Meet Our Team

  • Katie Erickson,
    MA, LPCC

    The biggest part of my job as a therapist is feeling compassion for others. I get to work each day with my colleagues who are like family and who also are passionate and dedicated to serving this community. In addition to counseling, I'm a mediator for family, community, and business meditations, and I work on the business end of the Duluth Counseling Center. What an opportunity I have, to come to work, enjoy my job, enjoy who I’m working with, and work with so many others who are also excited to be here, all while making a difference in people’s lives. I strive not to give up on a person, even those upon whom others have given up. I see my role as a cheerleader and giver of hope as I try to pass on unconditional support. I am fervent about meeting people where they’re at and providing them a space of nonjudgmental support. My goal is to help my clients find or regain their purpose and happiness that they may have lost due to life adjustments, depression, anxiety, etc. I work with individuals, families, and couples. Away from work, you will find me outdoors in most of my free time with my husband, children, and friends. My friends will attest that I actively live my life by the motto “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” I’ve coached youth hockey. I particularly like getting girls interested in hockey and in golf. I enjoy hunting and shooting; I strive to be a female role model in these outdoor sports. I also volunteer in the courts and the community providing mediation services. I am also passionate about education and I am on the Board of Directors at my children’s school. Lastly, I am an avid reader.

  • Aurora Abbott, MS, LPCC

    Hello! I recall from a young age hearing people's stories about life's struggles and wanting to help. I also observed how people pushed themselves out of their comfort zones in life to grow from these challenges, and I see counseling as similar to this. We as humans have wisdom and truths about ourselves, and survive with skills we do not acknowledge. My work in therapy is strength-based and person-centered, while embracing growth and exploring those skills that can develop into new behaviors and thinking patterns.

    I worked in ARMHS for several years prior to graduating from Walden University with a Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I work primarily with adults, who may be struggling with adjusting to life stressors, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma. My approach to therapy is utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).I am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

    To share a little about me. I am from the Iron Range area, and enjoy being at the lake with family. I find nature to be a therapeutic and healing place. I love walking, four wheeling, and just being outside. I enjoy spending time with my husband and being a dog mom, listening to music, trying out new restaurants and foods, traveling, and reading biographies.

  • Debbie Becker,

    One of many things I utilize in my practice, is helping clients learn and grow in their empowerment. I teach about boundaries and the importance of honoring those for ones self and others. I provide insight on how to change negative thought patterns and harmful behaviors. In therapy I take into account the experiences of childhood and examine how we are impacted by those experiences. I believe that honesty is a vital component to one's success in therapy while at the same time I recognize that the truth can be deeply painful for many. I support clients in taking an honest self inventory and walk with them as they move through difficult times in life. I greatly value an open and direct dialogue within my practice. While drawing on a wide variety of methods throughout the therapeutic process, the foundation of my clinical expertise is person-centered and strength-based, with my primary focus being CBT and DBT. I will always provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for clients.  

  • Kelly Evertz, LMFT


     I work primarily with couples and young adults from all backgrounds in an open and inclusive environment. It is important to me that everyone feels safe, seen, heard and respected. I believe our lives are a culmination of short stories, and I pay special attention to stories about growing up because they can have such a big impact on our current relationships, mental health, and how we see the world. Working with me would look like finding patterns and themes in the stories that make up one's life and helping make sense of these patterns while empowering you to write new stories going forward that align with how you want to live. This might include setting boundaries, loving yourself more, reparenting yourself or forgiving others, just as examples. I also practice couples therapy using Emotionally Focused Therapy. This modality helps couples understand how emotions influence how they interact during times of tension or disconnect. It removes blame and validates both partners while helping them better understand their fears, hurts, needs and longing to be loved just as they are.

    Therapy can feel complex and heavy at times. I am honored to sit in that messy space with you as you make sense of what brings you in to therapy and take those first steps to move forward in new ways.

  • Charles Fai, MA, LPCC

    Biography coming soon!

  • Lisa Fedora,
    MA, LP

    I went into counseling with the relatively young mindset of a simple desire to help people. This started in third grade, when I was curious about what motivated people's behaviors and emotions. I am now a clinician with over 25 years experience in the world of mental health, trying to help people simply feel better as all of us journey through life. I have been specifically trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy) and TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy). I sincerely enjoy connecting and working with people in order to find solutions to issues, relationships, or situations that are life-interfering.

    Outside of work one can find me busy being a wife as well as a mother of two children and 2 Brittany spaniels, who enjoys spending time with friends as well as hiking in the woods, cooking, reading, singing when I can and spending as much time as possible at the family cabin.

    Come chat with me.  

