Jocelyn Byrd, MSW, LICSW, (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience providing therapeutic services in diverse mental health settings. Her relationship with clients is compassionate, collaborative, and dedicated to achieving real progress.
She enjoys working with preteens, teenagers and adults of all backgrounds, specializing in treatment depression and anxiety. She has particular expertise in helping those with suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behaviors. Her practice also includes working with mothers across all stages, including infertility and prenatal, to help navigate parenting struggles.
Jocelyn's work is informed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and skills-based approaches. She believes in mind-body awareness, and incorporates mindfulness skills in her practice. She will coordinate your therapy to meet your goals, while providing education and support. Her priority is for you to leave each session with new ideas, insights and inspiration.
Laura Dahlstrom, MA, LPCC (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed professional clinical counselor who completed her undergraduate degree at Gustavus Adolphus College and her graduate degree at Bethel University. She has over 12 years of experience providing mental health services in a variety of settings.
Laura enjoys working with adults with a variety of concerns, including depression, bipolar, anxiety, adjustment issues, life transitions, and perinatal mental health.
Laura places great value on the therapeutic relationship, working collaboratively with clients to build a trusting relationship and create a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. Within this relationship, she helps clients to gain insight into themselves, their struggles, their goals, and their strengths. She utilizes evidence-based treatments to guide her practice and support her clients in achieving their goals. These include elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP or ExRP).
Meet Our Providers
Meet Our Providers
Elizabeth Adedokun, PhD, LMFT, PMH-C (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 6 years of experience working with adolescents, and their families struggling with severe depression, anxiety and interpersonal relationship issues. Elizabeth received her Master's degree at Northwestern University in 2014 and holds a Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Drexel University.
Throughout the past 6 years, Elizabeth gained experience as an intensive in-home therapist, systemic family therapist, and outpatient therapist at a large mental health agency. She has also had experience working with adolescents who have experienced mental health crises, such as suicidal ideation and anxiety, and providing psychoeducation and resources for their families once their crisis has stabilized.
Additionally, Elizabeth is trained in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International and has a passion for supporting parents and their emotional health before, during, and after pregnancy.
Informed in Attachment-based Family Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Systemic Family Therapy, Elizabeth utilizes a relational, strength-based, and person-centered approach with clients while maintaining a focus on mobilizing relational strengths to help decrease problematic, disturbing symptoms.
Laurie Dwyer, MA, LAMFT, (She/Her/Hers) is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 5-years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, parents and families. Laurie's goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for children and families to explore issues in a meaningful way with the intention of achieving a more balanced and joyful life.
Laurie primarily works with children ages 3 and up and families. She has experience with anxiety, depression, attachment, trauma, family transitions, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Her approach often involves allowing children to freely express themselves through play, movement, and art, while also teaching new skills and coping methods to the child and their families. She incorporates learnings from Family Systems, Attachment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Directive and Experiential Play therapies. In addition to working with children, Laurie enjoys supporting young adults and couples as they navigate both personal and professional transitions including marriage, starting a family, family relationships and school/career changes.
Amy Engelhard, LMFT, (She/Her/Hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working in the mental health field for over a decade. She enjoys working with wide range of clients, but especially enjoys helping individuals and families through family life changes, anxiety disorders, and childhood concerns.
Amy completed the PSI Certificate Training and works with families to address perinatal mood and anxiety concerns. Clients who work with Amy can find their own strengths, learn skills to manage day to day life, and use their own insight within a supportive environment. She likes to challenge her teen and adult clients in a gentle, and sometimes humorous, manner.
Amy utilizes play as the language of children within their sessions and is able to work with children as young as 3 in a play therapy modality. Parents/guardians of child clients are involved in parent sessions and may be asked to be a part of the play as well. Play can be either directive or child-centered and helps children work through many concerns, including anxiety, mood disorders, family change, ADHD, behavioral concerns, and other life stressors.
Sandra Maurer, MA, E-RYT
(She/Her/Hers) is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. She has completed advanced perinatal mental health training through PSI and has almost a decade of experience working with birthing parents and families as a birth doula, trauma-informed yoga facilitator and therapist.
She has experience working in a variety of levels of care and enjoys supporting individuals and families through life transitions, anxiety, depression, and trauma recovery. Sandra uses a whole person, trauma-informed, approach that draws on CBT, DBT and Narrative Therapeutic interventions and incorporates mindfulness and movement based strategies. She is excited to learn and grow through the mentorship and experience serving clients at Mindful Families as she pursues LPCC licensure.
Caroline McCard, LICSW, (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed clinical social worker who has 15+ years of experience working with children, families, adults and also experience working with veterans. She has worked in several different therapeutic settings all with a focus on helping people manage life stressors and life transitions.
Caroline enjoys working with children, families, partners and adults at all phases of life. Caroline has an expertise in working with stress and trauma, and is trained in providing EMDR as a therapeutic modality.
