Staff

Donald C. Mattson, PhD, LPC, ATR, RPT

I am registered as both an art therapist and play therapist, along with being a licensed counselor. I combine the expressive arts with behavioral psychology when working with children, and an eclectic approach when helping parents and adults. I am also an active researcher in the field with multiple first-author publications in the expressive arts. My current research areas include the effects of technology on development, constructing mental health apps, using technology in therapy, and therapeutic gaming. It is my mission to provide the most effective and innovative services to both you and your child.

 

Paul R. Baecker, MA, NCC, MHP
Board Certified Counselor

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 and mindfulness-based behavioral therapy 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 client populations to provide quality mental health care 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.

 

Dana Stroschein, MSW, LCSW

Dana is a licensed clinical social worker. She has worked in a number of settings, including Woodland Hills in Duluth and Range Mental Health Center on the Iron Range, but has had a consistent focus on trauma and crisis, most recently providing clinical supervision and program coordination for the Northern St. Louis County Mobile Crisis Response Team. Dana has spent a great deal of time working collaboratively with a variety of police departments and other law enforcement agencies, hosting and providing training on best practice for law enforcement response to people with mental health diagnoses. She has a special interest in suicide awareness, prevention and intervention and speaks and trains teachers, school administration and students on how to address mental health concerns within the school system. She is trained in CISM, Mental Health First Aid, TF-CBT, and prefers CBT, narrative and solution-focused models of therapy. Dana is descendent of the St. Croix Band of Ojibwe and is an active outdoorswoman, who loves spending time being active in the outdoors with her family.
 

De Ana Nelson, LPC, SAC

Hello, my name is De Ana Nelson; I am a licensed professional and substance abuse counselor. My approach to therapy is a combination of theories and techniques which include art, play, Imago, Motivational Interviewing, Coherence, ACT, DBT, equine, CBT, strength-based, and person-centered. I believe a strong therapeutic relationship where trust, unconditional acceptance and positive regard is where healing begins. I work with children, adults, married couples, and families.
 

Rachel Rehbein, MS, LPC, LPCC

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has extensive training in multiple models of therapy. Her mission is to serve those who are suffering, using a firm foundation of psychological knowledge, love, empathy, and a belief that all humans are capable of growth and self-actualization. Rachel received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Greenville University, and a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Rachel’s family moved from Illinois to Duluth, MN, in 2013, and are now proud to call the Northland home. She has worked in a variety of treatment environments throughout her career, including inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and outpatient care. Most recently, Rachel worked at Northwood Children’s Services in both residential treatment and intensive day treatment programs. Rachel has a heart for work with children, and specialized early on in her career in the treatment of childhood mental health disorders. She is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is a groundbreaking treatment for childhood trauma, and is trained use of hypnosis with children. Her passion and compassion also extend to her other roles in life, including mother, wife, activist, friend, and ally to many.

John A. Ball

John has been a supervisor, manager and psychotherapist for the past 36 years. He is a highly skilled licensed therapist with expertise and experience in a wide range of mental health counseling areas. While John’s theoretical framework is traditionally Cognitive Behavioral, he also is adept in and utilizes Strenght-Based, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Person-Centered, Mindfulness, Trauma work, Relational, Family Systems, Reality and Psychodynamic models. He also enjoys teaching Social Skills and Adult-Child Recovery principles. He believes in the powerful dynamic of a trusting and compassionate therapeutic relationship that motivates and encourages individuals to make the often difficult changes necessary in becoming healthy and whole people. Wounded and hurting people on any part of life’s journey will be able to find a place of comfort and acceptance, where real change can be realized and hope and healing experienced.

 

Sarah Leininger, MSE, LMFT

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist; I received my undergraduate degree in Criminology and Psychology from University of Minnesota, Duluth (2006) and my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy from the University of Wisconsin, Superior (2013). I previously worked at Woodland Hills in Duluth, Minnesota and Lutheran Social Services in Superior, Wisconsin. I also have experience as a birth doula and La Leche League Leader. I am committed to a holistic approach and incorporates mindfulness into my practice. Specialties include adolescents, individual, couple, and family therapy sessions using behavioral and experiential techniques. My personal passions include trail running, road biking, yoga, whole food nutrition, attachment parenting, and dreaming big.

 

Jeffrey Blake Ballou, PhD, CPS

As a retired therapist, counselor, and psychologist who has worked in a variety of settings—helping others improve their relationships with individuals and their environment is my passion.  Past employment included the Recovery Center, Lutheran Social Services of Superior, The Institute for Psychological and Sexual Health, The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Cowan Psychiatric Services, and private practice.  Currently I am a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) and consultant at the Creative Counseling Group.

I offer a “lived experience” based on Eastern and Western approaches to mental health support, hypnosis, and Tai Chi.  Populations served include adults, adolescents, and those who may be dealing with difficult issues in need of help and hope.