Therapeutic Services Agency 2009-2010
Practicum Student MFT-Bridging Hope Counseling, 2009-2010
Wilder Foundation Residential Therapist-Spencer House, 2004-2008
Wilder Foundation Community Assistance Program Counselor, 2004
Wilder Foundation-Residential Therapist Watkins Center, 2002-2004
Wilder Foundation Residential Therapist Bush Children’s Center, 2001-2002
Wilder Foundation -Direct Care Counselor 1997-2001
I believe in starting where the child and family are and focusing on family’s hopes and desires for their outcome. I use a strengths based approach with the children I work with.
I have over fifteen years of experience providing mental health care services to children and families. I have worked in outpatient settings, school based, home based, and day treatment.
I work from a collaborative, strengths-based approach with the belief that children and families are the experts of their own lives and that therapists are simply facilitators for change and growth in times of need. My goal is to help children find joy, embrace the traits and abilities that make them unique, and to provide tools for families to support each other in meaningful ways.
I have experience working with individuals across the lifespan but have found great joy in focusing my work towards children and families.
I consider myself an eclectic therapist, using many different approaches and techniques in therapy. Much of my experience is based upon trauma informed care and I always teach psychoeducation on how toxic stress, trauma, and mental health symptoms effect brain functioning. My belief is through safety, connection, validation, and action - positive and authentic changes will occur.
I have been a social worker for over 10 years. My previous experience includes children’s mental health and child protection, CTSS/skills work, and case management. After I completed my master’s degree, my experience includes school based and outpatient therapy settings.
I believe each child is a unique and deserves unconditional positive regard in the therapeutic relationship. Whatever the reason a child enters my office I believe it's important to meet them where they are at and develop an authentic connection. This connection is a key component in supporting the growth and development of everyone I see.
I have worked in a variety of settings including in residential, day treatment, federal level IV, and general education settings. I have been trained in various trauma informed evidence based models including TF-CBT, CBITS, and am currently training in CPP.
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space for children and families to grow, heal and connect. I use a strengths based, relational approach and integrate play, art, music, mindfulness and movement into my work.
I have experience working with diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings including: schools, pre-k through grade twelve intensive day treatment, residential treatment, partial hospitalization programs and family visitation centers. I have experience providing individual, family and group therapy services.
I believe that people change in relationship and that each person is the greatest expert on their own experience. While I offer traditional methods of therapy like TF-CBT, I also incorporate the arts (music, writing, dance, poetry, movement, drama, play) into my practice, knowing that words alone are not often sufficient to describe what is going on inside of us.
I believe that everyone experiences unique challenges in their lives, some through systemic hardship and life incidences, and others due to various physical, biological, and/or environmental circumstances. With kindness and compassion, I work to develop trusting relationships with individuals, families, outside providers, and teachers. I utilize a strengths-based approach as well as evidence-based treatments (CBT, Family therapy, and Play therapy) to help with problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and ADHD. I strive to provide healing and hope to my clients by helping them reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
I have been working for Canvas Health since 2013. Prior to that I have supported child and adolescent mental health in schools, residential, and in-home programs since 2007.
I am passionate about creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere for the children I work with so they can grow, learn and achieve shared goals using a variety of evidence based approaches to meet each client’s unique needs. Approaches used may include, cognitive behavior therapy, trauma therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, strength based, and narrative therapy.
I have clinical experience working as a school based therapist for 3 years. I have also worked in outpatient clinic setting with both adolescents and adults. I have past experience working in residential and as a case manager working with clients experiencing severe and persistent mental health.
I identify myself as a creative, strengths-based social worker who enjoys working with youth and families of all ages and identities. I believe that it is important to take a person-centered approach to treat each person as a unique individual with their own experiences and stories to share.
I have experience working with diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings including community-based, outpatient, inpatient, and day treatment providing individual, family, and group therapy services for toddlers to young adults.
I believe in the power of relationships and connection as an avenue for growth and healing. When people feel heard, validated, and understood, it makes all the difference. I want therapy to be a collaborative experience where we work together to identify the goals and steps to get to the desired outcome. I recognize my role as a therapist is temporary and I want to help individuals and families strengthen their connection and build their skill sets, so that their progress in therapy is sustainable beyond our work together. I understand people through a strengths-based, trauma informed lens and utilize evidence based strategies like TF-CBT and family therapy in my work. I truly enjoy getting to know my clients and the opportunity to be part of their journey.
I have worked at Canvas Health as a school based therapist since 2021. Prior to this, I provided individual and family therapy for youth ages 5 to 18 for a variety of mental health needs for both outpatient clients as well as those in day treatment and residential programs. I have experience providing services in an office setting, in-home and community-based, and via telehealth.
I believe that everyone has the capacity to change, and that a positive relationship between therapist and client can be integral in creating long term change. As a therapist my role is to work collaboratively with each client to help them identify their strengths, and help them develop the insight that will foster positive change in their lives.
Over 15 years of experience providing therapy to children, teens, individuals, families, and couples from all walks of life.
I believe that connection and belonging are the foundation of healing and growth. I have a relational strengths-based approach and integrate mindfulness, play, nature, art, and experiential activities into my work.
I have experience working with diverse populations across the lifespan in a variety of settings including schools, residential programs, mental health day treatment and therapeutic farms.
I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals. My goal is to assist my clients in finding the motivation and appropriate change so that they can live a more satisfying and fulfilling life. I try to take a systemic view to my clients' issues and consider myself a fierce advocate for the children and adolescents I serve.
My previous experience includes school social work, transitional housing services for women without housing, care coordination for aging adults, and intensive outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults. I specialize in self harm and suicidal ideation, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD. I often use DBT, CBT, ACT, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused modalities. I consider myself a lifetime learner and am always open to expanding my repertoire of treatment options.
I believe in the healing power of relationship. It is my hope that I provide an environment for my clients and their families to feel comfortable seeking support and trust me enough to begin healing and allow themselves to grow. I am professionally trained, compassionately patient, and curious to get to know each of my clients individually, at their chosen pace, acknowledging each person is unique and affected by the relationships and systems within their lives. “Success” for each of my clients is individual. I strive to journey with each one as they are empowered to resolve past and current life challenges, build skills and strength, and achieve their hopes and personal goals, whatever that might be.
I have worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families both in volunteer and professional experiences for over 15 years in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Honduras. These experiences have included working as a mentor, tutor, assistant teacher, art teacher, case manager at an rural, Honduran children’s home, family support specialist, behavioral coach, in-home skills practitioner, and therapist.
Therapy is a powerful process of connection, discovery, uncovering strengths to navigate challenges and healing from unforeseen events that occur in all our lives. I believe in a holistic individual, family and systematic approach to assist in the healing process. My desire is to provide support and encouragement while utilizing experiential, creative and traditional therapeutic methods.
I have extensive experience with at risk populations, providing clinical services to children, adolescents, adults and families within the home, school, community and office, while incorporating the impact of race and poverty. I have utilized various treatment modalities and interventions appropriate to persons and/or families. Some of these modalities include, crisis intervention, solution focused, family systems, structural and strategic methods, CBT, client centered, motivational interviewing, trauma informed methods noted as somatic experiencing, mindfulness and yoga.