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Rachel Ans, MPS, LADC

Rachel Ans, MPS, LADC
Education: BS in Psychology, North Central University; Master in Professional Studies, University of Minnesota
Credentials: Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist
About Myself: I believe when given a safe and supportive place to explore our experiences and ourselves, we have the ability to gain awareness of our potential. I strive to encourage autonomy, advocacy and personal growth within the individuals that I have the opportunity to work with. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, and operate from an Existential/Humanistic therapeutic approach, to provide an environment conducive to progress. I have been working in chemical dependency since 2012, and have experience working in intensive inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient settings and within the LGBTQIA community. I have worked with individuals facing severe persistent mental illness, long-term homelessness, employment concerns, trauma, and chronic co-occurring mental and chemical health concerns.

Lauri Appelbaum, MSW, LICSW

Lauri Appelbaum, MSW, LICSW
Education: BA Psychology, Missouri State University ; MSW, University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
About Myself: I have worked as a psychotherapist, youth worker, and community mental health counselor in Minnesota, Missouri and Canada, and my therapy approaches reflect a wide variety of experiences and interests. I am committed to creating therapy spaces of safety and validation, including urban, suburban and rural students, students from diverse racial, ethnic and tribal communities, immigrant and international students, students from all faiths, and LGBTIA Queer identified students. Having conversations that generate hopefulness and possibility, where you can bring all of yourself, is a core value for me as your therapist. I work from different therapy approaches, including narrative and solution focused therapies, and multicultural/feminist perspectives. I’ve worked with students dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship struggles, and identity explorations, and other issues that can overwhelm their abilities to cope and live their preferred lives. I believe that you are the expert in your life, with unique stories of strengths and resilience. We focus on what you want to work on, identify what’s working best for you, and get you to the change you want. I believe therapy works best when our conversations are engaging, meaningful, outcome oriented, include some humor, and bring in your interests, ideas and passions.

Claire Banerjee, LICSW, CPRP

Claire Banerjee, LICSW, CPRP
Education: BA in Women’s Studies, Mills College, Oakland, CA; Master of Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker; Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner
About Myself: I have worked more than 16 years in community mental health in New Mexico and California, helping individuals with serious and persistent mental illness recover and create full lives for themselves. I work collaboratively to identify and build on your areas of unique strength and competence. My philosophy is holistic and includes assessing multiple life domains such as social, emotional, physical wellness, spiritual, and many more, in order to determine where to focus our collective energy. "Good mental health" looks different for everyone; discovering what your own version of good mental health is will be part of our work together. I have a commitment to working with diverse populations, particularly bi/multi-racial individuals and LGBTQIA community members, and help to facilitate movement and growth through a balance of unconditional acceptance and gentle challenge to help you enhance functioning and reach your fullest potential in life.

Jennifer Beldon, MD

Jennifer Beldon, MD
Education: Medical Degree, University of Minnesota Medical School. Residency Training, University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry.
Credentials: Board-Certified Psychiatrist through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
About Myself: I have worked in college health since 2006, and treated patients with eating disorders through The Emily Program, in both outpatient and residential settings from 2013-2015. I have particular interest in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, and in the assessment and management (or appropriate referral) of eating disorders. My practice philosophy is based on an understanding that many facets of a student’s life may affect their mental health, and thus I utilize both a pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approach to achieving wellness. I believe in educating and advising students on treatment options available, so as informed consumers of health care they can make the best decisions for themselves.

Megan Benefield, MSW, LICSW

Megan Benefield, MSW, LICSW
Education: BA in Psychology, University of MN; Master of Social Work, University of MN
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
About Myself: I worked for over a decade at the University of Minnesota Medical center, where I counseled adults and families coping with chronic illness, mental health issues and transitional stressors. I use a strengths-based approach and counsel clients through identifying and building on the unique gifts they already possess. I use a variety of other therapeutic frameworks, including narrative, solution-focused, and dialectical behavioral approaches. I have special interest in working with people experiencing issues related to grief/loss, trauma, chronic illness, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I greatly value working with people from diverse backgrounds, including international students and students who identify as LGBTQIA. I completed a 9-month Transgender Cultural Competency training through The Family Partnership and particularly enjoy working with students who are exploring or identifying on the transgender spectrum. I am open to feedback and strive to provide a safe and empowering environment to help all students achieve their therapeutic goals.

