- Nancy Carlson, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Certified
Nancy is our Resident Wise Soul (RWS). From the first time we met Nancy we knew our couples struggling the most would find hope with Nancy. Nancy is especially skilled in helping couples encountering complex grief and situations which seem profoundly hopeless. Nancy also offers Christian Counseling when clients wish to incorporate faith into their Counseling. Clients report that she is “uniquely skilled and dedicated”.
Her soft and warm presence provides an environment for clients to explore their needs and process their pain. But don’t be fooled– she will be honest and direct with you and help you change.
- Erica Falconer, MS, LMFT
Our current Grand Goal at RTC is to clone Erica. She characterizes all that is wonderful and true of the most talented therapists. She has a spirt that’s kind but determined. A heart that’s able to connect – but still hold you accountable. She is the complete therapeutic package. We are reminded consistently by her clients how fortunate we are to have her at RTC.
If you’re looking for someone who is warm and down to earth – ask for Erica. You’ll never feel like she’s talking down to you and you’ll instantly sense her compassion. She loves her work with couples, families, and individuals.
- Amanda Hartzell, BAPre-Marital Counseling, Couples, Individual Relationship Issues, First-Responder Couples
She is an inspiration. Describing Amanda in words on a webpage is woefully inadequate. Her presence brings even the most insane situations to their knees. She is a human paradox.
Her presence is both light and commanding. Her words are forceful yet compassionate. She instigates problems while solving them. Her whispers reverberate in her clients’ ears for years to come. She is a force of nature (the good nature – not the tornado or tsunami or flash flood or world coming to an end type of nature – the birds singing in your backyard type of nature).
Amanda will go the extra mile for her clients– seeing them in the evenings and on the weekend, knowing that availability is critical to making progress. Lastly, even though she just loves her work with couples, she has a special passion and particular interest for working with First-Responder Couples as she understands the complexities and nuances that compose these unique relationships.
- Mike Hitzelberger, MA, LPIndividuals, EMDR/Trauma, Hypnosis
Mike is well known for his humor, compassion, and ability to challenge. He has over 20 years of experience in the field and especially enjoys working with individuals going through transition.
Mike’s clients appreciate his straightforward and honest style. This style is especially helpful to those struggling with grief and loss. Mike also uses EMDR to work with trauma and blocks.
- Tina Neameyer, MA, LAMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues
Great couples therapists have great tenacity. Tina is the very embodiment of tenacity – passionate, persevering and straight to the point (PPP). Tina is warm, but she won’t hold back from telling you like it is because she believes it is her job to be honest with you. If you want your relationship to work – Tina will do everything in her power to get you there. Having someone like her on your team can make all the difference. Just try staying stuck with her. We dare you. You’re going to lose. That tenacity is infectious. You won’t be able to help yourself.
When we’re really lost and stuck – Tina is our answer.
- Terry Norman, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Certified, EMDR/Trauma
Terry is known as the most empathic member of our therapists. Terry is not only caring – but she is a competent therapist who loves working with couples and families (and individuals of course!). Terry is very popular among the clients at RTC due to her gift in transforming difficult situations into opportunities for intimacy. Her clients call her “empathic, humorous, and kind”.
She has intensive training in Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy, as well as the Gottman Method. Terry has a passion for working with couples in Intensive Couples Counseling – especially around crisis, affairs, and betrayals. She is well known for “Healing the Hurt“. We are always amazed at Terry’s ability to get relationships moving.
- Kathy Points, MA, LMFTCouples, Adolescents, Individual Relationship Issues
Kathy is uniquely skilled in working with couples, because she’s very good at understanding where each person is coming from. Her breadth of experience in therapy and life is immense– she can talk about sexuality, spirituality, and healthy relationships with just about anyone, and in the most nonjudgmental way.
Her background translates into a wide repertoire of Kathy’s therapeutic know how.There is no stopping her and nothing she can’t handle. She uses her extensive experience to tailor therapy to each individual, family and couple. There is no one size fits all in Kathy’s approach. She will find the approach that works for you. She won’t give up. Just try it. It’s not happening.
- Gregg Schacher, PhD, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents, Children
Gregg is trained extensively with the best of the best in the couples therapy world. He’s extremely well educated, but also humble– a rare combination. He is the most observant person we know. He can pick up on the smallest detail and change the course of his clients’ lives.
