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 Schuchman, M.S.W, L.I.C.S.W. 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 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.
Jacob Schuchman Falk, L.G.S.W. 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 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 to every session.
Tess Boehnlein, L.G.S.W. 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.
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