She has a strong belief that we can all benefit from managing stress in healthy ways, that are individualized to each person. Caroline has a humorous, direct, and caring approach to working with all people. Caroline has experience working in many therapeutic modalities such as play therapy, somatic therapies, mindfulness, EMDR and cognitive based therapies. She will work to build a strong relationship with you in a supportive, person-focused environment.
Allison Peterson, MA, LP, PMH-C (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed psychologist and clinical director/owner of Mindful Families. Allison enjoys working with children age 6 through adolescents as well as adults and families.
She takes a direct yet affirming approach in addressing complex emotional and behavioral concerns. She especially enjoys engaging families in developing effective communication and behavior management skills. She utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and clinical hypnosis in her work.
Allison has completed the PSI Certificate Program and specializes in pregnancy and postpartum related mood disorders. She is involved in the postpartum community as a member of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota and served as PPSM's Helpline Director from 2014-2020. To learn more about PPSM by visiting its website.
Anne Troff-Heck, MA, LPCC, (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed professional clinical counselor. Her goal is to provide a warm and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your concerns and feel understood. She believes that creating a safe place for someone to be vulnerable and trust leads to a more successful therapeutic experience.
Anne has over 13 years of experience helping adults with mood disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, trauma, life transitions, grief, stress management, women's issues, suicidal ideation and self-esteem. She is passionate about helping adults adjust to changes in their lives – both expected and unexpected.
Anne has completed the PSI Certificate Training for the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as miscarriage and infant loss. Her role as a therapist is to help you to better understand your needs and strengths and develop goals to live a better life.
Anne uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), person-centered and humanistic approaches in therapy. She wants you to feel empowered to set healthy limits in your life, develop skills to cope with stress and mental health symptoms and find hope and meaning. You will find that she is genuine, encouraging and motivated to help by providing support and validation, education and skills.
Skip Brenny, MS (He/Him/His) recently graduated with his masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin.
Prior to grad school, Skip spent 15 rewarding but unfulfilling years in corporate America. Inspired by stories like, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Eat. Pray. Love.” Skip embarked on a sabbatical with hopes to both find himself and fulfilling work. Though nothing goes quite like the movies, Skip developed a profound appreciation for relationship, universal connection, and human consciousness. This led him to where he is today.
Skip was trained to be a volunteer mediator and met requirements as a “Qualified Neutral” in the state of MN. He understands the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and is trauma-informed. As a gay man, Skip’s identity and journey offers insight into privilege and oppression. Skip has deep empathy for anyone who has felt othered or been impacted by oppression and injustice. He also pauses to understand his own privilege knowing its invisible to those who have it.
Skip brings a uniquely personal, fresh, and informal approach to working with clients. His experiential style is fed using a blend of narrative, attachment, family system theories. Skip leverages his past experiences with various types of holistic healing and will to offer guidance and referrals anytime appropriate. Most importantly, Skip insists levity, humor, and laughter are essential parts of healing, and this is woven into everything he does.
Mindful Families is seeking an Independent Contractor to join our team!
We are group of mental health professionals providing growth-based therapy and skill building for the whole family. Our office is in Edina and serves children ages 3 and up, adolescents, adults, couples and families. We specialize in Perinatal Mental Health and are resource list members of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN. We are in-network with most major insurance companies.
We are seeking a fully licensed LPCC, LICSW, LMFT or LP. This position would involve conducting diagnostic intakes and providing outpatient psychotherapy, developing comprehensive treatment plans, coordinating client care with other providers, and completing required documentation. Specifically, we are seeking a provider that specializes in couples’ therapy.
Our contractors pay a flat rent fee that includes a dedicated, furnished office, waiting room, and group room. This enables contractors to work as little or as much as they choose. Office supplies are provided including printer, fax, and paper supplies. We offer a competitive fee split which includes EHR, billing, clinic marketing and advertising, MN Care tax and other expenses.
Mindful Families is a collaborative group that values providers’ input and supports each provider in their independent practice.
- State of MN licensure of LPCC, LICSW, LMFT or LP.
- 5 or more years of previous experience in providing psychotherapy in an outpatient, day treatment or inpatient setting.
- Significant experience and training in working with couples.
- Completion of the PSI 2-day certificate program or willingness to complete certificate.
- Training in mindfulness-based therapies such as DBT or ACT.
- Ability to work within an insurance-based billing system.
- Interest in providing a holistic approach to mental health.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Mindful Families Owner, Allison Peterson, MA, LP at email@example.com or mail to 7400 Metro Blvd, Suite 440, Edina, MN 55439.
What is Mindfulness?
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the art of being present in the moment. It is a practice developed over time to improve life balance.
Mindfulness reduces stress, increases engagement and improves interpersonal effectiveness.
Mindfulness leads to more satisfying relationships, increased life satisfaction and a happier you.
Mindful Families is committed to providing safe space to all families and individuals. We welcome people of diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, racial and ethnic identities. Our space is accessible. Handicapped parking is located in the rear of the building, with automatic doors and a ramp.