  • Amy Fullerton,
    MSEd., LPCC

    I have had the privilege and pleasure of working as a mental health therapist for almost 16 years and deeply believe that connection and relationship are where healing and growth happens.  I am committed to providing a safe, client centered, and non-judgmental space where people can explore their values, patterns, and life stories and experiences.  We all possess strength and resilience and my goal is to help clients uncover and/or rediscover theirs in order to live a life that helps them achieve their goals.

    I work primarily with adolescents and adults and am happy to provide both individual and family therapy.  I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with life stressors, grief and loss, and challenges with mood and anxiety.  I also have a strong background in trauma, including complex and developmental trauma, attachment disorders, adoptions issues, and personality disorders.  I am certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and trained in a variety of clinical approaches including Family Systems Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) approaches. 
    I am also passionate about education and helping others in their professional growth and development.  I have held a position as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Superior where I taught in the Master’s Counseling Program for a number of years.  When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband and fur babies, traveling and hiking, doing long trail runs and endurance races, gardening and hunting for vintage treasures.  I look forward to meeting you!

  • Rebecca Hartfield,
    MA, LPCC

    In my professional practice, I work to provide clients with an environment in which they can rediscover their voice and restore their sense of personal power and natural creativity. When we use our own unique voice, we can more confidently create and carry out unique solutions to the problems we face.

    I work through a person-centered, attachment-based lens and utilize approaches based on Ego State Therapy and Internal Family Systems. This means I value the relationship between myself and my clients and see the counseling office as a place where you can experience insecurities and difficult emotions while receiving unconditional warmth and acceptance. The trauma-informed approaches I use help to create a language in which you can hope to treat yourself and all your parts with some kindness and compassion, as well. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and this approach can help individuals to understand traumatic experiences more clearly and to see themselves in a more factual, positive light.

  • Nicole Hawkins,

    Congratulations on taking the first step to wellness. Even beginning to look for a therapist can be challenging; as there are many different specialties and people to choose from. As a therapist, I am extremely passionate about helping each individual I serve to obtain their personal wellness or maybe just to process difficult/challenging history. Life can be tough, and therapy is there to help; much like seeing a doctor when you are feeling ill or out of sorts. I have a passion for helping people identify and embrace their worth, and rediscover the joy of being human. My approach to your wellness, includes cognitive behavioral techniques, empowerment, DBT, and solution focused. My primary areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, SPMI, crisis, post-natal transition, and problematic sexual concerns/behaviors. However, despite these areas, I approach each person from a non-judgmental and exploratory approach, as labels only help us to categorize and do not allow for intricacies of human nature.

    A little about me, I obtained my Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota Duluth and have almost ten years post masters experience, but have been working with people for many more. I have three kids, three dogs, three cats, and some chickens. I enjoy running, hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding and glamping. I am also an avid reader.

  • Stephanie Leahy, MA

    Hello! As a therapist, I make it a priority to provide a non-judgmental space for clients to be open, feel supported, and have the opportunity to reflect and grow. I aim to create room for clients to be met with compassion not only by me, but by themselves as well.

    I work with individuals who are having difficulty with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, daily stressors, and more. Together we explore different patterns, better manage symptoms, and re-frame mindsets. Additionally I value the importance of having one’s feelings heard and acknowledged. I most often utilize humanistic and relational therapy as well as CBT.

    I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge.

    In my free time I enjoy reading, going for walks, practicing yoga, and surrounding myself with family and friends (and food)!

    Starting therapy can be a scary step and I’m here to meet you where you’re at.

  • Lindsay Lortz,

    Hello and welcome! I am excited and happy that you are here! I believe that there are many benefits to experiencing counseling for everyone and every situation. I am passionate about supporting others as they work through anything and everything that does not serve them. I believe that everyone is worthy of the life they want and things they want out of life. Working with such individuals to reach and achieve such things is what I strive for in my practice. I recently graduated with my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling through Capella University. I have learned a lot throughout my training that has led me to having a particular interest in supporting individuals who experience depression, anxiety, difficulty in identifying and understanding their emotions, and figuring out who they are as an individual along with determining what they want out of life. The therapeutic approaches that I will often utilize include cognitive-behavioral and client-centered therapies with the additional use of mindfulness techniques. I strongly believe that one’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and maintaining it is necessary to living a full and healthy life.

    A little bit about me. I really appreciate being outdoors by the water, especially in the summer. I like to explore and visit new places. Traveling is another thing I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to the opportunity to travel more in the future. Lastly, I love spending much of my free time with my family and friends. 

