Our Therapists

Jaclyn Amys, MS

Jaclyn is a Day Treatment Therapist at our Burnsville location. She attended Winona State University and uses an eclectic approach in therapy. She places a lot of focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients so they are comfortable taking the lead role in their mental health recovery. Jaclyn has been working in the mental health field with adolescents for three years. She uses humor to connect with the clients and is always smiling!

Nicholle Bethel, LPC, MS

Nicholle is a Day Treatment Mental Health Practitioner at our Burnsville location. She attended Mount Mary University where she obtained her Masters in Science in Art Therapy with an emphasis in Counseling. She practices a client-centered approach and places a strong emphasis on a trusting therapeutic relationship. She utilizes art therapy as a way to express underlying struggles. Nicholle specializes in glass, ceramics, painting and multimedia art-making.

Caitlin Bishop, MA

Caitlin is a Day Treatment Therapist in our Roseville location. She attended Saint Mary’s University and obtained her MA degree in Counseling and Psychological Services. She attended the University of Minnesota where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Caitlin uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with solution-focused techniques and strength-based techniques. She provides a safe place that is judgement free for clients to share their feelings and explore ways to accomplish their goals. Building rapport and trust with clients is critical to establishing pathways to change. She also welcomes humor into the therapeutic space. She has a background in coaching both girls hockey and girls lacrosse, and enjoys incorporating team building into group therapy.

Lisa Caponigri, MA

Lisa is an In-Clinic Psychotherapist and In-Home Psychotherapist at both our Burnsville and Roseville locations. She combines person-centered therapy and solution-focused therapy and is able to gain an understanding of each client’s circumstances. She works with clients to create a personalized and achievable goal.

Annette Clarke, BA, Day Treatment Supervisor

Annette is the Adolescent Day Treatment Supervisor at our Roseville location. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in psychology and is completing a Master’s Degree at St. Mary’s University in Counseling and Psychological Services. Annette has 25 years of experience in the mental health field working with a diverse population of clients. She is passionate about empowering clients as well as staff.

As an undergraduate student, Annette was a Volunteer Crisis Intervention Counselor for 2 years, providing crisis counseling, supportive listening and information and referral services. At this time, she also worked as the Assistant Director at a group foster home for adolescents. Here, she planned and facilitated small groups and one to one counseling with adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. Annette also supervised staff in this setting. In the transition of completing her BA, she worked as a Program Counselor providing active treatment for developmentally disabled children and young adults.

After receiving her BA, Annette accepted a position at a residential treatment shelter. She initially worked as a child care worker, was promoted to a supervisor position, and eventually held the position of Program Director. She provided individual and group therapy to adolescents, facilitated family sessions, developed treatment plans for clients, and trained and supervised childcare workers and supervisors.

In 2010, Annette accepted a position at Options Residential working with adults who had diagnoses of brain injuries, mental illness, and substance abuse. In this setting, she held positions of Program Coordinator, Treatment Supervisor, and Program Supervisor. She transitioned to Options Family & Behavior Services in 2013 to her current position. Throughout her career, Annette has continued to increase her knowledge and clinical skills to best serve clients. She truly enjoys working with adolescents and assisting them in overcoming barriers and gaining skills and confidence to enable them to fully experience life.

Jamie Cox, LICSW, Day Treatment Supervisor

Jamie has 14 years of experience working and learning in a variety of settings. His career to date has provided him with the skills needed to be a key resource and subject matter expert for the clients and teams he currently supports. This experience has been gained by working in areas such as Residential Treatment, Child Protective Services, Juvenile Court Intake, Community Crisis Intervention and Child and Adolescent Day Treatment.

While completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Jamie worked as an intern in the CPS/Juvenile Court Intake Department at Walworth County Human Services in Wisconsin. Here he was able to hone his quick assessment and crisis intervention skills to serve children and families in a variety of situations.

Shortly after graduating from UW-Whitewater with a BSW, Jamie accepted a position at St. Charles Youth and Family Services as a Mental Health Practitioner in their Child and Adolescent Day Treatment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He provided group therapy to clients with severe mental health disorders and behavioral health issues. Over the next three years, his skills of crisis intervention and de-escalation excelled, as did his clinical knowledge. Jamie also decided to continue his education and he enrolled in the MSW program at UW-Milwaukee.

After completing the MSW program with honors, Jamie worked as a Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Therapist. Through this experience, he has had the opportunity to strengthen and specialize his clinical skills, including assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and outcome evaluation, while working with clients in high acuity suffering from anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, chemical abuse, self-harm, suicidal ideation and trauma history.

Jamie also had the unique opportunity to join a learning collaborative, working closely as a group for over a year learning and practicing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Given that the majority of clients he has worked with have been subjected to varying levels of trauma, this specialized training has proven to be quite valuable in providing the high standard of care he expects as a Therapist, the teams that he leads, and of the agencies he supports; not only to the patient individually but to the family unit in its entirety.

