For more information about our services, or to make an appointment or a referral, call 612.728.2061 (English), 612.728.2089 (Español), or 763.569.2625 (Hmoob) or email centralintake@thefamilypartnership.org.

Get to know a little bit more about all of our experienced therapists.

DUNIA AHMED

Lake Street – Dunia is a Masters of Social Work student completing her clinical internship. Dunia works with adults and older adolescents (18+) who are struggling with mental and/or chemical health issues. She has experience working with refugees, immigrants, Latinos, and people experiencing homelessness. Dunia has a special interest in working with refugees as well as with clients who have experienced trauma and may have a PTSD diagnosis. Dunia is available to provide therapy to individuals, couples, or families in English and Arabic.

Amanda Gomez, MSW, LGSW

Lake Street – Amanda works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couples and family therapy. She has experience working with individuals and families affected by trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment issues, chemical dependency, stress, socioeconomic challenges, serious and persistent mental illness, interpersonal conflict, and life transitions. Amanda utilizes aspects of cognitive behavioral, relational, solution focused, and acceptance and commitment therapies in her work with clients. Amanda provides culturally responsive therapy in both English and Spanish.

MANUELA GONZALEZ

Lake Street – Manuela is currently in pursuit of her Masters in Social Work at St. Catherine University—University of St. Thomas. She is also an Area of Emphasis in Practice with Immigrant and Refugees (AEIR) Scholar which aligns with her personal and professional passion of working with these communities. Manuela brings a vast amount of professional experience working with Latinx* immigrant community in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, children’s mental health, and community social work. Manuela will be providing therapy in English and Spanish for adults and older adolescents (18+) in individual and family therapy.

*Latinx is a more inclusive, gender neutral term used in place of Latino to refer to individuals of Latin American descent and with cultural ties to Latin America. It is pronounced lah-teen-ex

Regina Esliker, M.A.

Lake Street – Regina works collaboratively with children, adolescents, and adults through individual, family and group therapy. She helps clients to process debilitating emotional issues, and gain a greater knowledge of themselves. Regina has experience working with individuals with serious and chronic symptoms of an emotional, behavioral, or substance use disorder. She is trained in a motivational interview, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT). Regina is able to provide therapy in Spanish, English and Creole.

PAUL HARPER

Lake Street – Paul Harper is a senior at Augsburg University pursuing his Masters in Social Work. He holds a Master of Arts in Management from Hamline University and has experience working with adults, from different ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. He completed his MSW foundation internship at Tubman Family Crisis & Support Services where he worked with adult survivors of Domestic Abuse. Paul is available to provide therapy in English for adults in individual and family therapy.

Amanda Moua, MSW, LGSW

North Minneapolis – Amanda works with children and adults of all ages, primarily in individual and family therapy. She enjoys working with children who are experiencing social, emotional and behavioral problems in school, home and environment. She also has experience working with individuals who are dealing with depression, stress, anxiety, family conflict, life transitions, trauma and abuse or neglect. Amanda utilizes strengths based and relationship based therapies to assist and support clients in working through stressors and barriers. Amanda is able to provide therapy in both English and Hmong.

Gerald Loewen, MA, LP

Gerald Loewen-Tip CardLake Street – Originally trained as a child psychologist, Gerald has been counseling children, adolescents, adults of all ages, couples, and families, for over 20 years. He has a strong interest in working with LGBTQ clients (especially trans youth and adults), and also has significant experience with clients from diverse religious backgrounds.

Lisa Rawlins, MSW, LGSW

Lake Street – Lisa works with children, adolescents, and adults.  Lisa can provide individual, couples, or family therapy in Spanish or English.  Lisa uses elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and narrative therapy, tailoring treatment to each unique person and presenting problem.  Lisa has experience working with Somali refugees, Latino immigrants, and adults experiencing homelessness.  Lisa has a special interest in immigration policy and its impact on mental health.

John Reilly, LICSW

John Reilly - Updated 10.16.12Lake Street – John works with children, adolescents and adults in family and individual therapy. He treats individuals and families affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, disruptive behavior disorders and attachment issues. John has 27 years of experience and has expertise in helping families adapt to meet needs of family members experiencing serious and persistent mental illness.

Xavier Schmitz, MSW, LICSW

Lake Street – Xavier works with adults and adolescents from an empowerment perspective, focusing on supporting and challenging clients to express their full, authentic selves. He works with clients on issues of mood dysregulation, trauma recovery, relationship concerns, gender identity (transgender spectrum), sexuality, identity development, chronic illness (including HIV), environmental concerns, and life transitions. Believing that therapy is most effective when approached holistically, he partners with clients to incorporate cognitive, emotional, somatic, and ecologically-based strategies. His theoretical background includes training in sensorimotor psychotherapy, nonviolent communication, family systems, gender emergence, attachment, and cultural competency. Xavier is the Clinical Supervisor for the Diversity Social Work Advancement Program (DSWAP).

Kelsey Steinbach, MS, LAMFT

Lake Street – Kelsey has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She works with children, adolescents, and adults in the context of individual, couples, and family therapy. Kelsey enjoys working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relational problems or conflict, and families of adoption. Kelsey also has experience with clients on the Autism Spectrum, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum, and clients with ADHD. Kelsey utilizes systems and family-based therapy models in her practice to address client issues and create change.

Ae Vang, MSW, LGSW

vang_ae_hs_2015North Minneapolis – Ae works with English and Hmong speaking children, adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy. Her experience includes working with stress, depression, anxiety, difficult life changes, relationship difficulties, trauma, and abuse. Ae utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy.