Jennie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau-Claire. She went on to receive to receive a Master of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Science/Marriage and Family Therapy from North Dakota State University.
Jennie has experience working in a community mental health clinic, doing in-home family therapy, providing services at an outpatient clinic, and currently founding her own practice. She also works with students and beginning therapists in teaching and supervisory roles.
Jennie is an active member in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and is an Approved Supervisor in that organization. She has been licensed to provide therapy by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy for many years as well as approved to provide supervision to therapists applying for Minnesota licensure.
Jennie was raised in a large, close-knit, spiritual family that molded her values and approach to working with people. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, couples and adults dealing with issues as life changes, family changes, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, attention deficit disorder, and abuse/trauma.
Hans received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Post Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of St. Thomas. He is an experienced therapist who has benefited from a large range of professional roles. He has experiences as an in home family and outpatient therapist, MN Board Approval and AAMFT approved supervisor, small business owner, professor and as a leader in his profession. Life experiences such as being a parent, coach, athlete, uncle, and a friend have influenced the work he does with clients. Past clients often comment that his down to earth approach made it easy to learn the things they needed to do to make changes in their life.
John brings a unique set of experiences to our Foundations team. In addition to 10+ years working with adolescents and young adults as a counselor or therapist, John has been a Minnesota State High School League referee for 18 years and has officiated numerous MSHSL basketball and football state tournament games. John also officiated D2 and D3 basketball for five years. Prior to obtaining his MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University and post master’s certificates from Saint Mary’s and the University of Minnesota, he worked in public relations and marketing roles with the New York Knicks, and with broadcast partners of the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.
Nicholas Newstrom, M.A., LMFT
Nicholas completed a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University and is in the process of finishing a doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota.
He has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient and state programs for over 6 years. Nicholas has worked with many kinds of people regarding a plethora of issues but he specializes in working with adolescents and adults working through anxiety, depression and trauma. In addition, he also has expertise helping couples through general relationship difficulties and sexual issues.
Nicholas believes that people seek therapy when they feel lost and disconnected. He believes that we all also possess the natural capacity to heal. Working from a collaborative approach, Nicholas looks forward to helping you meet your life goals.
Patty Ostberg-Speiker, M.A.
Patty is currently available to meet with clients at a reduced fee as she pursues her license in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her work will be supervised by our staff of supervisors who will periodically join you. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her previous professional experience as a clinician includes working in a private practice and doing in-home family therapy. In addition to her work at Foundations, she facilitates group parent trainings and family sessions at the University of Minnesota.
She enjoys the process of helping people meet the challenges of parenting and relationships, and helping people overcome the obstacles that keep them reaching their life goals. Her professional experiences in journalism and health care while starting a family provide a unique mix of perspectives she can share with her clients. Some of these experiences include working at the MN State Legislature as a journalist for many years. As she has worked in many different environments she has had an up close understanding of how people navigate a work/life balance, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, attention deficit disorder, child focused concerns, and trauma.
Raised an Army brat, she is passionate about issues unique to military families and working with those who grew up in the armed services culture. Some of her experiences in working with military families has come working with families at Camp Gratitude.
Rebekah Miller, M.A., LMFT
Rebekah completed her master of arts degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University and has been doing outpatient therapy since 2010. Rebekah specializes in working with individuals and couples who are coping with trauma, relationship distress, and sexual concerns. Rebekah approaches therapy in a collaborative and solution-focused way. This means that she takes time to understand individual and relationship goals and then actively teams up with clients to help them reach them. She believes that clients have the strength to overcome their challenges. With compassion, non-judgment, honesty, and humor, she helps clients access their strengths so that they can thrive.
Rebekah frequently uses specialized trauma treatments Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE) in her therapy. Rebekah loves to learn and is currently obtaining supervision and education toward becoming certified in sex therapy. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
Rebekah is adjunct faculty for the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at St. Mary’s University. She is a founding member and facilitator of Camp Gratitude (began in 2011), which is a free, week-long resilience-building vacation for military families. In her work, Rebekah draws on personal experiences as a wife, a mother, a twice-deployed veteran of the Army National Guard, a pastor’s daughter, a sister to 3 brothers, and a committed friend.