Melanie Sobolewski, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian. She enjoys working with older teens and adults. In her experience, she has worked with a variety of nutrition-related diagnoses including eating disorders, diabetes, heart disease, bariatric surgery, digestion complications, and overall weight management.

Melanie’s goal is to provide a safe and collaborative space to allow individuals to critically process their thoughts around food, weight, and overall lifestyle. She integrates a variety of nutrition therapies including therapeutic diets, intuitive eating, supplement education, and mind-body work. Her mission is to provide an individualized approach in order to create an appropriate balance between work, food, exercise and family.

She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dietetic internship was completed through South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services. In her life outside of the clinic, Melanie enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.

To schedule with Melanie as a new client, please call: (763) 575-8086 ext 1. Existing clients may use our online scheduling portal via the button link below.

Danielle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She enjoys working with adults who are 18 years or older. She has experience working with individuals who have alcohol and/or drug addition, those in recovery, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, panic disorders, depression, grief and loss, bipolar disorders, and anger management. She is also trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Danielle believes that everyone is the expert on themselves, and the power to heal is  within. She aides people in finding their own path towards recovery from mental health and chemical health concerns.

Danielle utilizes techniques from various modalities, including person centered therapy, harm reduction approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), adaptive information processing theory (IAP), and practices trauma informed therapy. She has experience working in outpatient community mental health clinics, inpatient chemical dependency treatment centers, and mental health crisis stabilization.

Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University Twin Cities.

Danielle sees clients in our Golden Valley office.

Jennifer is a master’s level Licensed Graduate Social Worker working towards independent clinical licensure. She has over 8 years of experience working in the mental health field with individuals, families, and groups from adolescence to end of life. Jennifer practices from a humanistic and existential theoretical foundation, focusing on client’s internal and external strengths within the therapeutic relationship.

Jennifer has special training and interest working with anxiety, depression, stress, aging across the lifespan, life transitions, family caregiving, trauma, type-1 diabetes, eating disorders, and palliative care. Her calm demeanor and collaborative approach support a safe and non-judgmental space for growth and healing.

Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and gerontology from The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN) and a master’s degree in multicultural clinical social work from Augsburg University (Minneapolis, MN). She values diversity, lifelong learning, and building meaningful relationships at every stage of life.

Jennifer is available at our Golden Valley Clinic on Mondays. To schedule with Jennifer as a new client, please call: (763) 575-8086 ext 1. Existing clients may use our online scheduling portal via the button link below.

Emily Staples is a Master’s level Social Worker working toward independent clinical licensure. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. She incorporates a blend of approaches to meet the unique needs of each person, often utilizing mindfulness, strengths-based, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, as well as play therapy with children. She has particular interest and experience in treating concerns related to perinatal mental health, parenting, relationships, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Emily believes that seeking therapy is a courageous step toward finding direction, understanding and skills to address your concerns. She aims to provide a welcoming and non-judgmental space in which challenges can be explored together at a pace that feels right for you. Emily values each person’s unique experiences, wisdom, and culture. She would be honored to join and support you on your journey toward healing.

Emily is available at our Golden Valley office on Tuesdays and has day/evening appointments available.

To schedule with Emily as a new client, please call (763) 575-8086 ext 1.  Existing clients may use our online scheduling portal via the button link below.

Blanca is a Registered Play Therapist and holds a certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She enjoys working with children ages 4 and up, adolescents, and adults in areas that include depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, acculturation, cross-cultural issues, parenting, couples and families. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish. She loves working with children and helping them grow. She believes that through therapy, we are able to overcome obstacles and become the best versions of ourselves. She focuses on the needs of her clients as she believes in a client-centered approach. She provides a safe environment for her clients to express themselves and heal from past traumatic experiences.

She has over 20 years of experience working in various settings including clinics, mental health organizations and schools. She earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Mary University in Panama.

Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who enjoys working with adults with substance use disorders, sexual acting out, anger management, and general mental health concerns. Her areas of focus are anxiety,
depression, anger, codependency/relational issues, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. She is a certified Domestic Violence and Anger Management Specialist through NAMA. Jennifer has a history of working in residential, outpatient, and forensic settings.
She offers an integrative approach which utilizes CBT, mindfulness-based therapies, brain education, and solution focused, strengths based modalities.
Jennifer will see clients at our Golden Valley office starting in February.

To schedule with Jennifer as a new client, please call: (763) 575-8086 ext 1. Existing clients may use our online scheduling portal via the button link below.

Bonnie Ellingboe is a Licensed Psychologist who works with teenagers, adults and families.  She has a special interest in working with women.  Bonnie also enjoys treating clients who experience anxiety, depression, and self-esteem concerns.  Bonnie aims to help her clients feel comfortable and well supported in their desire for a healthier life plan.  She uses a non-judgmental approach to help her clients achieve the changes they are seeking.

Bonnie works with clients out of our Golden Valley location on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She has both day and evening appointments available.

To schedule with Bonnie as a new client, please call (763) 575-8086 ext 1.  Existing clients may schedule online via the button link below.