He can see his clients’ success miles away and guide them incisively towards their hopes and dreams. He does this through a simple process of belief and guidance. He believes in his clients + provides guidance. He knows they will succeed and he shows them how. Time after time, it’s amazing how right he is. It took us 9 years to convince him that he needs to join RTC. You’ll understand our passion for him when you meet him.
- Layne Ticker, MACouples, Individual Relationship Issues, Adolescents, Children
Layne is so warm and inviting that we have to keep the Air Conditioning on in the middle of even the coldest winters. Her ability to listen without judgment, her passion for curiosity, and her motivation to learn about you and your relationship are some of the things that make her stand out. She excels with both adolescents and couples by really connecting with them and motivating them to grow– you can be confident they are in good hands.
Layne works with couples on a variety of issues and specializes in sexuality. She knows how to support couples who are feeling disconnected, frustrated, or disinterested. She will help you get the intimate connection you’re seeking.
Layne sees client when clients can actually come to therapy– so she has both daytime and evening appointments available.
- Brie Vortherms, MA, LMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Certified
Do you want answers? There is a constant line outside of Brie’s office composed of therapists, clients, small children, and who knows what else – all seeking her sage advice. Brie will persevere with you to find the answers you are looking for (just try to get her to give up – we dare you).
Her clients report that she is tenacious in helping them find happiness in their lives and relationships. She is our Most Precious Natural Resource (MPNR). We love that she wears her heart on her sleeve. Love it.
- Nick Wallace, MA, LAMFTCouples, Individual Relationship Issues
When you meet Nick, you’re going to feel like you already know him because he is just so easy to talk to. He really listens and his sense of humor makes even the most painful topics tolerable.
From the very beginning he showed a profound understanding of the complexity in intimate relationships. He has a keen ability to see under the pain and heartbreak and inspire couples to reach a new level of connection. Nick is especially gifted at navigating the waters of a split agenda (fancy therapist term for “one of you dragged the other one to therapy and that other one doesn’t want to be there”.)
Nick often works with professional couples that cannot come to therapy during the day, so he makes himself available in the evenings and weekends in order to accommodate your schedule.
- Lisa Watson, BACouples & Individual Relationship Issues
We recently scoured the vast United States in search of 1 single soul who does not absolutely love Lisa Watson. Her benevolence and kindness proved to be the venture’s ultimate undoing. She is the Washington Monument of Empthy (WME) and the Industrial Revolution of her Clients’ Healing (IRCH).
Her clients often love her more than many of their own family members. Her retention rate is legendary (178% – we didn’t even think that was possible). When people really don’t want to come to therapy – we universally say ‘See Lisa – she will fix you up.’ Lisa is so committed to her clients that she is works evenings and Saturdays– she understands that part of her service is about being available when couples are available to attend.
- Kyle Zrenchik, PhD, ACS, LMFTSex Therapy, Couples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Certified
Do you want a therapist who will do more than just listen? Someone who will be totally honest and give you direct feedback? You’ve found your guy. His clients call him “funny and warm and engaging”.
Dr. Z is a Certified Clinical Sexologist so his specialty is “Seeking More Intimacy” and he enjoys working with all kinds of relationships. He is LGBT, Poly, alt, and kink friendly. He challenges his clients to move beyond their normal limits so they can regain the connection they have lost, work through a betrayal, and/or have better sex then ever before.
Dr. Z is also trained in Discernment Counseling, so he is helpful in situations where you don’t know if you want to stay or go. He can help you make this difficult decision.
- Jeb Sawyer, MA, LMFTCo-Founder, Couples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Co-Founder
Jeb is a co-founder of The Relationship Therapy Center of Minnesota. He is one of only two Certified Gottman Therapists in Minnesota.
These days he does not take on new clients, but supervises and mentors the therapists at RTC in Gottman’s methods and FIT to ensure that all the therapists at RTC are competent and well trained.
- Theresa Benoit, MA, LMFTCo-Founder, Couples, Individual Relationship Issues, ICC Co-Founder, EMDR/Trauma
Theresa is a co-founder and the spirit behind the Relationship Therapy Center of Minnesota. She has over 12 years of experience working with individuals and couples.
These days she does not take on new clients, but supervises and collaborates with the therapists on her team to ensure that clients get the best possible experience at RTC. She’s known in the office by her infectious laugh.