  • Claire Montgomery,
    MS, LPCC

    Claire Montgomery is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. While in college, Claire had the opportunity to mentor inner-city children and adolescents in addition to working at a camp during the Summer. It was through these experiences that she witnessed the power of forming healthy relationships and chose to pursue a career as a therapist. Claire has worked in a variety of different settings as a mental health therapist including community mental health, college counseling services, wilderness therapy and outpatient mental health. In each of these settings, Claire has valued helping individuals find healing and achieve their goals. Because of these experiences, she has advanced her professional knowledge in treating trauma, attachment-related injuries, and working with families. Claire is trained in brainspotting, Trauma Centered Trauma Sensitive Yoga, SMART Recovery, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. When not at work, she enjoys exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior and being on the water. Claire is an avid canoer, and she also enjoys hiking with her two dogs.

  • Samantha Morel, MS

    One of the main tenets I live by as a counselor, and in my daily personal life, is to leave the day a better place than when I started it. If I can accomplish that in my day to day work, that is how I feel fulfilled.

    I began working in the mental health world about fourteen years ago, beginning in adult group homes. After that, I began working with one of my favorite groups of individuals- teenagers affected by mental illness and trauma. Later, I then transitioned to work in ARMHS, have supervised and directed group homes, and most recently completed an internship where I worked heavily with substance use outpatient treatment.

    I have my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have many passions in the field, one of the main areas of focus in my practice is trauma work. In the future I will be adding certification in TF-CBT and EMDR to my practice to best support clients in returning to pre-trauma functioning levels. My approach can best be described as person-centered with the integration of CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing.  I work with adults and children over the age of ten, I offer both individual and family sessions.  I am a kink friendly/sex positive therapist and I endeavor to be inclusive and accepting of those living nontraditional lifestyles.

    Outside of work hours you can find me with my animals, a dachshund named Godric and a cat named Severus, most days. I enjoy many activities such as traveling to the cities to enjoy culture such as museums, more diverse food options, and just changes of scenery. I am originally from San Diego, California so anything involving the ocean brings a smile to my face. I also enjoy reading and learning new and interesting things. 

  • Ina Newton,

    Due to many internal and external factors, we can lose track of our best selves. Trauma, stress, oppression, abuse, life transitions, lack of healthy modeling, and much more can make someone feel disconnected, overwhelmed, helpless. Therapy is a powerful tool to help objectively understand how we have come to a specific place in our lives, and allow us to look at where we want to go and who we want to become moving forward. As a therapist it is my goal to guide the process to increase your awareness and insight, work through problems, and understand your own patterns. I recognize the strength in vulnerability, healthy connections and creating liberating experiences that foster safety and self-empowerment. I work with teens and adults struggling with a variety of symptoms and barriers, tailoring my therapeutic processes based on your individual and unique needs.

    Primary areas of focus include: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Life stress/transitions. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Trauma-Focused/ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Relational Cultural Theory with a foundational lens of attachment theory, somatic literacy, and mindfulness.

  • Rebecca Oachs,

    My focus as a therapist is educating on coping skills, providing insight on changing negative or anxious thought patterns, and to give you room for reflection and openness to considering/identifying alternative perspectives.

    I work to be an excellent critical listener, holding hope for growth and change while providing non-judgmental acceptance in our interactions. My work is strengths-based, that is, focusing on positives while balancing/considering current difficulties and desired changes. I feel my strengths lie in treating anxiety, depression and OCD although I provide services for a wide range of diagnoses.

    I provide services for people struggling with mental health difficulties through teaching to connect thoughts, feelings and actions and challenging negative thought patterns. The experience I have had in counseling young children and their caregivers has led to a unique understanding of how past experiences and relationships can impact symptoms as well.

    Working together will include learning specific strategies for daily life. As you practice techniques we discuss in my office, I will assist in examining thought patterns and using active problem solving. My hope is that engaging in this work will give you active strategies to support your path to healthier living.
    Outside of the office, you can typically find me eating tacos or ice cream, playing with my cat, Tiger Lily, reading, napping, walking on the Lakewalk, or traveling.

  • Connie Rabideaux,

    As a therapist, I strive to build a relationship based on trust and empathetic listening. I have a passion for helping people move through the hardships they might be facing in their lives. I feel it is important to provide an environment that is safe, supportive, non-judgmental, and confidential. I realize therapy is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach and I will work with you to help you build skills that are effective for you. Together we will evaluate your progress and work to build the right path that works best for you. I believe we all have struggles in this journey through life and finding a third person who is not directly involved with your situation can be very beneficial in helping you heal. I will help you gain insight into your life, identify negative thought patterns, and challenge you to think “outside of the box”. During the time we spend together, we will focus on strength-based and person-centered treatment.
    I currently work with adults and young adults. I have worked with individuals who have experienced severe trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, feelings of low self-worth, stress management issues, distressed interpersonal relationships, problems at work, schizoaffective disorder, social isolation, boundary setting, adjustments to life changes, and individuals who are in need of safety plans due to suicidal behaviors and ideation. I use several therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR.) I have found these approaches to be very successful in treating PTSD, anxiety, and changing the negative scripts individuals have about themselves. Together with the therapeutic approaches mentioned above and your life experiences, I look forward to helping you achieve a healthier and happier life.

