Current Clinical Staff
Northland Counseling Center’s International Falls office offers the community the following friendly, empathetic group of Clinical Staff members with a wide variety of expertise!
Carrie Anderson, MSeD, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education and Training: BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica. MSEd. In Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Superior; Internship at PAVSA (Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault) and Lighthouse. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 2016. Anger Management Specialist II and Domestic Violence Specialist I through the National Anger Management Association. Coordinated/facilitated a domestic violence and anger management group for men. Victims advocate for survivors of domestic/sexual assault. Experience working outpatient with adults, teens, and preteens.
Areas of clinic interest & expertise: anger management, domestic violence, psychoeducation, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, relationship issues, employment and educational difficulties, serious and persistent mental illness, eating disorders, trauma, spirituality issues and PTSD. Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy and Group Therapy.
Dessa M. Bergan, MSW, Licensed Social Worker
Education and Training: BA in Psychology and BS in Criminal Justice Studies, University of North Dakota, 2010; MSW in Social Worker, University of North Dakota, 2015; Internship at Lutheran Social Services 2013-2014; Field placement at LifeCare Medical Center 2015; Licensed Graduate Social Worker 2016-2018; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker 2018-present.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise: Adolescents, children, families, adults, anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family and marital issues, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), crisis assessment & intervention with children and adults, grief and loss.
Amie J. Black, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor
Education and Training: BA in Human Services with a minor in Family Studies, Metro State University 1999; MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, Liberty University, 2008; Practicum at Cambridge Christian Counseling Center 2007; Internship at Nystrom & Associates, Professional Family Based Division 2007-2008. Specialized training in; Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Childhood sexual abuse, Play Therapy.
Areas of Clinical Interest and expertise include; Infant and Early Childhood, School-aged Children, Adolescents, Parenting Issues, Marital Issues, Trauma and Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Health/Wellness, Grief and Loss, Play Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy.
Patrick Donnelly, MS, Mental Health Practitioner
Education and Training: BA in Economics, with an emphasis in Fine Art- Sculpture, from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA- 1997. MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lee University, in Cleveland, TN- 2017. Areas of interest and expertise include the Gottman Method and EFT- Emotion Focused Therapy- for Couples, CBT, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Experiential, Sand Tray and Play Therapy. My approach is from a Trauma Informed, Holistic/ Humanistic, Positive Psychology perspective- valuing family members as equals in moving towards more functional, balanced and healthy relationships; focusing on understanding client strengths and building on those, while resolving presenting problems. I offer every client Unconditional Positive Regard, bring natural curiosity and a strong desire for understanding the client’s perspective/ experience to my therapy work. My training is in Family Systems, so I often emphasize relationships as a key to positive growth in therapy.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise: my areas of expertise are broad, including work with Adolescents, Adoption Issues, Couples, Sexual Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Prison and Special Needs populations.
Tammy Gradine, MA, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education and Training: BS in Applied & General Psychology, Bemidji State University 2003; MA in Counseling, University of North Dakota 2008; Undergraduate internship at Northland Counseling in International Falls, MN 2003; Graduate internship at Northeast Human Service Center in Grand Forks, ND 2007-2008; Licensed Professional Counselor 2012. Experience working inpatient and outpatient with adults, teens and preteens, case management with children and families. Memberships include American Psychology Association since 2001 and American Counseling Association since 2014.
Areas of clinical interest & expertise include: anxiety, depression, grief & loss, employment & education difficulties, relationship issues, health & wellness issues, serious and persistent mental illness, abuse, sexual identity concerns, aging, managing anger, group therapy, client centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy.
Danielle S. Krasaway, MS, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education and Training: BA in Psychology (2005) and MS in Community Counseling (2008) from Winona State University (WSU), MN; one year Internship at WSU Counseling Center working with college students of all ages. Nationally Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association; Licensed Professional Counselor 2010 to present; experience with outpatient and residential therapy with teens and adults, casework with children and families, and health/wellness education in a university setting.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise include: depression, anxiety, serious & persistent mental illness, employment/educational difficulties, substance abuse/dependence, cultural & sexual identity, health/wellness, grief & loss, Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, group therapy, and community outreach education.
Anna Mann, MS, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Education and Training: BA in Psychology (2009) from Ashford University, IA; BS in Business Administration (2015) from Bemidji University, MN; MS in Mental Health Counseling (2017) from Capella University, MN. Internship at Northland Counseling Center in International Falls, MN (2016-2017). Current member of the American Counseling Association. Experience working outpatient therapy with adults, adolescents and children, and adult rehabilitation mental health services.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise include: depression, sexual abuse, anxiety, anger management, trauma, health/wellness, employment and educational difficulties, psychoeducational groups, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Community Outreach and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My professional philosophy involves incorporating positive aspects of human nature; helping clients understand and develop their personal strengths.
Emily McGonigle, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor
Education and Training: BA in Psychology, Minor in Art, Southwest State University 2000, 2 year Internship at Project Turnabout. MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University Twin Cities 2009. Internship at Yellow Medicine County Family Services 2009-2011. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 2011-present. Certified in Circle of Security Informed Practice, DC-05 Screening and Interventions.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise include: Family therapy, teens, early childhood mental health, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, trauma, CBT and TFCBT.
Aaron Nordrum, MS, Mental Health Practitioner
Education and Training: AA Liberal Arts and Science, Ridgewater Community College 2010; BA in Psychology and BS in Community Psychology, St. Cloud State University 2013, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Cloud State University 2015; Internship at Solutions Counseling in St. Michael MN 2014-2015.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise include: Outpatient therapy with teens, adults, couples, and families; at risk youth, education issues, family and marital issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, health and wellness issues, cultural identity, career counseling, and crisis counseling. My Professional Philosophy includes creating an empowering and supportive environment to allow clients to make positive changes in their life. I believe in providing clients with an unconditional positive regard that creates a setting free of judgement. Work is typically client centered, focusing on strengths and using them to help clients to develop new patterns in their life. I believe that the client is the expert in their own life and work with them to identify areas of strength and improvement. I’m trained in family systems and often times find it crucial to integrate people within the client’s system to create positive changes.
Allison L. O’Hara, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Education and Training: B.A. in Psychology, University of St. Thomas 2006; M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities, 2009 & 2011; Pre-Doctoral APA Approved Internship at Robert J. Murney Clinic in Springfield, MO, 2010-2011; Advanced and Therapy Practica, Scott County Mental Health Center, 2008-2009; Assessment Practicum, Hennepin County Medical Center- Neuropsychology Section, 2007-2008.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise include: adolescents, adults, older adults; Anxiety; Depression; Personality Disorders; Trauma; Anger Management; Health and Wellness; Issues related to aging ; Adoption issues; GLBT; Psychodynamic Therapy; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; DBT; Psychological Evaluations.
Amy Schaffer, MA, Licensed Psychologist
BA in Psychology, University of Minnesota 1991; MA in Counseling Psychology, College of St. Thomas Minneapolis, 2004; Licensed Social Worker, 1995-present. Internship at Fridley Middle School ’03-04.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise include: children, adolescents and adults, school counseling, crisis intervention, play therapy, anxiety, depression, pain management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, family and marital issues, chemical health and gambling issues, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and teens and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.