Kelsey Carignan

Kelsey Carignan, MD
Education: Medical Degree, University of Minnesota Medical School; Residency training, University of Minnesota
Credentials: Board-certified Psychiatrist, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
About Myself: I have a strong interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders as well as working with survivors of trauma. I prefer to take a collaborative approach with patients, working together to determine which treatments are most appropriate. I believe that self care, mindfulness activities, medications, and therapy all can play important roles in helping people to cope with and recover from mental health issues.

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Mary Clark, LICSW
Education: Master of Social Work, Michigan State University, 1994
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Additional Skills and Training: Certificate in Trauma Studies, University of Minnesota, 2012; training and supervision in Motivational Interviewing, Family Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, University of Michigan 2008–2011
About Myself: Our behavior can transform our experience of living. I help clients to engage their values, strengths, and desires as motivation to live with intention and purpose. Working together, we identify the daily practices that support desired growth and healing. This intentional behavior often replaces habits of avoidance or control that interfere with peace and fulfillment. Mindfulness, play, acceptance, and community engagement are common areas of practice. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Jeremy Goldberg, MSW, LICSW

Jeremy Goldberg, MSW, LICSW
Education: BA in Psychology, University of MN; Master of Social Work, University of MN
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
About Myself: I have a broad range of therapy experience including work in schools, community mental health, intensive day treatment, psychiatric inpatient, and general outpatient therapy. I enjoy working with a diverse range of clients and presenting problems including depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship concerns, stress management, LGBTQIA issues and pain management. I offer an eclectic systems approach to address all life areas that may be impacting client's overall health and wellness using therapeutic methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Supportive Interpersonal Therapy and Task Centered Therapy. I believe it is important to collaborate with clients in a warm and open environment balancing humor, support and challenge, adapting around the client's needs, interests and comfort level to continually help them reach and exceed their goals.

Matt Hanson

Matt Hanson, PhD
Education: PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota
Credentials: Licensed Psychologist, State of Minnesota
About Myself: I've been providing mental health care at the U since 1998, and have enjoyed working with students from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences during that time. I emphasize building a strong foundation of trust and creating safety to allow for open communication and honest self-discovery. Like most clinicians I use multiple lenses and frames of reference to help identify specific and concrete issues and concerns that can be addressed in a shorter-term/goal-directed model. I seek to build on my clients' natural strengths and resilience to create a sense of hope that things can get better, and provide support for trying different behaviors that can make lasting and meaningful improvements. I appreciate that students come to the Mental Health Clinic with different stories, expectations, fears, and uncertainties, and I seek to provide caring, practical and personalized strategies to help resolve the problems and challenges that can interfere with personal growth and development.

Steven A. Hermann, MD

Steven A. Hermann, MD
Education: MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1986; M.Div., Harvard University, 1981
Credentials: Board-certified psychiatrist, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Additional Skills and Training: Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, 1990
About Myself: I have worked at Boynton since 2003. Before Boynton, I was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry for four years and the director of the psychiatry consult-liaison service at Regions Hospital for nine years. The staff members of the mental health clinic are committed to providing expert and conscientious care. We encourage students to take an active role in learning about and managing their mental health issues.

Linda Hermanson, APRN, CNS

Linda Hermanson, APRN, CNS
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota; Master of Science in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, University of Minnesota
Additional Skills and Training: Intensive training regarding psychotropic medications sponsored by University of Minnesota Medical School. Areas of interest include mood disorders, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and stress reactions.
About Myself: I am interested in how nutrition affects mood and health and am a 20-year practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan and regularly practice meditation and exercise.