    Outside of work, I am a member of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and a member of the advisory committee for the Minnesota Disability Law Center. I enjoy spending time with my family, my animals, and near Lake Superior. My undergraduate degree is in Legal Studies with Mediation Diversity from the University of Superior Wisconsin, and my graduate degree is from The College of St. Scholastica.

    I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you. 

  • Kyle Sather,

    I realized early on in my undergraduate studies how much I wanted my career to involve being around other people, learning their story, and helping them to heal. At first, I thought this would be in the role of a Physical Therapist, however, I find myself today with a great appreciation for my work as a Psychotherapist and Counselor. I see the value in your story, sharing some of my own, and working as a team to determine our objectives and goals. I am very goal-oriented in my personal life, and have found having a sense of short-term direction, developing self-awareness, and new tools to respond to the present in ways which we may not have in the past are part of the foundation of my work.

    I’m also an avid endurance athlete, lead an active lifestyle, and love to run outdoors year round, lift weights, hike, bike, you name it! I bring this perspective, along with other evidence-based tools and considerations into my approach.

    Be Kind, Consistent, and Persistent!

  • Miranda Stenstrup,

    As a therapist, I use compassion and empathy to provide a safe space for my clients to feel seen, heard, and understood. My ultimate goal is to build strong therapeutic relationships in order for my clients to freely express their most authentic selves without fear of judgment. I strongly believe connection is the essence of existence and the therapeutic relationship is the core of effective therapy. Life is hard and I am dedicated to supporting individuals through the inevitable ebb and flow of their journey. I hope to help clients build the insight and awareness needed to experience growth, healing, and meaningful change.

    I use a variety of approaches in order to meet my clients where they are in life. I primarily work with teens and young adults who may be experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal conflicts, low self-worth, and life adjustments & stressors. My work is directed by a client-centered and strength-based lens while incorporating knowledge and skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Attachment, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I am also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a form of psychotherapy that utilizes eye movements to produce effective results in treating common challenges such as depression, anxiety, phobias, grief, and PTSD.
    Outside of work, I feel most grounded while exploring the outdoors or spending time with family & friends. You can often find me hiking in the woods or camping up the shore. I have a love for traveling and discovering all that this beautiful world has to offer us. In my free time, I am also dedicated to my own self-growth and working on becoming the best version of myself.

  • Michelle Tretter,

    Every day I enjoy working with people and feel it is a privilege to join them on their journey of self-growth. It is incredible how resilient people are, and I want them to see their strengths and accomplishments.   I am a strength-based therapist and focus on teaching boundaries and effective communication. One area I find rewarding is grief counseling, helping someone work through grief and witness their pain as they navigate their loss. This process includes expressing their pain, validating their emotions, and teaching coping skills to help navigate transitions. It is essential to find a therapist with whom you can feel safe to share your story. I am a firm believer that the truth will set you free — there is power in speaking your truth in a safe and nonjudgmental space. It is my goal and privilege to provide this safe and nonjudgmental space.

  • Hannah Waterman,

    Committed to assisting clients to uncover their strengths and resources for healing and growth. Specializations in family work, early childhood and attachment, sand tray therapy and play therapy techniques. Trained in EMDR, TF-CBT, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up and Circle of Security. Experienced in working with all ages from birth through adulthood. Training and experience in Reflective Supervision and Mental Health Consultation to Childcare Centers. I see therapy as a partnership between the individual or family and the therapist. Through the building of trust and understanding, there can be new insights for growth and healing.

  • Karissa Halgren
    Administrative Assistant

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Erin McKenzie
    Administrative Assistant

    Hello, my name is Erin! I am so excited to support you on your journey here at Duluth Counseling Center.

    I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with my Bachelor of Arts in Health Humanities. I hope to be a therapist myself in the future. I am currently working towards getting my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

  • Kat Osburn
    Administrative Assistant

    Hello! My name is Kat, I joined the DCC team in October 2019 having more than 10 years of office/administrative experience. I’m excited to be your first point of contact with Duluth Counseling Center, offering a warm smile and an enthusiastic “Hello”. I feel the work we do here at DCC is important because focusing on our mental health will improve the quality of life, we have in the twin ports. I am super excited to help you on your journey here at Duluth Counseling Center.

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