Golden Valley Executive Center

4284 Dahlberg Drive

Golden Valley, MN 55422

Tel: 952-428-6332

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About Us

John Stillman, MSW, LICSW

John Stillman is a co-founder and clinical social worker at Caspersen Therapy and Training Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he practices narrative therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. As Director of Caspersen Training Center, he provides narrative therapy training to professionals from multiple disciplines. In 2002, he was a member of the first diplomate program taught by Michael White at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and is an international narrative therapy trainer. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and two sons, and dog, and raises chickens and keeps bees.

Angie Gwiazdon, MSE, LMFT

Angie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in a variety of different settings including, private practice, residential treatment, day treatment programs, and schools providing on-site mental health. Angie utilizes narrative, postmodern approaches along with hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming. She has worked with a wide variety of problems including depression, anxiety, abuse issues, addiction, post traumatic stress, parenting issues, and couple and family communication; and enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

John Simensen, MHA, MA, LPCC

John is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who enjoys working with adults, adolescents, couples and families facing a variety of issues in their lives and relationships. John is particularly interested in postmodern counseling approaches and mindfulness-based therapies. He has specialized training in narrative therapy and combines this approach with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). John has extensive experience working with men and families struggling with domestic abuse and itseffects on their lives. John’s background includes 17 years as a Senior Vice President and corporate officer with Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis which enables him to use his clinical training with organizations and executives seeking growth and change and to assist men and families with life transitions.

Leila Erlandson, MA, LMFT

Leila is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a state certified domestic violence and a sexual assault counselor. She holds a certificate in trauma-focused cognitive-behavior therapy. 

Leila enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She has a strong understanding of the effects of trauma and knows how to support people as they heal from difficult, often life-changing experiences. She uses experiential and narrative approaches in her work. 

Leila has a breath of counseling experience and is committed to working with people holistically. 

Leila is skilled at asking insightful questions that will spark ideas within her clients to impact personal change.

Rachel Hawkins, MSW, LICSW

Rachel is a licensed clinical social worker who enjoys working with adolescents and adults to explore issues related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, substance use, trauma, domestic abuse, veterans issues, life transitions, aging, and gender identity. She is trained in a multitude of therapeutic models including narrative therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Rachel believes in the transformative power of therapy and is grateful to join clients on their journey.

Colleen Bethel, MSW, LICSW

Colleen works with adults who are experiencing a range of depression and anxiety related concerns, life transitions, and/or single incident or complex traumatic experiences.   As an EMDR Certified Clinician and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, she has found that Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR) is one of the best methods to stimulate the brain’s natural ability to move toward health. She also incorporates Internal Family Systems and Narrative Therapy into the work.

We human beings are equipped not only with an incredible ability to survive, but also with an amazing capacity to heal and thrive. Together we will work to unravel complex events and/or patterns in your life to promote personal growth and new possibilities.

Colleen strives to understand how white supremacy, and the legacy of slavery, lynching, segregation, and mass incarceration impact every aspect of our society in the United States. This ongoing study informs her therapy practice.  LGBTQ ally.

Laurel Bieschke, MSSW, LICSW

Laurel is a licensed clinical social worker who enjoys building collaborative therapeutic relationships to help adults and adolescents coauthor new narratives and reduce the effects of problems in their lives. She is guided by the principles of narrative therapy and has received training in a number of additional cognitive behavioral, postmodern and humanistic modalities. Laurel has provided culturally-and-trauma-informed care in a wide variety of settings from outpatient clinics to clients’ homes, shelters, prisons and all the spaces in-between. She practices with intention to walk with clients along their path towards health and wellness.

Martha Anderson, MS, LMFT

Martha Anderson has worked over 20 years in a variety of settings from a strength based approach empowering adults, children and their families to find solutions to the problems facing them. She strives to use creativity, compassion and humor in her work. Martha is trained in a number of advanced techniques in trauma, and enjoys mentoring others in supervision. She also loves family and couples therapy and believes strongly in the power of these relationships to change and to heal.  She received certification from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and brings mindfulness based skills into her individual sessions, and mind-body skills in groups with both adults and adolescents. She is an Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) trained therapist, finding it is another useful tool in helping clients release trauma memories.   In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband and two daughters, camping, hiking, and gardening or out walking the dogs.

Ann Schendel, MA, LMFT

Ann is a licensed psychotherapist, a certified EMDR therapist with a concentration in trauma. She works with issues unique to people suffering the effects of complex trauma, complex childhood trauma and single incident trauma. 

Ann works individually with clients within their unique family systems. She includes and invites the complexity and dignity of unconventional relationship structures and affirm the challenges and joys they provide. Ann is a LBGTQ informed therapist providing individual therapy with people in monogamous and polyamorous relationships.

Ann has a practical approach utilizing Narrative therapy and she includes the best of Western psychology methods in combination with Eastern influences. Ann’s specific areas of attention have included, but are not limited to trauma, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, personality development, monogamous relationship issues, polyamorous relationship issues, gender/ identity issues and addiction.

Fawn Vogt, MA, LPCC, LADC

Fawn is both a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She has worked in a variety of outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings with adolescents, adults, and families through the challenge’s life presents us. Fawn has had extensive training in Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT), Yoga Calm, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her therapeutic demeanor is one of empathy, validation, and compassionate challenging for personal growth. Fawn facilitates two adolescent DBT skills groups on site. Groups meet weekly for a minimum of 20 weeks. She also provides substance abuse evaluations.