As Edina Counseling Center has continued to grow, new clinicians are being added. I have been careful in selecting people who share my values even though they each may have different skills, styles, and areas of expertise.
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 – EBHC Associate
Joyce White, Psy.D., LP
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 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 Carlscon – EBHC Associate
Sara Carlson, MA. LMFT
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 – EBHC Associate
Jacob Schuchman Falk, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Jacob is working at our Edina office through Intentional Self Counseling.
Jacob welcomes clients with a non-judgmental, warm, and empathic engagement style and places a special emphasis on creating a strong therapeutic relationship. Recognizing that every individual’s needs are unique, he uses a client-centered approach in order to empower clients to reach their full potential, and overcome any issues or barriers that may be getting in their way. Clients find this helpful in creating a safe space to explore and process feelings and thoughts that may be difficult to share. Jacob is an active listener who also will provide thoughtful insight, feedback, and gentle challenges to clients in order to facilitate desired changes. Jacob is comfortable using a wide array of evidence-based therapeutic styles – including psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and EMDR – depending on his client’s preferences and needs.
Jacob has 6 years experience in the mental health field in a variety of settings, including clinic-based and community-based services. He specializes in individual therapy to work on issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, other mood-related disorders, life transitions, and co-occurring substance use issues. Jacob also has extensive experience working with severe and persistent mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jacob works primarily with adults, but also sees individuals in their late adolescence, transitioning into young adulthood. Jacob brings compassion, empathy, insight, and reflection into every session.
Tess Schuchman – EBHC Associate
Tess Schuchman, M.S.W., L.G.S.W.
Tess is working at our Edina office through Intentional Self Counseling.
Tess utilizes a person-centered, holistic approach to empower individuals to navigate through life’s challenges. Her calm, empathic, and nonjudgmental manner helps to create a strong foundation in the therapeutic alliance. This allows clients to reflect and process in a safe and comfortable space which is essential for achieving the changes, growth, and development a client wishes. As a therapist, Tess is inspired to help clients sustain more fulfilling moments in their lives. By talking through experiences, emotions, and contexts, Tess aids clients in finding hope and serenity.
As a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Tess brings a breadth of experience and clinical skills in working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Over the course of her profession, Tess has also worked with interpreters with clients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses. Her specialties are working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment, and trauma-related issues. In applying an eclectic style, Tess pulls elements from psychodynamic, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapeutic modalities to meet clients’ individual needs. Tess brings compassion, encouragement, and perspective to every session.
We are contracted with most insurance companies and EAP’s, we also offer private pay plans to suit every individual and family budget. Please contact us to discuss your needs and ensure coverage options when making an appointment.