Mark Holub, MD

Mark Holub, MD
Education: BA, University of Northern Iowa; MEd and MD, University of Minnesota
Credentials: Board Certified in General and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Diplomat of American College of Forensic Examiners; Residency in Psychiatry - Mayo Clinic; Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry - Mayo Clinic
About myself: I have lived in Minnesota since 1976. I have been practicing psychiatry in rural Minnesota since 1994. I joined the Boynton staff in August of 2014.

Emily Kramer, LICSW

Emily Kramer, LICSW
Education: BA in Psychology, University of Minnesota; Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Additional Skills and Training: One year post-masters fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital in the Division of Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine: Specialized training in eating disorder assessments, individual therapy and crisis evaluation in a primary care clinic.
About Myself: Before coming to Boynton Health, I completed a one year fellowship in a primary care clinic through the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. There, I worked with a multidisciplinary team and received intensive training in conducting eating disorder assessments, crisis management and individual counseling for adolescents with mental health concerns. My previous work has also included counseling all ages in a community mental health center and providing vocational rehabilitation for adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses. I have also worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital for adolescents with acute psychiatric concerns. There, I led family meetings focused on psychoeducation, conducted brief counseling, case management and group therapy. My clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, crisis management, life transitions and adjustments, and serious and persistent mental illness. I have a special interest in working with freshman as they adapt to all of the transitions that come with starting college. I am committed to working with a diverse population of students including students of multi-ethnic backgrounds and those that identify as LGBTQIA. I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients to identify areas of concern and to set goals together to help improve the quality of their lives.

Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW

Michelle Krypel, MSW, LICSW
Education: Master of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work; BS, Grand Valley State University
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Additional Skills and Training: Post-MSW Fellow, Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic
About Myself: Before coming to Boynton Health Service, I worked with students at the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. College students have so much energy and interest in learning about themselves and I feel fortunate to be a part of their college experience. I work with a variety of mental health issues in individual and couples therapy. However, I have special interests in grief, mood disorders, stress management, and relationship concerns. My approach to counseling emphasizes cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy. However, I select different techniques depending on each student’s individual needs. I’m committed to providing a safe and warm atmosphere where students can feel free to express their concerns and be themselves.

Jason Mayotte-Blum, PhD

Jason Mayotte-Blum, PhD
Education: I began my undergraduate career at Trinity College where I earned a BA in Psychology. I went on to earn an MA at Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I then earned an MA and PhD at Adelphi University in New York.
Credentials: Licensed Psychologist in the State of Minnesota
About Myself: As a licensed clinical psychologist, my first goal is to help you see yourself as a human being that can benefit from a new perspective rather than a problem to be solved. Therapy is a unique opportunity to use your past challenges to grow and change in positive ways. I have worked at a variety of sites prior to coming to Boynton, including university counseling centers, a psychiatric inpatient unit, community clinics and a substance abuse treatment facility. Having earned an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, I view individuals as participants in relationships including family of origin, friendship, romantic and otherwise. In my view, we heal as individuals when we heal in relationships, and the therapeutic relationship is an opportunity to be heard, understood and valued, sometimes for the first time. To do this, it is crucial to be knowledgeable about and sensitive to the different experiences of racial/ethnic minority, LGBTQIA, older, international and graduate students. Every person brings a unique way of viewing their lives, thus I believe I must create a new therapy for every person. I enjoy working with students who struggle with academic problems, identity concerns, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use and trauma. I work with relationship difficulties in individual, couples and group therapy. My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic and interpersonal, and I also borrow techniques from other therapies including cognitive-behavioral, systems and mindfulness-based approaches.

Chiara Mesia,  LICSW

Chiara Mesia, LICSW
Education: Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota 2006
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
About Myself: I am originally from Peru but I have called Minnesota my home since 2004. I speak English, Spanish and some German. I provide individual, couples and group psychotherapy. I enjoy working with diverse populations focusing on offering empathy, support, promoting insight, and working collaboratively to achieve goals. I enjoy working from a psychodynamic approach, while also using solution-focused, strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness techniques.

