Our Clinicians

Sam

Samantha Cole, MA LAMFT

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Baxter Office

Education:

  • Graduated from Argosy University with a master's of arts in marriage and family therapy
  • Graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor's in applied science degree in psychology

Samantha works with couples, families, and individuals ages ten and up. She's passionate about helping people develop meaningful connections and improve the health of relationships. She has dedication to helping in recovery regarding sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, and women's challenges.

Samantha utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in addition to structural therapy practices. She often approaches therapy with narrative, solution focused, and experiential strategies as well.

Samantha's mission is to help one person, one couple, one family at a time to develop and improve the safety and satisfaction within relationships through clear boundaries, assertiveness, honesty, and self worth. She strives to work with clients to become their most loving and authentic self.


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Bridget Crabtree, BA

Baxter Office

Education:

  • Masters Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Cappella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelors Degree: Human Services with Psychology Minor - University of Minnesota, Morris, MN

Specialties and Clinical Areas of Interest: Bridget values the multidimensional nature people possess and how genetics, family structure, social relationships, life circumstances, culture, and spirituality contribute to who we are and how we experience the world.

She aims to meet clients wherever they are in life to collaboratively identify goals, areas of strength, and attainable solutions by creating a genuine, accepting, and safe therapeutic relationship. She aims to support those she is privileged to work with regardless of their challenges and has a particular interest in substance abuse, addiction, grief, depression, anxiety, and transitional stages of life.

Works with: Individuals Age 10+

Mission Statement: Challenges in life are inevitable. Sometimes support is needed to tap into the reservoir of strengths we possess to navigate them.


Nicholas Gammello, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Baxter Office

Works with: Individual Adults


Luke

Luke Hamilton MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Baxter

Education:

  • Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy – Saint Cloud State University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Community Psychology - Saint Cloud State University

Years of Experience: 6+

Specialties: family, couple and individual therapy utilizing Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman's method. Strong interest in play therapy techniques, internal family systems therapy, attachment style therapy, sexual disorders with their impact on family systems, grief/complicated grief and shame resiliency.

Works with: Couples and Families

Personal Mission Statement: Luke utilizes faith-based, client-centered and systemic approaches to walk with individuals, couples and families through healing and change. Luke explores family dynamics and relational healing by focusing on individual and family parts. When we can set boundaries, manage what we think and how we feel, we can manage external boundaries in a healthy way. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."


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Christina Johnson, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Baxter Office

Education:

  • Masters Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Divine Mercy University, Sterling, VA
  • Bachelors Degree: Psychology and Theology - Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH

Specialties and clinical interests: Christina works with each client from a person-centered, holistic approach. She incorporates other techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, etc. as needed. Christina is also trained in EMDR.

Primarily works with: Children 5+, adolescents, and adults

Personal Mission Statement: I believe the human person is created in the image and likeness of God. Each person possesses a unique beauty and an innate dignity. Furthermore, each person is called to flourish - that is, truly becoming the person God has called him/her to be. It is my deepest desire to help clients experience this wholeness as well as the unconditional love of God.


Julie Johnson, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Baxter Office

Works with Adults

Years of Experience 25+

Education: A Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Social Work and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology, all earned at St. Cloud State University.

Clinical Areas and Approach: I consider myself a generalist, comfortable working with a wide range of people and issues. However, I have a special interest in working with adults on the Autism Spectrum.

My therapy approach is personalized to the needs of each client. Overall, I try to develop a strong therapeutic relationship and a clear understanding of the issues presented. When a person feels understood and takes part in setting goals, the outcome is generally better.

Also, my Christian faith is very important to me. While therapy offers support and tools, I believe it is God's grace  that provides true healing. I am honored to integrate a person's faith beliefs into therapy sessions if this is something the client requests.

My Personal Mission Statement: We are at our best when we can freely love God, each other and ourselves.

 

KJ

Kelsey Johnson, LAMFT

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Baxter Office

Specialties and Areas of Interest: As a clinician, I prefer a person-centered, client-driven approach to therapy that utilizes a combination of theoretical frameworks to help those facing challenges and stressors at any point in life. I am experienced in Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Acceptance-Commitment Therapy, Experiential and Structural Family Therapy, as well as Internal Family Systems Approach. My personal strengths involve sharing God's love through empathy, understanding and acceptance during the therapeutic process to provide genuine care and promote hope and healing. I work with a wide range of mental health issues including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Body Image, Family/Relationship Issues, Divorce, Abuse, Self-Harm, and Life Transitions.

Works with: Individuals Ages 15+

Personal Mission Statement: I believe that because of the power of God's love, every individual has the capacity for greatness; even if one does not recognize it in themselves. Healing, growth and change are made possible through the recognition and cultivation of greatness in oneself and in others. I am committed to helping individuals, couples and families navigate their life journeys and assisting them along the road to recovery, whichever road that may be. "Life is a journey and some of the most difficult roads lead to the most beautiful destinations" - Unknown.

