psychotherapist, MSEd, LPCC
I strive to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals can be supported in their efforts to change and grow. I have clinical training in the areas of grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, life changes, etc. I am also a trained Relationship Coach through the Relationship Coaching Institute and have had tremendous success in helping couples who are struggling with relationship issues such as ineffective communication, infidelity, lack of intimacy, loss of connection, blended families, and many other issues that prevent couples from living the fulfilling life they want to live.
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At its core, MAP Behavioral Health Center is a space built for you, the client. Angel wanted to build a space where people could find comfort, healing and guidance. A place for people who have veered off course but need help finding their way, regardless of how lost. She believes that at times, we all carry our own world of troubles or feelings of helplessness, but she also believes there is always hope, which is why she, along with her talented associates, created MAP. Angel has a background in school counseling, working with at-risk youth, collaborating with families who need guidance for autism spectrum disorders, and instructing psychology and guidance. She has a soft spot for veterans, her dog, and most of all, her family.
LPC Clinical Trainee, MS, CRC
In my practice, I strive to provide a warm, safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for self-discovery. Therapy is a way to identify the positive and negative patterns in your life, to discover your own strengths, learn new coping skills and feel empowered to overcome hardships.
My areas of focus include: anxiety, stress management, depression, trauma, interpersonal issues, transitional life issues, school bullying and suicidal behaviors. I utilize approaches/skills of: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I am trained in EMDR. I work with youth and adults.
I feel the therapeutic relationship is a very important element of change in therapy. Choosing a therapist is an important decision. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you over the phone in advance. Please call to schedule a complimentary phone consultation.
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MAMFT, Clinical Trainee
As a marriage and family therapist, I join my clients in the creative process of therapy to come up with helpful solutions to ease their struggles and bring more joy back into their lives. I strive to not only see my clients’ emotional health, but also their physical, spiritual, and relational health, looking to each for clues that might hold healing. I work with all composition of families and couples, as well as individuals, who are experiencing a wide variety of challenges: depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, life changes, self-esteem challenges, need for parenting support, spiritual issues, among others. I am passionate about working with women experiencing prenatal or postpartum anxiety or depression. (All families welcome!)
I am innately curious and compassionate and use a variety of techniques in therapy, including cognitive behavioral thearpy (CBT), narrative therapy, attachment theory, solution-focued therapy, and family systems. Previously, I worked with adolescents in a wilderness therapy setting. Aside from counseling, I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, jogging, and reading.
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Dr. Vaccarella received her doctorate degree in clinical forensic psychology from Alliant International University and is licensed to practice psychology in Minnesota. She brings to us her experience working with at-risk youth, as well as adults with general to severe mental health disorders. Dr. Vaccarella has served as part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in a variety of contexts, including inpatient, outpatient, and residential mental health settings. Much of her training has included working with clients in a psycho-legal context, focusing on assessment and treatment of impaired sexual behavior and general mental health disorders. Dr. Vaccarella possesses expertise in the psychological assessment of mental health disorders and cognitive concerns, helping clients obtain an objective picture of strengths and weaknesses to help guide their treatment planning. Her approach to providing psychotherapy is goals-based, collaborative, and integrative. She understands that many clients who seek mental health services value connectedness, yet may perceive a discrepancy between who they believe they are and who they want to be. In order to help clients achieve their goals in therapy, Dr. Vaccarella takes a client-centered approach, often incorporating cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices.
MA, LADC, LPCC
“Life is a Journey Not a Destination, and it all Begins with One Single Step”
I work from a client-centered approach focusing on strengths, goals, wellness, and overall well-being. I aim to connect with clients through a warm, calm, compassionate demeanor, in a safe supportive environment. I also use a solution-focused approach to help clients problem solve and attain their goals.
I received a Master’s Degree from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. My focus (since 2015) has been working with adults struggling with substance use. The bulk of my experience has been working with adult males; however, I also work with women and family members of those with addiction. I specialize in substance use disorder counseling, but also work in areas of anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, trauma, relationship issues, and life planning. I am fortunate to work with a multidisciplinary team that assists in bringing a lot of expertise in many other areas of mental health.
Things can and do change. If you are struggling to create change in your life, it is my hope that with my experience and areas of therapeutic focus, I can help you on your own journey towards living the life that you want you live.
In my practice, I want to provide a safe and supportive space where individuals can be open in their efforts to make the changes they are seeking. Together we will look at your strengths and work to make the changes you strive for. I have 25 years of experience working with grief and loss. My other areas of focus are anxiety, stress management, depression, self-esteem and transitional changes in life. My approaches in therapy are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered, Mindfulness, Solution-focused and Narrative. Outside of therapy, I enjoy hiking, walking, hanging at my cabin, spending time with my family, reading, art and teaching my Golden Retriever, Emma, to be a therapy dog.
It can be painful to watch your child struggle with big emotions, worries, anger, difficult situations, or challenging behaviors. If this sounds familiar and you feel like you have tried everything to help your child, but nothing is working to make things better, therapy can help. In my therapy practice I feel passionate about helping young people become empowered to heal, move forward, and grow, so they can live a life where they can feel confident, in control, and joyful as the best version of themselves.
My area of expertise include working with children and families to use methods that meet the specific needs of young people and will also be most effective to gain relief from current stressors, big feelings, and troubling behaviors including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Client Centered Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. I specialize in working with those with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, parenting challenges, behavioral difficulties, anger, phobias, adjustment to life difficulties, and family transitions.