Brian Eidan - In-Home Psychotherapist

Brian Eiden, MA, LAMFT

Brian is an In-Home Psychotherapist and works out of our Burnsville location. He attended St. Mary’s University of Minnesota where he obtained his MA degree. Brian is influenced by a narrative approach in therapy. He believes people have a type of relationship with their diagnosis. They work with others as well as Brian as they walk down the path of life and explore meanings they assign to events. He looks to experience when the problem was not “in control” of their life.

 

Christina Johnson - Behavior Technician

Christina Johnson, BS

Christina is a Behavior Technician at our Burnsville location. She attended Minnesota State University in Mankato. Christina believes in using a relatable, casual approach to ensure clients feel comfortable advocating for their needs. She has worked in treatment-based facilities for the past three years. Drug and alcohol studies is her area of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bain Kail - Day Treatment Mental Health Practitioner

Bain Kail, MA

Bain is a Day Treatment Mental Health Practitioner at our Burnsville location. He received his MA degree at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Bain believes in a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy and positive psychology. He believes that the therapeutic relationship, trust, and psychoeducation are very important to a clients’ success. Bain incorporates his energy and humor into treatment in order to keep the atmosphere interesting while still hitting on the deeper issues.

 

Megan Lamb - Day Treatment Therapist

Megan Lamb, MA, LPCC

Megan is a Day Treatment Therapist at our Burnsville location. She attended Concordia College for her Undergrad, and Bethel University for Grad School. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a solution-focused approach utilizing mindfulness-based interventions and expressive therapeutic techniques. Megan meets her clients where they are, and helps them develop skills to reach their goals and live life to their fullest potential.

Megan Larson - Day Treatment Therapist

Megan Larson, MA

Megan is a Day Treatment Therapist in our Burnsville location. She attended Winona State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and Argosy University where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She uses a solution-focused approach when she works with clients. She feels that it is essential to create a safe therapeutic environment for the clients so that they can feel comfortable sharing information. She also incorporates psycho-education in the sessions so that clients can gain a better understanding of their mental health and how it has impacted them. Megan uses humor in her sessions to help clients feel comfortable and relaxes. She enjoys working with the adolescent population and finds that they teach her as much as she teaches them! She was told throughout grad school that she wouldn’t find her dream job until later in her career, although she feels she has proved them all wrong.

Erich Levinson - Eclectic Style Of Therapist

Erich Levinson, MSW, LGSW, BCC, LADC

 

Erich tends to use an “eclectic style of therapy” using CBT, DBT, Relapse Prevention and anything new that has been brought into the mental health and chemical health field at this time. He begins with the goals of the client and works with them to achieve those goals, especially the ones that are attractive to them.

Nikko Medina - Day Treatment Mental Health Practitioner

Nicholas ‘Nikko’ Medina, MA

Nikko is a Day Treatment Mental Health Practitioner at our Burnsville location. He attended the University of Saint Thomas to obtain his MA license. Nikko practices a person-centered approach as it is important for the therapist to establish a strong therapeutic relationship with the client in order for the client to feel comfortable enough to share heavy topics without fear of judgement. Nikko believes in a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy so that clients are able to identify and challenge t heir maladaptive thinking patterns, as well as utilize mindfulness skills in order to cope with various mental health symptoms they may be experiencing. Nikko has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with dual-diagnosis and SPMI in In-Home, Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient and Residential settings. He enjoys exercising, discovering new music, traveling and learning the history and customs of different cultures.

Brian Sammon MA, LMFT, LADC

Brian is a strong believer that alternatives to traditional treatment are needed and that therapeutic programs should follow evidence-based practices. Brian has years of experience in adolescent and adult substance abuse programs and a significant history of working with both adults and adolescents with mental health concerns. “Giving a person a fish saves them for a day. Teaching them how to fish allows them to save themselves.”

Emily Schackmuth - Behavior Technician

Emily Schackmuth, BA

Emily is a Behavior Technician in our Roseville location. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She believes in the importance of recognizing the strength that comes through when progress is made with a client. The mini milestones make all the difference in treatment. She also strives to help clients search for what makes them who they are, and how they can use that to accomplish their future lifelong goals. Clients would say that Emily has a weird sense of humor, even when dealing with deep topics. Emily likes to incorporate humor, motivational interviewing and mindfulness activities when working with adolescents. She has been working in the mental health field for over six years; two of them being at a Juvenile Detentions Center in Aurora, Colorado.

Sam Tosteson - Psychotherapist Consultant

Sam Tosteson, MA, LMFT

Sam is a Psychotherapist Consultant at our Burnsville location. He attended St. Mary’s University of Minnesota where he received his MA and LAMFT licenses. Sam works with clients to examine how their beliefs about themselves and others can both empower and limit their ability to “live their best life”. He helps to provide perspective and a space to explore different ways of seeing a challenge so there is a realistic hope that change is possible. He is passionate about helping people to experience connectedness in a healthy way. Sam enjoys spending time in nature, drawing, painting and being a science fiction/fantasy geek.

Lisa Trinh, MA

Lisa is an In-Home Psychotherapist and works out of our Burnsville location. She attended Argosy University and Gustavus Adolphus where she obtained her MA degree. Lisa takes an eclectic approach to therapy, including narrative, CBT and solution-focused techniques. She strives to be client-centered and helps clients reframe their story and reach their goals.