Ashley Egner is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with 7 years of experience working in a community mental health setting as well as private practice. Ashley enjoys working with older teens and adults who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety or are experiencing relationship stressors. She also specializes in working with those who have experienced various forms of trauma. Her therapeutic approach is client centered and trauma informed in a comfortable and non-judgmental environment. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions and Solution Focused techniques; Ashley works alongside her clients to help them feel in control of their life and make changes that bring them closer to their goals.

Ashley has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Eastern Connecticut State University and received her masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.

Ashley is available at our Rogers location from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Jodi Sims is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has 17 years experience providing therapy in multiple settings including child and adolescent day-treatment, in-home family therapy, and outpatient therapy.  Jodi works primarily with adolescents, adults, families and couples.

She has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety and panic disorders, trauma, relational difficulties, coping problems, and borderline personality disorder.  She has been intensively trained in DBT therapy as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and continues to attend yearly training.

She received her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and also attended Alfred Adler Graduate school for additional training in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She enjoys traveling, long walks and spending time with her children.

Confidential Assessments and Counseling is now partnered with Vanda Counseling and is the culmination of a lifelong dream held by its founder, Joshua “Josh” Fredrickson. Helping people overcome their circumstances and be their best selves has become a passion for Josh and as he so eloquently describes “being physically fit, mentally fit and Spiritually fit to the best of your ability will add years to your life, and life to your years. Change will come to all when the pain of staying the same become greater than the pain involved in initiating true and positive change in your life, and the world around you. We will never be measured fully by the times we have fallen if only we continue to get back up”. Joshua has helped countless people get on track and be the best self they can be.

To schedule with Josh as a new client, please call: (763) 575-8086 ext 1. Existing clients may use our online scheduling portal via the button link below.

Katie Harden is a Master’s level Social Worker working toward independent clinical licensure. She enjoys working with children and adolescents, and has four years of experience working with students and families in the school setting. Katie is experienced in working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. She individualizes her therapeutic approach to best serve each client, using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and solution focused strategies.

Katie holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work from University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Saint Thomas and The College of Saint Catherine.

Katie is available at our Rogers Clinic. To schedule with Katie as a new client, please call: (763) 575-8086 ext 1. Existing clients may use our online scheduling portal via the button link below.

Shireen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, who is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in training. She practices from a holistic and integrative perspective, pulling from both Western and Eastern modalities. Due to the uniqueness of each client’s experience, Shireen collaborates with the client to create the best healing modality for them. In addition to her training in psychotherapy, she has studied and continues to study the healing elements of movement, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, and other alternative and complementary modalities.

Shireen has had the most experience working with clients struggling with trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, existential crisis, personality disorders, distress with identity, family conflict, chronic pain, and finding balance within life. Shireen’s multi-cultural background, as well as her professional experience, has provided her with a valuable perception of the human experience within the realm of multi-cultural dynamics. She has had the privilege of working with individuals from different backgrounds and walks of life. She currently works with individuals ages 10 and up.

Shireen holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and completed her Masters of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Studies at Saint Mary’s University. She is also in her final year of Somatic Experiencing training at the Trauma Institute.

Shireen sees clients in our Golden Valley office.

Shelly Edwards is Licensed Psychologist. She enjoys working with people age 16 and older. She has over 20 years of experience working in community mental health with a focus on trauma resolution.

She has considerable experience helping others manage their depression, anxiety, grief issues and healing from trauma. She has expertise working with dissociative disorders and borderline personality disorder. She believes every human has the internal capacity to heal and helps others find and follow their wisdom.

Shelly is intensively trained in DBT and utilizes sensorimotor therapy and EMDR techniques. She holds a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Counseling Psychology.

Darla is a Master’s level Licensed Psychologist.  She specializes in working with children (ages 5 and up), adolescents, teens, individuals and families.   She has over ten years of mental health experience in multiple settings, including, community mental health, day treatment and the school setting.

She has extensive experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, ADHD, anger management, life transitions and trauma.

Her approach to therapy is person centered.  She uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, solution-focused strategies and incorporates play in order to tailor her approach to the specific needs of her clients.  Darla holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.

Darci Witasek is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She enjoys working with adolescents, teens, young adults, individuals, families and couples.  She typically uses Solution-focused, Cognitive Behavioral and Systemic therapy approaches in her therapy work.

Darci assists her clients with a diverse range of mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, oppositional defiant behaviors, health concerns, divorce, and trauma.  Darci believes in a collaborative approach to counseling where the therapist and client work together to create meaningful change and find alternatives to their problems.  She is trained to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH and is fluent in Spanish.

She has a Master of Art’s degree in Marriage and Family from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish.

Darci will begin seeing patients at our Golden Valley clinic on 4/1/18.

Darci’s schedule as of 4/1/18:

Monday: Rogers Clinic
Tuesday: Rogers Clinic
Wednesday: Golden Valley Clinic
Friday: Rogers Clinic

Dr. VanStelten is a Licensed Psychologist.  She enjoys working with patients ages twelve through adulthood. She has over ten years of mental health experience in multiple settings, including, college counseling, community mental health, medical clinics and private practice.

