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.

Nancy Avila, MSW, LICSW

avila_nancy_2015Northwest Hennepin – Nancy works with children, adolescents and adults, specializing in survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and her experience includes working with first generation Latino Americans and recent immigrants from Hispanic/Latino origins. Nancy has particular knowledge in working with symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety and grief and loss, and uses a strength-based approach in her work, incorporating a strong emphasis on early childhood attachment, and guided by narrative principles as well as other psychodynamic approaches.

Stephanie Brace, MA, LMFT

brace_stephanie_2015_02Northwest Hennepin – Stephanie works with children, adolescents, and adults, specializing in couples and families. She has particular experience in: ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), depression, relationship issues, premarital counseling, parenting concerns, trauma, gender identity, and transgender issues. Stephanie also works with individuals and families dealing with disabilities and/or those who have experienced homelessness.

Rosemary Frazel, MSW, LICSW

frazel, rosemaryLake Street – Rosemary works with children, birth through adolescence, and adults in individual and family therapy. Her experience includes working on emotional and behavioral difficulties, parenting challenges, as well as grief and loss issues. Rosemary uses a strengths perspective and a mindfulness approach to support working through stress and moving towards health. With children, she takes a developmental approach, supporting their well-being as they grow.

Emily Geffre, LICSW

North Minneapolis – Emily works with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and family therapy. Her experience includes working in early childhood mental health, with at-risk populations, and with individuals and families with current or past histories of trauma. Emily utilizes relationship based and strengths based therapies, as well as play therapy, to support clients in working through issues and stressors in order to move forward in life and/or stages of development.

Tom Gruenewald, MSW, LICSW

Tom GruenewaldLake Street – Tom has been working with youth, adolescents and their families, couples and individuals for over three decades. He has an eclectic treatment approach with an emphasis on family systems, strength-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches, and he has extensive experience with those affected by domestic violence, abuse and neglect.

Christine Guy, MA, LPCC

guy_christine_2015South Hennepin – Christine works with children (5+), adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy. She is experienced in helping people address a variety of concerns including: depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, stress reduction and other emotional/behavioral difficulties. Christine utilizes a variety of clinical approaches including, but not limited to, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Functional Family Therapy. Her goal is to provide a supportive therapeutic environment where people feel empowered to discover and utilize their inner strengths to improve their mental well-being.

Elizabeth (Zeb) Henderson Shreve, MSW, LICSW

henderson_shreve_elizabeth_zeb_hs_2015Lake Street – Zeb works with children, adolescents and adults. She has been working with families in transition and crisis for over 15 years. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has worked with Latinx families for most of her career. Zeb’s specialties include: working with issues related to trauma, violence and abuse, acculturation stress, and LGBTQA mental health. She has a particular interest in working with teens, including teens with high-risk behaviors. Zeb uses a variety of empowerment-based clinical approaches and incorporates mind-body awareness into the therapeutic process. She is the lead therapist of the Transgender Mental Health Team.

Krista Henrich, MA, LMFT

roubal_krista_original_2015Lake Street, South Hennepin – Krista is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), who specializes in family therapy and couples therapy, and also provides individual therapy for kids, teens, and adults. Krista uses a strength-based, developmental perspective to help people overcome the barriers that have been blocking their healing, growth, and joy. She works with individuals who face a variety of issues, including family conflict, family member illness/disability, life transitions, trauma, brain injury, childhood abuse and neglect, anxiety, and depression.

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.

Rebecca Lund, MA, LPCC, RPT

Rebecca LundLake Street, South Hennepin – Rebecca is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).She has worked in the mental health and disability field for the past 15 years. Rebecca currently provides counseling services to children, adolescents, families, and couples within the Latino community. She is bilingual in Spanish/English. Her specialties include working through trauma experiences, attachment concerns, sexual and physical abuse, addiction issues, anxiety and depression symptoms, and stress reduction.

Clare MacDonald-Sexton, MSW, LICSW

macdonald_sexton_clare_hs_2015South Hennepin – Clare is a seasoned clinical social worker with a solid background serving and supporting the well-being and growth of individuals and families. Using a holistic lens, she works with people to strengthen their internal resources, supporting their ability to address challenges and enhance relational connections. She brings advanced training in EMDR, Mindfulness, Clinical Hypnosis and Couple’s Therapy to her work with challenges including grief and loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, gender, and trauma. Clare’s therapeutic approach rests on her belief in the resiliency and strength of each individual and family she serves.

John Reilly, LICSW

John Reilly - Updated 10.16.12South Hennepin – 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.

Heather Svoboda, MA, LP

Heather Svoboda croppedNorthwest Hennepin – Heather is trained in infant and early childhood mental health and specializes in child centered play therapy with young children. She also works with adolescents and adults who are going through difficult changes, have mood, behavior or relationship problems, or have experienced trauma. Heather has worked collaboratively with people from many cultures, abilities and disabilities, and sexual orientations. She draws from cognitive theory and uses art/creativity and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) principles to bridge self expression and skill building for acceptance and change.

True J. Thao, MSW, LICSW


thao_true_hs_2015Lake Street
– True has over twenty-two years of clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples on a wide range of clinical issues. He has extensive therapeutic experience, particularly with refugees on issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, grief and loss, and issues of cultural adjustment and integration as the result of changes. He is also a well known consultant and trainer on cross-cultural mental health, particularly with Hmong refugees. True is also leading the Diversity Social Work Advancement Program, a program designed to train second year mater’s level ethnic minority social work interns and recent graduates to gaining more clinical experience toward licensing, in the long-term goal of increasing more licensed minority mental health professionals in the community.

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.

Barb Williamson, MSW, LICSW

Barbara Williamson - Updated 10.16.12Lake Street – Barbara has over 27 years of experiencing working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. She specializes in grief and loss issues, adoption, family relationships, and adjustment issues. Barb works with adults, children ages 5 and up, couples, and families. She uses a variety of theoretical approaches and works from a strength perspective, believing in the individual’s inherent strength to overcome adversity. She has a special interest in working with children who have experienced trauma, been exposed to family violence or other life disruptions.

Mark Zaczkowski, MSW, LICSW

zaczkowski_mark_hs_2015_webLake Street, South Hennepin – Mark works with adults and children of all ages, primarily in individual and family therapy. He has worked mostly with young children, fathers and families around issues such as trauma, immigration, parenting and adoption and permanency. Mark uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to assist in healing and coping by accessing client strengths and relationships, and by approaching issues from a developmental perspective. He uses a combination of child-directed play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment based therapy, family systems theory and a variety of other treatment modalities that are meaningful and relevant for his clients. Mark is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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