I have been in the mental health field supporting children, families, and adults since 2008. I am Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, and am a Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) therapist.
There is hope for healing and growth, your child can move forward.
MSE,LPC Clinical intern
Rachel believes that the counseling relationship is a partnership and works together with clients to collaborate on treatment goals. She fully recognizes that there is no such thing as a one size fits all approach and is highly motivated to figure out what helps each person as an individual. Rachel most frequently utilizes play therapy, CBT, the Zones of Regulation, and Social Stories in her work.
Rachel has experience and is comfortable working with all ages. Her clinical focus is on children and parents/siblings of children with special health care needs. Additional areas of emphasis include Autism, ADHD, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, maladaptive behavior, food allergies, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and shame. She is also very interested in the impacts of food allergies/sensitivities, gut health, and nutrition on mental health. Rachel also practices Transformative Mediation, which is based on the principles of Empowerment and Recognition. This approach laid the foundation for how Rachel approaches couples and family counseling and her overall Person-Centered approach. Prior to clinical counseling, Rachel worked in school counseling and special education.
Outside of work, you may find Rachel singing, spending time on Lake Superior with her two children, reading, or trying exotic food.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSEd, LMFT
I believe people's needs are met through their relationships with others and their interactions with the world. I believe the health of those relationships, how they are understood, and their ability to meet our individual needs form the foundation of our personal health and well-being. Therapy is a process of discovery, and often re-discovery, of what helps us to be our best selves and our relationships meaningful and fulfilling. I believe behavior is purposeful, no one sets out to fail, and everyone can achieve personal success. My purpose is to assist you in achieving a more satisfying, fulfilling, and enriched life.
For the last ten years, I have been working with adult offenders in the corrections' system. Previous to that, I worked with individuals in the community, doing in-home family therapy. My experiences include working with family and peer relationships, conflict resolution, anxiety, emotion management, self-esteem, attachment and co-dependency, chemical dependency, and spirituality.
Paul R. Baecker
Board Certified Counselor MA, NCC, LPCC
Paul is a board-certified counselor who studied at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He works from a strength-based and solution focused, holistic, and mindful counseling approach with adult and adolescent disorders such as Depression, PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Personality, and Behavioral issues such as ODD, among others. He is specifically trained in trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and training resiliency with adolescents and trauma victims, which was completed while working in Germany. Furthermore, his forte is in active and play therapy with children and adolescents that are looking for a different spin on traditional therapy.
He has completed Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training and often utilizes TF-CBT to help individuals who have experienced trauma. He also draws from years of Play Therapy experience, which is often helpful for younger children to express and process their experiences; he is currently pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Paul utilizes client and strength-based, solution-focused and narrative approaches to therapy.
Caring and compassionate, he is committed to working with a variety of patient populations to provide quality mental healthcare and customization treatment plans. He has the zeal and passion to accomplish any task put before him. Outside of work one can find him cycling around the North Shore on his road bike with his wife and kids or enjoying all that the Northland has to offer in its abundant natural beauty.
MA, LP, LMFT
Welcome! The choice to begin psychotherapy is a courageous one and I admire those willing to begin a journey toward healing and transformation. I’m honored to work with them in their pursuit of happier, more productive and successful lives.
My experience includes: job related stress; anxiety; trauma recovery; relationship problems; compulsive behavior; sexual disorders; mood disorders; change of life adjustments; and anger management. I tend to use a holistic approach in my work, incorporating mind, body and spirit.
I've been a mental health provider since 1989. Part of my work has occurred in highly stressful environments. This experience has given me added perspective for assisting people dealing with job related stress, including first responders. I'm certified as an EMDR therapist. EMDR is a therapy technique designed for resolving trauma, as well as decreasing anxiety, depression, and problematic behavior patterns. I’m also trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Positive Psychology.
I work with adolescents and adults. If I'm the type of therapist you're seeking, I hope you'll call to schedule an appointment soon!
In my work, I strive to help people identify and/or enhance their strengths in order to create lasting change in their lives. It is an honor to have people trust me to help them create plans that will help lead them to their chosen destinations and enhance their quality of life.
My experience in the public school system, both as a therapist and school social worker, has helped me learn that there can be many challenges that hold people back from reaching their full potential. Life brings things to us that can be difficult to process without support. My practice focuses on how we are thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to get to where we want to be socially, emotionally, and physically. Most importantly, I strive to be the best listener I can be. Sometimes we just need someone to really listen.
I love the Twin Ports area and spend my hours outside enjoying what nature has to offer. Some of my favorite things to do are taking hikes, collecting rocks along the shore of Lake Superior, fishing, and watching sports. Spending time with my family and doing 'kid stuff' is what I look forward to daily. If you are considering reaching out for services I hope that you consider someone from our incredible team. I am excited to be working with amazing professionals in a calm and stress free environment and hope that others may experience that level of calm when visiting us here.
Brandi is MAP's friendly face, meeting and greeting clientele who walk through our door every day. She quickly remembers faces and continues to welcome people with a warm and kind smile. Before or after sessions, Brandi helps coordinate all administrative tasks for MAP. When the phone is quiet and the clients are in session, Brandi also assists organizing all other designated responsibilities that help our entire team succeed. In addition, she helps coordinate business matters and schedule psychological evaluations for Kartta Group.
Brandi enjoys her various roles at MAP, because they align with her vision of working in the downtown area as well as the joy of synchronizing efforts for MAP and each individual that practices within the company. Working with good-hearted people is rewarding; she has the pleasure of knowing she's made a difference not only helping her cohorts but also the individual in need.