As Edina Counseling Center continued to grow, new clinicians are being added. I have been careful in selecting people who share my values though they each may have different skills, styles, and areas of expertise. I believe this effort to build a unique “toolbox” of therapeudic modes and methods along with a diverse world view will enhance our ability to continue to provide an exceptional level of service to our clientele with an increased level of empathy, understanding, and compassion.
Gina R Schuchman, MSW, LICSW – Founder and Executive Director, Edina Counseling Center
Gina Schuchman, M.S.W, L.I.C.S.W.
Gina graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Masters in Social Work program in 1980. Gina started off working as a therapist in a pioneering program started by Patrick Carnes, treating incest families using a 12 Step recovery model. From there she worked with adults, couples, children, and adolescents as a family counselor in a psychiatric clinic and as a school social worker in Minneapolis Schools. For many years her private practice was housed in an OB-GYN clinic where she helped those struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss and adoption choices. In the past 15-20 years, she has focused on helping people make smart choices in relationships and has designed a program called I Date Smarter (www.idatesmarter.com) to help people make healthier and more informed choices. In the past 5 years, she has completed training with Pia Mellody, clinical director at the Meadows in Arizona and author of Facing Codependence, in working to assist people to resolve childhood traumas towards a healthy recovery.
Gina’s style is to work with clients in an engaged and supportive relationship to discover what is getting them stuck in life and make permanent and profound changes to enjoy a happier and more peaceful life. She believes that we all are basically competent human beings who can struggle from time to time and get stuck in our lives. Relationships make the world go round and if we are stuck in that area of our lives it affects everything we try to do in life. With some help, we can all lead happy and productive lives full of respect for self and others.
Gina works with individuals, couples, families, and groups in our Edina office.
Joyce White, Psy.D., LP EBHC Associate
Joyce graduated from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, MA in 1997. As a licensed clinical psychologist, life coach and relationship expert, she has been helping individuals, couples and families achieve healthier relationships with themselves and others. Joyce has helped clients improve their work lives through coaching, psychotherapy and consulting for over 20 years. She has worked internationally and in the US in a variety of settings, ranging from mental health clinics, holistic health practices with multi-disciplinary practitioners, to private practice.
Joyce specializes in work with individuals, families, couples, and groups. is current on the latest attachment and trauma theories and practice and uses these skills to assist clients in healing from family-of-origin trauma and/or dysfunction.
Joyce has a strong interest and competence in diversity along with her international experience. She has special interest and skills in parenting and helping parents navigate the school environment, especially for those with learning disabilities and other special needs.
As a couple’s therapist Joyce utilizes Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy model assisting people in building intimacy in relationships and teaches clients the skills necessary to have healthy relationships.
Joyce also uses Pia Melody’s work in relational recovery, as well as an eclectic tool bag of techniques, gathered over the years, to make a unique plan for each client.
Sara Carlson, MA. LMFT – EBHC Associate
Sara completed a post Master’s in marriage and family therapy at St. Mary’s University. She has been in private practice over 20 years. As part of her practice, she worked with children and families from from violent and abusive homes through Family Violence Network. She is trained in Gottman methods and emotionally focused therapy. Sara is an associate member of The American Society for Bariatric Surgery and is trained in bariatric health and behavior assessment, before and after care. She has been an EAP clinical counselor for a global technology company for over 12 years.
Sara is passionate about empowering individuals and couples to restore relationships, gain personal insights and shift perspectives in a safe non-judgmental environment. She works collaboratively building on individual strengths with sensitivity to values, beliefs and goals to restore hope and healing.
Her specialities are working with older adolescents, adults and couples with depression, anxiety, bipolar, grief & loss, transitions, bariatric health & behavior assessments, work related issues and relationship issues.
With warmth, compassion and respect, she will walk you through the deepest valleys, help you obtain healing, and give you tools necessary for you to make lasting, positive change in your life.
Jacob Schuchman Falk, LGSW- EBHC Associate