Kerry L. O'Brien,  LICSW

Kerry L. O'Brien, Psychotherapist, LICSW
Education: Master's in Counseling Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara; University of Minnesota Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Additional Skills and Training: I had a two-year internship with an eating disorders program in Santa Barbara, California. I have been a psychotherapist at the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic since 1990. I worked with their eating disorder program and also saw clients with other types of concerns. I continue to work there one day a week, although I no longer work with the eating disorder population.
About Myself: I have been a psychotherapist at Boynton Mental Health since 2002. I work predominantly with students that feel depressed or anxious and/or have academic problems. My philosophy is that I believe that everyone has problems and that there are opportunities for personal growth. My goal is to help clients manage their problems by changing the way they think about them and their solutions. I believe that people are smart enough to find answers to their problems, but are often compromised by intense emotions that need to be understood first. Together we work on understanding the emotions, finding the source of problem, and discovering solutions.


Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota 2009; Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota 2014
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW); Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
Additional Skills and Training: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, 2016-2018 (current)
About Myself: I am first and foremost a social worker, grounded in the core values of service and social justice. I am a community-oriented therapist interested in supporting the well-being of the student body at the U of M through psychotherapy and mental health education. I have a dual license in clinical social work and substance use counseling. I approach all my work through a harm-reduction lens, which means that I will work with you wherever you are in your life to help you create the changes you want. My main theoretical orientation is psychodynamic. I also value many of the tools provided by cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and existential approaches to treating mental health and substance use concerns. As a psychotherapist, I will listen to your story and help you to understand yourself through the exploration of your emotional experience, your environment, and your relationships. As a social worker, I am aware that our environments will impact our lives in ways that can make life challenging. As a result, I spend personal time advocating for changes in our shared communities that I think will significantly impact the overall physical health and mental health of the individuals I see in therapy. As an alumni of the University of Minnesota, I am honored to serve the student body as a psychotherapist and I take great pride in assisting students with their academic, social, and intrapsychic exploration.

Brian C. Post, PhD

Brian C. Post, PhD, LP
Education: PhD, counseling psychology, Iowa State University
Credentials: Licensed Psychologist
Additional Skills and Training: Doctoral internship at The University of Texas at Austin - Counseling and Mental Health Center, Postdoctoral training at University of Minnesota - Boynton Health Service
About Myself: I provide individual and group psychotherapy that is tailored to address your unique concerns. I provide a non-judgmental and caring presence and aim to help you feel heard and valued. After exploring your concerns and establishing your goals for our work, we will collaboratively determine how to proceed. At all times I am open to feedback, and we will make adjustments as needed. I approach therapy from an integrative perspective, most often working from a psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, and multicultural/feminist perspective. In general, my style balances support and challenge with an added dose of humor. Also, I appreciate art, including music, film, and literature, as a way to articulate and explore your emotional life. I am trained as a generalist and enjoy working with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, perfectionism, relationship issues, existential/spiritual issues, and identity development. I enjoy working with all types of students including racial/ethnic minority, LGBTQIA, international, and graduate students.

Candice S. Price, LICSW

Candice S. Price, LICSW
Education: Master's in Social Work, 1977
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
About Myself: I began my therapy experiences working with adolescents in both a partial day hospital and crisis unit. I have been at Boynton Health Service since 1982 developing an expertise in eating disorders and crisis intervention. I also enjoy working with clients on an individual basis with the hope of assisting them in moving through difficult parts of their lives. I utilize a variety of approaches with students depending on the issues they present. I tend to be solution-focused in a crisis or an urgent situation. With on-going clients I employ psychodynamics and family systems interventions.

Mary Roske-Groth, LICSW, LADC

Mary Roske-Groth, LICSW, LADC
Education: Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, 2000
Credentials: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
About Myself: I have a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, depression, family systems, and working with survivors of trauma. I place a value on being respectful and work diligently to not "assume." My approach tends to be more holistic than not. I view the "journey" to be as important as the destination. I feel appreciative and at times humbled that students allow me to be a part of their journey.