Donette

Donette Lair MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Baxter Office

Education:

  • Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy – Saint Cloud State University
  • Undergraduate Studies in Biblical Studies and Applied Psychology – Oak Hills Christian College

Specialties: Integrating Biblical Theology and Applied Psychology, marital issues and couples counseling. Women issues (especially miscarriage), parenting issues, anxiety, shame, therapeutic writing and art, depression and disappointment.

Works with: Married Couples and individuals age 18 and older

Personal Mission Statement: Donette utilizes the strengths of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. It is her desire to journey with people during the challenging seasons of their life and support their healing and growth.


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Tashia Maland, LSW

Intern, Licensed Social Worker

Baxter Office

Education:

Bachelor of Social Work - Bemidji State University

Master of Social Work - Capella University

Experience: Tashia has 8+ years in the mental health field.

Area of Focus: Tashia has worked in juvenile corrections, adolescent residential treatment, adolescent outpatient skills and within the school setting. She has experience with LGBTQ, depression, anxiety, ASD, attachment disorders, conduct disorders, grief/loss and life transitions.

Works with: Youth and young adults; ages 12-21 years old

Personal Mission Statement: Everything we go through teaches us something, sometimes we just need help figuring out what that is.


Tracey

Tracey Malone MS, LMFT-S

Lakes Country Counseling Clinical Coordinator

Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy State Approved Supervisor

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health State Approved Supervisor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Baxter Office

Education: Tracey graduated with her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University and received her undergraduate degree in Social work from the College of St. Benedict.

Additional Training and Education: Infidelity and Sex Addiction, Mental Health Need of Law Enforcement Officers, Couples Therapy

Years’ Experience: Tracey has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years.

Specialties: Clinical areas of interest/specialty for Tracey include infidelity, couple’s therapy, trauma, grief/loss, spiritual growth, anxiety, depression, and women’s issues. She is a certified Love and Logic Parenting Educator, Compassion Fatigue Educator and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy.

Primarily works with : Age 18+, individuals and couples. Additional populations include Law Enforcement/Emergency Services Personnel, Military and Military Families, Adoptive Parents.

Personal Mission Statement: Tracey utilizes a combination of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, experiential and narrative therapy techniques to bring healing of mind, body, and spirit into the lives of those she serves.


Kim

Kim Satterberg, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Little Falls Office

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology: University WI—La Crosse

Areas of Clinical Interest: effective communication in relationships, guilt and shame, parenting skills, life transitions, anxiety, depression, forgiveness and spiritual growth.

Works with: Individuals, Age 12+

Professional Statement: Sometimes life can be really hard, but I believe that the struggles we face do not define us…they are opportunities to grow and learn about ourselves.


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Kimberly Scearcy Senn, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Baxter Office

Education:

  • Bachelor of Social Work - Bemidji State University
  • Master of Social Work - University of Minnesota - Duluth
  • Board-Certified Clinical Supervisor
  • EMDR Certified (Spring 2017)

Experience: 11+ years

Areas of Focus: Kim has experience working with individuals with serious and persistent mental health issues as well as with individuals seeking assistance to problem solve and navigate through life's transitions. Kim focuses on: anxiety, depression, life transitions and adjustments, women's issues, self-worth, relational issues, LGBTQ, and the aging population. Kim's focuses are addressed through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and with a strengthen-based holistic, client-centered approach.

Works with: Adults

Personal Mission Statement: "We all have a unique story. It is a privilege to be trusted with one's story, allowing me to help rewrite the ending, without walls or limitations, in a safe therapeutic environment." Kim is committed to helping individuals reduce unnecessary barriers in order to live well and be well in their own authentic truth. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".


Steve

Stephen Vagle MS, LMFT – Owner of Lakes Country Counseling *not taking new clients at this time

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Baxter Office

Education:

  • Graduated from Saint Cloud State University in Marriage and Family Therapy

Years' Experience: Worked professionally with families and Individuals since 1998; 10 years Pastoral Ministry experience.

Specializing In: Finding ways to join and walk along with clients to help them discover ways to accommodate changes in life that are inevitable, and to turn those changes into a positive growth experience.

Personal Mission Statement: “Something I’ve learned is that life is always changing, sometimes for the better, and sometimes not; either way it is likely NOT what we expect. That is where the need for good therapy comes in. I try to always be respectful if clients do not wish to include spirituality in their therapy; for me personally Christ is the anchor point in my life and scriptures guide my moral compass and principles, so I prefer a more holistic approach to therapy if the client is receptive.”

Lily

Lily Wagner, MSW, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Baxter Office

Education :

  • Master's Degree in Social Work from the University Of Minnesota, Duluth.

Interest : Lily is a certified trauma professional. She works with a wide variety of life's struggles including, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, returning missionaries' family, adjustment issues, and adoption related issues.

Work with : Individuals Age 10+

Personal Statement : Lily values each person she works with and believes all are created in God's image. Lily believes in helping others by creating a safe and supportive environment that is client-centered and strength-based. Lily is fluent in English, Indonesian, and Malay.

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