She has extensive experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, panic, PTSD, health problems, abuse issues, grief and loss, problems related to parenting and multiple roles, issues specific to women and relationship difficulties. Dr. VanStelten also sees couples and families for therapy, in addition to conducting groups with the primary focus on anxiety and depression.

Her approach to therapy is patient centered and supportive, using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to create change. Dr. VanStelten holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Psychology in the field of Counseling Psychology.

Tonie will begin seeing patients at our Golden Valley clinic on 4/1/18.

Tonie’s schedule as of 4/1/18:

Monday: Golden Valley Clinic
Tuesday: Golden Valley Clinic
Wednesday: Rogers Clinic
Thursday: Rogers Clinic
Friday: Golden Valley Clinic

Rebecca Gerbig, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.   She has particular interest in helping adult patients heal from eating disorders, trauma/traumatic experiences, and the residual effects of chronic childhood toxic stress.  Becky has extensive experience treating individuals with eating disorders, eating behavior challenges, preparing for/adjusting to bariatric surgery, obesity challenges, and trauma.

Her approach to therapy is patient-centered, trauma-informed, and relationally-oriented. She incorporates a variety of therapeutic modalities within treatment planning for each patient she partners with. Her work is informed by the field of interpersonal neurobiology, which provides an interdisciplinary view of the mind and mental well-being through understanding that the structure and function of the mind and brain are shaped by experiences and emotional attachments/relationships.

Specifically, Becky is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which combines different elements of many effective therapies to maximize treatment effects and reduce the intensity of traumatic images.   She is also trained in the Adaptive Internal Relational Network model of therapy, which is based on compassionate, competency based relational interventions for complex, developmental trauma.   Therapy is focused on strengthening multi-directional attention in order to manage neuro-dissociative states, regulate emotionally and physically, reduce PTSD symptoms and build compassionate relationships.

Becky holds an undergraduate degree in social work from The College of Saint Benedict, and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Saint Thomas and The College of Saint Catherine.

Becky sees clients at both our Rogers and Golden Valley clinics.

Monday: Golden Valley Clinic
Tuesday: Golden Valley Clinic
Thursday: Rogers Clinic
Friday: Golden Valley Clinic

Andrea is our Clinic Manager.  She strives to ensure the day-to-day operations of our clinic(s) run smoothly and efficiently.  She assists our clients with the intake process, assists both new and returning clients with appointment set-up, verifies insurance coverage, and handles insurance claim and billing issues.  She also aims to streamline the registration, insurance, billing, and credentialing processes to ensure our patients feel they have a partner in their care when they choose to receive help at Vanda.  No question is too small or too big for Andrea!

Ian is studying psychology at the University of North Dakota and hopes to go on to get his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology after finishing his last semester of undergrad this fall. His ultimate career goal is to open his own counseling practice, focusing specifically on the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.

Ian is working with us as an Office Associate. He will assist with answering phones, scheduling, triaging new clients, billing, credentialing and more!

We offer therapy services to children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, couples and families. At Vanda Counseling, our philosophy is simple: Similar to the Vanda orchid, we believe that human beings have the innate quality to heal themselves. The services we provide at Vanda are meant to help when problems or issues seem overwhelming and become too big to manage alone. Our experienced clinicians and collaborative approach will guide you towards healing and growth. Everyone deserves a life full of meaning, happiness and the ability to create positive connections with others. We are here to help.

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  • “Darci is a wonderful therapist with an excellent skill set that is evident in the relationships she builds with her clients.  She takes the time to get to know her clients individual needs and builds appropriate treatment plans to best help them meet their goals. She is understanding and non-judgmental which helps create a safe environment for change.  Overall, I can't recommend Darci enough ”

    Ashley Stavig
    Ashley StavigLicense Mental Health Counselor
  • “Tonie and Darci are upbeat, friendly and supportive.  They work with their clients with care and understanding.  They offer resources to all those needing assistance and are willing to help in any way possible!”

    Kelly Salzl
    Kelly SalzlLMFT - Changes Counseling
  • "Dr. VanStelten practices with a combination of professionalism and knowledge.  Her practice style facilitates an open and comfortable dialogue with her clients."

    Kristen, RN
  • "Jodi is incredibly knowledgeable, and works with each of her clients to determine exactly how to provide collaborative guidance to a vast array of unique needs. Her expertise is greatly matched by her genuine kindness, which ensures that her clients have the perfect environment where they can make the desired changes in their lives, to bring lasting healing."

    Sarah, Therapist
  • "Darla is a warm, knowledgeable therapist.  She connects beautifully with young people and their families, allowing them to quickly engage in the therapeutic work.  Her skill, coupled with her genuine good nature, is a healing combination.""

    Lisa Wald, MSW, LICSW
  • My doctor referred me to Becky because of the positive outcomes she's had with other patients. It is not a short drive for me, but it's worth it. Becky's expertise in eating issues has far exceeded the expectations I had for counseling when I first started. She makes me feel safe talking about my relationship with food, but has also helped me realize that the most important way to work toward a healthy life is to heal the relationship with myself first.




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