Jessie Saer, LICSW, MSW, MPA

Jessie Saer, LICSW, MSW, MPA
Education: BA in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha; Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
About Myself: I have worked more than a decade in community crisis mental health, inpatient mental health care, and intensive outpatient treatment. I believe that each individual has unique strengths and abilities that will aid them through difficult times. I pull from a variety of therapeutic frameworks, including Solutions-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I enjoy working with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety issues, psychosis, emotional dysregulation, and adjustment issues. It is my intention as a therapist to offer support, warmth, insight, and education to help students meet their goals.

Merrily Sadlovsky, MSW,LICSW

Merrily Sadlovsky, MSW, LICSW
Education: MSW, University of Michigan School of Social Work; BA Criminology, University of Minnesota Duluth
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker State of Minnesota; Licensed Clinical Social Worker State of California
About Myself: While I’m a native Minnesotan, I have been practicing as a clinical social worker in mental health in Los Angeles, CA from 2006-2015. I have worked in a variety of settings and with diverse populations ranging from community mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, to correctional facilities and in private practice. My work tends to be rooted in a strengths-based, solution-focused, collaborative-partnership approach with others as we explore ideas together to help each person navigate their individualized path toward their goals. I love working with students on finding ways to find more balance and self-compassion in their lives by offering support and encouragement during times when life’s challenges seem overwhelming.

Jan L. Smith, Psychotherapist, LICSW
Education: Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota
Credentials: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Additional Skills and Training: Advanced training in psychodynamic and contemporary relational psychotherapy with a focus on interpersonal relationships, family of origin issues, and healing from grief, loss, and trauma. I have a special interest in how quality of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships impact clients’ mental health.
About Myself: I provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. The therapeutic approaches I use are determined in collaboration with clients’ goals and what they hope to change/resolve/understand from their therapy experience. Therapeutic approaches include interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and stress reduction strategies. I am a member of the Coalition for a Respectful University, which is a group of University of Minnesota staff, faculty, students, administrations, and community members committed to a safe and inclusive campus environment.

Susan Steinberg

Susan Steinberg, APRN
Education: BSN, Masters of Public Health, Masters Science of Nursing (IP), University of Minnesota
Credentials: Certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
About Myself: Prior to working at Boynton, I worked in a private practice specializing in treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, bipolar and chronic health issues, adjustment disorders, trauma, and substance abuse. I have a strong interest in understanding and respecting the uniqueness of each client when they are seeking mental health help. I prefer to use a collaborative treatment approach with recommendations that may be blends of holistic strategies (exercise, diet, therapy, mindfulness, sleep, etc.) in combination with medications, depending upon client goals.

Brianna Verheyen, APRNBrianna Verheyen, APRN

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Southwest Baptist University; Master of Science in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia.
Credentials: Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
About Myself: I enjoy working with students of all ages who are seeking mental health care. I am happy to be a part of a dedicated multidisciplinary team at Boynton. I have experience in treating a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. I feel it is important for students to understand what treatment options and resources are available to be advocates in their own healthcare.

Ann Zedginidze, MA, EdMAnn Zedginidze, MA, EdM

Education: BS in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; MA, EdM, Columbia University
Credentials: LPCC License pending, expected license date: August 2018.
About Myself: As a first generation immigrant, I enjoy working with a diverse population, particularly helping students with cultural adjustment and identity development. My education focused on providing culturally relevant strategies and interventions for therapy by paying particular attention to individual and group differences. I speak English, Georgian, and Russian. Prior to Boynton Health, I worked with college students in New York with academic, family, and relationship distress. I use a psychodynamic and strength-based approach to provide a safe environment for students to discuss their concerns. I have a special interest in working with trauma and crisis response. My goals are to decrease the stigma of seeking mental health therapy and work with students on developing insight and skills to cope with life stressors.

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